Loyola University Maryland

Humanities Symposium

Past Symposia

2018: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Maurice Wallace, University of Virginia
"Good Religion and Bad Faith in the Age of Abolition: Frederick Douglass' Afro-Evangelicalism"
Dr. Maurice Wallace in front of portrait of Douglass

2017: Reflections on World War I

Selections from Mary Borden's The Forbidden Zone and select American, British and Canadian solider poems.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Christopher Capozzola, Professor of History, M.I.T.
"Citizenship in Crisis: Centennial Legacies of First World War"

2016: Apology

 “Apology” in  The Trial and Death of Socrates by Plato translated by G. M. A. Grube Third Edition.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sara Monoson,  Northwestern University

2015: Rhinoceros

Eugene Ionesco's "Rhinoceros"
Keynote Speaker: Susan Rubin Suleiman, Ph.D. the C. Douglas Dillon Professor of the Civilization of France and Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard University

2014: Walden 

Henry David Thoreau's Walden
Keynote Speaker: Jeffrey Stout, Ph.D., Professor of Religion, Princeton University

2013: "Letter from Birmingham Jail"

Martin Luther King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail"
Keynote Speaker: J. Kameron Carter, Ph.D. Duke Divinity School

2012: Lysistrata

Aristophanes’ Lysistrata
Keynote Speaker: Jeffrey Henderson, William Goodwin Aurelio Professor of Greek Language and Literature at Boston University

2011: Frankenstein

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus
Keynote Speaker: N. Katherine Hayles

2009: Communing with Food

Michael Pollan, The Omnivore's Dilemma
Keynote Speaker: Lynne Rossetto Kasper

2008: Judge, Judge Not

William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure (2007)
Keynote Speaker: Albert Braunmuller

2007: Urban Spaces, Urban Voices

Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, (1961)
Keynote Speaker: James Howard Kunstler

2006: What Would You Die For?

Perpetua's Passion (2005)
Keynote Speaker: Terry Waite

2005: Searching for a Self

Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Keynote Speaker: Ruthe T. Sheffey

2004: The Horror

Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, (1902)
Keynote Speaker: Jeffrey Tayler

2003: Post Human?

Aldous Huxley, Brave New World (1932)
Keynote Speaker: Francis Fukuyama  

2002: Crossing Boundaries

Tracy Chevalier, Girl with a Pearl Earring (2001)
Keynote Speaker: Tracy Chevalier  

2001: N/A

There was no 2001 symposium as the event was switched from the fall to spring semester.

2000: Poverty Perceived

Jacob Riis, How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York (1890)
Keynote Speaker: Michael Katz, Sheldon and Lucy Hackney Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania

1999: Paradise

Toni Morrison, Paradise (1998)
Keynote Speaker: Toni Morrison, Professor of Humanities, Princeton University; Nobel Laureate and Pulitzer Prize Winner

1998: West Meets East

Shusaku Endo, Silence (1969)
Keynote Speaker: Van C. Gessel, Professor of Japanese Literature, Brigham Young University; Endo translator and playwright of stage versions of Endo's works

1997: Friendship

Plato, Lysis (1969)
Keynote Speaker: Father James McEvoy, Dean, Faculty of Philosophy, St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, Ireland; Scholar of the history of friendship and love from antiquity through the Middle Ages

1996: Culture and Tradition

Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart (1969)
Keynote Speaker: Simon Gikandi, Professor of African and Latin-American Literature, University of Michigan

1995: Bearing Witness

St. Luke The Book of Luke (ca. 75 A.D.)
Keynote Speaker: Jaroslav Pelikan: Professor of History, Yale University; President of the Academy of Arts and Sciences

1994 (Autumn): Utopia

Thomas More, Utopia (1517)
Keynote Speaker: Richard Marius, Professor of English at Harvard University, and biographer of Thomas More

1994: Creator, Creature, Creation

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818)
Keynote Speaker: Steven Jay Gould, Harvard University, Professor of Zoology and author of numerous books

1993: Justice

Martin Luther King, "Letter from Birmingham Jail" (1963)
Keynote Speaker: James Farmer, civil rights leader and co-founder of CORE

1992: Discovering America?

Bartolome de las Casas, The Devastation of the Indies (ca. 1545)
Keynote Speaker: George Winius, Latin-American historian

1991: Ideology: Practice and Theory

Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto (1848)
Keynote Speaker: Christopher Lasch, cultural critic & scholar of the history of ideas

1990: Man and Nature

Henry David Thoreau, Walden (1854)
Keynote Speaker: Alfred Kazin, critic and scholar of American letters

1989: Illusion and Reality

Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness (1902)
Keynote Speaker: Czeslaw Milosz, Poet and Nobel Laureate in Literature

1988: Human Suffering

Elie Weisel, Night (1958)
Keynote Speaker: Elie Weisel, Nobel Laureate-the Peace Prize

1987: (Stoicism)

Epictetus, The Encheiridion (The Handbook) (*ca.100 A.D.)
Keynote Speaker: Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale

1986: (Report on Humanities in Education)

William Bennett, To Reclaim a Legacy (1985)
Keynote: William Bennett