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One-Time Events

Preparing for Easter: An Opportunity to Pause and Pray


Thursday, March 26, 2015 | 12:00 p.m.
36 College Road, Garden Level
Registration is required and space is limited. Click here to register for Preparing for Easter.

Lent is a time when we prepare to celebrate the central mystery of Christianity, the death and resurrection of the Lord.  Preparing for Easter is an opportunity to pause in the middle of a busy day for prayer, silence, and reflection.

Directed by Fr. Joseph O'Keefe, S.J. and other members of the Boston College community. Open to interested faculty, staff and administrators. Please share this with other interested colleagues.

Sponsored by the Center for Ignatian Spirituality 

The Thin Blue Line from Crime to Punishment

Thursday, March 26, 2015 | 12:00 p.m.
Barat House, Boston College Law School, Newton Campus
This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available. 

Lecture by Alice Ristroph, Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law
Clough Distinguished Lectures in Jurisprudence Series

Alice Ristroph teaches and writes in the fields of criminal law and procedure, constitutional law, and political theory. In these fields, she is interested in the intersections of authority, law, and physical violence.

Sponsored by The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

Mathematics Education Colloquium

Thursday, March 26, 2015 | 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Campion Hall, Room 139

Guiding Principles for the Implementation of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics

The purpose of this talk is to discuss guiding principles for the development and acquisition of both this new view of mathematics and the pedagogical content knowledge necessary to bring students to acquire and internalize mathematical ideas.

Sponsored by the Depts of Math and Teacher Education/Special Education, Curriculum & Instruction

Donghai Wang, Penn. State University

Thursday, March 26, 2015 | 4:00 p.m.
Merkert Hall, Room 130

Professor Donghai Wang, Penn. State University

Sponsored by Chemistry Department University Lecture Series

Boston/Cambridge and the Making of American Gothic

Thursday, March 26, 2015 | 5:30 p.m.
Stokes Hall South, Auditorium S195

Professor Jan Ziolkowski, Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Medieval Latin and Director of the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Harvard University

This lecture will discuss the great vogue for all things medieval in the Boston-Cambridge area in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Among the topics discussed will be historian and intellectual Henry Adams (descendant of the presidential family) and his influential book, Mont Saint Michel and Chartres, as well as architect Ralph Adams Cram and the Gothic Revival he created in architecture, especially the Collegiate Gothic style (splendid examples of which are the original buildings of the Boston College campus). The lecture will be extensively illustrated, both visually and textually.

Sponsored by The Heinz Bluhm Memorial Lecture Series

Comparative Theology Public Lecture: Theologies of Suffering: Approaches to Understanding the Martyrdom of Imam Husayn

Thursday, March 26, 2015 | 6:00 p.m.
Higgins Hall, Room 310

A specialist of Islam in South Asia, Professor Asani's research focuses on Shia and Sufi devotional traditions in the region. In addition, he studies popular or folk forms of Muslim devotional life, and Muslim communities in the West.

Co-sponsored by the Jesuit Advisory Board on Interreligious Dialogue and Relations, BC Theology Department, TGSA, and the GSA

Book discussion: Immigration Outside the Law

Thursday, March 26, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
Fulton Hall, Room 511

With Hiroshi Motomura, Susan Westerberg Prager Professor of Law, University of California, Los AngelesProf. Motomura joins us to discuss his latest book, Immigration Outside the Law.

Sponsored by the Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice

Disability in Global Contexts

Friday, March 27, 2015 | 10:00 a.m.
Corcoran Commons, Heights Room
Registration for this event will open on January 15

Recognizing the prevalence of disabilities throughout the world, many religious traditions are examining their practices of inclusion-exclusion of persons with disabilities.  This presentation discusses the trajectory of disability consciousness in contemporary theological disciplines and seeks to raise consciousness of our own (mis)perceptions, presumptions, and prejudices regarding disabilities and people with disabilities, with the goal of moving beyond accommodation to advocacy, affirmation, and accountability with and for persons with disabilities.

Sponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry and generously supported by the Pyne Endowment Trust in memory of Professor Margaret E. Pyne, a lifelong advocate for persons with disabilities.

Gaspara Stampa

Friday, March 27, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100

This event celebrates the encounter of contemporary music and the Italian Renaissance, commemorating the life and works of Gaspara Stampa (1523-1554), the greatest woman poet of the Italian Renaissance. The symposium and concert will begin with a presentation by Prof. Franco Mormando, chairperson of the Boston College Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. This presentation will be followed by an exclusive performance of two works by the contemporary composer and BC faculty member Thomas Oboe Lee: the world premiere of "Gaspara Stampa" (2014), and "La Serenissima" (2013).

Sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and the Institute of Liberal Arts

BC bOp! Live at the Robsham

Saturday, March 28, 2015 | 8:00 p.m.
Robsham Theater
Admission: $15; seniors or w/ BC ID $10.
For more information: www.bc.edu/tickets.

Boston College's outstanding instrumental and vocal jazz ensemble presents its annual spring concert at the Robsham Theater. Sebastian Bonaiuto directs. 

