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Law and religious exemption
In his new book, The Child Cases: How America’s Religious Exemption Laws Harm Children, History Professor Alan Rogers explores attempts to prosecute parents who use prayer and spiritual healing to treat their children’s medical problems. BC Chronicle
Public Diplomacy vs. Propaganda
How should the U.S. government respond to Russia's propaganda? A&S Honors Program faculty member Martha Bayles argues in favor of public diplomacy, which emerges from a unique tradition of truth-based persuasion, rooted in constitutionally protected freedoms of speech, press, and debate. Boston Globe
A Useful Rule for Monetary Policy
In good times as in bad, the "Taylor rule" would help the Fed explain its policies to lawmakers and the American public, writes Murray and Monti Professor of Economics Peter Ireland in his latest piece for Economics 21.
A writer at work
Novelist, essayist and English Professor Elizabeth Graver, whose most recent work, The End of The Point, was long-listed for the National Book Award, talked about her inspiration and process in an interview with the Boston Globe.
Germany is investigating two Germans suspected of spying for the U.S., and has expelled America's top intelligence official in Berlin. Political Science Associate Professor Jonathan Laurence discussed the developments with BBC/PRI 'The World,' Australian Broadcasting Co.'s 'The World Today,' The Hill and La Repubblica, among other media.
Political Science Assistant Professor Peter Krause wrote on the 'price' of radical flanks and the conflict in Gaza. Washington Post
Recurring public acknowledgments of landmark events in the modern black struggle for civil rights provide opportunities for reflection on the nation's recent past and for examination of conscience, writes Theology Professor M. Shawn Copeland. America
Vatican II DVD Series
Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology Richard Gaillardetz explores the enduring legacy and contributions of Vatican II in the current age in the new, 12-lecture DVD series Vatican II and the Church of the Third Millennium.
A scholar's tribute
The late Fouad Ajami, an American academic and public intellectual deemed by many the poet laureate of Middle East Studies, was 'a gem of a scholar' who interpreted the Middle East to his American audiences as 'defined by hybridity, fluidity and diversity,' writes Associate Professor of Near Eastern Studies Franck Salameh. Jerusalem Post
Historian Penelope Ismay, who researches the social history of modernity in Britain, has been named the Cooney Family Assistant Professor, as part of a new initiative to support junior faculty research and early-career development.
'Reading bee' buzz
Want kids to read more? Try a 'reading bee'—the invention English Professor and Director of American Studies Carlo Rotella calls his 'single undisputable achievement as a parent.' Boston Globe
Let the play begin
Free play is nature’s way of teaching children how to be adults—a purpose that is undermined when adults supervise or intervene, contends Psychology Research Professor Peter Gray. Boston Globe
BC at CTSA conclave
The Theology Department and School of Theology and Ministry were a significant presence at this year's meeting of the Catholic Theological Society of America, where Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology Richard Gaillardetz completed his term as president, and University Chair in Human Rights and International Justice David Hollenbach, S.J., was elected vice-president, to be followed by the presidency in two years. More on the event in the BC Chronicle.
What's in a name?
The ad opposing the NFL team name 'Redskins' was 'beautifully produced and well conceived,' according to Sociology Associate Professor Eva Garroutte, a researcher of racial and ethnic identity and enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation. USA Today
Economics with class
Thomas Piketty's blockbuster book, Capital in the 21st Century, may be one of those rare works that transforms the national political conversation, contends Sociology Professor Charles Derber. Boston Globe 'The Podium'
'Dubliners' goes digital
A group of BC students in a course taught by English Adjunct Associate Professor Joseph Nugent has created Digital Dubliners, a multimedia Apple iBook that uses interactive technology to guide readers through James Joyce's classic collection of short stories, which marks the centenary of its publication this year. Chronicle of Higher Education | "These tech-savvy students are no longer mere absorbers of information...[but] makers and disseminators of knowledge to the world," writes Nugent in the Irish Times.
