Discourse Analysis Beyond the Speech Event

Stanton Wortham, Charles F. Donovan, S.J., Dean of the Boston College Lynch School of Education and Human Development, and co-author Angela Reyes (Hunter College and City University of New York) have released a second edition of Discourse Analysis Beyond the Speech Event (Routledge, 2020). The first edition of Discourse Analysis Beyond the Speech Event was awarded the 2016 Edward Sapir Book Prize from the Society for Linguistic Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association. Wortham and Reyes contend that discourse analysis needs to move beyond fixed speech events and consider the development of discourses over time. The authors lay out a set of tools and techniques on how to conduct discourse analysis of linked events, allowing researchers to understand not only individual events but also the patterns that emerge across them. Wortham talks about the new edition of his book in this video from the Lynch School. Wortham is a linguistic anthropologist and educational ethnographer who is the author/editor of nine books, including Migration Narratives: Diverging Stories in Schools, Churches, and Civic Institutions.

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A world both beautiful and brutal

Boston College alumnus Brian Treanor, a professor of philosophy at Loyola Marymount University, has written Melancholic Joy: On Life Worth Living (Bloomsbury, 2021), a wide-ranging and accessible meditation on the human condition and the paradox of evil and good in our lived experience. Drawing on philosophy, literature, and poetry, Treanor concludes that we that we can neither explain away evil or dismiss the stubborn persistence of the good and instead must live in the tension between the two. Treanor contends that attending to the fullness of reality—everyday frustrations and extraordinary horrors as well as beauty and goodness—leads to a “melancholic joy.” Treanor earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from BC and holds the Charles S. Casassa Chair of Social Values at LMU. Read a sample of Melancholic Joy.

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A personal account of bipolar disorder

Will Morro was diagnosed with Bipolar 1 Disorder at the age of 20 while a student at Boston College. Over 13 years, he endured six hospitalizations in mental health facilities and nine psychiatric evaluations in emergency rooms. His book, Nobody Believes Crazy (Stay Thirsty Press, 2020), delivers a first-person account of living with mental illness. Nobody Believes Crazy has been described as a “gritty, authentic memoir” that describes what it is like to have bipolar disorder—what it feels like, how your brain reacts, and the feeling of being, at times, kidnapped by the illness. A must-read for anyone living with bipolar disorder and their family and friends.

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Inside the Bubble with Jared Dudley

In the new book, Inside the NBA Bubble: A Championship Season under Quarantine, Boston College alumnus Jared Dudley shares an insider’s account of life during the NBA lockdown and the journey his Los Angeles Lakers traveled, during a year marked by the pandemic and racial injustice, to win a world championship.  Written with journalist Carvell Wallace, Inside the NBA Bubble tells Dudley’s story of the LA Lakers who joined more than 300 players and personnel from 21 teams to play basketball in a vacated Disney World, isolated from most family and friends, for nearly 100 days. It would be a season that challenged and inspired the NBA veteran and former BC Eagle standout.

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Fiction Days presents Min Jin Lee

Min Jin Lee, author of the bestseller Pachinko (Grand Central Publishing, 2017), will give a lecture and read from her novel in a virtual event on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. Her reading will be followed by a moderated discussion and audience Q&A. Pachinko, a National Book Award finalist, follows four generations of a Korean immigrant family living in 20th century Japan. Pachinko is being adapted into a limited series for Apple TV. Lee also is the author of the novel Free Food for Millionaires. She is a writer-in-residence at Amherst College. Her appearance is presented by the Lowell Humanities Series and co-sponsored by the American Studies Program and the Asian American Studies Program. Pre-register for the webinar here.

