Event Archive: 2019-2020

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Kwame Anthony Appiah

Clough Distinguished Lectures in Jurisprudence Series
Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers with Kwame Anthony Appiah

Thurs, Dec 5, 2019 | 7:00 PM | McGuinn Hall, Room 121

Kwame Anthony Appiah is a British-born Ghanaian-American philosopher, cultural theorist, and novelist whose interests include political and moral theory, the philosophy of language and mind, and African intellectual history. His most recent publication, The Lies That Bind, is based on his 2016 BBC Reith Lectures on "Mistaken Identities." He is working on a book tentatively entitled On the Very Idea of Religion for Yale University Press, which is based on his 2016 Terry lectures at Yale. He has taught at Yale, Cornell, Duke, and Harvard, and lectured at a number of universities in the United States, France, Germany, Ghana, and South Africa. He is currently a Professor of Philosophy and Law at New York University, and teaches both in New York and Abu Dhabi. 

Presented by the Lowell Humanities Series and cosponsored by the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy, the Global Citizenships Project, and the International Studies Program.

Please note the date for this event has changed since first advertised. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Free and open to the public.

Habermas at 90

Mary Ellen O'Connell's The Art of Law in the International Community
A Book Discussion

Thursday, Oct 24 | 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM | Boston College Law School, East Wing 200
Free and open to the public.


Charles Fried
Harvard Law School

Sheila Gallagher
Art, Art History, and Film, Boston College

Mara Willard
International Studies, Boston College


Mary Ellen O'Connell
Notre Dame Law School 

Habermas at 90

Habermas at 90: A Discussion of His Contributions to Social and Political Thought

Monday, Oct 21, 2019 | 5 PM | Devlin 101
Event is co-sponsored by the BC Philosophy Department.

Please note that Professor Habermas will not be present at this event.

Free and open to the public.


Anne Reichold 
University of Flensburg 

David Rasmussen 
Boston College

Hauke Brunkhorst 
Institute of Sociology at the
University of Flensburg

Frank Michelman
Harvard University


Dermot Moran 
Boston College

Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS)

Strengthening of Constitutional Democracy in the Americas
with Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS)

Monday, October 7, 2019 | 12 pm | Barat House, 100, Boston College Law School
Free and open to the public.

Luis Almagro was elected Secretary General of the OAS on March 18, 2015, with the unanimous support of 33 of the 34 member states and one abstention. Upon taking up the leadership of the OAS, he announced that the central theme of his administration would be “more rights for more people” and that he would work “to be the voice of the voiceless.” His priority at the helm of the General Secretariat is to put the Organization in touch with people’s needs and the new realities in the Hemisphere, as well as helping to ensure greater democracy, more security, and more development and prosperity for all.

See below for a recording of the talk.

Habermas at 90

Brexit Chaos

James Cronin
Professor of Modern British & European History
Boston College

Thursday, October 3, 2019 | 12 pm 10 Stone Ave, 2nd floor

Habermas at 90

Climate Constitutionalism Series: Frontline Perspectives from UN Climate Summit Negotiators

Thursday, September 26, 2019 | 5 pm | Gasson Hall, Rm 305


Jacob Werksman, Principal Adviser to EU Commission’s
Directorate-General for Climate

Anna Schulz, Head, International Institute for Environment and
Development’s Global Climate Law, Policy and Governance Programme 

John Cerone, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts.


Tiziana Dearing, Host, “Radio Boston,”  WBUR

See below for a recording of the panel discussion.

Habermas at 90

Legal History Roundtable Boston College Law School

Constitution Day Public Lecture

"Birthright Citizens"

Prof. Martha S. Jones
Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor Johns Hopkins University

Thursday, September 19 | 12:00pm to 2:00pm | Barat House, 100, Boston College Law School


Timothy William Waters

Secession as a Human Right with Timothy William Waters 

Wed, Feb 5, 2020 | Luncheon at Noon | 10 Stone Ave.

Political commonsense says fixed borders are a good idea. But what if borders are actually a problem -- what if they cause instability, injustice and violence? Despite what globalization theorists might imagine (or hope), borders and states aren't going away -- so we should think hard about if have the right ones, and how to change them if we don't. In this talk, which draws on my recent book, I examine the assumptions behind the current global order's suspicion of new states and border changes, and argues for the justice -- and practicality -- of a more flexible norm: an international right of secession.

Speaker Bio

Free and open to the public.

Timothy William Waters

Executive Power in Comparative Perspective with Russel Miller

Thurs, Feb 13, 2020 | Luncheon at Noon | Barat House

Details to follow.

Free and open to the public.

Who is the Bigot? Book
Who is the Bigot? Book

**Event Cancelled**

"Who's the Bigot?" Panel Discussion with Linda McClain

March 18th, 2020 | 4:00 PM | Barat House

Linda Mcclain
Robert Kent Professor of Law
Boston University School of Law

In Who's the Bigot?, the eminent legal scholar Linda C. McClain traces the rhetoric of bigotry and conscience across a range of debates relating to marriage and antidiscrimination law. Is "bigotry" simply the term society gives to repudiated beliefs that now are beyond the pale? She argues that the differing views people hold about bigotry reflect competing understandings of what it means to be "on the wrong side of history" and the ways present forms of discrimination resemble or differ from past forms. Furthermore, McClain shows that bigotry has both a backward- and forward-looking dimension. We not only learn the meaning of bigotry by looking to the past, but we also use examples of bigotry, on which there is now consensus, as the basis for making new judgments about what does or does not constitute bigotry and coming to new understandings of both injustice and justice.

Other Panelists:
Hernandez Stroud (BC Law)
Katharine Young (BC Law)
Kim Rubenstein (Australian National University, joining via video)

Moderator: Daniel Kanstroom (BC Law)

**Event Cancelled**

Constitutional Reform in Chile

March 31st, 2020 | Barat House

**Event Cancelled**

"Regulating AI: Strategies, Techniques, and Actors"

April 6th, 2020 | 12PM | 10 Stone Ave

Professor Amadeo Santosuosso, University of Pavia

**Event Cancelled**

Patrick Smith Discussion

April 7th, 2020 | Noon | 10 Stone Ave

**Event Cancelled**

"Mediation, Human Rights and the Global Rule of Law"

April 8th, 2020 | Noon | Barat House

Victor Schachter, Foundation for Sustainable Rule of Law Initiative 

**Event Cancelled**

Constitutional Law in Poland

April 14th, 2020 at 4PM

Speakers: Professor Miroslaw Wyrzykowski and Professor Wojciech Sadurski

**Event Cancelled**

"We the People" in Putting America First: Race, Religion, and the Measure of American Progress"

April 21st, 2020 | Noon | 10 Stone Ave

Nichole Phillips, PhD