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Leadership through Conscience, Service, and Relationships

January 31, 7 p.m.
Murray Function Room, Yawkey Center

Magazine launch presented by Michael Sacco, the director of the Center for Student Formation. Event is cosponsored by the C21 Center, the Center for Student Formation, and the BC Theology Department. event details and registration

 

An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story

February 1, 5:30 p.m.

9 Lake Street (Simboli Hall), Room 100, Brighton Campus

This film screening and panel discussion features the filmmaker Martin Doblmeier along with panelists Andrew Finstuen, and theologians Lisa Sowle Cahill, Mark Massa, S.J., and Erik Owens. Event is co-sponsored by the History department, the Theology department, and the Boisi Center. event details


Present and Future of an Ibero-American Theology in Times of Globalization, Interculturality, and Exclusion

February 8, 5:30 p.m.
Robsham Theater

Panelists will discuss the insights from an historic gathering at Boston College of Latin American, U.S. Latino/a, and Spanish theologians meeting to Latin American theologies and the ways in which they meet the challenges of a globalized world. The outcome of this meeting will be presented to Pope Francis. Panelists include Gustavo Gutierrez, O.P. and Juan Carlos, S.J. The moderator is Thomas Groome. Event is cosponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry, the Office of the University President, Institute for the Liberal Arts, and the Boston College Department of Theology. event details and registration


The Contemporary Crisis of Christianity in the Middle East

February 16, 5 p.m.
Gasson 100

Visiting Scholar at the School of Theology and Ministry, Kristian Girling (Centre for Eastern Christianity, Heythrop College, University of London) will give a lecture. This event is cosponsored by the Department of Slavic & Eastern Languages & Literatures, the School of Theology and Ministry, Islamic Civilization and Societies Program, the Department of Theology, and the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life.  event flyer

 

Duffy Lectures: Postcolonial Theological Ethics

February 27, 5 p.m.
Gasson 305

Professor Agnes Brazal (De la Salle University, Manila) will present this year's Duffy Lectures in Global Christianity. The theme of her lecture series is "Liberation-Postcolonial Ethics in the Philippines." The theme of tonight's lecture is “From Inculturation/Liberation to Postcolonial Theological Ethics?” event flyer

 

Duffy Lectures: Feminism in the Philippine Catholic Church

March 13, 5 p.m.
Gasson 305

Professor Agnes Brazal (De la Salle University, Manila) will present this year's Duffy Lectures in Global Christianity. The theme of her lecture series is "Liberation-Postcolonial Ethics in the Philippines." The theme of tonight's lecture is “Feminism in the Philippine Catholic Church.” event flyer

 

Book Launch: Fragility of Consciousness

March 24, 4 p.m.
Stokes 195S

The Lonergan Institute is celebrating a new publication by esteemed professor of systematic theology Frederick Lawrence. The book is entitled The Fragility of Consciousness: Faith, Reason, and the Human Good (University of Toronto Press, 2017), is edited by Kevin M. Vander SchelPh.D. ‘12 (now assistant professor of religious studies at Gonzaga University), and Randall S. RosenbergPh.D. 08 (now assistant professor of systematic theology at Saint Louis University). The Fragility of Consciousness is a collection of Prof. Lawrence's essays, both published and unpublished, and is the first published collection of his work. For questions about the event, contact Peggy Bakalo at x2-8095.

 

Duffy Lectures: Ecological-Cultural Struggles of Indigenous Peoples

March 27, 5 p.m.
Gasson 305

Professor Agnes Brazal (De la Salle University, Manila) will present this year's Duffy Lectures in Global Christianity. The theme of her lecture series is "Liberation-Postcolonial Ethics in the Philippines." The theme of tonight's lecture is "Ecological-Cultural Struggles of Indigenous Peoples: Toward a Sustainable Economy." event flyer

 

Engaging Particularities: Opening Address

April 2, 6-7:30 p.m.
Shea Room, Conte Forum

Graduate of the BC Comparative Theology program, Professor Christopher Conway (College of St. Benedict/St. John's University), will open the annual Engaging Particularities Conference. Prof. Conway's address is entitled, “Meeting at the Margins: Cokhāmelā, Community, and Comparative Theology.” For event details, visit the Engaging Particularities conference website.

 

Engaging Particularities Conference

April 23

The annual Engaging Particularities Conference held by the Comparative Theology graduate students with the U.S. Jesuit Assistancy for Mission and Interreligious Dialogue. This year's special theme is "Exclusivity and Inclusion in Religious Communities." For event details, visit the Engaging Particularities conference website.

