Book prize for Ismay

Trust Among Strangers: Friendly Societies in Modern Britain (Cambridge University Press) by Associate Professor of History Penelope Ismay, was named co-winner of the 2019 Stansky Book Prize presented by North American Conference on British Studies. The Stansky Book Prize is awarded annually for the best book published anywhere by a North American scholar on any aspect of British studies since 1800. Ismay’s book provides a rich understanding of theories of responsibility to others and the nature of mutual self-help as it was practiced in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The NACBS called Trust Among Strangers “deeply researched and engagingly written.” More from BC News.

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Remembering and forgetting

Since arriving at BC, Burns Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies Guy Beiner has seen his book, Forgetful Remembrance: Social Forgetting and Vernacular Historiography of a Rebellion in Ulster (Oxford University Press, 2018), selected for three major awards in the field of history-related research: the American Historical Association George L. Mosse Prize for “an outstanding major work of extraordinary scholarly distinction, creativity, and originality” in the intellectual and cultural history of Europe since 1500; the Katharine Briggs Award for a distinguished contribution to folklore studies; and the National University of Ireland Irish Historical Research Prize, which recognizes the best new work of Irish historical research. In Forgetful Remembrance, Beiner uses the 1798 rebellion in Ireland’s Ulster province to illustrate the dynamics of social forgetting. More from BC News.

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Graver’s NYT Books review

Professor of English Elizabeth Graver has written a review of Niall Williams’ novel, This is Happiness, for The New York Times. In his latest work, Williams’ narrator, 78-year-old Noel Crowe, reflects back on the time he spent in his grandparents’ village in County Clare. Graver calls This is Happiness a “big-hearted novel.” Graver, who co-directs the Creative Writing Concentration at BC, is the author of several novels, most recently The End of the Point, which was long-listed for a National Book Award in fiction.

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Nancy Paulsen Books

Boston College alumna Nancy Paulsen is president and publisher of her own imprint for young readers at Penguin publishing house, where she has worked for more than two decades. Nancy Paulsen Books publishes 15 books a year and focuses on diverse and distinctive voices and books that offer kids hope. Read more from Boston College Magazine.

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Ethics in a world of strangers

A philosopher, cultural theorist, and novelist, Kwame Anthony Appiah is a professor of philosophy and law at New York University and has an interest in political and moral theory, the philosophy of language and mind, and African intellectual history. He will present “Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers” on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. in McGuinn Auditorium. He most recently wrote The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity (Liveright/WW Norton & Company, 2018), an exploration of how the collective identities that shape our polarized world are riddled with contradiction. He also is the author of The Honor Code, Cosmopolitanism, and The Ethics of Identity, among other works. He has taught at Yale, Cornell, Duke, and Harvard, and lectured at other universities in the United States, France, Germany, Ghana, and South Africa. Sponsor: Lowell Humanities Series.  Co-sponsors: The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy, Global Citizenships Project, and International Studies Program. Read a Q&A with Appiah in New York Magazine.

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Water ethics

Christiana Zenner of Fordham University, whose research is at the nexus of fresh water ethics, ecological theory, earth science, and Catholic social teaching, will give a public lecture on Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. in Gasson Hall, room 100. Zenner is the author of Just Water (Orbis Books), which explores the necessity and availability of a supply of fresh water from the perspective of Christian ethics. The title of her lecture is “The Convenience Just Tastes So Good: Profit, Public Health, and Ethics in Our Ongoing Desire for Bottled Waters.” Zenner’s commentary has appeared in the Washington Post and The New Republic and her research has been published in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, and Journal of Moral Theology, among other publications. Sponsored by PULSE’s 50th Anniversary with the following co-sponsors: The Office of the Dean of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, Earth and Environmental Sciences Department, Environmental Studies Program, and Theology Department.

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Boston College graduate Dr. Robert Willix focuses on seven distinct causes of accelerated aging in his new book, The Rejuvenation Solution : Age in Reverse–7 Proven Medical Breakthroughs That Prevent Disease and Make You Feel Years Younger, and outlines ways readers can combat theses causes of aging through a combination of anti-aging foods, supplements, and exercises. By following his comprehensive plan, he asserts you can fight inflammation, keep cells youthful, and activate the body’s anti-aging hormones. Dr. Willix is CEO of Enlightened Living Medicine and the chief medical officer and director of energy medicine at the Hippocrates Health Institute in Palm Beach, Florida.

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