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The Bernard J. Lonergan Institute's Dialogue on Lonergan's Economics and the Basque Country
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Bernard J LonerganOn May 22, 2014, Monsignor Richard Liddy, Director of the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute, will host the second webinar in the Institute's "Lonergan on Economics" series. The event, titled "Analyzing the Socio-Economic Development of the Basque Country: Some Promising Directions and Further Questions," will take place from 2 to 4 p.m.

Lonergan (1904-1984) was a Canadian philosopher-theologian who authored two works on macroeconomics: For a New Political Economy and Macroeconomic Dynamics, both published by the University of Toronto Press.

In the webinar, Dr. Paul Hoyt-O'Connor, Director of the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research at George Washington University, will present his analysis of the economy of the Basque Country in Spain using Lonergan's ideas on economics. Dr. Patrick Byrne, Professor of Philosophy at Boston College, will give a response to the presentation. A general discussion, moderated by Andrea Bartoli, Dean of the School of Diplomacy, Seton Hall University, will follow.

About the Presentation
In this presentation, Dr. Hoyt-O'Connor will provide an update regarding the state of a research project which seeks to examine the economy of the Basque Country in the light of Lonergan's work in economics. After offering some context, he will share the substance of recent conversations with economists in the Basque Country. His hope is to identify some common ground for future collaborations as well as to ask some further questions which have arisen through the course of those discussions.

For more information about this upcoming webinar or to learn how to join the conversation, contact Msgr. Richard Liddy at

About the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute
The Bernard J. Lonergan Institute was launched in 2006 by the Center for Catholic Studies. The mission of the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute at Seton Hall University is to make known the work of the Canadian philosopher-theologian Bernard J. Lonergan, S.J., and its implications for contemporary culture. Besides being a research center with all the significant holdings of the primary and secondary literature on Bernard Lonergan, the center will also serve to implement Lonergan’s vision of Catholic theology integrating all of modern culture through programs in the natural and human sciences, historical scholarship, and the professions. It will serve as a locus of cultural healing, helping to implement Lonergan’s vision of "Cosmopolis," that is, a culture liberated from bias.

The Institute sponsors scholarship, programs, lectures and conferences centered around Lonergan's work. The Institute contains all of Lonergan's published works, copies of his most significant unpublished writings, doctoral dissertations on Lonergan's work, the most significant secondary literature on Lonergan and Lonergan's "memorabilia," including letters and photos on display.

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About the Center for Catholic Studies
Founded at Seton Hall University in 1997, The Center for Catholic Studies is dedicated to fostering a dialogue between the Catholic intellectual tradition and all areas of study and contemporary culture, through scholarly research and publications and ongoing programs for faculty, students, and the general public. In 2001, the Center conducted the annual faculty summer seminar, "The Core of the Core," which originated the present University Core Curriculum. The Center also developed the undergraduate degree program in Catholic Studies with its major, minor and certificate, which in 2012 became the Department of Catholic Studies. The Center continues to support the Department with scholarship aid and its ongoing program of co-curricular activities.

Focusing on the central role of the faculty, the Center is the sponsor of regular Faculty Development programs, including lectures, seminars and retreats. The Center also administers two national faculty development programs: Collegium: A Colloquy on Faith and Intellectual Life, and The Lilly Fellows Program.

The Center maintains a global focus in international scholarship and is the home of the G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture, as well as the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute. The Institutes offer opportunities for study and research, as well as ongoing programs related to faith and culture. In addition, the Micah Institute for Business and Economics concentrates on communicating Catholic Social Teaching and ethics to business education at Seton Hall and the wider business community. The Center also publishes the prestigious Chesterton Review, The Lonergan Review, and Arcadia, a student journal.

For more information please contact:
Msgr. Richard Liddy
(973) 275-2407


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