April 13, 2006 • Volume 14 Number 15


Easter break bus schedule begins today

The University shuttle bus service will operate on a reduced schedule for the Easter break, April 13-17, with two buses apiece assigned to the Newton Campus and Commonwealth Avenue routes.

Buses will run approximately every 15-20 minutes from 7 a.m.-midnight today, and from 8 a.m.-midnight Friday through Sunday.

The Easter break schedule will continue on Monday, April 17, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., after which normal service will resume.

For information on the shuttle bus service, go here.

Former Irish prime minister to speak April 20

Garret FitzGerald, who served as prime minister of Ireland from 1981-87, will present the lecture "Church, Culture and Education in Ireland and the USA" on April 20, at 7 p.m. in McGuinn 121.

FitzGerald - whose term as prime minister was marked by attempts to liberalize aspects of Irish society and to initiate peace efforts in Northern Ireland - retired from government in 1992 and began writing a regular column for the Irish Times. He published his autobiography All in a Life in 1991.

For more information on the event, which is sponsored by the Lonergan Workshop and the Church in the 21st Century Center, call ext. 2-8095 or e-mail

Students' photo exhibit on Guatemala

Participants in the University's Pedro Arrupe International Solidarity trip to Guatemala this past January will exhibit photos and share observations of the visit at a special reception on Friday, April 21.

"Guatemala: A Reality in Pictures and Stories," which takes place from 4-8 p.m. in the balcony of Corcoran Commons, also will feature information tables concerning social, economic and political issues affecting Guatemala.

For more information, contact

German film festival begins April 21

The German Studies Department will sponsor "Freitagnachtfilme," the first annual Boston College German Film Series, on three consecutive Fridays.

Leading off the series will be "Die Brucke [The Bridge]," on April 21, followed by "Aimee and Jaguar" on April 28. The final film, to be screened on May 5, will be "The Tin Drum," which won the 1980 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

All films will be shown at 4 p.m. in the O'Neill Media Center. For more information e-mail or call the German Studies Department at ext.2-3740.

'Family Fun Day' is April 22

The annual "Family Fun Day" on Saturday, April 22, will offer a range of family-oriented activities prior to the Annual Jay McGillis Memorial Spring Football Day.

Sponsored by the Athletic Department and Alumni Association, the day begins at 11 a.m. in the Flynn Recreation Complex, where there will be face painting, balloon animals, a DJ, a dunk tank and inflatable games such as a football toss, moon bounce, field goal challenge and obstacle course.

The spring football game will begin at 2 p.m. in Alumni Stadium, and will be followed by an autograph session with players.

Admission to all events is free. For information, call ext.2-4622.

Sociology Visiting Scholar Series to host Polletta

Francesca Polletta, a researcher on social movements and institutional experiments in democracy, will be on campus April 26 and 27 as part of the Sociology Department's Distinguished Visiting Scholar Series.

Polletta, who is an associate professor of sociology at Columbia University and the University of California-Irvine, will present a public lecture, "Is Telling Stories Good for Democracy," on April 26 from 5-7 p.m. in Devlin 101. Contact Jessica Alvarez at ext.2-2131 or for more details.

The following day, she will give a seminar on "Meaning in Movements." For information and reservations, call ext.2-4130 or e-mail

The author of the recently released book It Was Like a Fever: Storytelling in Protest and Politics, Polletta has published articles on such topics as culture, collective identity, and emotions in social movements, and contemporary anti-corporate globalization movements. In her current research, she is studying the role of public deliberation in the rebuilding of the former World Trade Center site after 9/11.

Fordham theologian Sister Johnson speaks

The Institute for Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry will conclude its lecture series, "The Faith That the Church Hands On," with a talk on April 26 by Elizabeth A. Johnson, CSJ, a distinguished professor of theology at Fordham University and award-winning writer on Mary of Nazareth.

Sister Johnson's 2003 book, Truly Our Sister: A Theology of Mary in the Communion of Saints - which challenged past depictions of Mary as sentimental and submissive, and presented her as a champion of the oppressed - won awards from the Catholic Press Association, Catholic Library Association and College Theology Society.

Her talk will take place from 7-9 p.m. in McGuinn 121. For information, call ext.2-8057 or e-mail

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