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Spring 2015 Events
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Simone's Svengalis: A Petainist, a Missionary, and the Making of Simone Weil

Benjamin Braude, Boston College
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Boisi Center • 12:00-1:15PM

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Politicization of Religion or Sacralization of Politics: Two Faces of Political Islam

Ali Banuazizi, Boston College
Wednesday, February 18, 2015  *PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE*
Boisi Center • 12:00-1:15PM

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*There is currently a waitlist for this event.*

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Being a Priest in the Public Square: The Experience from Down Under

Frank Brennan, S.J., Australian Catholic University
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Boisi Center • 12:00-1:15PM

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Equal Rights for All: A "New Paradigm" for Israeli Jewish-Palestinian Peace and Reconciliation

Antony Lerman, Author, The Making and the Unmaking of a Zionist: A Personal and Political Journey
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Boisi Center • 5:30-7:00PM

Dinner will be served.

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In conjunction with the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Seminar

Co-sponsored by the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

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Religion, Politics and Nationalism in Contemporary Turkey

Jenny White, Boston University
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Boisi Center • 12:00-1:15PM

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Race, Religion, and Social Change: A Campus Conversation

M. Shawn Copeland, Boston College
Walter Fluker, Boston University
Nichole Flores, St. Anselm College
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Devlin 008 • 5:00-6:30PM

The Boisi Center will live-tweet this event. Join the conversation at #BCTalksRace.

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Religion and the Roots of Climate Change Denial

Katharine Hayhoe, Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University
Stephen Pope, Boston College
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
McGuinn Hall 121 • 5:30-7:00PM

Co-sponsored with the Environmental Studies Program, The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and the Institute for the Liberal Arts

The Boisi Center will live-tweet this event. Join the conversation at #ClimateDenial.

A live broadcast of this event can be watched at for those who can not attend in person.


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Religion and Global Affairs: The View from the State Department

Shaun Casey, Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs, U.S. State Department

Thursday, April 9, 2015
Fulton Hall 511 • 5:30-7:00PM

Co-sponsored with the Center for Human Rights and International Justice

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How Dante Can Save your Life

Rod Dreher, The American Conservative
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Fulton Hall 511 • 5:30-7:00PM

RSVP requested

Co-Sponsored with The Church in the 21st Century Center


Spring 2015 Newsletter

Our Spring 2015 Newsletter is available online here

Interview Highlights
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Interview with Katharine Hayhoe on Religion and the Roots of Climate Change Denial, April 8, 2015

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Interview with Jenny White on "Religion, Politics and Nationalism in Contemporary Turkey," March 25, 2015


Interview with M. Shawn Copeland on "Race, Religion and Social Change," March 25, 2015

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In the News

Writing for the Washington Monthly's "Political Animal" blog, D.R. Tucker praises Katharine Hayhoe's recent Boisi Center speech about the intersection of religion and climate change denial. Read more about Hayhoe's April 8 lecture on "Religion and the Roots of Climate Change Denial" here.

Spring 2015 Visiting Scholars
Paulina Napierala

Paulina Napierala is an assistant professor at the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.

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Peter Terem is a professor in and chair of the Department of International Relations and Diplomacy as well as vice dean for Science and Research at Matej Bel University in Baska Bystrica, Slovakia.

Boisi Center Resources
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Check out our Resources page and 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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