The ethics of food and the health of the planet

University of Virginia Professor of Religion, Ethics & Environment Willis Jenkins will give an address on “The Ethics of Food and the Health of the Planet” on Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. in Gasson Hall, room 100. A co-director of the Institute for Practical Ethics, Jenkins studies how religious traditions interpret social questions, with a particular interest in intersections of religious ethics and environmental questions.  He is an expert on the ethics of climate change, the ethics of food, the relation of Christian theology to modern environmental problems, and other questions attending moral life in the Anthropocene. Jenkins is the author of Ecologies of Grace: Environmental Ethics and Christian Theology, winner of a Templeton Award for Theological Promise, and The Future of Ethics: Sustainability, Social Justice, and Religious Creativity, which won an American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion. Sponsor: Park Street Corporation Speaker Series.

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Margaret Thomas appointed LSA archivist

Photo of Margaret ThomasThe Linguistic Society of America has appointed Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literatures Professor of Linguistics Margaret Thomas as LSA Archivist, for an initial term of three years. Among her responsibilities, Thomas will act as a liaison between the Western Historical Manuscript Collection staff and both the LSA staff and potential users or contributors to the archives. She also will promote the usefulness of the LSA Archives collections to scholars. Thomas’ areas of expertise are the history of linguistics and second language acquisition. She is the author of Fifty Key Thinkers on Language and Linguistics and Universal Grammar in Second-Language Acquisition, among other works. Founded in 1924 to advance the scientific study of language, the Linguistic Society of America plays a critical role in supporting and disseminating linguistic scholarship both to professional linguists and to the general public.

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Yak Girl

Dorje Dolma will talk about her remarkable childhood, the focus of her memoir, Yak Girl: Growing Up in the Remote Dolpo Region of Nepal (Sentient Publications, 2018), on Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. in Higgins Room, 310. Dolma was born in an undeveloped region of Nepal, high in the mountains bordering Tibet. She was the oldest of eleven children, only six of whom survived their harsh living conditions. At age ten, Dolma’s parents took her on a month-long trek to Kathmandu to find help for a life-threatening disease. There they encountered Westerners who brought Dolma to the US for life-saving surgery. Through vignettes of daily life, Dolma tells a story of loss and survival, and offers a vivid picture of the practice of centuries-old Tibetan traditions. Sponsor: Asian Studies.

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Law and Christian ethics

Cover for Ethics at the Edges of Law In her new book Ethics at the Edges of Law: Christian Moralists and American Legal Thought (Oxford University Press, 2017), Libby Professor of Law and Theology Cathleen Kaveny explores the intellectual exchange between the American legal tradition and the tradition of Christian ethics in a novel way. Kaveny’s approach puts a focus on common law as a source of more knowledge and wisdom for Christian ethicists. Kaveny brings the work of contemporary ethicists such as Paul Ramsey, John Noonan, Margaret Farley, and Stanley Hauerwas into “conversation” with the American legal tradition to show how the law can enrich and illuminate ethical issues.  Read more from BC News.

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The Theology of the People

An English translation of Pope Francis and the Theology of the People (Orbis Books) by School of Theology and Ministry Associate Professor of the Practice Rafael Luciani has been published. Originally written in Spanish, the book focuses on the pastoral and theological vision of Pope Francis, particularly his embrace of a type of liberation theology called the theology of the people. Pope Francis and the Theology of the People was used in a course Luciani taught at the STM. According to Luciani, Boston College was the first college or university in the U.S. to offer a course on the Latin American roots and the theology of Pope Francis. Luciani was able to present Pope Francis with the English translation during a private audience he had with the pontiff in November. More from BC News. | National Catholic Reporter review

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Book award for Coquillette

Monan Professor of Law Daniel Coquillette and co-author Bruce Kimball were awarded the Peter Dobkin Hall History of Philanthropy Book Prize for their publication, On the Battlefield of Merit: Harvard Law School, The First Century. The award was presented by the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, an international group that connects scholars, teachers and practice leaders interested in research on nonprofit organizations, voluntary action, philanthropy and civil society. On the Battlefield of Merit offers a candid, critical, and definitive account of Harvard Law from 1817 to 1909. [Read more in the 10-29-15 BC Bookmarks post.]

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Candlemas Lecture: Willie Jennings

Award-winning author and ordained Baptist minister Willie Jennings will give the annual Candlemas Lecture on February 8 at 7:00 p.m. in Devlin Hall, Room 101. Jennings, an associate professor of systematic theology and Africana Studies at Yale Divinity School, will present “To Hear the World Again: Giving Christians an Actual Doctrine of Creation.” Jennings writes on liberation theologies, cultural identities, and anthropology, and is the author of the book The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race, which won the American Academy of Religion Award of Excellence in the Study of Religion and the Grawemeyer Award in Religion. He is at work on a new project on the doctrine of creation, tentatively titled Reframing the World. Sponsors: Lowell Humanities Series and Theology Department.

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