Redefining how nonprofits solve problems

School of Social Work Associate Professor and Assistant Dean Stephanie Berzin is the co-author of Innovation from Within: Redefining How Nonprofits Solve Problems (Oxford University Press, 2018), which provides a practical framework for how leaders in the nonprofit sector can foster innovation and creativity within their organizations in order to generate greater social impact. Drawing on dozens of real-world case studies from the authors’ research and experiences, Innovation from Within outlines the social innovation environment and sets the stage for innovation work within existing nonprofit agencies. Berzin is co-director of the School of Social Work’s Center for Social Innovation, which works to build the evidence-base for social innovation, prepare tomorrow’s social sector leaders, and promote the capacity of existing agencies to respond to social issues.

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Book from BC’s Amoris Laetitia conference

The new book, Amoris Laetitia: A New Momentum for Moral Formation and Pastoral Practice (Paulist Press, 2018), is based on presentations and discussions from an October 2017 conference at Boston College where bishops and theologians considered how Pope Francis’ family life exhortation could be applied at the local level. The volume is co-edited by Grant Gallicho, director of publications and media for the Archdiocese of Chicago, and Boston College Canisius Professor James F. Keenan, S.J., a co-organizer of the conference. Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich, the other conference co-organizer, provides the book’s introduction. Essays not only introduce readers to the theological depth found in Amoris Laetitia, but consider the full document, including its reception in the multicultural and diverse environment that characterizes the church in the United States, and the full range of challenges and issues related to marriage and family life. Read more from National Catholic Reporter.

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Black politics and partisanship in 19th-century Boston

Boston College graduate Millington Bergeson-Lockwood, a historian of race, law, and politics in the 19th century, is the author of Race Over Party: Black Politics and Partisanship in 19th Century Boston (UNC Press, 2018). In this in-depth study, Bergeson-Lockwood demonstrates that party politics became the terrain upon which black Bostonians tested the promise of equality in America’s democracy. By the end of the 19th century, contends the author, it became clear that partisan politics offered little hope for the protection of black rights and lives in the face of white supremacy and racial violence. Even so, Bergeson-Lockwood shows how black Bostonians’ faith in self-reliance, political autonomy, and dedicated organizing inspired future generations of activists who would carry these legacies into the foundation of the 20th-century civil rights movement. Bergeson-Lockwood says he hope his book further expands the understanding of black urban activism and the relationship between racial and partisan politics. Bergeson-Lockwood also blogs for the University of North Carolina Press.

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Alumna with her own book publishing imprint

Christy Ottaviano, who received two master’s degree from Boston College’s Lynch School of Education, is a children’s book editor and publisher with her own imprint at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, where she oversees the entire operation from identifying talent to editing to marketing. Ottaviano has edited several noteworthy books, including the picture book The Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller, which went on to become one of Henry Holt Books for Young Readers’ bestselling backlist titles, and When Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberly Willis Holt, which won the 1999 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature and was made into a movie. Ottaviano was recently featured by her hometown newspaper, The Fairfield Citizen.

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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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