Sponsored by the Boston College Bands

OWN IT: Boston College

Sunday, March 29, 2015 | 8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Corcoran Commons, The Heights Room 

OWN IT is a series of game-changing summits, events and opportunities to inspire young women. The conference is bridging the gap between female leaders of the 21st century and the millennials who admire them, by shaking up the women’s leadership arena and producing accessible events for college-age women. 

The inaugural OWN IT Summit was held in April, 2014 in Washington, D.C. at Georgetown University, bringing together 400 attendees, 30 nationally recognized speakers, and hundreds of owning it moments. 

At this event, Boston College will join funding institution Georgetown University at St. Louis to host an Own It Summit. This will be a continuation of the annual Boston College Women’s Summit, as founded in 2014 at Boston College through UGBC. The day will include workshops, breakout sessions, lectures, and interviews with Boston College alum, students, faculty, and many guests. It will be a day of celebration, learning, and empowerment.

BC Splash Spring 2015

Sunday, March 29, 2015 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Boston College, Chestnut Hill

BC Splash is about providing you with your first college experience by giving Boston College undergraduates the opportunities to share their passions with you. This once a semester event brings together around 150 college undergraduates with 600-900 high school students to participate in an exciting and academic day. 

The Boston Trio

Sunday, March 29, 2015 | 3:00 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100

Irina Muresanu, violin, Astrid Schween, cello, Heng-Jin Park, piano. Featuring Rachmaninoff’s Trio Elégiaque, Brahms’ Piano Trio in B Major, Op. 8, and the premiere of Thomas Oboe Lee’s Piano Trio No. 3 “Keith Jarrett.” 

Sponsored by the Boston College Music Department

Living Out the Jesuit Mission: Diverse Perspectives Series

Monday, March 30, 2015 | 12:00 p.m.
McGuinn Hall, Room 521
RSVP Required. A light lunch will be available. 

Having a shared understanding of the relationship between diversity, inclusion and the Ignatian tradition enables each of us to listen and be listened to, be welcoming and feel welcomed; and to embrace our work and the work of others. This program focuses on how employees of various backgrounds and faith traditions incorporate the Jesuit tradition within their work at Boston College and into their personal lives.

Facilitated by: Fr. Jack Butler, S.J., Vice President, The Division of University Mission and Ministry

To lay the foundation for this and future conversations, Fr. Butler will discuss the inherent connection between diversity, inclusion and the Ignatian tradition. Program participants will be invited to engage in an open conversation following Fr. Butler’s remarks.

Sponsored by Campus Ministry and the Office for Institutional Diversity

What would Sister Thea Bowman Do?

Monday, March 30, 2015 | 3:30 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 305
Please RSVP

Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center is delighted to be bringing in Dr. Deborah Pembleton from St. Benedict/St. John’s in Collegeville, Minnesota who was a student, family friend and fellow church member of Sister Thea Bowman.  Dr. Pembleton will be sharing how this enriching experience had a tremendous influence on her professional career, international research, teaching philosophy and spiritual commitment.  In addition, Dr. Pembleton will discuss what Sister Thea Bowman would do in light of the current racial justice events. #TheaBowmanLegacy 

Sponsored by the Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center 

Keeping Hispanic Immigrant Families Together: Catholic Perspectives

Monday, March 30, 2015 | 5:30 p.m.
Corcoran Commons, The Heights Room 
Please RSVP here

Presenter: Hosffman Ospino, Assistant Professor, School of Theology and Ministry

Sponsored by the C21 Center and the School of Theology and Ministry 

Surviving War: How Ordinary Soldiers and Civilians Experienced World War II in the Asia-Pacific

Monday, March 30, 2015 | 5:00 p.m.
Yawkey Center, Murray Family Function Room, 4th Floor

Asian Studies Distinguished Lecture Series, Spring 2015

A panel discussion among four experts on wartime and postwar diaries, memoirs, and oral histories of Chinese, Japanese and Americans in the Asia-Pacific War moderated by Franziska Seraphim, History Department.

Sponsored by the Asian Studies Program

Distinguished Marketing Lecture Series featuring Pam Hamlin '86, Global President, Arnold Worldwide

Monday, March 30, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
Fulton Hall, Room 511

The Distinguished Marketing Lecture Series is sponsored by the Carroll School Marketing Department Chair, Kay Lemon, and the Dean of the Carroll School, Andy Boynton.  The lecture series is focused on connecting undergraduate and graduate students with industry leaders who are innovating in the field of marketing for their companies. 

Sponsored by the Carroll School of Management Marketing Department

Paul Chirik, Princeton University

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 | 4:00 p.m.
Merkert Hall, Room 130

Professor Paul Chirik, Princeton University

Sponsored by Chemistry Department University Lecture Series

Alumni Writers Series: John Hampsey

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 | 4:30 p.m.
Stokes Hall North, Room N203
Event is free and open to the public. 

The Boston College English Department is pleased to bring John Hampsey back to BC as part of the Alumni Writers Series to read from his new memoir, Kaufman’s Hill. 

