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Sunday, May 8, 2005. Dateline Greycliff. Despite the spring nor'easter that flooded Comm Ave, the Second Annual Pancake Breakfast kept its feet dry. Held Saturday morning in Greycliff basement, this special event for sophomores in the Honors Program honored the 400th anniversary of Don Quixote and the completion of two years (did it seem like 400?) for the sophomores. Faculty chefs Breines, Epstein and O'Connor flipped pancakes while Admiral Chadwick (no day for a canoe race) and Master Martin (with a scurvy crew) consumed their fair share. A good time for all, and a fond farewell to Greycliff.


Monday, April, 25,2005. Yesterday the combined strength of the Classes of 2006 and 2007 paddled to victory over four other Honors Program relay teams in the Run of the Charles. Four juniors carried and paddled the canoe on the final two legs from Wellesley to Herter Park in Brighton. Six sophomores brought the canoe from the starting line in Dedham to hand the canoe on at the Silk Mill Dam relay point. Complete results and detailed background information can be found in our canoe barn.


Monday, March 28, 2005. Welcome back from Easter Break. Should you arrive in time tonight, check out today's Dante Reading at 7:30 in Devlin Hall. Tomorrow evening is an important event of general interest to honors students, "Intrinsic Differences: Women in Science at Boston College". Speakers are all accomplished members of the Boston College faculty. See the pdf of a poster for details.

Tuesday, January 4, 2005. Dear first year student,

From time to time the faculty hears from students that they want some training in using the O'Neill Library for research. Because of the nature of the honors curriculum, we do not expect research to be part of your first encounter with texts, but we also know that you need to begin to develop research writing skills and find your way around in the world of online catalogs, databases and writing tools.

We are now offering you such training. It is an on line course leading to a "certificate of information literacy". It is available NOW on WebCT. All honors students are enrolled and the course will show up on your WebCT account. It is called "Ithaca" (UW023 - fall - and UW024 - spring). If you've never used WebCT before, go to and log in. Voila.

The course has five lessons and will require a few hours to complete (there are tasks to be submitted to WebCT and these win "certification"). Anyone who finishes the course over break (before January 18) will be invited to join a focus group discussion. Since you are the first users of the course (yes, guinea pigs), we need your feedback to improve it. The plan is to offer the course to the Class of 2009 this summer.

If the process of taking the course seems complicated and demanding, keep in mind that taking the course itself is an exercise in becoming skilled in using electronic resources for academic purposes. We think you will be pleased with the results.

Prof. Mark O'Connor, Director, A&S Honors Program
Prof. Tim Duket, Supervisor of First Year Students,


Tuesday, November 16, 2004. On Friday, December 3 at 5:45 pm there will be a discussion of Professor Clifford Orwin's lecture "The First Democracy at War: Athens in the Pages of Herodotus". It will be responded to by Timothy Crawford of Boston College. A Buffet Dinner will be served at the McElroy Faculty Dining Room in conjunction with the discussion. The discussion will occur after the dinner. Please RSVP to Shirley Gee ( by November 29th only if you plan to attend the buffet. Event sponsored by the departments of Political Science and Theology with the support of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.


Friday, November 5, 2004. On Sunday, November 21 at 2:00pm (the Sunday before Thanksgiving) the MFA will be hosting a dramatic reading of scenes from the Iliad, with commentary by Gregory Nagy of Harvard. If students or faculty are interested, Prof. Constas may have tickets.

Thursday, October 28, 2004.

Red Sox 3, Cardinals 0. Red Sox complete a four game sweep and gain World Series Championship. Yes!

Tuesday, October 19, 2004. Red Sox 5, Yankees 4 Monday night. Yankees lead ALCS three games to two. Game six tonight. Curt Schilling v. Jonathan Leiber.

Saturday, October 8, 2004. Red Sox 8, Angels 6. Red Sox sweep ALDS. Yankees or Twins next in ALCS.

Thursday, September 9, 2004. The Freshman Convocation takes place Tuesday, September 14, 2004. Honors Program first year students and all faculty are invited to share in a barbecue on the College Green from 4:30-6 p.m. Thereafter, students and faculty will process to Conti Forum. "This year the Convocation will center on a discussion of his latest book by Pulitzer Prize winning author Tracy Kidder along with Dr. Paul Farmer the subject of Mr. Kidder's non-fiction narrative Mountains beyond Mountains. This book itself is an inspiring description of Dr. Paul Farmer's quest to spread both health and hope throughout some of the most difficult regions of the world and the obstacles large and small that had to be overcome in doing so. The freshmen have all read the book over the summer and we hope that this panel will deepen their appreciation of it." (Dean Joseph Burns). After the presentation, students are invited to return to Jenks Library to continue the conversation with honors faculty and to touch base once more with the committee of faculty members who helped each student during summer orientation. Committee members are Profs. O'Connor, Chadwick, Mattis, Botwinik and Duket.


