Pulitzer Prize–winning author Anne Applebaum will give a talk on her new book, Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine, on Oct. 23 at 10:30 a.m. in the conference center at 2101 Commonwealth Ave., Brighton Campus. In Red Famine, which spans the Ukrainian Revolution of 1917 to the Ukrainian famine of 1932-33, Applebaum reveals the central clues for understanding today’s troubled Ukrainian-Russian relations. A Washington Post columnist, Applebaum has written extensively about communism and the development of civil society in Central and Eastern Europe. She is the author of Gulag: A History, which won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction, as well as Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945-1956, which won the 2012 Cundill Prize for Historical Literature. She is a professor of practice at the London School of Economics’ Institute of Global Affairs, where she runs Arena, a project on disinformation and 21st century propaganda. Sponsors: The Department of Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literatures, Institute for the Liberal Arts, Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy, and Heinz Bluhm Memorial Lecture Series. | Read the New York Times book review of Red Famine.
The School of Theology and Ministry is hosting a book launch on Oct. 19 to celebrate the publication of STM Dean Thomas Stegman, S.J.‘s latest book, Written for Our Instruction: Theological and Spiritual Riches in Romans (Paulist Press, 2017). The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Heights Room of Corcoran Commons. Written for Our Instruction sheds light on central aspects of the theology and spirituality Paul sets forth in his Letter to the Romans. At the event, Fr. Stegman will talk about how the book invites readers to make Paul’s teaching more relevant to their own lives. Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event.
A richly journalistic portrait of Russia’s dwindling, but still vibrant and influential Jewish community, is presented in a new book by Boston College Professor Maxim D. Shrayer. Based on new evidence and a series of interviews, With or Without You: The Prospect for Today’s Jews in Russia (Academic Studies Press, 2017) is both an exploration of the texture of Jewish life in Putin’s Russia and an émigré’s moving elegy for Russia’s Jews—a group which 40 years ago constituted one of the world’s largest Jewish populations. With or Without You yields insights into the complex situation of Russian Jews today: about the minority who have remained, against all odds, in their mother country and about Russia, a country continuously losing its Jews. Shrayer has authored and edited more than 15 books of criticism, biography, nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and translation, including the memoirs Waiting for America: A Story of Emigration and Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story (2013 National Jewish Book Award finalist) and the story collection Yom Kippur in Amsterdam.
Irish novelist Eimear McBride will talk about her acclaimed book, A Girl is a Half-formed Thing, on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. in Gasson Hall, Room 100. Her novel was awarded the Goldsmiths Prize, Baileys Prize for Women’s Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize), Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year, Desmond Elliot Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. McBride is also the author of The Lesser Bohemians, which was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize and the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction. Co-sponsors: Lowell Humanities Series and the Irish Studies Program. | Interview with McBride in the Guardian
Associate Professor of English Angela Ards, who joined Boston College this fall, will help develop and direct a new interdisciplinary minor in journalism expected to debut in the fall of 2018. Ards is a former editor and writer at The Village Voice and The Nation and contributor to Ms. Magazine and other publications. She is the author of the book Words of Witness: Black Women’s Autobiography in the Post-Brown Era, which examines how the memoirs of Melba Beals, Rosemary Bray, June Jordan, Eisa Davis, Edwidge Danticat and other civil rights activists diverge from presumptive “official” accounts of the era. Ards’ experience as a journalist and work as a scholar in the fields of literature, history and cultural studies will be equally important in BC’s effort to recast journalism in a modern, multidisciplinary liberal arts framework while retaining awareness of its tradition and tenets. Read more from BC News.
Dr. Philip Landrigan, one of the world’s leading advocates of children’s health whose pioneering research on the effects of lead poisoning in children contributed to the U.S. government’s decision to remove lead from gasoline and paint, will present “The Impact of Pollution on Planetary Health: Emergence of an Underappreciated Risk Factor” on Oct. 12 at 7:00 p.m. in Gasson Hall, Room 100. A pediatrician, epidemiologist, and leader in public health and preventive medicine, Dr. Landrigan is a professor of environmental medicine, public health and pediatrics and dean for global health in the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. His leadership of a National Academy of Sciences Committee on pesticides in children’s diets generated widespread understanding that children are uniquely vulnerable to toxic chemicals in the environment and helped to secure the passage of the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996. It also led to the establishment of EPA’s Office of Children’s Health Protection. He was a leader in developing the National Children’s Study, the largest epidemiological study of children’s health and the environment ever launched in the US. A Boston College graduate, he is the co-author of Raising Healthy Children in a Toxic World: 101 Smart Solutions for Every Family; Raising Children Toxic Free: How to Keep Your Child Safe From Lead, Asbestos, Pesticides and Other Environmental Hazards, and the upcoming Children and Environmental Toxins: What Everyone Needs to Know. Sponsor: Park Street Corporation Speaker Series.
Professor Roman Katsman of Bar-Ilan University in Israel will present a lecture titled “New Literary Geography: Demarginalization of Russophone Literature in Israel” on Oct. 12 at noon in Lyons Hall 207. Katsman is the author of six books and numerous articles about Hebrew and Russian literatures, and Jewish-Russian and Russian-Israeli literature and thought. His most recent book, Nostalgia for a Foreign Land, examines the Russian-language literature in Israel. His other major publication include Literature, History, Choice: The Principle of Alternative History in Literature, At the Other End of Gesture. Anthropological Poetics of Gesture in Modern Hebrew Literature and The Time of Cruel Miracles: Mythopoesis in Dostoevsky and Agnon. Sponsors: Department of Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literatures, the Jewish Studies Program, the Heinz Bluhm Memorial Lecture Series, and the East European Studies Minor.