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Spring 2017 Events

An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story 

Film screening and panel discussion

Featuring filmmaker Martin Doblmeier and scholars Andrew Fistuen, Lisa Sowle Cahill, Mark Massa, S.J., and Erik Owens.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Location and Time TBD

Arissa Oh

Save the Children? Religion, Politics, and International Adoptions in America

Arissa Oh
, Boston College

Thursday, February 8, 2017
Boisi Center • 12-1:15 pm

RSVP required. Click here to register.

Meghan Sweeney

Islam and Democracy in a Troubled Time

David DiPasquale
, Boston College

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Boisi Center • 12-1:15 pm

RSVP required. Click here to register.

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The Protection of Religious Freedom and Religious Minorities for the Common Good

Melissa Rogers
, Special Assistant to President Obama and Executive Director of the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Early Spring 2017
Location and Time TBD

Alan Wolfe

The Inaugeral Alan Wolfe Lecture

Alan Wolfe, Boston College

Founding Director of the Boisi Center

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Location and Time TBD


Silence, a Film by Martin Scorsesee, based on the novel by Shūsaku Endō

Film screening and panel discussion

Featuring a panel of international scholars of Jesuitica and Japanese religion.

Late Spring 2017
Location and Time TBD

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Toward a Culture of University Ethics


Jim Keenan, Boston College, Director of the Jesuit Institute

April 5-7, 2017

Co-sponsored with the Jesuit Institute and the Institute for the Liberal Arts


Prophecy without Contempt


Cathleen Kaveny, Boston College
Friday, April 7, 2017
Location and Time TBD

Sponsored by the Clough Center for Constitutional Democracy

Erik Owens

The Ethics of Citizenship in the Trump Era

Erik Owens
, Boston Collge
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Boisi Center • 12:00-1:15 pm

RSVP required. Click here to register.

Upcoming Fall 2016 Events

Religion and Conflict Transformation

Fr. Raymond G. Helmick, S.J., Inaugural Memorial Lecture

Professor David Little, Georgetown University

Sunday, December 11, 2016
Devlin 101 • 2:00-3:30 pm (Reception following)

Free and open to the public. Registration via Eventbrite required.  For more information, please contact Professor John J. Michalczyk.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Human Rights and International Justice; the Faith, Peace and Justice ProgramFilm StudiesCooperative Metropolitan Ministries; the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre; the Rotary Club of Scituate, MA; and the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life.

Past Fall 2016 Events


Click here to review a list of our Fall 2016 events. 

Spring 2016 Newsletter

Our Spring 2016 Newsletter is available online here.

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As always, the Boisi Center Report is available on our website.


BC News covered the USAID Book-a-thon that the Boisi Center cosponsored with the Lynch School of Education, the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Social Work. Thanks to all who participated, especially our speakers, Amie Harris (MCAS '11) and Christie Vilsack of USAID and Paul ('82) and Peter Reynolds of FableVision!

Visiting Scholar's Application

To learn how to apply to be a Visiting Scholar at the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, visit our Visiting Scholar's page located here.

To view our past visiting scholars, click here.

Interview Highlights
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Interview with Kristin Heyer on "Immigration and Christian Ethics" on April 5, 2016

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Interview with Pierre de Charentenay, S.J. on "What the Islamic Veil Reveals," February 25, 2016

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Interview with Linda K. Wertheimer on "Teaching about Religion in Public Schools" November 10, 2015

Check out all of the
Boisi Center Interviews!

Boisi Center Resources
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Check out our Resources page Browse audio, videos, recaps, remarks, and interviews related to Boisi Center programs.

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.             
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