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Spring 2012 Events

Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

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For God and Country: Religion and the U.S. Military

Fr. Richard Erikson, U.S. Air Force
Jonathan Ebel, University of Illinois
Moderated by Erik Owens, Boston College
Thursday, February 9, 2012 • 5:30PM • Devlin 101

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Islam, Sharia, and Democratic Transformation in the Arab World

Abdullahi A. An-Na'im, Emory University
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 • 4:45PM •  Devlin Hall 008
Co-sponsored by the Islamic Civilization and Societies Program and the Center for Human Rights & International Justice.

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Power, History and Meaning:
World Religions and Political Affairs

Christian Polke, University of Hamburg
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Boisi Center • 12:00-1:15PM


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Are Mormons the New Catholics and Jews? Mitt Romney and the State of the Union

Inaugural Dean's Colloquium on Religion and Public Culture
Kristine Haglund
, editor of
Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought

Stephen Prothero, Boston University
Moderated by Alan Wolfe, Boston College
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 • 7:00-8:00PM
Alumni Center, 2121 Commonwealth Avenue
Co-sponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College.

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Religious Exclusivism and Pluralism as a Political Project

The 11th Annual Prophetic Voices Lecture
Miroslav Volf
, Yale Divinity School
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 • 5:30-7:00PM • Devlin 101

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Winning the Child's Will: Shaping the Consenting Citizen for Liberal Society in the United States, 1800-2000

James E. Block, DePaul University
Thursday, March 15, 2012 • 4:00PM • 10 Stone Ave.
Co-sponsored by American Studies, the History Department, the Department of Political Science, and the Institute for the Liberal Arts at Boston College.

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Islam and Democracy: A Closer Look at the Turkish Model

Friday, March 16, 2012 • 8:30AM-5:00PM
Boston College, Gasson Hall 112 & 305
An all-day conference co-sponsored by the Islamic Civilizations and Societies program, the Peace Islands Institute, the Turkish Culural Center, and the Kokkalis Program on Southeastern and East-Central Europe at Harvard Kennedy School.

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Citizenship in the Global City:
Catholic Social Teaching and Community Organizing in East London

Vincent Rougeau, Boston College Law School
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Boisi Center • 12:00-1:15PM


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Religion and the 2012 Presidential Primaries

Jill Lepore, Harvard University, The New Yorker
Rebecca Traister, Salon Magazine
Alan Wolfe, Boston College
Thursday, April 12, 2012 • 4:00PM • Devlin 101

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The Writer and the Public

Boston College Dean's Colloquium
Sam Tanenhaus
, New York Times Book Review
Thursday, April 19 •  3:30PM • Devlin 101
Sponsored by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences


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Islamic Civilization & Societies: Establishing a New Major with a U.S. Department of Education Grant

Kathleen Bailey, Boston College
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Boisi Center • 12:00-1:15PM