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Carolyn Forche
On November 19, noted poet and Georgetown U. Prof. Carolyn Forché gave a stirring presentation, "A Poet's Journey from El Salvador to 2014: Witness in the Light of Conscience" in the Heights Room.

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The Center's winter newsletter is now available online. Read the Winter 2014-15 Newsletter »

Robert White

The Center wishes to recognize the passing of former US Ambassador to El Salvador Robert White, who made great efforts to bring to light atrocities carried out during the Salvadoran Civil War of the 1980s, including the complicity of the US government. 

Ambassador White spoke at BC in one of the first Center events ever held, in 2005.  See a slideshow of his appearance here. »

The Center for Justice and Accountability has also published this tribute to Ambassador White.»

A student with a display board titled "Immigrants in Massachusetts"

The Center has signed on to the attached letter opposing the opening of a new family detention center in Dilley, Texas.

Read the letter protesting the new detention center here »

A student with a display board titled "Immigrants in Massachusetts"

The Center's initiatives aimed at BC undergraduates were highlighted in The Boston College Chronicle.

Read the about the initiatives in Chronicle »

Front page of Australia's The Catholic Voice

BC Law Prof. Frank Brennan, S.J., wrote about Carolyn Forché's presentation on Nov. 19 to commemorate the martyrs of the UCA in El Salvador in Canberra, Australia's The Catholic Voice.

Read Fr. Brennan's article »

Richard Falla, S.J.

Center Associate Director Dan Kanstroom wrote on "Human rights for all is better than citizenship rights for some" as part of an online series hosted by the EUDO Observatory on Citizenship.

Read Kanstroom's piece here »

Richard Falla, S.J.

Center Visiting Fellow Ricardo Falla, S.J. discusses his life and work, and a new book project about them entitled "Al Atardecer de la Vida" (In the Twilight of Life), in these short interviews (in Spanish).

Watch a Conversation with Ricardo Falla, S.J. »


Center Associate Director Daniel Kanstroom was the featured keynote speaker on November 12, at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas, as part of the International Bank of Commerce Speaker Series. He spoke to an audience of some 300 students, faculty, and community members on the topic of "Deportation and the new American Diaspora".

Read more about Kanstroom's presentation. »  See the local news coverage of Kanstroom's appearance here »


upcoming events


Screening of ABRAZOS and Discussion with Filmmaker Luis Argueta

Tuesday, January 27
7:00 p.m.
Fulton 511

Discussion with filmmaker Luis Argueta following the screening.




“We Took The Children Away”: The Story of Australia’s Stolen Generations

Wednesday, January 28
12:00 p.m.
Stuart 410 - BC Newton campus

With Tony Buti, member of the Western Australian Parliament.

Lady Justice holding a sword and scale. On one side of the scale is the flag for the Third Reich.

Legally Blind: Law, Ethics, and the Third Reich

Tuesday, March 10–Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
Boston College

Co-sponsored by the Center for Human Rights and International Justice.

This conference will focus on Nazi Law as it impacts upon civil law, race, medicine, and religion. This event is free and open to the public. Register online by March 6, 2015.



Book discussion: Immigration Outside the Law

Thursday, March 26
7:00 p.m.
Fulton 511

With Professor of Law Hiroshi Motomura of UCLA.



Religion, Peacebuilding and U.S. Foreign Policy

Thursday, April 9
Fulton 511

With Shaun Casey, State Department Office of Faith-based Community Initiatives

Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life event co-sponsored by the Center.


Here are a few other event-related links of interest:

Past Events | Video of Past Events | Area Events