Salameh book reviews

In Middle East Quarterly, Boston College Professor of Near Eastern Studies Franck Salameh reviews the book City of Beginnings: Poetic Modernism in Beirut by Robyn Creswell. According to Salameh, City of Beginnings is “a learned, nuanced, and deeply searching guide” for the student of the Middle East, Arabic literature, literary modernism, or Near Eastern intellectual history. Salameh’s own book, Lebanon’s Jewish Community, was recently reviewed by leading Lebanon historian Eyal Zisser in The Journal for Interdisciplinary Middle Eastern Studies and by Caroline Kahlenberg in Bustan: The Middle East Book Review. Salameh is the senior editor in chief of The Levantine Review. His other publications include Charles Corm and The Other Middle East.

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Catholic Press Assoc. awards

The Catholic Press Association of the U.S. and Canada bestowed honors on three Boston College faculty members at its 2020 Catholic Media Conference. The CPA awards recognize outstanding Catholic media, including books, newspapers, and magazines. Book Awards went to School of Theology and Ministry Professor of Theology and Religious Education Thomas Groome, who was awarded first place honors for his book, Faith for the Heart: A “Catholic” Spirituality (Paulist Press), and Vice Provost for Global Engagement and Canisius Professor of Theology James F. Keenan, S.J., who was recognized with second place honors for Street Homelessness and Catholic Theological Ethics (Orbis Books), which he co-edited with Mark McGreevy. The CPA also awarded STM Associate Professor of Hispanic Ministry and Religious Education Hosffman Ospino with second place honors for his Catholic News Service column, “Caminando Juntos.” More from BC News.

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Aristotelian logic and China

Jesuit missionaries and Chinese literati first introduced Aristotelian logic to China during the late Ming dynasty (in the first half of the 17th century). They collaborated to translate this specific part of the Cursus Conimbricensis, a set of commentaries on Aristotle’s philosophy developed by Jesuit philosophers in Coimbra, Portugal, which had become a popular manual of philosophy used throughout the world. In Jesuit Logic and Late Ming China, scholars examine the significant legacies of introducing Aristotle’s philosophy to Chinese culture. Their different perspectives shed new light on the challenges, successes, and failures of the dialogue on the art of reasoning between China and the West in the early modern period. Jesuit Logic and Late Ming China was edited by Cristiano Casalini, an associate professor and endowed chair in Jesuit pedagogy and educational history at the Lynch School of Education and Human Development and a research scholar with the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College. Casalini also wrote the introduction and two chapters for the volume. Jesuit Logic and Late Ming China is a publication from the IJS Studies imprint of the Institute for Jesuit Sources, housed at the IAJS.

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Book award for Fr. Dan Horan

Catholicity and Emerging Personhood: A Contemporary Theological Anthropology (Orbis Books) by Boston College alumnus Daniel P. Horan, OFM has been awarded first place honors in the category of theology in the 2020 Excellence in Publishing Awards presented by the Association of Catholic Publishers. Fr. Horan, who holds a doctorate from Boston College, is the Duns Scotus Chair of Spirituality at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, where he teaches systematic theology and spirituality.

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Book award for Kersch

Professor of Political Science Ken I. Kersch has received the C. Herman Pritchett Award from the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association for his book Conservatives and the Constitution: Imagining Constitutional Restoration in the Heyday of American Liberalism (Cambridge University Press, 2019) The Pritchett award is given annually for the best book on law and courts published by a political scientist during the previous year. Kersch’s book examines how the intellectual and political trajectory of conservatives took shape on constitutional issues during 1954 to 1980—a period when they were largely sidelined in the American political arena. Read more in BC News.

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A closer look at modern genetics

A new book by Executive Director of Research Infrastructure Joshua Z. Rappoport explores the social, ethical, and economic impacts of modern genetics, where cutting-edge technologies have provided unprecedented access to personal genetic information. Mapping Humanity: How Modern Genetics Is Changing Criminal Justice, Personalized Medicine, and Our Identities (BenBella Books, 2020) is a guide for readers looking to understand the potential risks and benefits of genetic information technologies and genetic engineering. Topics covered include personal genetic testing products, such as 23andMe, DNA’s impact on the criminal justice system, Genetically Modified Organisms, genome editing, and gene therapy. Rappoport, who joined Boston College in 2019, earned a Ph.D. from the Program in Mechanisms of Disease and Therapeutics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine Graduate School of Biological Sciences of New York University.

