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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

Thanksgiving Holiday

Wednesday, November 25 - Friday, November 27, 2015

Working for a Better World: The Story of Catholic Relief Stories and Carolyn Woo

Monday, November 30, 2015 | 6:00 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100

Presenter: Dr. Carolyn Woo, President, Catholic Relief Services

Sponsored by The Church in the 21st Century and University Mission and Ministry

"What Are My Hopes for COP21* and Beyond?" A Senior Faculty Conversation About Global Climate Change

Monday, November 30, 2015 | 4:30 p.m.
Higgins Hall, Room 300

COP21 is the much awaited International Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris on November 30-December 11, 2015

Thomas Chiles, DeLuca Chair in Biology
Catherine Cornille, Newton College Alumnae Chair in Theology
Mary T. Crane, Thomas F. Rattigan Chair in English
Joseph Quinn, James P. McIntyre Chair in Economics
Jeremy Shakun, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Judy Vessey, Carroll Chair in Nursing

Moderated by Tiziana Dearing, Graduate School of Social Work

Organized by the Our Common Home Working Group, Sponsored by The Jesuit Institute

Storytelling for Healing

Thursday, December 3, 2015 | 5:30 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100

Presenter: William Casey, Director of Restorative Justice Program for the Northern Virginia Mediation Service

Sponsored by The Church in the 21st Century and Voice of the Faithful

Debra Humphreys: A 21st-Century Liberal Education of Purpose, Meaning, and Well-Being

Thursday, December 3, 2015 | 3:00 p.m.
Corcoran Commons, The Heights Room 

The Vice President for Policy and Public Engagement at the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U), Debra Humphreys leads the AAC&U’s national and state-level advocacy efforts on behalf of student success, career readiness, and quality learning. She will discuss research on the importance of a 21st-century liberal education for individuals and for a nation that increasingly depends on wide-ranging knowledge, skills, and experience.

Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and the Career Center.

Drawing Marathon

Thursday, December 3, 2015 | 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Devlin Hall, 4th Floor

Join the Boston College Art Club for the annual drawing marathon!

Sponsored by the Boston College Art Club

Annual Christmas Concert

Friday, December 4, 2015 | 8:00 p.m.
Trinity Chapel, Newton Campus

University Chorale of Boston College and Boston College Symphony Orchestra
John Finney, conductor

Admission: $10, available at Robsham Box Office
T: 617-552-4002

Annual Christmas Concert

Saturday, December 5, 2015 | 8:00 p.m.
Trinity Chapel, Newton Campus

University Chorale of Boston College and Boston College Symphony Orchestra
John Finney, conductor

Admission: $10, available at Robsham Box Office
T: 617-552-4002

Annual Christmas Concert

Sunday, December 6, 2015 | 2:00 p.m.
Trinity Chapel, Newton Campus

University Chorale of Boston College and Boston College Symphony Orchestra
John Finney, conductor

Admission: $10, available at Robsham Box Office
T: 617-552-4002

A Festival of Lessons and Carols

Sunday, December 6, 2015 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Simboli Hall, 9 Lake Street, Chapel

COST: $10 per person

Join us at the beginning of Advent for a unique and joyous festival of music and scripture called Lessons and Carols, a service of Christian worship that celebrates the coming of Jesus as Redeemer. This story of Jesus is told in six short Bible readings and is interspersed with the singing of traditional Christmas carols, hymns, and choir music. 

The 45-minute-long service will be followed by holiday refreshments.

Voices of Imani Christmas Concert

Sunday, December 6, 2015 | 6:00 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100

COST: Donations are appreciated

Celebrate the Christmas season with the Voices during their annual Christmas concert!

The Miras Project

Sunday, December 6, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.
Stokes Hall, South, Room S195

Boston College Middle Eastern Ensemble 
Kinan Idnawi, director

Sponsored by the Music Department 

Policing in Difficult Times, with Boston Police Commissioner William Evans

Monday, December 7, 2015 | 6:00 p.m.
Cadigan Alumni Center
Register here
The cost to attend is $20 per person, and $10 for GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade)

Join us for an engaging discussion featuring one of the nation’s most respected police commissioners, William B. Evans P'15,  as he addresses the challenges facing his department in today’s difficult times.

