Immigration and the right to healthcare

Beatrix Hoffman, a historian of the U.S. health care system, will present “Immigration and the Right to Healthcare” on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. in Gasson 100. She is the author of the books, The Wages of Sickness: The Politics of Health Insurance in Progressive America and Health Care for Some: Rights and Rationing in the United States since 1930, and co-editor of Patients as Policy Actors. She has published articles on topics such as social movements in the U.S. health system, the origins of insurance co-payments and deductibles, and the rise of the emergency room as safety net. Hoffman is a faculty member at Northern Illinois University and her work has been supported by awards from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council for Learned Societies. Sponsor: Park Street Corporation Speaker Series.

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Latino City honored

Latino City: Immigration and Urban Crisis in Lawrence, Massachusetts, 1945–2000 (University of North Carolina Press, 2017), written by Boston College alumna Llana Barber, is the recipient of the Kenneth Jackson Award from the Urban History Association. The award honors the best book in North American urban history. Latino City explores the transformation of Lawrence into New England’s first Latino-majority city. Like many industrial cities, Lawrence entered a downward economic spiral in the decades after World War II. The arrival of tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans and Dominicans in the late 20th century brought new life to the struggling city, but the newly arrived faced hostility from their neighbors, exclusion from local governance, inadequate city services, and limited job prospects. Barber received her Ph.D. in history from Boston College and is on the faculty of State University of New York College at Old Westbury. Her book is also co-winner of the 2018 Lois P. Rudnick Book Prize from the New England American Studies Association.

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Burns Scholar Lecture

Ciaran O’Neill (Gary Wayne Gilbert)

Burns Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies Ciaran O’Neill will present a public lecture on “Love, Power, and Consent in pre-famine Ireland: a Dublin Courtship” on Nov. 6 at 4:30 p.m. in Burns Library. O’Neill has been conducting a study, with Juliana Adelman of Dublin City University, on an unpublished diary kept by law student James Christopher Fitzgerald Kenney, who had a love affair with Mary Louisa McMahon. O’Neill will discuss what their relationship reveals about love, social class, courtship, and moral conduct in 1840s Dublin. O’Neill is the Ussher Assistant Professor in Nineteenth-Century History at Trinity College Dublin and president of the Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland. He is editor of Irish Elites in the Nineteenth Century and author of Catholics of Consequence: Transnational Education, Social Mobility and the Irish Catholic Elite, 1850-1900, winner of the James S. Donnelly Prize for History and the Social Sciences. More from BC News.

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Lebanon’s Jewish community

In his new book, Lebanon’s Jewish Community: Fragments of Lives Arrested (Palgrave MacMillan), BC Associate Professor of Near Eastern Studies Franck Salameh presents both history and memory of Lebanon’s Jews, considering what, how, and why they choose to remember their Lebanese lives. The work gives voice to personal testimonies, family archives, private papers, recollections of expatriate and resident Lebanese Jewish communities, as well as rarely tapped archival sources. Salameh is the chair of BC’s Department of Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literatures and senior editor in chief of The Levantine Review. He is the author of  Language Memory and Identity in the Middle East: The Case for Lebanon and Charles Corm: An Intellectual Biography of a Twentieth-Century Lebanese “Young Phoenician,” among other works. He also recently published an essay on Belgian-Lebanese Jesuit scholar Henri Lammens in The Journal of the Middle East and Africa.

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Reparations for historic institutional violence

Ruth Rubio Marín, a professor of constitutional law at University of Sevilla (Spain), director of the Gender and Governance Programme at the School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute (Italy), and a faculty member at New York University’s Hauser Global Law School Program, will present “Reparations for Historic Institutional Violence: Learning from Transitional Justice?” on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in Gasson Hall, room 100. Her research represents an attempt to understand how public law creates categories of inclusion and exclusion around different axis including gender, citizenship, nationality, and ethnicity. She is the author or editor/co-editor of several books, including Immigration as a Democratic Challenge: Citizenship and Inclusion in Germany and the United States and What Happened to the Women?: Gender and Reparations for Human Rights Violations. Her current book project is The Disestablishment of Gender in the New Millennium Constitutionalism. She has extensive experience dealing with reparations in post-conflict societies, including in Morocco, Nepal, and Colombia. Her Lowell Humanities Series lecture is part of a conference on “Transitional Justice, Truth-telling, and the Legacy of Irish Institutional Abuse” supported by the Institute for the Liberal Arts, Office of the Provost, Irish Studies Program, the Jesuit Institute, Boston College Law School, and the Center for Human Rights and International Justice.

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The Sociable City

Boston College alumnus Jamin Creed Rowan will discuss his book, The Sociable City: An American Intellectual Tradition (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017), on Oct. 30 in Devlin Hall, room 100 at 4:30 p.m. In his book, Rowan investigates the history of how American society has conceived of urban relationships and considers how these ideas have shaped the cities in which we live. Rowan used source materials often overlooked by scholars of urban life—including memoirs, plays, novels, literary journalism, and museum exhibits. He received a Ph.D. in English from Boston College, and teaches in the English Department and the American Studies Program at Brigham Young University. Sponsor: Boston College Libraries in conjunction with the Institute for the Liberal Arts and the American Studies Program.

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A guide to Paris

Jayne Boisvert, who received a master’s degree in French from Boston College, has published a guidebook to Paris that includes travel tips as well as biographies and addresses associated with famous Americans, from the 18th century to present day, who lived in the City of Light. Pilgrimage to Paris: The Cheapo Snob’s Guide to the City and Americans Who Lived There (Open Books, 2018) highlights attractions, things to do in Paris, shops, museums, churches and eateries. Boisvert is a retired professor of French and comparative literature who has lived in Paris.

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