This three-day symposium will bring philosophers, theologians, historians, and literary scholars from France, Italy, Great Britain, Canada, and the United States to McKenna Hall from the evening of March 22, 2012, through the morning of Sunday, March 25, 2012. Offering our students new ways to be engaged on an international level, the speakers will explore in depth the political, social, and theological basis of French philosopher Simone Weil’s belief in grace as a counter force to the moral gravity in the human condition.
The conference will include a presentation led by Margot Fassler, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy, in which students will give a choral presentation of Gregorian Chant from manuscripts housed in the Benedictine Abbey of St. Pierre in Solesmes, France. Under the direction of Diana Matthias, art and education curator, there will be a talk on selections from the Snite Museum of Art’s original collection of the print series Miserere, created by French 20th century artist Georges Rouault, Weil’s contemporary who was also deeply interested in portraying the effects of moral gravity in society.
All are invited to attend.
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