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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.  


Wellness Group Speaker Dr. Lisha Fan

March 11 Wellness Group meeting -- it promises to be extra special.  The speaker for the March meeting is Dr. Lisha Fan.  Lisha Fan, M.D., is an integrative oncologist and founder of the International Integrative Oncology Institute. Trained in radiation oncology, acupuncture, and Chinese Medicine, Dr. Fan uses all of her skills to integrate the concepts, principles and practices of both eastern and western medicine. She treats both advanced cancer patients as well as those with other chronic conditions and diseases. Her treatment approach is individualized to each patient and based on current research.

Dr. Fan will be giving the group information about her approach and answering questions.  All members of the Boston College community are welcome to attend. Please RSVP by contacting Carol Pepin at or call ext. 28487.

If you ever have wondered how western and eastern medicine can work together, this presentation is for you.

Latino Family Weekend Flyer
Latino Family Weekend 2015

Join the Organization of Latin American Affairs to celebrate Latino Family Weekend of 2015.

A Bridge Apart

The CRS Student Ambassadors* will be sponsoring the documentary "A Bridge Apart", which looks at the epic migration of immigrants from Central America and Mexico to the United States from the point of view of the migrants themselves. Following the film the students will facilitate a conversation, and also offer an opportunity to advocate for the protection of unaccompanied children on the border through a campaign of both the Jesuits and Catholic Relief Services.   


The event will take place on February 11, 7 PM, in Fulton 511. Here is a link to the trailer:

Fugitive Justice and Black Political Possibility in the Art and Activism of Lorraine Hansberry

This talk explores how Lorraine Hansberry’s political vision emerges by way of her artistic practices to offer hope in the tumultuous years of the Civil Rights era. 

Prof. Soyica Diggs Colbert is an Associate Professor of African American Studies and Theater and Performance Studies at Georgetown University

Co-sponsored by the Black History Month Committee

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Black History Month Art Reception

February 2015. “The Power of Youth Movements in Black History” is an exhibit that showcases the spirit and fight of young Black men and women, and their allies, exhibited by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the youth of today. These images are meant to spark educated dialect around the reality of the current state of our nation. I want my pieces to evoke emotion and feelings from the viewer. I encourage everyone who is viewing my work to have an opinion and to openly express those opinions in a manner that is respectful and thoughtful...One reason I chose to attend BC is its emphasis on social justice, which is rooted in “the University's broader mission and Jesuit tradition.” I feel like I would be doing a disservice to the university and Jesuits if I chose not to practice what is being preached, don’t you agree?  --- Frank Garcia-Ornelas, GSSW '16