Book review by Perkins

world churchProfessor of Theology Pheme Perkins takes a timely look at The World’s Oldest Church: Bible, Art, and Ritual at Dura-Europos, Syria by Michael Peppard in a review for America magazine. Peppard’s text offers a historical and theological reassessment of art and ritual in the oldest Christian building ever discovered, the house-church at Dura-Europos. Perkins is an author and scholar of the New Testament.

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Book II of the Outcasts Series

darkforestBoston College alumnus Chuck Abdella has published the second book in his fantasy/adventure series, the Outcasts. The Darkest Forests picks up where the first installment, The Lies of Autumn, left off, following the quest of Marcus, Quintus, Octavia, Gwen, Synthyya, and Alexia to save the fractured world. New friends join the gang of heroes and the past continues to complicate the present. Abdella was interviewed by his hometown paper shortly after the publication of his first book in the Outcasts Series.

 

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Grad student reviews Laurus

laurusTheology Department doctoral student Nathaniel Peters reviews the award-winning book Laurus by Eugene Vodolazkin (translation by Lisa C. Hayden) for Commonweal magazine. Laurus, which has won two major Russian book prizes, has been listed in the company of such works as The Name of the Rose, Kristin Lavransdatter, The Diary of a Country Priest and Brideshead Revisited. Read the review.

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Essay prize in Latin American thought

 
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“Citizen Kane” at 75

citizen kaneIn America magazine, Fr. Richard A. Blake, S.J., writes about the relevance and timelessness of the film “Citizen Kane,” which had its general release to American audiences 75 years ago. Fr. Blake is a professor of film studies at BC and the author of Afterimage: The Indelible Catholic Imagination in the Works of Six American Filmmakers and Street Smart: The New York of Lumet, Allen, Scorsese and Lee, among other works.

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NYT book review by Graver

maggie coverAuthor and BC Professor of English Elizabeth Graver reviews the latest novel from award-winning writer Maggie O’Farrell for the New York Times. She writes that O’Farrell’s This Must Be the Place “though not without its fault lines, is marvelous, a contemporary and highly readable experiment whose ambitious structure both enacts and illuminates its central concern: what links and separates our 21st-century selves as we love, betray, blunder and soldier on (and back) through time.” Graver is the author of The End of the Point, The Honey Thief, and Awake, among other works.

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Small Wars Journal

small wars cover photoSmall Wars Journal has published an article by alumnus Craig Noyes titled “Pragmatic Takfiris: Organizational Prioritization Along Islamic State’s Ideological Threshold.” Noyes, who earned a BA in history and an MA in political science, was a research assistant who contributed to The Project on National Movements and Political Violence at Boston College. He focuses his research on sectarianism, civil-military relations, the effectiveness of violence, and Levantine affairs. Noyes currently works in the Office of Student Services.

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