Help Shape the Future
2016-2020 Bannan Institutes

What's new?

The Bannan Institute is re-imagining how to better serve faculty, staff, students, alumni and the wider community. Next year will be an experimental year of programs as we plan the next generation of Bannan Institutes (2016-2020). We are looking to you for new ideas to shape high-impact events and perhaps even lead one. 

Why You?

We seek the views and input of the full SCU community in order to build more innovative and relevant offerings. This is an invitation to help SCU deepen its commitment to our shared values in ways that matter to you. 

Why Now?

In an increasingly market-driven educational climate, the Bannan Institute serves as a bridge, leveraging the resources of our Jesuit, Catholic tradition of education to address issues of contemporary significance in integrative, meaningful, and collaborative ways. With your contributions, the Bannan Institute can help advance new learning, from the conceptual to the practical, as we seek to more fully realize the vocation of our university within the 21st century. 

What's Next?

You will receive a short, anonymous, online survey to invite your input on the future of the Bannan Institutes. Departmental and individual consultation interviews will follow.

What's the Bannan Institute?

The Bannan Institute advances the vocation of SCU as a Jesuit, Catholic university engaging a pluralistic society in the 21st century. 

The Institute currently sponsors an annual lecture series, featuring thought-leaders and practitioners from diverse religious and philosophical traditions, addressing pressing social, cultural, and religious issues. The Institute also sponsors research and teaching grants and fellowships, seminars and forums, days of reflection, and an online and print journal to further the integration of faith, justice, and the intellectual life across campus and within the larger community.

 

An Early Innovator in Jesuit Higher Education

See the growth and development of the Bannan Institutes that has led us to today.

1982

Founded by three generations of the Bannan family in honor of their "Uncle Lou," Fr. Louis I. Bannan, S.J., a longtime SCU faculty member in educational psychology, administrator, and advisor 

1999

Became a center of distinction to advance Santa Clara University's Jesuit, Catholic tradition of education 

2005

Joined with the former Arrupe Center for Community-based Learning to create the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education 

2012

Piloted yearlong thematic programs with "Sacred Texts in the Public Sphere" (2012-2013), "What Good is God?" (2013-2014), and "Ignatian Leadership" (2014-2015)

2015

 Seeks to create even more collaborative, innovative, and relevant experiences for faculty, staff, administrators, students and alumni as together we advance the vocation of our Jesuit, Catholic university meaningfully engaging the 21st century

2020

 The Bannan Institute is re-imagining how to better serve faculty, staff, students, alumni and the wider community. Next year will be an experimental year of programs as we plan the next generation of Bannan Institutes (2016-2020). We are looking to you for new ideas to shape high-impact events and perhaps even lead one.

Fr. Louis I. Bannan, S.J.
(1914-1998)

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"The Bannan Institute seeks to cultivate the University's moral and spiritual, as well as intellectual and aesthetic values. This involves seeking answers for not only 'what is' but 'what ought to be,' and it means encouraging the search for a faith that promotes justice."

-- Fr. Lou Bannan, S.J.