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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Graduate Symposium

Theology and Film

Film offers a rich medium to explore theology and religion, and is an effective vehicle for exploring the ways theology and religion coexist, conflict, and interact with human experience and modern life. The purpose of this Symposium will be to screen and discuss films that can be termed theological or religious in their narrative content, themes, and images. More information and how to apply can be found here.


Spring Newsletter

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ariel shot of Rikers Island

The Records Project, run by The Marshall Project, is a curated collection of some of the most gripping and dependable criminal justice journalism from across the internet. Check out their record on Rikers Island, and come watch and discuss "RIKERS: An American Jail" on October 23, hosted by the Boisi Center and co-sponsored with the Department of Theology.

Upcoming Fall 2017 Events

For a complete listing for all of our Fall 2017 events, click here.

RIKERS film poster

"RIKERS: An American Jail" A Film by Bill Moyers
Screening and Panel Discussion 

Monday, October 23, 2017
Stokes Hall S195 • 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Featuring panelists Tom Lynes, Marina McCoy (Boston College), Joli Sparkman, and Stephen Pope (Boston College). Moderated by Erik Owens (Boston College).  

Co-sponsored with the Department of Theology.

Glenn Carle

U.S. Foreign Policy After ISIS


Glenn Carle, Author; Former Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Transnational Threats, National Intelligence Council
Monday, October 30, 2017
McGuinn 121 • 5:30 pm 

Co-sponsored with the Islamic Civilizations and Societies Program.

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What’s Wrong with the New Genealogy of Religious Freedom?


David Decosimo, Boston University
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Boisi Center • 12:00 pm - WAIT LIST ONLY

RSVP required. Click here to register.

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Educating for Modern Democracy

November 7-10, 2017

Featuring plenary sessions with Charles Taylor and José Casanova (with Erik Owens moderating), Charles Mathewes, David Campbell, George Yancy, Eduardo Mendieta, Seyla Benhabib, and Candace Vogler

Erik Owens will moderate a panel discussion entitled "Modern Democracy, the Present Situation, and Higher Education: A Public Conversation" and featuring Charles Taylor (em. Department of Philosophy, McGill University) and José Casanova (Department of Sociology and the Berklee Center, Georgetown University). The panel will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 7:15 PM

Mark Massa, S.J. will moderate a panel discussion entitled "Civility in Public Discourse" and featuring Cathleen Kaveny (Department of Theology and the Law School, Boston College) and Vincent Rougeau (Dean of the Law School, Boston College). The panel will be held on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 1:00 PM. 

A conference schedule can be found here. A registration link will be added soon. 

Co-sponsored with the Boston College Philosophy Department and organized in collaboration with the World Conference of Catholic University Institutions of Philosophy. 

Gasson Hall in fall

International Summit of Centers on Religion and Public Life

Thursday, November 16, 2017
By invitation only

The Boisi Center fosters conversations that seek to clarify the moral consequences of public policies in ways that help to maintain the common good while respecting America's increasing religious diversity. More about the Boisi Center's mission...

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