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2013-2014 News

archived Center news items

Spring 2014

David Hollenbach, S.J.

Center Director David Hollenbach, S.J., was elected Vice-President of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA) at its annual convention held in San Diego, June 5-8, 2014. He will become President-Elect next year and then President in the year that follows. The CTSA is the professional association of theologians working in the Catholic  tradition in North America. At this year's convention Hollenbach presented a paper on "State Sovereignty and the Human Rights of Migrants and Refugees in Catholic Perspective."

Image of title screen for videoCentral American refugees flee violence

Please access this video here produced by the Jesuit Refugee Service on the unaccompanied children arriving to the US from Central America exploring root causes of their migration and the US' responsibility to provide refuge.


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Center partner organization Jesuit Refugee Service, working for the millions of displaced people in Syria and for their human rights, issues a statement exhorting support for Syrian refugees and for a peaceful resolution to the conflict. Access the JRS's statement »


Center Director David Hollenbach speaks on a panel entitled “Catholicism and the Challenge of Liberty”, produced by the Catholic News Service. Access the video here »


Center Director David Hollenbach was interviewed by Creighton University’s Center for Catholic Thought on “Pacem in Terris at 50: Catholics and Human Rights.” Access the interview »


Read Center Interim Director Dan Kanstroom’s recent talk at a Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition luncheon. MIRA Keynote Talk accessible here.»


The Center is looking for two BC undergrads for summer interns in 2014. Application deadline March 12. Internship details here. »


Applications for summer research grants for BC undergraduate and graduate students now being accepted through March 19. Research grant details here. »


Center Interim Director Daniel Kanstroom co-author and co-editor of new book Constructing Immigrant "Illegality:" Critiques, Experiences and Responses. All profits to go to the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. Learn more about Constructing Immigrant "Illegality".

Center Associate Director, and Interim Director for the 2013-14 academic year, Dan Kanstroom authored an article in the Boston Bar Journal entitled “Predicting the Complex Future of Retroactivity in Massachusetts: Commonwealth v. Sylvain.” Access Dan's article in the Boston Bar Journal here.»


Fall 2013

The Center's winter newsletter is now available online. Access the Winter 2013-14 Newsletter here »


Associate Director Brinton Lykes interviewed on BBC Radio concerning American Psychological Association’s refusal to censure Dr. John Leso for his role in a Guantánamo Bay torture case. Listen to Prof. Lykes' BBC interview. Access the background story here. 


Professor Maryanne Loughry

Center Research Professor Maryanne Loughry and Center Director David Hollenbach, SJ comment on Pope Francis’s Evangelii Gaudium at a conference held at Georgetown University on March 28, 2014. Access the post on the Huffington Post website here. »




David Hollenbach, S.J.

Center Director David Hollenbach SJ delivers comments on “Humanitarian Intervention: Moral Criteria and Human Consequences” in a panel sponsored by the Berkley Center for Peace, Religion and World Affairs and by the Institute for Women, Peace and Security at Georgetown University on March 19, 2014. Access the panel here. »


Jessica Franco

Center-affiliated student Jessica Franco, A&S '15, awarded 22nd annual Oscar A. Romero Scholarship. More on Jessica and the award here »




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Center partner organization the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has been awarded the Pax Christi International Peace Award for 2014 for its work in Syria. Center Research Professor Maryanne Loughry helped lead a training for JRS staff in Lebanon working with Syrian refugees in February. More on the Pax Christi International Peace Award here. »

John Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry cites Center Director David Hollenbach, SJ's writings on human dignity in ensuring basic rights to clean water, democratic processes and freedom of religion in his remarks at BC's 2014 commencement.  Access the full text of Secretary Kerry's remarks here.»

Also, on May 17, 2014, Prof. Hollenbach received the the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa from St. Joseph’s University, where he received his B.S. degree in 1964.  The citation of the degree called him “a remarkable visionary, educator and alumnus.”  Access the full citation here.»


Major conference on Draft Convention on the Rights of Forcibly Expelled Persons held at BC's Connors Center May 1-3. Information on the conference found here »