Friday, May 28, 2004. The Senior dinner on Tuesday, May 18 was a chance for one last seminar. 100-odd members of the Class of 2004, most of the faculty, and Dean Quinn were present for a meal and for various awards ranging from recognition for paddling a canoe to high praise for the best thesis title that described the honors faculty (winner by applause-meter: "an ode to evanescent ideals", Lauren Poplawski's, and a close second ""the impact of reading aloud with children", Lauren Quinn's). Photographs from the evening are posted on the program bulletin board outside Gasson 102. Feel free to take any photo you especially like.

Monday, April 22, 2004. Honors Program and the BC Arts Festival. We have compiled a list of Arts and Sciences Honors Program students and their participation in the Arts Festival Thursday through Saturday of this week. This is raw information arranged by the names of students in order to facilitate locating past and present members of Honors Program seminars - for the benefit of faculty and students alike:

Bent, Eliza. I'm one of the editors of Stylus. We'll be having readings Friday April 30 from 1:30pm-2:00pm and Saturday May 1st from 12-12:30pm. Both events will be taking place in Gasson 100. Hooray for ArtsFest!

Bunce, Kristyn. On Thursday and Friday, I will be appearing in a ten minute play directed by Patricia Riggin during the "Theater in the Garden" at 1:30 on Thursday and 1:45 on Friday. Also on Thursday, a scene from "Three Days of Rain" which I directed is going up in the Main Tent at 3:30. On Saturday, there is a children's theater performance of "Sadako and the Thousand Cranes" in the Main Tent at 2:30.

Carmody, Sarah. I will be performing (along with several other honors program members) with the Woodwind Ensemble and Symphonic Band on Friday and Saturday at noon (O'Neill Plaza) and on Monday at 8pm (St. Ignatius).

Cocco, Ashley. I will be dancing in one of the Dance Organization numbers. I'm not sure which of the three days I will be performing, but I know Dance Org will be performing on each day of the festival- we would love the support! Thanks!

Cortina, Melissa. I am participating in the Arts Festival with the BC Irish Studies Program. I will be part of a group playing the Irish fiddle on Thursdaythe 29th at noon in the main tent. Thanks for the publicity!

Croteau-Chonka, Damien. The University Chorale of BC (which I'm in) is performing at the BC Arts Festival on Thursday , April 29th in the O'Neill Plaza Tent at 4:15ish.

Fitzgerald, Adam. I'll be reading poetry sometime within 12:00-12:30 on Saturday.

Fitzgerald, Caitlin. I've been heavily involved in Arts Festival promotion this past month, I'm hostessing 6:30-10pm on Friday and working as a stage crew member Saturday 3:30-6pm.

Fritz, Lyndsay Noelle. I don't know if this is what you mean, but I'm volunteering as a hostess, and painting children's faces.

Greacen, Ricky. i'm going to read poetry at the slam friday from 4-6 at gasson 305.

Hayek, Carolyn. I am in both the Concert Band and the Brass Choir. Friday April 30th 8:00 PM Gasson 100
Music of America -- Concert Band; Brass Choir will be performing at the following events: Friday April 30th 12:00 PM O'Neill Plaza; Brass Choir, Percussion Ensemble, and Symphonic BandSaturday May 1st 12:00 PM O'Neill Plaza Woodwind Ensemble and Symphonic Band

Henry, Laura. As part of the Liturgical Arts Group I am singing at an Artsfest Concert Thursday April 29, 7:00PM in Gasson 100, and then singing at the Artsfest mass on Saturday, May 1, 4:30PM in O'Neil Plaza.

Herhold, Becky. I will be singing with Voices of Imani, BC's Gospel choir on April 29th at
4:15. Thanks!

Hunter, Adrienne. I'm performing with the University Chorale on Thursday at 4:15 on O'Neil Plaza.

Joseph, Chuck. On Saturday at one o clock I'll be performing with the Heightsmen, BC's only all male a cappella group.

Keck, Sean. In response to your e-mail, I would like to let you know that I, along with many other contributors to The Stylus, will be reading my own work during the Arts Festival. Readings from The Stylus will take place both Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1. The readings on Friday are scheduled from 1:30-2:00p.m. The readings for Saturday will run from 12:00-12:30p.m. I will be reading during the Saturday time slot.

Klewin, Erin. I am performing with the woodwind ensemble on Friday at noon and Saturday at noon at O'Neill plaza.

Kouznetsova, Ekaterina. I am involved in the Liturgical Arts Group (LAG) and our concert is on Thursday, at 7PM in Gasson (I think...I'm not totally sure of the time and place, but it's probably right).

Leshik, Lauren. I am also in the University Chorale. We are performing on Thursday at 4:30 pm under the O'Niell Plaza Tent.