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White House whistleblower

Miles Taylor, whose 2018 anonymous opinion piece in The New York Times provided insight into the chaos and instability in President Trump’s administration as well as the efforts of some insiders to work against the president’s alleged recklessness, will present “Why Dissent Matters — Lessons on Leadership Culture” at a virtual event on February 18 at 6:00 p.m. Taylor also is the author of the best-selling book  A Warning (Hachette Book Group, 2019), an expansion of his accounts of the Trump administration and the consequences of re-electing what he called a “commander in chief unfit for the role.” Taylor revealed himself to be “Anonymous” in late 2020. Taylor was the chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where he oversaw day-to-day operations. He was the principal advisor to the Secretary of Homeland Security and managed engagement with the White House, federal agencies, foreign governments, and industry partners. He also served as deputy chief of staff and counselor to Secretary John Kelly, advancing efforts to protect the United States against nation-state adversaries, criminal plots, terrorists, and cyber threats. Today, Taylor is co-founder of the Republican Political Alliance for Integrity and Reform (REPAIR); a senior fellow at the McCrary Center for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security; and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Taylor’s talk is presented by the Carroll School’s Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics and the Political Science Department. Pre-registration is required.

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Book review by Alan Wolfe

Professor Emeritus of Political Science Alan Wolfe, former director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, has penned a book review for the New York Times of Religion and the Rise of Capitalism by Benjamin M. Friedman of Harvard University. Modern economics is highly mathematical, but Friedman shows in his new book that it had its origins in theology. For all its brilliance, writes Wolfe, Religion and the Rise of Capitalism is “mistitled; its overwhelming concentration is on only one religion, the Protestant one.”  Read Wolfe’s complete book review.

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Gasson Lecture on Karl Jaspers

Boston College Gasson Professor Giovanni Pietro Basile, S.J., will present the Gasson Lecture on “Karl Jaspers: Philosophy of Existence as Event and Philosophia Perennis” on February 10 at 4:00 p.m Eastern Time. Professor Basile earned a doctorate in philosophy at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, and has taught at the Munich School of Philosophy and at the LMU Munich. Among his publications are two books – on Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason and on Kant’s Opus postumum – and several papers on Kant, Karl Jaspers, and Paul Ricœur. The Gasson Lecture will be presented in webinar format and pre-registration is required. Vice Provost and Canisius Professor of Theology James Keenan, S.J., will offer an introduction and Joseph Chair in Catholic Philosophy Dermot Moran will chair the event. Sponsors: Office of the Provost, Philosophy Department, and the Jesuit Institute.

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Pedro Arrupe, S.J.

On the 30th anniversary of the death of Pedro Arrupe, S.J., the former superior general of the Society of Jesus, Jesuit Sources has released a long awaited English translation of his biography. Written by Pedro Miguel Lamet, Pedro Arrupe: Witness of the Twentieth Century, Prophet of the Twenty-First is based on extensive research Lamet conducted in Rome, Japan, and the Basque Country, as well as on interviews he did with Fr. Arrupe. Born in the industrial city of Bilbao, Pedro Arrupe (1907-1991) studied medicine in Madrid, but left medical school to join the Society of Jesus. During World War II he worked as a missionary in Japan, where he was accused of being a spy and imprisoned. He witnessed the explosion of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, and he used his medical knowledge to attend to the victims. As Superior General, he became an agent of change in the Catholic Church of the 20th century. Many regard him as a prophet of the 21st century based on his vision regarding issues such as justice, globalization, the marginalization of women, and the plight of refugees, among other topics. This biography is a publication of IJS Studies–Research on Jesuits and the Society of Jesus, an imprint of Jesuit Sources, which is housed in the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College.

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Virtual book event for Shrayer

Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies at Boston College Maxim D. Shrayer will read from and discuss his new book of interconnected poems, Of Politics and Pandemics: Songs of a Russian Immigrant, at a virtual book event organized by Belmont Books on February 11 at 7 p.m. Songs of a Russian Immigrant, which explores the impact of election-year politics and COVID-19 on American society, touches upon themes of despair, hope, love, and loss. An award-winning translingual author, scholar, and translator, Shrayer has more than 15 books to his name, including Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story, Yom Kippur in Amsterdam, and Voices of Jewish-Russian Literature. He will be joined at the book event by his daughter Tatiana Rebecca Shrayer, a 7th-grader at the Driscoll School in Brookline, who will present her award-winning debut poetry collection Searching for Bow and Arrows, which explores the weight of one’s own personal, familial history as well as the history of politics and identity. Details and registration via Belmont Books.

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