Ruth Ozeki writes:  “Kaufman’s Hill is a vivid and unforgettable coming-of-age tale of boys and bullies on the edge of post-industrial America. Hampsey’s haunting, lyrical world thrums with the dark, erratic rhythms that lie below the surface of our seemingly ordinary childhoods.” 

Questions: suzanne.matson@bc.edu  

Sponsored by the Boston College English Department 

Brennan Symposium: “Harnessing Peer Pressure for Behavior Change” featuring Tina Rosenberg

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100

Established in 2007, the Brennan Symposium for Student Leadership and Ethics is the major initiative of the Francis P. Brennan Fund.  Named in honor of Frank Brennan, BC ’39, this annual event is designed to equip the rising set of student leaders with new leadership skills and to foster dialogue among student leaders from different domains. Participants are drawn from the ranks of a variety of student clubs and organizationsThe Spring 2015 Symposium will feature Tina Rosenberg, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author and Columnist and NY Times Contributor. 

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

Why Libertarianism Isn't Liberal

Monday, April 6, 2015 | 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100
Please register for this event.
Free of charge, includes lunch.

This day-long conference addresses the political, theological, and legal issues raised by libertarianism from a Catholic context. 

Cosponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry and the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Chambers Lecture Series: “On the Front Lines with Lara Logan”

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
Corcoran Commons, The Heights Room

The Chambers Lecture Series was established through the generosity of Norman C. Chambers MBA’82 and Monever Chambers and brings students, alumni, and the greater Boston College community into direct contact with today’s leaders. From all walks of life, these speakers offer and inside look at how to remain ethical and driven in a modern society. The Spring 2015 Chambers Lecture Series features Lara Logan, 60 Minutes Correspondent & CBS News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent.

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

Lunch with a Leader Series featuring John Fish

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 | 11:30 p.m.
Fulton Hall, Room 515
Event is restricted to undergraduate students only.
Please RSVP

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 John Fish, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Suffolk Construction and Chair of the Boston College Board of Trustees.

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

Religion and the Roots of Climate Change Denial

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 | 5:30 p.m.
McGuinn, Room 121

Katharine Hayhoe, Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University
Stephen Pope, Boston College

Co-sponsored with the Environmental Studies Program and Earth and Environmental Sciences Department

Dinaw Mengestu: Presented by Fiction Days

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
Devlin Hall, Room 101

Dinaw Mengestu is the author of The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, a Los Angeles Times bestseller and Seattle Reads pick of 2008, as well as How To Read the Air and All Our Names. He was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 1978.

Sponsored by Lowell Humanities Series

Boston College Chamber Music Society

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 | 8:00 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100

Boston College Chamber Music Society
Sandra Hebert, director
Performances by Boston College Students

Sponsored by the Boston College Music Department

Reflecting on Easter

Thursday, April 9, 2015 | 12:00 p.m.
36 College Road, Garden Level
Registration is required and space is limited. Click here to register for Reflecting on Easter.

In the Christian tradition, the fifty days between Easter and Pentecost are a time of rejoicing and reflection on the Paschal Mystery and, especially, on the meaning of Christ's resurrection. Join with colleagues in the Boston College community to celebrate this holy season.

Open to interested faculty, staff and administrators. Please share this with other interested colleagues.

Sponsored by the Center for Ignatian Spirituality 

Finding God in Relationships

Thursday, April 9, 2015 | 5:30 p.m.
Corcoran Commons, The Heights Room 
Please RSVP here

Presenter: TBA

Sponsored by the C21 Center and the Office of Mission and Ministry

Religion, Peacebuilding & U.S. Foreign Policy

Thursday, April 9, 2015 | 5:30 p.m.
Fulton Hall, Room 511

Shaun Casey is special representative to the secretary of state for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. He is currently on leave of absence from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., where he is a professor of Christian ethics and director of the National Capital Semester for Seminarians (NCSS). He served as senior advisor for religious affairs for the 2008 Obama campaign and was national evangelical coordinator in the 2008 presidential campaign. His research interests include ethics and international affairs, the public implications of religious belief and the intersection of religion and politics. He is the author of The Making of a Catholic President: Kennedy vs. Nixon 1960 and is at work on a book about ethics and international politics tentatively titled Niebuhr’s Children.

Sponsored by the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Boston College Chamber Music Society: The Beethoven Project

Thursday, April 9, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100

Sandra Hebert, director. Boston College Chamber Music students perform Beethoven's Trio in Bb Major, Op. 97 "Archduke."

Sponsored by the Boston College Music Department

Eagles For A Cure - 5K Race/Walk

Saturday, April 11, 2015 | Race starts at 9:00 a.m.
Location: Starting Line will be on Linden Lane, across from Bapst Library
Registration: Starts at 8:00 a.m.
RSVP: Please RSVP, there will be day-of registration available
Fee: $30 if registered online before the event, $35 for day-of registration

Dig out those neon leg warmers and figure out how to rock some acid-washed denim, because this race is all about embracing the music (and the questionable fashion) that the decade is famous for. The 5k (3.1 miles) course circles the scenic Boston College campus in Chestnut Hill, MA. Proceeds benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute whose mission is to provide expert, compassionate care to children and adults with cancer while advancing the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of cancer and related diseases. 