Leuchten, Christopher. I am participating in the Arts Festival. I am a trumpet player and am
playing in numerous groups this weekend. Including: BC bOp - Swing dance - Thursday 7:00
Brass Choir - Friday 12:00
BC Concert Band - Music of America - Friday 8:00
Symphonic Band - Saturday 12:00
BC bOp - Featured Concert - Saturday 8:00

Levy, Dave. I'm involved in a few things for Arts Festival.~Thursday, April 29th: University Chorale @ the Tent, 4:30
~Wednesday, April 28th to Sunday, May 2nd: Anything Goes, presented by the Theatre Dept, 8 PM on Wed to Sat, 2 PM on Sun. Robsham Theatre.

Lindeman, Ben. CSOM ‘06 What I am in: BC Brass Choir, Trombone Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Friday at Noon, Main Tent BC Concert Band, Friday at 8 pm, Gasson 100 BC Symphonic Band, Saturday at Noon, Main Tent

Malvey, Jessica. I'm volunteering at the arts and crafts area for the kids on Saturday, the first!

Mazilly, Casie. I will be doing a reading (a short, fiction, prose piece) on Thursday with the rest of the senior creative writing concentrators. Thanks for spreading the word!

McDevitt, Bridgett. I'm a sophomore in the Honors Program (in
professor Breines's section). I am in an a cappella group and we will be performing in the Arts Festival on Friday from 1:45-2:30.

Mills, Brie. For the Arts Festival I will be performing twice. One dance, "look closer...", to the music from American Beauty. That will be at 3:00 on Friday. "Addiction" to music from Requiem for a Dream I will be performing on Saturday around 2:00. So that's me.

Noonan, Patricia. I am performing with the Contemporary Theater on Thursday as part of the Theater Showcase and I am also playing Hope in Anything Goes - the musical that opens April 28 and runs through May 2. Have a great day.

Patten, Kath. I will be performing twice with the BC Dance Ensemble: on Friday afternoon, performing my choreography, ...look closer, and on Saturday afternoon, performing Addiction, the choreography of Betsi Graves '04. Look for the Dance Showcase both days.

Potdevin, Nicole. I will be performing with the a cappella group the Dynamics on Friday the 30th afternoon.

Przylucki, Bill. I'm playing with the Concert Band Friday night at 8pm.

Schutz, Paul. I'll be coordinating the Social Justice films event from 1:30-2:30 on Thursday in O'Neill 211, when we'll be showing a collection of clips of from Salmanowitz films (including Tom Kempa's). John also has film screenings on Thursday from 3-5 PM "Michael's Eagle Eyes," Friday from 3-5 PM, "Different Drummers," and Saturday from 2-4 PM, "Celtic Waves." I'm in the Percussion Ensemble performance on Friday at 12:00 in the main tent and the Concert Band performance at 8 PM that evening, in the "Music of America" concert. At 2:30, I'm getting an arts award in the main tent!

Spencer, Katherine. I am a freshman and I am entering a black and white photograph. i gave it to my professor and i expect he knows where it is going to be, so i didnt really ask

Staruch, Margo. Just thought I would let you know that I will be performing with the Woodwind Ensemble in ONeill Plaza Saturday May 1st at noon.

Tansey, Jess. I've been involved in promotion thus far and am hostessing from 12-5 on Friday; we're not really sure what that entails yet, but it should be a good time.

Thibadeau, Sarah. I'm a freshman. I will be reading a piece of my own creative writing on Friday, April 30 as part of the Stylus Contributors, which is from 1:30 to 2:00 in Gasson 100.

Thompson, Matthew. University Chorale doing excerpts from our spring concert at 430 on thursday. (lots of honors kids involved)
"Anything Goes" Excerpts at 115 on Fri Afternoon
(both in main tent) then of course . . . "Anything Goes" Wed - Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm $8 x2-4002 (you can pay with eagle bucks at the BO in Robsham) Saturday night is already sold out. Nothing put good Cole Porter tunes around an overly simple story.again, lots of honors kids involved in that too. Katie Koster, Lacey Upton, Patricia Noonan, Me, etc . . .

Tung, Bethany. I don't remember the exact times, but I'm a member of the Swingkids and am going to be involved in both the dance with BC bOp on Thursday night and the dance showcases throughout the weekend. I believe it all takes place on O'Neill Plaza.

Viafore, Dan. I am performing with the Bostonians a capella group, and the Liturgical Arts Group (LAG). Both performances are on Thursday. A capella is at 1:00 in O'Neil Plaza, and LAG is at about 7:00 in Gasson 100. Thank you so much for being interested, and I look forward to hearing about other HP members.

Wright, Ashley. I am a senior this year. I sing in the Madrigals and Chorale. Below are the times and locations: Madrigals: Thursday, April 24, 1:45 in O'Neill Plaza
Chorale: Thursday, April 24, 4:15 in O'Neill Plaza. I love the Arts Fest!

