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Fall 2017 Public Events

Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

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What's So Political About 'Political' Islam?

David DiPasquale
, Boston College
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Boisi Center • 12:00 pm

RSVP required. Click here to register.

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The Challenge of Charlottesville: Race, Religion and Public Monuments
Panel Discussion

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
McGuinn 121 • 6:30 pm

Featuring panelists M. Shawn Copeland (Boston College), Pat DeLeeuw (Boston College), Craig A. Ford Jr. (Boston College), Heather Cox Richardson (Boston College), and Martin Summers (Boston College). Moderated by Mark Massa, S.J.

Co-sponsored with the Boston College History Department, the Boston College Theology Department and the African and African Diaspora Studies Program.

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"RIKERS: An American Jail" A Film by Bill Moyers
Screening and Panel Discussion 

Monday, October 23, 2017
Stokes Hall S195 • 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Featuring panelists Tom Lynes, Marina McCoy (Boston College), Joli Sparkman, and Stephen Pope (Boston College). Moderated by Erik Owens (Boston College).  

RSVP Encouraged.

Co-sponsored with the Department of Theology.

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What’s Wrong with the New Genealogy of Religious Freedom?


David Decosimo, Boston University
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Boisi Center • 12:00 pm - WAIT LIST ONLY

RSVP required. Click here to register.

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Educating for Modern Democracy

November 7-10, 2017

Featuring plenary sessions with Charles Taylor and José Casanova (with Erik Owens moderating), Charles Mathewes, David Campbell, George Yancy, Eduardo Mendieta, Seyla Benhabib, and Candace Vogler

Erik Owens will moderate a panel discussion entitled "Modern Democracy, the Present Situation, and Higher Education: A Public Conversation" and featuring Charles Taylor (em. Department of Philosophy, McGill University) and José Casanova (Department of Sociology and the Berklee Center, Georgetown University). The panel will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 7:15 PM

Mark Massa, S.J. will moderate a panel discussion entitled "Civility in Public Discourse" and featuring Cathleen Kaveny (Department of Theology and the Law School, Boston College) and Vincent Rougeau (Dean of the Law School, Boston College). The panel will be held on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 1:00 PM. 

A conference schedule can be found here. A registration link will be added soon. 

Co-sponsored with the Boston College Philosophy Department and organized in collaboration with the World Conference of Catholic University Institutions of Philosophy. 

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International Summit of Centers on Religion and Public Life

Thursday, November 16, 2017
By invitation only