 

University Ethics Conference

April 57

The Jesuit Institute and the Institute for Liberal Arts are sponsoring a conference on University Ethics. Speakers include professor of theological ethics and director of the Jesuit Institute, James Keenan, S.J., author and historian Taylor Branch, Margaret McKenna of Suffolk University, Ruth Simmons of Brown University, and many othersevent details and registration

 

Book Discussion: Prophecy without Contempt: Religious Discourse in the Public Square

April 7, 1:30-5 p.m.
McMullen Museum of Art (2101 Commonwealth Avenue)

Darald and Juliet Libby Professor of Theology and Law Cathleen Kaveny will discuss her new book along with Rowan WilliamsCharles Taylor, and Jonathan Lear. This event is sponsored by the Clough Center for Constitutional Democracy. Flyer

 

Duffy Lectures: Explorations in Cyber-Ethics

April 10, 5 p.m.
Gasson 305

Professor Agnes Brazal (De la Salle University, Manila) will present this year's Duffy Lectures in Global Christianity. The theme of her lecture series is "Liberation-Postcolonial Ethics in the Philippines." The theme of tonight's lecture is “Facebook and Populism: Explorations in Cyber-ethics.” event flyer

 

The Ethics of Citizenship in the Trump Era

April 11, 12 p.m.
Boisi Center

Professor of the practice in theology and interim director of the Boisi Center, Erik Owens, will present this luncheon colloquium. Event is sponsored by the Boisi Center. event details

 

“God Is Beautiful, and He Loves Beauty“: Foundations of Practical Spirituality in Islam

April 19, 6–7:30 p.m.
Cadigan Alumni Center Atrium, Brighton Campus

Professor of comparative theology James W. Morris will speak about the shared religious framework underlying the spiritual expressions (e.g., music, painting, architecture) of various Islamic cultures. This event is cosponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry and the Boston College Theology Department. event details and registration

Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty

April 19, 5:30 p.m.
Gasson 100

Discussion with author Kate Hennessy, granddaughter of the late activist, writer, and co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, Dorothy Day. Hennessy's new book is entitled Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty (Scribner, 2017). This event is co-sponsored with the Boisi Center for Religion and Public Life, the School of Theology and Ministry Continuing Education department, the Volunteer and Service Learning Center, PULSE, the Catholic Studies Program, and the Church in the 21st Century Center. event detailsBC Bookmarks

 

Fr. Raymond Helmick, SJ Second Memorial Lecture

April 22, 6–9 p.m.
Devlin 008

Boston College welcomes Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. who will deliver a lecture entitled Religious Aspects of Human Rights, International Justice, and Conflict Transformation in Today's Global Politcal Environment." Rev. Jackson's lecture will honor the global conflict resolution work of the late professor of theology Raymond Helmick, SJ (BC News, In Memoriam). This event is sponsored by the BC Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee and the Fr. Raymond Helmick, SJ Memorial Committee. event details

Sustainable Compassion Training

April 23, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Gasson 306

Professor of comparative theology and co-founder of Courage of Care Coalition, John Makransky, and Brooke D. Lavelle, co-founder of Courage of Care Coalition, will lead a daylong training retreat. This retreat draws upon Sustainable Compassion Training practices to help retreatants develop a basis for compassionate action involving three interrelated modes of care: (1) receiving care, (2) extending care to others, and (3) deep self­care. Please see flyer or website for registration cost and event details. This event is sponsored by the Jesuit Institute.

Duffy Lectures: Migrant Remittance

April 24, 5 p.m.
Gasson 305

Professor Agnes Brazal (De la Salle University, Manila) will present this year's Duffy Lectures in Global Christianity. The theme of her lecture series is "Liberation-Postcolonial Ethics in the Philippines." The theme of tonight's lecture is “Migrant Remittance: Fostering Virtues or Vices?” event flyer

 

Roberto S. Goizueta Symposium

April 28-29

Please join us in celebrating the work of Roberto S. Goizueta, Margaret O'Brien Flatley Professor of Catholic Theology. The title of this two-day symposium is “Beauty and Knowledge, Love and Justice.” Prof. Goizueta has taught at Boston College for over twenty years and is an expert in U.S. Latino/a theologies, theology and culture, theological aesthetics, and Christology. As the event flyer states “Not only has Roberto Goizueta extended nascent lines of theological inquiry, he has shaped an entire field of academic study and influenced our understanding of what it means to be Church.”

This event is co-sponsored by the Theology Department, the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Dean (Robert Morrissey College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences), the Church in the 21st Century Center, and the School of Theology and Ministry. For a full event schedule, please see the flyer.

How Do We Talk about Diversity and Inclusion in the  Context of Current Social Tensions and Change?

December 6, 5-7 p.m.
St. Thomas More Apartments, Commons Room

Professor John McDargh is among the panelists at this event sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs. Other panelists include Regine Jean-Charles (Romance Language and Literatures & African and African Diaspora Studies), Usha Tummala-Narra (Counseling, Developmental & Educational Psychology), and Craig Burns (Director, University Counseling Services). The discussion will be moderated by Julie AhnAllen (Assistant Director of Diversity and Inclusion, University Counseling Services). event details


The Francis Pontificate: Historical Anomaly or the Beginning of a Postmodern Papacy?