Zaslavsky, Marianna. I am in Dance Ensemble and will be performing during the several nights.
Thanks for spreading the word.

Zuccarino-Crowe, Chiara. Hi, I couldn't find the listing of participants, but I just wanted to let you know I submitted five ceramic pieces for exhibition and possibly to sell if anyone is interested.

Thursday, March 25, 2004. Tristan Nelson '04 and Tom Kempa '04 announce the formation of BC Pugwash. Kempa writes: "I would like to draw your attention to a special event being hosted this Friday by a new student group named BC Student Pugwash, of which I am one of the founding members. Student Pugwash is an international student organization whose purpose is to foster debate on the social and political implications of scientific research, and to open free dialog amongst scientists, politicians, and businessmen alike. As a stepping stone towards firmly establishing the BC chapter of Student Pugwash, our event will center around the topic of renewable energy and will feature the Secretary of Commonwealth Development under Gov. Romney, Douglas Foy. The event seeks to engage students and faculty in this very important discussion on energy sustainability, and also strives to spread the news about our BC chapter to those interested in joining."


Sunday, March 6, 2004. Malcolm Miller returns once again to the Arts and Sciences Honors Program to discuss the marvels of Chartres Cathedral. The event will take place Wednesday, March 16 in Fulton 511. The lecture is sponsored to complement the first year curriculum. The medieval cathedral as a speculum mundi is a companion to the medieval synthesis embodied in Dante's commedia. All Honors Program students and faculty are cordially invited to attend.

Chartres Cathedral



Sunday, November 23, 2003.

The Boston College Arts and Sciences Honors Program has its first two Rhodes Scholars and first Marshall Scholar as well. They are Paul Taylor (Rhodes from Wisconsin), Brett Huneycut (Rhodes from Arizona) and Tom Kempa (Marshall). Paul studied with HP instructors Behnegar and Epstein; Brett with instructors Duket, Hughes and Rumble; Tom with Behnegar, both Michalczyks and Newmark. We can all testify to their accomplishments and abilities.

Friday, October 17. Black Thursday. Yankees 6, Red Sox 5. Aaron Boone meets Bucky Dent 25 years after.

Thursday, October 16, 2003. Parthenon Marbles Will Not Be Returned by the British Museum, Says the British Museum.

Monday, October 6, 2003.  The showing of Sullivan's Travels  scheduled for this Thursday, October 9, has been postponed.  There will be no film shown this week.

Monday, September 22, 2003.  
Thursday Night at the Movies .  The Honors Program begins a Thursday Night Film Series that will continue throughout this and subsequent years.  In a desultory fashion this semester's films pursue the theme of the redemption of bullying males (from Homer's Iliad to Fellini's La Strada).  

Thursday, June 19, 2003.  The Honors Program announces four technological initiatives of possible use to faculty and students.  

  1. ETD  (Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Project of  Boston College).  Visit the URL  to see a set of Honors Program Theses from the Class of 2003.  This will be a tool for illustrating the nature of the thesis process to incoming students and to juniors contemplating the thesis.  Librarian Margie Fiels has used the Honors Program thesis as a pilot for demonstrating the potential of this service.  Boston College is one of the first universities in the country to make theses available and the Honors Program is the first unit at Boston College to contribute theses to this archive.
  2. WebCT (Honors Program "courses").  All Honors Program students now are enrolled in two "courses" on the university's WebCT server as well as in an Honors Program seminar.  One of these is called Honors Program Humanities Resources.  All students are registered in this course.  The second "course" is either Honors Program First Year Course, Honors Program Second Year Course, or Honors Program Elective, depending on class year (frosh are placed in the first year course; sophomores in the second; and juniors and seniors both in the elective).  Only those students can enter these WebCT courses. This enables faculty to provide materials for their courses within a secure space.
  3. Scanning  (Honors Program readings, study guides and other handouts).  This summer any materials from faculty left in Gasson 102 for scanning and OCR (Optical Character Recognition) will be available by Labour Day, if the handout, article or book is provided by August 1.  These materials can be made available on a restricted basis (restrictions defined by the faculty member) to students in each seminar.  This process should replace the use of xeroxed handouts!
  4. RefWorks ( ).  Adeane Bregman, head librarian in Bapst, has offered us and our students inroductory sessions on RefWorks, an essential research and bibliographic tool now available.  To explore RefWorks, the Group password for Boston College is RWBostonCL.  Go to the RefWorks web site, use this password and follow the insturctions for setting up your own account.  RefWorks is useful for all research as you will quickly discover.  The Honors Program plans to arrange workshops for frosh in the fall.  

Sunday, April 27, 2003.  The Class of 2003 won the Run of the Charles Canoe Race for the third straight year.  Twenty-two BCHP athletes paddled in three relay teams.  Pictures of the event ( 2003 ).

