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Spring 2016 Events
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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

RSVP Required. Click here to register.

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

RSVP Required. Click here to register.


Just War Theory and the Environmental Consequences of War

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

RSVP Required. Click here to register.


Immigration and Christian Ethics

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

RSVP Required. Click here to register.

Michael Walzer

Michael Walzer  

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Devlin 101 • 5:00pm

Co-sponsored by the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy


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The Future of Near Eastern Christians

Joshua Landis, University of Oklahoma
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Location TBD • Time TBD

Co-sponsored by the Department of Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literatures


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

15th Prophetic Voices Lecture

Ayesha S. Chaudhry, University of British Columbia
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Fulton Hall 511 • 6:00 - 7:30PM


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

Conference featuring: Sanford Levinson, Richard Mouw, Ira Katznelson, Susan 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

Fall 2015 Newsletter

Our Fall 2015 Newsletter is available online here

In the News

A December 2015 article published by the Minnesota Public Radio explores how some Minnesotan artists incorporate their faith in their work. According to the MPR piece, "Faith can reveal the art of even the most mundane activities ... [and can] transform views shaped by religion." Local artist Hend Al Mansour writes, "My art speaks to my spirituality in trying to affirm [the] justice and the quality between genders." On February 17, painter and educator Bruce Herman will speak to the power of spirituality in his work at an evening lecture at the Boisi Center. 

Iran Nuclear Deal

On January 16, 2016, the United States and European nations lifted sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran, which released roughly $100 billion of its frozen assets. Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) concluded that Iran had finally followed through on its promises to dismantle large sections of its nuclear program. In addition, five Americans, including Washington Post reporter, Jason Rezaian, were also released by Iran just "hours before the nuclear accord was implemented." 

Gambling in America

This month's $1.5 billion Powerball drawing -- the largest ever -- is part of a long history of gambling in this country. Read Alan Wolfe & Erik Owens' book Gambling: Mapping the American Moral Landscape or watch sessions from our 2007 gambling conference for a range of analyses.

Chan Zuckerberg family

Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have faced criticism over their decision to create a limited liability corporation instead of a traditional non-profit for their charitable giving. Zuckerberg responded that the LLC gives them more freedom and does not give them any immediate tax benefits. This spring, BC Law professor Ray Madoff will speak at the Boisi Center on the regulation of philanthropic foundations in the United States and what we can do better. 

Fraternite for Muslims in France

"Until French policymakers find a way to give all citizens equal rights to communal attachments, France will not be able to find a way to bring them fully together" argues BC political science professor Jonathan Laurence in his recent piece for Foreign Affairs. This spring, Pierre de Charentenay, S.J. will speak at the Boisi Center on “What the Islamic Veil Reveals.”

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.

To read about our current visiting scholar, click here.

Interview Highlights
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Interview with Katharine Hayhoe on Religion and the Roots of Climate Change Denial, April 8, 2015

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Interview with Jenny White on "Religion, Politics & Nationalism in Contemporary Turkey," March 25, 2015


Interview with M. Shawn Copeland on "Race, Religion and Social Change," March 25, 2015

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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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