Who am I as a religious believer, or non-believer? How am I to understand the particularity of my own beliefs in a religiously plural world? Can truths be found in traditions other than my own? Am I willing to look at my own faith in a rigorous and critical way?
The Yamauchi Lectures in Religion series was begun in 1985 in memory of Professor H. James Yamauchi, S.J., a celebrated former Chair of the Department of Religious Studies who taught at Loyola University New Orleans from 1956 to 1966. Father Yamauchi was known and loved for his enthusiastic knowledge of religion and his passionate communication of same to the New Orleans community. This lecture series seeks to perpetuate his work by bringing the results of religious scholarship to a wider audience.
The Department of Religious Studies at Loyola, rooted in the Catholic and Jesuit context of education, encourages the academic study of religion in a spirit of free intellectual inquiry. As the 34th congregation of the Society of Jesus states: “To be religious today is to be interreligious.” And so from the very beginning, students are invited and challenged to consider their faith in a global context, in order to deepen and enrich their appreciation of their place in the religious world.
Students met with the Karmapa on a recent trip to India. GO »
Lecture on October 14 GO »
"Social Entrepreneurial Justice: Catholic Missionaries in the Caribbean" GO »
Transcripts of past lectures are now available. GO »
This is a description of the spotlight HERE »
How to talk about abortion - 7 p.m. Miller Hall, room 114 GO »
All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.
- Albert Einstein
Sr. Elizabeth Willems, School Sisters of Notre Dame, presented “Education: Arenas of Responsibility,” as part of last year's Yamauchi Lecture in Religion series at Loyola University New Orleans. GO »
A Festschrift has been published in honor of Fisher H. Humphreys, graduate of Loyola's master's program in religious studies and former part-time instructor in the department. GO »