Arts Festival 2017

arts festival 2017Boston College’s annual Arts Festival is a time for the BC community to gather and celebrate the visual, performing, and literary arts. Among the highlights in the literary arts this year are readings from seniors in the creative writing concentration (Apr. 27, noon, Gasson 100); the Jane Austen-Edgar Allan Poe smackdown (Apr., 27, 5 p.m., Devlin 101), and readings by faculty authors Carlo Rotella, Andrew Sofer, Eileen Donovan Kranz, Michael C. Keith, Allison Adair, Christopher Boucher, Sue Roberts, James Najarian, Bob Chibka and Kim Garcia (noon, Apr. 28 and 29, Gasson 100). In addition, alumna Tracey Wigfield, who won an Emmy Award for writing, will participate in a number of events throughout the festival. Wigfield is a television producer/writer who has worked on “30 Rock” and “The Mindy Project.” She is the creator and executive producer of the new show, “Great News.” BC News | Full Schedule

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Artist Hartmut Austen

Here R More (Good Weather, 2016) is a book that showcases the work of visual artist Hartmut Austen, an assistant professor in the Art, Art History, and Film Department. The book collaborators are Haynes Riley (design) and Ruben Nusz (text). Austen, who was born in Germany, is an abstract painter who has been influenced by German Neo-Expressionism and American minimalism and conceptual art. Austen said the book was a way to bring his art out into the world, beyond the walls of a gallery where this work was first displayed in an exhibition of the same name. He talks about the book with the BC Libraries.

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New books from BC alumni

BC alumna Emily Bloom has published The Wireless Past: Anglo-Irish Writers and the BBC, 1931-1968 (Oxford University Press, 2017), the first book-length study of Irish literary broadcasting on the BBC. Drawing upon unpublished radio archives, this book shows that radio broadcasting, rather than prompting a break with literary history and traditional literary forms, in fact served as an important means for reinterpreting the legacies of oral and print traditions. A book event at Columbia University’s Heyman Center for the Humanities on Apr. 27 at 6:15 p.m. will celebrate the publication of The Wireless Past as well as the publication of Expelling the Poor: Atlantic Seaboard States and the Nineteenth-Century Origins of American Immigration Policy by BC alumnus Hidetaka Hirota. [More about Expelling the Poor in this 2/1/17 BC Bookmarks post.]

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Poet Juana Rosa Pita

juanaAward-winning poet Juana Rosa Pita will read from her poetry and participate in a Q&A on April 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the McMullen Museum of Art. Pita was a friend of artist Rafael Soriano, whose work is on exhibit at the McMullen. She has written 27 books of  poetry and has been honored with the Premio Internazionale Ultimo Novecento and the First Prize of Poetry for Latin America from the ICH of Málaga. Seating is limited; please register in advance.

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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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