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Upcoming Events


"An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story" 

Film screening and panel discussion

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

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Simboli 100 (Brighton Campus) • 5:30 pm

Co-sponsored with the Theology Department and the History Department

Student Town Hall

Student Town Hall: What Now?

Student panelists to be announced

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Fulton 511 • 7:00 pm



American Muslims, Trump's Rise, and the Return of an Old Quarrel

David DiPasquale, Boston College

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Boisi Center • 12:00 pm

RSVP required. Click here to register.

Melissa Rogers

Religious Freedom and the Common Good

Melissa Rogers, Special Assistant to President Obama and Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (2013-2017)

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Higgins Hall 300 • 6:00 pm

Arissa Oh

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

Arissa Oh, Boston College

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Boisi Center • 12:00 pm

RSVP required. Click here to register.

Alan Wolfe

The Roots of Trumpism

The Inaugural Wolfe Lecture on Religion and Public Life

Alan Wolfe, Boston College
Founding Director of the Boisi Center

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Fulton 511 • 7:00 pm


"Silence," a Film by Martin Scorsese

Film screening and panel discussion

Friday, March 24 • Higgins 300
Film screening: 3:00 - 5:45pm
Panel discussion: 6:00 - 7:30pm

Hitomi Omata Rappo, Boston College
Robert A. Maryks, Boston College
Additional panelists will be announced soon

Co-sponsored with The Center for Ignatian Spirituality, the The Institute for the Liberal Arts, and The Church in the 21st Century Center

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Toward a Culture of University Ethics


A conference raising a range of ethical issues that arise at institutions of higher education.

Taylor Branch, Author and historian
Jim Keenan, Boston College, Director of the Jesuit Institute
Margaret McKenna, Suffolk University
Ruth Simmons, Brown University
and many others...

April 5-7, 2017

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


Prophecy without Contempt: Religious Rhetoric in the Public Sphere

Panel Discussion 

M. Cathleen Kaveny, Boston College
Rowan Williams, University of Cambridge
Charles Taylor, McGill University
Jonathan Lear, The University of Chicago

Friday, April 7, 2017
McMullen Museum of Art, 2101 Commonwealth Avenue • 1:00 pm

Sponsored by The Clough Center for Constitutional Democracy

Erik Owens

The Ethics of Citizenship in the Trump Era

Erik Owens, Boston College

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Boisi Center • 12:00 pm

RSVP required. Click here to register.

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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