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GLASS ILLUMINATIONS, EAST & WEST: RENOVATION
OF THE HISTORIC JESUIT CATHEDRAL IN SHANGHAI
November 10, 2005 @ 5:45PM
USF Lone Mountain Campus, Rm. 100
November 13, 2005 @ 3:30 PM
Loyola Marymount University
November 16, 2005 @ 6:30 PM
Santa Clara University
November 17, 2005 @ 7:00 PM
Graduate Theological Union
In the midst of China’s booming economic development and rapid social change, a quiet transformation is taking place in the century-old Jesuit Cathedral in Shanghai. As part of the transformation of the red-brick Gothic church into a modern cathedral for the city’s 150,000 Catholics, 2,500 square feet of stained glass windows destroyed during China’s Cultural Revolution will be replaced with windows reflective of both Chinese artistry and motifs and the Western Christian narrative.
Teresa Wo Ye, a native of Beijing, began her artistic career in China. Between 1994 and 2000, she received advanced training in the history of Western art in Italy and the United States.
Fr. Thomas Lucas, S.J. is associate professor of art and design and director of the Thacher Gallery at USF. An internationally known liturgical artist and consultant, Lucas is currently directing the restoration of St. Ignatius Cathedral, Shanghai.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Reservations recommended; call the appropriate telephone number above for the location you wish to attend.
Co-sponsored by: EDS-Stewart Chair at the USF Ricci Institute • USF Center for the Pacific Rim • USF Visual and Performing Arts Dept. • USF Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought • Jesuit Communities at USF, LMU, and SCU • LMU Laband Art Gallery • SCU Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education • California Province of the Society of Jesus • Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley • Friends of Ricci • Saracina Vineyards • David L. and Andrea K. Hayes.
JESUIT SCIENTISTS AND THE PURSUIT OF RENOWN
A Talk by Mordechai Feingold
November 1, 2005 • 04:00 PM-05:30 PM
Lone Mountain, Main Building 148
University of San Francisco
Presented by the USF College of Arts and Sciences
Co-sponsored by the Ricci Institute at the USF Center for the Pacific Rim.
In The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy, Jacob Burkhardt argued that in the course of creating the concept of highly developed individuality, renaissance literati revived the classical ideal of renown, which became central to humanist culture. The man of letters from Dante onwards, Burkhardt wrote, “laid stress on the fact that what he did was new, and that he wished not only to be, but to be esteemed the first in his own walks.” The renaissance ideal of fama stood at odds with the ideal animating the Society of Jesus (paradoxically the body that incorporated renaissance humanism more fully than any other Catholic Order), which was to labor for the greater glory of God.” The Society has no purpose, its architects maintained, “ other than the love and knowledge and service of God. . . . This is the purpose of their studies and of their devotions.” St. Ignatius further exhorted his followers that they “were called to poverty and not to honor,” and that “honor and dignities [were] a hindrance.” The Society’s aim, in other words, “was conceived as a positive agency to win souls for Christ,” not to launch successful scholarly careers of individual members.
The celebration of, and aspiration to, renown pervaded all walks of renaissance culture and quickly became an integral part of schooling through the introduction of highly developed competitiveness in the schools. The Jesuits, who perfected such competitiveness, attempted to straddle fama and self-abnegation. While fully aware of the fact that competition fostered ambition and pride, they nevertheless recognized its pedagogical value, and were confident in their ability to extirpate hubris in their members. In this, they were often mistaken. The lecture intends to examine the manner in which members of the Order coped with these two diametrically opposed ideals and the ramifications of the ensuing conflict on the scientific production of the Jesuits.
Mordechai Feingold is a Professor of History at the California Institute of Technology. His books include The Newtonian Moment: Isaac Newton and the Making of the Modern World and his many edited volumes include History of Universities and Jesuit Science and the Republic of Letters.
GUADALUPE AND GUANYIN: IMAGES OF THE MADONNA IN MEXICO AND CHINA
A Visual Art History Presentation by Ms. Lauren Arnold and Fr. Tom Lucas
February 16, 2005
USF Lone Mountain Campus, Room 100
Please click on the following links to view the edited transcripts from Guadalupe and Guanyin: Images of the Madonna In Mexico and China.
* Lauren Arnold
* Thomas Lucas, S.J.
Missionary Christianity had a significant impact on traditional cultures in pre-modern Mexico and China. This often-turbulent spiritual contact with European Christian culture and imagery resulted in the emergence of two very important ethnographic versions of the Virgin Mary: Guadalupe and Guanyin. Join us as we trace the evolution of these compelling Marian images from medieval European prototypes overlaid upon indigenous folk goddesses; to fully developed Christian devotional images of distinct and moving ethnicity.
Lauren Arnold is an independent scholar and Research Fellow at the USF Ricci Institute. She is the author of Princely Gifts and Papal Treasures: The Franciscan Mission to China and Its Influence on the Art of the West 1250-1350 (Desiderata Press, San Francisco, 1999). An art historian trained at the University of Michigan, Arnold teaches and lectures on the subject of East/West cultural and artistic exchange.
Fr. Thomas Lucas S.J., is associate professor of art and design and director of the Thacher Gallery at USF. He holds a doctorate from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. An internationally known liturgical artist and consultant, Lucas is currently directing the restoration of St. Ignatius Cathedral, Shanghai. His book Landmarking: City, Church, and Jesuit Urban Strategy won an AJCU National Book Award in 1999.
Patrick Lloyd Hatcher, a Kiriyama Distinguished Fellow at the USF Center for the Pacific Rim and author of The Suicide of an Elite: American Internationalists & Vietnam, will be the moderator.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Reservations recommended; call the USF Ricci Institute at 415.422.6401.
Co-sponsored by the EDS-Stewart Chair at the USF Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History, the USF Center for the Pacific Rim, and the USF Department of Visual and Performing Arts.
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