Sweeney, Francis, 1916-2002

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Jesuit, English professor, poet, author and founder of the Boston College Humanities Series.

From the description of Francis W. Sweeney papers, 1923-2001. (Boston College). WorldCat record id: 54626216

Francis W. Sweeney, Jesuit.

Sweeney was born in 1916 in Milford, Massachusetts. He attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, entered the Shadowbrook Novitiate in 1939, and earned his MA in Philosophy and English in 1944. He was a seminarian at Weston College from 1945-1949 and was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Richard Cushing. Sweeney was assigned to Boston College in 1951. At Boston College, Sweeney taught writing and literature courses, served as moderator and faculty advisor to the student literary magazine Stylus, and founded the Humanities Series. He served as director of the Humanities Series from 1958 to 1998. Sweeney died in 2002.

Humanities Series, program at Boston College.

The Humanities Series was founded by Francis W. Sweeney in 1958 to enrich campus life and to bring world-renowned creative minds to Boston College to encounter with students and faculty. The Series was inaugurated by Pulitzer-prize winning poet and historian Peter Viereck's lecture entitled "The Unadjusted Man." The Series was preceded by the David B. Steinman Visiting Poets Series (academic year 1957-1958) and later became the Lowell Humanities Series (1987-present). While best known for lectures, it also included fine arts performances and art exhibits. Speakers have included poets, novelists, dramatists, theologians, historians, classicists, and actors.

From the description of Humanities Series : director's records, 1945-2000 (bulk 1957-1998). (Boston College). WorldCat record id: 33825849

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referencedIn E. E. Cummings papers, 1870-1969. Houghton Library
creatorOf Hardwick, Elizabeth. Papers, 1934-1991 (bulk 1960-1990). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Sweeney, Francis W., 1916-. Humanities Series : director's records, 1945-2000 (bulk 1957-1998). Boston College. John J. Burns Library
creatorOf Sweeney, Francis W., 1916-. Francis W. Sweeney papers, 1923-2001. Boston College. John J. Burns Library
referencedIn E. E. Cummings additional papers, 1870-1969. Houghton Library
creatorOf Copleston, Frederick Charles. Frederick Charles Copleston Papers, 1941-1993. Boston College. John J. Burns Library
referencedIn Additional papers, 1917-1962 and undated. Houghton Library
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associatedWith Berrigan, Daniel. person
associatedWith Boston College corporateBody
associatedWith Boston College. Campus Film-makers Festival corporateBody
associatedWith Boston College. Candlemas Lectures corporateBody
associatedWith Boston College. Careers in Writing Conference corporateBody
associatedWith Boston College. Humanities Series corporateBody
associatedWith Boston College. Lowell Lectures. corporateBody
associatedWith Boston College. Younger Poets Series corporateBody
associatedWith Caraman, Philip, 1911-1998. person
correspondedWith Catholic Church corporateBody
associatedWith Copleston, Frederick Charles. person
associatedWith Copleston, Frederick Charles. person
correspondedWith Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962 person
associatedWith D'Arcy, Martin Cyril, 1888-1976. person
associatedWith Dawson, Christopher, 1889-1970. person
associatedWith Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965. person
associatedWith Eliot, Valerie. person
associatedWith Farrell, James T. (James Thomas), 1904-1979. person
associatedWith Guinness, Alec, 1914-2000. person
associatedWith Hardwick, Elizabeth. person
associatedWith Heaney, Seamus, 1939- person
associatedWith Higgins, George V., 1939-1999. person
associatedWith Janeway, Elizabeth. person
correspondedWith Jesuits corporateBody
associatedWith Kerouac, Jack, 1922-1969. person
associatedWith Kray, Elizabeth D., 1916-1987. person
associatedWith Küng, Hans, 1928- person
associatedWith Lavin, Mary, 1912-1996. person
associatedWith Levi, Peter. person
associatedWith Longford, Frank Pakenham, Earl of, 1905-2001. person
associatedWith Merton, Thomas, 1915-1968. person
associatedWith Murphy, Richard, 1927- person
associatedWith O'Connor, Flannery. person
associatedWith O'Faoláin, Seán, 1900-1991. person
associatedWith Sontag, Susan, 1933-2004. person
associatedWith Spark, Muriel. person
associatedWith Spender, Stephen, 1909-1995. person
associatedWith Toynbee, Arnold, 1889-1975. person
associatedWith Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989. person
associatedWith Wright, John J. (John Joseph), 1909-1979. person
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Authors, American--20th century--Manuscripts
Authors, American--20th century--Correspondence
Lectures and lecturing--History--Sources


Birth 1916-02-19

Death 2002-04-25


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