Feb. 16, 2006 • Volume 14 Number 11


Dance marathon kicks off tomorrow night

More than 400 members of the University community will take part in this weekend's annual Boston College Dance Marathon, with a goal of raising $100,000 for the Franciscan Hospital for Children of Boston.

"Dancin' in the Moonlight," which takes place in the Flynn Recreation Complex, will run from 6 p.m. tomorrow night until 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18.

Approximately 185 dancers are signed up for this year's marathon, aided by 35 BCDM committee members, 110 volunteers and 90 "moralers," who will provide support and encouragement during the event. Organizers are arranging for special activities and entertainment to add to the festivities, including performances by student music and dance groups.

For more information on the event, see or contact the organizers at or ext.2-0754.

Conference examines "Definitions of Life"

Boston College faculty and students will be among the featured speakers at the 29th annual Mendel Society Bioethics Conference, which will be held Feb. 25 in Higgins Hall.

The event gathers faculty and students from area universities and colleges to discuss current ethical issues that relate to scientific research and practice. The theme of this year's conference is "Definitions of Life."

Following a welcome and introduction by Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties Cutberto Garza, MD, and an opening lecture by University of Maryland Law and Health Care Program Director Diane Hoffman, both in Higgins 300, a series of concurrent sessions will take place at several sites in Higgins.

At 3 p.m., Hoffman will be joined for a panel discussion by Monan Professor of Theology Lisa Sowle Cahill, Prof. John Williamson (Sociology), Prof. Raymond Devettere (Theology) and Megan Scully, a graduate student in philosophy.

For more information on the event, see the Mendel Society Web site at or e-mail

Adelmann Lecture Feb. 20

John Sallis, holder of the Frederick J. Adelmann, SJ, Chair in Philosophy, will present the annual Adelmann Lecture, titled "The Look of Things," on Feb. 20 at 4:30 p.m. in the Yawkey Athletic Center's Murray Conference Room.

Sallis comes to Boston College from Pennsylvania State University, where he held the Edwin Erle Sparks Professorship in Philosophy. The author of 15 books, he is best known for his writings in such areas as Plato, Kant and German Idealism, phenomenological and post-phenomenological philosophy. Last fall, Sallis became the first American philosopher to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Freiburg, whose faculty members have included Martin Heidegger and Edmund Husserl.

The chair, named in honor of former Philosophy Department Chairman Frederick Adelmann, SJ, was established with a gift from Patrick '70 and Lillian Carney.

For more information, call ext.2-3847 or send e-mail to

"Secular/Sacred" opening reception is Feb. 20

A reception will be held from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 20 to celebrate the opening of the new McMullen Museum of Art exhibition, "Secular/Sacred: 11th-16th Century Works from the Boston Public Library and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston."

Members of the Boston College community and general public are invited to the event, which will include dessert and music by BC bOp!

For more information, call ext.2-8100 or e-mail

Fr. Drinan to speak on "God and Morality in the Public Sphere"

Former Boston College Law School Dean Rev. Robert Drinan, SJ BA, MA'42, will present "God and Morality in the Public Sphere" on Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. in Devlin 008.

Now a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, Fr. Drinan served as a Democratic congressman from 1971-81 and has been active in many human rights initiatives. His most recent book is Can God and Caesar Coexist? Balancing Religious Freedom and International Law, an appeal for political leaders to affirm the 1981 United Nations Declaration on Religious Freedom.

For more information, e-mail

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