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On August 19, a panel of four professors from the U. of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg joined us for a special discussion entitled "The Ruse of Reconciliation?: Discursive Contours, Impossibilities and Modes of Resistance in the South African 'Reconciliation Project'"

News & Announcements

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The American Psychological Association (APA) has voted to bar involvement by psychologists in national security interrogations conducted by the United States government. Read the NY Times article on the APA ban, and the involvements leading up to it, here.

Read the text of the resolution passed by the APA here.


Filmmaker Luis Argueta, who presented his latest documentary, Abrazos, at a Center-sponsored event in January, has received the prestigious La Orden del Quetzal award for his work with migrants.  

Read the story and Argueta's remarks upon receiving the award here (in Spanish).

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The LA Times recently published an op-ed piece, written by Roy Eidelson and Jean Maria Arrigo, criticizing the American Psychological Association's complicit involvement in the US government's use of torture.


Center Affiliated Faculty member Kalina Brabeck of Rhode Island College releases study detailing challenges facing mixed-status families in Rhode Island.  

See story on Brabeck's study in the Providence Journal here.


World Refugee Day is June 20.  Center Research Professor Maryanne Loughry RSM recently gave a talk on the grim realities of the Syrian refugee crisis.

See Prof. Loughry's presentation on the Syrian refugee crisis here.»


PDHRP supervising attorney Jessica Chicco is quoted in a new report by Human Rights Watch highlighting the extent to which families are being torn apart in the US by the deportation system's treatment of minor drug offenses.

Read the Human Rights Watch press release here, which includes a link to the full report.

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BC Law is one of 13 US-based Jesuit law schools participating in a partnership with JRS/USA to help fill the legal representation gap among unaccompanied children migrants in the US and to make policy recommendations to make the legal process more just for these asylum seekers.

Read an article on JRS/Jesuit law schools partnership and recommendations here.»

Read the partnership's full report "A Fair Chance for Due Process: Challenges in Legal Protection for Central American Asylum Seekers and Other Vulnerable Migrants" here.»


Fr. Michael Zammit SJ, Middle East regional director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) spoke at a Center-sponsored event in April.  See this interview in National Catholic Reporter about the situation in Syria and what JRS is doing to accomapny, serve, and advocate for those caught in the midst of war.

Read the National Catholic Reporter article on JRS in Syria here.»

See video from the April JRS event here.».


Center Associate Director Brinton Lykes was one of 30 women peace activists who crossed the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea in May in support of peace and human rights in the region.

Read coverage about the historic DMZ crossing on the Brookings Institute's website here.»  See the activist group's website here.»


Center Director David Hollenbach SJ has been named the Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History at the Library of Congress’ John W. Kluge Center for the fall of 2015.

Read more about Hollenbach's appointment here.»

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Center Director David Hollenbach SJ is quoted in Foreign Policy about Pope Francis' planned address to the US Congress in the fall as it concerns the pope's views on US immigration policy.

Read the article with Hollenbach's comments in Foreign Policy here.»


Center Director David Hollenbach SJ commented on exorbitant CEO compensation, citing the ethical teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas in an article in the National Catholic Reporter.

Read the article with Hollenbach's comments in NCR here.»


upcoming events

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WomenCrossDMZ: A Report Back from a Historic Walk in the Koreas for Peace and Reunification

Wednesday, September 16
Campion 139 (Faculty Lounge)

With Center Associate Director Brinton Lykes and BC Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Center Affiliated Faculty Member Ramsay Liem.



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

Past Events | Video of Past Events | Area Events