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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

Event Submissions, Corrections, and Cancellations
To submit, update, or correct information in the event listing, please contact the Boston College Calendar editor at univcal@bc.edu.

One-Time Events

What the Outsider Sees: Teresa of Avila and Marilynne Robinson on Knowing God

Saturday, July 11, 2015 | 10:00 a.m.
Robsham Theater, Chestnut Hill Campus
Registration for this event will open on April 7

St. Teresa’s thoughts on encountering and living with God are much shaped by her position as an outsider to the hierarchical world of her day—a woman, and someone from a Jewish background.  This lecture reflects on the question of what the outsider, the marginal person, brings to prayer and theology, and suggests how we might bring Teresa into conversation with the insights of Marilynne Robinson’s fiction, in which the perception of faith by the marginal person is consistently crucial.     

Cosponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry and the Institute of Carmelite Studies

Third Annual Boston College Symphonic Band Summer Concert

Thursday, July 16, 2015 | 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Hatch Memorial Shell, 47 David G. Mugar Way, Boston MA

The Third Annual Concert at the Hatch Memorial Shell on the Charles River Esplanade will feature the following selections:

“Rise of the Firebird” (Reineke)
“Mighty Free Assembly” (Hall/arr. Baca)
Overture to “Candide” (Bernstein/arr. Grundman)
“Suite of Old American” Dances (Bennett)
“March to the Scaffold” (Berlioz/arr. Rogers)
“Young Person's Guide to John Williams” (Williams/arr. Bocook)
“America the Beautiful” (Ward/arr. Bullock)
“Semper Fidelis” (Sousa/arr. Brion, Schissel)
“For Boston” (Hurley/arr. Healey)

The Boston College Symphonic Band, affectionately known as "SymBa," is open to all members of the Boston College community, including students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends. Our alumni participation ranges from the Class of 1962 to the Class of 2015! The ensemble performs a range of traditional and contemporary wind band literature from small chamber works to large orchestral transcripts. 

On the Strength of Her Testimony

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 | 12:00 p.m.
Corcoran Commons, Heights Room
Registration for this event will open on April 7

This celebration of the feast day of St. Mary of Magdala begins with Mass, followed by lunch and a lecture.  As Pope Francis emphasized in Evangelii Gaudium, all members of the Church are called to be missionary disciples.  Yet the testimony of faithful women, including that of Mary Magdalene who bears the title “apostle to the apostles,” frequently has been dismissed or relegated to the category of “unofficial” witness.  In her lecture, Sr. Hilkert explores the vocation of women to preach the Gospel with particular attention to the testimony of women in the Gospel of John and the preaching of Catherine of Siena, the only lay woman to have been named a Doctor of the Church.  Early registration recommended.  Free of charge, includes lunch.

Sponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry

St. Ignatius Day

Friday, July 31, 2015 | 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
St. Mary's Chapel

On St. Ignatius Day, Friday, July 31st, there will an 8 am and a 12 noon mass at St. Mary's Chapel After the 12 noon mass, light refreshments will be served in St. Mary's Hall room 128.

University Welcome

Thursday, August 27, 2015 | 11:00 a.m.
Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill Campus

University leaders will welcome the Class of 2019 to Boston College. 

Sponsored by the Vice President for Student Affairs 

Opportunities Fair

Thursday, August 27, 2015 | 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Conte Forum Concourse, Chestnut Hill Campus

Faculty, staff, and students will provide information on specialized academic programs and majors/minors, volunteer opportunities, campus retreats, campus recreation, intramurals, student employment, and other opportunities available at Boston College. Explore the opportunities at your own pace and connect with people who can answer your questions and provide you with valuable information. 

Sponsored by the Vice President for Student Affairs 

DiscoverBOSTON Excursions

Friday, August 28, 2015 | 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Conte Forum Bus Stop, Chestnut Hill Campus
Space is limited. Register for the event Here!

Journey into Boston with faculty, staff, or upperclass students to learn more about the wonderful city of Boston and all it has to offer. Meet your excursion leaders and travel into the city as a group. Trips will last approximately three to four hours.

Sponsored by the Vice President for Student Affairs 

MOSAIC: My story, Our Story

Friday, August 28, 2015 | 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Multiple Locations: Chestnut Hill Campus and Newton Campus

Upperclassmen share their stories about understanding identity, difference, and the meaning of community at Boston College.

