Dr. James O'Toole to Speak on Campus

Date and time: 9/29/2009 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Campus: Long Island
Location: McGann Conference Center
The Institute for the Study of Religion in Community Life will host James M. O'Toole, Ph.D., history professor at Boston College, for two talks he will give at 12:35 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on September 29 in the McGann Conference Center. Dr. O'Toole will present, "The Faithful: A History of Catholics in America." Both are open and free to the public.

Dr. O'Toole is the Clough Millennium Professor of History at Boston College. After working in the Massachusetts State Archives, he was appointed in 1978 as the first professional archivist for the Archdiocese of Boston, and he published the Guide to the Archives of the Archdiocese of Boston in 1982. For 15 years, he directed the M.A. in History program and archives at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. He joined Boston College's faculty in 1998 and has served as chair of the history department and as director of the university's strategic planning initiative. He has written extensively on American Catholic history, including Militant and Triumphant: William Henry O'Connell and the Catholic Church in Boston (1992), Passing for White: Race, Religion, and the Healy Family (2002) and Habits of Devotion: Catholic Religious Practice in Twentieth Century America (2004). His most recent book is The Faithful: A History of Catholics in America (Belknap/Harvard, 2008).

About the Institute for the Study of Religion in Community Life

The Institute for the Study of Religion in Community Life was founded to investigate and articulate the various roles religious institutions and individual people of faith can take to enhance community life. We sponsor research projects and educational seminars, develop cooperative programs with various religious organizations in the community and search out service opportunities in the community for our faculty and students.

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