Conferences & Colloquiums


Mia Hamm, Colloquium

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Join us as we welcome Mia Hamm, Olympic Soccer Gold Medalist and Women's World Cup Winner.

Faith & Reason in Action: Celebrating 52 Years of PULSE and Its Founder, Prof. Patrick Byrne

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"Faith & Reason in Action: Celebrating 52 Years of PULSE and Its Founder, Prof. Patrick Byrne" is a daylong celebration on Saturday, April 30 at Boston College to celebrate PULSE's 52nd anniversary and to honor PULSE founder Prof. Patrick Byrne on the occasion of his retirement.

Rewilding Planet Earth

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The series invites us to take seriously the biodiversity extinction crisis, to think critical about what we mean by nature and the wild, and to participate in the UN decade for ecosystem restoration.

SCENE (Strengthening Capacity for Equity in New England Evaluation Collaborative)

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This initiative explores how applied research and evaluation can center social and environmental equity and justice. We bring together professional evaluators and researchers, faculty, graduate students, and community organizations to go on a collective learning journey.

Guestbook Project: Hosting Earth Conference

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The Hosting Earth Conference explores the question of ecological hospitality by asking what it would mean for us to be guests of the earth as well as hosts.

Accompaniment of Migrants and Refugees

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Realities and Challenges for the Accompaniment of Migrants and Refugees in Latin America and the Caribbean is a seminar series that discusses the findings of a research project sponsored by the Jesuit Network with Migrants in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Claudia Rankine, Scholar in Residence

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Claudia Rankine will be in residency, March 2-3, 2022

Montesquieu’s Persian Letters at 300

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2021 marks the 300th anniversary of the publication of one of the Enlightenment’s most important works, Montesquieu’s Persian Letters. This two-day conference will allow participants to explore the text and its significance.

Flann O'Brien Six

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Boston College is happy to host the VIth International Flann O’Brien Conference. After Vienna, Rome, Prague, Salzburg, and Dublin, this will be the first time Flanneurs will gather outside Europe.

The Rising Global Cancer Pandemic: Health, Ethics, and Social Justice

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Cancer is the first or second cause of death in 134 countries, the leading cause of death in most high-income countries, and the leading cause of death by disease in American children.

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

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In an original dramatization of C.S. Lewis' classic work, the magic and mystery of Aslan, the White Witch, and four children who wander into an old wardrobe takes the stage!

Blacks in Boston Conference

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Blacks in Boston Conference, April 9, 2022

Reimagining the Moral Life

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This two-day conference examines the current state and growing edges of the discipline of Christian ethics through the lens of Professor Lisa Sowle Cahill’s contributions to the field.

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Past Conferences & Colloquiums

Jehu’s Tribute: What Can Biblical Studies Offer Assyriology?

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The fundamental problem this gathering intends to address is what, exactly, does the discipline of biblical studies have to offer Assyriology? Speakers will approach it from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including intellectual history and museology, as well as religious and political history.

Conference: Simone Weil

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Simone Weil on Spirituality, Beauty, and Aliveness, Keynote address April 21; Conference April 22-24.

An Evening with Lulu Wang, Writer and Director of The Farewell

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Join BC alumna Lulu Wang ’05 as she discusses her hit film The Farewell (2019) with Professor Tina Klein. Starring Awkwafina as a struggling writer in New York and based on a “true lie” from Wang’s life.

Building the Fugitive Academy

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In this ongoing moment of global consciousness and uprising about racism, classism, sexism, ableism, and other forms of oppression, collaboratively creating theories and tactics used to dismantle violent institutions and create liberatory worlds is necessary and urgent work.

A Celebration of the Career of Robert Faulkner

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Schedule for Honorable Ambition: A Celebration of the Career of Robert Faulkner With speakers participating in sessions and a roundtable discussion.

Poet Allison Adair Reads from The Clearing

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BC Book Launch: Allison Adair will read from her debut prizewinning poetry collection, The Clearing, which was selected by Henri Cole as the winner of Milkweed's Max Ritvo Poetry Prize.

