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2018-19 Graduate Symposium

What does it mean to view work as a calling? Our ninth annual Graduate Symposium on Religion and Politics will gather students from a variety of disciplines to question American visions of vocation and their ties to religious traditions, political involvement and economic life. See more here.

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According to a September 2018 New York Times article, Pope Francis declared in a homily that when confronted with conflict, the best response is “silence and prayer.” This calls into question what a proper Catholic response should be regarding such controversial issues as sex abuse and gun violence. On Tuesday, September 25th, Andrew Prevot will visit the Boisi Center for a lunch colloquium on understanding prayer, suffering, and those working to achieve justice throughout the world.

Fall 2018 Events


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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: Canonization in 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

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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
Location TBD • 6:30 - 8pm

An Event for Boston College Senior Undergraduate Students Only


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