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Fall 2016 Events
Speak, Stand, Sit or Scream?

Speak, Stand, Sit or Scream? 
How Young People Engage Politics & the World in 2016

Student participants: Craig Ford, Najat Goso, Isra Hussain, and Russell Simons 
Moderated by: Erik Owens
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Fulton Hall 511 • 7-8:30 pm


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Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism

Edward E. Baptist, Cornell University
Response by Martin Summers, Boston College
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Higgins Hall 310 • 5:30-7:00 pm

Co-sponsored by the Institute for the Liberal Arts and the African and African Diaspora Studies Program

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Public Theology and the Global Common Good:
The Contribution of David Hollenbach, S.J.

Opening Keynote: October 14, 4-5:30 pm • Gasson Hall 100 
Conference: October 15, 9:00 am - 4:15 pm • Simbali Hall (STM)
Closing Liturgy: October 15, 4:30 pm• STM Chapel

Co-sponsored by the Institute for the Liberal Arts, Theology Department, and the Center for Human Rights and International Justice 

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Just War Revisited

Gen. James Dubik, USA ret., Georgetown University
Rev. J. Bryan Hehir, Harvard University
Former government official TBA
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Higgins Hall 300 • 5:30-7:00 pm


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An Ethics for the Coming Storm:
A Theological Reflection on Climate Change

The 16th Annual Prophetic Voices Lecture

Laurie Zoloth, Northwestern University
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Fulton Hall 511 • 6:00-7:30 pm



Religion, Ethics, and the 2016 Presidential Campaign

Erik Owens, Alan Wolfe, Marc Landy, others TBA
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Stokes S195 • TBA



Religion and Development at USAID

Amie Harris, U.S. Agency For International Development

Monday, November 14, 2016
Boisi Center • 12:00-1:15 pm

RSVP required. Click here to register.

Spring 2016 Newsletter

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Georgetown Univeristy

In 1838, Georgetown University sold 272 slaves to pay its debts. Now, the University is confronting its debt to the descendants of the people they sold. Author James Martin, S.J., interviewed the chair of Georgetown's working group on Slavery, Memory and Reconciliation to discuss the steps the university, and its Jesuit community, is making to atone for its history. Edward Baptist  (Cornell University) will speak Wednesday, October 4 to discuss the role of slavery in the making of American capitalism. Professor Martin Summers (Boston College) will respond. 

Map of Battle Lines in Syria

Syria is a geopolitical hotspot and humanitarian crisis. The New York Times' Straightforward Answers to Basic Questions About Syria's War helps explain the central issues of the conflict and their implications for US military involvement.

On Thursday, October 20 at 5:30 pm, the Boisi Center welcomes Gen. James Dubik, U.S. Army ret., a Georgetown University professor. He will be joined by Rev. J. Bryan Hehir of Harvard University, and additional guests for Just War Revisited, a panel discussion on Just War theory in the 21st century. 

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 James Bernauer, S.J., on "Nostra Aetate" October 14, 2015

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Interview with Mark Noll on "The Bible in Early America," October 29, 2015

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

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