Monday, April 7, 2003.   The Honors Program is assembling four relay teams for the annual Run of the Charles Canoe Race.  The race will be Sunday, April 27.  If interested contact the following people:  Class of 2003, Bob Burke;  Class of 2004, J. Paul Rineheimer;  Class of 2005, Andrew Logan;  Class of 2006, Prof. Duket.  For information about the race see the web pages devoted to the race in Humanities House or e-mail Prof. Duket.  Articles about past races are posted in the Daily Bread (1999 , 2000 , 2001 ) and in the BC Magazine ( 2002 ).

Wednesday, February 12,  2003. Tonight, Career Center event for all students.  The "Kick It Up A Notch"
    Job Search Series Featuring Kickoff Speaker Jeff Taylor Founder & Chairman,
                                           Wednesday, February 12th
                                                5 PM - Devlin 008

Wednesday, October 16, 2002. Just a reminder that you (Honors Program students) are invited to a conversation with Ambassador Nicholas Burns, US ambassador to NATO, this coming Friday, October 18th, at Noon in the A&S Honors Library in Gasson Hall.   In addition to being candid and informative on contemporary issues, Ambassador Burns has always been generous with advice and assistance to BC students who have interests in careers in diplomatic service and international relations.  Ambassador Burns is an alumnus of the Honors Program.

Thursday, October 10, 2002.   More than one hundred fifty honors program students and faculty attended October 3 and October 8 BSO performances of Beethoven's Sixth Symphony and Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.  Of interest to them and to others who were not able to attend is the following Boston Globe review by Richard Dyer:

HEADLINE: MUSIC REVIEW Boston Symphony Orchestra Rafael Fruehbeck de Burgos,
guest conductor At: Symphony Hall, Thursday night (repeats tonight and Tuesday);
BYLINE: By Richard Dyer, Globe Staff
   "One does not expect unanimity from the Boston Symphony Orchestra on anything,
except performance. But Thursday night, the musicians stomped their feet and
cheered along with the audience as guest conductor Rafael Fruehbeck de Burgos
came forward. A stupendous ovation followed a stupendous performance of
Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring."
   Fruehbeck's recording of this piece was one of the glories of the LP era, and
helped establish his international reputation. The conductor has lost none of
his fire, but now brings 40 more years of accumulated experience to the task.
      Stravinsky's ballet is the most sophisticated example of primitivism in
music; one of Fruehbeck's great achievements was that he was true to the
unfettered wildness of the piece and to its many subtleties of expression.
   He is an empowering conductor - he signaled bassoonist Richard Svoboda to
start, but didn't start beating time until it was time to signal the next
entrance. Countless details registered, as if for the first time, because of
Fruehbeck's attention to balance, dynamics, and color, and one marveled again at
the astonishing precision of Stravinsky's ear. A duet for two muted trumpets,
pianissimo, sounded like low flutes - and then the flutes entered and took
   At the same time, everything bold about the piece was given full measure,
from blaring horns and squawking E-flat clarinet to the slashing cross-rhythms
of the final Sacrificial Dance; the last few minutes were truly terrifying.
Fruehbeck generously acknowledged the soloists and sections of the orchestra
that had contributed so much; there was a special roar of applause for tympanist
Timothy Genis, emerging with ringing honor from the impossible task of
succeeding Everett Firth in this piece.
   "The Rite of Spring" represents everything wild and uncontrollable in nature
and in human nature in the most precise possible way.
   It was teamed with Beethoven's "Pastoral" Symphony, its complement, a piece
about everything benevolent in creation. This juxtaposition is just about
inevitable for everyone who has been a child in the last 62 years, since Walt
Disney paired these pieces in "Fantasia."
   Fruehbeck led a gentle, leisurely, old-fashioned performance, which was
authentic because he believes the music should sound this way; the woodwind
quartet (Fenwick Smith, John Ferrillo, Richard Ranti, and William R. Hudgins)
deserved the special bow the conductor gave them. Much of the symphony was
utterly beautiful, particularly the shape of phrases, the dynamic control, and
the warmth of feeling in the sublime "Scene at the Brook." But Fruehbeck worked
up quite a storm, too, and the finale assured us that all is right with the
world - news we need to hear."

Wednesday, October 2, 2002. The Honors Program is co-sponsor of the following lecture on Thurs. Oct. 17, 4:30 p.m. Gasson Hall 100.  "Jesuit Theater in the Aegean". A lecture by Prof. Walter Puchner, Head of the Department of Theatre Studies, University of Athens, Greece and Senior Visiting Scholar of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA). Sponsors: Department of Classical Studies, Jesuit Institute, Honors Program. Reception to follow the lecture. For further information call the Department of Classical Studies at 617-552-3661.

Tuesday, September 10, 2002. Mindy Holmes, the previous web assistant for the Humanities House, has finished her tour of duty in order to do work within the Psychology Department. Ben Gritz, class of 2005, officially takes over today as web assistant for the Humanities House and other miscellaneous duties.

