Week of Oct 19-25, 2014

Tuesday 21 October

Fall 2014 Yamauchi Lecture: African Slaves & Catholic Liberators

Time: 6:15 pm to 8 pm

Contact: Sara Clark · srclark@loyno.edu · 504 865 3943

Location: Audubon Room, 2nd Floor, Danna Center

Loyola University New Orleans’ College of Humanities and Natural Sciences & the Department of Religious Studies present the Fall 2014 Yamauchi Lecture:

“African Slaves and Catholic Liberators: Why Bad Things Went Unnoticed by Good People”
Dr. James Gaffney, Professor Emeritus of Ethics and former Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Loyola University, New Orleans

How was the Catholic Church's tolerance of slavery throughout most of its history influenced by the New Testament, Aristotle, and St. Thomas Aquinas?

Tuesday, October 21, 7pm
Reception at 6:15pm
Free, and Open to the Public

Why did St. Peter Claver  -- the Church's “Slave of the Slaves”--  never advocate emancipation?

Loyola University New Orleans
Audubon Room
Danna Center, 2nd floor

6363 Saint Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA, 70118

Why did moral champions of abused Native Americans ignore the plight of African slaves?
Why was there no universal moral condemnation of slavery by the Catholic Church until Vatican II?

How were Catholic attitudes towards the enslaved perverted by the myth of a biblical curse, by a distorted image of Africa, by Spanish anti-Islamic prejudice, and by the spectacle of enslaved Africans?

Why were Protestants more prominent than Catholics in the American Abolition Movement?
Can this tragic history offer us any positive moral wisdom?

Sometimes, even in saints and heroes, moral empathy and energy are tightly linked to moral apathy and inertia. In Catholic colonialism that irony became chronic: Hard to diagnose, and with painful consequences for interracial justice.

Free parking in the West Road Garage!
Please do not park in reserved, metered, or handicapped spaces.

ABOUT THE LECTURER: James Gaffney retired as Professor Emeritus of Ethics in 1999, after 22 years with Loyola's Religious Studies Department. Since retirement, he has taught at Iowa State, the University of Iowa, and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. He has held visiting professorships in Europe and Africa, as well as Alaska Pacific and Notre Dame, IN. Author of ten books, editor of one, and contributor to five others, he has published more than a hundred articles in various journals. His present lecture was stimulated by experience and research during a sojourn in the Dominican Republic.

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ABOUT THE SERIES: The Yamauchi Lectures were begun in 1985 in memory of Professor H. James Yamauchi, S.J., a former Chair of the Department of Religious Studies who taught at Loyola University New Orleans from 1956 to 1966. He was known for his enthusiastic knowledge of religion and his passionate communication of same to the community. This series seeks to perpetuate his work by bringing the results of religious scholarship to a wider audience


Wednesday 22 October

Deleuze, Technology and Thought

Time: 6 pm to 7 pm

Contact: Josefa Salmon · salmon@loyno.edu

Location: Multimedia Room #2, Monroe Library

A Biever Lecture by Professor Daniel Smith, author of Essays on Deleuze. Dr. Smith's writings offers a comprehensive view of Deleuze’s work dealing with not only the history of philosophy, but with how this thinker interacts with all the other disciplines and with major thinkers today. One famous French philosopher, Michel Foucault, said that the 21st century will be known as the Deleuzian century and this remark could be better understood after reading Daniel Smith's book.

In anticipation of Dr. Smith's visit, the Philosophy and Languages and Cultures Departments invite you to attend a series of group discussions on Essays on Deleuze

Where: Room 217, Bobet Building
Loyola University
Time: 6:00 p.m.

1. October 1 st . Essay 5. Pre- and Post-Kantianism. Logic and Existence: Deleuze on the Conditions of the Real. The discussion will be led by Prof. Joseph Berendzen.

2. October 8. Essay 10. Politics. Flow, Code, and Stock: A Note on Deleuze’s Political Philosophy. The discussion will be led by Prof. Jonathan Peterson and Prof. John Clark.

3. October 15. Essay to be determined later.

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