Please contact bcmba5k@gmail.com with any additional questions.

Sponsored by Boston College's MBA Program

Boston College Symphony Orchestra: Annual Spring Concert

Sunday, April 12, 2015 | 3:00 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100

Boston College Symphony Orchestra, John Finney, conductor
Featuring Julian Honma, ’15, Glazunov Saxophone Concerto

Sponsored by the Boston College Music Department

The Case for Reparations

Monday, April 13, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
Yawkey Center, Murray Room

The legacy of racism in America is tremendous. Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. It all adds up, and Ta-Nehisi Coates major Atlantic cover story “The Case for Reparations” reignited the long-dormant national conversation of just how to repay African Americans for a system of institutional racism that’s robbed them of wealth and success for generations. Based on his article, Coates plainly lays out this painful history but also an actual plan to repair, and correct, some of the damage done. It’s not simply a matter of financial compensation—though that’s part of it. With eloquence and conviction, Coates explains that openly admitting to, and apologizing for, the injustice is the only hope of moving forward to a unified future. As he reminds us, powerfully: “Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.”

Sponsored by the Provost and Dean of Faculties

#Faith, #Family and #Future

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 | 6:00 p.m.
Corcoran Commons, The Heights Room 
Please RSVP here

Presenter: Mary Troxell, Assistant Professor, Philosophy Department

Sponsored by the C21 Center and the Philosophy Department

Preceptor Appreciation Event

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 | 6:00 p.m.
Yawkey Center, The Murray Function Room
RSVP Required. A light dinner and drinks will be served. 

The Preceptor Appreciation Event honors and recognizes dedicated nurse practitioners for their service, and for their role in educating and training CSON students.

Linda Berntsen-Curtiss, M.S. ’78, APRN, PNCS, B.C., is a board certified psychiatric clinical nurse specialist (CNS) who works in private practice providing psychiatric and medication evaluations to incarcerated women. She has also worked as a clinical instructor in psychiatric nursing here at Boston College and Regis College.

Berntsen-Curtiss began her career at Norwood Hospital where she worked as a clinical nurse specialist for almost three decades. She graduated from Boston College School of Nursing in 1978 with a Master of Science degree in psychiatric nursing.

Sponsored by the William F. Connell School of Nursing Continuing Education Program 

Distinguished Marketing Lecture Series featuring Marvin Chow '95, Global Marketing Director, Google, Inc.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
Fulton Hall, Room 511

The Distinguished Marketing Lecture Series is sponsored by the Carroll School Marketing Department Chair, Kay Lemon, and the Dean of the Carroll School, Andy Boynton.  The lecture series is focused on connecting undergraduate and graduate students with industry leaders who are innovating in the field of marketing for their companies. 

Sponsored by the Carroll School of Management Marketing Department

Boston College Middle Eastern Ensemble

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 | 8:00 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100

Boston College Middle Eastern Ensemble, Ann Lucas, director
Performances by Boston College students

Sponsored by the Boston College Music Department 

From Paradise to Party Lights: Fitzgerald and Gatsby

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 | 5:30 p.m.
Devlin Hall, Room 101

An illustrated lecture by Dr. Charles Scribner, III.

What makes Gatsby great? F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby today sells more copies each fortnight than the total cumulative sale during the author's lifetime. Charles Scribner—the fourth generation of Scribners to oversee Fitzgerald's works at the family publishing house—will offer both a personal and professional perspective on this legendary Jazz-Age writer, the "Last of the Romantics," and his iconic novel that still defines the magic of American self-invention.

Sponsored by The Heinz Bluhm Memorial Lecture Series

Reflecting on Easter

Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 12:00 p.m.
36 College Road, Garden Level
Registration is required and space is limited. Click here to register for Reflecting on Easter.

In the Christian tradition, the fifty days between Easter and Pentecost are a time of rejoicing and reflection on the Paschal Mystery and, especially, on the meaning of Christ's resurrection. Join with colleagues in the Boston College community to celebrate this holy season.

Open to interested faculty, staff and administrators. Please share this with other interested colleagues.

Sponsored by the Center for Ignatian Spirituality 

W. David Wei, University of Florida

Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 4:00 p.m.
Merkert Hall, Room 130

Professor W. David Wei, University of Florida

Sponsored by Chemistry Department University Lecture Series

Webinar: Navigating the Tween Years: From Facebook to Relationships to Self-Esteem

Friday, April 17, 2015 | 12:00 p.m.
Online
Admission: Free
Register here

We hear a lot about the many transitions between childhood and adolescence. Much of what we hear concerns the potential challenges of this period of life, and there are also many myths about the behavior and development of adolescents. But what is the science behind the transition from childhood to adolescence? Do all youth experience the “purported” storm and stress of adolescence? 

In this webinar you will gain an understanding of the most important issues of the second decade of life. 

You will learn:
• How to understand the evidence about how youth navigate the transition to adolescence
• How to support youth through the social, cognitive, and biological transitions that can give rise to some challenges
• How to promote youth strengths that help to protect them from the challenges that can occur with these transitions

Event Contact: alumnied@bc.edu or 617-552-4700

University Wind Ensemble: Member's Choice

Saturday, April 18, 2015 | 3:00 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100

The members of the University Wind Ensemble select the works for this concert. 

