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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

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.

Aspects of the Distinctiveness of the Society of Jesus

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 | 4:00 p.m.
The Murray Room, Yawkey Center 
Attendance at the event is free and open to the public.

This interdisciplinary conference explores the distinctive way Jesuits and their colleagues have operated (the “quidditas Jesuitica”) from a variety of historical, geographical, social, and cultural perspectives.

Welcome: Casey Beaumier, S.J. (Director, Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, Boston College)
Inauguration: William P. Leahy, S.J. (President, Boston College)
Keynote Address: John W. O’Malley, S.J. (Georgetown University), “Aspects of the Distinctiveness of the Society of Jesus”

Sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College

International Symposium on Jesuit Studies Exploring Jesuit Distinctiveness: Jesuit Latinity

Thursday, June 11, 2015 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
The Murray Room, Yawkey Center 
Attendance at the event is free and open to the public.

This interdisciplinary conference explores the distinctive way Jesuits and their colleagues have operated (the “quidditas Jesuitica”) from a variety of historical, geographical, social, and cultural perspectives.

Panel I: Jesuit Latinity
Claude Pavur, S.J. (Boston College), Panel Chair
Paul Gwynne (American University of Rome), “Francesco Benci and the Origins of Jesuit Neo-Latin Epic”
Claudia Schindler (University of Hamburg), “Exploring the Distinctiveness of Neo-Latin Jesuit Didactic Poetry in Naples: The Case of Nicolò Partenio Giannettasio”
Ralph Keen (University of Chicago), “Augustinus contra Lutheranos: Cardinal Bellarmine’s Use of the Church Fathers”

Sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College

International Symposium on Jesuit Studies Exploring Jesuit Distinctiveness: Jesuit Arts

Thursday, June 11, 2015 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
The Murray Room, Yawkey Center 
Attendance at the event is free and open to the public.

This interdisciplinary conference explores the distinctive way Jesuits and their colleagues have operated (the “quidditas Jesuitica”) from a variety of historical, geographical, social, and cultural perspectives.

Panel II: Jesuit Arts
Antien Knaap (Emmanuel College, Boston), Panel Chair
John Brereton/Cinthia Gannett (Fairfield University), “The Last of the Jesuit Rhetoricians”
Jolanta Rzegocka (Tischner European University, Cracow), “Civic Education on Stage: Civic Values and Virtues in the Jesuit Schools of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth”  
Daniele Filippi (Schola Cantorum Basiliensis–Musik Akademie Basel, Switzerland), “‘Ask the Jesuits to send verses from Rome’: The Society’s Networks and the European Dissemination of Devotional Music”
Steven Mailloux (Loyola Marymount University), “Theorhetoric and Restored Jesuitism”

Sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College

International Symposium on Jesuit Studies Exploring Jesuit Distinctiveness: Jesuit Spirituality and Theology

Thursday, June 11, 2015 | 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The Murray Room, Yawkey Center 
Attendance at the event is free and open to the public.

This interdisciplinary conference explores the distinctive way Jesuits and their colleagues have operated (the “quidditas Jesuitica”) from a variety of historical, geographical, social, and cultural perspectives.

Panel III: Jesuit Spirituality and Theology
Franco Mormando (Boston College), Panel Chair
Andrew Redden (University of Liverpool), “Priestly Violence, Martyrdom and Jesuits: The Case of Diego de Alfaro, S.J. (Paraguay 1639)”
Leonardo Cohen (Ben Gurion University of the Negev/Open University of Israel), “The Jesuit Attitude to Ascetic Modes of Life in India and Ethiopia: Guidelines for the Development of a Research”
Bryan Green (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Santiago, Chile), “Colonial Theodicy and Global Order in José de Acosta’s De procuranda Indorum salute”

Sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College

International Symposium on Jesuit Studies Exploring Jesuit Distinctiveness: Jesuit Missions

Thursday, June 11, 2015 | 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Murray Room, Yawkey Center 
Attendance at the event is free and open to the public.

This interdisciplinary conference explores the distinctive way Jesuits and their colleagues have operated (the “quidditas Jesuitica”) from a variety of historical, geographical, social, and cultural perspectives.

Panel IV: Jesuit Missions
Emanuele Colombo (DePaul University, Chicago), Panel Chair
Tereza Sena (Centre of Sino-Western Cultural Studies, Macao Polytechnic Institute), “In Search of Other Japan―Jesuit Motivations towards Continental Southeast Asia in the Early Seventeenth Century”
Linda Zampol D’Ortia (University of Otago, New Zealand), “Francisco Cabral and the Negotiation of Jesuit Identity in Japan (1570–73)”
Spencer Weinreich (Yale University), “The Distinctiveness of the Society of Jesus’s Mission in Pedro de Ribadeneyra S.J.’s Historia ecclesiástica del schisma del Reyno de Inglaterra”

Sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College

The Culture of the Jesuit Teacher 1548–1773

Thursday, June 11, 2015 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
The Murray Room, Yawkey Center 
Attendance at the event is free and open to the public.

This interdisciplinary conference explores the distinctive way Jesuits and their colleagues have operated (the “quidditas Jesuitica”) from a variety of historical, geographical, social, and cultural perspectives.

