Slavery and the making of American capitalism

slavery-american-capitalismThe expansion of slavery in the decades after American independence drove the evolution and modernization of the United States, which seized control of the world market for cotton and became a wealthy nation with global influence. Edward Baptist, a professor of history at Cornell University, will present “Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism” on October 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Higgins Hall, room 300. Baptist is the author of The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism and Creating an Old South: Middle Florida’s Plantation Frontier Before the Civil War. Martin Summers, an associate professor of history and African and African Diaspora Studies at Boston College, will offer a response. Baptist is currently leading a project called Freedom on the Move, a collaborative effort in digital history that is building a crowd-sourced database of all fugitive slave advertisements, which recently won an NEH Digital Projects Start-Up Grant. Sponsors: Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, with the Institute for the Liberal Arts and the African and African Diaspora Studies Program.

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My Journey to the Heights

mcintyre-memoirMy Journey to the Heights: A Memoir of Boston College (1951-2015) is a new book that captures the story of James P. McIntyre ’57, M.Ed.’61, D.Ed.’67, H’11, from his humble beginnings in Malden to a student in BC’s Evening College in the 1950s through his unprecedented 56-year career as a beloved and respected Boston College administrator. The memoir also, in turn, tells the story of the evolution of Boston College from a commuter school for local Catholics to one of the nation’s preeminent national universities. During a professional career that ran from 1959 until his death in 2015,  McIntyre served under four Boston College presidents and there were few major University issues in which he was not personally involved. McIntyre had a hand in establishing BC’s financial aid program, creating its centralized student affairs office as BC’s first lay vice president, directing its first capital campaign as its newly appointed vice president for University Affairs, and hosting international finance conferences and other events as senior vice president. In addition, the Newton Campus, Flynn Recreation Complex, Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr. Library, Silvio O. Conte Forum, Robsham Theater Arts Center, renovated Alumni Stadium, and Merkert Chemistry Center were all the fruits of McIntyre’s efforts, as were many of the University’s largest contributions that he procured from his unique ability to cultivate deep, personal relationships with BC alumni. Undertaken at the request of University President William P. Leahy, S.J., My Journey to the Heights was produced by Executive Director of Marketing Communications and Boston College Magazine Editor Ben Birnbaum and edited by Senior Writer William Bole, and is available for purchase from the Boston College Bookstore. More from BC News.

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Edgar & Brigitte

edgarbrigetteWhen Hitler became chancellor of Germany on Janu­ary 30, 1933, there were 525,000 Jews living in Germany. By the end of that year 37,000 had left the country—including Edgar Bodenheimer and Brigitte Levy. Using an extraordinary archive of their personal journals, letters, speeches, and published writings, Edgar and Brigitte’s daughter, Boston College Professor of English Emerita Rosemarie Bodenheimer, traces her parents’ story of assimilation, emigration, and reassimilation in the new book, Edgar and Brigitte: A German Jewish Passage to America (University Alabama Press, 2016). The Bodenheimer and the Levy families embodied many of the qualities of their generation of German Jews in pre-World War II Germany: more German than Jewish, highly educated, and immersed in the German cultural ideal of Bildung. Their story is both an intimate biography of family and a wider account of the struggles faced by many immigrants with deep German roots. Rosemarie Bodenheimer is also the author of Knowing Dickens and The Real Life of Mary Ann Evans: George Elliot, Her Letters and Fiction, which was chosen as a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book.

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Hip-Hop generation’s activism

hiphopgenAndreana Clay will examine the response of hip-hop communities to current movements like Black Lives Matter in her talk “‘Hell You Talmbout?’: Black Lives, Black Resistance and Hip-Hop.” Her lecture will be held on Sept. 27 at 4:30 p.m. in Devlin Hall, Room 101. An associate professor of sociology at San Francisco State University, Clay is the author of the book The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back: Youth Activism and Post-Civil Rights Politics. Her articles have been published in Home Girls Make Some Noise!: A Hip-Hop Feminist Anthology, the American Behavioral Scientist, and Meridians: A Journal of Race, Feminism, and Transnationalism. Sponsor: The African and African Diaspora Studies Program.
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The Other Air Force

air-forceAs it seeks to win the hearts and minds of citizens in the Muslim world, the United States has poured millions of dollars into local television and radio programming, hoping to generate pro-American currents on Middle Eastern airwaves. In his new book, The Other Air Force: U.S. Efforts to Reshape Middle Eastern Media Since 9/11 (Rutgers University Press, 2016), Communication Assistant Professor Matt Sienkiewicz shows that the Middle Eastern media producers who rely on these funds are hardly puppets on an American string, but instead contribute their own political and creative agendas while working within U.S. restrictions. Drawing from years of field research and interviews, Sienkiewicz gives readers a unique inside look at television and radio production in Afghanistan and the Palestinian territories, an interplay of U.S. military and economic might and local ingenuity and resistance. A review in the New Arab.

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Engaging Islam

islamic-politicalGerhard Böwering, a professor of Islamic Studies at Yale University and Editor-in-Chief of The Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought, will deliver a lecture on “Finding Roots in Scripture and Tradition” as part of the Gasson Lecture Series: Engaging Islam, presented by the Jesuit Institute and the Office of the Provost. The lecture will take place on Sept. 21 at 4:30 p.m in Stokes Hall, Room S195. Bowering is a recipient of fellowships from the Mellon and Guggenheim foundations, as well as the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton.

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evictedMatthew Desmond, author of the New York Times bestseller, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (Penguin/Random House, 2016), will give a talk on Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. in Gasson Hall, room 100. Drawn on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data, Evicted takes readers into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge of poverty and eviction. Desmond is also the author of the award-winning book, On the Fireline. A MacArthur “Genius” grant winner, Desmond is the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University and co-director of the Justice and Poverty Project. His writing has appeared in The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. Sponsor: Lowell Humanities Series.

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