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Global Citizen Interdisciplinary Seminar

Engaging Law, Social Work, Theology and Ministry, and the World

Today’s world is a maelstrom of cultures, languages, races, issues, perspectives, hopes, and challenges. In this course, we will look at some burning issues of our time: e.g., poverty, ecology, migration, refugees. This exploration will be achieved in an interdisciplinary manner by combining the cross-perspectives of social work, law, and theology. Special attention will be given to 'agent' - the person called to face world issues through the existential notion of mission, values, and purpose/vocation. Consideration will be given to the situation of Haiti, where the whole class will travel over the winter break for a mandatory service trip.

About the Faculty

Mary Holper is an Associate Clinical Professor and Director of the Immigration Clinic at Boston College Law School. Prior to joining the BCLS faculty, Professor Holper was an Associate Professor of Law at Roger Williams University School of Law in Rhode Island, where she founded and directed the Roger Williams University School of Law Immigration Clinic.


Margaret Lombe, PhD, is an Associate Professor at Boston College School of Social Work. She is also a faculty associate at the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Lombe's area of expertise is international social development with an emphasis on social inclusion/exclusion and capacity building. She also specializes in methods for food security and nutrition assessment and evaluation of programs both locally and internationally.


André Brouillette S.J. is an Assistant Professor of Theology at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry and a Jesuit priest from Quebec, Canada. His dissertation, rooted in systematic and spiritual theology, explored the role of the Holy Spirit for salvation through the lens of the writings of St. Teresa of Avila. André previously taught philosophy and Church history in Port-au-Prince (Haiti) at the Grand Séminaire Notre-Dame and the School of Theology for Religious (CIFOR). In complement to his scholarly work, he has been committed to youth ministry as a chaplain, retreat director and vocation promoter.


Course Details

  • The Seminar will meet every Thursday from 3:30 to 6 PM throughout the Fall Semester with 20 students and the 3 faculty members.

  • Students will participate on academic immersion to Haiti from roughly January 6 or 7 to 13 or 14, 2017.

  • The immersion will be run through the Caribbean Social Immersion Program, with a specific focus in the interdisciplinary nature of the course.

  • The price of the trip will be $650 all-inclusive of airfare, lodging, meals, and transportation.

  • This is a 3-credit course.


How to Register

  • Interested students should apply by Wednesday, March 2 and interview with a faculty member to be considered for the course.

  • Interviews will be conducted from March 15 to April 1, 2016 with the respective faculty member from your program and an additional staff member.

  • Select students will be given the information needed to register for the course.



  • Requirement for STM students: one year of theological studies.

  • A deposit of $250 is required upon registration for accepted students to secure one’s spot in the course.


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Info session: Wed, Feb 24 from 1 to 2pm, McGuinn Hall 400