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Remembering the Big, Bad Bruins

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Boston Bruins’ 1970 Stanley Cup championship. Boston College alumnus Thomas Whalen takes readers on a trip back to that memorable season in his new book, Kooks and Degenerates on Ice: Bobby Orr, the Big Bad Bruins, and the Stanley Cup Championship That Transformed Hockey (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2020). He opens the book with a look at the U.S. in 1970 and what was happening outside the sports world in politics and pop culture. He then delves into the 1969-70 Bruins, led off the ice by coach Harry Sinden and on the ice by players like Bobby Orr, Johnny Bucyk, Phil Esposito, and Derek Sanderson. A Massachusetts native, Whalen earned a master’s degree and doctorate from Boston College and teaches at Boston University. His previous books include Dynasty’s End: Bill Russell and the 1968-69 World Champion Boston CelticsWhen the Red Sox Ruled: Baseball’s First Dynasty, 1912-1918, and Spirit of ’67: The Cardiac Kids, El Birdos, and the World Series That Captivated American. He was interviewed about his book by the Salem News and Boston 25 News.

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A deeper look at Karl Rahner

A scholar of Christian mysticism, Boston College Professor Emeritus Harvey D. Egan, S.J., earned his doctorate in theology under the direction of the influential Jesuit priest and theologian Karl Rahner. He combines his interest and expertise in both mysticism and Rahner in the new book, The Christology and Mystical Theology of Karl Rahner (Herder & Herder, 2020), co-authored with Fr. Joseph H. Wong, OSB, Cam. The authors delineate what Rahner means by the mysticism of daily life, the mysticism of the masses, the mysticism of the classical masters, the difference between infused and awakened contemplation, the relation of mysticism to Christian perfection, and Rahner’s controversial view that the mystical life does not require a special grace. The book also considers Rahner’s views of Jesus Christ and St. Ignatius Loyola.

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Fénelon

François Fénelon (1651-1715) was a French theologian, writer, and Roman Catholic archbishop who is arguably one of the most neglected major philosophers of early modernity. His political masterwork was the most-read book in eighteenth-century France after the Bible, and yet only a small fraction of his influential writings have appeared in modern English translation. BC Political Science Professor Ryan Patrick Hanley’s new publication is the first book-length interpretative study of Fénelon’s writings to appear in English. Edited and translated by Hanley, Fénelon: Moral and Political Writings (Oxford University Press, 2020) includes Fénelon’s work on topics ranging from education to literature to religion and statecraft. With an extensive introduction to Fénelon’s life and work, this volume is a critical resource for students and scholars of French history and political philosophy. A companion volume to the translation is Hanley’s book, The Political Philosophy of Fénelon (Oxford University Press, 2020), which focuses on Fénelon’s political thought and its connections to fields such as economics, education, literature, theology, and spirituality. Hanley constructs a new understanding and appreciation of Fénelon, whose work has direct relevance to today’s political world.

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STM scholarly publications

The School of Theology and Ministry’s annual celebration of its faculty’s scholarship was virtual this year due to the pandemic. The video showcase recognizes 2019-20 scholarly publications by STM faculty, including book chapters and journal articles, translations, authored and edited books, and the three issues of Volume 63 of New Testament Abstracts. Faculty members recognized are: John Baldovin, S.J., André Brouillette, S.J., Francine Cardman, Andrew R. Davis, Brian Dunkle, S.J., Thomas Groome, Margaret Eletta Guider, OSF, Angela Kim Harkins, Franklin T. Harkins, David W. Jorgensen, Richard Lennan, Rafael Luciani, Christopher R. Matthews, Theresa O’Keefe, Hosffman Ospino, Michael Simone, S.J., Thomas D. Stegman, S.J., and O. Ernesto Valiente.

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