Greater Boston Intercollegiate Undergraduate Poetry Festival

Undergraduate student poets representing some 20 Boston area colleges and universities will gather at BC April 25 to present their work at the annual Greater Boston Intercollegiate Undergraduate Poetry Festival. All participants read original work at the event, and a chapbook of poetry by the participants is published in conjunction with the festival. BC senior Sherry (Yu-Hsuan) Hsiao was selected to present her poem “Twenty Minutes to Jing An.” The event will feature a keynote address by writer Andrea Cohen, director of the Writers House at Merrimack College and the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge. The recipient of a PEN Discovery award and Glimmer Train’s Short Fiction Award, Cohen is the author of Unfathoming, Furs Not Mine, Kentucky Derby, Long Division and The Cartographer’s Vision. Her poems and stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry, Threepenny Review, The Atlantic, and New Republic, among other publications. More from BC News.

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21st Century Corporate Citizenship

For more than 30 years, the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship has worked to provide the resources and tools to help organizations make the most of their corporate citizenship programs by aligning environmental, social, and governance objectives with business goals. Now, Center for Corporate Citizenship Executive Director Katherine Valvoda Smith and Dave Stangis, vice president of corporate responsibility and chief sustainability officer for Campbell Soup Company, have teamed up to create a comprehensive blueprint for corporate citizenship success: 21st Century Corporate Citizenship: A Practical Guide to Delivering Value to Society and Your Business.  This ‘how-to’ handbook presents a step-by-step process aimed at helping readers create the most successful business possible in the 21st century competitive landscape, empowering corporate citizenship professionals to accelerate their credibility within their company as an effective contributor who understands their company’s strategy and who creates value. The tools and insights presented are valuable for every business person thinking about how to differentiate their company and maximize business and social value—from the sole proprietor to those working in a global megacorporations.

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Award, new publications for Muldoon

BC alumnus Tim Muldoon, a visiting associate professor in the Honors Program, has been named recipient of the 2017 Writer’s Award in Spirituality, presented by the Board of Directors of the Loyola Institute for Spirituality to honor someone who has demonstrated excellence in furthering the spiritual teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola through writing. He will receive the award at a ceremony in May. Among Muldoon’s publications are The Ignatian Workout, Longing to Love, and Six Sacred Rules for Families: A Spirituality for the Home (with wife and BC alumna Sue Muldoon). | He also has two new publications: The Discerning Parent: An Ignatian Guide to Raising Your Teen (with Sue Muldoon) (Ave Maria Press) and Living Against the Grain: How to Make Decisions That Lead to an Authentic Life (Loyola Press). The Discerning Parent offers practical advice—based on the professional and personal experiences of the Muldoons—on  how the Ignatian practice of discernment can be an excellent tool for the healthy parenting of teens and tweens.  In Living Against the Grain, Muldoon offers a field-tested strategy for those facing a time of transition to help them discern their deepest desires and discover their true purpose in and for the world. Living Against the Grain is based on a Capstone course Muldoon has taught for a number of years. The Capstone Program hosted a book release reception for Muldoon’s book on April 18.  

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Dorothy Day’s granddaughter

Writer Kate Hennessy, the youngest grandchild of Catholic social activist Dorothy Day, will speak on April 19 at 5:30 p.m. in Gasson Hall, room 100. Hennessy is the author of Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty (Scribner, 2017), a reflective, heartfelt, and humorous biography of Day. Sponsors: Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, School of Theology and Ministry’s Continuing Education, the Theology Department, the Volunteer and Service Learning Center, PULSE, the Catholic Studies Program, and the Church in the 21st Century Center. | NPR interview with Hennessy.

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The Well‑Tempered City

Jonathan F.P. Rose, one of the nation’s leading thinkers on the integration of environmental, social, and economic solutions for today’s urban issues, will give a talk on Apr. 20 at 5 p.m. in Fulton Hall, Honors Library. A real estate developer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Rose is the author of The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations and Human Behavior Teach us About the Future of Urban Life. In his book, Rose champions the role of cities in addressing the environmental, economic, and social challenges of the 21st century. Sponsors: Joseph E. Corcoran Center for Real Estate and Urban Action and the Institute for the Liberal Arts.

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Adoption, secrecy, and love

irishmotherThe 2017 Irish Writers Series at Boston College presents journalist Caitríona Palmer, who will read from her memoir, An Affair with My Mother: A Story of Adoption, Secrecy and Love, on April 19 at 4:30 p.m. in Devlin Hall, Room 101. Born in Dublin, Palmer was adopted as an infant. She set about searching for her birth mother once she was an adult. What she found, and the secret relationship she formed with her birth mother, reveal the dark place that adoption holds in Ireland’s history. Palmer is a Boston College alumna and has written for the Irish Independent, the Irish Times, the Irish Echo, the Glasgow Sunday Herald, RTE Radio, BBC, and the Global Radio Network. She is currently a writer-in-residence at the Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco. Co-sponsors: Irish Studies and the Institute for the Liberal Arts. Register for the event.  || Watch an interview with Palmer.

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Protagoras’ Challenge to Socrates

One of the central challenges to contemporary political philosophy is the apparent impossibility of arriving at any commonly agreed upon “truths.”  To understand the strengths and weaknesses of contemporary radical relativism, scholars turn to the sophists of antiquity—the most famous and challenging of whom is Protagoras. In Sophistry and Political Philosophy: Protagoras’ Challenge to Socrates (University of Chicago Press, 2016), author Behrakis Professor of Hellenic Political Studies Robert C. Bartlett provides the first close reading of Plato’s two-part presentation of Protagoras. Bartlett’s critical interpretation offers a significant tool for understanding the history of philosophy, and, in tracing Socrates’s response to Protagoras’ teachings, he also builds toward a richer understanding of both ancient sophistry and what Socrates meant by “political philosophy.” He discusses his book with Nina Bogdanovsky of BC Libraries.

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