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Fall 2014 Events
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The Moral Origins of the Great Recession

David Bosworth, University of Washington
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Boisi Center • 12:00-1:15PM


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Prophetic Rhetoric in the Public Square

M. Cathleen Kaveny, Boston College
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Boisi Center • 12:00-1:15PM



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Women and Interreligious Dialogue

Catherine Cornille, Boston College
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Boisi Center • 12:00-1:15PM


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Writing about Religion in a Polarized Age

Rod Dreher, American Conservative
Mark Oppenheimer, New York Times
Sarah Posner, Religion Dispatches
Alan Wolfe, Boston College
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Devlin 101 • 5:30-7:00PM


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The Public Life of Love

David Kyuman Kim, Connecticut College
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Boisi Center • 12:00-1:15PM


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At Home in Exile Book Release Event

Alan Wolfe, Boston College
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Harvard Book Store • 7:00PM


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Is there a Future for Catholic Health and Social Services?

Michele Broemmelsiek, Catholic Relief Services
Rev. J. Bryan Hehir, Archdiocese of Boston
Rev. Larry Snyder
, Catholic Charities USA
Moderated by Alberto Godenzi, Boston College
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
McGuinn 121 • 7:00-8:30PM

Sponsored by the Church in the 21st Century Center


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At Home in Exile: Why Diaspora Is Good for the Jews

Author Meets Critics Book Panel

Alan Wolfe, Boston College (author)
Ben Birnbaum, Boston College
Susannah Heschel, Dartmouth College
Kevin Kenny, Boston College
Moderated by Erik Owens, Boston College
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
McGuinn 101 • 5:30-7:00PM

Reception to follow


Boisi Center Interviews
Boisi Center Interviews

Check out our new Boisi Center Interviews format!

Interview Highlights
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"Update on the 'War on Terror'"

November 14, 2012 interview with Glenn L. Carle

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"Last Best Hope: International Lives of the American Civil War"

April 28, 2011 interview with David Quigley

In the News
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After a bloody summer, Israel and Gaza have recently extended their ceasefire agreement. In October 2009, the Boisi Center hosted an informative panel on the Israeli and Palestinian situation. This past spring, the Boisi Center hosted retired IDF colonel Miri Eisin to discuss religious diversity in the Israeli military

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With pressure from Congress, President Obama is considering extending attacks on ISIS. In February 2009, the Boisi Center hosted scholars Andrew Bacevich, Jean Bethke Elshtain, and Rev. Bryan Hehir in a discussion regarding realism and ethical considerations of U.S. foreign policy.

Boisi Center Resources
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Our Spring 2014 Newsletter is available online. Check out our new design!

Visiting Scholar

The Boisi Center is pleased to welcome David Cowan as our visiting scholar for the spring 2014 semester.


This year's Symposium on Religion and Politics is examining religious diversity and the common good. More information and readings are available here.

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Check out our updated Resources page and browse audio, videos, recaps, remarks, and interviews related to Boisi Center programs.

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Resources from the Boston College sesquicentennial conference, Religion and the Liberal Aims of Higher Education, are now available online. 

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.             
More about the Boisi Center's mission...