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Upcoming Spring 2017 Events

A list of our upcoming spring 2017 events will be available mid-December. 

Upcoming Fall 2016 Events

Religion and Conflict Transformation

Fr. Raymond G. Helmick, S.J., Inaugural Memorial Lecture

Professor David Little, Georgetown University

Sunday, December 11, 2016
Devlin 101 • 2:00-3:30 pm (Reception following)

Free and open to the public. Registration via Eventbrite required.  For more information, please contact Professor John J. Michalczyk.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Human Rights and International Justice; the Faith, Peace and Justice ProgramFilm StudiesCooperative Metropolitan Ministries; the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre; the Rotary Club of Scituate, MA; and the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life.

Past Fall 2016 Events
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Ending Female Genital Mutilation and Child Marriage in Tanzania

Liz Mach, Maryknoll Lay Missioner
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Boisi Center • 12-1:15 pm

RSVP required. Click here to register.

Meghan Sweeney

Service Learning and the PULSE Program at BC

Meghan Sweeney, Boston College
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Boisi Center • 12-1:15 pm

RSVP required. Click here to register.


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Black Natural Law

Vincent Lloyd, Villanova University
Responses by Vincent Rougeau, Boston College
and Craig Ford, Boston College
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Boisi Center • 12-2:00 pm

RSVP required. Click here to register.

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The New Bostonians: How Immigrants Have Transformed Boston since the 1960s

Marilynn Johnson, Boston College
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Boisi Center • 12-1:15 pm

RSVP required. Click here to register.

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Economy for the Common Good:
A Theory of Change that Works

Christian Felber, author and activist

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Devlin 101 • 5:30-7:00 pm
Co-sponsored by the Theology Department, the Carroll School of Management, and the Managing for Social Impact interdisciplinary minor

Speak, Stand, Sit or Scream?

Speak, Stand, Sit or Scream? 
How Young People Engage Politics & the World in 2016

Student participants: Craig Ford, Najat Goso, Isra Hussain, and Russell Simons 
Moderated by: Erik Owens
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Fulton Hall 511 • 7-8:30 pm


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Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism

Edward E. Baptist, Cornell University
Response by Martin Summers, Boston College
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Higgins Hall 310 • 5:30-7:00 pm

Co-sponsored by the Institute for the Liberal Arts and the African and African Diaspora Studies Program

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Public Theology and the Global Common Good:
The Contribution of David Hollenbach, S.J.

Opening Keynote: October 14, 4-5:30 pm • Gasson Hall 100 
Conference: October 15, 9:00 am - 4:15 pm • Simbali Hall (STM)
Closing Liturgy: October 15, 4:30 pm• STM Chapel

Co-sponsored by the Institute for the Liberal Arts, Morrissey College of Arts and SciencesThe Jesuit InstituteTheology Department, School of Theology and MinistryInternational Studies Program, and the Center for Human Rights and International Justice

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Just War Revisited

Gen. James Dubik, U.S. Army ret., Georgetown University
Rev. J. Bryan Hehir, Harvard University
Ambassador James F. Jeffrey, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Higgins Hall 300 • 5:30-7:00 pm

Boston College Bookstore will be at the event, and Gen. Dubik will be available to sign copies of his book, Just War Reconsidered.

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An Ethics for the Coming Storm:
A Theological Reflection on Climate Change

The 16th Annual Prophetic Voices Lecture

Laurie Zoloth, Northwestern University
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Fulton Hall 511 • 6:00-7:30 pm



Religion, Ethics, and the 2016 Presidential Campaign

MT Dávila, Andover Newton School of Theology
Marc Landy, Boston College
Alan Wolfe, Boston College
Erik Owens, Boston College

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Stokes S195 • 5:30-7:00 pm


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The Christians of Lebanon:
Surviving amidst Chaos

Marius Deeb, Johns Hopkins University; Stanford University

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
McGuinn Hall 121 • 6:00-8:00 pm

Co-sponsored with the Department of Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures, the Department of Political Science, the Department of TheologyIslamic Civilization and Societies, and Christian Solidarity International (CSI)


Factoring Faith into Development

Amie Harris, U.S. Agency for International Development

Monday, November 14, 2016
Boisi Center • 12:00-1:15 pm

RSVP required. Click here to register.  WAIT LIST ONLY


USAID Book-a-thon

Paul and Peter H. Reynolds (FableVision Studios and FableVision Learning, Judy Moody, The Dot, Ish, Going Places)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Campion 016 • 4:30-7:00 pm

RSVP required. Click here to register.

Sponsored by the US Agency for International DevelopmentBoisi Center for Religion and American Public LifeLynch School of EducationMorrissey College of Arts and SciencesSchool of Social Work.  

Spring 2016 Newsletter

Our Spring 2016 Newsletter is available online here.

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As always, the Boisi Center Report is available on our website.


BC News covered the USAID Book-a-thon that the Boisi Center cosponsored with the Lynch School of Education, the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Social Work. Thanks to all who participated, especially our speakers, Amie Harris (MCAS '11) and Christie Vilsack of USAID and Paul ('82) and Peter Reynolds of FableVision!

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 Kristin Heyer on "Immigration and Christian Ethics" on April 5, 2016

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Interview with Pierre de Charentenay, S.J. on "What the Islamic Veil Reveals," February 25, 2016

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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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