Germany in the 21st Century
Political Science Associate Professor Jonathan Laurence looks at the challenges facing Germany in its quest for a foreign and defense policy to complement its economic might, in the latest entry in the Brookings Institution US-Europe analysis series.
...and meets nanopublishing
Inspired by BC students' creation of 'Digital Dubliners,' Ferris Professor of Physics Michael Naughton etched the text of Dubliners onto a 2.5-square-millimeter patch using a sophisticated nanolithography technique more commonly employed to build electronics than to print miniature editions of classic literature. Boston Globe
The view from abroad
Is American popular culture swaying public opinion abroad? College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program faculty member Martha Bayles discussed her book Through a Screen Darkly: Popular Culture, Public Diplomacy, and America's Image Abroad in an interview with PBS Newshour.
Fr. Kalscheur Appointed as Interim A&S Dean
Gregory Kalscheur, SJ, senior associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been named interim dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, effective June 1. BC Chronicle
In the Ukraine crisis, President Obama has proven to be a better commander than educator in chief, writes Political Science Professor Marc Landy.
Associate Professor of Economics Harold Petersen has been selected for the 2014 Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award, given annually by the academic honor society’s Boston College chapter to a faculty member who has achieved excellence as a teacher and advisor.
Professor of Sociology Juliet Schor has been named the Matina S. Horner Distinguished Visiting Professor at Radcliffe, where she will be working on her next book, about people consciously embracing more sustainable consumption practices.
Seniors to Remember
Each year, several students of the graduating class who exemplify what's best about Boston College are selected to reflect on their experiences at the University. Four students, Brooke Loughrin, Philip McHarris, Matthew Alonsozana, and David Cote are graduating from Arts and Sciences.
Among the 50 'Coolest Self Portraits You'll Ever See' is a portrait of Karl Baden, Assistant Professor of Photography. AcidCow.com, photo #17.
Award-winning author and English Department adjunct faculty member Suzanne Berne has published a new book, The Dogs of Littlefield, characterized by one reviewer as a cross between a comedy of manners and a whodunit.
Atheism and belief
Seelig Professor of Philosophy Richard Kearney—author of the Anatheism: Returning to God after God—in which he rejects the notion that individuals must chose between theism and atheism-was interviewed on the subject by the Irish Times.
Good news for the economy
The latest strong employment report overall helps assuage concerns that the economic recovery is stalling out. What fundamental factors underlie the continuing improvement? Murray and Monti Professor of Economics Peter Ireland writes for Economics21.
Catherine Niech A&S '14 will participate in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals, a year-long, federally-funded fellowship to study and work in Germany. She is one of 75 fellows selected from more than 700 applicants.
Sociology Professor Sharlene Hesse-Biber, author of the forthcoming book Waiting for Cancer to Come, writes that the healthcare field needs to develop a broader understanding of the impact of a breast cancer diagnosis in men.
Greater Boston's Cultural Future
Boston-area cultural institutions are courting a broad swath of younger people in hopes of filling their halls and locking down loyalty along the way. By casting such a wide net, however, they could be leaving money from the tech community on the table. Sociology Professor and Center on Wealth and Philanthropy Professor Paul Schervish comments in the Boston Globe.
Mirror of the Abyss
Professor of Russian and English Maxim D. Shrayer has made an important contribution to the understanding of the workings of Soviet literary life with I SAW IT: Ilya Selvinsky and the Legacy of Bearing Witness to the Shoah, according to the Times Literary Supplement.
Working in the second half of the 19th century, a time of disorientingly rapid industrialization and urbanization, inspiring landscape architect, journalist, conservationist, and public servant Frederick Law Olmsted did more than anyone else to make cities livable, humane, and inspiring, writes English Professor and Director of American Studies Carlo Rotella.
