Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminars
A university is a place where scholars talk to one another. A university is as vital as these conversations. Hence the Institute sponsors a considerable number of interdisciplinary faculty seminars and international seminars. The interdisciplinary faculty seminars meet regularly to address from a variety of disciplines the issues that emerge in the encounter between faith and culture. The seminars continue for some three to four years and have typically resulted in a volume of essays or a scholarly journal or an international conference or a set of lectures. Examples of these seminars follow. If you are interested in attending, or discussing the possibility of creating a new seminar please contact Patti Donnelland at (617) 552-8290.
JESUIT INSTITUTE ESSENTIALS
The"JI Essentials" provides an important cross-disciplinary opportunity for Professors of the Practice to meet, discuss the joys and challenges of teaching, and share in purposeful fellowship as we consider the big questions facing our undergraduate students today and how we can best serve to guide them to constructive solutions and to open doors to campus-wide conversations. At the same time, we learn more about each others' work and how we can support each other in our research, writing, and service. In the best of the Ignatian tradition, we seek to respond generously to God's call that has led us to our own professions in order to love and serve our students and each other in concrete ways.
Jesuit Institute Essentials Members:
Treseanne Ainsworth, English Michael Martin, A&S Honors
Elizabeth Bagnani, Accounting Jeremiah McGrann, Music
Kathleen Bailey, Political Science Karen Miller, History
Tiziana Dearing, Children Youth and Families Hiroshi Nakazato, International Studies
Natana Delong-Bas, Theology Erik Owens, Theology
Douglas Finn, Theology Meghan Sweeney, Theology
Maria Kakavas, Classical Studies Mary Troxell, Philosophy
Fang Lu, Slavic & Eastern Languages Celeste Wells, Communication
Next Jesuit Institute Essentials Meetings: February 25th, April 29th
JUNIOR SCHOLARS IN CONVERSATION
A seminar, designed to integrate junior faculty members into the BC academic community by providing a forum for them to discuss their own work in progress. The idea is to demonstrate how research and collaborative interchange are possible in a modern university, and how it is valuable for us to have opportunities to talk about the interconnections between our lives, our teaching, and our research and writing projects, sharing our work even across the disciplinary boundaries that define the modern university. To read the December 2, 2004 Chronicle article about this program please click on the following site,
Junior Scholars in Conversation Members:
Richard Atkins, Philosophy Kyoung-yim Kim, Sociology
Aspen Brinton, Philosophy Peter Krause, Political Science
Daniel Callahan, Music Adam Lewis, English
Andrew Davis, School of Theology and Ministry Gustavo Morello, Sociology
Jennifer Erickson, Political Science Andrew Prevot, Theology
Charles Gallagher, History Kelly Rossetto, Communication
David Hopkins, Political Science Anjali Vats, Communication
Next Junior Scholars in Conversation Meetings: February 19th, March 19th
Drew Beauchamp, Economics Joe Quinn, Economics
Tziana Dearing, GSSW Vince Rougeau, Law School
Frank Garcia, Law School Kay Schlotzman, Political Studies
Ken Himes, Theology Sandra Waddock, CSOM
Micah Lott, Philosophy Mary Walsh, LSOE
Joe O'Keefe, LSOE Kate Ward, Theology
ALIENATION OF INTELLECTUALS FROM RELIGION WITHIN AMERICAN CULTURE
The seminar explores the widespread alienation from religion among American intellectuals and professional elites in media. It addresses a cultural climate that has rendered many in these communities hostile, skeptical, or indifferent to religious claims and has fostered a dismissal of religious discourse or institutions. This seminar attempts to gauge this situation, i.e., to explore its originating influences, the various forms in which it exists, and its present consequences within American culture.
JEWISH / CHRISTIAN RELATIONS
On April 23, 1998, the Jesuit Institute sponsored a public discussion entitled "The Holocaust: Remembering for the Future," an event which generated widespread interest. Faculty members from various departments within the University formed a seminar to continue the discussions with a collaborative analysis of the present state of Jewish / Christian relations and of the theologies by which each community understands itself and its relationship the the other.
MEANING AND TRANSCENDENCE
This seminar addresses the questions surrounding the apparent absence of meaning inherent in the 20th Century's loss of traditional ethics and belief systems. The participants in this seminar strive to find the value still available in the narrative of the new millennium by exploring the forms of meaning, transcendence and ethical value to be found in the arts and thought of the 21st century and beyond.