When religion and child welfare collide

child casesIn his new book The Child Cases: How America’s Religious Exemption Laws Harm Children (University of Massachusetts Press, 2014), Boston College History Professor Alan Rogers looks at several high-profile cases in the 1980s and ’90s involving parents who refused to seek medical treatment for their children due to their religious beliefs. The oft-contentious conversation on government’s role in society takes on more layers when elements of religion, privacy and family, says Rogers. “Our constitution offers legal protection to believe in whatever you want – but our legal history has held that you can’t always act on your belief, especially if it’s potentially harmful to others, and especially if they are children.” Read more in a Boston College Chronicle interview with Rogers.

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Take a ride on a Swan Boat

swanboatBoston College alumna Frances Driscoll, a former teacher in the Boston Public Schools, has published The Swan Boat Ride, which tells the story of a young girl’s ride with her grandmother on the Swan Boats in Boston’s Public Garden. It is a ride Driscoll has taken many times herself with her own grandchildren. Last month, Driscoll spoke to the volunteer readers of the BC’s Read Aloud program about writing and publishing. Driscoll is the daughter of a BC alumnus and the parent of a BC graduate.

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A Carrie Bloomfield novel

The_Winship_Affair.coverThe Winship Affair (Blue Mustang Press) is a new murder mystery novel with a scientific touch written by Phil Temples of BC’s Computer Science Department. According to the publisher, The Winship Affair is the story of eccentric, but brilliant multidisciplinary scientist Carrie Bloomfield who receives a mysterious package from a deceased colleague. She soon discovers that its secrets could lead to technologies that might revolutionize the world’s energy supply. But it seems that a shadowy international corporation knows about the materials, too. They’re determined to have it for themselves. And they’re not about to allow the law, ethics — or especially, a quirky scientist — to stand in their way. Temples is a past recipient of the Boston College Community Service Award and a longtime volunteer for the University’s Read Aloud program.

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Prevot’s Pick

spiritualsbluesAndrew Prevot, an assistant professor of theology at BC, was one of several black Catholic intellectuals asked to select a favorite book by a black Catholic writer for the most recent issue of America magazine which focused on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. Prevot chose The Spirituals and the Blues by James H. Cone. “More than 40 years after the first publication of The Spirituals and the Blues, this book’s central message still rings true.” Read more.

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Q&A with Graver

graverAuthor and Boston College Professor of English Elizabeth Graver talked with the Boston Globe’s Eugenia Williamson about her approach to writing and the source of her next writing project: her maternal grandmother who was born in Turkey and lived in Barcelona and New York. Read more

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Remembering the Emerald Isle Classic

emerald isle classicBoston College alumnus Jim O’Brien, the man behind the Emerald Isle Classic–the first American college football game played in Europe, has released a commemorative book about the historic event. The Match, tells the story of the BC-Army game played on November 19, 1988 before more than 40,000 spectators in Dublin’s Landsdowne Road Stadium. The Emerald Isle Classic attracted an estimated 15,000 fans from the US and took place during Dublin’s Millennium celebrations. BC upset Army by a score of 38-24. “There is only one first and we were the first: BC-Army,” said O’Brien, who played football for the Eagles and was drafted by the Detroit Lions. “When you are first, you are always special.” The Match is available through O’Connor Studios.

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Nun on the bus

nunon busThe School of Theology and Ministry presents “Politics, Faith, and Prophetic Witness,” a lecture by Simone Campbell, S.S.S., author of A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change, and Community (HarperCollins, 2014) and executive director of NETWORK, a Catholic social justice lobby organization. In her lecture, Sister Campbell will explore the call to touch the pain of the world and release hope into the darkness. The lecture will be held July 12 at 10 a.m. in Robsham Theater. Details | Book review from US Catholic magazine.

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