Dalsimer Lecture & Book Launch

Boston College alumnus Mark Doyle, an associate professor at Middle Tennessee State University, will present the fall Dalsimer Lecture: “Black and Brown Amidst the Orange and Green: Toward a Multiracial History of Ireland” on Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. Doyle’s lecture will explore the deep history of Asian and African immigrants and visitors to Ireland in the 18th and 19th centuries. He argues for a new history of Ireland that not only incorporates the experiences of nonwhite people but also uses those experiences to understand Irish attitudes toward race, immigration, and empire in the modern era. Doyle is the author of Communal Violence in the British Empire: Disturbing the Pax and Fighting like the Devil for the Sake of God: Protestants, Catholics, and the Origins of Violence in Victorian Belfast, and editor of The British Empire: A Historical Encyclopedia. The lecture will be followed by the launch of the book Trauma and Recovery in the Twenty-First-Century Irish Novel (Syracuse University Press), by BC alumna Kathleen Costello-Sullivan, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of modern Irish literature at Le Moyne College, and vice president of the American Conference for Irish Studies. In Trauma and Recovery, Costello-Sullivan uses the work of Colm Tóibín, John Banville, Anne Enright, Emma Donohue, Colum McCann, and Sebastian Barry to highligh the power of narrative to amend and address memory and trauma and the possibility of recovery. Her previous publications include Mother/Country: Politics of the Personal in the Fiction of Colm Tóibín. Events take place in Devlin Hall, room 101. Sponsor: Center for Irish Programs.

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Doris Kearns Goodwin

Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin will present “Where Do We Go From Here: Leadership in Turbulent Times” on September 27 at 4:00 p.m. in the Heights Room of Corcoran Commons.  Leadership in Turbulent Times (Simon & Schuster, 2018), Goodwin’s most recent book, is a seminal work based on her five decades of studying the presidential leadership of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson. Goodwin is also the author of several acclaimed books, including The Fitzgeralds and the KennedysNo Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II,  winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, winner of the Carnegie Medal. Her book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, winner of the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, was the basis for Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated film “Lincoln.” A graduate of Colby College and Harvard University, Goodwin has been honored with the Charles Frankel Prize, Sarah Josepha Hale Medal, New England Book Award, Carl Sandburg Literary Award, and Ohioana Book Award. Sponsor: The Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics’ Clough Colloquium.

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Book event for Poverty: Responding Like Jesus

Professor of Theology Ken Himes, O.F.M. and BC alumnus Conor Kelly, an assistant professor at Marquette University, will talk about poverty and Christian discipleship at an event celebrating their new book Poverty: Responding Like Jesus (Paraclete Press in cooperation with the Church in the 21st Century Center, 2018).  The conversation luncheon will be held in Gasson Hall, room 100 on Sept. 25 beginning at noon. (RSVP to  church21@bc.edu). Books will be available for purchase. Edited by Fr. Himes and Kelly, Poverty: Responding Like Jesus focuses on the biblical and theological roots of the Church’s commitment to care for the poor. The volume features a chapter written by BC’s Joseph Professor of Catholic Spirituality Pheme Perkins. Sponsor: Church in the 21st Century Center.

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Blacks and Irish in 19th-century Boston

Boston College alumnus Millington Bergeson-Lockwood, a historian of race, politics, and the law in U.S., will present “Politics, Power, and the Past: Black and Irish Political Alliances in 1880s Boston” on Sept. 26 at 4:30 p.m. in Burns Library. Bergeson-Lockwood is the author of the new book Race Over Party: Black Politics and Partisanship in Late Nineteenth-Century Boston, which examines how Black and Irish Bostonians forged a powerful political coalition in the 1880s that was centered on growing urban political power, a mutual struggle against oppression, and a shared place in the story of American independence. In his book, Bergeson-Lockwood offers a new narrative of the Reconstruction era centered in the urban North, and shows how in their activism Black Bostonians tested the promise of equality in America’s democracy. Sponsor: Office of the Provost with BC Libraries and the Center for Irish Programs.

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Book launch: Cambridge History of Ireland

Boston College will host a launch of  The Cambridge History of Ireland on Sept. 20 at Burns Library. Written by a team of more than 100 leading historians from around the world, The Cambridge History of Ireland is the most comprehensive and authoritative history of Ireland to date. Four volumes bring together the latest scholarship, setting Irish history from 600 to the present within broader Atlantic, European, imperial and global contexts. Boston College contributors to the volumes are historians Kevin Kenny and Robert Savage. A reception will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Following the reception, Liz O’Donnell, former Irish Minister of State in the Department of Foreign Affairs, will offer remarks on the Northern Ireland peace process, the advancement of women in Ireland, and contemporary political issues, including diversity and inclusion. The event will conclude with a panel discussion and audience Q&A with O’Donnell and the four volume editors: Thomas Bartlett (a former Burns Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies), James Kelly, Jane Ohlmeyer, and Brendan Smith. Sponsors: Boston College Libraries, the Global Leadership Institute, and Cambridge University Press, in collaboration with the Center for Irish Programs and Consul General of Ireland in Boston.

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GroundTruth Project

Award-winning journalist Charles Sennott will present “GroundTruth in the ‘Post-Truth’ Era” on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. in Gasson Hall, room 100. A former Middle East Bureau Chief and Europe Bureau Chief for the Boston Globe, Sennott has reported on the front lines of wars and insurgencies in at least 15 countries, including the 2011 revolution in Cairo and the Arab Spring. Sennott is the founder and executive director of The GroundTruth Project, dedicated to training the next generation of international journalists for the digital age. Sennott is also the co-founder of GlobalPost, an acclaimed international news website. Sponsor: Lowell Humanities Series

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How Art Works

In her new book How Art Works: A Psychological Exploration (Oxford University Press, 2018), Boston College Professor of Psychology Ellen Winner takes on a number of questions about the arts, such as “What makes something art?” and ‘Why do we seek out and even cherish sorrow and fear from art when we go out of our way to avoid these very emotions in real life?” Also, ‘How do we decide what is good art? Do aesthetic judgments have any objective truth value?” In a piece for the New Yorker, Yale psychologist Paul Bloom calls Winner’s new book “exhilarating” because she draws on research in psychology, including studies from her own lab, to provide some answers to these questions. 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 the author of more than 100 articles and three other books–Invented Worlds: The Psychology of the ArtsThe Point of Words: Children’s Understanding of Metaphor and Irony, and Gifted Children: Myths and Realities.

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