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Research Seminars

Retired Faculty Scholarship Seminars


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 2017-2018 academic year.

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.


Thursday, September 14, 2017 – Noon to 1:30 PM

Rosemarie Bodenheimer (English)

“Paul Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1812-1874), the younger brother of the German composers Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn.”  Based on the manuscript in process of her historical novel.

Thursday, October 12, 2017 – Noon to 1:30 PM

John Paris, S.J. (Theology)

"Reflections on the Charlie Gard Case: How American and British Courts Differ in Resolving Family-Physician Disputes."  Based on a co-authored article appearing in the Journal of Perinatology.

Thursday, November 9, 2017 – Noon to 1:30 PM

Rebecca Valette (Romance Languages)

“Navaho Weavings with Ceremonial Themes.” Based on a new book by Rebecca and Jean-Paul Valette. Research was supported by a BCARF grant.

Thursday, December 7, 2017 – Noon to 1:30 PM

Robert Faulkner (Political Science)

“George Washington and Constitutional Democracy”

Thursday, February 15, 2018 – Noon to 1:30 PM

Michael Clarke (Chemistry)

“A Century of Newton’s Parks and Recreation.” Mike has been an alternate member of the Newton Parks and Recreation Commission since 1994.

Thursday, March 15, 2018 – Noon to 1:30 PM

David Northrup, History, will address some topics from his new book, Seven Myths of Africa in World History (Hackett Publications, 2017)

Thursday, April 12, 2018 – Noon to 1:30 PM

Robert Daly, S.J. (Theology)

“The Phenomenology of Redemption.” Based on a recent article in Theological Studies.

Thursday, May 10, 2018 – Noon to 1:30 PM

John Dacey (Education)

“Social/Emotional Learning among College First-year Students”