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Lecture: Athanasius Kircher, the Jesuit Who Knew Everything

Date: Monday, April 22, 2013

Time: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Contact: John Sebastian · · 504-865-2277

Location: Audubon Room, 2nd Floor, Danna Center

Author John Glassie, former contributing editor to The New York Times Magazine, will give an inside look into the life and work of “the last Renaissance man,” 17th century Jesuit Athanasius Kircher during a free, public lecture. Glassie will speak about his new book on Kircher, “A Man Of Misconceptions: The Life Of An Eccentric In An Age Of Change,” which focuses on the Jesuit’s achievements in math, the sciences, the humanities and other fields—earning him the moniker, “the Jesuit who knew everything.”

The lecture is set for the Audubon Room located in the Danna Student Center on Loyola’s main campus. The J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library will also display a rare 1667 edition of Kircher's book, "China Monumentis," an illustrated encyclopedia of Chinese hsitory and culture. The book is available for viewing in the Special Collections reading room that evening from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Trish Nugent of the Monroe Library will be on hand to introduce the book.

The event is sponsored by the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences, the College of Music and Fine Arts, Medieval Studies, the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library and the Office of Mission and Ministry.


  • Arts + Sciences
  • Medieval Studies
  • Mission + Ministry
  • Monroe Library
  • Music + Fine Arts