November 10, 5:30 p.m.
Corcoran Commons, The Heights Room

Lecture given by Richard Gaillardetz, Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology, and chair, Boston College Department of Theology. Event is sponsored by the Boston College School of Theology & Ministry and the Church in the 21st Century Center. event details and registration

 

Religion, Ethics, and the 2016 Presidential Election

November 2, 5:30 p.m.
Stokes Hall South 195

Interim director of the Boisi Center and associate professor of the practice in theological ethics, Erik Owens, is joined by MT Dávila (Andover Newton), Marc Landy, and Alan Wolfe for a panel disucussion. event detailsflyer

 

The Catholic Voter and the Signs of our Times

October 19, 5:30 p.m.
Corcoran Commons, The Heights Room

Lecture presented by professor of theological ethics, Kenneth Himes, OFM. Event is sponsored by the Boston College School of Theology & Ministry and the Church in the 21st Century Center. event details and registration

 

Public Theology and the Global Common Good Conference

October 14–15

This two-day conference honors the contributions of David Hollenbach, S.J., the Pedro Arrupe Distinguished Research Professor in Georgetown's School of Foreign Service and senior fellow at the Berkley Center. Fr. Hollenbach is the former University Chair in Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College, and was the Director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice. The keynote address, "The Francis Revolution: Mercy," will be delivered by Kenneth Hackett, the United States Ambassador to the Holy See on Friday, October 14, at 4 p.m. in Gasson Hall, Room 100. For a details regarding Saturday sessions and to register, visit the conference websitePlease register by October 10. Contact Prof. Kristin Heyer at Kristin.Heyer@bc.edu with questions. conference flyer

 

The Francis Revolution: Mercy

October 14, 4 p.m.
Gasson 100

Kenneth Hackett, the United States Ambassador to the Holy See will deliver the keynote address for the conference, Public Theology and the Global Common Good. This two-day conference honors the contributions of David Hollenbach, S.J. Contact Prof. Kristin Heyer at Kristin.Heyer@bc.edu with questions. keynote flyerconference websiteconference flyer

 

Women's Voices: Forming Conscience, Raising Consciousness

October 11, 6 p.m.
Cadigan Alumni Center Atrium (Brighton Campus)

Featured discussants are Boston College professors Cathleen Kaveny (Darald and Juliet Libby Professor of Law and Theology), Régine Jean-Charles (Romance Languages and Literatures, African and African Diaspora Studies), Kerry Cronin (Lonergan Institute, Philosophy, and Center for Student Formation), and Kristin Heyer (Theological Ethics). Event is sponsored by the Women's Resource Center, the School of Theology and Ministry Women's Group, the Boston College Women's Council and the Church in the 21st Century Center. event details and registration

 

Speak, Stand, Sit or Scream? How Young People Engage Politics & The World in 2016

September 28, 7–8:30 p.m.
Fulton 511

Doctoral candidate in Theological Ethics, Craig Ford, is among the panelists at a town hall for Boston College students. This discussion centers on how students experience politics and public life. Other panelists in include graduate students Najat Goso (Communications), Isra Hussain (Psychology), and Russell Simons (Biology). Professor Erik Owens will be moderating. event details


Anti-Blackness and Christian Ethics

September 14, 7–8:30 p.m.

Lyons Hall, Dining Hall

The Boston College community is invited to a panel discussion featuring esteemed professors Bryan Massingale (Fordham University), Kelly Brown Douglas (Goucher College), and Eboni Marshall Turman (Yale Divinity School). An opportunity for audience participation will be provided, and is welcomed and encouraged. Learn more about the Anti-Blackness and Christian Ethics project at https://antiblackness.wordpress.com/. Event sponosored by the Institute for the Liberal Arts, the Theology Department, and the African and African Diaspora Studies Program. event details

 

Issues Affecting Young Women in Tanzania Today: Female Mutilation, Child Marriages and Trafficking

August 30, 6 p.m.
Fulton 511

Maryknoll Lay Missioner Liz Mach will speak about her advocacy for women and girls in Eastern Africa. This event is sponsored by the Theology Department with the Jesuit Institute, the Center for Human Rights and International Justice, the School of Theology and Ministry, and the Global Practice Concentration of the School of Social Work. event flyer


Evolution and the Primacy of Love

July 16, 10 a.m.
Robsham Theater

The annual Evelyn Underhill Lecture in Spirituality will be given by Ilia Delio, OSF (Villanova University). Professor Delio will speak about the implications of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin S.J.'s thought on evolution and love. This event is sponsored by the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (STM). event details and registration


Etty: A Play

April 27, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
The Bonn Studio @ Robsham Theatre

The Theology Department and the Center for Jewish-Christian Learning are co-sponsoring a performance of "Etty," a one-woman play based upon the remarkable diaries and letters of Etty Hillesum. "Etty" is a 50-minute play and after the performance there will be a 30-minute discussion with the performer, Susan Stein. Free tickets will be available at the door. flyer

 

Theology of Pope Francis: Real Reform or Window Dressing

April 20, 5:30 p.m.
Corcoran Commons, Heights Room

Boston College Theology Professor Kristin Heyer is among the panelists at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry's (STM) Fifth Annual Dean's Colloquium on Religion and Public Culture, along with James Bretzke, S.J. (STM), Susannah HeschelThomas Reese, S.J., and Michael Sean Winters. Dean Mark Massa, S.J., will moderate. event details

 

