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Looking to Lincoln

Those seeking to rebrand the GOP should look to its history, writes Professor of History Heather Cox Richardson, author of the forthcoming book To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party. New York Times

Losing our touch?

In an increasingly virtual world, are people losing touch with the sense of touch itself? And if so, so what?, asks Seelig Professor of Philosophy Richard Kearney in a piece published by the New York Times and the Irish Times

Data analysis a commodity?

What happens when the use of analytics in business stops being new and different? Carroll School of Management Associate Professor of Information Systems Sam Ransbotham looks at the subject in an essay for Sloan Management Review

First Year Academic Convocation

Author Dave Eggers, whose acclaimed novel The Circle was shared reading for the Class of 2018 over the summer, is the keynote speaker at the annual First Year Academic Convocation. BC Chronicle

University Convocation 2014

Boston College will need the strength of its people and programs in the coming months and years to not only realize its own goals, but to cope with challenges facing many colleges and universities, said President William P. Leahy, S.J., at the annual University Convocation held September 3 in Robsham Theater. The occasion was marked by the farewell remarks of  Executive Vice President Patrick J. Keating, who will step down at the end of the semester, and the first address from Provost and Dean of Faculties David Quigley. BC Chronicle

Barber of Damascus

History Associate Professor Dana Sajdi discussed her latest publication, The Barber of Damascus: Nouveau Literacy in the Eighteenth-Century Ottoman Levant, with Elliot Brandow of BC Libraries. View the interview and read about other campus-related literary news in BC Bookmarks

New worlds at McMullen

'Imagining New Worlds,' a retrospective of masterpieces by surrealist Wifredo Lam, is now on view at the McMullen Museum of Art. BC News Release | Read previews and interviews with curator Elizabeth Goizueta: Boston Globe West, Cuban Art News, Arteinformado Magazine, Boston College Magazine, BC Chronicle | New York Times, New York Times Fall Arts Preview, Boston Globe 'Critic's Pick', Boston Globe 'The Ticket'

No quick fix

Despite the fact that mental illness affects one in four Americans, it is marginalized by policy makers, hospitals, insurance companies, and medical education, writes Graduate School of Social Work Associate Professor Marylou Sudders. Boston Globe

Feeling nature's energy

Blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer '91, H '03, and his daughter Emma are featured in a new Nature Valley commercial that made its debut during the 2014 Emmy Awards broadcast. Nature Valley is a sponsor of the mountain climber and motivational speaker’s latest challenge: to brave the rapids of the Colorado River as he kayaks the Grand Canyon.

Freedom to learn

Play initiated and directed by children is not the opposite of learning, but rather is learning at its most powerful, according to Psychology Research Professor Peter Gray, co-author of an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. He discussed the 'unschooling' method of education with the New York Times "Op Talk"

Fr. James Burns appointed Woods College dean

Rev. James P. Burns, IVD, was recently appointed as dean of the Woods College of Advancing Studies, after having served as interim dean since 2012. A former director of faculty outreach and program assessment for Boston College’s University Mission and Ministry division, Fr. Burns formally assumed the dean’s post on Sept. 1. BC Chronicle

Good teachers, memorable lessons

English Professor and Director of American Studies Carlo Rotella offers recognition and thanks to teachers who taught him not only about their various subjects, but also about 'how learning works.' Boston Globe

On Indian higher ed

A collection of essays on Indian higher education by Lynch School of Education Research Professor Philip Altbach, director of the Center for International Higher Education, draws praise in a review by The Hindu. Read his assessment of why Indian students want to study abroad, also in The Hindu, and his micro-study of Chinese students in the U.S. in University World News

Living with CF

Alumnus Gunnar Esiason '13, who has cystic fibrosis, now works as a a CF advocate and program director at a non-profit foundation for the disease. He recently reflected on life with CF in a piece for CNN.com