Saint Teresa of Avila

teresaAn English translation of André Brouillette, S.J.’s revised and published dissertation has been released by Paulist Press. Teresa of Avila, the Holy Spirit, and the Place of Salvation looks at how the Spirit and salvation come together in the life and works of Saint Teresa of Avila. According to Fr. Brouillette, Saint Teresa—led by the Spirit—shows both humanity and the church what salvation looks like. Fr. Brouillette is an associate professor of systematic and spiritual theology at BC’s School of Theology and Ministry. He also is the author of the forthcoming book, The Pilgrim Paradigm: Faith in Motion.

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Dina Nayeri on the refugee experience

ungrateful refugeDina Nayeri will give a reading from her acclaimed book, The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You (Catapult, 2019), on October 20 at 7 p.m. (ET). Her presentation will be in webinar format followed by a moderated discussion and audience Q&A. At age eight, Nayeri and her mother and brother fled Iran and lived in an Italian hotel-turned–refugee camp. Ultimately, she was granted asylum in the United States and settled in Oklahoma. In The Ungrateful Refugee, Nayeri weaves together her own story with the stories of other refugees and asylum seekers to shed light on what it is to be a refugee, to grapple with your place in society, attempting to reconcile the life you have known with a new, unfamiliar home. All this while bearing the burden of gratitude in your host nation. Nayeri is also the author of the novels A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea and Refuge. Her stories and essays have been published by The New York Times, New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, New Yorker, Granta New Voices, and Wall Street Journal. Nayeri’s appearance is presented by the Lowell Humanities Series and cosponsored by the Fiction Days Series and the English Department. Pre-registration is required.

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The Cross in Dialogue with Other Religions

Cornille_atonementThe central Christian belief in salvation through the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ remains one of the most intractable mysteries of Christian faith. One of the important challenges for contemporary Christian theology involves exploring new ways of understanding the salvific meaning of the cross. Newton College Alumnae Professor of Western Culture Catherine Cornille has edited a new book that brings together Christian theologians with expertise in Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, and African religions to reflect on how engagement with these traditions sheds new light on the Christian understanding of atonement. In Atonement and Comparative Theology: The Cross in Dialogue with Other Religions (Fordham University Press, 2021), contributors illustrate the possibilities for comparative theology to deepen and enrich Christian theological reflection. Boston College graduate Bede Benjamin Bidlack, an associate professor of theology at Saint Anselm College is one of the book’s contributors.

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Book award for Professor Lykes

beyond repairThe Institute for the Study of Genocide has named Beyond Repair? Mayan Women’s Protagonism in the Aftermath of Genocidal Harm winner of the 2021 Lemkin Book Award. Beyond Repair? was co-written by Alison Crosby (York University, Toronto) and Lynch School of Education and Human Development Professor M. Brinton Lykes, who also serves as co-director of BC’s Center for Human Rights and International Justice. Beyond Repair? “explores Mayan women’s agency in the search for redress for harm suffered during the genocidal violence perpetrated by the Guatemalan state in the early 1980s at the height of the 36-year armed conflict. The book draws on research conducted with 54 Q’eqchi’, Kaqchikel, Chuj, and Mam women who are seeking truth, justice, and reparation for the violence they experienced during the war, and the women’s rights activists, lawyers, psychologists, Mayan rights activists, and researchers who have accompanied them as intermediaries for more than a decade.” The Lemkin Book Award recognizes the best non-fiction book published in English or translated into English that focuses on the causes, prevention, response, or consequences of genocide and mass atrocities. Beyond Repair? was selected for its methodological rigor, clarity of argument, and sophisticated analysis of the ways in which Maya women have sought redress for the genocidal violence carried out by the Guatemalan state. The award will be presented in New York City this fall.

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Guide for ‘Fratelli Tutti’

mescher_studyBoston College graduate Marcus Mescher has written The Study Guide to the Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis: Fratelli Tutti, On Fraternity and Social Friendship (Paulist Press, 2021), which is intended to be a resource for prayer, conscience formation, and discussion in response to Pope Francis’ call to practice mercy, solidarity, and hope. Mescher’s study guide helps readers pray with the text, reflect on it, and look for connections with the canon of Catholic social teaching, and ultimately leads toward action that builds “communities of belonging and solidarity.” Mescher, an associate professor of Christian ethics at Xavier University, is also the author of The Ethics of Encounter: Christian Neighbor Love as a Practice of Solidarity.