Faith in the Future: Religion in Ireland in the 21st Century

April 16, 9 a.m.5 p.m.
Devlin 101

Boston College Theology joins the Irish Studies Program, the School of Theology and Ministry, the Boisi Center, and the Church in the 21st Century Center in presenting this conference. Speakers include Dr. Michael Jackson (Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin), Baroness Nuala O'LoanMaire CollinsPatsy McGarry (Religion Affairs Correspondent of The Irish Times) and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublinevent details

 

Inequality Conference

April 8–9

A two-day conference on inequality, entitled "Growing Apart: The Implications of Economic Inequality" begins at Boston College on Friday. A plenary address featuring Senator Elizabeth Warren takes place at 2:30 p.m (tickets required). Other featured speakers include Victor Tan Chen of Harvard University and Shaji George Kochuthara of Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram (DVK) (Pontifical Athenaeum of Theology, Philosophy and Canon Law) in Bangalore, India). The event organizers are Kenneth Himes, OFM and Kate Ward of the Boston College Theology Department. The event is being sponsored by the Boston College Jesuit Institute. event details

 

The Challenge of Interreligious Dialogue in the Age of Laudato Si'

April 7, 5 p.m.
Corcoran Commons, Heights Room

This year's Brien O'Brien and Mary Hasten Lecture in Interreligious Dialogue features Mary Evelyn Tucker. Tucker will speak about the promises and challenges of interreligious dialogue surrounding today's ecological challenges. event details

 

Immigration and Christian Ethics

April 5, 12–1:15 p.m.
Boisi Center

Professor of theological ethics, Kristin Heyer, speaks on the resources that Christian ethics can contribute to the dialogue on immigration. event details,  “Immigration and Christian Ethics” (audio from Boisi Center)

 

Engaging Particularities Conference

April 3–4

The Boston College Comparative Theology area is holding its 14th annual Engaging Particularities conference from April 3–4, 2016. This year's special focus is "The Otherness of the Self: Exploring Boundaries between Religious Traditions." See the Engaging Particularities website for details.

 

Gasson Lecture

March 31, 4:30 p.m.
Fulton 511

Gasson Chair Professor in Political Science, Pierre de Charentenay, S.J., will give a lecture entitled, "Can a Society Live Without Religion? or How the West is Making so Many Jihadists?" Sponsored by the Jesuit Institute. flyer

 

"An Immense Pile of Fillth"

March 29, 5–7 p.m.
Gasson 302 (please note location change)

This year's Duffy Lectures in Global Christianity, themed "21st Century Christianity in Africa: Promises, Prospects and Pathologies," features Professor Agbonkhianmenghe Orobator, S.J. from Kenya. Prof. Orobator's final lecture is entitled "'An immense pile of filth': human ecology and communitarian salvation."

 

The Backbone of the Church?

March 14, 5–7 p.m.
Gasson 305

This year's Duffy Lectures in Global Christianity, themed "21st Century Christianity in Africa: Promises, Prospects and Pathologies," features Professor Agbonkhianmenghe Orobator, S.J. from Kenya. Prof. Orobator's lecture is entitled "The backbone of the church?: ecclesiological morphology and gender rhetoric." flyer

 

Uses and Abuses in Christianity

February 29, 5–7 p.m.
Gasson 305

This year's Duffy Lectures in Global Christianity, themed "21st Century Christianity in Africa: Promises, Prospects and Pathologies," features Professor Agbonkhianmenghe Orobator, S.J. from Kenya. Prof. Orobator's third lecture is entitled "Uses and abuses of Christianity: contemporary pathologies of Christology." flyer


University Ethics

February 2, 12–1:15 p.m.
St. Mary’s Hall 128

James KeenanS.J., Canisius Professor and Director of the Jesuit Institute speaks at the Boise Center for Religion and American Public Life on the topic of “University Ethics: How Colleges Can Build and Benefit from a Culture of Ethics” (audio from Boisi Center). Also see Prof. Keenan's interview on his recent book, University Ethics: How Colleges Can Build and Benefit from a Culture of Ethics (video from Boston College Libraries).

 

Faith at War

February 1, 5–7 p.m.
Gasson 305

This year's Duffy Lectures in Global Christianity, themed "21st Century Christianity in Africa: Promises, Prospects and Pathologies," features Professor Agbonkhianmenghe Orobator, S.J. from Kenya. Prof. Orobator's second lecture is entitled "Faiths at war: conflicts, contestations, and claims in Africa’s triple religious heritage." flyer

 

The Miracle of a Century

January 25, 5–7 p.m.
Gasson 305

This year's Duffy Lectures in Global Christianity, themed "21st Century Christianity in Africa: Promises, Prospects and Pathologies," features Professor Agbonkhianmenghe Orobator, S.J. from Kenya. Prof. Orobator's first lecture is entitled "The miracle of a century: promises and myths of African Christianity in the world church." flyer

The Maccabees Project

November 30 and December 1

Professors Yonder Gillihan (biblical studies) and Natana DeLong-Bas (Islamic studies and comparative theology) will participate in a Dialogue Series on First and Second Maccabees. RSVP by Nov. 23. event detailsflyer


Ashkelon by the Sea: Excavations at a Mediterranean Port

November 4, 5–7 p.m.
Higgins 300

Boston College welcomes two esteemed speakers. Prof. Lawrence E. Stager (Dorot Professor of The Archaeology of Israel, Emeritus) of Harvard University will give a lecture entitled, "Ashkelon: A Tale of Two Kingdoms." Prof. Daniel Master (Professor of Archaeology) of Wheaton College will give a lecture entitled, "Ashkelon: Seaport of the Philistines."


Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration of Nostra Aetate

November 1, 35 p.m.
Devlin Hall 008 Auditorium
Sponsor: Boston College Center for Christian-Jewish Leaning (CCJL)

CCJL is sponsoring a fiftieth anniversary celebration of the Vatican II declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions, Nostra Aetate. The keynote address will be delivered by Prof. James O'Toole (Clough Millenium Chair in History, Boston College). Professor of Jewish studies and associate director of the CCJL, Rabbi Ruth Langer, will moderate a panel of experts. flyer,  “A Celebration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of Nostra Aetate” (video from BC Front Row)

 

Communicating Theology in the World Today

October 27, 6 p.m.
Devlin 010
Sponsors: Boston College Theology and Communications Departments

Dr. David Cowan delivers a presentation entitled, "Avoiding the Desert and the Ghetto: Communicating Theology in the World Today." Dr. Cowan is the Executive Vice President of IPG and Visiting Scholar in BC's Communication Department. For more information, email Prof. Lisa Cuklanz.

 

"Men and Women for Others": Exploring Multifaith Perspectives

October 24, 10 a.m.12 p.m.
BC Multi-Faith Center

Kenneth Himes, OFM, kicks off the Multifaith Center's exploration of "Men and Women for Others" this year. How do we understand this Jesuit phrase in a pluralistic, multifaith environment like BC? Join Fr. Himes and people from diverse faiths for a lively breakfast, lecture, and discussion. Lunch is also provided at the end for those who RSVP. Email mccullcc@bc.edu for more information.

 

Catholic Sacraments: A Rich Source of Blessings

October 19, 6 p.m.
Yawkey Center

Professors John Baldovin (Boston College School of Theology and Ministry) and David Turnbloom (University of Portland and graduate of the Boston College theology doctoral progam) launch their new book. event details

 

Muslim Women and Islamic Law

October 15, 5:30 p.m.
Corcoran Commons, Heights Room

Assistant professor of the practice, Natana DeLong-Bas, will speak on the roles of women in Islam and under Islamic family law in view of the Qur'an, history, and contemporary reality. event details“Muslim Women and Islamic Law: Myths and Realities” (video from the School of Theology and Ministry)

 

After Pope Francis' Visit

October 15, 5:30 p.m.
Yawkey Center, Murray Room

Panel featuring theology professors Ken Himes, OFMCatherine Cornille, and Stephen Pope. Discussion will be moderated by director of the Church in the 21st Century Center, Thomas GroomeflyerChurch in the 21st Century Center“After Pope Francis' Visit: Imagining the Church of the 21st Century” (video from C21)

 

Forgiveness and the Pursuit of Justice

October 13, 5:30 p.m.
McGuinn 121

The theology department together with the Faith, Peace, and Justice Program welcome Richard Moore, founder of Children in Crossfire. Moore will speak about the practice of forgiveness in the face of conflict. flyer

 

Our Common Home Conference on Climate Change

Monday, September 28 - Thursday, October 1 

This conference explores the implications of Pope Francis' recent encyclical, "Laudato Si' (Praised Be): On Care for Our Common Home.” Featured speakers include Cardinal Peter Turkson, Graciela Chichilnisky, Erin Lothes, Willis Jenkins, and others from multiple disciplines. event detailsOur Common Home,  “Sustainable Humanity, Sustainable Planet” (video from BC Front Row)

 

Mary of Magdala Celebration

Wedneday, July 22, 121 p.m.

Boston College School of Theology and Ministry welcomes M. Catherine Hilkert, O.P. for this annual celebration. Mass will take place at noon at St. Ignatius of Loyola Church, followed by a lecture by Sr. Hilkert entitled, "On the Strength of Her Testimony." event details

 

Evelyn Underhill Lecture

Saturday, July 11, 10 a.m.
Robsham Theater

Boston College School of Theology and Ministry and the Institute of Carmelite Studies welcome Most Reverend Dr. Rowan Williams for this annual lecture in Christian spirituality. The lecture is entitled, "What the Outsider Sees:
Teresa of Avila and Marilynne Robinson on Knowing God." event details

 

Summer History Course in Rome

June 22-July 20

This summer the Boston College Theology Department is offering a course entitled "Eternal Rome: Catholicism and Culture in Rome." In addition to visiting religious and cultural sites, students will also join Pope Francis at a papal audience and enjoy excursions to Florence, Siena, and Assisi. Email professors Boyd Taylor Coolman (coolman@bc.edu) or Fr. Liam Bergin (liam.bergin@bc.edu) with questions. course details


Dialogue at the Edge of Auschwitz

Thursday, April 16, 5:30 p.m.
Cushing Auditorium 001

Keynote speaker, Manfred Deselaers (Director, Auschwitz Center for Dialogue and Prayer), will speak about “Experiences with Dialogue at the Edge of Auschwitz” (video from Front Row). The respondent is Rabbi Daniel Lehmann (President, Hebrew College). 

