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Brendan Galvin entered Boston College in 1956 intending to become a dentist. He graduated a poet. And 17 books and a lived life later, he's still at it
Five science laboratories and their undergraduate researchers
How the Korean War forever changed American adoption practices
Fifty years ago, 17 Boston College students traveled 1,300 miles to join the civil rights protests taking place in Selma, Alabama. It was a pivotal moment in their lives and in the history of student political engagement at Boston College
As part of the Shakespeare Anthology Project—the brainchild of noted actress, director, scholar, and impresario Tina Packer—students learned to wound and be wounded, with words and with swords drawn. And to consider why
A summer day in Rooibok
The uncommon art and times of Wifredo Lam are the focus of a McMullen Museum show
The best part of Steve Addazio’s day
A wandering word and its shifting meanings
Using theories of competition, two economists deliver children to schools, employees to their offices, and undergraduates to dormitories
With one semester to go—one final chance to be a college student—seniors flocked to these courses
From dorm room to the top-floor office, from incubator to accelerator, the saga (so far) of a student startup
For 45 years after John Fitzgibbons '67 was killed on a night patrol in Tây Ninh Province, Vietnam, his family seldom spoke of its shattering loss. Then a package arrived
As a young law professor at the University of Tennessee, the author and a student took a celebrated case to the Supreme Court. Their story begins with a river
To close out the Sesquicentennial, a miscellany of Boston College tales that you've likely never heard before, really don't need to know, but will probably not soon forget
At age 19, Alex Carpenter has risen to the elite ranks of women's hockey
Portraits of 29 men and women whose contributions—some public but most private—have wrought the sesquicentennial edition of Boston College
Last season, Steve Donahue coached a team of mostly freshmen
The dean of Boston College Law School reflects on how law schools—and the legal profession—can do better
After delivering their freshmen to orientation, mothers, fathers, and guardians enjoy a preview of the life and purposes of the University
How one high-octane Jesuit and thousands of ordinary Bostonians moved Boston College to high ground
Four young Boston College scientists are among those honored this year by the Sloan Foundation
When Harvard declared its distrust of the Boston College degree, the Jesuits claimed religious discrimination. They may have been right, but there was more to it
Thirty years, eight lives
The dangers posed by Big Data are real. So is the defense inherent in liberal arts study
Joe Morgan's life in baseball
The portrait assignment
Ten years after 9/11, we continue to misjudge our enemies and their motives. A fresh reading of evil is required, says the author—one that draws from religious understandings and political theory
Three memoirists of the family, on why and how they came to tell their difficult stories
When the Massachusetts legislature voted in 1966 to end the last all-out ban on contraceptives in the nation, it was with the approval and assistance of the Boston Archdiocese
An undergraduate’s solo journey overland from Istanbul to Kabul
Jane Jacobs distrusted academics about as much as city planners. When invited to leave her papers to Boston College, however, she warmly agreed
Each summer the Boston College Intersections program and the Volunteer and Service Learning Center send a dozen faculty and staff on a week-long 'immersion trip' to Nicaragua. To what end? The author, an English professor, offers this account
Guided by Professor Joseph Nugent, successive classes of students are building a potentially never ending, virtual tour of Joyce's Dublin
For two years, they learned theory and practiced with mannequins. Now it’s time for Stacey Barone’s students to treat patients
Chuck Hogan '89 works eight hours a day, seven days a week. The results are explosive
The photography of Bobbie Hanvey
Lotteries once served to build this country. Today they tax the poor
Harry Markopolos, MS'97, began warning federal officials about Bernard Madoff in 2000. What went wrong?
A model life
Boston College's newest professional school, Theology and Ministry, began life with 130 years of experience
Are we helpless against addiction—is it truly a sickness? Searching for the roots of chemical dependence
An oral history of the Black Talent program
Part seminar, part artsfest, part rolling carnival and interreligious international engagement, Richard Kearney's Guestbook Project also happens to exemplify Boston College's efforts to bring serious and broad attention—and funding—to innovative humanities programs
The retirees, that is
Letters of a country lawyer
The business of public schools is to educate children. The business of the Lynch School's Boston Connects program is to enable that education
Ladies, Gentlemen, choose your weapons
When the earth quakes and the winds blow, who are you going to call? It's a political question
Boston College announces its $1.5 billion fund drive called Light the World
With $520 million accrued in gifts and pledges at the time of its public launch, the Light the World campaign has already stimulated serious new developments at Boston College
A passion for research is not born. It is nurtured. Stories from the summer of 2008
For a year the author aided illegal immigrants who found their way to Annunciation House
Elizabeth Yeats and her Dublin hand press
At age 29, the author placed the initials “SJ” after his name and assumed the life of a "resident stranger"
Job holders in the generation soon to retire will have to work longer than their parents did. How much longer?
