March 30, 2006 • Volume 14 Number 14


Performance tomorrow night spotlights Mayan culture, social issues

The theatrical group FOMMA, which stands for "Fortaleza de la Mujer Maya (Strength of the Mayan Woman)," will give a performance tomorrow, March 31, at 7 p.m. in the Lyons Hall cafeteria.

FOMMA's plays address a variety of domestic, social, cultural and health issues through dramatic visuals and humor. FOMMA uses funding from their performances at home and abroad to provide educational opportunities through language training and skill building for Mayan women and children.

The performance is free, but donations will be accepted. For more information, e-mail

Second Helping Gala this Saturday

The Boston College Alumni Association will hold its 18th annual Second Helping Gala on Saturday, April 1, from 7 p.m. until midnight at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

The annual gourmet food sampling and prize auction has raised more than $1.5 million to benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank's Second Helping program that provides meals to thousands of people in need throughout the region.

Among the auction items up for bid this year are a five-day trip for two - including airfare - to the Turks and Caicos islands; a limo trip for four and VIP box tickets for the final Friday night game of the season between the Red Sox and Yankees in New York; and an overnight stay at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and tickets for two for the "Fenway Park on Ice" outdoor hockey game between Boston College and Boston University next December.

Tickets for the black-tie gala are $125 per person and are available by contacting Jeanmarie Skahan at (508)358-2730 or

Alumnus Sanez performs recital Sunday

Daniel Sanez '03 will give a harpsichord recital this Sunday, April 2, at 3 p.m. in St. Mary's Chapel.

Sanez - a former Fulbright Scholar whose musical talents also include organ and the Highland bagpipes - will perform works by Scarlatti, Couperin and Bach. The concert is free and open to the public.

For more information on the concert, call ext.2-6004 or e-mail

Monan Lecture examines college aid

The annual Rev. J. Donald Monan, SJ, Lecture in Higher Education on April 6 will feature Bridget Terry Long, an associate professor of education and economics at Harvard University, speaking on "College Access and Success: Aid, Preparation and Policy." Long's talk will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Fulton 511.

Profiled last year by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the "new voices" in higher education, Long uses her extensive background and training in economics to examine various aspects of the market for higher education in the United States. Her research focuses on access and choice in higher education, the outcomes of college students, and the behavior of postsecondary institutions. Her current research projects include studies on the impact of financial aid policies, an evaluation of the effectiveness of postsecondary remediation, and analyses of the role of class size and faculty characteristics on student outcomes.

For more information, call ext.2-1061 or e-mail

Lecture looks at medieval propaganda and documents of power in Europe

Earle A. Havens, curator of rare books and manuscripts at the Boston Public Library, will present a discussion on April 3 on how the Church and state used legal document forms and instruments of propaganda and coercive power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Havens' talk, "Scrolls, Bulls, Indentures, and Indulgences: Sacred and Secular Documents of Power in Medieval and Renaissance Europe," will be held at 4 p.m. in Devlin 101. Havens is co-curator of the current McMullen Museum of Art exhibition, "Secular/Sacred."

For more information, call ext.2-8100 or see

New Yorker's Singer to present talk

"Big Story/Little Story," a reading and conversation with New Yorker magazine staff writer Mark Singer, will take place Monday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in Fulton 310.

Singer is the author of Character Studies: Encounters with the Curiously Obsessed, a collection of profiles of the "weirdly besotted" - as Booklist called them - including celebrities such as Donald Trump and Martin Scorsese and a convention of Tom Mix fans in Las Vegas.

For more information, call ext.2-3268 or e-mail

Psychology colloquiums, speaker series continues

The Psychology Department's spring 2006 Affective Speaker and Colloquium Series continues with three events scheduled for the first part of April.

On Monday, April 3, Brandeis University Professor of Psychology Leslie Zebrowitz, author of the book Reading Faces, will present "Emotion Overgeneralization Effects in First Impressions: Evidence from Connectionist Modeling" from 3- 5 p.m. in the McGuinn Hall Third Floor Lounge.

The following Monday, April 10, will feature "Voluntary Settlement and the Spirit of Independence: Evidence from Japan's 'Northern Frontier'" with Shinobu Kitayama, a University of Michigan researcher who focuses cultural differences in cognition and behavior.

Later that week, April 13, University of Virginia Associate Professor of Psychology Jonathan Haidt will present "Intuitive Ethics: How Five Sets of Evolved Intuitions Give Rise to Culturally Variable Virtues, and to the Culture War." Haidt studies morality and emotion, and how they vary across cultures, and is particularly interested in the moral foundations of politics.

The latter two events will take place from 1-3 p.m. in the McGuinn Fifth Floor Lounge.

For more information, call ext.2-4100 or e-mail, or download the flyer at

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