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The American Dream Event Series (Part I-III):                                                                            

Part I: The Fight for Civil Rights, Social Justice, and Labor Equality featuring Christine Chavez, Civil Rights & Labor Movement Activist. Presented with the BAIC-HHM Committee and Latinos@BC                                                                                            

Part II: Salt of the Earth (1954) with respondents Prof. John Michalczyk and Prof. Cynthia Lyerly. Presented with the History and Fine Arts Departments                         

Part III: The Labor Movement: From Yesterday to Today with panelists Barry Bluestone, Northeastern University, Donna Blythe-Shaw, United Steelworkers of America Union, Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, 1st Suffolk District, Lynn Johnson, Boston College, David Twomey, Boston College  Moderator: Ben Birnbaum, Boston College. Presented with the Theater Department


A Dialogue on Vocation featuring  Jack Griffin, President of Meredith Publishing and Ken Hackett, President of Catholic Relief Services,  Presented with the Intersections Program

A Path Appears: Reporting on Gender Inequities and Global Health featuring Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalists & Human Rights Advocates, Presented with the Park Street Series

An Unknown Future featuring Gareth Cook, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Michele Goodwin, DePaul College of Law Professor, and Michael Moreland, Villanova School of Law Professor and former domestic policy advisor to President George W. Bush
Presented with the Theatre Department and the Robsham Theatre Arts Center                     Video

Francisco Aristeguieta, CEO of Citigroup Latin America                                        Presented with the Latin American Business Club, AHANA, BCES, ENACTUS, The Organization of Latin American Affairs, and Heights Capital

Rev. John Baumann, S.J.                                                                                   Presented with the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

Katherine Boo, Staff writer, New Yorker                                                              Presented with the Lowell Humanities Series

The Inaugural Jane Jacobs Lecture featuring Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey                                                                                                                            Presented with the Institute for Liberal Arts

Howard Bunsis, Chair of the AAUP Collective Bargaining Congress, Show Us the Money! University Financial Statements
Presented with BCAAUP, the Faculty Compensation Committee, the Department of History

Geoffrey Canada, Educator                                                                                           Presented with Students for Education Reform

Christine Chavez, Civil Rights and Labor Movement Advocate, The Fight for Civil Rights, Social Justice and Labor Equality                                                                                      Presented with BAIC-Hispanic Heritage Month Committee and Latinos@BC

Sarah Chayes,  AuthorThieves of State: Why CorruptionThreatens Global Security
Presented with the Islamic Civilization and Societies

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Author Between the World and Me                                                        Presented with the Lowell Humanities Series

Tina Corea and Lora Krsulich, BC Women in Newark: Alternative Career Paths in Urban Policy & Politics                                                                                                                 Presented with the Department of Political Science

David Cowan, Setting the Agenda for Global Dialogue: A Theoretical and Practical Approach to Business Ethics in Saudi Arabia Presented with the Islamic Civilization and Societies Program and the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Steve Eisman, Managing Director, Portfolio Manager, Neuberger Berman and featured in the movie The Big Short                                                                                                   Presented with the BC Economics Association

Forensics and Accounting Ethics                                                                       Presented with the Accounting Department

From Plurality to Solidarity through Justice: How faith-based community organizing amid diversity of faith and ethnicity can inform theological discourse and the practice of ministry.

Dick and Rick Hoyt, Father and Son Marathon Team                                                     Presented with the Campus School Volunteers

Meb Keflezighi, US Marathoner                                                                                 Presented with Share Your Sport and WeRunBC

Nicholas Kristof, Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Reacting to Slavery in the 21st Century
Presented with Boston College R.E.A.C.T., AID, SASA, Asian Caucus, Slavic Club, Amnesty International

Peter L. Laurence, Author, Becoming Jane Jacobs                                                        Presented with the Corcoran Center for Real Estate and Urban Action

Leading for Social Impact featuring Ben Hecht, President & CEO, Living Cities and Sarah Smith, Director, Mercy Investment Services                                                                      Presented with the Center for Social Innovation and the Institute for the Liberal Arts

Leading Women: Breaking Barriers in Athletics featuring Laura Gentile, MBA'96, Founder and Senior VP, espnW and Dr. Jen Welter '00, First Female NFL Coach
Presented with Boston College Women's Summit: Own It

Legally Blind: Law, Ethics, and the Third Reich: A conference on Nazi Law as it impacts upon Civil Law, Race, Medicine, and Religion.                                                                             Presented with the Fine Arts Department and the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

Fr. Raymond G. Helmick, S.J. Inaugural Memorial Lecture: Religion and Conflict Transformation featuring David Little, Research Fellow, Georgetown University             Presented with the Center for Human Rights and International Justice; Faith, Peace and Justice Program; Film Studies Program Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries; Knights of the Holy Sepulcher; Rotary Club of Scituate, MA and the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Chris Lowney, Author, Heroic Living: Discover Your Purpose and Change the World             Presented with the Intersections Project

Liz McCartney '94, 2008 CNN "Hero of the Year," Lessons Learned From Katrina
Presented with the BC Alumni Association                                                                      Video

Bill McKibben, Author, Educator, and Environmentalist                                                  Presented with the Lowell Humanities Series and Ecopledge                                           Photo Gallery

María Emma Mejía, United Nations Permanent Colombia Representative                           Presented with the Latin American Business Club, AHANA, BCES, ENACTUS, The Organization of Latin American Affairs, and Heights Capital

Cullen Murphy, Author, Are We Rome?: The Fall of an Empire and the Fate of America    Presented with the History and Political Science Departments

Bill Plunkert '68, Former CIA agent                                                                         Presented with the Political Science Department and the International Studies Program

Professional Responsibility, Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Leadership in Clinical Ethics: Conference provided health care and allied professionals and pre-professional students with the tools to recognize the ethical content of care-giving situations.                                                                                                                 Presented with the Connell School of Nursing

Robert Reich, Inequality for All                                                                                 Presented with the Boston College Civic Engagement Initiative

Joanne Scheff Bernstein, Interim Executive Director, Lake Forest Symphony, Illinois Leadership in Arts Marketing, Leadership in Arts Marketing                                              Presented with the Boston College Arts Council

Rebecca Skloot, Author, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks                                      Presented with the Lowell Humanities Series

Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Filmmaker, ‘Miss Representation’ & Girls’ Advocate                   Presented with BC Student Affairs

Elizabeth Smart, Activist and Author                                                                        Presented with the Science Club for Girls, R.E.A.C.T., FISTS, Sharps, To Write Love on Her Arms, I Am That Girl, WRC, UGBC and Strong Women, Strong Girls                                   Video

Krista Tippett, Author                                                                                           Presented with the Lowell Humanities Series

Paul Tough, Author                                                                                                Presented with the Lowell Humanities Series