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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.

Exploring the Integration of Faith, Justice, and the Intellectual Life in Jesuit, Catholic Higher Education
As the first director of the Bannan Institute (now the Bannan Forum), Robert Senkewicz premised his original vision “on the notion that struggling with the question of our Catholic and Jesuit identity is one way in which we can become a better and more genuine university.” This issue of explore returns to and continues that vision.

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Co-hosted by the Center for Arts & Humanities and the Ignatian Center's Bannan Forum and co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, this two-day event featured virtual exhibits and performances, keynote speakers, and various discussion panels on  the intersection of the Covid-19 and racial injustice pandemics.

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The Bannan Forum 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.

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On March 23, SCU's historic home for alumni was renamed the Bannan Alumni House, in honor of Louis Bannan, S.J. and the entire Bannan family. The Bannan Family's affiliation with SCU is something near and dear to the heart of the Ignatian Center, which was originally named the Bannan Foundation for Christian Values in 1982. We continue to honor this SCU family legacy through our Bannan Forum programming.

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Spring 2018

The Spring 2018 explore Journal examines pressing issues of racial and ethnic justice, economic justice, gender justice, and environmental justice facing our world today.

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