Interracial dialoguing & female storytelling

Emily Bernard, author of the acclaimed book Black is the Body: Stories From my Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine, will give a webinar on fostering interracial understanding and the importance of female storytelling on September 22 beginning at 7 p.m. Bernard will read an excerpt from Black is the Body, followed by a keynote speech and Q&A session. Bernard is the Julian Lindsay Green and Gold Professor of English at the University of Vermont. She is also the author of several other books, including Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten and Some of My Best Friends: Writings on Interracial Friendships. The free, public event requires registration in order to receive a link to the virtual presentation. The event is sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Boston College with the support of the Institute for Liberal Arts and the American Studies Program.


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Student author Louise Faitar

Louise Faitar, a sophomore majoring in neuroscience in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, also is a published author. Her novel, The Evanescence of Fog, is a satirical science fiction/fantasy story that is a comedic yet profound exploration of the nuances of human nature and political institutions. In high school, Faitar was awarded the Joyce Carol Oates Award for Outstanding Short Fiction. A description of the book: “King Gordon Apache’s island nation gets turned upside down when a serial killer invades the mainland and threatens to decimate the population and overthrow the government. In an act of total desperation, the King turns to the only individuals he can trust: a sassy ten-year-old girl, a mentally-unstable musical genius, a pygmy unicorn who won’t shut up, and of course… the guy who lives in a tree. These four unlikely associates have the guts to stop the intruder. Only problem is―they all hate each other.”

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Biography of Rutilio Grande, S.J.

Rutilio Grande, S.J., a parish priest who was assassinated in El Salvador in 1977, is arguably the first Jesuit to be martyred after the Society of Jesus had proclaimed its commitment to “the service of faith and the promotion of justice” as two inseparable elements of the Jesuit mission. Jesuit Sources, which is housed in the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College, has published an authoritative biography of Fr. Grande through its IJS Studies: Research on Jesuits and the Society of Jesus imprint. Written by Rodolfo Cardenal, S.J., The Life, Passion, and Death of the Jesuit Rutilio Grande explores Fr. Grande’s prophetic ministry, a testimony to the Jesuits’ preferential option for the poor, and highlights the parallels between him and Saint Oscar Romero. Fr. Cardenal, a Jesuit historian who knew Fr. Grande, also prepared the documentation for Fr. Grande’s beatification, which was approved by Pope Francis earlier this year.

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Refugees and higher education

In Refugees and Higher Education: Trans-national Perspectives on Access, Equity, and Internationalization, contributors representing a variety of fields—from educational leadership and curriculum development to social work and higher education—offer a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary overview of refugee education issues around the world. These perspectives also provide key insights for faculty and staff at higher education institutions that currently enroll asylees or refugees, as well as those that may do so in the future. The volume is edited by Center for International Higher Education Director Hans de Wit, former CIHE postdoctoral fellow Hakan Ergin, BC alumni Lisa Unangst and Araz Khajarian, and CIHE Research Assistant and doctoral student Tessa DeLaquil. In addition to the editors, BC faculty and alumni contributors to the volume include: Natalie Borg, Hannah Maria Cazzetta, Thomas M. Crea, Michael Cronin, Kerri Evans, Betty Leask, Rebecca Lowenhaupt, Narintohn Luangrath, M. Brinton Lykes, Gabrielle Oliveira, Onur Özmen, Martin Scanlan, Kelber Tozini, and Ayenachew A. Woldegiyorgis. Refugees and Higher Education is the latest volume from the Global Perspectives on Higher Education book series, co-published by Brill | Sense and the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College. Editors for the books series, which provides cogent analysis and comparative perspectives on central issues affecting postsecondary education worldwide, are: CIHE Founding Director Philip G. Altbach, de Wit, and CIHE Managing Director Rebecca Schendel.

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Animals with wild style

In her new nonfiction book, author Jenna Grodzicki introduces young readers to animals that accessorize in usual ways and looks at how these unconventional adornments help the animals survive. Wild Style: Amazing Animal Adornments (Millbrook Press, 2020) features critters such as crabs in sponge hats and lacewing larvae dressing up with jewelry. A Boston College alumna, Grodzicki also is the author of  I See Sea Food: Sea Creatures that Look Like Food and Finn Finds A Friend, among other titles.


