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Research Seminars

Retired Faculty Scholarship Seminars


These lunch meetings enable faculty to share their ongoing research, get feedback and encouragement, and be supported in their scholarly lives.  These might be opportunities to discuss the larger dimensions of one’s scholarship, its development over the years, its importance for the academic and larger worlds, its challenges for an independent scholar.

Eight seminars are scheduled for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Beginning with the October 11 session, the Research Seminar will convene at 300 Hammond Pond Parkway, the former Temple Mishkan Tefila property that is now owned by Boston College.  Driving south on Hammond Pond Parkway from Beacon Street toward Route 9, the entrance is on the right, just before the traffic light for the entrance to the Chestnut Hill Mall.  Driving north on Hammond Pond Parkway from route 9 toward Beacon Street, the entrance is on the left just after the traffic light at the entrance to the Chestnut Hill Mall.

There is ample parking available in the lot to the left of the entrance.  The seminars will meet in the hexagonal room just to the right of the building’s main entrance (room 100).Complimentary light lunch will be available from 11:40 AM and the seminar will begin at noon and conclude by 1:30.


Thursday, September 13, 2018 – Noon to 1:30 PM

Dennis Sardella (Chemistry)

“From Catacombs to Cathedrals: the Historical Development of Places of Worship.”

Thursday, October 11, 2018 – Noon to 1:30 PM

Dennis Taylor (English)

"Shakespeare, Sex, and Religion: a Short History of Idolatry."

Thursday, November 8, 2018 – Noon to 1:30 PM

Clare O’Connor (Biology)

“The Genome Revolution: How DNA Sequencing Is Changing Our View of the Biological World.”    

Thursday, December 6, 2018 – Noon to 1:30 PM

Dwayne Carpenter (Romance Languages)

“Insulting God and Smearing Your Neighbor: Blasphemy and Speech Codes in Medieval Spain”

Thursday, February 14, 2019 – Noon to 1:30 PM

William Torbert (CSOM)

“Numbskull's Living Inquiry and the Unfinishing Struggle of Personal, Social, and Scientific Development: an Autobiography.”

Thursday, March 14, 2019 – Noon to 1:30 PM

Vera Lee (Romance Languages)

“Roger! The Renegade Robot, a Graphic Novel.”

Thursday, April 11, 2019 – Noon to 1:30 PM

Marian St Onge (Romance Languages/International Programs)

“My Chinese Aunts: Missionary Letters from 1911-1940.”

Thursday, May 9, 2019 – Noon to 1:30 PM

Alan Wolfe (Political Science/Boisi Center)

“America after Trump.”