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The Boston College Event Calendar is the official calendar of University events and is managed by the Office of Marketing Communications

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One-Time Events

Student Involvement Fair

Friday, September 4, 2015 | 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Stokes Lawn, Chestnut Hill Campus

Come learn how to get involved with student organizations and campus activities at Boston College!

Sponsored by the Vice President for Student Affairs 

Volunteer Fair

Monday, September 7, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
Lyons Hall, Dining Hall

Sponsored by Student Affairs

Novartis Symposium: Biosynthesis of Cyclic Peptide Antibiotics

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 | 4:00 p.m.
Merkert Chemistry Center, Room 130

Speaker: Professor Wilfred van der Donk
University of Illinois

The Chemistry Department at Boston College presents dozens of speakers each year from leading universities, industrial corporations, and the private sector. All seminars are open to the public and are free of cost. We would like to express our appreciation to the following companies for their generous support of our seminar series: Boehringer-Ingelheim, Strem Chemicals, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Eli Lilly and Company, Novartis Corporation, and Abbott Laboratories.

Sponsored by The Chemistry Department and Novartis Corporation

Robsham Theater Arts Center & Theatre Department Open House

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 | 4:30 p.m.
Robsham Theater Arts Center

The department will provide hands-on experience on all aspects of theater from acting to scenery construction. Questions call 617-552-4012.

Sponsored by the Robsham Theater Arts Center and Theatre Department

Alice Goffman: On The Run

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
Murray Function Room, Yawkey Center
Attendance is free and open to the public.

The Lowell Humanities Series Presents Alice Goffman

Alice Goffman is an American sociologist, urban ethnographer, and assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her book, On The Run: Fugitive Life in an American Cityexamines the largely hidden world of police beatings, court fees, sentencing hearings, and low level warrants that pervade daily life for young people in one poor Black neighborhood in Philadelphia. On The Run was listed as a Notable Book of 2014 by The New York Times as well as being listed among the best nonfiction books of 2014 by Publisher’s Weekly.

Sponsored by the Lowell Humanities Series. The Lowell Humanities Series is sponsored by the Lowell Institute, Boston College's Institute for the Liberal Arts, and the Provost's Office.

Mass of the Holy Spirit

Thursday, September 10, 2015 | 12:00 p.m.
O'Neill Library Plaza

Classes canceled from 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. for the Mass of the Holy Spirit.

Sponsored by Campus Ministry 

First Year Academic Convocation

Thursday, September 10, 2015 | 6:00 p.m.
Linden Lane and Conte Forum

First Year Academic Convocation 2015 will take place on Thursday, September 10th and will feature David Brooks, author of this year's first year common text: The Road to Character.

Sponsored by First Year Experience

Performing Democracy: Private Citizens in the Public Sphere

Thursday, September 10, 2015 | ​6:00 p.m.
Devlin Hall, Room 101

FeaturingEdward Hirsch​, ​Bryan Doerries​, Melinda Lopez, and​ Frank Garcia (presenting on behalf of James Boyd White). ​Part of "The Arts and the Culture of Democracy" Series.

Sponsored by The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy.

Video Premiere: For the Greater Glory of God

Thursday, September 10, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
Robsham Theater Arts Center

Jeremy Zipple, S.J., Boston College alumnus and board member, will premiere his film of For the Greater Glory of God, a dance/theater piece inspired by The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyala. Directed by Robert VerEecke, S.J., Boston College Jesuit Artist-in-Residence. Questions call 617-552-6110.

Sponsored by the Boston College Center for Ignatian Spirituality

Clough Colloquium featuring Prime Minister Julia Gillard

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 | 4:00 p.m.
Robsham Theater
This event is free and open to the public

The Clough Colloquium was established through the generosity of Charles I. Clough ’64 and Gloria L. Clough, MDiv’90, MS’96. Chuck’s vision for the Colloquium was to introduce members of the BC Community to persons of high ethical standards who had become leaders in their respective fields.  The Fall 2015 Clough Colloquium features Prime Minister Julia Gillard, 27th Prime Minister of Australia and the first ever woman to serve as Australia's Prime Minister or Deputy Prime Minister.

