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Announcing our 2019/2020 Visiting Scholar


The Religious Lives of Latino Immigrants: Geographies and Shifting Landscapes in the New South

Erick Berrelleza is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at Boston University. While at the Boisi Center, Erick will be writing on his dissertation research, which is an ethnographic project attempting to explore the lived religious experiences of immigrants from Latin America in the United States. Drawing on in-depth interviews, observation and participation in the field, Berrelleza's project will examine how beliefs are expressed in everyday embodied practices and how those practices shape and are shaped by the experience of migration and the physical places in which they take place. To learn more, visit our visiting scholar page.

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In October, Boston College’s independent student newspaper The Heights reported on a “die-in” protest held on campus. The protest, which occurred two days before the anniversary of the “Silence is Still Violence” march which drew thousands, was organized by the Black Eagles in order to recognize the issues of race on this campus that are still unresolved. On Thursday, November 15th, 2018, the Boisi Center will host a student town hall for senior undergraduates to reflect on race, class, and community, and to ask the question, “Who Belongs at BC?”

Fall 2018 Events

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Pope Francis: A Man of His Word
A Film by Wim Wenders
Film Screening and Panel Discussion 

Peter Folan, S.J., Boston College
Mary Ann Hinsdale, IHM, Boston College
Theresa O'Keefe, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Higgins Hall 300 • 5 - 7:30pm

RSVP requested. Click here to register.

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Utopia on the Small Screen: How Political-Theological Thought Translates into Digital Community Organizing
Luncheon Colloquium

Christian Henkel, Tübingen University
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Boisi Center • 12 - 1:15 pm

RSVP required. Click here to register

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Prayer in a Violent World
Luncheon Colloquium

Andrew Prevot, Boston College
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Boisi Center • 12 - 1:15pm  

RSVP required. Click here to register. As of 9/10/18, WAIT LIST ONLY.

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Faith and Border Ethics: Immigration and Human Dignity in Trump's America
Panel Discussion

Kristin Heyer, Boston College
Dan Kanstroom, Boston College Law School
Hosffman Ospino, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
Peter Skerry, Boston College 

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
McGuinn Hall 121 • 6 - 7:30pm 

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Superpower Saints: Rome and America, 1939-1963

Kathleen Sprows Cummings, University of Notre Dame
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Gasson Hall 100 • 4pm

Co-sponsored with the Catholic Studies Program

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Gentrification in an Urban Church:
Reproducing Segregation in a Neighborhood Institution

Luncheon Colloquium 

Erick Berrelleza, S.J., Boston University 
Monday, October 15, 2018
Boisi Center • 12 - 1:15pm

RSVP required. Click here to register

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What Does it Mean to be Jewish in the Age of Trump?
Panel Discussion

Susannah Heschel, Dartmouth College
Ruth Langer, Boston College
Mark Silk, Trinity College

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Higgins Hall 310 • 5:30 - 7pm

Co-sponsored with the Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA) at the Boston College Law School 

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How the Debate Over Birth Control Changed Catholic Theology
The Structure of Theological Revolutions by Mark Massa, S.J.
Author Meets Critics Book Panel

Mark Massa, S.J., Boston College (author)
Lisa Sowle Cahill, Boston College
Meghan Clark, St. John's University, Queens, NY
James Keenan, S.J., Boston College

Moderated by Richard Gaillardetz, Boston College

Monday, November 5, 2018
Stokes Hall S195 • 5:30 - 7pm 

Book signing following the panel; BC Bookstore will be on hand to sell books.

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Conversations That Matter: Who Belongs at BC?
The Class of 2019 Discusses Race, Class, and Community at Boston College
Student Town Hall 

Kerry Cronin, Boston College
Barbara Quinn, R.S.C.J.,
Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

Thursday, November 15, 2018
Walsh Hall 131 • 6:30 - 8pm

An Event for Boston College Senior Undergraduate Students Only. RSVP Requested.
Click here to RSVP.


Announcing our Spring 2019 Events

The Boisi Center fosters conversations that seek to clarify the moral consequences of public policies in ways that help to maintain the common good while respecting America's increasing religious diversity. More about the Boisi Center's mission...

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