Boisi Center Resource Highlights
Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life
Religion and the Liberal Aims of Higher Education
In November 2012, educational and religious leaders convened at Boston College for a sesquicentennial conference to discuss the dynamics of religion in liberal education. Click here for audio, video, photographs, and transcripts from the conference.
Poverty and American National Priorities
The Boisi Center hosted a panel on poverty in America on February 26, 2013. Panelists included Eric Gregory (Princeton University), Susan Crawford Sullivan (The College of the Holy Cross), and William Julius Wilson (Harvard University). Visit event page to find resources.
10th Annual Prophetic Voices Lecture
In November 2010, James Keenan, S.J. delivered the lecture “The University in the 21st Century: Thinking about Ethics, Persons, and Discourse." Watch the video. Keenan's May 2011 article in Louvian Studies titled "(The Lack of) Professional Ethics in the Academy" further explores the role of ethics in the academy with the hope of holding university staff, faculty, and students accountable to one another.
Are Mormons the New Catholics and Jews?
On March 13th, Alan Wolfe moderated the Inaugural Dean’s Colloquium on Religion and Public Culture. Panelists Kristine Haglund, editor of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought and Stephen Prothero, Boston University professor of religion, discussed the role Mitt Romney's faith plays in the 2012 elections. Watch the video of the event here.
Boisi Center Featured in Boston College Magazine
The Boisi Center Symposium on Religion and Politics was featured in the winter 2012 Boston College Magazine. In this yearlong symposium, students discussed the extent to which God-talk is a reqiurement in American politics. Click here to read the article.
Listen to the audio and view photos from a December 2011 talk with The Boisi Center's 2011 visiting scholar Gregor Scherzinger from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. Scherzinger's talk was entitled How God Commands Religious Liberty: Islamic Minarets and Liberal Democracy.
How Poets and Novelists Came to Comfort the Faithful and Strengthen the Doubters.
In November 2011, Alan Jacobs delivered a talk entitled "Writers Save: How Poets and Novelists Came to Comfort the Faithful and Strengthen the Doubters." Read the interview with Jacobs on the influence of literature on American faith. Jacobs is Professor of English at Wheaton College.
Listen to the audio and view photos from a September 2011 discussion with Scott Peterson, Istanbul bureau chief for the Christian Science Monitor and a photographer for Getty Images. Peterson delivered a talk entitled "Iran and the Arab Spring: Tehran's Love-Hate Relationship with People Power."
International Lives of the American Civil War
Read the Recap of Dean Quigley's spring 2011 lunch colloqium on the role the inwardly-directed American Civil War played in internationalizing American history. David Quigley is the Dean of the College and the Graduate of Arts and Sciences and Professor of History at Boston College.
Women's Rights under Shariah Law
Listen to a spring 2011 interview with Hauwa Ibrahim on the practical and theoretical challenges to protecting women’s rights under Shariah Law in Northern Nigeria. Ibrahim is Visiting Lecturer on Women's Studies and Islamic Law at Harvard Divinity School and is a fellow at both the Human Rights Program and the Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard University.
The Limits of International Human Rights
Listen to the audio of Hiroshi Nakazato's February 2011 lunch discussion about the limits of international human rights law in the U.S. Constitution. Nakazato is an Adjunct Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the International Studies Program at Boston College.