Wednesday, May 29, 2002. Four HP computers are now equipped with Dreamweaver 4. The Honors Site within the WebIT university-wide site and Humanities House itself are installed to open from Dreamweaver. Professors O'Connor, Martin and Duket are our WebIT triumvirs. The four computers are Thinkpads Beta and Gamma and the desktops in the O'Connor and the Martin offices.

Tuesday, May 28, 2002. Beginning Monday, May 20, four faculty, the Bapst librarian and three undergraduates are working on technological applications in our humanities curriculum.  Epstein, Martin, O'Connor and Duket are teamed with students and with Adeane Bregman to fashion new curriculum for our seminars.  The group is using Dreamweaver, Powerpoint and Photoshop.  Anyone interested in the project should drop by Gasson 102 any day during June and July and/or visit the project websites to track our progress in the logbook provided there.

Sunday, April 28, 2002. Four relay teams completed the 24 mile Run of the Charles today - the results:

First, the class of 2003 team included J.J. Jonas and Annie Barrett, David Reynolds and program director Mark O'Connor, Malini de Silva and Travis Coleman, Steve Czick and Colleen Myron, Bob Burke and Mike Davin.

Second, the class of 2005, Steph Cizek and Katie Thomas, Prof. Alice Behnegar and Andrew Logan, Professors Duket and O'Connor, Melissa Martin (Michigan, '04 and Nate Carsten, Michigan, '03), Jane Duket and Adam Martin.

Third, class of 2004, Laura Pyeatt and Ann Robbins, Mindy Holmes and Nicole Privitera, Corwin Carr and J. Paul Rineheimer, Jetta Sandin and Holly Rothe, Mark Mathias and Jordan Brook.

Fourth place, the class of 2002, Megan Newrones and Dan Clary, Mike Tierney and Ann Halli, Michael Reif, Annette Keane and Courtney Beer.

The day was rainy and cold from the time the teams assembled at 8 a.m. until the last canoe finished the race at about 4:30 p.m.  Ms. Debbie Colgan of Newton contributed mightily with selfless ferrying of paddlers to and from relay locations.  And Father Jack Howard greeted the final boat arriving at Herter Park in Brighton, as he has for each of the six years the Honors Program has entered this race.

Thursday, April 25, 2002. David Botwinik has joined the Honors Program faculty for academic year 2002-2003.  He will teach a first year seminar and a second year seminar  ( HP031.13 ).

Tuesday, April 23, 2002.   "HP has just completed negotiations with Professor Elizabeth Chadwick to offer a second year
Honors seminar on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-12.  Professor Chadwick to this point has been the Associate Dean of Boston College's Graduate School.  She holds a Ph.D in Comparative Literature from Yale, and has taught in humanities programs such as ours at places like the University of Chicago.  Professor Chadwick also has extensive experience in leading student advisement programs, and as a liaison to graduate fellowship opportunities such as the Fulbright.  We in Honors are most excited that she'll be joining our faculty.  In the future Professor Chadwick will be teaching in the 3rd year as well."  (Mark O'Connor)

Monday, April 22, 2002. Registration for second year honors seminars begins today and extends through tomorrow.  A folder containing the syllabuses of second year seminars can be studied in Gasson 102.  The two new instructors for next year are Botwinik and Chadwick.   The remaining faculty for the thirteen seminars are Hughes, O'Connor, Michalczyk, Epstein, Breines, Von Hendy and Mattis.

Thursday, April 18, 2002.    First and second year students are invited to participate in a research project to test out and evaluate a web site called Cassandra . The senior seminar Odysseus to Ulysses is developing an interactive web site for use while reading the novel Cassandra by Christa Wolf.  The author Wolf attempts a remarkable reinterpretation of the events of the Trojan War with which Cassandra, daughter of Priam and Hecuba, is connected.   The site presents resources in a hypertext format that allows Wolf's readers to keep track of what she is doing.  The developers target readers who have just finished a year encountering the more traditional interpretations of "Cassandra and all that".   Anyone interested should alert the seminar by e-mail .  You will receive a complimentary copy of the Wolf novel and some type of formal recognition on the web site itself.  The novel is about 140 pages and is a pleasurable read.  Join us!

Sunday, April 14, 2002.  Two Weeks away!  Sunday, April 28, 2002.  Relay teams for the annual Honors Program entry into the Run of the Charles Canoe Race are being formed.  The Class of 2003 is reigning champion.  A BC Chronicle news article on the last year's race describes its historical significance.    Find details and photo archives in our Canoe Barn .

