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On Dec. 5, Center Associate Director M. Brinton Lykes, and Alice McIntyre (in foreground), Professor of Elementary Education at Hellenic College, wrapped up the fall semester presenting on "Critically Engaging White Privilege Towards Institutional Change". It was the third installment of "Conversations on 'Race' and Racism" the Center sponsored this fall. 

News & Announcements


Center Director David Hollenbach SJ was a member of a task force that wrote a recent Jesuit document dealing with global economic justice, inclusion, and sustainability.  It explores how economics can better respond to the needs of the poor and the environment. 

The Jesuit document is being distribued globally and is available here.


A US judge has approved an extradition request that will allow former Salvadoran colonel Inocente Montano to be extradited to Spain to face charges of "terrorist murder" for his role in ordering the killings on the campus of the University of Central America in El Salvador in 1989.  The murders took the lives of six Jesuits and their two companions who were working for peace and justice in the country. 

Read more on the Montano extradition here.

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The Center has released its Winter 2015-16 newsletter! Read up on the past semester's research, events and happenings.

Read the Winter 2015-16 newsletter here.


The Center is looking for two BC undergrads for summer 2016 interns!  Application deadline is February 29.

See more details and how to apply here.

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The Center is once again offering summer research grants to BC undergraduate and graduate students.  Application date March 8.

See more details and how to apply here.

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The Center's Migration and Human Rights Project has launched a new report, "Migrant Families and Language: '...The person who speaks two languages has double the value'" in English and Spanish, with an accompanying infographic.

View, and read more about, the new MHRP reports and infographic here

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Center Director David Hollenbach, S.J. will deliver a major lecture in Washington, DC on January 26 entitled "Humanity in Crisis: Ethical Responsibilities to People Displaced by War."  The lecture will be delivered as part of Hollenbach's position as the Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History at the Library of Congress' John W. Kluge Center. 

Read more about Hollenbach's upcoming Maguire Lecture in the press release here.

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Center Director David Hollenbach, S.J. ​delivered a lecture on the rights of refugees and responsibilities towards them upon receiving the Civitas Dei award at Villanova University on Nov. 18, 2015.  An article adapted from the presentation is currently featured as the cover story in America magazine.

Hollenbach's America article may be read here.

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Center Director David Hollenbach, S.J. ​delivered the Advent Sacred Lecture at Georgetown U. on Dec. 8, 2015. The lecture helped launch the Jesuit Refugee Service's "Mercy in Motion" project, which aims to bring education to 100,000 additional refugee children.

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Center Associate Director Brinton Lykes has been named Co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Transitional Justice, with Boston College now becoming the institutional home for the journal.

For more on Lykes' appointment, read the press release here.


The Center announces the opening of applications for 2016 summer research grants, for BC graduate and undergraduate students!  Application deadline March 8, 2016.  More details and application materials for summer research grants here.

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Center Associate Director Brinton Lykes spoke at a conference at the University of Alberto Hurtado in Chile, "Interventions in Catastrophes: Technical Aspects and Ethical Reflections" (in Spanish)

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Center Director David Hollenbach, S.J. was honored with the Civitas Dei award at Villanova University on Wednesday in recognition of exemplary contributions to the Catholic intellectual tradition. Read the press release announcing Fr. Hollenbach's honor.


The Center is proud to have supported BC Fine Arts Prof. Khalid Kodi's project this past year with refugees in South Sudan and Uganda. His report on the project, "Peace-making through Art Workshops, Talks, Murals, and Shows in South Sudan and Uganda" is available here.

Daniel Kanstroom

Center Associate Director Daniel Kanstroom recently co-authored an article with former PDHRP supervising attorney Jessica Chicco, titled "The Forgotten Deported: A Declaration on the Rights of Expelled and Deported Persons" featured in the NYU Journal of International Law and Politics.

Read Kanstroom and Chicco's article here »

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The work of Center Director David Hollenbach SJ highlighting the refugee stories present in the world's three great monotheistic religions is cited in a Boston Globe article surveying important books on refugees.

Read the Globe article citing Hollenbach here

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Center Director David Hollenbach SJ presented at the conference "Religious Liberty at Fifty Years from Vatican II", sponsored by the Institute for Catholicism and Citizenship at University of St. Thomas, Minnesota, on Nov. 5


Center Research Professor Maryanne Loughry RSM, and Center Director David Hollenbach SJ, commented on the refugee, or "conflict crisis" currently facing the Middle East, Europe and elsewhere, in the BC Chronicle.  

Read the article in the BC Chronicle here.


The Migration and Human Rights Project's 2014-2015 annual report is now available online in English and Spanish.

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The Center has a page dedicated to the Syrian refugee crisis to understand more about it and to learn what you can do to help.  

See the page dedicated to the Syrian refugee crisis here.

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The course description for the Spring 2016 Seminar in Human Rights and International Justice, to be taught by Center Director David Hollenbach SJ, and Michael Delaney, Director of Humanitarian Response at Oxfam International, is now online.  

Read the seminar's course description here.


The CHRIJ's 2014-2015 Annual Report is now available online. Read our 2014-15 Annual Report »


upcoming events


Book Discussion: The Catholic Church and Argentina's Dirty War

Tuesday, February 9
McGuinn 334

With Gustavo Morello SJ, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boston College, and author of The Catholic Church and Argentina's Dirty War.

A light lunch to be served.  RSVP required here.


Here are a few other event-related links of interest:

Past Events | Video of Past Events | Area Events