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SPRING 2014

Nonviolent Campaigning for Nuclear Disarmament
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Joseph Gerson (American Friends Service Committee)
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Religious Diversity and Military Service: The Israeli Experience
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Miri Eisin (Israel Defense Forces, retired)
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Democracy beyond Elections: Citizen Claim-Making in Rural India
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner (Boston College)
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Pope Francis and the Future of the Global Church
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Francesco C. Cesareo (Assumption College), Richard Gaillardetz (Boston College), María del Mar Muñoz-Visoso (USCCB), Moderated by M. Shawn Copeland (Boston College)
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South Africa after Mandela
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Zine Magubane (Boston College)
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#Religion @OMG Faith db8 in 21st Century
Thursday, March 27, 2014
David Cowan (Boston College)
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The Prophetic Minority
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Russell Moore (Southern Baptist Convention)
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Terrorism and the Boston Marathon: Fear, Hope and Resilience
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Peter Krause (Boston College)
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Business, Ethics and American Healthcare Reform
Thursday, April 24, 2014
M. Cathleen Kaveny (Boston College), John LaMattina (PureTech Ventures), Peter Markell (Partners HealthCare), Eric H. Schultz (Harvard Pilgrim Health Care), Moderated by Erik Owens (Boston College)
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Fall 2013

The Blessings of Exile: Why Minority Status is Good for the Jews--and Everyone Else
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Alan Wolfe (Boston College)
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Political Obligation in the World Society
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Jonathan Trejo-Mathys (Boston College)
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Peacebuilding and Reconciliation: Lessons from an Irish Context
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Mary McAleese (Former President of Ireland)
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The Narrow Path: From Just War to Nonviolence
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Drew Christiansen, S.J. (Boston College)
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Religious Diversity and the Common Good
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
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Spring 2013

Youth and Diplomacy: My Experience as the U.S. Youth Delegate
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013
Brooke Loughrin (Boston College)
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The Future of Catholic Periodicals: Faith, Finances and the Digital Age
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013
Paul Baumann (Commonweal Magazine), Matt Malone, S.J. (America Magazine), Meinrad Sherer-Emunds (U.S. Catholic Magazine)
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Poverty and American National Priorities
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013
Eric Gregory (Princeton University), Susan Crawford Sullivan (College of the Holy Cross), William Julius Wilson (Harvard University)
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Youth Civic Engagement
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013
Meira Levinson (Harvard Graduate School of Education)
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What is Liberation Theology?
Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2013
Roberto Goizueta (Boston College)
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Prophetic Voices Lecture: Prophetic Action and Imagination
Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2013
Ernesto Cortes (Industrial Areas Foundation)
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Cosmopolitanism and Constitutional Law
Thursday, Apr. 11, 2013
Vlad Perju (Boston College)
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Religion, State, and Education
Wednesday, Apr. 17, 2013
Erik Owens (Boston College)
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Fall 2012

Diaspora: An Introduction
Wednesday, Sep. 19, 2012
Kevin Kenny (Boston College)
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Standards for Effective Elementary and Secondary Catholic Schools:
A New Responsibility for Higher Education

Tuesday, Sep. 25, 2012
Patricia Weitzel-O'Neill (Boston College)
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Nuns in American Public Life
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012
Sr. Mary Bendyna (Aquinas College), Sr. Mary Ann Hinsdale, IHM (Boston College), Margaret Thompson (Syracuse University)
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Religion and the Liberal Aims of Higher Education
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012
Friday, Nov. 9, 2012
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American Dreams: Jews and Broadway
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012
Stuart Hecht (Boston College)
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Update on the 'War on Terror': Facts and Fears
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012
Glenn Carle (former CIA interrogator)
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Individuals, Institutions, and Religious Freedom
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012
Richard Garnett (University of Notre Dame), Gregory Kalscheur, S.J. (Boston College)
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Spring 2012

For God and Country: Religion and the U.S. Military
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012
Fr. Richard Erikson (U.S. Air Force), Jonathan Ebel (University of Illinois)
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Power, History and Meaning: World Religions and Political Affairs
Thursday, Mar. 1, 2012
Christian Polke (University of Hamburg)
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Islam and Democracy: A Closer Look at the Turkish Model
Friday, Mar. 16, 2012
An all-day conference co-sponsored by the Islamice Civilizations and Societies Program, the Peace Islands Institute, the Turkish Cultural Center, and the Kokkalis Program on Southeastern and East-Central Europe at Harvard Kennedy School
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Citizenship in the Global City: Catholic Social Teaching and Community Organizing in East London
Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2012
Vincent Rougeau (Boston College Law School)
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Islamic Civilizations & Societies: Establishing a New Major with a U.S. Department of Education Grant
Wednesday, Apr. 2012
Kathleen Bailey (Boston College)
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Fall 2011

