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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Spring 2017 Events

Krista Tippet

On Having Civil Conversations

student conversations

Krista Tippett, author and broadcaster

Wednesday, January 24, 2017
24 Quincy Road • 5:00 pm


"An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story" 

Film screening and panel discussion

Featuring filmmaker Martin Doblmeier and scholars Lisa Sowle Cahill, Andrew Finstuen, Mark Massa, S.J., Jeremy Sabella and Erik Owens

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Simboli 100 (Brighton Campus) • 5:30 pm

Co-sponsored with the Theology Department and the History Department

Syrian Church Service

The Contemporary Crisis for Christianity in the Middle East

Kristian Girling, Heythrop College, Visiting Scholar at the School of Theology and Ministry

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Gasson 100 • 5:00 pm

Co-sponsored with the Department of Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literatures

Melissa Rogers

Religious Freedom and the Common Good

Melissa Rogers, Brookings Institution
Special Assistant to President Obama and Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (2013-2017)

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Higgins Hall 300 • 6:00 pm

Arissa Oh

Save the Children: Religion, Politics, and International Adoptions in America

Arissa Oh, Boston College


Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Boisi Center • 12:00 pm

Student Town Hall

What Now? Having Difficult Conversations in Our Community

Town Hall Forum and Small-Group Discussions

Featuring students Catherine Cole, Sara Elzeini, and Maura Lester McSweeney

Thursday, March 16, 2017
Lyons Hall 202 • 7:30 pm


"Silence," a Film by Martin Scorsese

Film screening and panel discussion

Friday, March 24 • Higgins 300
Film screening: 3:00 - 5:45pm
Panel discussion: 6:00 - 7:30pm

Hitomi Omata Rappo, Boston College
Robert A. Maryks, Boston College
Richard Blake, S.J., Boston College

Co-sponsored with the Center for Ignatian Spirituality, the Institute for the Liberal Arts, and the Church in the 21st Century Center

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Toward a Culture of University Ethics


A conference raising a range of ethical issues that arise at institutions of higher education.

Taylor Branch, Author and historian
Jim Keenan, Boston College
Margaret McKenna, Suffolk University
Ruth Simmons, Brown University
and many others...

April 5-7, 2017

Visit the conference website directly for more information

Co-sponsored with the Jesuit Institute, the Institute for the Liberal Arts, and the Lowell Humanities Series


Prophecy without Contempt:
A Conversation about Religion, Identity, a
nd Exclusion in Our New Political Era

Panel Discussion 

M. Cathleen Kaveny, Boston College
Rowan Williams, University of Cambridge
Charles Taylor, McGill University
Jonathan Lear, The University of Chicago

Friday, April 7, 2017
McMullen Museum of Art, 2101 Commonwealth Avenue • 1:30 pm

Sponsored by the Clough Center for Constitutional Democracy

DC March

The Ethics of Citizenship in the Trump Era

Erik Owens, Boston College

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Boisi Center • 12:00 pm

Book Cover

Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty

Book Discussion

Kate Hennessy, Author

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Gasson 100 * 5:30 pm

Co-sponsored by the Department of Continuing Education (STM), the Theology Department, the Volunteer and Service Learning Center, PULSE, the Catholic Studies Program, and the Church in the 21st Century Center