Event examines Latinos' impact on US

The emergence of Latinos as the largest ethnic minority in the United States, and the cultural, religious and political implications of this trend, will be the focus of a conference, "Census 2000: Culture, Identity and Globalization," to be held Saturday, March 15, from 10:15 a.m.-4 p.m. in Gasson 100.

Rev. Elizabeth Conde-Frazier, assistant professor of religious education at Claremont School of Theology and holder of a doctorate from the Boston College Institute for Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry, will speak on "A Spirituality for a Multicultural Ministry." The respondent will be Rev. Gabriel Salguero of Union Theological Seminary.

Author and essayist Richard Rodriguez will follow with "The Brown God of Love." Rodriguez, the son of Mexican immigrants, published a series of essays last year titled Brown: The Last Discovery of America and received a Peabody Award for his televised essays on American life. Nestor Medina, a faculty member of Emmanuel College and the University of Toronto School of Theology, will respond.

The events are open to the public and free of charge. For further information and full schedule of events, contact M.T. Dávila at or (781) 388-0048. This conference is funded and sponsored by the Hispanic Theological Initiative and co-sponsored by the Theology Department.

BC Libraries to survey users

Boston College Libraries will conduct a Web-based survey, titled "LibQUAL+ ," this spring to gauge users' satisfaction with library services and resources.

A random selection of Boston College community members will be invited to participate via e-mail. The first notice about the survey will go out to selected participants on March 17, and a letter with the URL for access to the survey will be sent a week later. The BC Libraries home page,, will include a link to a Web site containing information about LibQUAL+.

All survey responses will be strictly confidential. Names of survey participants will be entered into a drawing, and winners will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Boston College Bookstore.

Jesse Jackson Jr. to speak March 24

US Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) will present the lecture "A More Perfect Union?" on Monday, March 24, at 7 p.m. in Higgins 300.
The son of civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson was elected to Congress in 1995. Among other activities, he serves as the ranking member of a subcommittee on small business and has called for constitutional amendments guaranteeing basic health care and equal quality education. He also has criticized the system of using local property taxes to fund public education in the United States.

The event is sponsored by the Undergraduate Government of Boston College Senate and the Martin Luther King Activism Coalition.

Singer Rosalie Sorrels returns to BC

Acclaimed singer-songwriter and storyteller Rosalie Sorrels will make a return visit to Boston College on Monday, March 24, when she presents "Are You Scared to Be Alone," a program of stories and songs about women's lives. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 5 p.m. in Gasson 100.

Sorrels, who sang at BC two years ago, has recorded or appeared on numerous albums, and many of her compositions have become standards among other performers. She draws on a wealth of traditional and contemporary music, including the work of poets such as Yeats and Ferlinghetti, and received the 1999 Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytellers Association.

Her appearance is sponsored by the Women's Studies Program, UGBC Women's Issues Committee, Women's Resource Center, Committee on Interdisciplinary Minors, Office of the Academic Vice President, Newton College Alumnae Chair and the Music and History departments.


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