Thursday, April 11, and Saturday, April 13, 2002.  A student initiated and run production of Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas (a rare English language 17th century opera) was performed in Trinity Chapel, at 8 pm.    Matthew Thompson, '05, from the Honors Program sang the tenor role of Aeneas.  An enchantress and two accomplice witches conjure false signals from Jove (using a faux Mercury) to command Aeneas to leave Carthage.  A picnic is also broken up by a storm they stir up.  This presents Dido with an Aeneas who is momentarily willing to leave her and follow his destiny - until he realizes this matters to her.  Magnificently, Dido commands him to leave.  And she dies for love, hoping to be remembered, but not mourned.  Nahum Tate was reading a different Aeneid when he wrote the libretto!  But Henry Purcell's music makes up for any objections a classical purist might raise.   Belinda (Katie Weiss) and the Sorceress (Margaret Felice) nearly stole the show from Dido (Nicole Willenborg), who, however had the last words... When I am laid in earth may my wrongs create/ No trouble in thy breast,/ Remember me, but ah! Forget my fate.  Aeneas was long gone.

Saturday, April 6, 2002. Welcome prospective members of the Honors Program Class of 2006.  The Honors Program presentation for students to whom Honors Program placement has been offered took place from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m..  Today's visitors can continue to follow the daily life of the program using this website, Humanities House.

Friday, April 5, 2002. The Honors Program website Humanities House is now "password protected".  The purpose of this restriction on accessis to distinguish our curriculum-based academic web site from a public one.  The materials presented in Humanities House are posted under the "fair use for academic purposes" rubric of the Copyright Law.   We freely give out our password to any and all members of our extended community.  Feel free to give the username and password to interested parties.  For folks to obtain these, they need only send an e-mail to and ask.

Wednesday, March 20th, 2002. Fr. Himes will speak tonight on the topic "An Introduction to Dante's Divina Commedia" in Gasson 112 at 7pm.  All students and faculty are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Fr. Himes is well known as an excellent speaker.  So come!

Tuesday, February 19, 2002.  Tomorrow the Boston College Hillel and Honors Program are jointly sponsoring  a lecture on the peace process in the Middle East by Father Raymond Helmick entitled "How do  we get to the peace now?".  The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in Devlin 008 (Wednesday, February 20).

Sunday, February 17, 2002. The Honors Program website Humanities House now contains a number of Power Point Resources for use by faculty and students.  This collection can be downloaded directly from our "Library" or our "Lab" onto any computer using a LAN cable connection or wireless connection.  As these files are rather large, they are probably not useful to download by telephone modem.  They can be used on any computer which has Microsoft PowerPoint installed.  As such, these presentations can be studied at home by students (all students in dorms have cable modem connections).  Faculty should be aware that these can be downloaded and edited to suit one's own teaching purposes.   The instructor's own explanatory text and instructions can be customized into the master file.  These should also serve as a model of what can be done on other subjects.  Faculty need only develop presentations and provide the files to the webmaster or to our web intern Mindy Holmes, who will make them available to students on our web site.  So far we have an orientation presentation, Durer Self Portraits, William Blake's Book of Job, and David, Gericault and Shelley available.

    Technically speaking, if you download a file to your computer, you do not have to save it there.  It can be used as a "read only" file.  If you save it to your own hard drive, however, it will become a file that you can open with PowerPoint and edit.  If you have any questions, consult the webmaster .

Sunday, February 3, 2002. New England Patriots 20, St. Louis Rams 17.

Saturday, February 2, 2002. This week Christine Cordek, '02, finished a two-year tenure as the Honors Program technology intern.  She made a major contribution to the development of the program's on-line resources.  She is devoting her time this spring to Project Bread.  Mindy Holmes, Class of 2004, begins Monday as Christine's replacement.   Both young women are skilled in web site management and assisting faculty with electronic projects.

Friday, February 1, 2002. Writers Block , the on-line essay reading service staffed by the Honors Program, re-opened today for the spring semester.

Tuesday, January 28, 2002. Congratulations to the new members of the Order of the Cross and Crown who were inducted on Sunday.

Friday, January 25, 2002.

WANTED: Professor Michael Martin
Wanted for reckless endangerment of ignorance.

The elusive "Professor Martin" had taken up residence temporarily in Washington, D.C., but has recently been spotted wandering around the Boston College campus.  His presence is unexplained, but members of the Honors Program faculty have hinted at mysterious meetings which the aforementioned "Professor Martin" may be attending.  If you see a man resembling the above photograph, please greet him as soon as possible.  He is expected to return to Washington, D.C. in the near future, though rumors hold that he may be back at some point.

For more information, or to report a sighting, contact the Honors Program detectives at 2-3315.

Thursday, January 24, 2002. Your eyes do not deceive you!  The mysterious Writers Block editors will be appearing in the flesh tomorrow in the lobby of McElroy.  Find out who is on the other side of wbamy, wbchris, and wbmike by stopping by the Writers Block table and learning more about this free online tutoring program.

Tuesday, January 22, 2002. Stop by the Office of Student Development, McElroy 141, to pick up nomination forms for the ODSD leadership awards.  Use these forms to nominate students who demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities.  Forms are due February 15.

