Irish music event Oct. 7

The Center for Irish Programs at Boston College and Burns Library Irish Music Center will present the lecture "Reaching for the Soul of Irish Music" by accordion player Paddy O'Brien on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Burns Library Thompson Room.

A native of County Offaly in Ireland who has collected more than 3,000 tunes, O'Brien has performed extensively in the United States and on National Public Radio and Irish national television.

At 7:45 p.m., O'Brien will perform as part of the trio Chulrua, which plays traditional Irish music featuring accordion, pipes, tin whistle, guitar and vocals.

There is a suggested donation of $10. BC students admitted free with ID. For more information, e-mail or call ext.2-0490.

'Hoops for Hope' at the RecPlex

A group of Boston College students is staging a "Hoops for Hope" basketball tournament to benefit cancer research on Oct. 11 and 12 at the Flynn Recreation Complex.
The tournament is open to undergraduates at 15 colleges and universities in the Greater Boston area, who will play in a three-on-three format.

Proceeds from the event will go to the V Foundation, created by the late basketball coach and TV sports commentator Jimmy Valvano to raise funds for cancer research.

More information is available at

'Shared Vision' series begins

"Shared Vision: Jesuit Spirit in Education," a program to help faculty, staff and students understand the University's Jesuit heritage, begins its 2003-04 schedule this month.

The annual series, which consists of three videos on the origins and history of the Society of Jesus, invites those attending to reflect on the Ignatian vision and how it may be expressed at Boston College. All sessions will take place in the St. Mary's Hall conference room, and the first will be held Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 9-11:30 a.m.

For more information, contact Rev. Walter Conlan, SJ, in the Department of Human Resources at ext.2-8805 or by e-mail at, or go to and choose "Ignatian Spirituality" under "All Resources A-Z."

October Employee Development programs

An Oct. 29 panel discussion on student life at Boston College moderated by Associate Dean for Student Development Paul Chebator, and a conversation with Boston College University Chorale Director John Finney on Oct. 24 are among next month's Employee Development Program offerings.

Others include a session on project management (Oct. 21), a workshop about conflict resolution (Oct. 30) and a seminar on effective customer service (Oct. 16).

A more detailed listing and description of Employee Development Program events, along with information on registration, is available on-line at The Employee Development Office also can be reached at ext.2-8532 or

75 years and counting

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Graduate Arts and Sciences

75 years and counting

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is celebrating 75 years of graduate education at Boston College during the 2003-04 academic year with a series of visits by distinguished GSAS alumni. These visits will include public lectures, specialized lectures in the guest speaker's discipline and interaction between the alumni and current BC grad students.

This month's special event is a lecture on Oct. 21 by Dennis Culhane, associate professor of social welfare policy at the University Pennsylvania School of Social Work, who will present "Ending Chronic Homelessness: Is it Possible?" at 3 p.m. in the McGuinn 3rd Floor Lounge.

On Nov. 12, the school will welcome University of South Florida Professor of History Kathleen Paul, an expert on race and immigration in post-World War II Britain. US Geological Survey Chief Geologist Patrick Leahy, an expert on technical and policy matters in geoscience and the environment, will visit the campus Nov. 19.

Other departments participating in the 75th anniversary visiting lecturer series are Sociology, Classics, Philosophy, English, Slavic and Eastern Languages, and the Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry.

In addition to the lecture series, GSAS has commissioned a brief history of the school to be written by University Historian Thomas O'Connor.

Graduate School of Social Work

Past and present

The Graduate School of Social Work, along with the Law School, offered an historical perspective to the "kids who kill" problem with yesterday's lecture by Cornell University author Joan Jacobs Brumberg titled "Rethinking the Juvenile Death Penalty: The Case of 'Kansas Charley.'"

Brumberg - Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow and Professor at Cornell - based her talk on her recent book, Kansas Charley: The Story of a 19th-Century Boy Murderer, which chronicles the brief, troubled life of Charles Miller, an orphan who took to riding the rails at age 14. In 1890, Miller attracted national attention at age 15 when he shot and killed two young men in a boxcar. His trial lasted just three days, ending in a death sentence that resulted in his execution in 1892, an act both hailed and condemned by Americans.

Respondent Prof. James Garbarino, GSSW's widely read resident expert on child mistreatment and youth violence, helped relate the Kansas Charley story to recent societal concerns about violent boys and "boy culture," as well as the continuing controversy over the United States' upholding of the juvenile death penalty.

Also providing commentary were Prof. Phyllis Goldfarb (Law) and Adj. Assoc. Prof. Francine Sherman, director of the Law School's Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project.

Lynch School of Education

Taking the challenge

On Oct. 17 and 18, the Lynch School's Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture will sponsor its third annual "Diversity Challenge" conference, exploring racial and cultural experiences, issues and conflicts from a variety of professional and academic perspectives.

This year's conference, "30+ Years of Racial Identity Theory: What Do We Know? And How Does It Help Us?," will include panel discussions, symposia, workshops, structured discussions and presentations by educators, mental health professionals, researchers and other guests.

"Given the increased recognition of racial and ethnic diversity around the world, the study of racial identity theory has important implications for mental health agencies, organizations and educational contexts world-wide," reads a preview of the conference.

The conference keynote speaker will be Margaret Beale Spence, a professor of education and psychology at the University of Pennsylvania whose research focuses on the formation of identity, resiliency and competence among adolescents, especially youth of color and from low-resource families.

More information is available via the World Wide Web at, or at ext.2-6139.


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