Loyola University Maryland

Center for the Humanities


These are events sponsored wholly or in part by the Center for the Humanities.



Odds Bodkin Performance
The Iliad. Book 1. 
7:00 PM, McGuire Hall


French Classes Trip to Montreal


American Shakespeare Center Tour
"Hand of Time"
The Comedy of Errors, Sophocles' Antigone, The Winter's Tale
McManus Theatre, 7:00 pm


Family Weekend
Student Presentations and Nachbahr Award Talk

These students were awarded CFH grants to take part in a non-Loyola summer program,  a summer research fellowship grant to do 10 weeks of extended research on a topic of their choosing or for otherwise unpaid  internships. They will present their projects at 1:00 in  Andrew White Student Center 4th floor.

Summer Study Program 

Megan Adlem, class of 2020, received a Student Summer Grant from the CFH to study archaeology in Greece this summer. Her mentor is Dr. Martha Taylor, Classics.

Student Summer Fellowship Grants this summer.
Marisa Gochie
“The Limits of Renewability: The Ethics of ‘Clean Energy’ in Costa Rica”
Mentor: David Gordon, Philosophy

Kyle Hand  (he will, not be presenting as he is abroad)
“Generation Z Philosophy: Stoicism”
Mentor: Dr. Frank Cunningham, Philosophy

Phoebe Labat
“Exploring the Connections between the Choctaws and the Irish during and after the Great Irish Famine”
Mentor: Dr. Matthew Mulcahy, History

Hannah Loiselle
“The Rise of Humanitarianism in the Middle East: The Early Years of the British Syrian Mission (1860-1891)”
Mentor: Dr. Sara Scalenghe, History

 Otherwise Unpaid internship recipients:
Gail Rabasca, Internship at the National Endowment for the Humanities: Office of Congressional Affairs
Beatrice King, Internship with Gramercy Global in Berlin Germany

2018 Nachbahr Award: Dr. Thomas Ward, Modern Languages and Literatures  
“The Life of the Mind: When Class Overwhelms Race and Gender”

2018 Affiliate Teaching Award in the Humanities: Catherine Savell, Modern Languages and Literatures

All will be followed with a reception for students, faculty and parents.




Jerome S. Cardin Memorial Lecture

Adam Gopnik, award winning journalist for The New Yorker
"Believing Without Belief, Spirituality Without Team Spirit: Thinking about Tolerance int he Twenty-First Century"
6:00 pm, McGuire Hall. A Kosher reception will follow the lecture


Q and A with Adam Gopnik
Please encourage your students and colleagues to come to a Q and A session with Adam Gopnik on Friday, November 2nd at 1 pm in Knott Hall B01. You may ask Mr. Gopnik questions or simply listen to him discuss writing and the theme of his lecture.  It’s sure to be enlightening.


Martin Luther King Panel Discussion on “Why Letter from Birmingham Jail Matters Today”
Panelists: Craig Garriot, Gabriella Kahrl, and C. Anthony Hunt
4:30pm, 4th Floor AWSC


2018 French Week: " Ma France a moi: My France"

Saturday, November 3, 11am, Ceremony: “Four Frenchmen Service,” St. Mary Cemetery, 233 Homeland Ave, Baltimore, MD 21212. Sponsored by the Baltimore chapter of the French Benevolent Society.

Sunday, November 4, 2:30-5pm, Film: Les Grands Esprits, LNDL Auditorium. Co-sponsored by the Alliance Française of Baltimore.

Tuesday, November 6, 5pm, Roundtable Presentation: “Stories from France,” moderated by Dr. Margaret Haggstrom, Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques, Hug Lounge/Refectory

Sunday, November 11, 3pm, Mass in French: Conducted by Father John Conley, S.J., Alumni Memorial Chapel
Throughout National French Week there will be an exhibit about French culture in the Loyola-Notre Dame Library.

All events are free and open to the public.


Harriet Fertick Lecture
"Imagining Freedom: W.E.B Du Bois and Cicero on Speech and Citizenship"
6:00 pm, KH03

Modern Language's Poetry Contest
6-8 pm, SCE 300 3rd Floor Common Space


Voice Master Class
Barber to Bareilles: Styles in American Singing

A Voice Master Class with guest teacher Helen Strine  working with Loyola Voice Students on
Pop, Theater, Jazz, and Classical Vocal Techniques.
Free and open to the Public
1:00-4:00 pm, The Recital Hall

Helen Strine made her debut at New York City Opera when she
was chosen by composer Marc Blitzstein to sing the rôle of Alexandra in his
opera Regina. Her career then spanned everything from opera at the White
House and national tours of Broadway shows, to TV series work and
modeling for the Ford Agency. Helen Strine is well-repesented by her voice
students in major music programs throughout the US, on the Broadway stage,
and in international touring.