 

PULSE Event

Thursday, April 16, 5 p.m.
Cushing Auditorium 001

The PULSE program welcomes professors Pamela Lightsey (Boston University), M. Brinton Lykes (Boston College), and Dan McKanan (Harvard University Divinity) for a panel discussion entitled "Protest and Activism for Social Change." flyer

 

Religion and the Roots of Climate Change

Wednesday, April 8, 5:30–7 p.m.
McGuinn 121

The Boisi Center invites Prof. Katharine Hayhoe (Texas Tech University) to speak about her research on the social and political impacts of climate change. Our own professor of theological ethics, Stephen Pope, will respond. event details“Religion and the Roots of Climate Change Denial” (video from BC Front Row)


Engaging Particularities XIII

Thursday, March 26–Friday, March 27

Annual conference of the U.S. Jesuit Assistancy for Mission and Interreligious Dialogue and Boston College Comparative Theology. The special focus for this year is "Suffering and Mortality." Paper proposals are due January 16 (Call for Papers). See the Engaging Particularities website for more details.

 

Theologies of Suffering: Approaches to Understanding the Martyrdom of Imam Husayn

Thursday, March 26, 6 p.m.
Higgins 310

A Comparative Theology Public Lecture from professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Ali Asani (Harvard University). event details

 

Religious Pluralism in the Middle East

Wednesday, March 25, 7 p.m.

Boston College welcomes His Excellency Amine Gemayel, former president of Lebanon. His lecture, subtitled "A Challenge to the International Community" is the second in a series examining the status of religious pluralism in the Middle East. flyer

 

Race, Religion, and Social Change: A Campus Conversation

Wednesday, March 25, 5–6:30 p.m.
Devlin 008

The Boisi Center is holding a discussion on race, religion, and social change, especially in light of the ongoing national conversations on the tragedies in Ferguson and Staten Island. From Boston College, Professor M. Shawn Copeland will be among the panelists with Professor Erik Owens moderating. Panelists also include professors Walter Fluker (Boston University) and Nichole Flores (St. Anselm College). event detailsflyerBoisi Center

 

Protestant, Catholic, Jew...Divorcing

March 22–March 23

The 2015 Corcoran Chair Conference features panels and a roundtable discussion on the ways divorce is dealt with in these religious traditions. Lisa Sowle Cahill, professor of theological ethics, will join the Catholic panel. Center for Christian-Jewish Learningconference programflyer

 

Center for Christian-Jewish Learning Conference

March 12–March 13

The Center for Christian-Jewish Learning is holding a conference entitled, "Righteous Among the Nations: A Conference Exploring the Spiritual & Ethical Witness of Holocaust Rescuers." Speakers include professors Ruth Langer (also the center's associate director), Stephen Pope, and Meghan Sweeneyconference detailsCenter for Christian-Jewish Learning


Islam for Catholics 101

Thursday, March 5, 5:30 p.m.
Corcoran Commons, Heights Room

The Boston College School of Theology and Ministry invites the theology department's visiting professor Natana DeLong-Bas. Prof. DeLong-Bas's discussion will include major themes in Islam as well as topics surrounding interfaith dialogue. event details“Islam for Catholics 101” (video from the School of Theology and Ministry)

 

Duffy Lecture in Global Christianity: South America

Every Monday and Wednesday from February 9–25, 5:30 p.m.
Stokes Hall 461S

The Boston College Theology Department welcomes Professor Maria Clara Luchetti Bingemer, professor of theology at the Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Prof. Bingemer will give a series of lectures. course details

 

Pastoral Challenges to the Family

Thursday, February 26, 5:30 p.m.
Corcoran Commons, The Heights Room

Prof. Stephen Pope will speak about challenges related to marriage and family. “Pastoral Challenges to the Family” (video from C21)

 

14th Annual Prophetic Voices Lecture

Thursday, February 12, 5:30–7 p.m.
Higgins 300

This annual lecture is sponsored by the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life. This year, the center welcomes professor Charles Marsh (University of Virginia). Prof. Marsh's lecture is entitled "‘I Heard the Gospel Preached in the Church of the Outcasts’: Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Transformative Encounters with the American Prophetic Tradition, 1930-1931." event details

 

Mr. G – The Story of a Creation as Told by God

Wednesday, February 11

Prof. Lisa Sowle Cahill is a featured panelist at this American Academy of Arts & Sciences staged reading and panel discussion. event details

 

Candlemas Lecture Featuring M. Catherine Hilkert

Monday, February 2, 5:30 p.m.
Gasson 305

The Institute for the Liberal Arts invites theologian M. Catherine Hilkert, OP (University of Notre Dame) for this year's Candlemas Lecture. Prof. Hilkert's lecture is entitled "The Word Entrusted to the Entire Church: Handing on the Faith of Our Mothers." flyer

 

Symposium on Stanislas Breton between Faith and Dialogue

Wednesday, January 21 through Friday, January 23

Symposium organized by the Boston College Theology and Philosophy departments with the Institut Catholique de Paris. For information regarding conference registration, email Prof. Jeffrey Bloechl (BC Philosophy) at bloechl@bc.eduConference schedule

A Savior or a Foe? God-Talk in the Hebrew Bible During the Sixth Centure BCE

Thursday, November 20, 5 p.m.
Boston College, Gasson 100

The theology department welcomes Professor Dalit Rom-Shiloni, head of the Hebrew Bible Sub-department of the Department of Hebrew Culture Studies at Tel Aviv University. This lecture is free and open to the public.


