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BC Veterans Reception 2015
BC Veterans Reception

Tuesday, September 8, 2015.  Vice President for Student Affairs Barbara Jones and the Division of Student Affairs invite you to a reception honoring Boston College's active U.S. military service members and veteran students, staff and faculty.  

Celebrating Creativity of the Boston College Libraries' Staff Exhibit

June 9 - August 22, 2015.  The Boston College Libraries' staff exhibits their work in the arts: painting; photography; calligraphy; poetry; crafts; textiles; and other forms of creative work.

Web Accessibility Presentation: Brian Charlson from The Carroll Center for the Blind

Please join us for a presentation hosted by the Disabilities Services Coordinating Committee.

Brian Charlson from The Carroll Center for the Blind will be presenting on web accessibility.

When: May 27 from 11am to noon
Where: McGuinn 121

Brian is an engaging speaker and the information will not be overly technical. This is an open event.  

Before God, We All Are Family: A Conversation about Race, Religion, and Sexual Orientation at Boston College

As one of the final events of its inaugural year, the Boston College Graduate Students of Color Association presents Before God, We All Are Family: Explorations at the Intersections of Faith, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Familia. 

This two-part event series is designed to continue conversations around sexual orientation and gender identity (with a particular emphasis on transgender identity) within the context of biblical interpretation, Catholic culture in the United States (using as a lens Latino-American culture), and racial and ethnic identity.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates presents 'The Case for Reparations'

Ta-Nehisi Coates's Atlantic Magazine cover story "The Case for Reparations" won the 2014 George Polk Award and reignited a long-dormant national conversation about how to compensate African Americans for a system of insitutional racism tha has robbed them of wealth and succes for generations. As he does in his article, Coates challenges the country to confront the moral debts it hsa incurred through this painful hustory and lays out a plan to repair and correct some of the damage.

Race, Religion, and Social Change: A Campus Conversation

The Boisi Center is pleased to host an event next Wednesday evening that is intended to continue the campus conversation about race and justice, by focusing on the role religion(s) can play in understanding and fostering social change. We are hoping this will draw a large student audience, and I am asking for your support in encouraging students — and faculty/staff, of course — to attend and participate. 

We have three exceptional speakers (more on that below), but will be dedicating 60 of our 90 minutes to conversation with the audience. We will also be live-tweeting and following the conversation with the Twitter hashtag #BCTalksRace. Here are the event details: 

Race, Religion, and Social Change: A Campus Conversation.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

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Civic Engagement in an “Equality Recession”

"Equality recession" is a term coined by the two student event organizers to discuss the current state of affairs in our society. The premise is that our society is marked by advancements in equality with regard to race, followed by significant reductions after a peak has been reached. Although we have made significant strides overall since the 1960's, equality in the U.S. has regressed since its recent peaks. This is similar to the way our economy works. Prominent examples of the recessive behavior with regard to equality include mass incarceration issues, income inequality, education inequality, employment inequality and the recent instances of tension between police forces and minority groups around the U.S.

Thea Bowman Legacy Day

Please join us March 30th, 2015 from 3:30p.m to 4:30p.m at Gasson 305 to celebrate Thea Bowman Legacy Day hosted by the Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center.  We hope to get your support by way of sharing this with your colleagues, students, faculty and staff. Don't forget to use the hashtag #TheaBowmanLegacy!

We are delighted to be bringing in Dr. Deborah Pembleton from St. Benedict/St. John’s in Collegeville, Minnesota who was a student, family friend and fellow church member of Sister Thea Bowman.  Dr. Pembleton will be sharing how this enriching experience had a tremendous influence on her professional career, international research, teaching philosophy and spiritual commitment.  In addition, Dr. Pembleton will discuss what Sister Thea Bowman would do in light of the current racial justice events.

Disability in Global Contexts

Recognizing the prevalence of disabilities throughout the world, many religious traditions are examining their practices of inclusion-exclusion of persons with disabilities.  This presentation discusses the trajectory of disability consciousness in contemporary theological disciplines and seeks to raise consciousness of our own (mis)perceptions, presumptions, and prejudices regarding disabilities and people with disabilities, with the goal of moving beyond accommodation to advocacy, affirmation, and accountability with and for persons with disabilities.

Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science

About 10 Boston area colleges and universities are in the early stages of organizing an area chapter of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science.  SACNAS is a mentoring society whose goal is to promote Hispanic, Chicano and Native American science students and early career trainees to attain advanced degrees, careers and leadership positions in science.  SACNAS has been recognized as the leading minority serving scientific society by the National Academy of Sciences and was awarded the Presidential award for mentoring.

There is an information session about SACNAS for all interested students at all levels, postdocs and faculty this Thursday February 26 from 3-4 in Higgins 260.