Keyes 6:00-7:00 p.m. Law School 115 A/B Newton Campus
Duchesne 7:30-8:30 p.m. Law School 115 A/B Newton Campus
Hardey 9:00-10:00 p.m.  Law School 115 A/B Newton Campus
CLXF 6:00-7:00 p.m. Robsham Theater
Fitzpatrick 7:30-8:30 p.m. Robsham Theater
CKM 9:00-10:00 p.m. Robsham Theater

Sponsored by the Vice President for Student Affairs 

Class of 2019 Picture

Saturday, August 29, 2015 | 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill Campus

Put on your SuperFan shirt and join your classmates for a Welcome Week tradition–Eagles on the Field!

Sponsored by the Vice President for Student Affairs 

Superfan 101

Saturday, August 29, 2015 | 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill Campus

Learn some of BC's traditions and pick up your pair of free 2015 SuperFan sunglasses! Join members of the Boston College Football Team, Spirit Squad, and Screaming Eagles Marching Band for an introduction to the SuperFan rituals and traditions of gameday!

Sponsored by the Vice President for Student Affairs 

BC Boardwalk

Saturday, August 29, 2015 | 9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill Campus

Join the Campus Activites Board (CAB) in Conte Forum for an evening full of activities. We will have giveaways, rides, games, and traditional carnival food!

Sponsored by the Vice President for Student Affairs 

Reservoir Run

Sunday, August 30, 2015 | 11:00 a.m.
Rec Plex, Chestnut Hill Campus

Lace up your sneakers for a casual run around a popular campus trail. Meet at the entrance of the Rec Plex and head out for a two-mile jog led by members of WeRunBC. Meet fellow runners and learn some local trails. Runners of all levels welcome.

Sponsored by the Vice President for Student Affairs 

Acapella Concert

Sunday, August 30, 2015 | 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Robsham Theatre, Chestnut Hill Campus

Enjoy the melodious harmonies of our talented A Capella organizations. From gospel to rhythm and blues, all kinds of music will ring across the Heights. Socialize, meet new friends, and relax before classes begin.

Sponsored by the Vice President for Student Affairs 

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 

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

The Lowell Humanities Series presents Alice Goffman

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
Devlin Hall, Room 101
Attendance is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Lowell Humanities Series

The Lowell Humanities Series presents Declan Kiberd

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

Sponsored by the Lowell Humanities Series

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.

The Lowell Humanities Series presents Edwidge Danticat

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

Sponsored by the Lowell Humanities Series

The Lowell Humanities Series presents David Ferry

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

Sponsored by the Lowell Humanities Series

The Lowell Humanities Series presents Ta-Nahisi Coates

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

Sponsored by the Lowell Humanities Series

The Lowell Humanities Series presents James Howard Kunstler

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

Sponsored by the Lowell Humanities Series

The Lowell Humanities Series presents Michael Roth

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

Sponsored by the Lowell Humanities Series

Ongoing Events

Northern Sky: Collages by Stoney Conley, Professor in the Fine Arts Department

Reoccuring | January - August 2015 
O'Neill Library, Level Three Gallery
Hours: Library Hours

“I live under a northern sky. The light, its color, intensity, sensation, season, and length of day influence my psyche, mood, interior life and art practice.  The long hours of daylight during summer and short hours during winter define our seasons, influence our lives, and distance us from our southern neighbors.  Over the last couple of years I have made something between painting and collage.  My collages are combinations of painted skies conjoined with tree forms.  'Painting with scissors' was what Matisse called his collage cut-outs.  I cut out forms with a razor knife, a blunt tool compared to a brush.  It forces one to simplify, to see the whole and not get lost in details.”  --Stoney Conley, professor, Fine Arts Department

Presented by The Fine Arts Department and The Boston College Libraries

Blogging Special Collections

Reoccuring | May 27 - August 30, 2015 
O'Neill Library, Reading Room
Hours: Library Hours

The John J. Burns Library’s blog is a window into the fascinating world of archives, manuscripts and rare books.  This exhibit features three particular blog posts, highlighting beautiful University Archives photographs of the Boston College campus, the intriguing papers of English poet Coventry Patmore and the exquisite Ariel Poems series. 

To learn more, visit the Burns Library blog.

Sponsored by the Boston College Libraries

Celebrating Creativity of the Boston College Libraries' Staff

Reoccuring | June 9 - August 22, 2015 
O'Neill Library, Level One Gallery
Hours: Library Hours

The Boston College Libraries' staff exhibits their work in the arts: painting; photography; calligraphy; poetry; crafts; textiles; and other forms of creative work.

Sponsored by the Boston College Libraries

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

Reoccuring | June 16 - September 12, 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

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 

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