A Theology From and For Lived Faith: Book Launch

Wednesday, October 22
4:00 p.m. panel discussion at Boston College

Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, 9 Lake Street, Room 100, Brighton Campus

5:30 p.m. reception, dinner, and panel discussion at Boston University
Boston University, George Sherman Union, Back Court Room, 775 Commonwealth Ave.

Sponsors: Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, Boston University Center for Practical Theology

Join us as we celebrate the launching of Invitation to Practical Theology: Catholic Voices and Visions (2014, Paulist Press), featuring a panel discussions with contributors. The 4 p.m. discussion at Boston College includes panelists Roberto Goizueta (Boston College), Colleen Griffith (Boston College School of Theology and Ministry), Thomas Groome (Boston College School of Theology and Ministry), and editor Claire E. Wolfteich (Boston University) moderating the discussion. The 5:30 p.m. panel presentations at Boston University include M. Shawn Copeland (Boston College), Allan Figueroa Deck, S.J. (Loyola Marymount University), and editor, Claire E. Wolfteich (Boston University). Space is limited, early registration recommended. Event details and registrationVideo from panel discussion by School of Theology and Ministry 


Dead Man Walking: A Conversation with Sr. Helen Prejean

Thursday, October 9, 6–9 p.m.
Boston College, Robsham Theater
Sponsors: The Church in the 21st Century Center, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, Center for Human Rights and International Justice

Viewing of the film, Dead Man Walking, followed by conversation with the film's subject, prison minister and advocate, Sr. Helen Prejean.  Video from C21

Jesus: A Pilgrimmange

Thursday, September 25, 6:30–8 p.m.
Boston College, Robsham Theater
Sponsors: Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, The Church in the 21st Century Center

Fr. James Martin, S.J., editor of America, and as known to some, the "official chaplain" of The Colbert Report, speaks on topics from his new book. In Jesus: A Pilgrimmage, Martin brings together insights from meditations on the "historical Jesus" and the "Christ of faith." Video from School of Theology and Ministry

Poverty: What Did Jesus Preach? What Does the Church Teach?

Tuesday, September 23, 5:30 p.m.
Boston College, Gasson Hall, Room 100
Sponsors: The Church in the 21st Century Center, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, Boston College Theology

Lecture by Prof. Kenneth Himes, OFM, on the relationship between being poor, being human, and knowing Christ. Video from C21


Mass of the Holy Spirit

Thursday, September 11, 12:00 p.m.
O'Neill Library Plaza (Rain site: Conte Forum)
Sponsor: Campus Ministry

At this year's Mass, we remember in prayer the beloved Fr. William B. Neenan, S.J., who passed away this summer. University Calendar


A Pope for the 21st Century

Thursday, September 11, 7:00 p.m.
Boston College, Robsham Theater

Tonight the Boston Globe launches its new Catholic website, Crux. The event features a panel discussion on Pope Francis's papacy. Panelists include Archbishop Cardinal Sean O'Malley, OFM, Cap., Prof. Hosffman Ospino (Boston College School of Theology and Ministry), John L. Allen, Jr. (Crux Associate Editor), Prof. Mary Ann Glendon (Harvard Law School), Robert Christian (Catholic blogger), and moderator, Margery Eagan (Crux spirituality columnist). Limited tickets available. More information at BC Newswire

Mary of Magdala: Apostle and Prophet

Tuesday, July 22, 12:00–3:00 p.m.
Chestnut Hill Campus: St. Ignatius Church (Mass); Yawkey Athletic Center, Murray Room (lecture)

Presentation by Mary Ann Hinsdale, IHM, professor of systematic theology, on the occasion of the sixth annual Mary Magdala Day Celebration. Video from School of Theology and Ministry


Revelation and Interreligious Dialogue

Monday, April 7, 2014, 5:00 p.m.
Chestnut Hill Campus, Corcoran Commons, Heights Room
Sponsors: The Church in the 21st Century Center, Boston College Theology

O'Brien Lecture presented by Rowan Williams, Emeritus Archbishop of Canterbury, Professor of Theology, Cambridge University. Video from C21


Engaging Particularities XII

Thursday, March 20–Friday, March 21
March 20: Boston College Alumni House, Newton Campus
March 21: 5th Floor Conference Room, McGuinn Hall, Chestnut Hill Campus
Sponsors: U.S. Jesuit Assistancy for Mission and Interreligious Dialogue, Boston College Theology

Graduate students of BC's comparative theology program will hold their annual spring conference. This year's theme is "Pedagogy and Practice." Event details 


