April 29, 2004 • Volume 12 Number 16

Around Campus


Panel tonight on same-sex marriage

The Theology Department will sponsor a panel discussion on same-sex marriage tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Fulton 511, with: Dennis O'Brien, former president of Bucknell and Rochester universities; Rev. Albert Dilanni, SM, former chairman of the Philosophy Department at the College of the Holy Cross; Prof. John McDargh (Theology); and Donna Perry, a doctoral candidate in the Connell Graduate School of Nursing.

The event is free and open to the public. For information, call ext.2-3880.

Byzantine rite is May 1

A Catholic Mass in the Byzantine rite will be celebrated Saturday, May 1, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary's Chapel, to be followed by the ceremonial crowning of the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary by Bapst Lawn.

The Mass will be celebrated by Rev. Michael Moisin of the St. Joseph Byzantine Mission of the Romanian Catholic Diocese of St. George in Canton, Ohio. Rev. James Morris '72, M.Ed '83, of St. John the Baptist Church in Salem will give the homily. Liturgical chant is to be performed by the Andrei Rublev Choir of Boston College.

Campus School golf benefit May 7

The eighth annual Campus School Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, May 7, at the Glen Ellen Country Club in Millis.

Proceeds from the tournament, sponsored by the Campus School Volunteers, will benefit the University's program for children with multiple physical and mental disabilities and complex health care needs.

In addition to golf play, which will begin at 1 p.m., this year's event will include a tournament dinner, silent auction and raffle.

Members of the University community wishing to play in the tournament may register on-line at

"Tee Off" on June 8

Boston College faculty and staff are invited to participate in the sixth annual BC Tee Off Golf Tournament to be held on Tuesday, June 8, at the Sterling Country Club.

The $75-per-player registration fee includes a buffet lunch, access to the driving range and putting green and a sit-down dinner. There also will be contests, raffles and prizes. All players who participate are expected to use an approved vacation day.

Those interested in participating must register by May 7. Contact Linda Riley at ext.2-4714 or Susan Robertson at ext.2-4713 for more details.

College of Arts and Sciences

Pivotal year

It's been a year of firsts for Asst. Prof. Timothy Crawford (Political Science), who in the midst of his debut year on the BC faculty published his first book, Pivotal Deterrence: Third-Party Statecraft and the Pursuit of Peace. And Pivotal Deterrence has earned Crawford his first major publication honor, the Furniss Book Award.

Sponsored by the Ohio State University's Mershon Center, the Furniss Award is given annually to an author whose first book makes an exceptional contribution to the study of national and international security.

In Pivotal Deterrence, Crawford offers a description and analysis of a strategy he calls "pivotal deterrence," in which a super-power - such as the present day United States, pre-World War I England or 19th-century post-unification Germany - seeks to prevent an international conflict and promote peace between rivals without choosing sides.

English's Ohi lands fellowship

Asst. Prof. Kevin Ohi (English) is one of 40 scholars of history, literature, philosophy and other humanistic fields to have been selected for 2004-05 fellowships by the National Humanities Center.

Ohi and his fellow fellows, representing colleges and universities from the US, Israel, Norway and Poland, will work individually on research projects in the humanities, and will exchange ideas in seminars, lectures, and conferences. Ohi's project is titled "On the Queerness of Style: Henry James and the Erotics of Form."

The National Humanities Center (, located in the Research Triangle Park of North Carolina, is a privately incorporated independent institute for advanced study in the humanities. Since 1978 the center has awarded fellowships to leading scholars in the humanities, whose work at the center has resulted in the publication of more than 900 books in all fields of humanistic study.

Ohi was one of 526 applicants for the center's fellowship competition for 2004-05.

Graduate School of Social Work

Cutting the ribbon

GSSW Dean Alberto Godenzi joined other BC administrators, faculty and staff in celebrating the formal opening of the school's Center for the Study of Home and Community Life on April 14 at its headquarters on McGuinn Hall's sixth floor.

The center's mission, says its director Assoc. Prof. Kevin Mahoney (GSSW), is to enhance the quality of life for the elderly and persons with disabilities, by improving "the quality of supports and services through consumer direction, and fostering the development of inclusive communities that recognize and value the roles of older people and persons with disabilities."

Mahoney also directs Cash and Counseling, a model program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in which disabled Medicaid consumers decide for themselves how their personal assistance needs will be met, one of two major initiatives administered via the center. The other is the Home and Community-Based Services Resource Network, which will work to bring together federal and state resources in expanding access to high-quality, consumer-directed home and community-based services and supports.

More information is available at the center's Web site,

Lynch School of Education

Global view

Catholic education school leaders from around the world met at the Lynch School earlier this month for a three-day conference to discuss a variety of challenges and issues, including internationalization, the role of women and the changing cultures of Catholic education.

"Schools of Education in Catholic Universities: Worldwide Challenges and Opportunities," which took place from April 16-18, represented the first meeting outside Europe of the annual conference of the Association of Catholic Institutes for the Study of Education (ACISE).

Approximately 50 deans and presidents of schools of education from such countries as France, Scotland, Lebanon, Argentina, India, England, Italy, Spain, and Mexico, as well as from the United States, attended. University President William P. Leahy, SJ, gave welcoming remarks, while Monan Professor of Higher Education Philip Altbach and Fordham University Distinguished Professor of Theology Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, presented the keynotes.

Speaking prior to the event, Lynch School Interim Dean Joseph O'Keefe, SJ, said, "This is the first time that deans of schools of education at Catholic universities from such a wide variety of countries will gather to discuss common concerns and, in particular, what it means to be a Catholic school of education. The gathering here will generate a wide range of ongoing conversations and new initiatives that will link various parts of the world."

Among the American universities represented were Loyola (Chicago), John Carroll, Loyola Marymount, Fordham, Catholic, Creighton and San Francisco.

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