Candlemas Lecture

Sarah Coakley, honorary professor at St Andrews University and a visiting professorial fellow at the Australian Catholic University, will deliver the Candlemas Lecture on Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. in Gasson Hall, room 100. Her talk is titled “‘For Mine Eyes have Seen Thy Salvation’: Spiritual Perception and the Works of Justice in Christian Tradition.” Coakely, a theologian and philosopher of religion, is the author of several works, including Sacrifice Regained: Evolution, Cooperation and God; The New Asceticism: Sexuality, Gender and the Quest for God, and God, Sexuality, and the Self: An Essay ‘On the Trinity’. Sponsors: Lowell Humanities Series and the Theology Department.

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Dalsimer Memorial Lecture

Kate Costello-Sullivan, a BC alumna and president of the American Conference for Irish Studies, will present the Dalsimer Memorial Lecture on Feb. 4 at 5 p.m. in Connolly House. Her talk is titled “‘Fully Made She Will be Strong’: Embodiment, Parenthood, and Healing in the Contemporary Irish Novel.” She plans to explore the narratives of healing and recovery in 21st century Irish novels such as The Gathering and The Green Road by Anne Enright, Belinda McKeon’s Solace, and Anna Burns’s The Milkman. Costello-Sullivan is a professor of modern Irish literature at Le Moyne College and author of  Mother/Country: Politics of the Personal in the Fiction of Colm Tóibín and Trauma and Recovery in the Twenty-first-Century Irish Novel. Sponsor: Irish Studies Program.

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Poetry prize for Adair

Allison Adair, an associate professor of the practice in the English Department, has won the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize, which honors the work of outstanding emerging poets. Her manuscript “The Clearing” was selected for its “wise, mineral-like poems.” The award includes a cash prize and publication with Milkweed Editions. Adair’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Arts & Letters, Best American Poetry, Best New Poets, and Kenyon Review Online, among other journals. She has been honored with the Pushcart Prize, Florida Review Editors’ Award and Orlando Prize; she also took first place in Mid-American Review’s Fineline Competition.“The Clearing” will be published this June. Read an interview with Adair from BC News.

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Dorothy Macardle

Dorothy Macardle (1889– 1958) is perhaps best known as the author of The Irish Republic, an account of the revolutionary period from an anti-Treaty perspective. A new biography of Macardle, written by BC graduate Leeann Lane, reveals a deeper portrait of a feminist, activist, and literary figure. For Dorothy Macardle (University College Dublin Press), Lane, who earned a PhD from Boston College, used source materials such as the journal Macardle kept while she was in jail to shine a light on her “personal and political evolution.” Lane is a lecturer at Dublin City University and an expert in modern Irish history with a specialization in 19th and 20th-century gender and women’s history. She also is the author of Rosamond Jacob: Third Person Singular. Since 2001, Lane has been the onsite coordinator for BC in Dublin, serving as the primary contact for BC students studying abroad at Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, and the National University of Ireland-Maynooth, and teaching a course on Modern Ireland.

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Nurturing critical consciousness in schools

In their new book, Schooling for Critical Consciousness: Engaging Black and Latinx Youth in Analyzing, Navigating, and Challenging Racial Injustice (Harvard Education Press, 2020), authors Scott Seider, an associate professor in the BC Lynch School of Education and Human Development, and Daren Graves of Simmons University identify and share practices for educators to foster critical consciousness in their Black and Latinx students so they can both resist the negative effects of racial injustice and challenge its root causes. Seider and Graves conducted a four-year longitudinal study—with more than 300 hundred students of color—that examined how five urban high schools foster critical consciousness among their students. Schooling for Critical Consciousness provides an important contribution to the existing scholarship on critical consciousness and culturally responsive teaching and is a tool to help educators strengthen their capacity to support young people in learning to analyze, navigate, and challenge racial injustice. A former public school teacher, Seider also is the author of the award-winning book, Character Compass: How Powerful School Culture Can Point Students Toward Success.

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Ask Peter Kreeft

BC Professor of Philosophy Peter Kreeft is a prolific author who has given thousands of  lectures across the country. In his new book, he has gathered together the most interesting questions he has been asked at these events, paired with his answers. Ask Peter Kreeft (Sophia Institute Press, 2019) covers topics such as God, prayer, marriage, Catholicism, heaven, sin, morality, and books and music. Kreeft, a convert to Catholicism, has taught at BC for more than 50 years and has written more than 80 books. Read more from National Catholic Register.

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A daughter’s journey to acceptance

A memoir by Boston College alumna Suzanne Maggio tells the story of facing difficult truths and finding an unexpected path to unconditional love following the death of her mother from Alzheimer’s disease. Maggio, who earned a bachelor’s degree in English, is a social worker and The Cardinal Club: A Daughter’s Journey to Acceptance (Adelaide Books, 2019) is her first book. According to Maggio, “When my mother developed Alzheimer’s disease in her early 60s, I longed to find a way to hold on to her, to keep her from disappearing. I began to write. However, what emerged was something I had not anticipated. My relationship with my mother had not been an easy one. Mother/Daughter relationships often aren’t. In my career as a family therapist, I had helped dozens of families heal their relationships, but I had not been able to heal my own. The Cardinal Club is my journey to do just that.” She was interviewed by her hometown newspaper about her book.

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