March 3, 2005 • Volume 13 Number 12
An art and entrepreneurship program created by the Law School's Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project for girls in the juvenile justice system has taken its good works public.
The program, Hear Us Make Artistic Noise (HUMAN), last month unveiled the exhibition "On the Stand" at the Cloud Foundation, located on Boylston Street across from the Boston Public Library. HUMAN works with girls aged 13-18 years old to use the visual arts to document and communicate their life experiences.
Organizers say "On the Stand," which includes collage, painting, photography and graphic design, offers a dramatic and powerful collection of work from a rarely heard perspective.
"The project has really been life changing for these girls," said JRAP Director Adj. Assoc. Prof. Francine Sherman (Law). "It allows them to express themselves in ways they may not have experienced before, while also giving them the opportunity to do something positive with the art they produce."
Creating a visual autobiography and exhibiting their artwork, say the organizers, empowers the young artists by giving them the chance to follow a complex project through to fruition, making their voices heard through a visual medium and participating in a collaborative project with other young women and teachers. It is hoped that such success will foster their self-esteem, a critical step in improving their prospects for the future.
Students in the Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project primarily represent girls in the Massachusetts justice system across the full-range of their legal needs, tackling issues such as delinquency, post-disposition administrative advocacy, special education, personal injury, status offenses, child abuse and neglect and public benefits.
"On the Stand" will be on display through March 27. More information on HUMAN is available at www.human-design-online.com/.
-Law School Communications Manager Nathaniel Kenyon
Concert with a cause
Add another Boston College organization to those who have spearheaded fundraising efforts to aid victims and survivors of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia.
Following its Winter Concert this past Sunday at St. Ignatius Church, the University Chorale of Boston College accepted donations to benefit the Jesuit Refugee Services, which is working to rebuild 16 pre-schools and bring supplies to over 25,000 displaced children in areas affected by the tsunami. Chorale administrators said more than $1,550 had been raised.
Other BC organizations that have held fundraising events include the Undergraduate Government of Boston College and University Dining Services.
Another successful student-organized benefit will look to equal or better last year's performance on March 15, when Connell School of Nursing students and members of the BC Women's Ice Hockey team once again face off against students from the Massachusetts Hospital School in a sled hockey game to benefit the Mass. Hospital School's Chariots Sled Hockey Team.
Last year's sled hockey benefit game raised $2,200 for the Chariots. The money was used for new equipment, tournaments and lodging accommodations for tournaments outside the state.
Tickets are $10, $5 with a BC ID. Raffles, a silent auction and bake sale also will be part of the fundraiser. In addition, students will be collecting hats, socks and books to give to the other children who are cared for at the hospital.
BC Club news
Boston College Club representatives will present a $440,000 gift to the University this month to benefit a scholarship fund for Boston College students from the inner city.
The gift will raise the club's scholarship contribution to more than $1 million in the past five years, according to John E. Joyce '61, club co-founder and board member. Two undergraduates, one from Dorchester and one from Charlestown, currently receive the need-based scholarships funded by the popular dining and meeting place located at 100 Federal Street in Boston's Financial District.
"This, to me, is a great tribute to Boston College and the spirit of the University carried over in the form of the club downtown," said Joyce, noting that the gift represents half of the club's profits over the past fiscal year.
Now in its seventh year of operation, the Boston College Club has more than 2,500 members and generated some $4.5 million in business in 2004. The scholarship fund was established in 2001 with an initial gift of $26,000. Club officials made a $360,000 donation last year.
The BC Club's city scholarship fund reflects the traditions and mission of the University, Joyce says. "If you look at our history, we started with the concept of having kids from the city going to Boston College. The scholarships are really quite fitting."
The Boston College Club also recently won its third gold-level "Circle of Excellence Award" by ClubCorp, the venue's parent firm. "The club has met or exceeded all parameters and criteria, such as business, costs, membership, retention and the like," said Joyce, pointing out that the club enjoys a membership retention rate of 92.7 per cent - one of the highest in the ClubCorp organization.
"It's a great reflection of the membership, the staff and the management of the club. Their loyalty, dedication and participation are the best in the city."
Questions on aging
Boston College will sponsor the last of a three-part series of conferences for gerontologists, clinicians, ethicists and other professionals concerned with issues that face an aging American society.
The conference, to be held at the Marriott Hotel in Newton on March 14 and 15, will focus on aging-related ethical and social dilemmas in era of biotechnology and predictive genetic testing, according to conference co-chair Asst. Prof. Cathy Read (CSON).
Joining Read as conference co-chairs are Associate Vice President for Research Michael Smyer, dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and Prof. Patrick Byrne (Philosophy). Boston College faculty members participating in the conference include Monan Professor of Theology Lisa Sowle Cahill, Prof. Diane Scott-Jones (Psychology) and Asst. Prof. Pamela Grace (CSON).
Topics to be explored during the event include cloning, the implications of genetic testing for Alzheimer's Disease and the impact of stem cell research.
The conference, which is funded by the National Institute on Aging, also will include a public lecture by journalist Charles Pierce, author of Hard to Forget: An Alzheimer's Story [see "Postings"].
Previous conferences addressed end-of-life issues and the social responsibility of generations to one another.
Old and new
Continuing their showcase of outstanding performers of traditional music, the Boston College Center for Irish Programs and Irish Studies Program will host a lecture and concert on March 15 by Bruce Molsky, a well-respected American fiddler, guitarist, singer and banjo player.
Molsky will speak on, and demonstrate, the connections between Gaelic and "old-time" music, which encompasses numerous traditions from Appalachia and other rural areas of the United States as well as influences from Ireland and the British Isles.
A highly sought-after fiddle and banjo teacher who appeared at BC's Gaelic Roots Music, Song and Dance Summer School and Festival, Molsky has released or appeared on numerous recordings, one of which - "Poor Man's Troubles" - won a 2001 "Indie" award for Best Traditional Folk Recording.
Molsky's lecture and performance, which is free and open to the public, will take place in Connolly House from 7-9:30 p.m. For more information, call ext.2-0490, or see Molsky's Web site at www.brucemolsky.com.