Feb. 3, 2005 • Volume 13 Number 10


Panel on Fr. O'Malley's Four Cultures today

Four Cultures of the West, the new book by Weston Jesuit School of Theology church historian John O'Malley, SJ, will be the subject of a roundtable discussion today at 5 p.m. in Gasson 305.

In his book, Fr. O'Malley - a former Gasson Professor who co-organized a major conference on Jesuit cultural history at Boston College in 1997 - describes four "cultures" he says are deeply embedded in Western history: prophetic culture that proclaims the need for radical change in the structures of society; the academic culture that seeks instead to understand those structures; the humanistic culture that addresses fundamental human issues and works for the common good of society; and the culture of art and performance.

These cultures originated in the ancient world, took on Christian forms, and manifest themselves today in more secular ways, according to Fr. O'Malley, playing an instrumental role in politics, religion, education and the arts.

Participants in the discussion are: Prof. Larry Wolff (History), Assoc. Prof. Franco Mormando (Romance Languages), Gasson Professor James Keenan, SJ, New York University Associate Professor of Fine Arts Louise Rice and Robert Dilenschneider, CEO of the Dilenschnieder Group of New York City.

For more information, call ext.2-6346 or e-mail

Workshop on professional skills and ethics

The University's Responsible Conduct of Research program will sponsor a workshop on Monday, Feb. 7, to help graduate students and post-doctoral students in developing professional skills and ethical awareness.

The workshop, which combines plenary presentations with small group discussions, will take place from 5-9 p.m. in the Boston, Heights and Newton rooms of Corcoran Commons.

For more information, contact Karen Muskavitch at

"Should Catholics Convert Jews?" discussion takes place Feb. 9

A panel of Boston College theologians will discuss the question "Should Catholics Seek to Convert Jews (If Jews Are in True Covenant with God?)" on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 4:30 p.m. in Gasson 305.

Theology Associate Professor and department chairman Rev. Kenneth Himes, OFM, will serve as moderator for the discussion, which will focus on the response - both favorable and critical - to a 2002 document released by the US Bishops' Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs and the National Council of Synagogues that said campaigns to convert Jews to Christianity "are no longer theologically acceptable in the Catholic Church."

Panelists will be Theology faculty Prof. Fr. Michael Himes and Assoc. Prof. Frederick Lawrence and Philip Cunningham, executive director of the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning, which is co-sponsoring the event with the Theology Department.

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

Alumni Association to sponsor talk on spirituality and mental illness

Psychologist Nancy Kehoe, RSCJ, PhD'74, an instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Cambridge Health Alliance, will present the lecture "Spirituality and Serious Mental Illness: Stories of Resilience" on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. in Alumni House on Newton Campus.

Sister Kehoe is considered a pioneer in the growing effort to incorporate spiritual beliefs and values in treating the mentally ill. She has led spiritual beliefs and values groups with patients in day treatment programs and developed a comprehensive Religious History Assessment tool which she includes in her training programs for staff in mental health, geriatric and medical settings.

Her talk is sponsored by the Alumni Association's Spiritual Life Committee. For more information, call ext.2-1171.

Lenten Mass Series at St. Mary's

Lenten Masses will be celebrated in St. Mary's Chapel on the Sundays of Lent, beginning Feb. 13. All Masses will begin at 4 p.m.

Communication lecture to focus on TV news depiction of feminism

The Communication Department will sponsor a lecture, "Framing Feminism: Early Television News Coverage of the Women's Liberation Movement," on Feb. 9 by Bonnie Dow, an associate professor and graduate coordinator in the Speech Communication Department at the University of Georgia.

Dow's talk, the first in a series of special events planned for this semester by the department, will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Devlin 008.

An affiliate faculty member of the Institute for Women's Studies, Dow's research interests center on the study of the rhetoric of the first and second waves of feminism in the US and feminist criticism of mass media. She is the author of Prime-Time Feminism: Television, Media Culture, And The Women's Movement Since 1970, and was co-editor for Women's Studies In Communication (1998-2001) and Critical Studies In Media Communication (2001-2004).

For further information, call ext.2-4280.

Tet celebration Feb. 9

The BC Vietnamese Students' Association will hold a celebration on Feb. 9 in honor of Tet, the Lunar New Year, which marks the beginning of spring and is the most popular and single-most celebrated holiday in many Asian cultures, particularly within the Vietnamese and Chinese communities. The event, which includes dance and music performances, will take place from 7-10 p.m. in Gasson 100. For more information, see the VSA Web site at

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