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On November 13, a crowd of some 200 historians, legal scholars, sociologists, educators, journalists, and theologians, including men in clerical collars and women in Muslim headscarves, filled the Heights Room in Corcoran Commons. They were there for a daylong symposium titled “Religious Diversity and the Common Good,” organized by the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life—the last of six academic conferences over the past year marking the 150th anniversary of the founding of Boston College. Following sessions on historical patterns and current initiatives, Washington Post columnist and Georgetown University scholar E.J. Dionne delivered the closing talk, on political aspects of religious diversity. The University’s Sesquicentennial celebration, which began with a Mass at Fenway Park on September 15, 2012, concluded December 12, 2013, with a Mass in St. Ignatius Church.