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Spring 2015 Events

Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

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Simone's Svengalis: A Petainist, a Missionary, and the Making of Simone Weil

Benjamin Braude, Boston College
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Boisi Center • 12:00-1:15PM

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"I Heard the Gospel Preached in the Church of the Outcasts": Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Transformative Encounters with the American Prophetic Tradition, 1930-1931

14th Annual Prophetic Voices Lecture

This event has been postponed until October 8, 2015, due to the inclement weather.

Charles Marsh, University of Virginia
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Devlin 008 • 5:30-7:00PM

The Boisi Center will live-tweet the event. Join the conversation at #PropheticVoices.  


Politicization of Religion or Sacralization of Politics: Two Faces of Political Islam

Ali Banuazizi, Boston College
Wednesday, February 18, 2015  *PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE*
Boisi Center • 12:00-1:15PM

*There is currently a waitlist for this event.*

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Being a Priest in the Public Square: The Experience from Down Under

Frank Brennan, S.J., Australian Catholic University
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Boisi Center • 12:00-1:15PM

RSVP Required (

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Equal Rights for All: A "New Paradigm" for Israeli Jewish-Palestinian Peace and Reconciliation

Antony Lerman, Author, The Making and the Unmaking of a Zionist: A Personal and Political Journey
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Boisi Center • 5:30-7:00PM

Dinner will be served.

In conjunction with the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Seminar

Co-sponsored by the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

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Religion, Politics and Nationalism in Contemporary Turkey

Jenny White, Boston University
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Boisi Center • 12:00-1:15PM

RSVP Required (

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Race, Religion, and Social Change: A Campus Conversation

M. Shawn Copeland, Boston College
Walter Fluker, Boston University
Nichole Flores, St. Anselm College
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Devlin 008 • 5:00-6:30PM

The Boisi Center will live-tweet this event. Join the conversation at #BCTalksRace.

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Religious Pluralism in the Middle East: A Challenge to the International Community

His Excellency Amine Gemayel, president of Lebanon, 1982–1988
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
McGuinn 121 • 7:00PM

Co-sponsored with the Departments of Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literature, Political Science, and Theology.

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Why Libertarianism Isn't Liberal 

School of Theology and Ministry's Dean's Colloquium

This day-long conference addresses the political, theological and legal issues raised by libertarianism from a Catholic context.

Monday, April 6, 2015
Gasson Hall 100 • 9:30AM - 4:30PM

Free of Charge; includes lunch

Register for Event

Sponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry

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Religion and the Roots of Climate Change Denial

Katharine Hayhoe, Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University
Stephen Pope, Boston College
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
McGuinn Hall 121 • 5:30-7:00PM

Co-sponsored with the Environmental Studies Program, The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and the Institute for the Liberal Arts

The Boisi Center will live-tweet this event. Join the conversation at #ClimateDenial.

A live broadcast of this event can be watched at for those who can not attend in person.


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Religion and Global Affairs: The View from the State Department

Shaun Casey, Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs, U.S. State Department

Thursday, April 9, 2015
Fulton Hall 511 • 5:30-7:00PM

Co-sponsored with the Center for Human Rights and International Justice

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How Dante Can Save your Life

Rod Dreher, The American Conservative
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Fulton Hall 511 • 5:30-7:00PM

Co-Sponsored with The Church in the 21st Century Center


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