Tolstoy and Dostoevsky

Professor Boris Lanin of  the Russian Academy of Education, Moscow will present “Tolstoy and Dostoevsky: Why Do Russian Secondary School Students Read and Study Them?” on Nov. 29 at 3 p.m. in Lyons Hall, room 207. A scholar of Russian-Jewish literature, Lanin is a leading literary historian and author of a series of widely used literature textbooks for middle and high school. He has given invited talks at universities and research centers across the U.S., and in Great Britain, Germany, Japan, Argentina, Israel and Russia.  Sponsors: Department of Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literatures, East European Studies Program, and the Heinz Bluhm Memorial Lectures Fund.

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Book launch: God in the Qur’an

The Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College is hosting a book launch event on Nov. 28 at noon for God in the Qur’an (Knopf, 2018) by Pulitzer Prize winner Jack Miles, who holds the 2018-19 Corcoran Visiting Professorship in Christian-Jewish Relations at BC. Miles is a well-known religious scholar whose writings have appeared in The Atlantic, New York Times, Boston GlobeWashington Post, and Los Angeles Times. His new book offers a portrait of the God of Islam, the world’s second largest religion. Miles is also the author of God: A Biography, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1996 and has been translated into 16 languages, and Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God, which was named a New York Times Notable Book. Miles is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English & Religious Studies at the University of California/Irvine and a recipient of both Guggenheim and MacArthur fellowships. This event, which is free and open the public, will be held in McElroy Commons, Room 237. Email to register.

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Harold Petersen

Harold Petersen, a retired associate professor of economics, taught at Boston College from 1960 to 2016. He has published a personal reflection of his journey through BC and also the journey of BC as seen through his eyes. 56 Years: Two Journeys: How a Lutheran became Ignatian in his Years at Boston College and how Boston College stayed Ignatian as it Grew offers Petersen’s account of the University from its days as a commuter school, through a financial crisis, to its emergence as an international university still very much committed to its Catholic and Jesuit heritage. A highly regarded professor, Petersen was recognized with the Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award from BC’s PBK chapter in 2014.

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Practitioners and academics

What is the optimal mixture of real-world experience and scholarly research that produces the best educational preparation for business students? The sharp divide between practitioners and academics that once existed has been largely erased, but there is still much progress to be made in the arena of scholarly engagement within the world of business education. In their book, Academic-Practitioner Relationships: Developments, Complexities and Opportunities (Routledge, 2017), editors Jean Bartunek of the Boston College Carroll School of Management and Jane McKenzie of the Henley Business School at the University of Reading, UK, highlight the sorts of capabilities academics need to collaborate effectively with practitioners and illustrate case studies that demonstrate how successful academic-practitioner relationships can produce research of rigor and relevance. Bartunek is the Robert A. and Evelyn J. Ferris Professor of Management and Organization and a member of the Society of the Sacred Heart, a women’s Roman Catholic religious order. Carroll School Professor Sandra Waddock, the Galligan Chair of Strategy, and Professor Richard Nielsen are contributors to the volume. Bartunek discussed the book in this BC Libraries video.

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Engaging first-gen college students

Digital tools can help ensure the academic success of students who are first in their families to go to college, according to a new book co-authored by BC Lynch School of Education Associate Professor Heather Rowan-Kenyon, Lynch School of Education Professor and Associate Dean Ana M. Martinez Alemán, and BC grad Mandy Savitz-Romer of Harvard University. Technology and Engagement: Making Technology Work for First Generation College Students (Rutgers University Press, 2018) is based on a four-year study of how first-gen college students use web technology, including social media sites, to improve their transition to and engagement with their university. Students were better able to maintain close ties with family and friends from home, as well as engage more with social and academic programs at their university. Technology and Engagement is the recipient of the Association for the Study of Higher Education Outstanding Book Award for 2018. The authors discussed their book in a BC Libraries video and wrote an opinion piece outlining digital strategies higher education faculty and administrators for Inside Higher Ed.

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Mike Lupica

Boston College alumnus and legendary sportswriter Mike Lupica will present “The Next Moment is the One that Can Change Everything” on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. in Gasson 305. A member of the National Sports Media Hall of Fame, Lupica was a columnist for the New York Daily News for some 40 years. He is a contributor to and a frequent commentator on ESPN. He also hosts “The Mike Lupica Podcast,” a lively take on professional sports and politics. In addition to his media career, Lupica is a best-selling author of novels for adults and young readers, including his most recent books, No Slam Dunk and Robert B. Parker’s Blood Feud.

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Michael Sandel

Political philosopher and best-selling author Michael Sandel will present “Bioethics and the Common Good” on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. in Gasson Hall, room 100. Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government Theory at Harvard University. His course “Justice” — the first Harvard course to be made freely available online and on television — has been viewed by tens of millions of people around the globe. His writings on justice, ethics, democracy, and markets have been translated into 27 languages. He is the author of the books, What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets, The Case Against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering, and Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?, among others. Co-sponsors: Lowell Humanities Series and the Park Street Corporation Speaker Series.

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