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Fall 2014 Events
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The Moral Origins of the Great Recession

David Bosworth, University of Washington
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Boisi Center • 12:00-1:15PM


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Prophetic Rhetoric in the Public Square

M. Cathleen Kaveny, Boston College
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Boisi Center • 12:00-1:15PM



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Women and Interreligious Dialogue

Catherine Cornille, Boston College
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Boisi Center • 12:00-1:15PM


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Writing about Religion in a Polarized Age

Rod Dreher, American Conservative
Mark Oppenheimer, New York Times
Sarah Posner, Religion Dispatches
Alan Wolfe, Boston College
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Devlin 101 • 5:30-7:00PM


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The Public Life of Love

David Kyuman Kim, Connecticut College
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Boisi Center • 12:00-1:15PM


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At Home in Exile Book Release Event

Alan Wolfe, Boston College
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Harvard Book Store • 7:00PM


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Catholic Charities at Work

Rev. Larry Snyder, Catholic Charities USA
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Boisi Center • 12:00-1:15PM


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Is there a Future for Catholic Health and Social Services?

Michele Broemmelsiek, Catholic Relief Services
Rev. J. Bryan Hehir, Archdiocese of Boston
Rev. Larry Snyder
, Catholic Charities USA
Moderated by Alberto Godenzi, Boston College
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
McGuinn 121 • 7:00-8:30PM

Sponsored by the Church in the 21st Century Center


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At Home in Exile: Why Diaspora Is Good for the Jews

Author Meets Critics Book Panel

Alan Wolfe, Boston College (author)
Ben Birnbaum, Boston College
Susannah Heschel, Dartmouth College
Kevin Kenny, Boston College
Moderated by Erik Owens, Boston College
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
McGuinn 121 • 5:30-7:00PM

Reception to follow


symposium on marriage and the family

This year's graduate student Symposium on Religion and Politics is examining "The Future of Marriage and the Family." Information on applying to participate can be found here. (Applications due September 22.)

Boisi Center Interviews
Boisi Center Interviews

Check out our new Boisi Center Interviews format!

Interview Highlights
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"Realism, Ethics & U.S. Foreign Policy"

February 18, 2009, interview with Jean Bethke Elshtain

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"Diaspora: An Introduction"

September 19, 2012, interview with Kevin Kenny

In the News
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There is great buzz around the release of the iPhone 6. At a Tuesday, September 23, Boisi Center lunch, David Bosworth will consider whether our enhanced devices are actually driving us apart, as he presents on his latest book, The Demise of Virtue in Virtual America: The Moral Origins of the Great Recession

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This past summer Pew Research released a new study on how the increasing polarization in America goes beyond mere politics. On October 23, the Boisi Center is hosting a panel on the challenges of writing thoughtfully about religion in this polarized age. Distinguished panelists include Rod Dreher, Mark Oppenheimer, Sarah Posner and Alan Wolfe.

Boisi Center Resources
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Our Spring 2014 Newsletter is available online. Check out our new design!

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Resources from the Boston College sesquicentennial conference, Religion and the Liberal Aims of Higher Education, are now available online. 

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Check out our updated Resources page and browse audio, videos, recaps, remarks, and interviews related to Boisi Center programs.

Visiting Scholar

The Boisi Center is pleased to welcome David Cowan as our visiting scholar for the spring 2014 semester.

The Boisi Center fosters conversations that seek to clarify the moral consequences of public policies in ways that help to maintain the common good while respecting America's increasing religious diversity.             
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