For questions or more information, please call 617-552-4700.

The event is sponsored by the Boston College Law Enforcement Alumni Network.

Music at St. Mary’s Christmas Concert

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 | 4:00 p.m.
Saint Mary's Hall, Chapel

Members of the University Chorale of Boston College
John Finney, conductor

Sponsored by the Music Department 

Gaelic Roots Christmas Concert

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Cadigan Alumni Center

Join us in warming the chilly December night with tunes and carols! Usher in the Christmas season with flute, guitar, and song duo Matt and Shannon Heaton, fiddle player Hanneke Cassel, and guitarist and vocalist Keith Murphy.

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

Christmas Concert

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

The University Wind Ensemble and the BC Symphonic Band present their annual Christmas concert!

Sponsored by the Boston College Bands

Professor Monica McWilliams presents the 2015 Flatley Family Lecture: "Women and the Peace Process in Northern Ireland"

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 | 5:00 p.m.
Devlin Hall, Room 101
This event is free and open to the public.
Please Register for this event.

Monica McWilliams is Professor of Women’s Studies and Research Fellow in the Transitional Justice Institute at Ulster University. She co-founded the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition political party in 1996 and was elected to the multi-party peace talks leading to the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement. 

Professor McWilliams is the author of a range of publications on domestic violence and women’s role in conflict resolution. For her work on the peace process, she was a joint recipient of the John F. Kennedy Library Profile in Courage Award.

Sponsored by Irish Studies

Prayer and Imagination: Music

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
St. Ignatius Church, Upper Church

"Music…can unveil a dimension of meaning and feeling, a communication of ideas and intuitions which words alone cannot yield” (Music in Catholic Worship). 

What we do with our voices and in music creates a setting for prayer and worship. We express meaning more deeply in song. St. Ignatius invites us to encounter God with our imagination. Music, the song we create to praise God, amplifies our prayer and shapes the imaginative space where we share in God’s love for us.

Sponsored by the Center for Ignatian Spirituality and the Jesuit Collaborative

Fall 2015 Study Days

Thursday, December 10 - December 11, 2015

Study days — No classes for undergraduate day students only.

Winter Wonderland 2015

Saturday, December 12, 2015 | 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cadigan Alumni Center

Please join the Alumni Association at Winter Wonderland for a special Christmas event for alumni, family, and friends.

Festivities will include photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, crafts, entertainer Johnny the K, a live petting zoo, horse-drawn carriage rides, and more!

Attendees are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys for boys or girls (ages 6 to 14), which will be donated to the Italian Home for Children.

COST: $15 for Adults, $5 for Children 12 years and under, and Free for Children under 3 years of age. 

Term Examinations

Saturday, December 12 - Saturday, December 19, 2015

Spring 2016 Classes Begin

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Ongoing Events

A World on the Move: Who Are We and Where Are We Going?

Reoccuring | November 16 - November 27, 2015 
O'Neill Library, Level One Gallery
Hours: Library Hours

An exhibition sponsored by the Office of International Students & Scholars and the Boston College Libraries of international photographs submitted from members across the Boston College community.  The theme this year is A World on the Move: Who Are We and Where Are We Going? and the selected photographs best fit this concept.  This is part of International Education Week--a nationwide initiative with the goal of fostering international education. 

Please see Boston College’s International Education Week website: for more events.

Sponsored by The Office of International Students and Scholars and The Boston College Libraries.

The Pilgrim

Reoccuring | November 2 - December 4, 2015 
Carney Hall, Room 203

Boston College Visiting Assistant Professor Sammy Chong’s latest work depicts the journey of a modern man in search of his authentic self. Chong appropriates Rubens’s etchings of the life of Saint Ignatius of Loyola to create a parallel narrative that follows one’s path from self-centeredness to a man for others.

Call 617-552-4935 for gallery hours

Sponsored by the Boston College Arts Council.

