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Loyola University Honors Program hosts inaugural Jesuit Summer Institute

Loyola press release - March 30, 2009

This summer, students from Jesuit colleges and universities across the country will travel to Loyola University New Orleans to immerse themselves in all things New Orleans as part of the first Jesuit Summer Institute for Advanced Study. The institute aims to provide these top students with opportunities for academic and cultural exploration in a setting that fosters the mission of Ignatian education. It is a joint venture of the honors programs and member institutions within the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.

This inaugural session will be led by two Loyola faculty members, acclaimed author and English professor John Biguenet and philosophy professor John Clark, and will focus on New Orleans’ distinctive culture. Topics to be covered include New Orleans’ long history of crisis and calamity, philosophy, ecology, music, literature, art and cuisine. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a wide array of seminars, meet experts and activists, attend theatre events, sample local cuisine and explore post-Katrina New Orleans. Students will experience a variety of aspects of New Orleans, from participating in a service learning day with a local charity to Cajun music and dancing.

According to John Sebastian, assistant professor of Medieval literature and deputy director of Loyola’s Honors Program, the institute serves as an immersion program where students can surround themselves in the history and culture of a unique locale.

Students attending will be sponsored by their home university for the airfare, meals and a $500 stipend for their stay in New Orleans. Loyola University will house the students on campus.

Program participants will be selected by application. Successful applicants must be endorsed by their provost or academic vice president, academic dean, honors program director or another suitable representative designated by their college or university. Undergraduates of any major from any of the 28 schools in the AJCU are welcome to apply.

Applications to the Jesuit Summer Institute will be accepted through April 15. For applications and additional information, visit the institute’s website at www.loyno.edu/jsi or contact Patrick Armstrong in Loyola’s Honors Program at honors@loyno.edu or 504-865-2708.

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