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Jan. 19, 2006 • Volume 14 Number 9

Humanities Series Spring Slate Kicks Off Feb. 2

A scholar who has been called the best theologian in America, a poet grappling with the significance of Sept. 11 and a popular sportswriter and alumnus who got his start as a scribe for The Heights highlight the spring 2006 schedule of the Lowell Lecture Humanities Series.

Founded nearly 50 years ago, the series brings renowned authors, poets, artists and actors to Boston College throughout the academic year.

All Humanities Series events will be held in Gasson 100 at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

On Feb. 2 Stanley Hauerwas will present "The End of Religious Pluralism: A Tribute to David Burrell, CSS," for the annual Candlemas Lecture. Hauerwas, the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke Divinity School, was named in 2001 by Time magazine as "America's best theologian." His book A Community of Character: Toward a Constructive Christian Social Ethic was selected as one of the 100 most important books on religion in the 20th century.

Long-time New Yorker staff writer and author William Finnegan reads from his latest work on Feb. 22. The author of three books of reportage on Africa, Finnegan's Cold New World: Growing Up in a Harder Country presents a bleak look at the future for young Americans living in the inner city.

Award-winning novelist Ann Patchett, author of Bel Canto, reads from her fiction on March 15. Her 2004 non-fiction book Truth and Beauty recalls her long relationship with the late poet Lucy Grealy.

St. John's University Law School professor Lawrence Joseph, a poet, critic and essayist, will appear in Devlin 101 on March 30 to read from his most recent volume of poetry, Into It, in which he discusses Sept. 11 and its aftermath.

Turkish novelist and political journalist Elif Shafak will present a reading on April 5 in Devlin 101. Her training has been informed by critical, interdisciplinary, and gender-conscious readings of the major texts of the West, the Middle East and Islam. Shafak has published five novels, most recently The Saint of Incipient Insanities, her first novel written in English.

Mike Lupica '74 presents "From Sports Writing to Fiction Writing" on April 19. Lupica began his sports writing career with The Heights and now writes four syndicated columns a week and appears regularly on national radio and television programs. He has written biographies of athletes and his novels include a series of sports mysteries involving a fictional New York City television reporter. The subjects of his most recent novels are adolescents playing competitive sports.

The final Humanities Series event for the academic year on April 25 will feature award-winning poet Adrienne Rich, winner of the Book Critics Circle Award for The School Among the Ruins: Poems 2000-2004. Rich is a key figure in feminist and lesbian poetry and has served as a voice for women of color and women living in poverty.

Humanities Series events are free and open to the public. For further information call ext.2-3705 or see www.bc.edu/lowell. -Stephen Gawlik

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