Sponsored by the Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics, Carroll School of Management

Study Abroad Fair

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Conte Forum

Sponsored by the Office of International Progams

WomenCrossDMZ: A Report Back from a Historic Walk in the Koreas for Peace and Reunification

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 | 12:00 p.m.
Campion Hall, Room 139 (Faculty Lounge)

M. Brinton Lykes, community-cultural psychologist at the Lynch School of Education and Associate Director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice joined 29 other women from 15 different countries to cross the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas on May 24, 2015, International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament.  This year also marks the 70th anniversary of the separation of the two Koreas that set the stage for the world's longest un-ended war and six decades of family separation for millions of Koreans more than 100,000 of whom live in the United States. Ramsay Liem, Professor Emeritus of Boston College, psychologist, filmmaker and long-time Korea activist will join Brinton to share clips of an earlier film about the war and new work about the women's historic walk across the DMZ.

Sponsored by the Lynch School of Education and the Center for Human Rights & International Justice, Boston College

Dr. Karen Wigen - Entering Asia: The Cartographic Imagination of the Early Modern World through Asian Eyes

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 | 4:30 p.m.
Robsham Theater Arts Center

The idea of Asia as a “continent” was introduced to the Chinese-reading world by the Jesuits. But how did Asians see themselves in the world? This visually stunning lecture surveys how Japanese and other mapmakers responded with their own imaginative syntheses of Buddhist cosmology and Matteo Ricci’s geographical categories in popular prints from the 17th to the early 19th centuries.

Kären Wigen is the Frances and Charles Field Professor of History at Stanford University and the author, most recently, of A Malleable Map: Geographies of Restoration in Central Japan, 1600-1912 (2010), and, with Martin Lewis, of The Myth of Continents: A Critique of Metageography (1997).

Contact Person: Dr. Franziska Seraphim (seraphim@bc.edu)

Sponsored by The Daniel C. Morrissey ’88 and Chananait Paisansatan, MD Lecture Series in Asian Studies and The Asian Studies Program at Boston College

Schubert, Brahms, Shostakovich, and Rorem

Sunday, September 20, 2015 | 4:00 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100

Simon Dyer, Bass-baritone
Lindsay Albert, Piano

Sponsored by the Music Department 

Our Faith Our Stories

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 | 12:00 p.m.
Yawkey Athletics Center, Murray Function Room
Please RSVP (Box lunches will be provided)

Presenter: Brian Braman, Professor, Philosophy Department

Sponsored by The Church in the 21st Century Center and the Perspectives Program

Declan Kiberd: Militarism or Modernism? Intellectual Origins of the Easter Rising, Dublin 1916

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100
Attendance is free and open to the public.

Lowell Humanities Series Presents Declan Kiberd

Declan Kiberd is a member of the English Department and the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame, where he is the Donald and Marilyn Keough Professor of Irish Studies and professor of English. A leading international authority on the literature of Ireland, both in English and Irish, Kiberd has authored scores of articles and many books, including Synge and the Irish LanguageMen and Feminism in Irish LiteratureIrish ClassicsThe Irish Writer and the WorldInventing Ireland, and, most recently, Ulysses and Us: The Art of Everyday Life in Joyce’s Masterpiece (2009).

Sponsored by the Lowell Humanities Series. The Lowell Humanities Series is sponsored by the Lowell Institute, Boston College's Institute for the Liberal Arts, and the Provost's Office.

Constitutional Interpretation​ Discussion Panel​

Thursday, September 24, 2015 |​ 12:00 p.m.
Barat House, Boston College Law School
RSVP to clough.center@bc.edu by September 21​. Lunch will be served.

​This panel features Rosalind Dixon, Professor of Law, at the University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law; and Mark Tushnet, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. ​

Sponsored by The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy.

Concert of Irish Fiddle Music, Songs, and Stories: Rose Clancy with Eugene and John Clancy

Thursday, September 24, 2015 | 6:30 p.m.
Theology and Ministry Library Auditorium, Brighton Campus

Enjoy an evening of traditional Celtic music with fiddle player Rose Clancy, joined by her father Eugene Clancy on guitar and brother John Clancy on upright bass. Questions call 617-552-3282.

