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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.

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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

Celebration of the 33rd Anniversary of The Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015. Beyond Black and White: Toward Justice.  The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Committee requests the honor of your presence in celebration of the 33rd Anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship.


PARIVAAR--18th Annual Culture Show

Saturday, February 7, 2015. The 18th Annual Culture Show is an assigned seating event in the Robsham Theater. All tickets are $10.00 (+$2.00 per ticket processing fee). More information can be found on the Robsham Theater page.

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“Lessons for Immigration Policy from Newcomer Youth and Mixed Status Families”

Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Please plan to attend a Lynch School Colloquium on Tuesday, January 27th from noon - 1:30 pm.   The speakers are three of our distinguished faculty - Dr. Brinton Lykes, Dr. Leigh Patel, and Dr. AJ Franklin.   The topic is one that is a critical issue in our society – “Lessons for Immigration Policy from Newcomer Youth and Mixed Status Families”.  Both Dr. Lykes and Dr. Patel have done extensive research with immigrant youth and families and they will be discussing their research and implications for educational policy.

The attached flyer will give you more information about the Colloquium - and LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED !

RACE IN THE U.S.A. Expectations, Concerns, and Hopes in 2015

invite members of the Boston College community to a panel discussion.

Moderated by James Keenan, S.J., 
Director of the Jesuit Institute

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Lowell Humanities Presents: Jeff Chang Who We Be: The Colorization of America

The Lowell Humanities Series at Boston College is pleased to announce that Jeff Chang will be joining us on Wednesday, November 19 at 7:00 PM. Please feel free to share this information widely with your friends, students, and colleagues. All Lowell events are free, open to the public, and do not require reservations or tickets.

For additional information about the Lowell Humanities Series, please visit our website ( or contact the series director, Professor Carlo Rotella at

14th Annual Veterans Remembrance Mass and Ceremony

Tuesday, November 11, 2014. Boston College alumni, parents, and friends are invited to honor America’s veterans during the 14th Annual Veterans Remembrance Mass and Ceremony.

Larry Rawson ’63, Captain USMCR, will serve as guest speaker.


Mass at St. Ignatius Church – 9:30 a.m.
Ceremony at the Veterans Memorial on Burns Lawn – 11 a.m.
Reception in Gasson 100 - noon

Economics and Race: Perspectives on our Nation's Future

November 13th, 2014. Hear Julianne Malveau speak about 'Economics and Race: Perspectives on our Nation's Future'

Immigration Panel & Documentary Screening

October 29th, 2014. Join Graduate Students of Color Association for their Immigration Panel and Documentary Screening.

Wheelchair 4 A Day @BC

November 7th 2014  Rent a wheelchair and join us to go around campus! 

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Crashing into Michael Brown: A Decade of Racial Justice and Injustice

October 22, 2014.  African & African Diaspora Studies Program present: 2014-2015 "New Directions in African Diaspora Studies" Lecture Series.

Hispanic Heritage Month at Boston College 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014. On behalf of the Hispanic Heritage Steering Committee (HHM) I am happy to announce our 6th year celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at Boston College, from September 15th through October 15th.  As we celebrate this month, it is an exciting opportunity to create greater awareness to both students and the community of Hispanic and Latino cultures. 

C.A.R.E. Week 2014

Dear Boston College Student:

As we head into spring, I wanted to let you know about some of the many campus and community events throughout the month of April, including Asian Pacific American Heritage Week, C.A.R.E. Week, Black Family Weekend, and the Boston College Arts Festival. For your convenience, we’ve created a comprehensive roundup of events. I hope you will take advantage of Boston College’s numerous cultural, social, and spiritual opportunities.  I also want to direct you to our comprehensive sexual assault resources webpage, which has comprehensive information for survivors, including the booklet entitled You are Not Alone.

On behalf of the Division of Student Affairs, I wish you an enjoyable and successful rest of the semester.


Barb Jones, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs



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Vet Night Out

Join the Office of Graduate Student Life and your fellow service members for appetizers at Patron's Mexican Kitchen and Watering Hole (138 Brighton Ave.- above Sunset Grill & Tap in Allston) on Wednesday, April 16th between 7:30-9:00pm.   It will be a relaxed evening of fellowship and fun to celebrate the closing of the spring semester.  Spouses, partners and significant others are also welcome!

Please email Amanda at by Monday, April 14th to RSVP.  We hope to see you there!

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Mr. Michael W. Twitty "Dining on a Haunted Plate"

March 18th, 2014. 6PM. Walsh Function Room.

Michael W. Twitty presents "Dining on a Haunted Plate": Becoming a Black Chef in the 18th and 19th Centuries. This presentation demonstrates the history of the cuisine as an extension of the foodways of Africa in early America with emphasis on the cooking techniques, cultural transformation, and flavor principles unique to this translation of Western cuisine by early African American chefs.

Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 3:00 p.m. The Heights Room

Recasting Women: Challenging Media Distortions that Curb Women’s Power and Influence

Jennifer Siebel Newsom, award-winning writer, director, and producer of the documentary films Miss Representation (2011) and The Mask You Live In (2014), will discuss how mass media depictions of women and girls restrict their paths to positions of leadership and power. She will also explore how we as a society can affect and change culture.

Harvest of Empire: the Untold Story of Latinos in America

Monday, March 17. 7:00 p.m. McGuinn Hall, Room 121
Join the Center for a screening of the film Harvest of Empire: the Untold Story of Latinos in America. Based on the book, "Harvest of Empire," by award-winning journalist Juan González, the film is a feature-length documentary that examines the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today.  

"I Am Strong" Strong Women, Strong Girls at Boston College

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014. O'neill Library, Level One Gallery.

This series will repeat every day 25 more times through March 28, 2014
The purpose of this exhibit is to bring awareness to the BC chapter of Strong Women, Strong Girls, as well as to portray what it means to be women in society today. We all come from different backgrounds and circumstances, which make us all individually unique. However, as females we all share a bond that only we can understand. We are strong and proud to be who we are, and we should never be afraid to show it. This exhibit is based on an article that was written in The Heights, the independent student newspaper at Boston College. The article talks about a study that was done in 2012, revealing that female Boston College students' self-confidence declines during their four years at BC. The study sheds light upon a very important issue on campus, concluding with recommendations on how the University can try and reverse the ongoing issue. -- Abigail Blaisdell, College of Advancing Studies '15, BC Chapter of Strong Women, Strong Girls

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Wheelchair Dancing and Zumba

The Graduate Education Association at the Boston College Lynch School presents a new first time at BC event- Wheelchair Dancing: 


What:  Wheelchair dancing (integrated abilities dance) and Zumba 

When: February 25th, 2:00-3:30pm 

Where: Walsh Function Room, Boston College.  


This event will be videotaped  from 2-3. We will give a demo, then open it up for everyone to try it. Please pre-register. Everyone from the BC Community welcome to come watch or participate with music and fun.  Free.  Light refreshments.  (Flyer attached)

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Is the "A.H.A.N.A." Acronym Still Relevant Today?

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013. A conversation with Valerie Lewis-Mosley, a BC Alumnus who helped coin the term A.H.A.N.A. in 1979.

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