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Public Theology & Common Good
U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Kenneth Hackett came to campus as keynote speaker for the celebration of the elebrate the work ofDavid Hollenbach, S.J., and to mark the 30th anniversary of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ pastoral letter “Economic Justice for All”. BC News


ILA Announces Major Grant Recipients
The 2016-2017 ILA Major Grants have been awarded. View the list of 2016-17 Grant Recipients »


Women and Political Leadership
The Council for Women of Boston College (CWBC) Colloquium with DNC Interim Chair Donna Brazile and former GOP presidential advisor Mary Matalin, moderated by CBS-Boston news anchor Paula Ebben '89, drew some 400 members of the University community to Robsham Theater. BC News | Boston Globe



Journalism Trends
Alumna Janelle Nanos, senior editor at Boston Magazine and visiting lecturer in American Studies and journalism, and Maura Johnston, founding editor of Maura Magazine and inaugural Institute for the Liberal Arts’ journalism fellow, shared insights on trends in modern journalism during a BC Social Google+ hangout. (via the Office of News & Public Affairs)


Journalism Fellow Appointed
The Institute for the Liberal Arts is proud to announce the appointment of Maura Johnston as its first Journalism Fellow. Maura Johnston is a writer and editor who has helped lead music and popular culture journalism into the internet age. Formerly the editor of the Village Voice's music section and the music blog Idolator, she is currently the music critic for and the founder and editor of Maura Magazine, a pioneering venture in "subcompact publishing" identified by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Columbia Journalism Review as a promising fresh direction for online journalism. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and Spin, and on NPR. A graduate of Northwestern University, she teaches at NYU's Clive Davis Institute Of Recorded Music.

During her year at BC, she will be a member of the ILA's seminar on academia and public life, visit journalism and writing classes, and teach two undergraduate courses of her own: Journalism and New Media in the fall, and Writing About Popular Music in the spring.

Her appointment is part of a larger renewal and fresh commitment to journalism at BC, which also includes a new journalism concentration within the American Studies program, an expanded slate of journalism courses (now with their own JOUR course designations) open to undergraduates in any college or major across the university, and an ILA seminar for faculty interested in journalism as a way to reach a wider academic and public audience.


Why the Liberal Arts Need the Sciences (and Vice Versa)
ILA Director Mary Crane and member of the board Tom Chiles co-author this op-ed piece for The Chronicle of Higher Education.


Stop Defending the Liberal Arts by Mary Crane
Read the op-ed piece "Stop Defending the Liberal Arts"
by ILA Director Mary Crane featured in Inside Higher Ed.


Third Party Presidential Hopeful Visits BC For Lecture
Students, faculty, and guests gathered to hear BU professor Laurence Kotlikoff, a guest speaker of the IEPPE seminar, prescribe policies that would remedy the current economic malaise. Read the entire story from The Heights.

Juno Diaz addresses the crowd at an ILA-funded event.
An audience member asks a question during an event
ILA director Mary Crane speaks at an event