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Migration through legal and theological lenses

christianity and law of migrationProfessor of Theological Ethics Kristin Heyer is a co-editor and contributor to a new volume, Christianity and the Law of Migration (Routledge, 2021). The book features perspectives from leading Christian theologians and legal scholars on the challenges of global migration. In Part 1, scholars of migration law and policy discuss the legal landscape of migration at both the domestic and international level. In Part 2, Christian theologians, ethicists, and biblical scholars draw on the resources of the Christian tradition to think about migration. In Part 3, each chapter is co-authored by a scholar of law and a scholar of Christian theology, who bring their respective resources and perspectives into conversation on key themes within migration studies. Boston College Professor of Law Daniel Kanstroom is also a contributing scholar. The volume’s other co-editors are Silas W. Allard (Emory University) and Raj Nadella (Columbia Theological Seminary).

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Contemporary religion in Latin America

morello.book.jacketBoston College Associate Professor of Sociology Gustavo Morello, S,J., has spent the past six years trying to understand what the practice of religion looks like in Latin American today. His new book, Lived Religion in Latin America: An Enchanted Modernity (Oxford University Press, 2021), looks closely at three Latin American cities: Lima, Perú; Montevideo, Uruguay; and his native Córdoba, Argentina. With funding from the John Templeton Foundation, Fr. Morello and colleagues conducted 254 individual interviews with ordinary Latin Americans from all walks of life to reveal that modernity has not diminished religion, but transformed it, creating what Fr. Morello calls an “enchanted modernity.” Fr. Morello, who developed the book from the series of D’Arcy Lectures he delivered at Oxford University in 2019, explores how urban, contemporary Latin Americans, both believers and non-believers, from different social classes and religious affiliations, experience transcendence in everyday life. Those experiences take place in a diverse range of sacred spaces, as well as in the mountains, online, or in the form of body art. “I hope the book contributes to a critical theory of contemporary religion—one that is not centered on the West or the North, but that looks at Latin America and the Global South,” Fr. Morello said. “Religion is here, but the way it is practiced changes with us. I’ve tried to look at it in a different way.”

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A story of accompaniment

home madeLiz Hauck and her dad Charlie Hauck—both Boston College graduates—had a plan to start a cooking program in a residential home for teenage boys in state care, which was run by the human services agency Charlie co-directed. But Charlie got sick and died. Liz decided to attempt the cooking project on her own, a kind of offering to her father. She and the kids in the home cooked together every week for nearly three years, until the facility closed. Hauck captured the story of what happened around the dinner table in a new memoir called Home Made: A Story of Grief, Groceries, Showing up — and What We Make When We Make Dinner (Dial Press/Random House, 2021). It is a tender portrait of the radical grace we discover when we consider ourselves bound together in community. Read more in a Q&A with BC News. Hauck also wrote about the experience and how serving others can be as a mean through grief in an article published by America magazine

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Exploring anti-Asian hate

chinese must goHistorian Beth Lew-Williams will give a talk on her award-winning book The Chinese Must Go: Violence, Exclusion, and the Making of the Alien in America (Harvard University Press) on September 29 at 7 p.m. (ET). Her presentation will be in webinar format followed by a moderated discussion and audience Q&A. Lew-Williams, who teaches at Princeton, is a scholar of race and migration in the United States, specializing in Asian American history. The Chinese Must Go looks at how American immigration policies incited anti-Chinese violence in the American West in 1800s, and how the violence, in turn, provoked new exclusionary policies. Lew-Williams will discuss the past outbreak of violence, place it within the broader history of anti-Asian violence, and reflect on the implications for the present day as the country confronts a new surge of anti-Asian hate crimes amid the pandemic. Lew-Williams’ BC talk is presented by the Lowell Humanities Series and co-sponsored by the Asian American Studies Program and the History Department. Pre-registration is required.

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People on the move

crossingThe Center for Human Rights and International Justice will present a discussion with Rebecca Hamlin, author of the new book Crossing: How We Label and React to People on the Move (Stanford University Press), on September 21 at 4:30 p.m. The event will be held in-person at the BC Law School, East Wing 120 and be available via Zoom. Registration is required. Hamlin is an associate professor of legal studies and political science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst whose research focuses on law and immigration politics, with a particular interest in migrant categorization and the concept of a refugee. In Crossing, Hamlin argues against clinging to a distinction between the refugee and other migrants. Drawing on cases of various “border crises” across Europe, North America, South America, and the Middle East, Hamlin outlines major inconsistencies and faulty assumptions on which the migrant/refugee binary relies. She contends that the migrant/refugee binary is a dangerous legal fiction, politically constructed with the ultimate goal of making harsh border control measures more ethically palatable to the public. Author and Northeastern University Associate Professor of Philosophy Serena Parekh will serve as the discussant for the event. Copies of Hamlin’s book will be for sale at the event.

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