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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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call ext. 28487.
If you ever have wondered how western and eastern medicine can work together, this presentation is for you.
Join the Organization of Latin American Affairs to celebrate Latino Family Weekend of 2015.
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: http://www.abridgeapart.net/