Wednesday 19 June 2013

40th Lonergan Workshop

Stayer Hall on the Lower Campus

This is Stayer Hall where we are staying, most of us, during the 40th Lonergan Workshop currently in session at Boston College. The last few times I've been put up at the Jesuit residence at St Mary's Hall, but St Mary's is undergoing extensive renovation, and will be unavailable for at least another year. There's a lot of building and reconstruction activity going on on the BC campus this time - so it's far from being the extraordinarily beautiful place it normally is. And the heavy showers don't help! And still the Workshop goes on. We begin at 0900, go on up to 1230 or 1300 as happened today. Small groups (workshops) meet again at 1400. The common sessions resume at 1600 and go up to 1730. Then there is the 'evening' session at 1930 in Fulton Hall, usually. I was on this evening, with a paper entitled "Experience: 'A Most Enigmatic Concept'," and, surprisingly a goodly number turned up, despite the rain and the cold. In between, in the all too brief lunch break, you have to manage visiting the Lonergan Emporium run by Kerry Cronin and Susan in Bapst Hall, catch a bite (there are two cafeterias on campus - McElroy Commons and another smaller one on Campanella Way which I discovered only today; there are other small shops off campus, near the Green Line Terminal), and a nap if possible. Busy life. 

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