Interrogation Policy after Osama bin Laden
Monday, Sep. 12, 2011
Glenn Carle (former CIA interrogator), Kenneth Himes, O.F.M. (Boston College), Sanford Levinson (University of Texas School of Law)
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Author Meets Critic: Political Evil: What It Is and How to Combat It by Alan Wolfe
Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2011
Alan Wolfe (Boston College), Martha Minow (Harvard Law School), James Traub (New York Times Magazine)
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The Life and Work of Christian Legal Theorist William Stuntz
Thursday, Sep. 22, 2011
David Skeel (University of Pennsylvania Law School)
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Iran and the Arab Spring: Tehran's Love-Hate Relationship with People Power
Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2011
Scott Peterson (Christian Science Monitor)
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Pelagius and Augustine: A Contemporary Take on an Ancient Controversy
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011
Tzvetan Todorov (National Center for Scientific Research, Paris)
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Religion in America: A Political History
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011
Denis Lacorne (CERI, Sciences-Po, France)
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Social Ethics and Social Practice in Puritan New England: A Reconsideration
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011
David Hall (Harvard Divinity School)
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Writers Save: How Poets and Novelists Came to Comfort the Faithful and Strengthen the Doubters
Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011
Alan Jacobs (Wheaton College)
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How God Commands Religious Liberty: Islamic Minarets and Liberal Democracy
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011
Gregor Scherzinger (University of Fribourg, Switzerland)
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Spring 2011

The Limits of International Human Rights Law in the U.S. Constitution
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011
Hiroshi Nakazato (Boston College)
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The Legal and Religious Status of Women in Nigerian Society
Wednesday, Mar. 23, 2011
Hauwa Ibrahim (Harvard Divinity School)
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New Imaging Technologies at the End of Life: Promises and Ethical Challenges
Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2011
Andrea Vicini, S.J., M.D. (Boston College)
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Perfect Storm: How the Imminent Crisis in Higher Education Can Strengthen Liberal Education
Tuesday, Apr. 5, 2011
W. Robert Connor (Teagle Foundation)
Co-Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation, and Educational Policy (CSTEEP)
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The Risk of Civil Society: Voluntary Associations and Political Stability in Ancient and Modern Thought
Thursday, Apr. 14, 2011
Yonder Gillihan (Boston College)
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Wanting It All: Women and the State of Feminism in America
Tuesday, Apr. 26, 2011
Lisa Sowle Cahill (Boston College), Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (Harvard University), Cynthia Young (Boston College)
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Last Best Hope: International Lives of the American Civil War
Thursday, Apr. 28, 2011
David Quigley (Boston College)
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Fall 2010

Humanitarian Intervention and the "Responsibility to Protect"
Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010
David Hollenbach, SJ (Boston College), Mahmood Mamdani (Columbia University), Alan Wolfe (Boston College)
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The Rising Power of the American Dead
Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010
Ray Madoff (Boston College Law School)
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Presidential Roulette
Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010
Richard Albert (Boston College Law School)
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Author Meets Critics: "The Religious Test"
Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010
Damon Linker (Contributing Editor of The New Republic), Patrick Deneen (Georgetown University), Mark Silk (Trinity College)
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The University in the 21st Century: Thinking about Ethics, Persons, and Discourse
Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010
James F. Keenan, SJ (Boston College)
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The Hebrew Republic: Jewish Sources and the Transformation of European Political Thought
Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010
Eric Nelson (Harvard University)
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Spring 2010

Benedict XVI and the U.S. Bishops: Political Differences and the Differences They Make
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010
Lisa Sowle Cahill (Boston College)
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Rousseau's Paradoxical Legacy
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010
Ourida Mostefai (Boston College)
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After the Culture War?: Shifts and Continuities in the Obama Era and Beyond
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010
John Dombrink (University of California, Irvine)
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Philanthropy as Spiritual Exercise: Soul, Relationships and Community
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010
Paul Schervish (Boston College)
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Exporting the First Freedom
Wednesday, Mar. 10, 2010
Martha Bayles (Boston College)
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Natural Law, God, and Human Dignity
Thursday, Mar. 25, 2010
Robert George (Princeton University)
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What Has HIV/AIDS Led Us To Understand about Global Ethical Challenges?
Thursday, Apr. 8, 2010
James Keenan, S.J. (Boston College)
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A Matter of Conscience: Religious Exemptions and the Healthcare Debate
Tuesday, Apr. 13, 2010
Melissa Rogers (Wake Forest University), Rev. J. Bryan Hehir (Harvard University), Dr. Michael Greene, M.D. (Massachusetts General Hospital)
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FALL 2009

