Irish Nationalists in Boston

Damien Murray, who earned his doctorate in history from Boston College, has published a book based on his dissertation. Titled Irish Nationalists in Boston: Catholicism and Conflict, 1900-1928 (CUA Press, 2018), the book looks at how the intersection of support for Irish freedom and the principles of Catholic social justice transformed Irish ethnicity in Boston during the early 20th century. Irish-American nationalism in Boston became a source of ethnic unity that enabled Boston’s Irish community to negotiate the challenges of the postwar years, including the anti-socialist Red Scare and the divisions caused by the 1919 Boston Police Strike. Murray is on the faculty of Elms College, where he teaches courses in American history. He is also the author of Romanticism, Nationalism and Irish Antiquarian Societies, 1840-80.

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Book award for BC alumnus

Boston College alumnus Hidetaka Hirota has been honored with the First Book Award from the Immigration and Ethnic History Society for his book Expelling the Poor: Atlantic Seaboard States and the Nineteenth-Century Origins of American Immigration Policy (Oxford University Press). The award recognizes the work of early career scholars in the field of U.S. immigration and ethnic history and honors the book judged best on any aspect of the immigration and ethnic history of the United States and/or North America. Hirota earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in history from BC.

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Translating Isaac Babel

Tablet magazine has published a new English translation—written by BC Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies Maxim D. Shrayer—of one of the most celebrated works of Jewish fiction. Shrayer has translated, from the Russian, “Awakening,” a short story by Isaac Babel. Shrayer is a professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies and the author/editor of more than 15 books of criticism, biography, nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and translation. His most recent book is With or Without You: The Prospect for Russia’s Jews. 

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Students contribute to Azadi magazine

Two Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences seniors have recently had articles published in the Boston-based Persian-language cultural magazine AzadiAustin Bodetti (near left) and Omeed Alidadi (far left), students in Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literature’s “Advanced Readings in Persian” course, translated American news stories for the magazine. The articles were: “The Relation Between Obesity and Fast Eating,” “Iraqi Women Being Sentenced to Death Over Ties to ISIS,” and “Suspicion of Anthrax Sent to Donald Trump Jr.” Bodetti and Alidadi have been invited by the publisher to contribute regularly to the magazine.

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Award-winning BC Law exhibit catalog

The American Association of Law Libraries has awarded its 2018 Law Library Publication Award (Print Division) to the BC Law creators of Robert Morris: Lawyer & Activist, the catalog that accompanied an exhibition of the same name in the Daniel R. Coquillette Rare Book Room last year. The winning entry was co-curated by Founders Professor of Law Mary Sarah Bilder, a legal historian; Legal Information Librarian and Lecturer in Law Laurel Davis, the curator of rare books; and Access Services Librarian Lily Dyer. The exhibit and 25-page illustrated catalog revealed the essential role Robert Morris—the second African-American lawyer in the United States—played in the Massachusetts antislavery and civil rights efforts. AALL is a body of more than 4,000 law librarian and information specialists and  its awards program recognizes the achievements of law librarians for their service to the profession and contributions to legal literature and materials. More from BC Law magazine.

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Award for Weiskott

The 2018 Beatrice White Prize has been awarded to Associate Professor of English Eric Weiskott for English Alliterative Verse: Poetic Tradition and Literary History (Cambridge University Press). Presented by the English Association based at the University of Leicester, the Beatrice White Prize recognizes outstanding scholarly work in the field of English literature before 1590.

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How to Coach Girls

Seventy percent of kids quit organized sports by age 13, with girls quitting six times the rate of boys. This is one of the realities Alison Foley and Mia Wenjen are hoping to change with their new book, How to Coach Girls (Audrey Press, 2018). Targeted to volunteer parents as well as experienced coaches, How to Coach Girls is a comprehensive guide to coaching girls teams across the spectrum of sports, from soccer to lacrosse, field hockey to softball. The authors cover all the major issues, including how to pick captains, the importance of growth mindset, issues around body image and puberty, as well as the intricacies of coaching your own daughter. Foley is the Head Coach of BC Women’s Soccer. Plymouth WickedLocal article.

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