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3/31/2016
When: Thursday, 31 March
10:30am–1:30pm
Where: Hynes Convention Center (Boylston Street entrance)
900 Boylston St
Boston, Massachusetts  02115
United States
Contact: RSA


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Please select one of the following two tour options when registering.


Boston College Tour 1: Jesuitica Collection at the John J. Burns Rare Book Library

Tour Date: Thursday, 3/31, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm*

Tour Location: John J. Burns Library, Boston College, Chestnut Hill

Boston College will provide a free shuttle bus departing the Hynes Convention Center (Boylston Street entrance) at 10:30 a.m., and returning by 1:30 p.m. Boston College is also easily accessible via the T Green Line ("D"/Riverside trolley to Reservoir Station; campus shuttle upstairs at Reservoir St.).

Tour Leaders: Christian Dupont, Burns Librarian; David Richtmyer, Rare Book Cataloger and Jesuitica Librarian; Casey Beaumier, S.J., Director, Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies; and Robert A. Maryks, Associate Director, Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies and Associate Professor of History.

Tour Description: Participants will view highlights from the Burns Library’s extensive holdings of rare Jesuit-related materials pertaining to Jesuit missions and cultural exchanges, poetry and drama, early modern science and the visual arts. A lunchtime presentation will feature additional information about the Burns Library Jesuitica collections and services as well as the publications, programs, and fellowships offered by Boston College’s newly established Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies. The John J. Burns Library for rare books, special collections, and archives at Boston College holds more than 250,000 volumes, including more than 13,000 titles published by or about Jesuits, from the founding of the order, through its suppression and restoration, to the present day—the largest such collection in the Western hemisphere. Established in 2014, the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College seeks to deepen understanding and appreciation of the history, spirituality, educational heritage, and pedagogical approach of the Society of Jesus through courses, workshops, publications, and scholarly symposia (http://bc.edu/iajs).

* Boston College will offer a complimentary lunch at BC to all participants on Tour 1 and Tour 2.


Boston College Tour 2: Irish Arts & Crafts exhibition at the McMullen Museum of Art

Tour Date: Thursday, 3/31, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm*

Tour Location: McMullen Museum of Art, Devlin Hall, Boston College, Chestnut Hill

Boston College will provide a free shuttle bus departing the Hynes Convention Center (Boylston Street entrance) at 10:30am, and returning by 1:30pm. Boston College is also easily accessible via the T Green Line ("D"/Riverside trolley to Reservoir Station; campus shuttle upstairs at Reservoir).

Tour Leader: Exhibition curators Professor Vera Kreilkamp, Irish Studies, and Diana Larsen, Assistant Director, McMullen Museum of Art

Tour Description: A guided curatorial tour of McMullen Museum’s spring exhibition, “The Arts and Crafts Movement: Making It Irish,” followed by lunch and a presentation about Jesuit resources at Boston College presented by staff from the John J. Burns Library and Institute of Advanced Jesuit Studies (see description of BC Tour 1, above).

During a year of commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising, the McMullen exhibition offers the first comprehensive examination of the Irish Art and Crafts movement. Like the more familiar Irish Literary Revival, Arts and Crafts practice accompanied and shaped the visual imagination of the country’s transformation from colony to independent nation. As its centerpiece, the exhibition introduces dazzling early medieval-influenced metalwork and embroidered textiles from University College Cork’s Honan Chapel. The collection of this ideologically charged masterpiece of Arts and Crafts achievement, consecrated in 1916, has never before traveled beyond Cork.

* Boston College will offer a complimentary lunch at BC to all participants on Tour 1 and Tour 2.


Reminders: Each member may sign up for only one tour. All tours are free of charge. Tour participants are generally expected to provide their own transportation to and from the tour; the Boston College tour is an exception in that it will offer a shuttle bus. Typically the tours fill very quickly, and there is not room for everyone to attend. If you sign up for a tour and find that you cannot attend, please notify the RSA so that someone else can take your place.

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