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Spring 2016 Events

University Ethics: How Colleges Can Build and Benefit from a Culture of Ethics

James Keenan, S.J., Boston College
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
St. Mary's Hall, Room 128 • 12:00 - 1:15PM


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Promoting a Closer Alignment Between Philanthropy and the Public Good

Ray Madoff, Boston College
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 (New date)
Boisi Center • 12:00 - 1:15PM


Bruce Herman

Making and Breaking: Art, Hospitality and Eucharist

Bruce Herman, Gordon College
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Devlin 101 • 5:30 - 7:00PM


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What the Islamic Veil Reveals

Pierre de Charentenay, S.J., Gasson Chair, Boston College
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Boisi Center • 12:00 - 1:15PM



Just War Theory and the Environmental Consequences of War

Laurie Johnston, Emmanuel College
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Boisi Center • 12:00 - 1:15PM



Immigration and Christian Ethics

Kristin Heyer, Boston College
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Boisi Center • 12:00 - 1:15PM



Who Gets to be a Prophet? Miracles, Privileges and the Discourse of Meritocracy

15th Prophetic Voices Lecture

Ayesha S. Chaudhry, University of British Columbia
The lecture will be rescheduled for Fall 2016. 
Details TBA.

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Religion and American Public Life: The Calling of a Public Intellectual

In Celebration of the Career
and Retirement of Alan Wolfe

Conference featuring: Sanford Levinson, Richard Mouw, Ira Katznelson, Susan Meld Shell, Susan Jacoby, William Galston, Randall Kennedy, Joseph Quinn, Howard Gardner and Alan Wolfe.

Thursday, April 14, 2016
Gasson 100 • 8:45AM - 2:00PM

Reception following at the Boisi Center from 2:15PM - 4:30PM
A celebratory program will take place at 3:00 pm to mark Alan Wolfe’s retirement. 

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RSVP required for the conference.

Job Opportunities at the Boisi Center

The Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life seeks to hire two undergraduate research fellows for the 2016-17 academic year. We invite applications from qualified and energetic undergraduate students from any discipline within the College of Arts and Sciences at Boston College who have an interest in the work of the Center. For more information, click here.

Spring 2016 Newsletter

Our Spring 2016 Newsletter is available online here.


The Boisi Center Report will be going digital in the fall and will be distributed primarily by email. If you would like to continue to receive physical copies of the newsletter, you will need to request it. Please click here to opt-In or call us at 617–552–1860 with your mailing address to receive the newsletter by mail.

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In the News
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Former Boisi Center undergraduate research assistant Evan Goldstein, now a student at Union Theological Seminary, has written an article on Bernie Sanders’ Jewish identity and the anxieties about Jewish identity in America. In 2014, Alan Wolfe, director of the Boisi Center, met his critics for a discussion on his book At Home in Exile: Why Diaspora is Good for the Jews.

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 James Bernauer, S.J., on "Nostra Aetate" October 14, 2015

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Interview with Mark Noll on "The Bible in Early America," October 29, 2015

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Interview with Linda K. Wertheimer on "Teaching about Religion in Public Schools" November 10, 2015

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Boisi Center Interviews!

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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