Through the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning, scholars and thinkers from diverse Jewish and Christian backgrounds engage in rigorous and ongoing study of all areas of their connected yet distinct faiths. The Center is dedicated to conducting educational research and offering programs for both the University and the wider community in which Christians and Jews explore their traditions together.  

Corcoran Visiting Chair

Jesper Svartvik

Jesper Svartvik

Boston College and the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning are pleased to announce the reappointment of Jesper Svartvik to the 2021-2022 Corcoran Visiting Chair in Christian-Jewish Relations.

Announcement

 

Corcoran Visiting Chair in Christian-Jewish Relations 
2022-2023 Academic Year

Boston College and its Center for Christian-Jewish Learning invite applications for a one year visiting appointment (renewable for a second year) as the Corcoran Visiting Chair in Christian-Jewish Relations, specializing in an aspect of the relationship between Christianity and Judaism. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or its earned equivalent, have a demonstrated record of publication in the field, and hold (or have retired from) a tenured position (or its equivalent) in a university or seminary. Applications from all relevant disciplines are welcome.  

The Corcoran Visiting Chair will agree to take on the following responsibilities, each of which should relate to the mission of the Center:

  • A research project leading to a significant academic contribution to the field.
  • Organize and lead a conference or consultation during the academic year of residence (preparations, especially invitations to speakers, may need to precede the year of residence).
  • Teach or co-teach an upper-level course at Boston College that may be organized in conjunction with the conference or consultation.


Additional Optional Responsibilities

  • Submit one essay for peer-review and publication in Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations, the Center's e-journal.
  • Develop a set of academic resources that will be available to other scholars through the Center's website.
     

Application and Submission

Electronic submission of the following are requested: letter of application, CV, and a proposal for the research and writing to be done while holding the position, including an indication of how these fit into the guidelines above.

Two letters of recommendation should be submitted directly to cjlearning@bc.edu. Letters should be addressed to Prof. Ruth Langer, Interim Center Director. 

Applications are due by December 1, 2021. Decisions will be made by March 1, 2022.

All application materials should be sent electronically directly to cjlearning@bc.edu.
 

Contact Information

If you have questions about the Corcoran Visiting Chair in Christian-Jewish Relations, please contact Prof. Ruth Langer at ruth.langer@bc.edu

Position Parameters

Educational Goals

Because the Center is affiliated with a leading Catholic and Jesuit university which has an internationally top-ranked Theology faculty, education in Christian-Jewish relations is a central element of its work. Center faculty offer both courses directly addressing Christian-Jewish relations and courses primarily about Judaism taught for Boston College’s Catholic context. This includes participation in the Comparative Theology area of the Theology department and its work in developing this young field.

Courses are offered on a variety of levels, ranging from a course that fulfills part of the university’s undergraduate Theology core requirements, to courses open to graduate students at all levels (including students at other schools and seminaries in the Boston Theological Institute consortium). 

Center faculty also offer a Ph.D. in Christian-Jewish relations through the Comparative Theology area. Graduates of this program are currently employed in college and seminary contexts and involved in dialogic work at national and international levels.

Center Courses

 

Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations

Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations is the electronic journal of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations and is published by the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College. The Journal publishes peer-reviewed scholarship on the history, theology, and contemporary realities of Jewish-Christian relations and reviews new materials in the field. The Journal also provides a vehicle for exchange of information, cooperation, and mutual enrichment in the field of Christian-Jewish studies and relations. The Journal may be accessed freely on the internet.

Journal Website

Guidelines for Journal Authors

 

Event Videos

The Center for Christian-Jewish Learning provides links to streaming videos of past Center events and to lectures by Center staff.

Video Library

Center for Christian-Jewish Learning Jewish-Christian Lecture Series
(2021-2022 Academic Year)

The Center for Christian-Jewish Learning invites Boston College professors teaching a course with explicit connections to Jewish-Christian relations to apply for a one-time sponsorship of an online guest lecturer for that course. Up to five recipients will be chosen for each semester. Preference will be given to non-core courses. When possible, these lectures will be recorded and made available publicly through the Center's website and social media.

* Lecturers joining a class by Zoom will receive a $750 honorarium.
* Lecturers speaking in person will receive a $1000 award which may fund his/her travel, lodging, and/or honorarium. 

Please send an email to cjlearning@bc.edu stating (in 250 words or less):

  • The guest speaker you would like to bring to your class.
  • The speaker's topic and its context. Please make clear the explicit connection between the speaker's topic, your course content, and Jewish-Christian relations.


Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis.

If you have questions about the Jewish-Christian Relations Lecture Series, please contact:
Email: cjlearning@bc.edu
Phone: 617-552-4495

 

The Center's Annual John Paul II Lecture in Christian-Jewish Relations honors the late pontiff's many efforts to overcome the divisions between Christians and Jews.

"Walking You Make the Road": Discerning the Way in Jewish-Christian Relations Today
Prof. Mary C. Boys
February 11, 2021
Watch Video


Between the Holocaust and the Nakba: When Genya and Henryk Kowalski Challenged History, Jaffa 1949
Prof. Alon Confino
February 9, 2020
Watch Video


Christian Privilege, Christian Fragility, and the Gospel of John: How American Race Relations inform Jewish-Christian Dialogue
Prof. Amy-Jill Levine
October 14, 2018
Watch Video


Towards the Ends of the Earth: Land in the Jewish-Christian Dialogue
Rev. David Neuhaus, S.J.
October 30, 2016
Read Lecture

Nostra Aetate and the Jews: The Relationship Between Augustin Cardinal Bea and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
Prof. Susannah Heschel
October 18, 2015

The Jewishness of Jesus: Renewing Christian Appreciation
Rev. Dr. Christian M. Rutishauser, S.J.
February 16, 2014
Read Lecture

"Mind the Gap": Bridging One Dozen Lacunae in Jewish-Catholic Dialogue
Rabbi Michael J. Cook, Ph.D.
March 20, 2013
Read Lecture
Read Accompanying Handout

Pope John Paul II on Christian-Jewish Relations: His Legacy, Our Challenges
Rev. John T. Pawlikowski, Ph.D.
March 1, 2012
Read Lecture
 

 

 

Center for Christian-Jewish Learning Student Internship Program

2021-2022 Application Details

The Center for Christian-Jewish Learning (CCJL) invites Boston College undergraduate and graduate students to apply for its Student Internship Program. These internships are 1-year, student-initiated, and student-led endeavors dedicated to furthering the intern’s understanding of and participation in Jewish-Christian relations. The internships support programs and projects independently conceived and executed by students outside their regular coursework that contribute to interreligious dialogue and interfaith understanding. Internships may be in—but are not limited to—ministerial, pastoral, and educational fields.  Students must conduct their internships under the guidance of an appropriate advisor (e.g., faculty member, clergy person, or non-profit staff member).

Previous Center Student Interns
Dennis Wieboldt '22 (2020-2021): "The Natural Law Foundation of Interreligious Social Advocacy: A Civil Rights Movement Case Study" (Advisor: Mark Massa, S.J.)
Video

The Center’s resources have been invaluable to advancing my research on interreligious social advocacy during the Civil Rights Movement. Not only did the student internship program’s financial support ensure that I had the materials I needed to complete my research, but the structure of the program—including one-on-one support from an advisor—has helped me develop critical skills for the future.
Dennis Wieboldt ‘22, 2020-2021 Center Student Internship Recipient and 2021 Dean’s Scholar Award Recipient, Research Project: The Natural Law Foundation of Interreligious Social Advocacy: A Civil Rights Movement Case Study (Advisor: Mark Massa, S.J.)