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Bannan Forum

Bannan Forum

The Bannan Forum of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education collaboratively leads faculty, staff, administrators, and students in advancing the Jesuit, Catholic vocation of Santa Clara University as a transformative social force, building a more humane, just, and sustainable world.

Focused on (though not limited to) the intersection of faith, culture, and questions of justice and reconciliation, Bannan Forum programming promotes and makes accessible the comprehensive humanism of the Jesuit intellectual heritage, bringing it to bear on contemporary global realities.  Through public events, print publications, and digital offerings, the Forum brings the Santa Clara University community and the larger public in Silicon Valley and beyond into conversations emerging from SCU’s distinctive character and mission.


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. Louis I. Bannan, S.J.

 explore Journal
The 2016-18 Bannan Institute presents the Spring 2018 explore Journal. This issue of explore seeks to further dialogue and action around pressing issues of racial and ethnic justice, economic justice, gender justice, and environmental justice facing our world today.

explore Spring 2018

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The 2016-2018 Bannan Institute: Is There A Common Good in Our Common Home? A Summons to Solidarity explored pressing issues of racial and ethnic justice, economic justice, gender justice, and environmental justice facing our world today, and helped to advance the Jesuit, Catholic vocation of SCU, building a more humane, just, and sustainable world.

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“The more universal the good is, the more is it divine.” 
-- St. Ignatius of Loyola