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Spring Newsletter

Our spring 2018 Newsletter is available online.

Romero Scholarship 

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The Boisi Center congratulates our very own undergraduate research assistant Jorge Mejía on being awarded the 2018 Archbishop Oscar A. Romero Scholarship.  The scholarship covers 75 percent of senior-year tuition, and is awarded annually to a BC junior who has demonstrated superior academic achievement, extracurricular leadership, community service, and involvement with the Hispanic/Latino community and Hispanic/Latino issues both on and off campus. Jorge is an exceptional student, worker and advocate, and could not be more deserving of this prestigious award. 

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An article recently written by the Los Angeles Times highlights Pope Francis' fifth visit to Latin America in January 2018 and his attempt to "recapture the soul of the Roman Catholic church." While the Church has been a traditionally powerful force in the region, it has been at the center of controvery over allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct. The Pontiff's anticipated visit was met with protests and reports of church attacks in the Chilean capital of Santiago. On April 26, the Boisi Center will host a panel with four distuingished guests to examine the Pope's first five years in the Vatican.

Spring 2018 Past 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 27, 2018 *NEW DATE*
Boisi Center • 12:00 - 1:15pm

RSVP required. Click here to register.

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Violence, Memory, and Religion among Survivors of Clerical Sexual Abuse

Robert Orsi
, Northwestern University
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Devlin 008 • 5 - 6:15 pm *NOTE: new location and time*

RSVP Requested.

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Truth and Lies in a Polarized Time

17th Annual Prophetic Voices Lecture


E.J. Dionne, Brookings Institution, The Washington Post, Georgetown University
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Cushing Hall 001 • 6:30 - 8pm *NOTE: new location and time*

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Pope Francis and the American Church

Panel Discussion

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

Co-sponsored with the Organization of Latin American Affairs.

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