A theology of life with depression

Coblentz-dust in the bloodBoston College graduate Jessica Coblentz considers the realities of life with depression from a Christian theological perspective in her new book, Dust in the Blood: A Theology of Life with Depression (Liturgical Press, 2022).  In conversation with popular Christian theologies of depression that justify why this suffering exists and prescribe how people ought to relate to it, Coblentz offers another Christian approach to this condition: she reflects on depression as a wilderness experience. Weaving first-person narratives of depression, contemporary theologies of suffering, and ancient biblical tales of the wilderness, Coblentz argues for and contributes to an expansion of Christian ideas about what depression is, how God relates to it, and how Christians should understand and respond to depression in turn. Coblentz is an assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies and Theology at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. She earned a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Boston College in 2017. Listen to Coblentz discuss her book in this podcast from BYU.

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International tax

Repetti-international tazIntroduction to United States International Taxation is an ideal reference source for tax practitioners, tax professors, students, and others in the tax community. The authors—Kenealy Professor James Repetti, Interim Dean Diane Ring, and Paulus Endowment Senior Tax Fellow Stephen Shay—are all faculty members in the Boston College Law School. The latest edition of Introduction to United States International Taxation was published at the beginning of this year. It provides an introduction to the application of the U.S. international taxation system to taxpayers investing or transacting business in the U.S. and other countries, and sets forth the principles adopted by the U.S. in taxing American or foreign individuals and corporations as they invest, work, or carry on a trade or business in the U.S. or abroad.

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After Genocide

fox-genocideHow can any population move on from the experience of genocide? How can such events be memorialized in a way that is productive and even healing for survivors? The Center for Human Rights and International Justice will host a talk by Nicole Fox who took up such questions in her new book After Genocide: Memory and Reconciliation in Rwanda (University of Wisconsin Press). Fox’s talk will take place on April 7 at 12 noon in Campion Hall, room 139. Through extensive interviews with survivors’ decades after mass violence has ended, Fox reveals the relationship survivors have to memorial spaces and uncovers those voices silenced by the dominant narrative—arguing that the erasure of such stories is an act of violence itself. Fox is a professor of criminal justice at California State University Sacramento and serves on the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Register for the event at tinyurl.com/Fox0407.

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Kevin Barry

Kevin BarryAward-winning writer Kevin Barry will give a lecture on the influence of place, dialect, and hauntedness in his fiction on April 6 at 7:00 p.m. in Gasson Hall, room 100. Barry is the author of the novels City of Bohane, Beatlebone, and Night Boat to Tangier, and the story collections Dark Lies the Island and There Are Little Kingdoms. He is the recipient of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, Goldsmiths Prize, Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize, Lannan Foundation Literary Award, Rooney Prize, Author’s Club Best First Novel Prize, and the European Union Prize for Literature. Sponsor: Lowell Humanities Series.

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A journey through bulimia, depression, and anxiety

castaneda-pork tacosBoston College alumna Yvonne Castañeda chronicles her journey through anxiety, depression, and an eating disorder in the new book, Pork Belly Tacos with a Side of Anxiety (Santa Monica Press, 2022). In her memoir, Castañeda reflects on her upbringing as the daughter of immigrants, the adverse side effects of bulimia, and the sage advice that turned her life around. According to Castañeda, mental illness is often seen as taboo in the Latinx community, stopping people from seeking help. She hopes her story will resonate with other Latinx people who might be struggling with their own mental health issues. Castañeda earned a M.S.W. from Boston College School of Social Work in 2018 and is now on the BCSSW faculty. Her message is “that change is possible, that grace is possible, that healing is possible.” Read more in this Q&A from BCSSW.

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Play ball

Trutor-loservilleAtlanta was the first southern city with professional teams in the four major sports of baseball, football, basketball, and hockey. The pursuit, arrival, and response to professional sports in Georgia’s capital city is the focus of Loserville: How Professional Sports Remade Atlanta—and How Atlanta Remade Professional Sports (University of Nebraska Press, 2022), a new book by Boston College alumnus Clayton Trutor. According to the publisher: “The excitement surrounding the arrival of four professional franchises in Atlanta in a six-year period soon gave way to widespread frustration and, eventually, widespread apathy toward its home teams. All four of Atlanta’s franchises struggled in the standings and struggled to draw fans to their games.” Loserville also scrutinizes the origins of the primary model for acquiring professional sports franchises: offers of municipal financing for new stadiums. Other Sunbelt cities like San Diego, Phoenix, and Tampa adopted Atlanta’s approach, with mixed results—both in terms of on-field success and financial stability. Trutor earned a Ph.D. in history from Boston College. He writes about college football and basketball for SB Nation and is an instructor at Norwich University in Vermont.

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Cybersecurity risk management

Haugli_cyberWoods College of Advancing Studies adjunct faculty member Brian Haugli is co-author, with Cynthia Brumfield, of the new book, Cybersecurity Risk Management: Mastering the Fundamentals Using the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (Wiley, 2021). Brumfield, a veteran technology analyst, and Haugli, a cybersecurity expert, deliver a straightforward and up-to-date exploration of the fundamentals of cybersecurity risk planning and management. Cybersecurity Risk Management offers readers easy-to-understand overviews of cybersecurity risk management principles and network infrastructure planning, as well as the tools and techniques for detecting cyberattacks. The book also provides a roadmap to the development of a continuity of operations plan in the event of a cyberattack. Haugli is the managing partner for SideChannel and CEO of RealCISO.io. He teaches in the Woods College’s M.S. in Cybersecurity Policy & Governance Program.

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Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code 

Race+After+Tech_Cover Ruha Benjamin, professor of African American Studies and founding director of the Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab at Princeton University, investigates the social dimensions of science, medicine, and technology with a focus on the relationship between innovation and inequity, health and justice, knowledge and power. On March 24 at 7 p.m., Benjamin will give a webinar lecture on her award-winning book Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code. According to the publisher, Race After Technology “cuts through tech-industry hype to understand how emerging technologies can reinforce white supremacy and …shows how a range of discriminatory designs encode inequity.” Her lecture is presented by the Park Street Corporation Speaker Series and co-sponsored by the Lowell Humanities Series and the Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society. Visit the Humanities Series website to register.

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Claudia Rankine @ BC

During a two-day residency at Boston College, award-winning poet Claudia Rankine, one of America’s premier thinkers on race and interiority, met with students and faculty and shared an intimate look at the experience of racism. She read from her book, Citizen: An American Lyric, and took part in a Q&A via the Lowell Humanities Series. The next day, Rankine participated in an Artist-Meets-Critic discussion on media, racism, and belonging in America. Read more on BC News.

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Roots of Central American migration

Chomsky_central americaSalem State University Professor of History Avi Chomsky will present from her recent book, Central America’s Forgotten History: Revolution, Violence, and the Roots of Migration (Beacon Press, 2021), at a Boston College event on March 17 at 12 noon in McElroy Commons, room 237. In Central America’s Forgotten History, Chomsky traces the roots of displacement and migration in Central America from the Spanish conquest to the present day, concluding that the more immediate roots of migration from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras lie in the wars and in the U.S. interventions of the 1980s and the peace accords of the 1990s. This will be a hybrid event with in-person and online options. Sponsor: Boston College’s Center for Human Rights and International Justice. RSVP for in-person or online (Zoom) option at tinyurl.com/chomsky0317.

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