Sept. 22, 2005 • Volume 14 Number 2


Ignatian spirituality series for alumni begins tonight

Tonight marks the first program in a seven-part series, "Ignatian Spirituality: What Is It and How Do You Live It?," for alumni. Presented by Rev. George L. Drury, SJ, a faculty member at Weston Jesuit School of Theology, the sessions - which take place at 6:30 p.m. in Alumni House on Newton Campus - will focus on exploring the Spiritual Exercises developed by St. Ignatius and how to apply them in everyday living.

The series is sponsored by the Alumni Association. For information, contact Dianne Duffin at

Workshop to examine challenges to Catholic life

Rev. William Bausch, a parish priest of the diocese of Trenton, NJ, who is a nationally recognized lecturer and author, will lead a workshop titled "How the Dynamic Parish Hands on the Faith" on Sept. 24 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in Fulton 230.

Fr. Bausch, whose recent works include Breaking Trust: A Priest Looks at the Sexual Abuse Scandal and Still Preaching After All These Years, will discuss the challenges facing American Catholics, such as the closing of Catholic schools and parishes, the decline of religious and clergy and decreasing attendance at weekly Mass. He will explore the formal and informal ways that a parish can be the "lamp on the lamp stand" and serve as a beacon and example of Christian ministry.

For more information, contact Maureen Lamb at ext.2-8057 or visit the Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry Web site.

Rebuilding Mayan society in Guatemala

Mayan activist Olivia Santiago Ceto will describe efforts to rebuild Mayan society in Guatemala at a lecture to be held on Sept. 29 at 5:30 p.m. in the Law School East Wing, room 120.

Ceto, the first indigenous woman from the genocide-torn Ixil region of Guatemala to earn a university degree, is the co-founder of a non-profit organization that works to lower the suicide rate among Mayans, whose society was devastated during the armed conflict between the Guatemalan government and guerrilla forces in the 1970s and 80s.

"Reconstructing Society After Genocide: The Experience of a Mayan Activist in Guatemala" is sponsored by the Holocaust Human Rights Project, Center for Human Rights and International Justice, the Lynch School of Education, and the Latin American Studies Program.

For more information, call 703-589-5170 or e-mail

Police commissioner to speak Oct. 4

Boston Police Commissioner Kathleen O'Toole '76 will be the featured speaker in the first "Master Class: Alumni in Residence" event of the 2005-06 academic year. Her talk will be held Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in McGuinn 121.

A former Alumni Association executive director, O'Toole was appointed commissioner in February of 2004. She has endured several controversies during her administration, including a labor dispute and the accidental shooting death of an Emerson College student by police during street celebrations after the Red Sox league championship win.

Previously, she was the state's secretary of public safety, the founder of an international security and crisis management consulting firm, and member of a panel that recommended reforms for the Northern Ireland police force.

Sponsors of the event are Boston College Magazine, the Political Science Department and the Law School. For information, call ext.2-4820 or e-mail

Panel to discuss immigration issues for educators

Asst. Prof. Mariela Paez (LSOE) will be part of a panel discussion, "Rethinking Immigration and Education: What all Teachers Need to Know," on Oct. 5, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Higgins 300.

Also taking part in the event will be New York University faculty members Marcelo M. Suarez Orozco and Carola Suarez Orozco, co-directors of the Immigration Studies@NYU program.

The panel is sponsored by Title III Project ALL and the Lynch School of Education Office of Practicum Experiences and Professional Induction.

For more information, e-mail

Symposium explores legal, media role in environmental issues

The Oct. 6 Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review Fall Symposium will be "Environmental Law's Path Through the Fourth Estate: Environmental Law and the Media," featuring discussions on several issues related to the relationship between the legal profession and the media on environmental matters.

Beginning at 2 p.m. in the Law School East Wing Room 120, symposium panelists will explore the interaction between law and media in the context of the global warming issue, and evaluate the success and failures of the modern media in informing the public and the political process in the environmental context. In addition, the symposium will provide hands-on advice to current and future attorneys on how to "work the media" achieve the client's goals.

For information, call ext.2-8557 or e-mail

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