Feb. 17, 2005 • Volume 13 Number 11


Lectures explore history, legacy of Vatican II

Two lectures taking place on campus next week will examine the Second Vatican Council and its place in the history of the Catholic Church.

On Monday, Feb. 21, Weston Jesuit School of Theology Professor John O'Malley, SJ, will present "Vatican II: A Historical Perspective" at 7 p.m. in Gasson 100.

Fr. O'Malley's talk, which will be moderated by Associate Academic Vice President Patricia Deleeuw, is sponsored by the Church in the 21st Century initiative. For more information, call ext.2-0470 or e-mail

On Wednesday, Feb. 23, the Church in the 21st Century and McCarthy Lecture Series will host Dietmar Winkler, a professor at the University of Graz, Austria, who will present "Vatican II and Ecumenism after Forty Years: Whence Have We Come; Where are We Going?"

Winkler, co-author of The Church of the East: A Concise History, is a visiting professor at the Boston University School of Theology.

The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Fulton 511. Contact Dawn Overstreet at ext.2-1749 or

Jordanian ambassador to speak Feb. 22

Karim Kawar '87, ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United States, will discuss challenges and opportunities in the Middle East and in Jordan's domestic arena at a special appearance on Tuesday, Feb. 22, from 7-8 p.m. in Cushing 001.

Appointed as ambassador in 2002, Kawar is one of the youngest of Jordan's ambassadors and is considered a prominent figure in the development of Jordan's information and communications technology sector.

Kawar, who holds a bachelor's degree in management, finance and computer science from BC, established his first company at age 20 and headed an umbrella group that encompassed 10 information systems and software companies.

His talk is being sponsored by the Presidential Scholars Program, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Program and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Student Association. For information, contact Anthony Coppola at ext.6-3518 or

Judge Noonan to speak Feb. 28

United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge John Noonan, a frequent commentator on the relationship between religion and government, will present the lecture "A Church That Can and Cannot Change" on Feb. 28 at the Boston College Law School East Wing Building, Room 120, from 4-6 p.m.

The title of Judge Noonan's talk is taken from his recently published book, a synthesis of the factors retarding or encouraging the development of moral doctrine. He also is the author of Contraception: A History of Its Treatment by the Catholic Theologians and Canonists, Power to Dissolve, Bribes and The Lustre Of Our Country: The American Experience of Religious Freedom.

Prior to appointment to the bench in 1985, Judge Noonan taught law at Notre Dame and at the University of California at Berkeley. He is Robbins Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of California, has been a visiting professor of law at Boston College, Harvard, Southern Methodist, and Stanford, and has given the Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Lectures at Harvard Law School.

Judge Noonan's lecture is sponsored as part of the University's Church in the 21st Century project. For more information, see the C21 Web site:

BC Magazine announces photo contest

Boston College Magazine invites BC alumni, students, faculty and staff to submit entries for its first photography contest, the theme of which is "Close Encounters." The deadline for submissions is March 1.

The winning entry will be published in the summer 2005 issue of BCM, and the photographer will receive an award of $250. Other entries may also be selected for publication, and appropriate awards will be made in those instances.

One entry may be submitted per person. Digital submissions should be at least 300 dpi and sent in jpeg format. The photographer's name, mailing address, and daytime phone number should accompany the entry. Prints should be at least 5 by 7 inches, with the sender's name, e-mail address, mailing address, and daytime phone number on the back. Prints will not be returned. No other formats will be accepted.

The photograph should be unpublished and have been taken after Jan. 1, 2002. If the subject or subjects are identifiable persons, a signed release will be required before an award can be given and the photograph published.

The contest winner will be notified by April 1.

Submissions can be sent via e-mail to, or by regular mail to: Photography Contest; Boston College Magazine; Lawrence House; 122 College Road; Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.

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