Jan. 19, 2006 • Volume 14 Number 9


King Celebration on Tuesday

Campus Ministry will sponsor the annual campus celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

The event will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the McElroy Conference Room with a talk by Rev. Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, the MacArthur Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies at Colby College. She is the author of If It Wasn't for the Women...: Black Women's Experience and Womanist Culture in Church and Community, a collection of essays examining the roles of women in their churches and communities, the implication of those roles for African American culture, and the tensions and stereotypes that shape societal responses to these roles.

At 5:30 p.m., an ecumenical worship service will take place in St. Joseph's Chapel, with performances by Voices of Imani, Liturgy Arts Group, and Against the Current.

Boisi Center lecture series begins next week

The Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life will kick off its spring semester lecture series at noon on Jan. 24 when Matthew Stewart presents "The Courtier and the Heretic: Leibniz, Spinoza and the Fate of God in the Modern World," the title of his recently published book.

Stewart - who after earning a doctorate in philosophy from Oxford University worked as a management consultant before deciding to write full-time - depicts the relationship between Leibniz and Spinoza, how it influenced both men, and set the tone for "the dominant form of modern philosophy."

Other upcoming Boisi Center talks include: "Faith and Poverty: Personal Religiosity and Organized Religion in the Lives of Low-Income Urban Mothers" by Holy Cross sociologist Susan Crawford Sullivan, on Feb. 8; "Combating 'Evildoers' in the Developing World: From Eisenhower's Vietnam to Bush's Iraq" by Asst. Prof. Seth Jacobs (History), on Feb. 23; "Studying Children's Religion" by Robert Orsi, religion historian at the Harvard Divinity School.

Also, on April 5, Boston College theologians Thomas Groome, Rev. Kenneth Himes, OFM, Sister Mary Ann Hinsdale, IHM, and James Weiss will discuss the first year of Pope Benedict's papacy.

The Boisi Center is located at 24 Quincy Road. For more information, see the center Web site at

Collaborative sculpture applications due Jan. 25

Campus organizations interested in participating in this year's Boston College Arts Festival collaborative sculpture project must submit applications to the BC Arts Council by next Wednesday, Jan. 25.

The theme for the 2006 project is "Set the World Aflame," and student, faculty and administrative groups are encouraged to express their missions and messages through sculptures that reflect St. Ignatius' famous adage. Adj. Asst. Prof. Mark Cooper (Fine Arts) will provide a basic design that will be made available to applicants to embellish and decorate. The sculptures will be on display prior to and during the Arts Festival, which will be held April 27-30.

Applications are available via the council Web site,

Student Activities Day is Feb. 2

The Undergraduate Government of Boston College will sponsor the spring semester Student Activities Day on Thursday, Feb. 2, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in "The Rat," located in the Lyons Hall basement.

The event will include performances by student music and dance ensembles.

For more information, call ext.2-3490 or e-mail

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