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The Institute for the Liberal Arts brings many speakers each year to address audiences at Boston College. Some of these talks have been videotaped, including the ones listed below.



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ILA Symposium
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At this day-long symposium, five important scholars — Rev. John O’Malley, S.J., Georgetown; Catharine Stimpson, New York University; Alan Ryan, Oxford; Louis Menand, Harvard; and Stanley Fish, Florida International University — shared their views of the definition, value, and future of liberal arts education.



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Walang Hiya: A Celebration of Filipino and Asian American Writing
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Editors Lolan Buhain Sevilla and Roseli Ilano, together with fiction writers Grace Talusan and Ricco Siasoco, adjunct assistant professor of English at Boston College, analyze works of short fiction and poetry from emerging Filipino and Filipino-American writers.



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The Immigrant in the War on Terror
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How does the war on terror impact the lives of immigrants going about their daily lives? Writer and Vassar College professor Amitava Kumar probes this and other questions in a lecture drawn from his book, A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb.



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Noam Chomsky: Hospitality and hostility in world politics
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Noam Chomsky, professor emeritus of linguistics at MIT, serves as the featured panelist at this event, part of the Guestbook Project's Hosting the Stranger seminar series.
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Ulysses and the common reader
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Joseph Nugent, assistant professor of English, delivers the introductory talk for the 3rd Annual Bloomsday Boston, a celebration of James Joyce's Ulysses, arguing that modern, information-access technologies are making the novel easier to decipher.



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"Angels in America" at 15
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Peggy Phelan, professor of drama and English at Stanford University, and Robert Vorlicky, associate professor of drama at the Tisch School of Arts, New York University, lead an informal conversation on Tony Kushner’s provocative play, Angels in America.