Liberation through Reconciliation

ernestoSchool of Theology and Ministry Assistant Professor O. Ernesto Valiente taps into his experiences in his native El Salvador for his new book, Liberation through Reconciliation: Jon Sobrino’s Christological Spirituality (Fordham University Press, 2015). Valiente builds on Jon Sobrino’s thought to construct a Christian spirituality and theology of reconciliation that overcomes conflict by attending to the demands of truth, justice and forgiveness. Listen to a fall 2015 presentation by Valiente on “A Liberating Spirituality for a Suffering World.”

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Argentina’s Dirty War Book Discussion

argentinaAssistant Professor of Sociology Gustavo Morello SJ, will discuss his new book, The Catholic Church and Argentina’s Dirty War, on Feb. 9 at noon in McGuinn 334. The book discussion is sponsored by the Center for Human Rights and International Justice. An RSVP is requested. In his book, Fr. Morello looks at the kidnapping of American Fr. James Week and five seminarians in Argentina as a case study into the relationship between Catholicism and state terrorism during Argentina’s Dirty War. Read more about the book in the 9/8/15 BC Bookmarks.

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Voices of women

sienaTheologian Mary Catherine Hilkert, O. P. will present “The Word of God Entrusted to the Entire Church and the Voices of Women” on February 8 at 7:30 p.m. Sister Hilkert is the author of Naming Grace: Preaching and the Sacramental Imagination and Speaking with Authority: Catherine of Siena and the Voices of Women Today. She has been honored with Washington Theological Union’s Sophia Award for Theological Excellence in service of ministry, Barry University’s Yves Congar Award for Theological Excellence, Dominican University’s Veritas Award, and the Ann O’Hara Graff Memorial Award from the Women’s Constructive Theology Seminar of the Catholic Theological Society of America. Sponsor: Lowell Humanities Series.

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Helping English language learners

brisk bookLynch School of Education Professor Maria Estela Brisk‘s book  Engaging Students in Academic Literacies (Routledge, 2015) is drawn from her experiences helping teachers and students in the Boston Public Schools. Brisk is one of the foremost experts on bilingual education. Her text provides specific information to plan and carry out genre-based writing instruction in English for K-5 students within various content areas. Her approach to teaching writing and academic language is effective in addressing the persistent achievement gap between English language learners and “mainstream” students, especially in the context of current reforms in the U.S.



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The Dogs of Littlefield

dogsoflittlefieldThe latest novel by Suzanne Berne, a part-time faculty member in the English Department, is a comedy of manners that explores the unease behind the manicured lawns of suburban America. In The Dogs of Littlefield (Simon & Schuster, 2016), someone is poisoning the dogs of Littlefield, Massachusetts, a leafy and charming town named one of the best places to live in America. With suspense, satirical social commentary and in-depth character portraits, Berne reveals the discontent concealed behind suburbia’s picket fences. First published in the UK in 2013, The Dogs of Littlefield has now been published in America and recently has been reviewed by the New York Times, Boston Globe and Washington Post, among other outlets. Berne was awarded the Orange Prize for her first novel, A Crime in the Neighborhood. She also is the author of The Ghost at the Table and Missing Lucile.

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Fr. Keenan talk on university ethics

university ethicsCanisius Professor James Keenan, S.J., will discuss his latest book, University Ethics: How Colleges Can Build and Benefit from a Culture of Ethics, at a Feb. 2 luncheon event sponsored by the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life. The event will be held in St. Mary’s Hall, Room 128, from 12:00 noon to 1:15 p.m. RSVP is required. Fr. Keenan is the director of the Jesuit Institute and leads the University’s Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program. Read more about his book in this 5/20/15 BC Bookmarks post. Editor’s Update: This event is now full and has a wait list.

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Sallis in China

chorolgyFrederick J. Adelmann, S.J., Professor of Philosophy John Sallis traveled to Tongji University in Shanghai where he spoke about philosophical exchanges between American and Chinese philosophers. His lectures were organized in connection with the publication of a Chinese translation of his book Chorology.

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