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Spring 2017 Events at the Boisi Center


"An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story" 

Film screening and panel discussion

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

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Simboli 100 (Brighton Campus) • 5:30 pm

Co-sponsored with the Theology Department and the History Department

Syrian Church Service

The Contemporary Crisis for Christianity in the Middle East

Kristian Girling, Heythrop College, Visiting Scholar at the School of Theology and Ministry

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Gasson 100 • 5:00 pm

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

Melissa Rogers

Religious Freedom and the Common Good

Melissa Rogers, Brookings Institution
Special Assistant to President Obama and Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (2013-2017)

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.

Student Town Hall

What Now? How to Have Political Conversations in Our Community

Town Hall Forum and Small-Group Discussions

Featuring students Catherine Cole, Sara ElzeiniAzo Mbanefo, and Maura Lester Sweeney

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Cushing Hall 209 • 7:00 pm

Alan Wolfe

The Roots of Trumpism

The Inaugural Wolfe Lecture on Religion and Public Life

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

To reserve a seat, please use this link.

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 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
Margaret McKenna, Suffolk University
Ruth Simmons, Brown University
and many others...

April 5-7, 2017

Visit the conference website directly for more information and to register.

Co-sponsored with The Jesuit InstituteThe Institute for the Liberal Arts and The Lowell Humanities Series.


Prophecy without Contempt: Religious Discourse in the Public Squares

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
McMullen Museum of Art, 2101 Commonwealth Avenue • 2:00 pm

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.

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Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty

Book Discussion

Kate Hennessy, Author

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Simboli 100 (STM) * 5:30 pm