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Loyola hosts Heartland Delta conference next week

February 15, 2013

Faculty from the more than 20 Jesuit colleges and universities nationwide will converge on Loyola University New Orleans as it hosts the annual Heartland Delta Faculty Conversations conference Feb. 22-24. More than 60 faculty from across the country and locally are planning to attend. This year’s conference theme is “Eloquentia Perfecta,” the Jesuit commitment to fostering the ability to use speech and writing effectively, logically, gracefully, persuasively and responsibly. Eloquentia perfecta has been a hallmark of Jesuit education and pedagogy since the establishment of Jesuit schools in its earliest days of the 16th century.

“As Loyola University New Orleans celebrates its centennial, we are honored to host this national conference this spring,” said the Rev. Ted Dziak, S.J., vice president for the Office of Mission and Ministry and director of the Jesuit Center. “Bringing a large number of faculty from Jesuit colleges across the U.S allows our Loyola colleagues to interact with noted scholars on a topic directly related to our Jesuit pedagogical roots.”

The Heartland Delta network is a consortium of the 12 colleges and universities from the Midwest and South, designed to foster Ignatian spirituality and values that root Jesuit higher education, with a special concern for lay-Jesuit cooperation and mutual leadership. The governing board of the conference is made up of the provincial and the presidents, mission and ministry officers and Jesuit community rectors. Loyola hosted the annual Heartland Delta board meeting in 2012.

The conference is not open to the public, but some sessions are open to the Loyola community. For more information, contact Loyola’s Jesuit Center at 504-865-2304.

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