Democracy (For Me): Religious and Secular Beliefs in Turkey and Liberal Democracy
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009
Murat Somer (Koç University in Istanbul)
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The Church, the Economy, and Social Justice: Reflections on Caritas in Veritate
Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009
Daniel Finn (St. John's University), Robert Imbelli (Boston College), Stephen Pope (Boston College)
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1960 and 2008: The Continuities and Disparities Between Obama and Kennedy
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009
Shaun Casey (Wesley Theological Seminary)
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Israel and Palestine: the State of the Question
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009
Raymond Cohen (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Richard Norton (Boston University), Col. Desmond Travers (The International Institute for Criminal Investigations)
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Evangelicals and the Catholic Mind: From Repulsion to Attraction
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009
Tal Howard (Gordon College)
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"We Are BC": Academic and Athletic Excellence on the Heights
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009
Gene DeFilippo (Boston College)
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Torture: Is It Always Wrong?
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009
Kenneth Himes, O.F.M. (Boston College)
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Secularization and Contemporary Religious Renewal in Europe
Monday, Nov. 16, 2009
Danièle Hervieu-Léger (l'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales)
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Religion, History, and Education: Facing History and Ourselves
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009
Adam Strom (Facing History and Ourselves)
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Spring 2009

Ways of Knowing: Field Science in the 21st Century
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009
Noah Snyder (Boston College)
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The Faiths of a Catholic University: Personal or Impersonal?
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009
James Bernauer, S.J. (Boston College)
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Realism, Ethics & US Foreign Policy
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009
Jean Bethke Elshtain (University of Chicago), Fr. Bryan Hehrir (Harvard University), Andrew J. Bacevich (Boston University)
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Ways of Knowing and Catholic Intellectual Traditions: Women Living with HIV/AIDS in the US
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009
Rosanna DeMarco (Boston College)
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Intuition, Emotion and Visualization
Wednesday, Mar. 11, 2009
Crystal Tiala (Boston College)
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Redeeming Freedom: Evangelicals and Democracy, Around the World and Across Time
Wednesday, Mar. 18, 2009
Timothy Samuel Shah (Council on Foreign Relations)
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Scientific Knowledge and Faith
Wednesday, Mar. 25, 2009
Paul Davidovits (Boston College)
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Human Evolution and Christian Ethics
Tuesday, Mar. 31, 2009
Stephen Pope (Boston College)
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Gettysburg in Rehab
Wednesday, Apr. 1, 2009
John Summers (Boston College)
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Ways of Knowing through Iconography: The Temple of Solomon and the Dome of the Rock
Wednesday, Apr. 8, 2009
Pamela Berger
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Author Meets Critic: The Future of Liberalism
Wednesday, Apr. 29, 2009
Alan Wolfe (Boston College), Mary Sarah Bilder (Boston College), Daniel J. Mahoney (Assumption College)
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Fall 2008

The Roosevelt Legacy:  How FDR Shaped the Modern Presidency
Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2008
Patrick Maney (Boston College)
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Invisibility Syndrome of African Americans inEducational Institutions
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008
Anderson J. Franklin (Boston College)
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Georges Rouault's Epistemological Modesty
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008
Stephen Schloesser (Boston College)
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Madison's Hand: Remembering the Constitutional Convention (Thoughts on the History of the Book and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition)
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008
Mary Sarah Bilder (Boston College)
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"Ways of Knowing": Re-integrating Spirituality in the Catholic University and Liberal Arts
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008
James W. Morris (Boston College)
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American Secularism for American Muslims: Challenges and Prospects
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008
Abdullahi An-Na'im
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Giving the Dead Their Living Voices: On Writing Biography
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008
Paul Mariani (Boston College)
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One Nation Under God? The Role of Religion in American Public Life
Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008
Mass Humanities 2008 Symposium
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Spring 2008

Muslims in the United States
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008
Peter Skerry (Boston College)
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The Unbearable Lightness of Christian Legal Scholarship
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008
David Skeel (University of Pennsylvania)
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Assessing the 2008 "Super Primary"
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008
Alan Wolfe (Boston College), Kay Schlozman (Boston College), Marc Landy (Boston College)
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Mormons in American Politics
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008
Clayton Christensen (Harvard Business School)
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Just Schools
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008
Martha Minow (Harvard Law School)
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Fall 2007