Unwelcome monetary conditions hold sway in the Euro Area—a concern for Americans, since the situation may mean decreased demand for U.S. exports, writes Murray and Monti Professor of Economics Peter Ireland.
Political Science Assistant Professor Jennifer Erickson, an expert on international security and political economy issues, has been named the White Family Sesquicentennial Assistant Professor.
Finding God in complex things
Physics Associate Professor Cyril Opeil, S.J., studies condensed matter, a research area that has applications for the pursuit of alternative-energy sources. He’s featured by the Society of Jesus U.S. website Jesuits.org.
Fr. Keenan named director of BC's Jesuit Institute
Founders Professor of Theology James Keenan, S.J., director of the Presidential Scholars Program, has been named director of the Jesuit Institute and holder of the Canisius Chair. BC Chronicle
Unearthly earthly noises
Where are Connecticut’s mysterious ‘moodus noises’ coming from? Geophysicist and Earth and Environmental Sciences Professor John Ebel discussed seismological connections to the sounds in an interview with NPR reporter Ari Daniel Shapiro '01: WBUR ‘Here and Now’.
Class finds lost Chinese relics
A successful academic quest by BC undergraduates, who used research and detective skills to track down more than 80 carved Chinese pagodas that had been lost for nearly a century, has resulted in an exhibit of several of the rare items, now on view in O'Neill Library. The class project, led by History Assistant Professor Jeremy Clarke, S.J., is featured by the Boston Globe.
Sociology Professor Juliet Schor has won the 2014 Public Understanding of Sociology Award, given annually by the American Sociological Association for exemplary contributions to the understanding of sociology, sociological research, and scholarship among the general public.
In his new book Rekindling the Christic Imagination: Theological Meditations for the New Evangelization, Theology Associate Professor Emeritus Robert Imbelli uses artistic, literary, spiritual and theological sources to place Christ at the center of Catholic faith.
Has preoccupation with safety taken away from childhood independence? Psychology Research Professor Peter Gray, author of Free to Learn, is among guests discussing the difference between keeping kids safe and over-sheltering them.
Reading the Russians
What can we learn about Russian character and temperament from their literary giants—Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekov, Nabokov? Professor of Russian and English Maxim D. Shrayer was among experts providing insights on WBUR’s Radio Open Source | His latest book, Leaving Russia, is featured by Jewish Voice and New Jersey Jewish News; he reflects on his last Soviet summer in a piece for Moment magazine.
Doing ELL well
A coalition of education groups believes a new bill would transform the way English language learners are educated in Massachusetts, writes Presidential Scholar Nathan Schwan A&S ’16, state captain of Students for Education Reform and co-author of an op-ed in the Boston Globe.
Biology major Matthew F. Evans A&S ’15, whose research interests focus on the neurobiology of cell growth, has been awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, considered the premier undergraduate award in the sciences. BC News Release
The Fed's forward guidance
The Federal Reserve can best help employment by stabilizing prices, not targeting unemployment, writes Murray and Monti Professor of Economics Peter Ireland for Economics 21.
From Dean to Provost
University President William P. Leahy, S.J., has named David Quigley, a respected administrator and distinguished historian, teacher and scholar who has served as dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences since 2009, as provost and dean of faculties. BC News Release | Boston.com
Reality of 'Breaking Boston'
The new A&E reality show is to the Boston movie boom as ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead’ is to ‘Hamlet,’ writes English Professor and American Studies Director Carlo Rotella. Boston Globe
The Clinton documents
The National Archives has made public some 4,000 pages of previously confidential documents related to the Clinton Administration. History Professor Patrick Maney discussed the release with Fox News Boston.
Catholicism and the challenge of liberty
Theology Professor David Hollenbach, S.J., holder of the University Chair in Human Rights and International Justice, is among experts interviewed for a video history of religious liberty from Constantine to Vatican II by Catholic News Service.
