Fall Humanities Series Begins Sept. 28

Fall Humanities Series Begins Sept. 28

By Stephen Gawlik
Staff Writer

Childhood memories penned by two promising young American authors - one a South Boston native, the other a daughter of Chinese immigrants in the American Midwest - highlight the offerings of this fall's Lowell Lecture Humanities Series.

The series, which for more than four decades has brought distinguished artists, poets, authors and dramatists to the Boston College campus, also will feature appearances this semester by a Bach scholar and musician, an expert on the Reformation and a former editor of The New Republic.

Michael Patrick MacDonald will kick off the series on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. in Gasson 100 with a reading from his critically acclaimed book All Souls: A Family Story from Southie. MacDonald recounts his youth in South Boston, a section of the city once considered the poorest white neighborhood in the United States. All Souls tells a tale of drugs, crime, murder, suicide and betrayal by politicians, but is also full of courage, compassion and humor.

Another memoirist, Lan Samantha Chang, will visit the campus on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Gasson 100. Chang will read and discuss "The Unforgetting," a story appearing in Hunger: A Novella and Stories. The book is drawn from her experiences as an American-born child in a family who had fled the communist revolution in China to make a new life on the other side of the world.

On Friday, Oct. 20, Eamon Duffy, a fellow of Magdelan College, Cambridge and author of A History of the Popes and the highly regarded The Stripping of the Altars, will speak on "Rethinking the Reformation: Tudor England and the Old Religion." The time and location for this event will be announced at a later date.

Renowned harpsichordist, organist and scholar Davitt Moroney will present "Why J.S. Bach Wanted His Sons to Go to College" on Sunday, Oct. 29, in Gasson 100 at 8 p.m. Well known for his performances and recordings of the work of Johann Sebastian Bach, Moroney has won a number of international prizes, notably a French Grand Prix du Disque and three British Gramophone Awards.

Andrew Sullivan, a contributing editor of The New York Times Magazine and former editor of The New Republic, will conclude the first part of the series with the lecture "The Politics of Homosexuality" on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Gasson 100. Sullivan - who became the youngest editor in The New Republic's history when he was named to the position at age 28 in 1991 - is the author of Virtually Normal: An Argument about Homosexuality and Love Undetectable: Notes on Friendship, Sex and Survival.

The Humanities Series spring schedule will begin Feb. 1 with a Candlemas lecture by Lynch School of Education Dean Mary Brabeck.


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