A love story of social action

The Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics will present a lecture by Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner Odede, an inspiring story of love and social action that has transformed the lives of vulnerable girls and the poor in the slums of Kenya. Kennedy was born and raised in Kibera, Kenya, one of the largest urban slums in Africa. Jessica met him while on semester abroad from Wesleyan University. Together, they have founded Shining Hope for Communities, a nonprofit that centers around a girl’s school and holistic community services focused on health, clean water and sanitation, ending gender based violence and creating economic empowerment. On Mar. 28 at 6 p.m. in Gasson 100, they will discuss their story, which is the told in their book, Find Me Unafraid: Love, Loss, Hope in an African Slum. Kennedy was named a Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur and is a recipient of a Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award.  Jessica won the 2010 Do Something Award and was named “America’s top-world changer 25 and under.”

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Questions for Terrible People

BC alumnus Wes Hazard, a noted comedian, poet, and storyteller, has released his first book, Questions For Terrible People (Adams Media, 2016). The humor book features a series of questions designed to elicit fun and revealing responses–perfect for long car rides or parties, according to the author. Named one of “five Boston comedians to watch” by Boston Globe MagazineHazard has recently been interviewed by the Boston Globe and WCVB-TV’s Chronicle.

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Humans and the planet

sustainable-book-by-sachsJeffrey Sachs, one of the world’s leading thinkers on economic development, will speak on “Economics and Ethics for the Anthropocene” on Mar. 24 at 4:30 p.m. in Devlin Hall, room 008. Sachs is the author of several books, including The Age of Sustainable Development, The Price of Civilization, and The End of Poverty. His syndicated monthly newspaper column appears in more than 100 countries. Sachs was the co-recipient of the 2015 Blue Planet Prize, the leading global prize for environmental leadership. He is a senior UN advisor and served as the director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University. He is currently University Professor at Columbia University, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. Sponsor: Lowell Humanities Series.

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Essays by Frederick G. Lawrence

fragilityThe Fragility of Consciousness: Faith, Reason, and the Human Good (University of Toronto Press, 2017) is the first published collection of essays by Professor of Theology Frederick G. Lawrence, considered the authoritative interpreter of the work of Bernard Lonergan and an expert in 20th-century continental philosophy and hermeneutics. A celebration of the new book will be held Mar. 24 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in Stokes Hall South, Room 195S. The Fragility of Consciousness contains several of Lawrence’s best known writings as well as unpublished work. His scholarship engages with Heidegger, Gadamer, Habermas, Ricoeur, Strauss, Voegelin, and Benedict XVI, among others. The essays explore various themes, such as the role of religion in a secular age, political theology, economics, neo-Thomism, and Christology.

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The roots of Trumpism


Alan Wolfethe founding director of the Boisi Center on Religion and American Public Life and professor of political science, will give an address on “The Roots of Trumpism” on Mar. 22 at 7:00 pm in Fulton Hall, room 511. The early post-World War II intellectuals who wrote about Joe McCarthy offer a framework for understanding Donald Trump, according to Wolfe, who will examine how their ideas can best be modified to help understand today’s right-wing mood. Wolfe is the author and editor of more than 20 books, including Political Evil: What It Is and How To Combat It, The Future of LiberalismDoes American Democracy Still Work?, and One Nation After All. Considered one of the nation’s most prominent public intellectuals, Wolfe is a frequent contributor to the New York TimesWashington Post, and The Atlantic. This event is the inaugural Wolfe Lecture on Religion and Public Life, sponsored by the Boisi Center.

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Poet Connie Roberts

The 2017 Irish Writers Series at Boston College presents award-winning poet Connie Roberts on Mar. 21 at 4:30 p.m. in Connolly House (300 Hammond St.). Roberts will read from poetry collection, Little Witness (Arlen House, 2015), which was shortlisted for the Shine/Strong Award. Little Witness is inspired by her experiences growing up in an orphanage in the Irish midlands. Roberts received the Patrick Kavanagh Award for her manuscript Not the Delft School and was awarded first prize in the Dromineer Literary Festival Poetry Competition. In 2011 she received a Literature Bursary Award from the Irish Arts Council. She also received the Poetry Collection Award at the Listowel Writers’ Week Festival and won the Boyle Arts Festival Poetry Competition. She emigrated from Ireland to the United States in 1983 and currently teaches creative writing at Hofstra University, where she is part of the university’s Irish Studies program. Read more about Roberts in the New York Times. Sponsor: Center for Irish Programs

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Cancer fighter

Novelist Andrew McAleer gets personal in his newly published book, Positive Results: True Stories of Inspiration and Hope for Cancer Fighters and Caretakers, which chronicles his 15-year connection with cancer, first as a caretaker and then as a patient. Less than two years after losing his mother and father to cancer, McAleer was diagnosed with stage-four melanoma. He would go on to complete a tour of duty in Afghanistan as a U.S. Army Historian. A few months after returning from Afghanistan, McAleer was again diagnosed with stage-four melanoma. McAleer is a Boston College alumnus and faculty member in the Woods College of Advancing Studies. He is the author of Fatal Deeds and co-editor of Coast to Coast: Private Eyes from Sea to Shining Sea and Coast to Coast: Murder from Sea to Shining Sea.

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