Conversations in the First Year
go set the world aflame!
First Year Academic Convocation 2012 took place on Thursday, September 13 and featured Dan Barry, New York Times columnist and author of Bottom of the 33rd.
Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball's Longest Game
Boston College launched its celebration of 150 Years with the Sesquicentennial Mass at Fenway Park on Saturday, September 15, 2012.
Since the Fall of 2004, Conversations in the First Year has enriched the intellectual lives of our newest students. It begins at Orientation, where all incoming students are given a common text. This book helps to create the year's academic theme. Then, early in their first semester, all first year students gather for the First Year Academic Convocation. Each year the Convocation speaker addresses the class, inspiring the themes of the summer reading. Convocation is filled with ritual, ideas, and conversation that kick off the academic year. All first-year students are required to join us for this event.
2012 - Dan Barry (Bottom of the 33rd)
2011 - Colum McCann (Let the Great World Spin)
2010 - Daniel Wolff (How Lincoln Learned to Read)
2009 - Ann Patchett (Run)
2008 - J.R. Moehringer (The Tender Bar)
2007 - Jeanette Walls (The Glass Castle)
2006 - Senator John McCain (Lives of Moral Leadership by Robert Coles)
2005 - Senator Barack Obama (Dreams from My Father)
2004 - Dr. Paul Farmer and Tracy Kidder (Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder)
To view these Academic Convocations, please go to BC's Front Row presentation.
"Go set the world aflame."
- Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556)
In the entrance of the Jesuit headquarters in Rome is a striking statue of Ignatius of Loyola (founder of the Jesuits) with the motto "Ite, inflammate omnia." - "Go set the world aflame" - his parting words to Francis Xavier who was carrying the Gospel to the East. This is our charge as you begin your experience at Boston College. Take the gift of education and carry it to great places throughout the world.