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Spring 2016 Events

University Ethics: How Colleges Can Build and Benefit from a Culture of Ethics 

James Keenan, S.J., Boston College
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Boisi Center • 12:00 - 1:15PM

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The Social Function of Philanthropic Foundations

Ray Madoff, Boston College
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Boisi Center • 12:00 - 1:15PM

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Wearing the Veil Outside Paris

Pierre de Charentenay, S.J., Gasson Chair, Boston College
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Boisi Center • 12:00 - 1:15PM

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Just War Theory and the Environmental Consequences of War

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

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Immigration and Christian Ethics

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

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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
Location TBD • Time TBD


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

Conference featuring: Sandford Levinson, Richard Mouw, Ira Katznelson, Susan Shell, Susan Jacoby, William Galston, 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

In the News
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's Jonathan Laurence in his recent piece for Foreign Affairs. This spring, Pierre de Charentenay, S.J. will speak at the Boisi Center on “Wearing the Veil Outside Paris.”

catholics and gun control

In a recent articleFirmin DeBrabander argues that the upcoming United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore should address gun control and urge Catholics to support candidates who favor added gun-control. He defends this position by demonstrating how restricting access to guns would protect life, which is a core mission of the Church. DeBrabander maintains that Catholic voters have a unique role in American politics, one that can alter the trajectory of American politics and counter the considerable political power of the Nationa Rifle Association (NRA). 

BC students in solidarity with Mizzou

Demonstrations at colleges and universities nation wide, including Boston College, have shown the need for concrete action as well as continued dialogue. Last semester, the Boisi Center organized a panel to discuss the relationship between race, religion and social change

Syrian Civil War

Kurdish militia forces have been successful in pushing ISIS out of a region of towns along Syria's border with Turkey. In the absence of ISIS and the Syrian government, community leaders are now facing great struggles in trying to establish a new order. In his October talk at Boston College TV journalist Charles Glass explored the outlook for religious pluralism in a post-war Syria. 

Obama rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

President Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline highlights the increasing power of climate change activists and the importance of their work. It also makes us think back on the BC Common Home conference and the great work of all involved.

religion in public schools

In October, journalist and author Linda K. Wertheimer sat down with The Atlantic to discuss her new book Faith Ed. In the interview, Wertheimer talks about how her own experiences as a Jew in a mostly Christian town influenced her to write about religion and its role in public classrooms. Wertheimer will speak at Boston College on November 10.  

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 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

Check out all of the
Boisi Center Interviews!

Spring 2015 Newsletter

Our Spring 2015 Newsletter is available online here

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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