N.E. Renaissance Event To Be Held At B.C.

The practice of prayer in the intensely religious Europe of the 16th and 17th centuries will be the focus when Boston College sponsors a meeting of the New England Renaissance Conference on March 22 in Devlin Hall.

The conference, titled "Prayer: Situation, Representation, Enactment," will take place from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and attendees will include historians, art historians, musicologists and literature scholars. Among other topics, participants will discuss the prayers of martyrs during a period of intense Catholic-Protestant conflict, the music of the liturgy, and the effect of art and architecture on prayerful contemplation.

"Prayer was the most significant activity people performed in a very religious age," said Assoc. Prof. Virginia Reinburg (History), who organized the conference with Assoc. Prof. Elizabeth Rhodes (Romance Languages). "We aim to think about prayer as other than a private practice not talked about outside the experience. Professor Rhodes and I hope the conference will be a contribution to innovative work currently being done in the history of religious practice, female religious life, and the arts of devotion."

College of Arts and Sciences Dean Robert J. Barth, SJ, will offer welcoming remarks, and presenters will include: Asst. Prof. Franco Mormando, SJ, of the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program; John O'Malley, SJ, of the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, a former Gasson Professor; and Clarissa Atkinson of the Harvard Divinity School, who received her doctorate in history from Boston College in 1979.

- Mark Sullivan

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