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 

Sub Turri Senior Portraits

Reoccuring | October - December, 2015 
McElroy Commons, Room 103

Class of 2016 - it is free to get your portrait taken and included in the yearbook! 

Students must have an appointment. Directions on how to sign up can be found at

Portraits are taken in the yearbook office, McElroy 103. Please arrive 10 minutes early. Females should dress in business casual wear and males should wear a shirt/tie/jacket. There will be a standard cap and gown for grad shots.

LifeTouch will be on campus on the following dates:
October 5-9, 13-16, 19-23, 26-30
November 2-6, 9-13, 16-20, 30
December 1-4, 7-11, 14-18

Contact with any questions. 

A Fragile World Belonging to All: Explication, Exhortation, and Expressions of Hope about Climate Change in Pope Francis's Laudato Si'

Reoccuring | September 28 - December 18, 2015
Theology and Ministry Library, Atrium Gallery, Brighton Campus
Hours: Library Hours

Drawing together the words of Pope Francis’s encyclical letter Laudato Si’ with a selection of corresponding images, this exhibit is an invitation to actively reflect on the concerns, challenges, hopes—and call to action—for the care of our common home so powerfully expressed in the encyclical.

Cosponsored by the Boston College University Libraries and the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry


Reoccuring | September 17 - December 31, 2015 
Stokes Hall, 3rd Floor South

In the spring of 2015,Professor Seth Meehan's 14 undergraduate students of the History Department's course "Making History Public: Boston College" revisited their institution’s history, soon after the 150th anniversary of its founding. A result of their research is this exhibit, which, inspired by their predecessors in 1913, uses the page design of an early yearbook.


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.

You can view the archive listing here.

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

The Nature of Culture: an exhibition of prints by Andrew Tavarelli

Reoccuring | September - December, 2015
O'Neill Library, Level Three Gallery
Hours: Library Hours

Peripatetic by nature, I have linked my work as an artist to my travels.  Travel, as a source of visual imagery and inspiration has long been a part of both the European and American painting traditions.  For me, Japan, Southeast Asia, and Indonesia occupy a special place in my heart and in my mind’s eye.  The natural and cultural landscapes of these places are formidable sources for my work.

The works in this exhibition investigate the relation between nature and culture.  I am fascinated by the ways in which different cultures present idealized versions of the natural and social worlds.  This recent series of prints reference images from Art Deco, Japanese ukiyo-e prints and medieval heraldry. These approaches use bold, flat design, crisp, fluid drawing and strong color, and produce powerful images concerned with idealized beauty and are saturated with social politics.

I reference these works to explore the complex relationship between nature and culture, the meeting of Eastern and Western ideals and above all my own ideas of visual power and beauty.

I have been involved with digital printmaking for the last decade.  These prints stand on their own as completed works.  They often precede my paintings and indeed serve as a sketchbook for the larger works.

Andrew Tavarelli, professor in the Fine Arts Department

Sponsored by The Fine Arts Department and The Boston College Libraries

Christmas Reflections

Reoccuring | December 18 - December 20, 2015 
Robsham Theater Arts Center

Friday, December 18th at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 19th at 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 20th at 7:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices*
     $20, available at Robsham Box Office
     *Additional fees apply

A celebration of the Christmas season in story, music, and dance with choreography by Robert VerEecke, S.J., Jesuit artist-in-residence, and Helen O’Dwyer, alumna and director of the O’Dwyer School of Irish Dancing.

Nathaniel Hawthorne and Frederick Douglass: Texts and Contexts

Reoccuring | October 15, 2015 - January 24, 2016 
Burns Library, Chestnut Hill Campus
Hours: Library Hours

Although they are rarely considered in relation to each other, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Blithedale Romance (1852) and Frederick Douglass’ “The Heroic Slave” (1853) were released about six months apart by publishers located on the same block in downtown Boston. Beyond this, both works were richly interwoven into the fabric of American social, economic, political, literary and cultural life. This exhibition, which began in a Spring 2015 Advanced Topic English Seminar, uses rare books, first editions, and periodicals from the Burns Library’s Boston Collection to explore several of these contexts.

Sponsored by the Boston College Libraries