In this essay, the first in a discussion series hosted by The Immanent Frame, Elizabeth Shakman Hurd and Winnifred Fallers Sullivan (also the series' co-editors) explore theologies of American exceptionalism as they impact American policies of religion, which often coincide with questions of religious tolerance and religious freedom. On November 2, David Decosimo will discuss the genealogy of understandings of relgious freedom in his luncheon lecture at the Boisi Center.
Theology and Film
Film offers a rich medium to explore theology and religion, and is an effective vehicle for exploring the ways theology and religion coexist, conflict, and interact with human experience and modern life. The purpose of this Symposium will be to screen and discuss films that can be termed theological or religious in their narrative content, themes, and images. More information can be found here.
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Fall 2017 Events
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
McGuinn 121 • 6:30 pm
Featuring panelists M. Shawn Copeland (Boston College), Pat DeLeeuw (Boston College), Craig A. Ford Jr. (Boston College), Heather Cox Richardson (Boston College), and Martin Summers (Boston College). Moderated by Mark Massa, S.J.
"RIKERS: An American Jail" A Film by Bill Moyers
Screening and Panel Discussion
Monday, October 23, 2017
Stokes Hall S195 • 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Featuring panelists Tom Lynes, Marina McCoy (Boston College), Joli Sparkman, and Stephen Pope (Boston College). Moderated by Erik Owens (Boston College).
Co-sponsored with the Department of Theology.
Glenn Carle, Author; Former Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Transnational Threats, National Intelligence Council
Monday, October 30, 2017
McGuinn 121 • 5:30 pm
David Decosimo, Boston University
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Boisi Center • 12:00 pm • RSVP required.
This event is full. Click here to join the wait list.
Educating for Modern Democracy
November 7-10, 2017
*Important notice: Unfortunately, Charles Taylor has had to withdraw from participation. Public discussion will proceed in the form of a conversation with Jose Casanova, moderated by Erik Owens, and fully open to questions and thoughts from the public audience*
Featuring plenary sessions with José Casanova (with Erik Owens moderating), Charles Mathewes, David Campbell, George Yancy, Eduardo Mendieta, Judith Green, and Candace Vogler.
Erik Owens will moderate a panel discussion entitled "Modern Democracy, the Present Situation, and Higher Education: A Public Conversation" and featuring José Casanova (Department of Sociology and the Berklee Center, Georgetown University). The panel will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 7:15 PM
Mark Massa, S.J. will moderate a panel discussion entitled "Civility in Public Discourse" and featuring Cathleen Kaveny (Department of Theology and the Law School, Boston College) and Vincent Rougeau (Dean of the Law School, Boston College). The panel will be held on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 1:00 PM.
A conference schedule can be found here.
Co-sponsored with the the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, The Clough Center, the Departments of Philosophy and Theology and the Lonergan Institute. Organized in collaboration with the World Conference of Catholic University Institutions of Philosophy.
Responding to the Global Refugee Crisis at BC and Beyond
Monday, November 13, 2017
Gasson Commons (Room 112) • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Part of The Refugee Project at BC.
Share food and drink with the community, listen to the stories of refugees who have resettled in the Boston area, and hear short talks from BC experts Westy Egmont, Kristin Heyer, Maryann Loughry, and Erik Owens. Co-sponsored by the Office of International Programs, and part of International Education Week 2017.
Free and open to all, but please RSVP to help us plan.
International Summit of Centers on Religion and Public Life
Thursday, November 16, 2017
By invitation only
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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