An exhibition of paintings said to be by Jackson Pollock will place the McMullen Museum at the center of an international conversation about authenticity—and the role of an academic museum
The graduates—then and now
A life in the fray prepared John McElroy for the start-up of Boston College
Ken Hackett '68 guides one of the country’s largest relief agencies through a world of need
The University sailors
The 17th-century Jesuit Athanasius Kircher was said to possess universal understanding. He didn't, but he may have been the last man to come close
Dr. Philip Landrigan '63 has taken on lead, pesticides, and Twin Towers dust. Now he takes aim at all the avoidable illnesses of childhood
The freshmen faculty
For nine months in the formative post-invasion period, the author served in Iraq, a high-level civilian assigned to help the country rebuild. He had the best of intentions
Conversations on justice, power, and the U.S. Supreme Court
BC's new practice rooms are filled with the sounds of music day and night
In 1962, the author, a young American Army officer, served as a military advisor in a small civil conflict in Southeast Asia
Craig Finn ’93, of the Hold Steady, writes and sings rock-and-roll dime novels of pain and redemption at the junction of suburbia and the demimonde. He’s being described as the new Springsteen. He’s a happy man
In 1965 Congress enacted a revolutionary voting rights act. Do we still need it?
A small theater can be a risky, lonely, and irresistible business.
The Vatican view of the United States incorporates respect, indifference, fear, and gratitude. All are reasonable responses
The art of the buzz-off, from the John J. Burns Library
The Bush administration has proposed to end chronic homelessness within 10 years. The author's research shows it can be done.
How the press, moral character, and enemies have influenced the American presidency.
Two conflicting views guide the Church's position on women, and have from the very beginning. And therein lies hope.
Winners of the 2004 flash fiction contest.
The court's decision was simply just. "Deliberate speed" was simply not.
A tour of the new Brighton campus
In BC's dining halls, campus conference rooms, and local eateries, finding food for thought
The uncertain journey of American Catholics.
An excerpt from the author's latest novel, Awake.
Twenty-five years after the rise of the 401(k), will the baby boomers—and their younger co-workers to follow—go bust?
The American Catholic Church remade childhood. That was a mistake.
Andrea Cabral '81 straightened out the notorious Suffolk County jails. Now she has to face the voters.
Dick Carpenter '55 is hand-drawing his way across 1946 America. And he's gaining a following.
Rediscovering a subversive prayer.
Dispatches from the new Higgins.
Distrustful of institutions, Americans have created their own intimate and distinctive religious associations.
Tom McCarthy '88 took just 15 years to achieve overnight success.
When he was eleven, the author left his mother and sisters and, with his rogue of a father, lit out for the West. Excerpts from Michael C. Keith’s memoir, The Next Better Place
To his followers, Bernard Lonergan, SJ, was the most important theologian, psychologist, economist, philosopher you never heard of.
The necessary art of doing nothing. An essay by Patricia Hampl
Ancient Britons took the calamitous story of Rome’s rise and fall to the grave.
R. Nicholas Burns 78, U.S. ambassador to NATO, has served in one sensitive post after anotherat the behest of both Republicans and Democrats. Profile by Charles Trueheart
The temptations of Catholic Lite.
In Weimar Germany, clothing manufacturer Siegbert Feldberg traded coats for self-portraits by so-called degenerate artists. His collection had its first American exhibition at BCs McMullen Museum.
From cowgirl queen to beauty queen.
BC launches its initiative to consider the current crisis in the Catholic Church and the opportunities for reform and renewal.
A physicist writes on the importance of butterflies.
On its 90th birthday, and ideosyncratic tour of a few of the Tower Building's hidden treasures and untold stories.
Six comediansone aspiring, four toiling, and one who left the businessrecount the life in stand-up comedy.
The devilish, enduring "common music" of Robert Frost.
Good libraries embrace all of societys frictions, and offer a healthy social life besides.
Thereve been nursing shortages before, but this one is different. A look at the new crisis in nursing, fanned by the baby boom generation.
Why teach at a Catholic university?
Voices from the Siege of Leningrad, newly translated.
Three writers speak of evilNathan Englander, Kathleen Norris, Joyce Carol Oates
The sport and show of women's boxing.
Fighting in Fairbanks.
The Catholic Jay Gatsby.
Essays by Andrew Krivak, Dennis Taylor, and Tim Townsend '91. Interviews with Erik Weihenmayer '91, Kelvie Pleas '01 and Mario Powell '03.
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