Sebastian Bonaiuto directs. 

Sponsored by Boston College Bands

University Chorale of Boston College: Annual Spring Concert

Saturday, April 18, 2015 | 8:00 p.m.
Newton Campus, Trinity Chapel
Admission: $10 available at Robsham Box Office. $15 at the door if available

Annual Spring Concert
John Finney, conductor

Sponsored by the Boston College Music Department 

2015 Greater Boston Intercollegiate Undergraduate Poetry Festival

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.
Yawkey Center, Murray Family Function Room 

Students selected by their professors from some two dozen colleges and universities read their poetry at this special event hosted by Boston College.

Sponsored by Poetry Days and the Boston College Magazine 

Boston College University Lecture Series in Chemistry

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 | 4:00 p.m.
Merkert, Room 127

Boston College University Lecture Series in Chemistry
Professor John Bercaw
, California Institute of Technology

“Approaches to Selective Catalytic Upgrading of Light Hydrocarbons Using Oxidative Routes”

Sponsored by the Boston College Chemistry Department

The Lived Experience

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
McElroy, Room 237
Registration is Required

This will be a panel discussion led by people who completed the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life, which was co-sponsored by the Center for Ignatian Spirituality and the Jesuit Collaborative from September 2013 to May 2014.  Saint Ignatius proposed this model of retreat in the 19th annotation of his directives.  This session is highly recommended for people considering doing the Spiritual Exercises, which will be offered by the Center for Ignatian Spirituality and the Jesuit Collaborative from September 2015 to May 2016. 

Sponsored by the Center for Ignatian Spirituality 

Reflecting on Easter

Thursday, April 23, 2015 | 12:00 p.m.
36 College Road, Garden Level
Registration is required and space is limited. Click here to register for Reflecting on Easter.

In the Christian tradition, the fifty days between Easter and Pentecost are a time of rejoicing and reflection on the Paschal Mystery and, especially, on the meaning of Christ's resurrection. Join with colleagues in the Boston College community to celebrate this holy season.

Open to interested faculty, staff and administrators. Please share this with other interested colleagues.

Sponsored by the Center for Ignatian Spirituality 

How Dante Can Save your Life

Thursday, April 23, 2015 | 5:30 p.m.
Fulton Hall, Room 511
RSVP requested

Rod Dreher, The American Conservative

In this book event, journalist and blogger Rod Dreher will discuss his latest book, How Dante Can Save your Life. The book is meant for those who find themselves untethered and lost in the modern world. Dreher reveals Dante's penetrating (but often hidden) spiritual, moral, and psychological insights, and shows how these ideas can be used to rise above misery and confusion to happiness and peace. 

Co-sponsored by the Boise Center for Religion and American Public Life and The Church in the 21st Century Center 

Boston College University Lecture Series in Chemistry

Thursday, April 23, 2015 | 4:00 p.m.
Merkert, Room 127

Boston College University Lecture Series in Chemistry
Professor John Bercaw
, California Institute of Technology

“Light Olefin Trimerization with Chromium and Titanium Catalysts”

Sponsored by the Boston College Chemistry Department

The Tempest

Thursday, April 23, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.
Robsham Theater Arts Center, Mainstage 

Set on a remote island, The Tempest tells of Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, and his plots to restore his daughter Miranda to power. Using illusion and skillful manipulation, Prospero conjures up a “tempest” to shipwreck his usurping brother Antonio and the complicit King Alonso of Naples.

Admission: $15; seniors or w/ BC ID $10.

For more information: www.bc.edu/tickets.

BC's Best

Thursday, April 23, 2015 | 8:00 p.m.
O'Neill Plaza

A Competition for Student Bands and Singer/Songwriters at the Arts Festival

A talent competition featuring the winners of preliminary events in two categories: singer/songwriter and Battle of the Bands. Singer/songwriter finalists will compete for a cash prize. Band finalists will compete for a chance to play at Modstock in May.

Co-Sponsored by UGBC, the Music Guild, Nights on the Heights.

Boston College University Lecture Series in Chemistry

Friday, April 24, 2015 | 4:00 p.m.
Merkert, Room 127

Boston College University Lecture Series in Chemistry
Professor John Bercaw
, California Institute of Technology

“Alpha Olefin Polymerization Catalysis: Stereochemistry, Kinetics, and Kinetic Resolutions”

Sponsored by the Boston College Chemistry Department

Arts Council Arts Awards

Friday, April 24, 2015 | 4:00 p.m.
Stokes Hall Lawn, Art Tent

Brooklyn interdisciplinary artist Chris Doyle ’81 will receive the 2015 Alumni Award. Acclaimed novelist and BC English professor Elizabeth Graver will be receiving the Faculty Award for 2014.

Sponsored by the Boston College Arts Council

BC bOp! Arts Fest Performance

Friday, April 24, 2015 | 12:00 p.m.
O'Neil Plaza, Chestnut Hill Campus

Boston College's outstanding instrumental and vocal jazz ensemble.

