2021 Casey-McIlvane Memorial Lecture to Explore the Diplomacy of Jesuits

Jose Casanova and Thomas Banchoff

In the Library’s annual Casey-McIlvane Memorial Lecture, José Casanova will be interviewed by Georgetown University Vice President for Global Engagement Thomas Banchoff about the historical role of Jesuits as diplomats. In “Practicing the Culture of the Encounter: Jesuits as Global Diplomats from the Early Modern Era to the Present,” Casanova, Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies at Georgetown, will explore how Jesuits have served as diplomats in both a literal sense as envoys of the Papacy or other state authorities, but also through their missions fostering cultural diplomacy throughout the world.

Casanova also serves a Senior Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown. He is author of several books, including the modern classic Public Religions in the Modern World. Banchoff was the founding director of the Berkley Center from 2006–2017.

The Casey-McIlvane Lecture will take place Thursday, March 25, at 5:00 p.m. Learn more and RSVP.

The Casey-McIlvane Lecture is an annual lecture reflecting the academic disciplines currently taught at Georgetown and the mission of the Society of Jesus. It is supported by the Casey-McIlvane Lecture Fund, which was established in 1997 by Roseanne McIlvane Casey (G'79) and Nancy McIlvane Del Genio (F'82), in memory of Francis L. Casey, Jr., (C’50, L’53), and in honor of the Reverend Donald W. McIlvane, (F’46).