Candlemas Lecture

Werner G. Jeanrond, a professor of systematic theology at the University of Oslo, will present the Candlemas Lecture “Hopes, Hope and Radical Hope: Christian Hope and the Praxis of Love” on Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. in Devlin Hall, room 101. Jeanrond is the author of A Theology of LoveTheological Hermeneutics: Development and Significance, and Call and Response: The Challenge of Christian Life, all of which have been translated into multiple languages. Co-sponsors: Lowell Humanities Series and the Theology Department.

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Nurses in retirement

Approximately one million nurses will be retiring in the next five to 10 years, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. For those nurses wondering what follows after retirement, a book by Connell School of Nursing Associate Professor Patricia Tabloski and co-author Joanne Evans offers ideas for a way forward. Redefining Retirement For Nurses: Finding Meaning in Retirement (Sigma Theta Tau International) presents stories from 26 retired nurses who have continued to contribute to society and leveraged their talents in their post-retirement life. The authors state that they hope these stories inspire newly retired nurses or those planning for retirement to see how the skills and experiences gained in their nursing career can form the foundation for a meaningful life as a retiree. Tabloski talks about her book in this video from BC Libraries.

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Changes to Title IX

Due to the government shutdown, the U.S. Department of Education extended its original Jan. 28 deadline for educators to submit comments on its proposed new rules on sexual harassment and assault. O’Neill Professor of American Politics R. Shep Melnick, author of the book The Transformation of Title IX: Regulating Gender Equality in Education, writes on the topic for Education Next and the Brookings Institute. | Read more about Melnick’s book in this BC Bookmarks post from 2018.

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Prayer, praise, protest

Ashon Crawley, an assistant professor of religious studies and African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia, will present “In the Flesh: Prayer, Praise, Protest” on Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. in McGuinn Hall Auditorium. Crawley is the author of Blackpentecostal Breath: The Aesthetics of Possibility (Fordham University Press). Sponsor: African and African Diaspora Studies Program.

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The Only Woman in the Room

Barnes & Noble has announced its first national Book Club selection for 2019: The Only Woman in the Room (Sourcebooks Landmark, 2019) by Boston College alumna Marie Benedict. A historical novel, The Only Woman in the Room tells the story of Hedy Lamarr, a glamorous Hollywood film star who was also an inventor. She co-developed and co-patented a revolutionary frequency-hopping radio signal that was eventually used by the U.S. Navy. The invention laid the groundwork for today’s wireless communication technology. Benedict graduated from BC in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in history. She is also the author of The Other Einstein, about Mileva Maric, a mathematician and first wife of Albert Einstein. Read more about Benedict and her books in the New York Times Book Review and Newsweek.

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Landrigans’ book honored

Children and Environmental Toxins: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press), co-authored by BC alumni Philip J. Landrigan and Mary M. Landrigan, was named a 2018 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year. For nearly 50 years, the AJN Book of the Year Awards have recognized exceptional publications that help faculty and clinicians advance health care quality. Children and Environmental Toxins, an accessible book for parents and policymakers about the risks chemicals pose to children, was awarded first place in the Environmental Health category. A pediatrician, epidemiologist, and an internationally recognized leader in the public health field, Dr. Philip Landrigan is the founding director of Boston College’s Global Public Health initiative.

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Salameh on Charles Corm

Francophone Lebanese novelist Alexandre Najjar recently interviewed Boston College Professor Franck Salameh about his biography of writer and businessman Charles Corm, an influential figure in the nationalism movement that led to Lebanon’s independence. The interview was published in the Middle East’s leading francophone literary journal, L’Orient Littéraire, and explores the driving force behind Salameh’s interest in the works and life of Corm. Salameh is an associate professor of Near Eastern Studies in BC’s Department of Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literatures and the Senior Editor in Chief of The Levantine Review. For more about Salameh’s book Charles Corm: An Intellectual Biography of a Twentieth-Century Lebanese “Young Phoenician,” see this BC Bookmarks post from 2015.

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