February 10, 2004 • Volume 12 Number 10

Around Campus

Benefit hockey game Saturday

Former players from Boston College and Boston University will face off in the seventh annual Alumni Hockey Game to benefit the Boston College Campus School. The event will be this Saturday, Feb. 7, at 3:30 p.m. in Conte Forum.

In addition to the alumni hockey contest, the program will include a figure skating exhibition, the annual broom hockey tournament finals and musical performances by the BC Pep Band and the Bostonians singing group.

Tickets are $7 and $5 and will be available at the door.

"Experiencing God" resumes Feb. 10

The Jesuit Community of Boston College's discussion program "Experiencing God: A Series of Conversations at Saint Mary's," which invites people to reflect on God's presence in their lives, will resume Feb. 10, with guest speakers James and Margaret Flagg.

Inspired by the "University at Prayer" series that ran from 1989-1992, the program features speakers representing a variety of religious traditions and experiences. The presenters encourage others to consider their own perspectives of and experiences with God and enter into conversation.

All sessions take place at St. Mary's Chapel and begin at 7 p.m. For information, contact the Jesuit Community at ext.2-8200.

Politics and Religion events in February and March

Hugh Heclo, an expert on American democratic institutions and the international development of modern welfare states, will visit the campus tomorrow to deliver the first of three upcoming lectures being sponsored by the Boston College Institute for the Study of Politics and Religion.
Heclo, who is the Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Public Affairs at George Mason University, will present "Is America a 'Christian Nation?'" Assoc. Prof. Dennis Hale (Political Science) will be the discussant.

On Feb. 20, Princeton University bioethicist Robert P. George will speak on "Embryo Ethics: Justice and Nascent Human Life," and on March 12, Leon Kass, MD, chairman of the President's Council on Bioethics - on which George served as a member - will present "Beyond Therapy: Biotechnology and the Pursuit of Happiness."

All lectures are held in McGuinn 121 beginning at 4 p.m., and will be followed by dinner and discussion in the McElroy Faculty Dining Room. Call ext. 2-0438 for more information.

Research workshops this semester

The Responsible Conduct of Research Program will sponsor a series of events this semester for faculty, graduate and post-doctoral students on various professional and ethical issues relating to research.

Kicking off the program will be a Feb. 12 workshop, "Grantspersonship," to be held from 5-9 p.m. in the function rooms of the Lower Campus Dining Hall. On Feb. 24, the program will present "Peer Review of Grant Applications and Manuscripts" from noon-1 p.m. in Higgins 345.

The program is sponsored by the Office of the Associate Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Boston College Office for Research Compliance and Intellectual Property Management. For more information, contact Karen Muscavitch at

In addition, two-hour workshops are now being offered to provide basic training for Boston College researchers planning to carry out studies that involve people as the subjects of the research. For dates, times, locations and other details, contact Rachel Krebs, administrative director of the Office for Human Research Participant Protections at

Social Work, Law earn publication awards

Publications by the Law School and Graduate School of Social Work were among the winners in the recent Council for Advancement and Support of Education District 1 competition.
CASE, an international organization for advancement professionals working in alumni relations, communications, and development, awarded bronze medals to BC Law for the Boston College Law School Magazine, as well as its curriculum overview and student guidebook. GSSW earned a bronze for its "Lead the Way" print advertisement.

College of Arts and Sciences

Talking Tolkien

There are "Lord of the Rings" Internet sites aplenty where you can discuss the relative merits of Viggo Mortensen vs. Orlando Bloom, describe how you would have made a better Gollum or offer imaginative fan-fiction involving Elijah Wood's Frodo and Liv Tyler's Arwen. But if you want a more scholarly take on the legendary trilogy, you may find what you seek tonight at 7 p.m. in Cushing 001.

Prof. Peter Kreeft (Philosophy) and Thomas Howard, both eminent J.R.R. Tolkien experts, will host a free-for-all Q&A on The Lord of the Rings, sponsored by the Thomas More Society. Part-time faculty member Michael Raiger (Philosophy) will moderate.

Kreeft has written and spoken on the distinctively Catholic metaphysics, anthropology, epistemology, ethics, and politics in Tolkien's opus. He is the author of the forthcoming The Philosophy of Tolkien and was a contributor to Celebrating Middle-Earth: The Lord of the Rings As a Defense of Western Civilization.

Hopeful sign?

Last Thursday, designated by NASA as a day to remember the victims of the Apollo I, Challenger and Columbia tragedies, also was a time of reflection for Prof. Diane Vaughan (Sociology), author of a widely acclaimed book on the Challenger accident and an expert witness in the investigation of last year's Columbia disaster.
Interviewed by the Associated Press, Vaughan praised the agency for putting aside its "bunker mentality" and seeking help to change a management culture she says contributed to the disaster by ignoring safety issues raised by employees.
"They are up against the obstacle of time, of course, because it takes a long time to change culture," said Vaughan. "But I think that the step to bring in outsiders to consult with is a very important one."

Graduate Arts and Sciences

Translation to success

Browse the credits list of Susan Brownsberger MA'74 and you'll see why she is regarded as a leading translator of Russian literature into English: She's tackled contemporary novels like Pushkin House and the travel memoir A Captive of the Caucasus, both by Andrei Bitov, as well as Iuz Aleshkovsky's darkly humorous The Hand: Or, the Confession of an Executioner and Fazil Iskander's Sandro of Chegem, which examines the life and times in a Muslim village on the fringes of the Soviet Union.

Brownsberger will be the next featured speaker in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences' alumni lecture series, which is being held as part of the GSAS 75th anniversary celebration. She will present "Through the Eye of the Noodle: Translating from Theory to Practice" on Feb. 12 at 4:30 p.m. in Gasson 305.

As part of her appearance at BC, which is being sponsored by the Slavic and Eastern Languages Department, Brownsberger also will provide a departmental research colloquium and meet with graduate students.

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