October 21, 2004 • Volume 13 Number 4


Lecture tonight provides Brits-eye view of Campaign 2004

A Tory member of the British Parliament visits Boston College tonight to offer political perspective from across the Atlantic on the American presidential race.

Richard Bacon, Conservative MP for South Norfolk, presents "The US Presidential Election: A View from Parliament, A View from Europe," Thursday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m., in McGuinn 121.

The public lecture is sponsored by the Academic Vice President, the Associate Vice President for Research, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Office for Sponsored Programs.

Author Cornel West to speak in Robsham Theater Oct. 30

Cornel West, whose commentary on race relations in America has drawn both acclaim and controversy, will present a lecture, "Democracy Matters," on Saturday, Oct. 30, at 4 p.m. in Robsham Theater.

West, who is professor of religion and African American studies at Princeton University, is the author of such books as Race Matters, Prophesy Deliverance: An Afro-American Revolutionary Christianity and the recent Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism.

The recipient of an American Book Award, West has been awarded more than 20 honorary degrees. He enrolled in Harvard University at age 17 and in three years graduated magna cum laude in Near Eastern languages and literature.

West taught at Princeton, Union Theological Seminary, Yale Divinity School and the University of Paris before accepting an appointment at Harvard in 1993. After a highly publicized dispute with Harvard President Lawrence Summers over the nature of his academic activities, West moved to Princeton in 2002.

Following the lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be a reception and book signing in the Heights Room of Corcoran Commons.

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Annual Monan Lecture Oct. 25

The 2004 Rev. J. Donald Monan, SJ, Lecture Series on Higher Education will feature a talk by public and education policy expert David Kirp on Monday, Oct. 25, at 4:30 p.m. in Higgins 310.

Kirp, who is professor of public policy at University of California, Berkeley, will present "Shakespeare, Einstein, and the Bottom Line: The Marketization of Higher Education." The lecture is free and open to the public.

Trained as a lawyer, Kirp was the founding director of the Center for Law and Education, which pursues equal educational opportunity issues in courts and legislatures. He has also been a journalist, and continues to write for a number of national publications, including The New York Times, The Nation and The American Prospect.

The Monan Series is sponsored by the J. Donald Monan, SJ, Chair in Higher Education and the Lynch School of Education Program in Higher Education. For further information, call ext. 2-1061.

Heaney to give keynote at Kavanagh conference

Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney will be the keynote speaker at a two-day conference celebrating the 100th birthday of seminal Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh next week at Boston College.

The conference will take place Oct. 29 and 30 and is free and open to the public.

Kavanagh (1904-1967) is widely regarded as one of the more influential Irish poets of the 20th century, notably for his collection The Great Hunger, which offered a hard look at Irish rural life. An Irish Times listing of the nation's favorite poems included 10 of Kavanagh's works in the top 50. He also wrote fiction and published three autobiographical books.

Conference information is available online.

Remembrance for theologian Rabbi Neiman

Members of the Boston College community are invited to attend an evening of remembrance Nov. 1 at Brookline's Temple Beth Zion for Rabbi David Neiman, a former theology professor who died Feb. 22.

Rabbi Neiman was the first Jewish professor of theology to be appointed at a Catholic university when he began teaching at Boston College in 1966. He retired from the University in 1991.

Temple Beth Zion is located at 1566 Beacon Street in Brookline. For more information, call the temple at (617)566-8171 or e-mail Rina Neiman at

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