Keynote Address: Paul F. Grendler, University of Toronto (emeritus), “The Culture of the Jesuit Teacher 1548–1773”

Sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College

International Symposium on Jesuit Studies Exploring Jesuit Distinctiveness: Jesuit Education

Friday, June 12, 2015 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100
Attendance at the event is free and open to the public.

This interdisciplinary conference explores the distinctive way Jesuits and their colleagues have operated (the “quidditas Jesuitica”) from a variety of historical, geographical, social, and cultural perspectives.

Panel V: Jesuit Education
Pamela Jones (University of Massachusetts, Boston), Panel Chair
Jean Luc Enyegue, S.J. (Boston University), “Jesuit Distinctiveness: The Education of Children and Unlettered Persons”
Maria Giulia Genghini (University of Notre Dame), “A Paris in Ecuador: The Case of the Universidad San Gregorio in Quito (1622–1769)”
Cristiano Casalini (University of Parma/Boston College), “Discerning Skills. Psychological Insight at the Core of Jesuit Identity”

Sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College

International Symposium on Jesuit Studies Exploring Jesuit Distinctiveness: Jesuit Philosophy and Science

Friday, June 12, 2015 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100
Attendance at the event is free and open to the public.

This interdisciplinary conference explores the distinctive way Jesuits and their colleagues have operated (the “quidditas Jesuitica”) from a variety of historical, geographical, social, and cultural perspectives.

Panel VI: Jesuit Philosophy and Science
Seth Meehan (Boston College), Panel Chair
Stephen Schloesser, S.J. (Loyola University Chicago), “Jesuit Hybrids: Accommodating the Modern”
Francisco Malta Romeiras (Universidade de Lisboa), “One Century of Science: the Jesuit Journal Brotéria (1902–2002)”
Jeffrey Burson (Georgia Southern University), “The Distinctive Contours of Jesuit Enlightenment in France”

Sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College

Día de formación y crecimiento para líderes pastorales hispanos de Boston y Nueva Inglaterra (completamente en español)

Sábado 20 de junio del 2015 | 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Corcoran Commons, Heights Room

Este taller está diseñado para ayudar a líderes pastorales laicos que predican y enseñan en grupos de oración, programas catequéticos y otras iniciativas de evangelización a cimentar sus ministerios en la riqueza de la tradición católica mientras adquieren habilidades claves para comunicar el mensaje de manera más efectiva. Sin costo alguno, incluye almuerzo. Cupo limitado. Se recomienda inscribirse con anticipación.

Patrocinado por la Escuela de Teología y Ministerio de Boston College

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

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

*POSTPONED* The Case for Reparations

Date: TBA | Time: TBA
Location: TBA

This event has been postponed until Fall 2015.

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

Ongoing Events

Over There: Boston College and the First World War

Reoccurring | May 1 - May 31, 2015
O’Neill Library, Reading Room
Hours: Library Hours

This exhibit tells the story of the effect of the First World War as it may be gleaned from archival sources available in the University's special collections, housed in the John J. Burns Library. These documents provide a wealth of information on the life (and death) of "B.C. boys," as they came to be known, during the war, as well as the impact the confl ict had on their Alma mater.

Sponsored by The Boston College Libraries and The Bauman Family

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

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

Tenth Annual Finance Conference

Reoccurring | June 3 - June 4, 2015
Boston & Chestnut Hill, MA
Registration Required

The annual Carroll School of Management Finance Conference brings some of the nation’s top financial services companies and professionals together with faculty from the Carroll School's noted finance department. The firms that participate in this partnership show a commitment to keeping a finger on the pulse of the field.

featuring:

Niall Ferguson
One of the world's leading historians of the global economy and
acclaimed author
THE DANIEL E. HOLLAND III KEYNOTE ADDRESS

and

Larry Kudlow
Economist and Senior Contributor
CNBC
THE DOROTHY MARGARET ROSE KNIGHT ECONOMIC LECTURE KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Visit our website for the latest updates.

General Admission: $500
Boston College Alumni/Parent Rate: $250
Academic Professional: $250

FIRST INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON JESUIT STUDIES

Reoccurring | June 10 - June 14, 2015
Boston College 
Attendance at the event is free and open to the public.
Program details and registration information are forthcoming.

This interdisciplinary conference explores the distinctive way Jesuits and their colleagues have operated (the “quidditas Jesuitica”) from a variety of historical, geographical, social, and cultural perspectives.

Scholarship on the Society of Jesus engages an array of disciplines such as art history, theology, literary studies, history of science, international law, military history, performing arts, and archeology. From another perspective, the scholarship intersects with historical periods such as the Renaissance, Reformation, Scientific Revolution, and the Enlightenment, among others. 

The conference will feature the following keynote speakers:

  • Paul Grendler, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, University of Toronto
  • Yasmin Haskell, Cassamarca Foundation Chair in Latin Humanism, Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Western Australia
  • John O’Malley, S.J., University Professor, Department of Theology, Georgetown University

This symposium, which will be held on the Boston College campus, offers a platform for academic exchange to stimulate scholars to cross their fields’ thematic and chronological boundaries. View call for papers.

Please direct any questions or requests for more information to the Institute either by 
e-mail (with “International Symposium” as the subject) or by phone (617-552-2568).