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Spring Newsletter

Our Spring Newsletter is available online


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Boston College's University Communications coverage of the Refugee Portal brought to BC during International Education week.  

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In this essay, the first in a discussion series  hosted by The Immanent Frame, Elizabeth Shakman Hurd and Winnifred Fallers Sullivan (also the series' co-editors) explore theologies of American exceptionalism as they impact American policies of religion, which often coincide with questions of religious tolerance and religious freedom. On November 2, David Decosimo will discuss the genealogy of understandings of relgious freedom in his luncheon lecture at the Boisi Center. 

Spring 2018 Events

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Bible Nation: Hobby Lobby, Scripture, and the Making of America
The Inaugural Wolfe Lecture on Religion and American Politics

Candida Moss
, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Gasson Hall 100 • 5:30 - 7pm

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Religion, Spirituality, and Compassionate Healthcare: A Conversation with Dr. Ronald Lacro

Ronald Lacro, M.D., Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Devlin 101 • 5:30 - 6:45pm

Sponsored with the Connell School of Nursing and the Medical Humanities, Health, and Culture Program of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences.

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Catholic Afterlives: What Identities and Practices Persist When Catholics Leave the Church?
Luncheon Colloquium

Mara Willard
, University of Oklahoma
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Boisi Center • 12:00 - 1:15pm

RSVP required. Click here to register.

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Lived Religion and American History

Robert Orsi
, Northwestern University
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Devlin 101 • 5:30 - 7pm

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17th Annual Prophetic Voices Lecture


E.J. Dionne, Brookings Institution, The Washington Post, Georgetown University
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Gasson Hall 305 • 5:30 - 7pm


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Pope Francis and the American Church: Five Years and Counting 

Celebrating the Fifth Anniversary of the Election of Francis to the Chair of Peter
Panel Discussion

Lisa Cahill,
Boston College
Massimo Faggioli, Villanova University
Rev. J. Bryan Hehir, Harvard University
Thursday, April 26, 2018
McGuinn Hall 121 • 6:30 - 8pm

The Boisi Center fosters conversations that seek to clarify the moral consequences of public policies in ways that help to maintain the common good while respecting America's increasing religious diversity. More about the Boisi Center's mission...

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