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Research Seminars

Retired Faculty Scholarship Seminars

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These lunch meetings enable faculty to share their ongoing research, get feedback and encouragement, and be supported in their scholarly lives.  These might be opportunities to discuss the larger dimensions of one’s scholarship, its development over the years, its importance for the academic and larger worlds, its challenges for an independent scholar.

Eight seminars are scheduled for the 2018-2019 academic year.

BCARF expects to move to new quarters at 300 Hammond Pond Parkway for the fall of 2018, but the precise date of the move is not yet clear.  Watch this space (and your email) for updates, but the following information on locations is still accurate as of August 1.

The Research Seminar meets Noon to 1:30 PM in St. Clement's Hall, 201 Foster St., Room S415 (Conference Room), on the Brighton Campus.

Complimentary light lunch will be available from 11:40 AM and the seminar will begin at noon and conclude by 1:30.

Note on parking for seminars in St. Clement’s Hall:

There is parking for half a dozen cars without BC stickers, and with a ninety-minute limit, in the semicircular driveway in front of the north wing of St. Clement’s.   For cars with BC stickers, there is parking available in the two lots north of St. Clement’s off Foster St. 

If you do not have a BC sticker, you may park in either of those locations, but to avoid parking tickets it is best to leave a note on your windshield indicating that you are retired BC faculty, attending a BCARF function or using the BC Association of Retired Faculty office, St. Clement’s 425S.

Unless you have an A or M sticker, do not park in the lot directly in front of the south wing of St. Clement’s.  The parking restriction in this lot is rigorously enforced.

SCHEDULE FOR 2018-19:

Thursday, September 13, 2018 – Noon to 1:30 PM

Dennis Sardella (Chemistry)

“From Catacombs to Cathedrals: the Historical Development of Places of Worship.”


Thursday, October 11, 2018 – Noon to 1:30 PM

Dennis Taylor (English)

"Shakespeare, Sex, and Religion: a Short History of Idolatry."


Thursday, November 8, 2018 – Noon to 1:30 PM

Clare O’Connor (Biology)

“The Genome Revolution: How DNA Sequencing Is Changing Our View of the Biological World.”    


Thursday, December 6, 2018 – Noon to 1:30 PM

Dwayne Carpenter (Romance Languages)

“Insulting God and Smearing Your Neighbor: Blasphemy and Speech Codes in Medieval Spain”


Thursday, February 14, 2019 – Noon to 1:30 PM

To be announced.


Thursday, March 14, 2019 – Noon to 1:30 PM

To be announced.


Thursday, April 11, 2019 – Noon to 1:30 PM

To be announced.


Thursday, May 9, 2019 – Noon to 1:30 PM

To be announced.