The Gaelic Roots Series is sponsored by the Center for Irish Programs in collaboration with the University Libraries and the Boston College Alumni Association

Pops on the Heights: The Barbara and Jim Cleary Scholarship Gala

Friday, September 25, 2015 | 8:00 p.m.
Conte Forum, Boston College, Chestnut Hill Campus

Tickets are now on sale for one of BC’s most beloved traditions: 

Pops on the Heights: The Barbara and Jim Cleary Scholarship Gala 

Now in its 23rd year, this festive concert featuring Keith Lockhart, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, and a special guest artist has provided scholarships for more than 1,200 deserving BC students. 

Don’t miss out on this memorable night. 

For more information and to purchase your tickets today, please visit the Pops on the Heights website.

A Concert of South Indian Music

Sunday, September 27, 2015 | 3:00 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100

B. Balasubrahmaniyan, vocals
Sahana Vasudevan, violin
David Nelson, mṛdaṅgam

Sponsored by the Music Department

Giving Corporate Bodies their Due, and Only their Due

Monday, September 28, 2015 | 5:00 p.m.​
Devlin Hall, Room 101

​A lecture by Philip Pettit, L.S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values at Princeton University. This event is ​part of The Clough Distinguished Lectures in Jurisprudence series.

Sponsored by The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy. Co-sponsored by the Political Science Department. 

Lunch with a Leader Series featuring Lindsay LoBue

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 | 12:00 p.m.
Location TBD
This event is open to undergraduate students only. Space is limited please register.

The Winston Center offers opportunities for students to meet with leaders in close quarters for lunch and informal conversation several times each year. An effort is made to invite student participants who have a demonstrated interest that is related to the leader’s area of expertise. This installment of the Lunch with a Leader Series features Lyndsay LoBue, Advisory Director, Goldman Sachs.

Sponsored by the Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics, Carroll School of Management

Edwidge Danticat Reads from Her Work

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100
Attendance is free and open to the public.

Edwidge Danticat, who was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 1969, is widely considered to be one of the most talented young writers in the United States, celebrated in particular for her impassioned, meditative, and poetically intense prose style.  She became a finalist for the National Book Award at the age of twenty-six for Krik? Krak!, and has received the 1995 Pushcart Short Story Prize and fiction awards from The Carribean Writer, Seventeen, and Essence magazines. Her works includeBreath, Eyes, MemoryThe Farming of Bones, and Brother I’m Dying.  Her Lowell lecture will be part of a three-day residency at Boston College.

Sponsored by the Lowell Humanities Series and Fiction Days

Edwidge Danticat: A Public Conversation

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 | 4:30 p.m.
Devlin Hall, Room 101

Join Professor Regine Jean-Charles and Edwidge Danticat as they discuss her work and contemporary Haiti. 

Co-sponsored by African and African Diaspora Studies; American Studies; Office of the Provost and Dean of Faculties; Office of the Dean of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences; and Fiction Days.

Winston Forum on Business Ethics featuring Dr. Rajiv Shah

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 | 6:00 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100
This event is free and open to the public.

Launched in the fall of 2007, the Winston Forum strives to bring all our guests into contact with all members of the BC Community as well as local area business executives.  Our speakers are leaders in the realm of business ethics, coming from a variety of backgrounds.  The Fall 2015 Forum will feature Dr. Rajiv Shah, Distinguished Fellow, Georgetown School of Foreign Service and Former Administrator, USAID.

Sponsored by the Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics, Carroll School of Management.

"I Heard the Gospel Preached in the Church of the Outcasts”: Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Transformative Encounters with the American Prophetic Tradition, 1930-1931

Thursday, October 8, 2015 | Time: TBD
Location: TBD

The 14th Annual Prophetic Voices Lecture

Charles Marsh
University of Virginia

As a young academic, Dietrich Bonhoeffer spent the 1930­–1931 academic year studying at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City. At first dismissive of American attitudes toward religion, he left with a dramatically transformed perspective on social engagement, faith and historical responsibility. He began to put aside his professional ambitions and to look for resources in the Christian (and increasingly in the Jewish) tradition that might inspire and sustain dissent and civil courage. By the end of April 1933, Bonhoeffer made his first public defense of the Jews and condemnation of the Aryan Clause; he explained that the church was compelled not simply to "bandage the victims under the wheel, but to jam the spoke in the wheel itself." 

