Positive peer pressure

jointheclubPulitzer Prize winner Tina Rosenberg will present “Harnessing Peer Pressure for Behavior Change” on Mar. 31 at 7:30 p.m. in Gasson Hall, room 100.  A veteran journalist, Rosenberg is one of the founders of the Solutions Journalism Network, which is committed to exploring solutions to major social problems. She is the author of Join the Club: How Peer Pressure can Transform the World (W. W. Norton & Company), which takes readers around the globe to show them the power of positive peer pressure.  She is also the author of Children of Cain: Violence and the Violent in Latin America and The Haunted Land: Facing Europe’s Ghosts After Communism, which won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Sponsor: Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics

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Her Name is Rose

Her Name is Rose HC Mech.inddA native New Yorker now living in Ireland, Boston College alumna Christine Breen is the author of the new book Her Name is Rose (St. Martin’s Press, 2015). Breen is the co-author of several non-fiction titles about country living in County Clare and the author of the travel memoir So Many Miles to Paradise: From Clare to There. Her Name is Rose, Breen’s first novel, is about the journey Iris, adoptive mother of 19-year-old Rose, takes to find Rose’s birth mother–a fulfillment of a promise Iris made to her late husband. According to Publishers Weekly: “Breen’s characters immediately invite the reader to go on a heartwrenching journey that’s enhanced by her skillful plotting and authentic, lyrical descriptions of the Emerald Isle. A moving first novel.”

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Boston/Cambridge and the Making of American Gothic

janzJan Ziolkowski, Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Medieval Latin and director of the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection at Harvard University, will present “Boston/Cambridge and the Making of American Gothic” on Mar. 26 at  5:30 p.m. in Stokes Hall South, Auditorium S195. This lecture will discuss the great vogue for all things medieval in the Boston-Cambridge area in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Among the topics discussed will be historian and intellectual Henry Adams and his influential book, Mont Saint Michel and Chartres, as well as architect Ralph Adams Cram and the Gothic Revival he created in architecture, especially the Collegiate Gothic style. The lecture will be extensively illustrated, both visually and textually. Ziolkowski has written some 60 book reviews and 100 articles. His books include Jezebel: A Norman Latin Poem of the Early Eleventh CenturyAlan of Lille’s Grammar of Sex: The Meaning of Grammar to a Twelfth-Century Intellectual, Talking Animals: Medieval Latin Beast Poetry, 750-1150 and On Philology, among others. Sponsor: The Heinz Bluhm Memorial Lecture Series.

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Historian Ira Berlin

iraberlinbookHistorian Ira Berlin, a distinguished university professor at the University of Maryland, will present “Rethinking the Demise of Slavery in The United States” on Mar. 25 at 7 p.m. in Gasson Hall, room 100.  Berlin is a leading historian of America and the larger Atlantic world in the 18th and 19th centuries. His books include Slaves Without Masters: The Free Negro in the Antebellum South (winner of Best First Book Prize from the National Historical Society) Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in Mainland North America (winner of the Bancroft Prize, Frederick Douglass Prize, Owsley Prize, and the Rudwick Prize), and Generations of Captivity: A History of Slaves in the United States (winner of the Albert Beveridge Prize and the Ansfield Wolf Award). Berlin is also the founding editor of the Freedmen and Southern Society Project. The project’s multi-volume Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation has twice been awarded the Thomas Jefferson Prize of the Society for History in the Federal Government, as well as the J. Franklin Jameson Prize of the American Historical Association, and the Abraham Lincoln Prize for excellence in Civil-War studies. Sponsor: Lowell Humanities Series.

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Growing up in Detroit

asian american midwestProfessor of English Min Hyoung Song contributed a story to the new volume Asian Americans in Michigan: Voices from the Midwest (Wayne State University Press, 2015). The 41 contributors, who trace their heritage to East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, explore their experiences, culture and heritage. The accounts in the collection come from a range of perspectives, including first-generation immigrants, those born in the United States, and third- and fourth-generation Americans of Asian heritage. Song said writing about growing up in Detroit in the 1970s and ’80s allowed him to reflect on how much his growing up was affected by a history that he couldn’t know in full but that nevertheless profoundly shaped his experiences. Read more in the Boston College Chronicle online.

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Healing Himalayas

becoming mountainAuthor Stephen Alter will read from his new memoir, Becoming a Mountain: Himalayan Journeys in Search of the Sacred and the Sublime (Arcade Publishing, 2015), on Mar. 19 at 5:30 p.m. in Stokes Hall, Room 195S. Alter was raised by American missionary parents in the hill station of Mussoorie, in the foothills of the Himalayas, where he and his wife, Ameeta, now live. Their idyllic existence was brutally interrupted when four armed intruders invaded their house and viciously attacked them, leaving them for dead. Becoming a Mountain is Alter’s account of a series of treks he took in the high Himalayas following his convalescence—to prove that he had healed mentally as well as physically and to re-knit his connection to his homeland. Alter is the author of 15 other works of fiction and nonfiction. He is founding director of the Mussoorie Writers’ Mountain Festival. Sponsor: English Department.

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Remembering the Irish Revolution

daimaidIrish historian Diarmaid Ferriter will present: “‘Scrambling for the bones of the patriot dead': Remembering the Irish Revolution, 1913-23″ on March 18 at 7 p.m. in Gasson Hall, room 100. His publications include The Transformation of Ireland 1900-2000, Judging Dev: A Reassessment of the life and legacy of Eamon de Valera, and Occasions of Sin: Sex and Society in Modern Ireland, among many other titles. His most recent book is Ambiguous Republic: Ireland in the 1970s. Ferriter is a professor of modern Irish history at University College Dublin.  Sponsor: Lowell Humanities Series

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