Author Archives: Bookworm

A refugee’s story of coming to America

Abdi Nor Iftin survived a childhood in war-torn Mogadishu, Somalia, was threatened by terrorists, and spent years as a refugee in Kenya. He chronicled his journey from violence and trauma to freedom in the United States in his memoir, Call … Continue reading

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A historical look at a case of violence

A new book by Boston College Associate Professor of History Sylvia Sellers-García opens with a disturbing account of events that occurred one morning in Guatemala City in the summer of 1800. A surveyor and mapmaker opens his study window to … Continue reading

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Mae Ngai

Historian Mae M. Ngai, who studies questions of immigration, citizenship, and nationalism, will present “The Chinese Question, the Gold Rushes and Global Politics” — the focus of her forthcoming book — on Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in Gasson Hall, … Continue reading

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Balletball

Nini loves ballet. But when Nini’s mom signs her up for baseball, she is less than happy. In the new picture book Balletball (Charlesbridge, 2020), Nini eventually comes to see that ballet and baseball have more in common than she … Continue reading

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Louise Imogen Guiney

Louise Imogen Guiney (1861-1920), an American poet and essayist with ties to 19th-century Boston literary circles, is the subject of a retrospective exhibition at John J. Burns Library, on display through May 29. “Devoted Catholic & Determined Writer: Louise Imogen … Continue reading

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Pilgrim shrines in France

In her book, historian Virginia Reinburg looks at pilgrim shrines—Sainte-Reine, Notre-Dame du Puy, Notre-Dame de Garaison, and Notre-Dame de Betharram—and the way they served as places of healing, holiness, and truth in early modern France. In Storied Places: Pilgrim Shrines, … Continue reading

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Ellen Winner

BC Professor Ellen Winner is the featured speaker in the Art, Art History, and Film Department’s lecture/discussion series, Currents, taking place Feb. 13 at 12:10 p.m. in Devlin Hall, Room 425. The series highlights local thinkers and makers. Winner directs … Continue reading

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