What happened to Bonhoeffer while he was in America? This question gives narrative focus and energy to the story I wish to tell. In the America of the 1930s, among a nearly forgotten but venerable generation of religious radicals, social gospel reformers, and African American prophets, among the shapers of the labor movement, the heroes of the old reformist Left, and among the women and men who plowed the soil for the civil rights movement to come, Bonhoeffer reexamined every aspect of his vocation as pastor and theologian, and he embarked upon what he would call "the turning from the phraseological to the real." His "journey to reality" is the plot that frames my lecture. 

The Boisi Center will live-tweet the event. #PropheticVoices

Sponsored by the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life. 

Poetry Days presents a Reading by David Ferry from his Poems and Translation

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100
Attendance is free and open to the public.

David Ferry is Hart Professor of English, Emeritus, at Wellesley College;  since his retirement from Wellesley he has frequently been a Visiting Lecturer in the Boston University graduate Creative Writing Program; he is currently a “Distinguished Visiting Scholar” at Suffolk University. Ferry’s most recent books of poetry are Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations and On This Side of the River: Selected Poems. His translations include The Georgics of Virgil,The Epistles of HoraceThe Eclogues of Virgil, The Odes of Horace (1997), and Gilgamesh: A New Rendering in English Verse. He is currently translating the Aeneid of Virgil. Ferry’s prizes and awards include The National Book Award, The Ruth B Lilly Prize, D.Litt. (Hon.), Amherst College, the Harold Morton Landon Translation Prize, an Academy Award for Literature, The 2000 Lenore Marshall Prize, the 2000 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize, and he was a Fellow at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Bewilderment was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, 2012.

Sponsored by the Lowell Humanities Series. The Lowell Humanities Series is sponsored by the Lowell Institute, Boston College's Institute for the Liberal Arts, and the Provost's Office.

Catholic Sacraments: A Rich Source of Blessings

Monday, October 19, 2015 | 6:00 p.m.
Yawkey Athletics Center, Murray Function Room
RSVP

Book Launch 
Presenters: John F. Baldovin, S.J. and David F. Turnbloom

Sponsored by The Church in the 21st Century Center and the School of Theology and Ministry

"Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security" featuring Sarah Chayes

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 | 6:00 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100
This event is free and open to the public.

Knowing that the Winston Center cannot encompass all the leadership community has to offer, we have partnered with key centers, departments, and institutes across campus to assure all vital points of ethical leadership are being presented and discussed. This Fall 2015 Collaboration with the Islamic Civilization and Societies features Sarah Chayes, senior associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Sponsored by the Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics, Carroll School of Management and presented in conjunction with the Islamic Civilization and Societies.

Ta-Nehisi Coates: Between the World and Me

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100
Attendance is free and open to the public.

The Lowell Humanities Series presents Ta-Nahisi Coates

An Atlantic National Correspondent, Ta-Nehisi Coates has penned many influential articles. His George Polk Award-winning Atlantic cover story on slavery and race, "The Case for Reparations," is one of the most talked-about pieces of nonfiction in recent memory. His new work is Between the World and Me, a slim but powerful book on race and America. In 2014, Coates’s lively Atlantic blog was named by Time as one of the 25 Best in the World. Coates is a former writer for The Village Voice, and a contributor to TimeO, and The New York Times Magazine. In 2012, he was awarded the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism. Coates is the Journalist in Residence at the School of Journalism at CUNY. He was previously the Martin Luther King Visiting Associate Professor at MIT. Coates’s visit is being presented in partnership with the Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics.

Sponsored by the Lowell Humanities Series. Lowell Humanities Series and the Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics. The Lowell Humanities Series is sponsored by the Lowell Institute, Boston College's Institute for the Liberal Arts, and the Provost's Office.