Literary Feast  "The Myth of the Great American Novel"
by invitation of the English Department



Karen Fish: Poetry Reading
Modern Masters Reading Series

January 28, 2019 6 pm
McManus Theater
Karen Fish was trained as a visual artist and then did her graduate work at the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins. She's the author of two books, The Cedar Canoe (University of Georgia) and What is Beyond Us (Harper Collins). Her work has appeared in numerous magazines over the years including The New Yorker, Yale
Review, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic
and Slate. During the 1990's she taught at Princeton University. Currently, she serves as the chair of the Writing department at Loyola University Maryland.



A.E. Stallings
“Bearing Witness to Europe's Refugee Crisis”
6:00 pm, 4th Floor Program Room  

As an American poet and translator who lives in Greece, A. E. Stallings will address Europe's refugee crisis and read from her work. She has published four books of original verse: Archaic Smile (1999), which won the Richard Wilbur Award; Hapax (2006), which won the Poet's Prize and the America Academy of Arts and Letters' Benjamin H. Danks Award; Olives (2012), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and her most recent work Like (2018),published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her verse translations of Lucretius's The Nature of Things (2007) and Hesiod's Works and Days (2018) are published by Penguin Classics. She was a 2011 MacArthur Foundation Fellow and is a member of the America Academy of Arts and Sciences. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Humanities, Messina, and the departments of Classics, English, and Writing. Photograph courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

MONDAY FEBRUARY 11 (Tentative date)

Lee Wilson Lecture
"Slavery and the Law in Early America"
Time and room TBA


Caitlin Horrocks: Craft Talk
Writers At Work Series

 4:30 pm, Knott Hall B01

Caitlin Horrocks is author of the story collection This Is Not Your City, a New York
Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers
selection. Her novel The Vexations is forthcoming in 2019 from Little, Brown. Her
stories and essays appear in The New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, The
PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prize, The Paris Review, The Atlantic, Tin
House, One Story,
and other journals and anthologies. She is an Editor-at-Large for the
Kenyon Review and teaches at Grand Valley State University, and occasionally in the
MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She lives in Grand Rapids,


Humanities Symposium Faculty Workshop on Exit West
4:30-6:00 pm, CCC114
rsvp to pingram@loyola.edu


Humanities Symposium Faculty Workshop on Exit West
12:15-1:30 pm, CCC113
rsvp to pingram@loyola.edu

Matthew Amt Lecture
“The Roman Soldier: An Introduction”
7:30 pm, Knott Hall B03

Italian Week "Discovering Turin, the Royal City"


Mass in Italian.
3pm, Loyola University Alumni Chapel
Officiated by Fr. Gargiulo


Lecture by Dr. Giuseppe Varalda 
“Solidarity, culture, and education for social inclusion in Turin”
 6pm, Knott Hall B03


Pastry Tour to Vaccaro’s
7:30-9:30 am
Bus leaves at 7:30 at Boulder
By reservation and prepayment only ($5), contact professoressa Robberto (grissorobberto@loyola.edu)


Lecture by Elisabetta Girardi
" From an austere industrial city to the thriving cultural capital of world-class museums and the slow food movement: the touristic rebirth  of Turin" 6:30 pm, Knott Hall B03

Simon Armitage: Poetry Reading
Modern Masters Reading Series
6 pm, McManus Theater

Simon Armitage is the Oxford University Professor of Poetry. He is the author of numerous
collections of poetry, including Selected Poems (2001, Faber & Faber), Traveling Songs (2002, Faber
& Faber), Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus the Corduroy Kid (2006, Faber & Faber, Knopf 2008), and Seeing
(2010, Faber & Faber, Knopf 2011). With Robert Crawford he edited The Penguin Anthology of
from Britain and Ireland Since 1945.

Armitage writes for radio, television and film, and is the author of four stage plays, including
Mister Heracles, a version of the Euripides play, The Madness of Heracles, and Jerusalem,
commissioned by West Yorkshire Playhouse. His dramatization of The Odyssey, commissioned by the
BBC, was broadcast on Radio 4 in 2004 and released on CD through BBC Worldwide. It received the
Gold Award at the 2005 Spoken Word Awards. The book version, Homer’s Odyssey – A Retelling, is
published by Faber and Faber (2006) in the UK and by Norton in the US. Other BBC radio plays
include The Raft of the Medusa (2014) and Orpheus (2015). For over ten years he has been a regular
guest of The Mark Radcliffe Show, first on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2 and more recently on the
Radcliffe and Maconie Show on BBC 6 Music.

