April 27, 2006 • Volume 14 Number 16


Historian Singh to speak today on race and US foreign relations

Nikhil Singh, an associate professor of history at the University of Washington, will present "Race and Empire in the Logic of World Power: Reflections on the 'Two Americas'" today at 4:30 p.m. in Fulton 511, as part of the New Directions in African Diaspora Research Lecture Series.

Singh, author of Black Is a Country: Race and the Unfinished Struggle for Democracy, will speak on the role of race in US foreign relations since World War II, including the apparently contradictory influences of universalist ideals and racial animus.

The lecture series is sponsored by the BC African and African Diaspora Studies Program, an interdisciplinary minor that explores the experiences of African-descended peoples.

For more information, see or call ext.2-3238.

Police auction Saturday

The annual Boston College Police Department auction will be held in the Vanderslice Hall Cabaret Room on April 29 at 9 a.m. A preview of auction items, which consists of abandoned property, begins at 8:30 a.m. All proceeds from the auction are to be donated to "Take a Swing at Cancer" in honor of cancer survivor Danny Bianchi, the son of BC Patrol Officer Steven Bianchi.

South East Asian culture show April 30

The Boston College South East Asian Student Association will hold its annual culture show at "The Rat" in the Lyons Hall basement on April 30 at 8 p.m., featuring traditional music, dance and foods, plus a guest performance by Synergy.

Admission is $7. For more information, see

First Carnegie Lecture will focus on urban schools

The Boston College Teachers for a New Era will sponsor the first annual Carnegie Lecture on May 8, featuring a talk by urban education expert Gloria Ladson-Billings, the current president of the American Educational Research Association.

Ladson-Billings' lecture, "What If We Leave ALL the Children Behind? The Challenge of Teaching in Urban Schools," will take place at 7 p.m. in Fulton 511.

An author whose research examines the pedagogical practices of teachers who are successful with African American students, Ladson-Billings is the Kellner Family Professor in Urban Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

BC is one of seven institutions nationwide participating in "Teachers for a New Era," a landmark initiative undertaken by the Carnegie Corp. to strengthen K-12 teaching.

Golf tourney to benefit Campus School

The 10th annual Boston College Campus School Classic Golf Tournament will take place Friday, May 5, at the Glen Ellen Country Club in Millis.

To participate in the "scramble-style" tournament, each player must pay a $125 fee, which includes playing privileges and dinner. All proceeds will benefit the BC Campus School, which provides educational and therapeutic services for youths with multiple handicaps.

Easy on-line registration is available at For more information, contact Julie Spatola '06 by e-mail at

Community Service Award nominees sought

The Office of State and Community Affairs is soliciting nominations from the Boston College community for its annual Community Service Award, presented to an employee who has volunteered extensive hours serving the community and whose actions exemplify the spirit of community service.

The deadline for all nominations is Friday, May 5. Any full- or part-time faculty or staff member is eligible for the award.

Nomination forms, and brief profiles of past Community Service Award winners, are available on-line. For more information, call ext. 2-4787.

Service of Remembrance May 8

Campus Ministry will sponsor the annual Service of Remembrance on May 8 for family, friends and colleagues in the Boston College community who have died in the past year.

All members of the BC community are invited to attend the service, which will be held at 5 p.m. in Gasson 100. The names of those who have died will be inscribed in Boston College's Book of Remembrance.

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