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Upcoming Spring 2015 Events
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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.

RSVP Required (

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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Religion, Race 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

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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

Register for Event

Sponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry

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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

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Religion, Peacebuilding and U.S. Foreign Policy

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


Complete list of our Spring 2015 events.

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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Professor Peter Terem is 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.

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 19!

In the News
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Hundreds of Turkish soldiers recently crossed the border into Syria to protect the tomb of Suleyman Shah, the grandfather of Ottoman Empire founder Osman I, from attack by the Islamic State. Turkey’s veneration of its Ottoman heritage has contributed to a growing strain of nationalism in Turkish politics, which Jenny White will discuss at the Boisi Center on Wednesday, March 25.


In June 2014, the Islamic State declared the formation of a caliphate. Since then it has both been attracting new members and wreaking havoc throughout the Middle East. On February 18, BC professor Ali Banuazizi will address a Boisi Center lunch audience on the connection between politics and Islam.  

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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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