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Racial Justice, Antiracism, and the Boston College Forum for Racial Justice in America

February 17, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am


Online via Zoom • 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Presenter: Vincent Rougeau

Boston College has decided to address the reality of structural racism through a new project called the Forum on Racial Justice in America. As the inaugural director and someone who has spent many years thinking in scholarly terms about the relationship between American law and Catholic social teaching, Dean Rougeau sees the Forum’s work as being rooted in a profound understanding that personal conversion alone is insufficient to end racism in this country. As a Jesuit Catholic university, Boston College has access to rich theological and intellectual understandings of justice. Rougeau’s hope is that the Forum will draw heavily upon that knowledge. The Forum will move forward in its work to dismantle racist structures through three stages modeled on the process of “observe, judge, act,” an important part of Jesuit pedagogy.


Part of the BC Beyond Lifelong Learning Coffee and Conversation Series


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Spring 2021 Series
All lectures will be offered on Wednesdays from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. ET.

  • January 20: Preview of Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s – Nancy Netzer, Director, McMullen Museum of Art and Professor of Art History, and Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, Visiting Professor
  • February 3: You, The Effective Knowledge Professional: Innovation and the Hunt for Ideas – Andy Boynton, Dean, Carroll School of Management
  • February 17: Racial Justice, Antiracism, and the Boston College Forum for Racial Justice in America – Vincent Rougeau, Dean, Law School
  • March 10: ‘Terrible things were done’: Sean Lemass and the Violence of the Irish Revolution – Robert Savage, Director, Irish Studies Program and Professor of History
  • March 24: Falling Short: The Coming Retirement Challenge and What to Do About It – Andrew Eschtruth, Associate Director, Center for Retirement Research
  • March 31: Rediscovering the Treasures of Golden Age Spanish Cathedral Music – Michael Noone, Professor and Chair, Music Department
  • April 14: Working for the Common Good: The Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society – Laura Steinberg, Executive Director, Schiller Institute
  • April 28: What Can Literature Teach Us About Pandemics? – Amy Boesky, Professor and Chair, English Department
This series has a maximum capacity to allow for participant engagement and to ensure the best possible experience.
Register early to avoid disappointment!
Please Note:
Online participants will need a computer with video, microphone, and speakers. Participants must create a Zoom account in advance according to Boston College security requirements; more information will be provided upon registration.


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