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America’s changing vision of tomorrow

The Rise and Fall of the Future: America’s Changing Vision of Tomorrow, 1939–1986 (McFarland Publishers, 2020) offers an unvarnished look at mid-20th century American futurism in U.S. culture. Written by Boston College graduate Gordon Arnold, The Rise and Fall of the Future follows how the mid-20th century American dream of comfort, convenience, and wondrous technological advancements, such as flying cars and robots, met the hard realities of the 1960s and ’70s. Optimism and Utopian dreams were refocused, according to Arnold, and futurism gave way to disillusionment. A teacher, Arnold earned a doctorate from Boston College’s Lynch School of Education and Human Development. His other publications include Animation and the American Imagination, Projecting the End of the American Dream, and Conspiracy Theory in Film, Television, and Politics.

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Journalist Maggie Haberman

New York Times White House correspondent  Maggie Haberman will talk on “The Current Political Landscape” in a webinar on Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. Haberman was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for reporting on Donald Trump’s advisers and their connections to Russia. Before joining the Times, Haberman was a political reporter at Politico, and a finalist for the Mirror Awards, with Glenn Thrush, for the 2014 profile “What Is Hillary Clinton Afraid Of?” She previously worked at The New York Post and The New York Daily News. Presented by the Lowell Humanities Series and co-sponsored by the Campus Activities Board. Register for the virtual event at

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The promise of the sharing economy

When the “sharing economy” launched a decade ago, proponents claimed that it would transform the experience of work—giving earners flexibility, autonomy, and a decent income. But this novel form of work soon sprouted a dark side: exploited ride-share drivers, neighborhoods ruined by Airbnb, racial discrimination, and rising carbon emissions. In her new book, After the Gig: How the Sharing Economy Got Hijacked and How to Win It Back (University of California Press, 2020), Boston College Professor of Sociology Juliet Schor dives into what went wrong with this contemporary reimagining of labor. Schor contends that the basic model—a peer-to-peer structure augmented by digital tech—holds the potential to meet its original promises. Based on nearly a decade of pioneering research, After the Gig presents a compelling argument that through regulatory reforms and cooperative platforms owned and controlled by users, an equitable and truly shared economy is still possible. Schor is the bestselling author of The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline Of Leisure, The Overspent American: Upscaling, Downshifting, And The New Consumer, and True Wealth: How and Why Millions of Americans Are Creating a Time-Rich, Ecologically Light, Small-Scale, High-Satisfaction Economy, among other titles. She spoke about After the Gig on Marketplace Morning Report

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A field guide for MBAs

Boston College alumnus Al Dea has made it his mission to help students search for, apply to, and succeed in graduate business programs. He founded the blog, and has published a book, MBA Insider: How to Make the Most of Your MBA Experience. The book covers the entire MBA experience, from application to post-graduation, providing advice grounded in real-life anecdotes from current and former MBA students at highly ranked programs. MBA Insider is a field guide that students can turn to throughout their MBA educational journey. Dea earned his bachelor’s degree from the Carroll School of Management and served as president of the Undergraduate Government of Boston College. Read more from the Carroll School News.

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Oliver Wendell Holmes

Oliver Wendell Holmes is one of the most influential–and controversial–figures in American law. As a Supreme Court Justice, he wrote foundational opinions about such important constitutional issues as freedom of speech and the limits of state regulatory power. As a scholar and Massachusetts High Court judge, he helped to reshape the common law for the modern industrial era. In her book, Oliver Wendell Holmes: A Willing Servant to an Unknown God (Cambridge University Press, 2020), Boston College Law School Professor Catharine Pierce Wells offers the first exploration of the 19th-century New England influences crucial to the formation of this jurist’s character. Inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson’s transcendentalism, Holmes belonged to a group of men who formulated a philosophy known as American pragmatism. By placing Holmes within the transcendentalist, pragmatist tradition, Wells’s innovative study unlocks his unique identity and contribution to American law. She recently spoke about her book in a SCOTUSblog Q&A.

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