Nini loves ballet. But when Nini’s mom signs her up for baseball, she is less than happy. In the new picture book Balletball (Charlesbridge, 2020), Nini eventually comes to see that ballet and baseball have more in common than she originally thought–especially when her ballet skills help her make an important catch in the outfield. Balletball is written by Boston College alumna Erin Dionne and illustrated by Gillian Flint. Dionne is the author of several books for young children and middle school readers, including Captain’s Log: Snowbound and Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking.

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Louise Imogen Guiney

Louise Imogen Guiney (1861-1920), an American poet and essayist with ties to 19th-century Boston literary circles, is the subject of a retrospective exhibition at John J. Burns Library, on display through May 29. “Devoted Catholic & Determined Writer: Louise Imogen Guiney in Boston” focuses on Guiney’s relationships with Catholic religious leaders, fellow writers, and publishers in Boston. She wrote poetry, and later, stories and biographical essays. Her choice of subjects was informed by her Catholic beliefs, admiration for Jesuits, and sojourns in Ireland and England. Guiney may have faded from the canon, yet she continues to offer a unique window into the multifaceted literary establishment of late 19th-century Boston, according to exhibition curator Barbara Adams Hebard, conservator at Burns Library, who notes that Guiney is one of only two women represented in Bapst Library’s stained glass portraits of American authors.

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Pilgrim shrines in France

In her book, historian Virginia Reinburg looks at pilgrim shrines—Sainte-Reine, Notre-Dame du Puy, Notre-Dame de Garaison, and Notre-Dame de Betharram—and the way they served as places of healing, holiness, and truth in early modern France. In Storied Places: Pilgrim Shrines, Nature, and History in Early Modern France (Cambridge University Press, 2019), Reinburg shows the important role these shrines played in the Catholic revival in France following the religious wars. But what sets Reinburg’s work apart from other studies of shrines is her focus on the sense of place and the creation of the shrines, their particular stories and legends and environment and natural surroundings. The Reformation Research Consortium (RefoRC), an international network of research institutions focusing on early modern Christianity, has named Storied Places to a longlist for its annual book award. Reinburg is an associate professor in BC’s History Department and author of French Books of Hours: Making an Archive of Prayer, c. 1400-1600.

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Ellen Winner

BC Professor Ellen Winner is the featured speaker in the Art, Art History, and Film Department’s lecture/discussion series, Currents, taking place Feb. 13 at 12:10 p.m. in Devlin Hall, Room 425. The series highlights local thinkers and makers. Winner directs the Arts and Mind Lab, which focuses on cognition in the arts in typical and gifted children as well as adults. She is author/co-author of several books, including How Art Works: A Psychological Exploration.

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Amitav Ghosh on climate change

Writer Amitav Ghosh, whose non-fiction work, The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable (University of Chicago Press, 2016), highlighted the failure of writers, politicians, and others to address climate change, will give a talk on Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in Gasson Hall, room 100. An award-winning novelist, Ghosh is the author of The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, The Calcutta ChromosomeThe Glass PalaceThe Hungry Tide, and the Ibis trilogy. His most recent novel is Gun Island. Ghosh’s work has been translated into more than 30 languages and his essays have appeared in the New Yorker, New Republic, and New York Times. He is a recipient of the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian honors, the Jnanpith Award, India’s highest literary honor, and several honorary degrees. Ghosh’s lecture, titled “Embattled Earth: Commodities, Conflict, and Climate Change in the Indian Ocean,” is presented by the Lowell Humanities Series and co-sponsored by the Asian Studies Program, the History Department, and the English Department, and with the support of an Institute for the Liberal Arts Major Grant Award. Ghosh wrote an essay about climate and contemporary literary fiction for the Guardian.

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John Paul II Lecture in Christian-Jewish Relations

Alon Confino, Pen Tishkach Chair of Holocaust Studies and professor of history and Jewish Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, will deliver the annual John Paul II Lecture in Christian-Jewish Relations on Feb. 9 at 4 p.m. in Stokes S195 Auditorium. Confino’s talk is titled “Between the Holocaust and the Nakba: When Genya and Henryk Kowalski Challenged History, Jaffa 1949.” In his remarks, Confino will address why Genya and Henryk Kowalski, Holocaust survivors, refused to receive an abandoned house in Jaffa in 1949 after the Nakba, and what can be learned from it. Confino is the director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies and has written on modern German history, nationhood, memory, and Palestine and Israel. He is the author of A World Without Jews: The Nazi Imagination from Persecution to Genocide. Sponsor: Center for Christian-Jewish Learning.

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1950s Korean cinema

South Korea in the 1950s was home to a burgeoning film culture. In Cold War Cosmopolitanism: Period Style in 1950s Korean Cinema (University of California Press, 2020) author Christina Klein offers a transnational cultural history of South Korean film style from this era, with particular focus on the directorial and period style of Han Hyung-mo and his popular movie “Madame Freedom.” Klein shows how the films were affected by the legacies of Japanese colonialism, the presence of the U.S. military bases, Cold War cultural diplomacy efforts by America, and the import of popular cultures from around the world. Klein is an associate professor in the English Department and director of the American Studies program at BC. Read more about Klein and her new book in this interview with The Korea Times.

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