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Eileen Sweeney

Eileen Sweeney is giving an invited presentation at the College de France in Paris on May 30 as part of a two-day conference, Philosopher au XIIᵉ siècle, entitled, “Philosophizing about Nature in the 12th Century”.

Patrick Byrne and students

Professor Patrick Byrne was honored at Sunday evening's Madonna Della Strada Awards Dinner for his role in the founding of PULSE. It was a wonderfully festive and celebratory event, and a tribute to Professor Byrne and to PULSE. In his acceptance speech, Professor Byrne estimated that PULSE students have served over 3,000,000 (yes, 3 million!) hours since PULSE's founding. Many thanks to Professor Byrne and to all faculty and students involved in PULSE for this essential work done in the formation of our students. Above photo, Professor Byrne is surrounded by current and former PULSE students, council members, faculty, and staff.

Senior Perspectives major Nicholas Bloechl wins a second place Cardinal Cushing Award for the best fiction published in a Boston College undergraduate publication, "Patchwork the Worm", in the new edition of Stylus.

Perspectives major and Philosophy department work study student Maura Lester-McSweeney was chosen to present at the University-wide Senior Thesis Poster Session! The fourth annual session, held on Friday, April 28, 2017, featured selected thesis projects from the social sciences, humanities, and cultural studies.

Marius Stan

Newly promoted Associate Professor Marius Stan was co-recipient of a Collaborative Research Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. The fellowships, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, support small teams of scholars - representing a broad range of institutions and years of experience - in their research on a major scholarly project. Marius and University of Notre Dame Professor of Philosophy Katherine Brading will explore why philosophy and physics diverged during the Enlightenment.

Jean-Luc Solère's

Professor Jean-Luc Solère's paper "The Coherence of Bayle's Theory of Toleration" won the 2016 Journal of the History of Philosophy Best Article Prize.

Jeff Bloechl

Professor Jeffrey Bloechl will represent BC at Venice International University during spring semester 2017 where he will teach courses on "The Theory of Recognition" and "Intersubjectivity and Cultural Difference."

Philosophy major Ileana Lobkowicz hones her journalistic skills while exploring the Philosophy department. the GAVEL

Top 20 for Philosophy
BC's Philosophy department ranked 19 among the nation's "Great Value Colleges" for philosophy degrees. BC News

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Upcoming Events

Friday, May 26
Hovey House Library
II Symposium on Contemporary Philosophy

Sunday, June 18-
Friday, June 23

Boston College: 44th Annual Lonergan Workshop
"The Pope Francis Effect and the Lonergan Effect." 
Contact Fred Lawrence at

Thursday, October 5-
Saturday, October 7

Boston College: The Society for Ricoeur Studies Annual Conference "Phronesis, Faith, and the Task of Envisioning a Social Global Imaginary."
Keynotes by Richard Kearney (Boston College) and Sophie-Jan Arrien (Université Laval). A Special Plenary Presentation by John Sallis (Boston College). More information

Tuesday, November 7-
Friday, November 10

BC: "Educating for Modern Democracy. Religion, Race, and Gender," conference hosted by BC and organized in collaboration with the World Conference of Catholic University Institutions of Philosophy. The conference will begin with a public discussion on November 7 evening between Charles Taylor (emeritus, McGill) and Jose Casanova (Georgetown), and include plenary lectures by Seyla Benhabib (Yale), David Campbell (Notre Dame), Eduardo Mendieta (Penn State), Candace Vogler (Chicago), and George Yancy (Emory). Contact: J. Bloechl.

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