Bluhm Memorial Lecture is today

The Heinz Bluhm Memorial Lecture Series continues today at 4:30 p.m. in Devlin 008 with a talk by Robert Louis Jackson, Bensinger Professor emeritus of Russian literature at Yale University.

Jackson, who has authored definitive studies of 19th century Russian authors, will present "Alyosha's Speech at the Stone: 'The Whole Picture.'"

The lecture series, which debuted last fall, commemorates the legacy of Bluhm, who in 1968 founded the Germanic Studies Department - later German Studies - and served as its first chairman. Bluhm, who died in 1993, was known for his project "Index Verborum," a reference guide to the essential words in Martin Luther's writings from 1516 through 1525.

Graduate Conference on Romance Studies

Boston College will host tomorrow and Saturday the ninth annual Graduate Conference on Romance Studies, which this year will explore the theme "Construction, Transgression, Destruction."

The event, organized by graduate students in the Romance Languages and Literatures Department, will feature a keynote address tomorrow at 3:15 p.m. in Fulton 230 by Geraldine Sheridan, a Fulbright professor from the University of Limerick in Ireland. She will present "An Other Text: Visual Representations of Working Women in the Enlightenment."

Saturday's activities will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in Fulton Hall. The conference will conclude with a concert of medieval and traditional Sephardic music at 7 p.m. in Bapst Library.

The conference World Wide Web site, /bc_org/avp/cas/romlang/romrev/program9.html, offers more details.

MBA Challenge 5K benefit road race

The second annual Boston College MBA Challenge 5K road race will take place on Saturday, April 7. Proceeds will benefit the Jimmy Fund. Visit the event's World Wide Web site at for more information.

Term paper help to be offered in April

The O'Neill Library Reference and Instructional Services department will offer term paper assistance Monday through Thursday from April 2-19. No appointment is needed for these drop-in sessions, which will be held in O'Neill 105 at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Anyone interested in learning how to use the library effectively for research or to learn better library research methods for term papers is welcome to attend.

Leonard Contest winners announced

The winners of the 2001 Leonard Persuasive Speaking Contest are: First place, Elizabeth Kannenberg, '03; second place, Robert Smith, '02; third place, Marin Kirby, '03.

The annual competition, sponsored by the Communication Department, is open to all undergraduates. Contestants' speeches had to deal with a current and controversial topic and were judged on the basis of evidence, reasoning, organization, analysis and delivery.


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