Armitage has written for over a dozen television films, and with director Brian Hill pioneered the
docu-musical format which lead to such cult films as Drinking for England and Song Birds. Song
screened at the Sun Dance Film Festival in 2006. He received an Ivor Novello Award for his
song-lyrics in the Channel 4 film Feltham Sings, which also won a BAFTA. In 2009 and 2010, Armitage
presented films for BBC4 on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Arthurian Literature and on the
Odyssey, sailing from Troy in Turkey to the Greek island of Ithaca. Armitage’s 2012 non fiction
book Walking Home, an account of his troubadour journey along the Pennine Way, was a Sunday Times
best-seller for over a month and is shortlisted for the 2012 Portico Prize. The follow-up
publication, Walking Away also made the Sunday Times best-seller list for non-fiction. Armitage has
served as a judge for the Forward Prize, the T.S Eliot Prize, the Whitbread Prize, the Griffin Prize, and in 2006 was a judge for the Man Booker


Movie Così ridevano (1998) by Gianni Amelio 7:00-8:30 pm, LND library Auditorium



An Evening with Paul Corbit Brown, Keeper of the Mountains
5:30 pm, 4th Floor Programming Room


Panel Discussion with Chris Matthews and Dan Morheim
“20/20 Looking Backward/Forward: The Mediation of American Politics”
3:00 pm, McGuire Hall


Hanway Lecture & Humanities Symposium 2019
Mohsin Hamid Keynote Speaker
“Rites/Rights of Passage: Migration and Movement in Exit West”
7:00 pm, McGuire Hall. Free, but tickets required

Humanities Symposium Student Faculty Colloquium on Exit West
between 8 and 5 in McManus Theater


Humanities Symposium Student Faculty Colloquium on Exit West 
between 8 and 5:45 in McManus Theater

Alan Shapiro: Poetry Reading
Modern Masters Reading Series
6 pm, McManus Theater

Alan Shapiro is the author of numerous collections of poetry. Shapiro has explored family, loss, domesticity, and the daily aspects of people’s lives in free verse and traditional poetic forms. He has published over ten books of poetry, most recently Life Pig ;(2016); Reel to Reel (2014), a finalist for the Pulizer Prize; Night of the Republic (2012), a finalist for the National Book Award and the Griffin Prize; and Old War (2008), winner of the Ambassador Book Award.

Poet-critic J.D. McClatchy observed in a review of Shapiro’s Dead, Alive and Busy (2000), “Mr. Shapiro is a shrewd and sympathetic moralist. He never trivializes his subjects with high-minded flourishes or stylistic gimmicks.” Shapiro’s later collections address the loss of his two siblings to cancer, the aging of his parents, and the strains on a marriage. In describing the domestic details and loss portrayed in Shapiro’s Tantalus in Love (2005), poet Joshua Clover commented, “Such tightly framed tales of domesticity offer a sense of control parallel to Shapiro’s formal facility, reducing and clarifying the poem’s field of action in defense against an abysmal multiplicity of things.”

In his memoirs The Last Happy Occasion (1997), nominated for a National Book Critics Circle award, and Vigil (1997), Shapiro has written about the death of his sister and the role that poetry has played in his life. Shapiro is also the author of a collection of essays on poetry, In Praise of the Impure: Poetry and the Ethical Imagination: Essays, 1980–1991 (1993).

Alan Shapiro has won the Kingsley Tufts Award, the Los Angeles Book Prize, and a Lila Wallace–Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award. During Bill Clinton’s presidency, Shapiro was invited to read his work at the White House. He read “On Men Weeping,” a poem about Michael Jordan winning one of his six NBA championships. Shapiro has taught at Stanford University, Northwestern University, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


Baltimore Literary Club Tour
Walking tour of Baltimore's historic literary culture in Mount Vernon and Waverly. The day starts viewing artifacts and collections at the  Maryland Historical Society. The tour is open to all Loyola University students. Contact Dr. Jean Lee Cole for information.
9:40 am from Newman Towers.


Sobia Ahmad, Sughra Hussainy and Sepideh Salehi
“The Only Divisions that Matter Now: An Artist’s Conversation with Sobia Ahmad, Sughra  Hussainy and Sepideh Salehi”
Time and location TBA


Music at Loyola's Voice Master Class Series '19 presents Director/Choreographer/Producer  Mark Minnick

Mark Minnick has cast over 25 National and International productions, choreographed National Tours of both The Pajama Game and Camelot, and was Dance Supervisor (in Beijing) for the first Chinese language production of FAME-The Musical.
Now Associate Producer at Toby's Dinner Theater, working side by side with Toby Orenstein,
Mark has received 14 Helen Hayes Awards nominations, winning for Monty Python's Spamalot.

