November 16, 2004 • Volume 13 Number 6


Symposium on the presidency is this Saturday

Former White House aides John W. Dean and David Gergen will be among the prominent writers, historians and public servants gathering in Robsham Theater this Saturday, Nov. 20, for the symposium "US Presidents in Perspective: The Shifting Fortunes of Presidential Reputations."

CSPAN will broadcast the event live via satellite.

The symposium, which begins at 12:30 p.m., will consist of three panel discussions, starting with "The President and the Press," with John Kerry biographer Douglas Brinkley; Kathleen Dalton, author of Theodore Roosevelt: A Strenuous Life; and Tom Wicker, former New York Times columnist who has written on Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon. Media analyst and journalist Ellen Hume will be the moderator.

Gergen will moderate "Moral Character and the Presidency," which will feature Susan Dunn, author of Jefferson's Second Revolution: The Election Crisis of 1800 and the Triumph of Republicanism; Ronald Walters, an expert on African American leadership and politics; and Douglas Wilson, who writes from Christian perspectives on social and educational issues.

Dean will be a panelist for the final discussion, "The President and His Enemies," along with Jeffersonian expert Joyce Appleby, whose works include Inheriting the Revolution: The First Generation of Americans, and James McGregor Burns, author of books on presidential leadership. Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne will be the moderator.

The event, which is sponsored by the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact or ext.2-4820, or see

Author-commentator Anne Coulter to speak

Conservative author, syndicated columnist and commentator Ann Coulter will present "How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must)" - the title of her latest book - tomorrow, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Flynn Recreation Complex.

Coulter also has published the books Treason: Liberal Treachery From the Cold War to the War on Terrorism, Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right and High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton. The legal correspondent for Human Events and a columnist for Universal Press Syndicate, Coulter has appeared frequently on TV shows such as "Hannity and Colmes," "Wolf Blitzer Reports," "At Large With Geraldo Rivera," "Scarborough Country," "Real Time with Bill Maher," "The O'Reilly Factor" and "Good Morning America."

The event is sponsored by College Republicans. For more information, contact

Former Mass. legislator Jacques appears

Cheryl Jacques '84, president and executive director of the Human Rights Campaign, and a speaker at this year's Democratic National Convention, will present "Writing the Next Chapter in the Book of Civil Rights" tomorrow, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. in Gasson 100.

Jacques served six terms in the Massachusetts State Senate and was the first woman and first freshman legislator to chair the judiciary committee. Following an unsuccessful bid for Congress in 2001, Jacques assumed leadership of the Human Rights Campaign, a national bipartisan organization on gay and lesbian issues.

Her talk is sponsored by the Alumni Association, Women's Resource Center and GLBT Issues.

BC to host ex-UN commander Dallaire

Retired Lt. Gen Romeo Dallaire, who drew widespread praise for his efforts to stem the 1994 Rwanda massacres, will discuss his experiences at a special campus appearance on Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Heights Room of Corcoran Commons.

The Canadian native commanded the United Nations Mission to Rwanda and saw clear indications that the country's extremist Hutus were about to inflict wide-spread slaughter on Tutsis and moderate Hutus. After unsuccessfully pleading with the UN, the United States and the rest of the international community to intervene, Dallaire disobeyed orders to withdraw his peacekeeping forces and managed to maintain safe areas for some 20,000 people.

Dallaire, who battled depression and thoughts of suicide following his return to Canada, has recounted his perspective on the tragedy in the book Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda. He is now involved in efforts to assist children affected by war and conflict.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for University Mission and Ministry. For more information, contact

New Year Retreat for faculty and staff

The Center for Ignatian Spirituality will sponsor a New Year Retreat for faculty and staff from Jan. 2-4 at Bellarmine House in Cohasset, a part of the Boston College Jesuit Community.

The retreat, which is titled "Reconciliation in the Tradition of St. Ignatius Loyola," will include two short talks and common prayer daily, plenty of quiet time, opportunity for group discussion in the evening, and a closing liturgy.

There is no cost to participate in the retreat, but those wishing to attend are advised to register as soon as possible. Contact Cindy Blazuk at ext.2-1777 or before Friday, Dec. 3.

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