Sebastian Bonaiuto directs.

Sponsored by the Boston College Bands 

Parishes in Transition: Learning to Live in Tabernacles

Friday, April 24, 2015 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
9 Lake Street, Room 100, Brighton Campus
Registration for this event will open on January 15

Transitions come in all shapes and sizes, and every parish is faced with the necessity of responding to population shifts that are unlikely to stop anytime soon.  Dr. Ammerman explores the ongoing reality of change and the challenges posed by the peculiarly American ways of encouraging people to find the “church of their choice.”  She also looks for the particular habits of mind and skills of leadership that enable religious communities to thrive even when we are living in social spaces that need to be as temporary and flexible as the Israelites’ tabernacle in the wilderness.  Dr. Ospino examines major changes, tensions, questions, and possibilities in the context of U.S. Catholic parish life as Catholic communities respond to the growing Hispanic presence in an increasingly diverse Church.

Sponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry

The Tempest

Friday, April 24, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.
Robsham Theater Arts Center, Mainstage 

Set on a remote island, The Tempest tells of Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, and his plots to restore his daughter Miranda to power. Using illusion and skillful manipulation, Prospero conjures up a “tempest” to shipwreck his usurping brother Antonio and the complicit King Alonso of Naples.

Admission: $15; seniors or w/ BC ID $10.

For more information: www.bc.edu/tickets.

2015 Michael B. Kreps Memorial Readings

Saturday, April 25, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.
Devlin Hall, Room 101
Free and open to the public

Three contemporary Russian émigré poets, Alexander Gabriel, Vladimir Druk, and Ian Probstein, will read from their works and discuss. Moderated by Prof. Maxim D. Shrayer (Boston College). Conducted in conjunction with the Boston College Arts Festival.

Sponsored  by the Department of Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literatures and Office of the Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

The Tempest

Saturday, April 25, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.
Robsham Theater Arts Center, Mainstage 

Set on a remote island, The Tempest tells of Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, and his plots to restore his daughter Miranda to power. Using illusion and skillful manipulation, Prospero conjures up a “tempest” to shipwreck his usurping brother Antonio and the complicit King Alonso of Naples.

Admission: $15; seniors or w/ BC ID $10.

For more information: www.bc.edu/tickets.

The Tempest

Sunday, April 26, 2015 | 2:0 p.m.
Robsham Theater Arts Center, Mainstage 

Set on a remote island, The Tempest tells of Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, and his plots to restore his daughter Miranda to power. Using illusion and skillful manipulation, Prospero conjures up a “tempest” to shipwreck his usurping brother Antonio and the complicit King Alonso of Naples.

Admission: $15; seniors or w/ BC ID $10.

For more information: www.bc.edu/tickets.

Dante Beyond the Comedy: Christian Y. Dupont, Boston College

Monday, April 27, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.

Devlin Hall, Room 101

Christian Y. Dupont, Boston College, Dante's Eclogues

Sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures 

 

BC Baroque

Monday, April 27, 2015 | 6:00 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100

BC Baroque, Anne-Marie Chubet, director
Early Music Ensemble, performances by BC students

Sponsored by the Boston College Music Department 

Boston College Chamber Music Society

Monday, April 27, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100

Boston College Chamber Music Society, Sandra Hebert, director
Performances by BC students

Sponsored by the Boston College Music Department 

Boston College Chamber Music Society

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 | 4:30 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100

Boston College Chamber Music Society, Sandra Hebert, director
Performances by BC students

Sponsored by the Boston College Music Department 

Tina DiMonda, (BC ’06, ’12), piano

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | 8:00 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100

Tina DiMonda, (BC ’06, ’12) piano
Works by Scarlatti, Mozart, Chopin, and Messiaen

Sponsored by the Boston College Music Department 

Reflecting on Easter

Thursday, April 30, 2015 | 12:00 p.m.
36 College Road, Garden Level
Registration is required and space is limited. Click here to register for Reflecting on Easter.

In the Christian tradition, the fifty days between Easter and Pentecost are a time of rejoicing and reflection on the Paschal Mystery and, especially, on the meaning of Christ's resurrection. Join with colleagues in the Boston College community to celebrate this holy season.

Open to interested faculty, staff and administrators. Please share this with other interested colleagues.

Sponsored by the Center for Ignatian Spirituality 

Concert of Irish Harp and Guitar: Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman

 Thursday, April 30, 2015 | 6:30 p.m.
 Brighton Campus, Cadigan Alumni Center 
 Admission is free

Concert of Irish Harp and Guitar: Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman

Sponsored by The Center for Irish Programs at Boston College in collaboration with the University Libraries and the Boston College Alumni Association

Seth Herzon, Yale University

Monday, May 4, 2014 | 4:00 p.m.
Merkert Hall, Room 130

Professor Seth Herzon, Yale University

Sponsored by Chemistry Department University Lecture Series

Webinar: Understanding Today’s Job Market – Focus Your Energy – Focus Your Efforts

Thursday, May 14, 2015 | 12:00 p.m.
Online
Admission: Free
Register here

Do you get frustrated when you send lots of résumés in to companies and organizations, and they seem to end up in a “black hole”? Understanding how the job market works—and how you work within it—will significantly increase your effectiveness.

