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Harvard Professor to Deliver Annual Loyola Lecture at Le Moyne College

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Francis X. Clooney, S.J., Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology at Harvard Divinity School, will deliver the annual Loyola Lecture at Le Moyne College on Wednesday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. His talk takes place in Grewen Auditorium and is titled “Neither Here Nor There: Learning from Other Religions 50 Years after Vatican II.”

Father Clooney’s primary areas of scholarship include theological commentarial writings in the Sanskrit and Tamil traditions of Hindu India, and the developing field of comparative theology, a discipline distinguished by attentiveness to the dynamics of theological learning deepened through the study of traditions other than one's own. He has also written on the Jesuit missionary tradition, particularly in India, and the dynamics of dialogue in the contemporary world. Professor Clooney is the author of numerous articles and books, including most recently “Beyond Compare: St. Francis de Sales and Sri Vedanta Desika on Loving Surrender to God” (Georgetown University Press, 2008), “The Truth, the Way, the Life: Christian Commentary on the Three Holy Mantras of the Srivaisnava Hindus” (Peeters Publishing, 2008), and “Comparative Theology: Deep Learning across Religious Borders” (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010).

He is currently completing a book, titled “He Has Made Darkness His Hiding Place,” an exercise in dramatic theology, exploring the absence of God in accord with the biblical Song of Songs and the Hindu Holy Word of Mouth (Tiruvaymoli). In July 2010, Father Clooney was elected a Fellow of the British Academy and, since 2010, he also has served as the director of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School. He holds a doctorate in South Asian languages and civilizations from the University of Chicago.

The lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Jesuit community at Le Moyne College. For more information, call (315) 445-6110.

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posted on: 2/16/2012