In Media Res(t): Social Media Now

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The Phi Beta Kappa Society, PBK of Boston Association, and The Institute of Liberal Arts of Boston College invite three panelists for a timely panel and community discussion on social media through a liberal arts lens.

Ethical Challenges in Global Public Health

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This conference brings together a distinguished group of scholars in ethics, law, public policy, economics, and global public health to examine some of the major ethical challenges facing global public health in the 21st century.

The Spirit of Scholarship

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This international conference highlights the historical-critical study of the Hebrew Bible in its ancient Near Eastern context as an enduring concern in theological research at leading Roman Catholic institutions of higher education.

Problemizing Chinese Food: Public Lectures

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Join us as we welcome Dr. Mindi Schneider and Dr. Chunghao Pio Kuo to discuss changes in the Chinese culinary world.

Gayle King, Colloquium

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Join us as we welcome Gayle King, co-host of "CBS This Morning" and Editor-at-Large of O, the Oprah Magazine, to Boston College. King previously hosted "The Gayle King Show," a live, weekday television interview program on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.

When They DON’T See Us: A Global Summit

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Increasing attention has been given to the relationship between violence and racism over the last several years. This conference will focus on the issue of how to conceptualize and address the harm caused to a traumatized group and/or individual.

When Everyone Has A Camera

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The right to photograph someone in a public space without first asking permission is legal, but is it ethical? What about posting these photos on the internet and social media platforms? The purpose of this panel is to engage these important and timely issues.

Formative Education Conference

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To stimulate further dialogue and debate on formative education, we are inviting colleagues from across campus to participate in a conference on November 14th and 15th of this year to explore and further develop Boston College’s shared praxis in the area of formative education.

China: Media-Technology Nexus

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China is a society of Netizens. This conference explores developments in cinema, television, social media and technology flowing on China's communication infrastructure. Cultural and social challenges abound!

The Early Americas Seminar Series

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The Early Americas Seminar fosters interdisciplinary conversations between scholars who work on early North American and Latin American studies from 1492 through the mid-nineteenth century.

Pulse 50

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In 2019-2020, PULSE will be celebrating 50 years of educating students for social justice.


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Series of events on neuroscience from a liberal arts perspective.

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony

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In Spring 2020, BC will celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth.

Narrative Peace Pedagogy

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The Guestbook Project will host an international symposium on 'Narrative Peace Pedagogy' at Boston College, April 17-18, 2020.

Claudia Rankine, Scholar in Residence

Claudia Rankine will be in residency, April 1-2, 2020.

Towards Transitional Justice

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This conference brings together scholars, survivors, and activists in the international field of Transitional Justice, with a specific focus on the Irish state’s response to the nation’s history of institutional abuse. Researchers, students and the public are welcome to attend.

Reshma Saujani, Colloquium

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Join us as we welcome Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and prepare young women for jobs of the future, to Boston College.

Catholic Social Thought in the Era of Pope Francis

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This conference is part of a project that aims to make Saint Alberto Hurtado's ideas accessible to English speakers. More than 20 people from 6 different countries will deliver papers about Hurtado's work and Catholic Social Thought.

Metaphor, Making, and Mysticism

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This interdisciplinary conference brings together theologians, philosophers, artists, art historians, historians, poets, musicians, literary scholars, and contemplative practitioners to examine the ways in which metaphor and artistic production have been used to express the mystical.


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Each RISE3 symposium invites one scholar & one senior practitioner to interrogate the impact of the intersection of racial identity, poverty status & place on outcomes in a key area of social policy.

Celebrating M. Shawn Copeland

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This two-day event celebrates the life and work of M. Shawn Copeland, Professor of Theology and African and African Diaspora Studies at Boston College, who plans to retire at the end of this academic year.

Women in STEM

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To support undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty in STEM fields at Boston College and beyond, this program aims to establish a new program focused on promoting and enhancing women’s successes.

Amending America's Unwritten Constitution

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This conference aims to advance the field by focusing on theoretical, conceptual, and practical questions concerning what it means to “amend” America’s “unwritten constitution”