A Thirty-third Stone? Civil Religion, Mourning and Memorials at Virginia Tech
Wednesday, Sep. 19, 2007
Jerome Copulsky (Goucher College)
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Womanist Ethics and the Cultural Production of Evil
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007
Emilie Townes (Yale Divinity School)
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Author Meets Critics: A Theology of Public Life
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007
Charles Matthewes (University of Virginia), Ronald Thiemann (Harvard Divinity School), David Hollenbach, S.J. (Boston College)
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Deportation Nation: Outsiders in American History
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007
Daniel Kanstroom (Boston College)
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Gambling and the American Moral Landscape
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007
Frday, Oct. 26, 2007
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Failing America's Faithful
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (Georgetown University)
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Student Debate on Gambling
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007
Josh Darr, Timothy Mooney
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Spring 2007

The Role of Catholic Universities in American Public Life
Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007
David O'Brien (College of the Holy Cross)
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Headscarves and Holy Days: Should the Law Make Exceptions?
Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007
Leah Farish, Marci Hamilton (Yeshiva University), Jytte Klausen (Brandeis University)
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The Danger of Prophecy
Thursday, Mar. 15, 2007
Rev. Peter Gomes (Harvard University)
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Conference: Blasphemy and Free Expression in Secular Democracies
Saturday, Mar. 24, 2007
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Islam in Europe and the United States
Wednesday, Mar. 28, 2007
Kishwer Falkner (Baroness of Margravine, U.K. House of Lords)
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Red and Blue Nation?
Thursday, Mar. 29, 2007
Bill Galston (Brookings Institute), Alan Wolfe (Boston College)
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Blasphemy in Ink: The Danish Mohammed Cartoons and their Fallout
Thursday, Apr. 3, 2007
John McCoy (Boston College)
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Fall 2006

Religious Freedom and the Pledge of Allegiance
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006
Michael Newdow, Wendy Kaminer, Phillip Muñoz (Tufts Univeristy), Alan Wolfe (Boston College)
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Spring 2006

Pope Benedict After One Year
Wednesday, Apr. 5, 2006
Thomas Groome (Boston College), James Weiss (Boston College), Mary Ann Hinsdale (Boston College), Kenneth Himes (Boston College)
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Truth and Fiction in the Da Vinci Code or the Enduring Apeal of Conspiracy Theories
Wednesday, Apr. 26, 2006
Dean Harrold Attridge (Yale Divinity School)
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Fall 2005

God's Politics After Katrina
Monday, Oct. 17, 2005
Jim Wallis
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Retracing the Struggle, Part II: The Social and Political Impact of the Voting Rights Act
Saturday, Oct. 29, 2005
Abigail Thernstrom, Patricia Williams, Alan Wolfe
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Spring 2005

Dead Man Walking: The Journey Continued
Wednesday, Mar. 16, 2005
Sister Helen Prejean
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Spring 2004

Being the Hands of God: the Jewish Call to Social Justice
Tuesday, Mar. 23, 2004
David Saperstein (Georgetown University)
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Religion and the Presidential Election
Monday, Apr. 26, 2004
Alan Wolfe (Boston College), Elaine Kamarck (Harvard's Kennedy School of Government), E. J. Dionne (Georgetown University)
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Fall 2003

The Role of Religion and Faith-based Initiatives in Urban Communities
Tuesday,Oct. 21, 2003
Stephen Goldsmith, Marc Landy (Boston College), Thomas Massaro (Weston Jesuit School of Theology), Joseph O'Keefe (Boston College), Alan Wolfe (Boston College)
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The Future of American Religion: A Conversation
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2003
R. Scott Appleby (Notre Dame University), David Brooks (The New York Times), Wendy Kaminer (The Atlantic Monthly), eter Steinfels (The New York Times), Alan Wolfe (Boston College)
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Spring 2003

The Real State of the Union
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003
Cullen Murphy (The Atlantic Monthly), Michael Lind, Michael Calabrese, Maya MacGuineas, Karen Kornbluh, Alan Wolfe (Boston College)
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Evangelical Protestants in the Public Square: Drawbacks and Opportunities
Thursday, Apr. 10, 2003
Richard Mouw (Fuller Theological Seminary)
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Spring 2002

Judaism and Civic Participation in American Life
Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2002
David Novak, Michael Broyde, Michael Gottsegen, Kevin Hasson
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The Struggle for the Soul of Islam: Inclusive and Exclusive
Tuesday, Mar. 12 and Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2002
Michael Sells (Haverford College)
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What Is the Prophetic Role of the Catholic Church in American Society Today?
Monday, Apr. 1, 2002
Father Bryan Hehir (Catholic Charities USA)
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