Putin's nonverbal cues
Psychology Associate Professor Joseph Tecce was among experts asked to interpret Russian president Vladimir Putin's body language during Tuesday's news conference. NBCNews.com
'Selfie' portrait of aging
A selfie a day for 27 years? Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography Karl Baden has taken nearly 10 thousand daily photographic self-portraits to document the aging process. 'PBS Newshour | WCVB-TV News | WBZ-TV News | Boston Magazine | Yahoo! News | Elite Daily | NY Daily News | Huffington Post UK
Francis on the Chair of Peter
Theology Associate Professor Emeritus Rev. Robert Imbelli writes about Pope Francis’ appointment of 19 cardinals, the first public liturgical ceremony at which he and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI appeared together. dotCommonweal
The economics of hope: kidney exchange
Boston College economists Tayfun Sönmez and M. Utku Ünver describe how they have improved the way patients in need of a kidney are matched with donors. Video from University Advancement.
The fed and the economy
The markets applauded Janet Yellen’s recent report to Congress–an enthusiasm that seems fully justified, writes Murray and Monti Professor of Economics Peter Ireland for the Manhattan Institutes’ E21.com.
Nearly a year after Ireland's Taoiseach made an emotional apology to survivors of the Magdalene Laundries, the women continue to suffer poverty, ill-health and trauma, writes English Associate Professor James Smith, a committee member of Justice for Magdalenes Research.
NSF CAREER Award
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Dawei Chen has received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, the agency’s most prestigious grant for junior faculty.
The dating game
Required dating? It's an unusual aspect of a seminar taught by Kerry Cronin, associate director of the Philosophy Department’s Lonergan Institute and a fellow in BC's Center for Student Formation. Times Higher Education
Kaveny named Libby Professor
Cathleen Kaveny, a nationally noted scholar on the intersections of law, morality and religion, has been named the Darald and Juliet Libby Professor, an appointment in both the Law School and Department of Theology.
Caring despite abuse
Research by Sociology Assistant Professor Sara Moorman and Graduate School of Social Work doctoral student Jooyoung Kong on the challenges of caregiving for abusive parents is highlighted by the New York Times.
for BC Authors
America magazine calls Global Justice, Christology and Christian Ethics, new from Monan Professor of Theology Lisa Sowle Cahill, "a significant contribution not only to that discipline, but also to theology"; Leaving Russia by Professor of Russian and English Maxim D. Shrayer is named a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. BC Bookmarks
Winter Olympics security concerns growing amid terror threats
Assistant Professor Peter Krause appeared on NECN this morning to discuss the terroist threat to the Sochi Olympics.
Traumas never named
Seeling Professor of Philosophy Richard Kearney addressed Ireland's ‘traumas that were never named,’ notably the Great Famine, in remarks at an Abbey Theatre symposium on the role of theater in commemoration. Irish Times | RTE's The Pat Kenny Show (at 5:50)| RTE's Marian Finucane Show (scroll to Jan. 18 show).
Narintohn Luangrath ’14, whose work on migration and asylum policy issues earned her a Truman Scholarship, has been named one of two winners of undergraduate research awards by the Forum on Education Abroad, for her work as an intern with the Irish Human Rights Commission.
What's ahead for the economy?
Murray and Monti Professor of Economics Peter Ireland writes on the potential impact of the recent rise in long-term interest rates and looks ahead to the coming year in his latest essays for 'Economics 21.'
Judgments of suicide
People—even non-religious people—make the moral judgment that suicide is wrong not because of any specific harm related to the act, but because they believe it taints the purity of a person’s soul, according to a study by Josh Rottman, a doctoral student working in the lab of Psychology Assistant Professor Liane Young and Deborah Kelemen. BC News Release (via Science Codex), Business Standard, Health24, Medical Express News, Science Blog, Science Daily
Society and smoking
A newly approved ordinance banning smoking on Boston Common is especially ironic given the park’s past, writes History Professor Marilynn Johnson. Boston Globe 'Ideas'