Oct. 20, 2005 • Volume 14 Number 4


Roundtable today looks at NY police reform

Prof. Marilynn Johnson (History) will present "Challenging Police Repression: Federal Activism and Local Reform in New York City" at today's Boston College Legal History Roundtable, which takes place at 4:30 p.m. in Stuart 414.

A researcher on urban social relations in late 19th and 20th-century America, Johnson is the author of Street Justice: A History of Police Violence in New York City, which traces the history of police violence and law enforcement corruption in New York, ranging from the immigrant violence of the mid-1800s to the aggressive response to civil rights activities and anti-war demonstrations in the last 50 years.

For more information on, or to attend, the event, contact Jeanne Stowe at

"African Oil and Poverty" lecture tonight

Austin Onuoha, of the Center for Social and Corporate Responsibility in Nigeria, and Fr. Antoine Berilengar, SJ, of the Petroleum Revenue Oversight and Control Committee in Chad, will give a talk on "African Oil and Poverty" tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Fulton 511.

The event, sponsored by the Center for Human Rights and International Justice, will offer a look at the human rights and environmental issues facing Africa as it becomes a major player in the global oil economy.

For information, e-mail

"Diversity Challenge" this weekend

The Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture at Boston College will hold the fifth annual "Diversity Challenge " event tomorrow, Oct. 21, and Saturday.

Tim Rice, a writer and activist on race-related issues, and Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral will be the featured speakers at the event, which will examine research, interventions, and strategies that have addressed the integration of race and ethnic culture in the world of work from adolescence through adulthood. Prof. David Blustein (LSOE) and Teachers College Professor of Counseling Psychology Robert Carter also will present talks.

For more information, call ext.2-2482 or e-mail, or see the conference Web site at

Voice of the Faithful symposium Sunday

Robsham Theater will be the site for a symposium, "Voice of the Faithful: Findings from a Study of a Social Movement within the Catholic Church," on Sunday, Oct. 23, from 1-5 p.m.

Voice of the Faithful is an organization that was formed in the wake of the clergy sexual abuse scandal to express support for victims and for "priests of integrity," as well as to help "shape structural change" within the Catholic Church.

More information on the event is available through The Church in the 21st Century Center, at ext.2-0470.

Lynch School symposium features honorary degree recipient Sara Martinez Tucker

Sara Martinez Tucker, president and chief executive officer of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, will be the featured speaker for the sixth annual Lynch School of Education Symposium on Oct. 26.

Tucker, who received an honorary degree from the University at Commencement this year and was named recently by Time as one of the 25 most influential Hispanics in the US, will address the topic "Educational Excellence and Equity: Educational Attainment for Latinos." Lynch School faculty members Prof. Maria Estela Brisk and Assoc. Prof. Ana Martinez Aleman also will speak.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. in the Heights Room of Corcoran Commons. For information, call ext.2-3902 or e-mail

"Finding the Sacred in the Every Day" Oct. 29

The Boston College Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry will sponsor a workshop, "Finding the Sacred in the Every Day," led by Kathy Coffey, a popular inspirational speaker and author on Catholic history and spirituality, on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in Fulton 230.

Coffey has written such books as Hidden Women of the Gospel, Immersed in the Sacred: Discovering the "Small S," Sacraments God in the Moment: Making Every Day a Prayer and Dancing in the Margins: Meditations for People Who Struggle with Their Churches.

For registration and information, call ext.2-8057 or e-mail

Arts Festival seeks performers, artists

The Boston College Arts Festival Committee is seeking performers and other artists in the University community to take part in the eighth annual BC Arts Festival on April 27-29, 2006.

Those who are interested should send an email to by Monday, Oct. 31, with the following information: name of organization; number of people; contact name, phone number and e-mail address; length of performance (if applicable) and requested venue.

More information is available through the BC Arts Council Web site, at

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