Mark Minnick will talk about how he built his career, and discuss what performers need to know beyond their specialty
to find regular work. Mark will also work directly with young singers on ways to present themselves to a casting director.

Mark Minnick's Voice Master Class is Free and Open to the Public
1:00-4:00 p.m. ‚óŹ  The Recital Hall


Panel on Public Art: Renee Ater, Diana Boros, David Colins, Jackson Gilman-Forlini and Nether
"Whose Space is It , Anyway Public art and Collective Memory"
date and location tba


Sebastian Pineda Biutrago Lecture
"Hispanic-American Avant-Garde Essay: from Alfonso Reyes to J.C. Mariategui (1917-1930)"


Eliza Griswold: Poetry Reading
Modern Masters Reading Series

 4:00 pm, McManus Theater

Eliza Griswold is the author of Wideawake Field. Her poems have been published in Granta, the New Yorker and the Paris Review. Her translations of Afghan women’s folk poetry, I am the Beggar of the World, won the 2015 PEN/Prize in Poetry Translation. Most recently, as a Berggruen fellow at Harvard, Griswold has been using data to map the Syrian poets, artists, filmmakers who’ve fled the country.

Eliza Griswold: Second Event:
Tracking the World: Nonfiction

6:00 pm, McGuire West

Griswold won a 2010 Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Most recently, as a Berggruen fellow at Harvard Divinity School, Griswold has been
using data to map the Syrian poets, artists, filmmakers who’ve fled the country. Her
translations of Afghan women’s folk poetry, I am the Beggar of the World, won the 2015
PEN/Prize in Poetry Translation. Eliza Griswold was a fellow at the New America
Foundation from 2008 to 2010 and is a former Nieman Fellow. Her journalism has been
published in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, The Nation, Slate and the New York
Times Magazine.

Griswold is the author of The Tenth Parallel (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), a book that
explores the fraught space where Christianity and Islam meet in Africa and Asia.
Griswold’s most recent book, Burden of Proof: The Blessing and Curse of Energy in
Amity, Pennsylvania
(Farrar, Straus & Giroux) explores water, poverty, fracking and
the resource curse in America. Griswold was a 2014 Ferris Professor at Princeton
University and currently teaches at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New
York University as a Distinguished Writer in Residence


Joe Capista: Poetry Reading
Modern Masters Reading Series

6:00 pm, McManus Theater

Joe Capista graduated from Loyola University Maryland in 1999 with a major in Writing and Politics and a minor in Gender Studies.  His collection Intrusive Beauty was selected by Beth Ann Fennelly for Ohio University Press’s 2018 Hollis Summers Poetry Prize.  Poems by Capista have appeared in Agni, The Georgia Review, The Hudson Review, and Ploughshares, and he has received awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Maryland State Arts Council, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.  As a Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest member, he worked in a group home and in a shelter serving adjudicated youth.  Capista holds advanced degrees from Iowa State University and from Warren Wilson College.  He’s a lecturer in Towson University’s Department of English.


Ready for Anything: Humanities Career Panel
Panel of Loyola alumni from various careers who studied a variety of humaniites programs
5:00-7:00 pm, McGuire Hall West


2019 Hanna Geldrich-Leffman Language, Literature and Society Colloquium
11am Dr. Olivier Delers, University of Richmond, Associate Professor of French. “Where’s the French Bourgeoisie? Imagining Alternative Economies in Three Eighteenth Century French Novels.”
2pm Dr. Richard Rosa, Duke University, Associate Professor, Romance Studies; “Finance and Literature in 19th-Century Latin America.”
3pm Dr. Paul Richard Blum, Loyola University Maryland, T. J. Higgins, S.J., Chair in Philosophy. “Nature, Nation, and Folk Culture: Johann Gottfried Herder and the Birth of Middle-Class Self-conception.”

Room tba.

One Question  
"One Question" is an interactive event designed to help the audience envision a world where we see ability rather than disability. The event combines a short film with a panel discussion.  Our panel consists of five individuals with disabilities who share stories about their lives and answer questions from the audience.  They have been participating in this event for years and really enjoy talking with our students. We offer additional opportunities to engage the audience as well. The goal is to raise awareness about our neighbors with disabilities and our relationship with them--to envision a world where we see potential and ability first.
7:00 p.m., Fourth Floor Programming Room

Rabbi Andy Gordon and Rabbi Avram Reisner to speak before and after a kosher meal
"Jewish Culture, Jewish Stereotypes, Jewish Unity"
Refectory , time tba


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