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Book talk: A Radical Faith: The Assassination of Sister Maura

Wednesday, February 22
McGuinn 121

With author Eileen Markey.  RSVP below.

Access the Feb. 22 event flyer here.

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About the book:

The book follows the life of Sister Maura Clarke, one of four US churchwomen murdered by a Salvadoran death squad during the Salvadoran civil war in the 1980s, and her faith which led her to a life of solidarity rather than charity.  

Drawing on interviews with Maura’s family and the people she loved and worked with, her letters, and still heavily‑redacted government documents, Markey followed the trail of Maura's life through four countries: from the sweeping green fields of her parents' Ireland where her father’s involvement in the Irish revolution shaped her own ideas about rebellion; to the boardwalk and sidewalks of Rockaway, New York; to a remote gold mining town in the mountains of Nicaragua; down rutted, washed out roads in El Salvador to villages where survivors whispered the atrocities of civil war—and finally to the place where Maura's body was buried in a hastily dug grave at the edge of the Cold War. How did a sweet girl from Queens end up in a place like this? A Radical Faith answers the question, weaving an intimate portrait of Maura’s spiritual and political journey. Working in poor communities transformed Maura from an obedient and rule-­‐‑bound young woman into a provocative critic of authority who pushed the boundaries of what it meant to be faithful to religious conviction - even if it meant challenging the CIA-backed regimes terrorizing the poor of Latin America. 

Access a recent America magazine review of the the book here, and a recent New York Times review of the book here.

Event co-sponsored by the Church in the 21st Century Center at BC.

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Book talk: Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good

Tuesday, February 28
McGuinn 121

With author Chuck Collins.  RSVP below. Access the Collins event flyer here.

Co-sponsored by the Office of International Programs and the McGillycuddy-Logue Center for Undergraduate Global Studies.

About the book:

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As inequality grabs headlines, steals the show in presidential debates, and drives deep divides between the haves and have nots in America, class war brews. On one side, the wealthy wield power and advantage, wittingly or not, to keep the system operating in their favor—all while retreating into enclaves that separate them further and further from the poor and working class. On the other side, those who find it increasingly difficult to keep up or get ahead lash out—waging a rhetorical war against the rich and letting anger and resentment, however justifiable, keep us from seeing new potential solutions.

But can we suspend both class wars long enough to consider a new way forward? Is it really good for anyone that most of society’s wealth is pooling at the very top of the wealth ladder? Does anyone, including the one percent, really want to live in a society plagued by economic apartheid?

It is time to think differently, says longtime inequality expert and activist Chuck Collins. Born into the one percent, Collins gave away his inheritance at 26 and spent the next three decades mobilizing against inequality. He uses his perspective from both sides of the divide to deliver a new narrative.

Collins calls for a ceasefire and invites the wealthy to come back home, investing themselves and their wealth in struggling communities.  And he asks the non-wealthy to build alliances with the one percent and others at the top of the wealth ladder.

Stories told along the way explore the roots of advantage, show how taxpayers subsidize the wealthy, and reveal how charity, used incorrectly, can actually reinforce extreme inequality. Readers meet pioneers who are crossing the divide to work together in new ways, including residents in the author’s own Boston-area neighborhood who have launched some of the most interesting community transition efforts in the nation.

In the end, Collins’s national and local solutions not only challenge inequality but also respond to climate change and offer an unexpected, fresh take on one of our most intransigent problems.

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Book talk: Sanctuary and Asylum: A Social and Political History

Thursday, March 2
Devlin 026 (tentative)

With author Linda Rabben.

About the book:

The practice of sanctuary―giving refuge to the threatened, vulnerable stranger―may be universal among humans. From primate populations to ancient religious traditions to the modern legal institution of asylum, anthropologist Linda Rabben explores the long history of sanctuary and analyzes modern asylum policies in North America, Europe, and elsewhere, contrasting them with the role that courageous individuals and organizations have played in offering refuge to survivors of torture, persecution, and discrimination. Rabben gives close attention to the mid-2010s refugee crisis in Europe and to Central Americans seeking asylum in the United States. 

Access the Linda Rabben event flyer »

A light lunch will be served. RSVP required below:.

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Screening of the film Beyond the Wall

Tuesday, March 21
Cushing 001

With filmmaker Bestor Cram and men featured in the film to offer commentary and Q&A.

Filmed in Lowell and Lawrence, Massachusetts. RSVP below.

The Beyond the Wall screening flyer can be found here »

Building on the success of their award-winning documentary The Dhamma Brothers, filmmakers Bestor CramJenny Phillips and Andrew Kukura have teamed up once again to highlight one of the most critical issues in the national debate over criminal justice reform: the flood of prisoners returning to our communities without the guidance and support needed for a successful transition back to society. Too often, prison reentry becomes a setup for failure and eventual reincarceration.

The U.S. incarcerates Americans at globally unprecedented rates. What’s more, within three years of release approximately two-thirds of the formerly incarcerated are rearrested and sent back to prison. After Incarceration, There’s Life is a social impact campaign for the documentary Beyond the Wall. Both the film and campaign take a close look at the journey from incarceration to community, from behind the wall to beyond the wall. The journey is often riddled with road bumps and uncertainty. After Incarceration, There’s Life seeks to make the journey beyond the wall successful and permanent.

Beyond The Wall trailer from Northern Light Productions on Vimeo.

See the Beyond the Wall website here. RSVP below.



Reimagining Refugee Law

Wednesday, March 29
East Wing 115A

BC Newton campus

With Alex Aleinikoff, Columbia Law School and former United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva.

Respondent: Vlad Perju, Director, Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

Co-sponsored by the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy.  More details to come.

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Conference: State/Federal Tensions in Immigration Enforcement: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Tuesday, April 4
East Wing 120
Boston College Newton campus

A Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy at Boston College conference co-sponsored by the Center.

Additional details TBA. RSVP for the conference here.