Oct. 5, 2006 • Volume 15 Number 3


Lecture Friday on politics and pluralism

The Philosophy Department will present a lecture tomorrow at 4 p.m. in Devlin 008 by author and critical theorist Jürgen Habermas titled "A Political Constitution for a Pluralist World Society."

Habermas is a professor of philosophy emeritus at the Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany, author of Knowledge and Human Interests and The Theory of Communicative Action, and is regarded as one of the foremost thinkers on critical theory, social and political theory, epistemology, communication, legitimation, and the concept of the public sphere.

For more information, call ext.2-3847 or e-mail

Catholic Charities President Fr. Hehir to speak Tuesday

Rev. J. Bryan Hehir, president of Catholic Charities, will present the lecture "From John Paul II to Benedict XVI: The Social Ministry of the Church" on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. in Gasson 100.

Fr. Hehir is a former faculty member at Harvard Divinity School and an expert in Catholic social ethics and religion's role in world politics and American society.

His appearance is sponsored by the Church in the 21st Century Center and the Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry. For information, call ext.2-8057 or e-mail

"New Directions" series begins Oct. 18

The African and African Diaspora Studies Program will open its 2006-07 New Directions Lecture Series on Wednesday, Oct. 18, with a talk by Harvard University faculty member and author Tommie Shelby titled "Class, Poverty and Shame."

Shelby will discuss how class differences among African Americans make it difficult to build black solidarity and a progressive politics. He is the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences and of African & African American Studies at Harvard.

The series continues on Nov. 8 with "The African Diaspora and Black Masculine Performance," presented by Michelle Stephens, a professor at Mt. Holyoke College who teaches American, African American, and Caribbean literature. She will explore the gendered meanings inscribed in current notions of diaspora and the prescriptions governing black masculine performances and racial narratives.

Both events take place at 4:30 p.m. in Higgins 300. For more information, call ext.2-3238.

Upcoming campus concerts

This Sunday, Oct. 8, at 3 p.m. in St. Mary's Chapel, the "Music at St. Mary's" series presents a concert of music on organ and harpsichord by Claudio Astronio, a regular guest performer - as soloist and conductor - at some of the most preeminent organ and early music festivals in Europe and the United States.

The following Saturday, Oct. 14, the University Wind Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. in Gasson 100. The concert features "Fantasy Variations on a Theme" by Nicolo Paganini and "Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes" by Carl Maria Von Veber.

On Monday, Oct. 16, at 4:15 p.m. in Gasson 100, there will be a performance of Johannes Brahms' "Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, Op. 115," with Richard Shaughnessy, clarinet; David Siegel, violin; Anne Squire, violin; Frank Grimes, viola; and Nancy Hair, cello.

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