Baroque Makeovers: Style Change in Seventeenth-Century Italian Painting

Thursday, October 22, 2015 | 5:00 p.m.
Devlin Hall, Room 101
Free to public. RSVP by: October 1, 2015 - 617-552-4295

The Annual von Hennberg Lecture in Italian Art

Catherine Puglisi, Ph.D.
Professor of Art History
Rutgers, The State University

Sponsored by the Fine Arts Department 

Sowing and Growing the Seeds of Faith: It is (Almost) All in the Family

Thursday, October 22, 2015 | 5:30 p.m.
Corcoran Commons, The Heights Room 
Registration Required

FIRST ANNUAL STM RELIGIOUS EDUCATION LECTURE

Presenter: Thomas H. Groome

The Church often repeats that the family is the primary religious educator.  Parents can well hear this as a daunting task and the Church does precious little to support them in their evangelizing and catechizing responsibilities—to sow and grow the seeds of faith. This inaugural annual STM Religious Education presentation will reflect on why the home is so central and will make practical suggestions for howthe family can be "the first educator in the ways of faith" (Rite of Baptism).

Sponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry.

James Howard Kunstler: The Long Emergency

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100
Attendance is free and open to the public.

Lowell Humanities Series Presents James Howard Kunstler

James Howard Kunstler had a successful career as a novelist and journalist. He published his first critique of American architecture and urban planning, The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America’s Manmade Landscape in 1993. He followedGeography with Home from Nowhere: Remaking Our Everyday World for the Twenty-First Century in 1996. The City in Mind: Meditations on the Urban Condition (2001) is Kunstler’s third book in this urban-planning trilogy. In it he examines eight cities—Paris, Atlanta, Mexico City, Berlin, Las Vegas, Rome, Boston and London—discussing the ways in which their design and architecture have shaped their cultures and successes. For his next work, Kunstler trained his eye on the oil crisis. The bestselling book The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of the Oil Age, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-first Century (2005), explores the sweeping economic, political and social changes that will result from the end of access to cheap fossil fuels. A seasoned journalist, Kunstler continues to write for The Atlantic MonthlySlate.comRolling StoneThe New York Times Sunday Magazine and the Op-Ed page where he often covers environmental and economic issues.

Sponsored by the Lowell Humanities Series. The Lowell Humanities Series is sponsored by the Lowell Institute, Boston College's Institute for the Liberal Arts, and the Provost's Office.

Thomas Merton: A Prophet for Our Time

Thursday, October 29, 2015 | 5:30 p.m.
Corcoran Commons, The Heights Room
Registration Required

Presenter: Colleen M. Griffith

In an age of unrest and distraction, Thomas Merton poses many challenges to contemporary culture, inviting a deeper sense of the human, a broadened grasp of catholicity, and a way of communal solidarity.  Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Merton's birth, this presentation recognizes the degree to which Merton's contemplative vision has become only more prophetic in our time.  

Sponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry and The Church in the 21st Century Center. 

Ministry Expo

Monday, November 9, 2015 | 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Corcoran Commons, The Heights Room

The Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (STM) is hosting a Ministry Expo this fall to provide an opportunity for students to talk with alumni/ae and others about different career options. A wide variety of ministries and faith-based service careers will be represented.

Sponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry

Michael Roth: Why Liberal Education Matters

Thursday, November 12, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100
Attendance is free and open to the public.

Lowell Humanities Series Presents Michael Roth

Michael S. Roth became the 16th president of Wesleyan University in 2007, after having served as Hartley Burr Alexander Professor of Humanities at Scripps College, Associate Director of the Getty Research Institute, and President of the California College of the Arts. At Wesleyan, he has increased grant support for students who receive financial aid and has overseen the launch of the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, the Shapiro Creative Writing Center, and four new colleges emphasizing interdisciplinary research and cohort building: the College of the Environment, the College of Film and the Moving Image, the College of East Asian Studies and the College of Integrative Sciences. Author and curator (most notably of the exhibition “Sigmund Freud: Conflict and Culture,” which opened at the Library of Congress in 1998), Roth describes his scholarly interests as centered on “how people make sense of the past.” His fifth book, Memory, Trauma and History: Essays on Living with the Past was published in 2012. His most recent book, Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters, is a stirring plea for the kind of education that has, since the founding of the nation, cultivated individual freedom, promulgated civic virtue, and instilled hope for the future. 

