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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

The Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life is a research center at Boston College. The goal of the Boisi Center is to create opportunities where a community of scholars, policy makers, media and religious leaders in the Boston area and nationally can connect in conversations and scholarly reflection around issues at the intersection of religion and American public life. The hope is that such conversations can help to clarify the moral and normative consequences of public policies in ways that can help us to maintain the common good, while respecting our growing religious diversity.

The Boisi Center does not seek to advance any ideological agenda, whether liberal or conservative. It does not see its role as advocating "for" religion as against something called "secularism." While based in a Jesuit university, it will not take sides in competing groups of Catholic theologians, nor will it defend a specifically Catholic viewpoint against non-Catholic ones. Its goal is to promote discussion and respect for conflicting positions.

Alan Wolfe is the Director of the Boisi Center and Erik Owens is the Assistant Director.

The Boisi Center puts together conferences and seminars at Boston College, including one recently on Gambling and the American Moral Landscape (October 25 and 26, 2007) Visiting fellows are also associated with the Boisi Center, and the center strives to provide resources for media interested in religion and public life.

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