Retired Faculty

News & Notes


See your colleagues in person at the BCARF meetings.

The Boston College Association of Retired Faculty is happy to announce that our Program Meetings and Topical Seminar Meetings (see schedule below) will be held at 300 Hammond Pond Parkway in Newton.  This is also the location of the new BCARF office.  The office is the first office on your left as you enter the building.  Faculty are welcome to use the resources there.  This room is also the site of the monthly Book Club meetings. 

Once again, a light buffet lunch will be served at both the the Program Meetings and the Topical Seminar Meetings. Lunch begins at 11:30 AM, followed by the meeting at noon.  We all look forward to once again seeing our colleagues in person. 

Congratulations to our newly elected officers who will be joining the Executive Board for the next two years : Bob Taggert as Vice-President, Elizabeth Sparks as Treasurer, and Jennie Purnell as Member-at-Large.

CATCH UP WITH YOUR COLLEAGUES.  The latest BCARF Newsletter covering events, meetings, and what your colleagues have been up to in 2022 is now available.  You can read it by clicking on the link provided here, or selecting the image in the Newsletter Section below.  Many thanks to Paul Spagnoli for another outstanding job putting together a great issue.  You are sure to enjoy it. 


The 2022 Retired Faculty Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Meeting Locations

BCARF meetings are held at 300 Hammond Pond Parkway in Newton, in Room 100. Book Club meetings are in the BCARF Office located on the first floor, which is also available for use by retired faculty. A light complimentary lunch is served at Program and Topical Seminar meetings

Book Club meeting



Book Club Meeting

November 17th at 10:30 AM

"How the Word is Passed"


Clint Smith



Book Club meeting


Topical Seminar

December 8th

Lunch at 11:30, Seminar at noon

"The Use of Art and Poetry to Resolve Conflict in a Neonatal ICU"


John Paris S.J.


Book Club meeting



Book Club Meeting

December 15th at 10:30 AM

"Small Things Like These"


Claire Keegan


Book Club meeting


Book Club Meeting

January (TBA) at 10:30 AM

"The Sympathizer"


Viet Thanh Nguyen




Richard Jackson


Program meeting

January 19th

Lunch at 11:30, Program at noon

"Universal Designs in Architecture That Effect Us Every Day"



by Richard Jackson

Associate Professor, Lynch School of Education


James Bernauer


Topical Seminar

February 9th

Lunch at 11:30, Seminar at noon


"An Auschwitz Absolution? The Commandant of Auschwitz and the Dilemma of the Jesuit Priest Who Heard His Confession"

by James Bernauer S.J.

Kraft Family Professor of Philosophy


Marina Bers


Program Meeting

February 16th

Lunch at 11:30, Program at noon

"Beyond Coding: Computational Playgrounds in Early Childhood"


by Marina Bers

Augustus Long Professor of Education


Jennie Purnell


Topical Seminar

March 9th

Lunch at 11:30, Seminar at noon

"Race and Racism in Latin America"


by Jennie Purnell

Associate Professor of Political Science


Jim Cronin


Topical Seminar

April 13th

Lunch at 11:30, Seminar at noon

"Fragile Victory: The Making and Unmaking of Liberal Order"


by Jim Cronin

Professor, History Department


Program and Seminar Photo Galleries








The Association for Retired Faculty has offices at 300 Hammond Pond Parkway in Newton.

Retired faculty are welcome to use the resources there.  They include two iMacs, two PCs, a printer/scanner/copier, a coffemaker, and a microwave.

The office is located immediately on your left after you enter the main entrance.

Entrance is gained to the room via a keypad.  To find out the keypad code, please contact one of the members of the Executive Committee (see the "Contact" section on this website).


The following pictures were taken by Marjorie Sardella. Marjorie also took hundreds of photos at BCARF events throughout the year.