Committee to Promote Millennium-Related Events

Committee to Promote Millennium-Related Events

University President William P. Leahy, SJ, has appointed a committee of administrators and faculty to identify and promote campus activities commemorating the millennium.

Chaired by Vice President and Assistant to the President William B. Neenan, SJ, the 12-member group has held two organizational meetings this year, and is contacting offices and departments to ascertain the extent of millennium-related events taking place at BC over the next 18 months.

The committee hopes to develop a comprehensive calendar of these events, which would include exhibitions at Burns or O'Neill libraries and the McMullen Museum of Art, for example; or conferences, lectures and concerts scheduled between next month and the spring of 2001.

"We are celebrating the millennium for the same reason we mark birthdays or New Year's," Fr. Neenan said. "These are coherent units of time which can serve as an opportunity for reflection. They are occasions for us to mark achievements, as well as to consider those areas in which we have not been as successful, and hopefully draw some important lessons.

"Being a Catholic university," he continued, "it's especially appropriate that we review the two millennia of Christianity and examine its roots and legacy."

Fr. Neenan pointed out that the committee's "window of activity" covers both the popular starting date for the new millennium - Jan. 1, 2000 - and "that favored by purists, Jan. 1, 2001."

Other members of the Millennium Committee are: Monan Professor of Education Philip Altbach; Weston Observatory Director Prof. John Ebel (Geology and Geophysics); Prof. Robin Fleming (History); Assoc. Prof. Paul Doherty (English); Prof. Peter Wilson (CSOM); Assoc. Prof. T. Frank Kennedy, SJ (Music); Senior Lect. Deborah Brown (Political Science); College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program Director Mark O'Connor; McMullen Museum Director Nancy Netzer; Publications and Print Marketing Director Ben Birnbaum; and Assistant to the President Rose Mary Donahue.

-Sean Smith

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