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Spring 2017 Events


"An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story" 

Film screening and panel discussion

Featuring filmmaker Martin Doblmeier and scholars Andrew Finstuen, Lisa Sowle Cahill, Mark Massa, S.J., and Erik Owens

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Simboli Hall 100 • 5:30 pm

Student Town Hall

Student Town Hall: What Now?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Fulton 511 • 7:00 pm




American Muslims, Trump's Rise, and the Return of an Old Quarrel

David DiPasquale, Boston College

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Boisi Center • 12:00 pm

RSVP required. Click here to register.

Melissa Rogers

Religious Freedom, Religious Minorities, and the Common Good

Melissa Rogers, Special Assistant to President Obama and Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Higgins Hall 300 • 6:00 pm

Arissa Oh

Save the Children: Religion, Politics, and International Adoptions in America

Arissa Oh, Boston College

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Boisi Center • 12:00 pm

RSVP required. Click here to register.

Alan Wolfe

The Inaugural Wolfe Lecture on Religion and Public Life

"The Roots of Trumpism"

Alan Wolfe, Boston College
Founding Director of the Boisi Center

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Fulton 511 • 7:00 pm


"Silence," a Film by Martin Scorsese

Film screening and panel discussion

Friday, March 24 • Higgins 300
Film screening: 3:00 - 5:45pm
Panel discussion: 6:00 - 7:30pm

Hitomi Omata Rappo, Boston College
Robert A. Maryks, Boston College
Additional panelists will be announced soon

Co-sponsored with the Center for Ignatian Spirituality, the Institute for the Liberal Arts, and the Church in the 21st Century Center

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Toward a Culture of University Ethics


A conference raising a range of ethical issues that arise at institutions of higher education.

Taylor Branch, Author and historian
Jim Keenan, Boston College, Director of the Jesuit Institute
Margaret McKenna, Suffolk University
Ruth Simmons, Brown University
and many others...

April 5-7, 2017

Co-sponsored with the Jesuit Institute and the Institute for the Liberal Arts


 “Prophecy without Contempt: Religious Rhetoric in the Public Sphere”

Panel Discussion 

M. Cathleen Kaveny, Boston College
Rowan Williams, University of Cambridge
Charles Taylor, McGill University
Jonathan Lear, The University of Chicago

Friday, April 7, 2017
Location and Time TBD

Sponsored by the Clough Center for Constitutional Democracy

Erik Owens

The Ethics of Citizenship in the Trump Era

Erik Owens, Boston College
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Boisi Center • 12:00 pm

RSVP required. Click here to register.

Spring 2016 Newsletter

Our Spring 2016 Newsletter is available online here.


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 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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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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