Author Archives: Bookworm

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Oliver Wendell Holmes is one of the most influential–and controversial–figures in American law. As a Supreme Court Justice, he wrote foundational opinions about such important constitutional issues as freedom of speech and the limits of state regulatory power. As a … Continue reading

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Children’s book author Lisa Rogers

In her debut children’s picture book, Boston College alumna Lisa LaBanca Rogers writes about the inspiration of William Carlos Williams’ spare poem “The Red Wheelbarrow.” Illustrated by Chuck Groenink, 16 Words: William Carlos Williams and “The Red Wheelbarrow” (Schwartz & … Continue reading

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What the Emperor Built

One of the most famous rulers in Chinese history, the Yongle emperor gained renown for constructing Beijing’s magnificent Forbidden City. In her new book What the Emperor Built: Architecture and Empire in the Early Ming (University of Washington Press, 2020), … Continue reading

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Abdi’s memoir adapted for young adults

A young adult version of Woods College of Advancing Studies student Abdi Nor Iftin’s memoir has been published. Call Me American: The Extraordinary True Story of a Young Somali Immigrant (Delacorte Press/Penguin Random House, 2020) tells the story of Iftin’s … Continue reading

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Kierkegaard’s Lily Discourse

More than 150 years ago, the philosopher Kierkegaard wrote a series of discourses about the Gospel of Matthew. In her book The Lily’s Tongue: Figure and Authority in Kierkegaard’s Lily Discourse (State University of New York Press), author Frances Maughan-Brown … Continue reading

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Teaching dual language learners

As the number of dual language learners (DLLs) in early childhood settings continues to rise, educators need to know how to teach, engage, and assess children from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds. In Teaching Dual Language Learners: What Early Childhood … Continue reading

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New edition of Saint Ignatius’s memoirs

At the urging of the early Jesuits, Saint Ignatius of Loyola recounted the story of his spiritual conversion while recuperating from a battle wound to the founding of the religious order, the Society of Jesus. It’s an autobiography that would … Continue reading

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Guide to Vatican II

Edited by Boston College Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology Richard R. Gaillardetz, The Cambridge Companion to Vatican II (Cambridge University Press, 2020) offers a thorough overview of the Second Vatican Council. The first part examines the historical, theological, and … Continue reading

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Selvinsky’s “The Trial in Krasnodar”

Seventy-seven years ago this month, a landmark court case on Nazi war crimes began in the Russian city of Krasnodar. Author and Boston College Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies Maxim Shrayer digs into the story of Ilya Selvinsky—a … Continue reading

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Translating Joseph de Jouvancy, S.J.

Joseph de Jouvancy, S.J., (1643–1719) is known for his plays, biographies, histories, orations, and, perhaps most notably, for his influential work De discendi et docendi ratione (The Way to Learn and the Way to Teach, 1703). In this work, Jouvancy describes … Continue reading

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