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Fall 2015 Events
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Nostra Aetate: A Catholic and Jewish Peace Treaty or a Spiritual Breakthrough?

James Bernauer, Boston College
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Boisi Center • 12 - 1:15PM

RSVP Required. Click here to register.

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After Pope Francis' Visit: Imagining the Church of the 21st Century 

Thursday, October 15, 2015
Yawkey Center, Murray Room • 5:30pm

Thomas Groom, C21 Center, moderator 
Ken Himes, OFM, Boston College 
Catherine Cornille
, Boston College 
Steve Pope, Boston College 

Co-sponsored with The Church in the 21st Century Center, the Theology Department and the Campus Ministry. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. 

RSVP here.

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The Outlook for Religious Pluralism in Syria

Charles Glass, Television Journalist and Author
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Heights Room • 7:00 - 8:30PM

Co-sponsored by the Department of Slavic & Eastern Languages & Literatures and Christian Solidarity International (CSI)

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Gun Rights and the Threat to Freedom and Democracy

Firmin DeBrabander, Maryland Institute College of Art
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Boisi Center • 12:00 - 1:15PM

RSVP Required. Click here to register.

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Boston Book Festival 2015

The New Debate over Religion in the Schools
October 24, 2015, 10:45 a.m.
First Church Auditorium, 66 Marlborough St., Boston
Erik Owens, moderator
Katherine Stewart, panelist
Linda K. Wertheimer, panelist

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The Bible in Early America: Colonies, Empire, Revival, War

Mark Noll, University of Notre Dame
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Devlin 101 • 5:00 - 6:30PM

There will be a book signing after the lecture.

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Pope Francis' Initiatives: Effective Action on Environment, Hunger and Human Rights 

Ellen Messer, Tufts University
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Boisi Center • 12:00 - 1:15PM

RSVP Required. Click here to register. 

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How Young is Too Young? Teaching about Religion in Public Schools

Linda K. Wertheimer, Journalist and Author
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
LSOE Faculty Lounge • 4:30 - 6:00 PM

Co-sponsored by the Lynch School of Education

In the News

Last week, Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, a chief advisor to Pope Francis, kicked off a four-day conference examining the Pope’s sweeping climate change encyclical, Laudato Si', and its global impact on faith, environmental policy and social justice. He called on Catholics around the world to respond to climate change from a Scripture-based perspective, and he offered the encyclical as a path to an agreement in the upcoming Paris talks. 

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This past Sunday, Pope Francis paid a visit to St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and blessed the recently dedicated “Synagoga and Ecclesia in Our Time” statue which commemorates the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate. In his upcoming talk at the Boisi Center, James Bernauer, SJ will speak on the relationship between Catholics and Jews in the wake of the declaration. 


The Bible continues to be used as a rhetorical weapon in the hands of American politicians as evinced by Bobby Jindal's recent remarks on Donald Trump's religious commitment. In his new book, In the Beginning Was the Word—the first part of a multi-volume set—Mark Noll traces the history of the Bible in America up to the present day, and explores the historical narrative that has led to its place in the modern context.

Visiting Scholar's Application

To learn how to apply to be a Visiting Scholar at the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, visit our Visiting Scholar's page located here.

To view our past visiting scholars, click 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 & Nationalism in Contemporary Turkey," March 25, 2015


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

Check out all of the
Boisi Center Interviews!

Spring 2015 Newsletter

Our Spring 2015 Newsletter is available online here

Boisi Center Resources
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Check out our Resources page 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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