Sponsored by the Lowell Humanities Series. The Lowell Humanities Series is sponsored by the Lowell Institute, Boston College's Institute for the Liberal Arts, and the Provost's Office.

Ongoing Events

Class of 2019 | Welcome Week

Reoccuring | August 26 - August 31, 2015 
Boston College, Chestnut Hill

Welcome to the start of an exciting four years at Boston College.

Boston College Welcome Week has gone mobile! Schedule, maps and more on your iPhone/Android, free! Download on your phone here http://bit.ly/1f0YZn6 or simply search for "BC Welcome Week" in the app store.

Sponsored by the Vice President for Student Affairs 

Unhemmed As It Is Uneven: Joyce's Odyssey in Print

Reoccuring | June 16 - October 8, 2015 
Burns Library, Chestnut Hill Campus
Hours: Library Hours

"In the name of Annah the Allmaziful, the Everliving, the Bringer of Plurabilities, haloed be her eve, her singtime sung, her rill be run, unhemmed as it is uneven!" (From Finnegans Wake, I.5.104)

Born in Dublin though seemingly fated never to return, Irish novelist and poet James Joyce (1882 - 1941) attempted to transpose the common life of his native city onto a heroic scale through a series of progressively experimental novels. Frequently autobiographical in content yet mythological in substance, they enthralled readers in Joyce's personal odyssey while exasperating publishers and provoking censorship.

This exhibition focuses on the publication of three of Joyce's masterworks: his early short story collection, Dubliners, his epic Ulysses, and his enigmatic Finnegans Wake. It also highlights Boston College's sustained engagement with Joyce through professor Joe Nugent's "Raidin the Wake" reading group and student-curated digital projects, including the JoyceWays appDigital Dubliners iBook, and the newly launched Dubliners Bookshelf website.

Sponsored by the Boston College Libraries

Parents' Weekend 2015

Reoccuring | September 25 - 27, 2015 
Boston College, Chestnut Hill
RSVP: $35 per family and includes admission to all Parents’ Weekend events with the exception of Pops on the Heights, the Pre-game Barbecue and the Football Game.

Join us for Parents' Weekend 2015, your opportunity to connect with fellow BC parents and with the educators who are shaping your Eagle's unique BC experience.

"It Is Myself That I Remake": Yeats at 150

Reoccuring | August - September, 2015 
O'Neill Library, Reading Room
Hours: Library Hours

The friends that have it I do wrong
Whenever I remake a song,
Should know what issue is at stake:
It is I myself that I remake.

William Butler Yeats, untitled

Nobel prize-winning Irish writer William Butler Yeats often revised and in some cases rewrote his lyrics. The brief poem above indicates not only a care for sound and quality of lyric, but the evolution of the interior life of his mind and soul. Yeats’s exploration of religious and spiritual matters drove such progressive transformations.

In a long and richly lived life (1865-1939), Yeats wove artistic techniques around and through belief systems that evolved as did his artistic work, his firmly-held beliefs about nation, his love interests, and family relationships.

By using material from the Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr. Library, this exhibit aims to trace such artistic, personal, and spiritual evolution.

Sponsored by The Boston College Libraries

John La Farge and the Recovery of the Sacred

Reoccuring | September 1 - December 13, 2015
McMullen Museum, Chestnut Hill Campus
Hours: Museum Hours
Boston College's McMullen Museum of Art is free and open to the public.