In this webinar you will learn:
•What is the formal market? What the formal market is? Understanding how it works, what the competition looks like, and how to separate yourself from the competition.
• What is the informal market? What the informal market is? How do I navigate the informal market? Who is my competition? Do’s and don’ts for networking.
• How to maximize your candidacy.

Event Contact: alumnied@bc.edu or 617-552-4700

Boston College Commencement 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015 | 10:00 a.m.
Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill Campus

The 139th Commencement of Boston College will be held on Monday, May 18, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. in Alumni Stadium. Commencement Exercises are a two-part ceremony. The University Commencement (main ceremony) will start with a procession at 9:15 a.m. All graduates should be in assembly areas by 8:15 a.m. The academic procession into Alumni Stadium for the University Commencement will begin at 9:15 a.m. Family and guests should be seated by that time. This will be followed by individual School and College Diploma Ceremonies. All should be completed no later than 2:00 p.m.

We're Social! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the most up-to-date information regarding Commencement.

 

Boston College Law School Commencement 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015 | 10:30 a.m.
Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill Campus

Boston College Law School’s commencement ceremony is a special time of celebration, honoring three years of intense legal studies by our new graduates and marking their transition to alumni. Over 1,500 guests are expected to attend our Commencement exercises as we gather to wish the graduates well in their future careers and lives.

For more information, please visit the Law School Commencement webpage.

Ongoing Events

The Beethoven Project: Beethoven’s Odyssey: A Journey of Artistic Discovery and Spiritual Evolution

Reoccurring | March 22 - March 26, 2015
Gasson Hall, Room 100 

Dr. Gregory Partain plays Beethoven Piano Sonatas

Sunday, March 22
3:00 p.m., Gasson Hall, Room 100
Recital One – Early Mastery: A Virtuoso Spreads His Wings. Beethoven to the Pathétique

Monday, March 23
7:00 p.m., Gasson Hall, Room 100
Lecture/Performance – What Makes Beethoven “Great?” Mythmaking, Romantic Essences, and the mighty Appassionata

Tuesday, March 24
7:30 p.m., Gasson Hall, Room 100
Recital Two – Expanding the Horizons: Broken Boundaries and Novel Sonorities Tempest, Les Adieux, Waldstein

Thursday, March 26
7:30 p.m., Gasson Hall, Room 100
Recital Three – Apotheosis: Revelations, Strange Landscapes, and a Final Ascension
Late Sonatas Op. 109, 110, 111

Sponsored by the Boston College Music Department

Unity in Diversity: Celebrating Cultural Pluralism in the Middle East and North Africa

Reoccurring | March 9 - March 31, 2015
O’Neill Library, Level One Gallery
Hours: Library Hours

The purpose of this exhibit is to share the richness of the Middle East and North African (MENA) culture with the Boston College community.  These photographs taken by Boston College students illustrate the diversity of peoples, geographies, religions, architecture, and foods from many of the countries that stretch the region.  This exhibit, showcased in the Level One Gallery of O’Neill Library for the month of March, celebrates this cultural pluralism.  We believe that a glance into many cultures is the first step towards breaking down stereotypes of the region often portrayed by Western media. Instead, we hope to replace these negative images with a lively and dynamic depiction of the MENA region.  From Fez, Morocco to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) the Middle East is home to some of the most cosmopolitan cities and stunning environmental phenomenon in the world.

Both the Arab Students Association and the Middle East and Islamic Societies Students Association encourage students, faculty, and staff to continue to explore the rich culture of the Middle East and North Africa with us during MENA Heritage Week from April 13-18, 2015.

Sponsored by The Arab Students Association, the Middle East and Islamic Societies Students Association, and The Boston College Libraries

Boston College Art Club Student Show

Reoccurring | February 24 - May 1, 2015
Carney Hall, First Floor, Student Programs Hallway
On View daily from 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (until 8:30 p.m. with Boston College ID)

The B.C. Art Club's annual exhibition celebrating the wide-ranging and always engaging work of Boston College's student artists.

Sponsored by the Boston College Art Club

Whoever Saves a Single Life...Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust

Reoccurring | March 9 - April 17, 2015
Theology & Ministry Library, Atrium Gallery, Brighton Campus 
Hours: Library Hours
Opening reception: Monday, March 16, 2015 | 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

This exhibit showcases some of those rare--but exceedingly important--instances where people fought to safeguard their Jewish fellow citizens during the Holocaust.  In a time of overwhelming death and destruction, rescuers did not stand by silently.  They chose another way, an their bravery offers us a glimmer of hope.

This exhibit is presented courtesy of The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (JFR), which provides monthly financial support to aged and needy non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust and preserves their legacy through its national Holocaust education program.  The JFR is grateful to the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) for its generous support of this exhibit.