Pope Francis and the Future of the Global Church

February 25, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100
Sponsors: The Church in the 21st Century Center, Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Panel discussion moderated by systematic theology professor M. Shawn Copeland. Systematic theology professor Richard Gaillardetz is among the panelists. BC also welcomes panelists Francesco Cesareo, president of Assumption College, and Mar Muñoz-Visoso, executive director of the USCCB's Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church. Video from Boisi Center

Dating God: Intimacy, Prayer, and Franciscan Spirituality

February 20, 2014, 5:30 p.m.
Chestnut Hill Campus, Corcoran Commons, Heights Room
Sponsors: The Church in the 21st Century Center, Boston College Theology

Presentation by Daniel P. Horan, OFM, author, blogger, columnist for America, and doctoral student in systematic theology at Boston College. Video from C21

Candlemas Lecture: Post-Western Christianity and the Post-Christian West

February 11, 2014, 5:30 p.m.
Chestnut Hill Campus, Gasson Hall, Room 305
Sponsor: Boston College Institute for the Liberal Arts

Lecture by Lamin Sanneh, D. Willis James Professor of Missions and World Christianity at Yale Divinity School, and Professor of Art History at Yale University. Event details

Between the Past and Future: Centenary Celebration of Paul Ricoeur

Saturday, December 7
Higgins 300
Sponsors: Boston College Theology, Psychology of the Other Institute at Lesley University

Boston College Department of Philosophy Albert J. Fitzgibbons Lecture Series

2:00–3:30 p.m. Rethinking Ricoeur
Moderator: Eileen Sweeney
Panelists: Brian Treanor, Timo Helenius, James Taylor

4:00–5:30 p.m. Remembering Ricoeur
Moderator: Jeffrey Bloechl
Panelists: Richard Kearney, David Rasmussen, Richard Cobb-Stevens

For more information, email Prof. Richard Kearney (BC Philosophy).


Iconography and Myth: From Nebuchadnezzar to the Fallen Angels

Wednesday, November 20, 6:30 p.m.
Devlin Hall 008 Auditorium

Presentation by Jonathan Ben-Dov (Haifa University). Event details


Religious Diversity and the Common Good (Boston College Sesquicentennial Symposium)

Wednesday, November 13, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Corcoran Commons, Heights Room

A variety of speakers gathered to discuss the common good in a pluralistic society, including theology professor, Catherine Cornille. Video, audio, photos and transcripts


Women for a Contemporary Church: A Conversation

Tuesday, November 12, 5:30 p.m.
Sponsors: The Church in the 21st Century Center, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, Boston College Theology

A panel discussion including Francine Cardman, M. Shawn Copeland, and Megan McCabe. The moderator will be Patricia DeLeeuw. Video from C21


Meditation, Interfaith Learning & Social Service: Deep Learning Across Religious Boundaries

Saturday, November 9, 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Retreat/workshop led by theology professor, John Makransky with Paul F. Knitter (Union Theological Seminary).


Collegiality in Church Leadership

Thursday, November 7, 6:00 p.m.
Cadigan Alumni Center Atrium, Brighton Campus
Sponsors: The Church in the 21st Century Center, Boston College Theology

Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland and Canon lawyer, interviewed by theology professor, Richard Gaillardetz. Video from C21


The Dead Sea Scrolls: Discovery, Scandal, Mysteries

Thursday, October 17, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Higgins 310

A public lecture and discussion with theology professors, David Vanderhooft and Yonder Gillihan. Event details


Therese, My Love
by Julia Kristeva

Tuesday, October 15, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Corcoran Commons, Heights Room
Sponsors: Boston College Theology and Philosophy Departments

Talk by Professor Julia Kristeva (University of Paris VII Diderot, Emeritus) on her new book, Therese, My Love. Other publications by Prof. Kristeva include This Incredible Need to Believe (2009) andTheir Gaze Pierces our Shadows (with Jean Vanier) (2011). For more information, email Prof. Richard Kearney (BC Philosophy).


A Tragedy and a Dream: Disability Revisisted

Tuesday, October 15, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Corcoran Commons, Heights Room
Sponsors: Consulate General of France, Boston College Theology

Boston College Department of Philosophy Albert J. Fitzgibbons Lecture Series

The Philosophy Department of Boston College with the Psychology and the Other Institute at Lesley University welcome Professor Julia Kristeva (University of Paris VII Diderot, Emeritus). For more information, email Prof. Richard Kearney (BC Philosophy).


From Plurality to Solidarity through Justice

Friday, October 4, 12:30–4:00 p.m.

Symposium with John Baumann, S.J., Catherine Cornille, Larry Gordon, and Nancy Pineda-Madrid. Video from School of Theology and Ministry


Beyond Ignorance, Hostility, and Fear: Organizing for Justice by Embracing Religious and Ethnic Passion

Thursday, October 3, 7:00 p.m.

A public lecture by John Bauman, S.J. Video from School of Theology and Ministry


Living Catholicism: Roles and Relationships for a Contemporary World

Thursday, October 3, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100
Sponsors: The Church in the 21st Century Center, Boston College Theology

A public lecture by Father Michael Himes. Video from C21


 

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