John La Farge and the Recovery of the Sacred presents more than eighty-five paintings, stained glass windows, and works on paper by one of America’s finest and most complex artists. John La Farge (1835–1910) devised innovative solutions to negotiate boundaries between realism and symbolism. Occasioned by the magnificent gift from Alison and William Vareika (BC ’74) and completion of the restoration of three monumental stained glass windows to the McMullen Museum, this exhibition examines for the first time from an interdisciplinary perspective La Farge’s lifelong efforts to visualize the sacred. Demonstrating how the artist’s quest was manifest in representations of religious figures, nature, and still life as well as in stunningly imaginative book illustrations of romantic fantasy, The Recovery of the Sacred also explores how La Farge’s trips to Japan and the South Seas in 1886 and 1890–91 reinforced the multicultural range of his spiritual inquiry.

Organized by the McMullen Museum, John La Farge and the Recovery of the Sacred has been curated by Jeffery Howe and underwritten by Boston College, the Patrons of the McMullen Museum, Alison and William Vareika, and Jane and Gerard Gaughan. Additional support has been provided by the Newton College Class of 1975. The accompanying catalogue, edited by Howe, contains essays by David Cave, Howe, Cecelia Levin, James O’Toole, David Quigley, Virginia Raguin, and Roberto Rosa.

Sponsored by the McMullen Museum 

Our Common Home: An Ethical Summons on Climate Change

Reoccuring | September 28 - October 1, 2015 
Boston College, Chestnut Hill

This conference explores the implications of Pope Francis’s newly released encyclical on the environment and climate change, “Laudato Si' (Praised Be): On Care for Our Common Home.”  Distinguished presenters over four days discuss how the moral voice of faith communities can offer distinct contributions to address climate change, the national and international policy ramifications of the upcoming international climate conference (COP21) to be held in Paris, as well as the theological considerations of the encyclical. 

Additional daytime events are being held Monday through Thursday.  
See www.bc.edu/commonhome for details.

EVENING EVENTS
Each evening event will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Robsham Theater, Chestnut Hill Campus
No Registration; Seating will be first come, first served.
Free of Charge

Cosponsored by the Jesuit Institute, the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, Catholic Climate Covenant, Catholic Studies Interdisciplinary Minor, CRS Student Ambassadors, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Economics Honors Program, EcoPledge, Environmental Studies Program, International Studies Program, School of Theology and Ministry, Sociology Department, SustainBC, Theology Department, and University Mission and Ministry. Generously supported by a grant from the Boston College Institute for Liberal Arts.

Carousel

Reoccuring | October 21 - October 25, 2015 
Robsham Theater Arts Center

October 21 at 7:30 p.m.
October 22 at 7:30 p.m.
October 23 at 7:30 p.m.
October 24 at 7:30 p.m.
October 25 at 2:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices*
     Adults: $15
     Students: $10 (w/valid ID) 
     Seniors: $10
     BC Faculty/Staff: $10 (one ticket per ID)
     *Additional fees apply

Carousel is the second musical by the team of Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (book and lyrics). The story revolves around carousel barker Billy Bigelow, whose romance with millworker Julie Jordan comes at the price of both their jobs. He attempts a robbery to provide for Julie and their unborn child; after it goes wrong, he is given a chance to make things right. A secondary plot line deals with millworker Carrie Pipperidge and her romance with ambitious fisherman Enoch Snow. The show includes the well-known songs "If I Loved You", "June Is Bustin' Out All Over" and "You'll Never Walk Alone". Richard Rodgers later wrote that Carousel was his favorite of all his musicals.

15th Annual Diversity Challenge: Race, Culture, and Social Justice

Reoccuring | October 23 - October 24, 2015 
Yawkey Athletics Center, Murray Function Room
Registration fees vary

Each year the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture (ISPRC) addresses a racial or cultural issue that could benefit from a pragmatic, scholarly, or grassroots focus through its Diversity Challenge conference.  The theme of Diversity Challenge 2015 is Race, Culture, and Social Justice.  The two-day conference includes panel discussions, symposia, workshops, structured discussions, poster sessions and individual presentations by invited experts in education, administration, research, mental health, and community activism.

Conference Check-In and a Continental Breakfast will take place in the Murray Room in Yawkey Hall each day from 8:15-9:00am.  You will receive a name badge and Conference Program listing the concurrent sessions and their building/room locations.

Be a part of this year's Challenge by registering for the October 23-24, 2015 conference.  

Sponsored by the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture (ISPRC)