ABOUT THE THEOLOGY AND MINISTRY LIBRARY ATRIUM GALLERY

The atrium gallery in the lower level of the Theology and Ministry Library offers approximately 90 linear feet of space along three walls fitted with picture rail. Exhibits are sought which are consistent with the Jesuit mission of Boston College and, more specifically, with the mission and values of the School of Theology and Ministry. 

Sponsored by the Boston College Center for Christian Jewish Learning, the Boston College School of Theology & Ministry, and the Boston College Libraries

Boston College Arts Festival

Reoccurring | April 23 - April 25, 2015
O'Neill Plaza, Stokes Lawn, Gasson Hall

Every year, the Boston College Arts Festival brings the Boston College and surrounding communities together to celebrate the arts. In 2015, the 17th annual Arts Festival committee will once again invite the community to experience the variety of arts at Boston College firsthand. A talented group of more than 1,000 student and faculty artists will present music, theater, dance, poetry, film, painting, sculpture, and more. Enjoy some music, buy some art, try your hand at ceramics, listen to readings, enjoy a play...there’s so much to experience at the BC Arts Festival. 

We will hold our annual Arts Awards ceremony on Friday, April 24, 2015, at 4:00pm in the Stokes Art Tent. Along with recognizing accomplished students, the awards program will also be honoring a distinguished faculty member, and a BC alum who has made significant contriubtions to the arts in their field. Stay tuned for awards updates throughout the year.

Sponsored by the Boston College Arts Council 

From the Eagle’s Eye: A Rotating Gallery of Student Photography | Spring Semester Exhibit

Reoccurring | January 15 - May 15, 2015
Monday - Friday | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Maloney Hall, 4th Floor Reception Area

This exhibit features 19 color photographs submitted by students that capture what Boston College means to them. 

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

Creating Boston Common: The Evolution of America's Oldest Park

Reoccurring | January 21 - May 31, 2015
Stokes Hall South, 3rd Floor, Department of History
Reception: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 | 4:30 p.m.

Created and curated by History Department majors, the Spring 2015 Making History Public exhibition illuminates the history of Boston Common over the past four centuries. “Creating Boston Common: The Evolution of America’s Oldest Park” examines the history of this 50-acre site from its occupancy by Massachusett native peoples, to its use as common grazing lands, to its development as a public park. Chronicling the changing uses of urban public space, the exhibition explores the myriad activities of Bostonians who have used the Common to earn a living, wage war, enjoy nature and recreation, and promote a variety of political and religious causes.

ABOUT THE HISTORY DEPARTMENT IN STOKES HALL 

The History Department in Stokes Hall features exhibits collaborated with the Boston College Libraries for the course HS600 Making History Public. The exhibits change each semester.

Sponsored by Department of History, Boston College Libraries, and the College of Arts and Sciences

One Story Draws Another: Staff Selections from the Burns Library's Irish Collections

Reoccurring | January 26 - May 8, 2015
John J. Burns Library 
Hours: Library Hours

“One story draws another” is a translation of the old Irish proverb “Scéal a tharraingíonn scéal.”

In daily work as collection curators, catalogers, conservators, and reference staff, surprising and intriguing connections frequently come to light. A letter links one author to another, the inscription in a book reveals who read it, an inquiry from a researcher recovers a little remembered yet influential life, a songbook recalls a voice. For this exhibition, Burns Library staff have selected a sampling of such stories from the library’s extensive collections of books, manuscripts, and artifacts documenting Irish literature and culture and the Irish American experience. 

Sponsored by the Boston College University Libraries

Roman in the Provinces: Art on the Periphery of Empire

Reoccurring | February 14 - May 31, 2015
Devlin Hall, McMullen Museum 
Hours: McMullen Museum Hours

The Roman Empire conjures images of sculpted marble emperors, elaborately engineered aqueducts, and conquering soldiers. Yet one reason for the empire’s success and longevity was its ability to accommodate different peoples, languages, and religions. This exhibition explores the lives and experiences of people living in the provinces through evidence gleaned from their material culture.

Focusing on the eastern Mediterranean between the 2nd and 6th century CE, a region already rich in ancient civilizations, the exhibition reveals how earlier cultural interaction intensified during the empire through access to trade networks and new technologies. On view is a vast array of paintings, mosaics, textiles, inscriptions, sculpture, glass, coins, and pottery, primarily from the Yale University Art Gallery, supplemented with loans from museums and private collections. Highlights include a newly restored floor mosaic and wall painting from Yale’s excavations at Gerasa and Dura-Europos. Together these objects tell stories of both public and private identities revealing the different ways people in the provinces reacted to being Roman.

Organized by the Yale University Art Gallery and the McMullen Museum of Art, Roman in the Provinces has been curated by Lisa R. Brody and Gail L. Hoffman. The exhibition has been underwritten by Sharon and Richard A. Hurowitz, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Yale University Art Gallery Exhibition and Publication Fund, Boston College, the Patrons of the McMullen Museum, and Leslie and Peter Ciampi.

Museum Hours: M-F, 11:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.; Sa-Su, 12:00 5:00 p.m.

Closed: April 3, April 5, April 20, and May 25.

Docent tours available on Sundays at 2:00 p.m. starting February 22, 2015.

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