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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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"I Heard the Gospel Preached in the Church of the Outcasts": Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Transformative Encounters with the American Prophetic Tradition, 1930-1931

14th Annual Prophetic Voices Lecture

Charles Marsh, University of Virginia
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Higgins Hall 300 • 5:30-7:00PM


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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The End of Liberal Zionism

Antony Lerman, Author, The Making and the Unmaking of a Zionist: A Personal and Political Journey
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Stokes Hall • 7:00-8:30PM

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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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Liberalism versus Libertarianism: A Catholic Conversation

School of Theology and Ministry's Dean's Colloquium

This day-long conference addresses the political, theological and legal issues raised by libertarianism from a Catholic context.

Monday, April 6, 2015
Gasson Hall 100 • 9:00AM-4:00PM

Free of Charge

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Sponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry

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Religion and the Roots of Climate Change Skepticism

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 and The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

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Religion, Peacebuilding and U.S. Foreign Policy

Shaun Casey, State Department Office of Faith-based Community Initiatives
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Fulton Hall 511 • 5:30-7:00PM

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

Study Abroad
Haggia Sophia in Istanbul

Registration is now open for Erik Owens's summer 2015 course in Istanbul, "Turkey at the Crossroads: Politics, Religion and the State." Inquire soon; apply by Feb 5.

In the News

The world is still mourning the terror attacks on Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery store in France in early January. Prompted by the attack on the satirical newspaper, below are some Boisi Center resources that shed light on questions about blasphemy, free speech and the right to offend.

Imam Talal Eid

In Spring 2007, we hosted a conference examining "Blasphemy, Free Speech and Journalistic Ethics." First Amendment Center scholar Charles Haynes delivered the keynote address, "The Lively Experiment: Why Religious Freedom Requires the Right to Offend," which was preceded by an interfaith panel of religious leaders speaking about free expression, and a panel of journalists speaking about journalistic ethcs. Resources from this event, including audio and a recap, are available on the event webpage.

John McCoy

In Spring 2007, we also hosted art historian John McCoy for his presentation "Blasphemy Ink: The Danish Mohammed Cartoons and their Fallout." Resources from this event, including a video, a recap, and slides, are available on the event webpage

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Our Fall 2014 Newsletter is now available!

Boisi Center Interviews

Our archive now includes nearly 100 Boisi Center Interviews!

Interview Highlights
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"Catholic Charities: Challenges and Response"

November 5, 2014, interview with Rev. Larry Snyder

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"Writing about Religion in a Polarized Age"

October 23, 2014, interview with Rod Dreher

Jonathan Trejo-Mathys
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The Boisi Center mourns the passing of Jonathan Trejo-Mathys, an assistant professor of philosophy at Boston College and passionate advocate for global justice, who spoke at the Boisi Center last year on political obligation in the world society.

Boisi Center Resources
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Resources from the Boston College sesquicentennial conference, Religion and the Liberal Aims of Higher Education, are now available online. 

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Check out our updated 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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