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Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminars

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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.



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



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



Economic Inequality Members:

Tziana Dearing, GSSW                                       Vince Rogeau, 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

Joe Quinn, Economics                                         



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.



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.



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.