Selected videos from past Center events



With Medea Benjamin, author and co-founder of the organization CodePink.

October 20, 2016.



BC professor Marilynn Johnson discusses her new book

Book discussion: The New Bostonians and The New Deportations Delirium

On November 16, 2015, Marilynn Johnson, BC Professor of History and author of The New Bostonians: How Immigrants Have Transformed the Metro Area since the 1960s; and Center Associate Directors Brinton Lykes, BC Professor of Community-Cultural Psychology and Daniel Kanstroom, BC Professor of Law, co-editors of The New Deportations Delirium: Interdisciplinary Responses discuss their new books with the BC community. Access the Johnson book discussion here. “


Fr. Hollenbach

A Spirituality of Accompaniment: What We Can Learn from Jesuit Refugee Service

Center Director David Hollenbach, S.J. delivered the Advent Sacred Lecture at Georgetown U. on Dec. 8, 2015. The lecture helped launch the Jesuit Refugee Service's "Mercy in Motion" project, which aims to bring education to 100,000 additional refugee children. Access the text of Hollenbach's talk here. »

Ariel Dacal Díaz discusses Cuba-US relations

Cuba & the U.S.: Tides of Change

On October 13, 2015, Ariel Dacal Díaz, a popular educator from Cuba, joined CHRIJ to speak on U.S.-Cuban relations, past and present, and the gains of the Revolution that Cubans are committed to preserving.

Access Cuba & the U.S.: Tides of Change here “


"The Ruse of Reconciliation?"

On August 19, 2015, four professors from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa presented at a Center event entitled "The Ruse of Reconciliation? Discursive Contours, Impossibilities and Modes of Resistance in the South African ‘Reconciliation Project’". Here is a link to a similar presentation the Wits rpofessors gave the day before at the City University of New York. 

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WomenCrossDMZ: A Report Back from a Historic Walk in the Koreas for Peace and Reunification

On September 16, 2015, Center Associate Director Brinton Lykes and BC Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Center Affiliated Faculty Member Ramsay Liem presented on the current situationin the Koreas after Prof. Lykes participated in WomenCrossDMZ in May.  She joined 29 other women from 15 different countries to cross the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas on May 24, 2015, International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament, in support of peace and reconiliation between the two nations.Access video of the WomenCrossDMZ event here. “


Book Discussion

Book discussion: Constructing Immigrant 'Illegality': Critiques, Experiences, and Responses

On April 30, the Center hosted this discussion with co-editors Cecilia Menjívar, Professor of Sociology, Arizona State University and Daniel Kanstroom, Professor of Law, Boston College. Respondent: BC Professor of Social Work Westy Egmont Access video of the Constructing Immigrant Illegality book discussion here. “


Accompaniment During Conflict presentation

Accompaniment During Conflict: The Mission of Jesuit Refugee Service in Syria and the Middle East

On April 13, the Center welcomed Nawras Sammour, SJ, Country Director, JRS Syria and Fr. Michael Zammit, SJ, Regional Director, JRS Middle East to give personal testimony to the challenges of meeting the basic human needs of the most vulnerable people in a dangerous and often chaotic environment. They shared the inspiration they derive from the example of those Syrians who risk so much to help others, and the communities who open their hearts to provide refuge to the stranger.

Access "Accompaniment During Conflict" video here. “


Book discussion: Immigration Outside the Law

On March 26, the Center hosted this discussion with author Hiroshi Motomura, the Susan Westerberg Prager Professor of Law, University of California, Los AngelesProf. Motomura joined us to discuss his latest book, Immigration Outside the Law.

Access video of the Immigration Outside the Law book discussion here. “



Carolyn Forche addresses the audience at a CHRIJ event

A Poet's Journey from El Salvador to 2014: Witness in the Light of Conscience

On Wednesday, November 19, the Center for Human Rights and International Justice hosted this event with Professor Carolyn Forché of Georgetown University.

Access a A Poet's Journey from El Salvador to 2014 here. “


Ricardo Falla, S.J.

Conversation with Ricardo Falla, S.J.

Center Visiting Fellow Ricardo Falla, S.J. discusses his life and work, and a new book project about them entitled "Al Atardecer de la Vida" (In the Twilight of Life), in these short interviews (in Spanish).

Access a Conversation with Ricardo Falla, S.J. here.


Accessing Older Videos

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