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Fall 2017 Events

boisi center events for fall 2017

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What's So Political About 'Political' Islam?

David DiPasquale
, Boston College
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Boisi Center • 12:00 pm

RSVP required. Click here to register.

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The Challenge of Charlottesville: Race, Religion and Public Monuments
Panel Discussion

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
McGuinn 121 • 6:30 pm

Featuring panelists M. Shawn Copeland (Boston College), Pat DeLeeuw (Boston College), Craig A. Ford Jr. (Boston College), Heather Cox Richardson (Boston College), and Martin Summers (Boston College). Moderated by Mark Massa, S.J.

Co-sponsored with the Boston College History Department, the Boston College Theology Department and the African and African Diaspora Studies Program.

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Luther in America

Christine Helmer,
 Northwestern University
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Boisi Center • 12:30 pm *Note time*

RSVP required. Click here to register.  WAIT LIST ONLY

Co-sponsored with the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning.

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Is Civility Dead?

Keith Bybee, Syracuse University 

Thursday, October 5, 2017
Gasson Hall 305 • 4:30 pm

Co-sponsored with the Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Consortium, the Department of Political Science, and The Institute for the Liberal Arts.

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Land O’ Lakes at 50: The State of Catholic Higher Education

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Gasson Hall 100 • 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

RSVP required.

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"RIKERS: An American Jail" A Film by Bill Moyers
Screening and Panel Discussion 

Monday, October 23, 2017
Stokes Hall S195 • 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Featuring panelists Tom Lynes, Marina McCoy (Boston College), Joli Sparkman, and Stephen Pope (Boston College). Moderated by Erik Owens (Boston College).  

RSVP Encouraged.

Co-sponsored with the Department of Theology.

Glenn Carle

U.S. Foreign Policy After ISIS


Glenn Carle, Author; Former Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Transnational Threats, National Intelligence Council
Monday, October 30, 2017
McGuinn 121 • 5:30 pm 

Co-sponsored with the Islamic Civilizations and Societies Program, International Studies Program and the Department of Political Science.

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What’s Wrong with the New Genealogy of Religious Freedom?


David Decosimo, Boston University
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Boisi Center • 12:00 pm  •  RSVP required.

This event is full. Click here to join the wait list.

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Educating for Modern Democracy

November 7-10, 2017

Featuring plenary sessions with Charles Taylor and José Casanova (with Erik Owens moderating), Charles Mathewes, David Campbell, George Yancy, Eduardo Mendieta, Judith Green, and Candace Vogler

Erik Owens will moderate a panel discussion entitled "Modern Democracy, the Present Situation, and Higher Education: A Public Conversation" and featuring Charles Taylor (em. Department of Philosophy, McGill University) and José Casanova (Department of Sociology and the Berklee Center, Georgetown University). The panel will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 7:15 PM

Mark Massa, S.J. will moderate a panel discussion entitled "Civility in Public Discourse" and featuring Cathleen Kaveny (Department of Theology and the Law School, Boston College) and Vincent Rougeau (Dean of the Law School, Boston College). The panel will be held on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 1:00 PM. 

A conference schedule can be found here

Co-sponsored with the the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, The Clough Center, the Departments of Philosophy and Theology and the Lonergan Institute. Organized in collaboration with the World Conference of Catholic University Institutions of Philosophy. 

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Responding to the Global Refugee Crisis at BC and Beyond
Community Conversation

Monday, November 13, 2017
Gasson Commons (Room 112) • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Part of The Refugee Project at BC.  

Share food and drink with the community, listen to the stories of refugees who have resettled in the Boston area, and hear short talks from BC experts Westy Egmont, Kristin Heyer, Maryann Loughry, and Erik Owens. Co-sponsored by the Office of International Programs, and part of International Education Week 2017

Free and open to all, but please RSVP to help us plan.  

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International Summit of Centers on Religion and Public Life

Thursday, November 16, 2017
By invitation only