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Spring 2015 Events

Politicization of Religion or Sacralization of Politics: Two Faces of Political Islam

Ali Banuazizi, Boston College
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Boisi Center • 12:00-1:15PM

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Simone's Svengalis: A Petainist, a Missionary, and the Making of Simone Weil

Benjamin Braude, Boston College
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Boisi Center • 12:00-1:15PM

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The Prophetic Ways of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

14th Annual Prophetic Voices Lecture

Charles Marsh, University of Virginia
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Location TBD • 5:30-7:00PM

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Being a Priest in the Public Square: The Experience from Down Under

Frank Brennan, S.J., Australian Catholic University
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Boisi Center • 12:00-1:15PM

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Religion, Politics and Nationalism in Contemporary Turkey

Jenny White, Boston University
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Boisi Center • 12:00-1:15PM

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Religion and the Roots of Climate Change Skepticism

Katharine Hayhoe, Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University
Stephen Pope, Boston College
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Location TBD • 5:30-7:00PM

Co-sponsored with the Environmental Studies Program and Earth and Environmental Sciences Department

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Religion, Peacebuilding and U.S. Foreign Policy

Shaun Casey, State Department Office of Faith-based Community Initiatives
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Location TBD • 5:30-7:00PM

Jonathan Trejo-Mathys
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The Boisi Center mourns the passing of Jonathan Trejo-Mathys, an assistant professor of philosophy at Boston College and passionate advocate for global justice, who spoke at the Boisi Center last year on political obligation in the world society.

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Our Fall 2014 Newsletter is now available!

Boisi Center Interviews

Check out our new Boisi Center Interviews format!

Interview Highlights
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"Writing about Religion in a Polarized Age"

October 23, 2014, interview with Rod Dreher

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"Women and Interreligious Dialogue"

October 14, 2014, interview with Catherine Cornille

In the News
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Speaking at the annual Catholic Charities gathering in Charlotte, Fr. Larry Snyder discussed his 10 years as president of Catholic Charities USA, including his oversight of the response to Hurricane Katrina. On Wednesday, November 5, Snyder will visit the Boisi Center to discuss the ongoing challenges of Catholic social work.

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This past summer Pew Research released a new study on how the increasing polarization in America goes beyond mere politics. On October 23, the Boisi Center is hosting a panel on the challenges of writing thoughtfully about religion in this polarized age. Distinguished panelists include Rod Dreher, Mark Oppenheimer, Sarah Posner and Alan Wolfe.

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

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

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

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...