Thursday, January 3, 2002. Boston College Alums are invited to make use of Humanities House and participate in on-line forums available in the Alumni Annex to the house.   The Alumni home page of the university contains links to Humanities House.

Wednesday, December 19, 2001.  The Honors Program is purchasing LCD projectors for the Jenks Library and for the Gasson 102 seminar room.  These will be available for classroom use in these spaces as soon as they arrive in 2002.  Faculty may incorporate computer-based image assignments into their syllabuses as they choose.  Prof. O'Connor has a powerpoint presentation on Albrecht Durer Self-Portraits that is available for use in the second year curriculum.   Faculty should contact the director or the webmaster.

Friday, December 14, 2001. Writers Block, the on-line essay reading service for BC undergrads staffed by the Honors Program, closes today.  It will reopen in January after the resumption of classes.  Christine Cordek, Amy Culver and Michael Reif worked with more than 120 fellow and sister students this past semester.  The site is devoted to improving everyone's written work by stretching out the writing process.

Thursday, December 13, 2001. An Opportunity to Focus on International Issues for the Members of the Class of 2004

If you are a sophomore with a sustaining interest in international relations or cross-national issues, perhaps you should consider becoming an international studies major. A few more students will be accepted into this newly revised major during the spring semester. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2002. For more information about the International Studies major and minor and its requirements, go to the International Studies website at /isp; click on the word major or minor. If you have any questions, contact Linda Gray MacKay, Academic Advisor at 617-552-0740,

Sunday, December 2, 2001. Beckman Scholars in the Sciences.

Boston College has been awarded a grant from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation for undergraduates to conduct independent research in a faculty mentor's laboratory.  The Beckman Steering Committee encourages applications
from Sophomore students majoring in Chemistry, Biology or Biochemistry who
are planning on continuing their education and training at the graduate
level for research careers in the natural sciences (e.g., Biological and/or
Chemical).  We particularly encourage applications from underrepresented
minorities and women.

Eligibility requires that an applicant:

1) must be a sophomore Biology, Biochemistry or Chemistry major; a freshman
or junior may be considered if he/she is strongly supported by a faculty
2) receive a 4 or 5 on  the Advanced Placement (AP) exam or > 700 on SAT-II
Biology or Chemistry exams or show high grades in appropriate science
courses at B.C.
3) must be recommended by a faculty mentor.
4) participate in a University Honors Program (e.g., Departmental Honors,
University Honors or Presidential Scholars) or already be involved in
research in a faculty mentor's laboratory.
5) a written essay must be submitted by February 15, 2002 to either the
Chairpersons of Biology (Dr. Marc Muscavitch) or Chemistry (Dr. David
McFadden) and addressed c/o Beckman Scholars Steering Committee.  The essay
should include relevant academic background, a description of the
applicant's long-term scientific interests and a description of
undergraduate research interests.  A letter of support that contains a brief
description of the proposed research should also be submitted by the
prospective faculty research mentor.  A mentor may not recommend more than
two candidates per year.

The Steering Committee will review all written essays, and in conjunction
with the Dean of Arts & Sciences, anticipates selecting six semi-finalists
for an oral interview with the Steering Committee during the week of March
11, 2002.  Awards will be announced on April 3, 2002.

A total of five Beckman Scholarships will be awarded during the funded
period.  three students will be selected to participate in the first year of
the Beckman Scholars Program (that includes summer '02 ‹> Academic Year
'02/'03 ‹> Summer '03).  Each Scholar will receive an award in the amount of
$17,600 to cover supplies, travel, and a stipend (see below).  Each Scholar
and his/her faculty mentor will be invited, and expected to attend, as
guests of the Beckman Foundation, the Annual Research Symposium held each
July.  This is a two day, three evening event to highlight the Beckman
Scholar's undergraduate research career and to allow the Scholars to present
their research in the form of a poster or talk.

Saturday, December 1, 2001. Boston College Honors Program invites you to a Teach for America Information Session on Monday, December 3 at 7 p.m. in the Jenks Honors Program Library in Gasson Hall.

Wednesday, November 28, 2001.  The annual LIST OF CHRISTMAS EVENTS is now posted.  You may view it by clicking on the bells in the Lobby, or on the Bulletin Boards, which is linked to the 5th Floor Commons (click on Christmas Countdown).  Or you may click here: 

Monday, November 13, 2001. Registration is underway.  All undergraduates should be certain to have their registration codes before their assigned time.  If you need suggestions for additional classes, contact Honors Program faculty for ideas.  Good luck!

Wednesday, October 31, 2001. Classes of 2003 and 2004, if you have not turned in your self-evaluation yet, please do so as soon as possible.  Boxes are in the Honors Office.  Thank you!

Monday, October 29, 2001. Seniors involved in writing a thesis should be aware that in December there will be a Christmas party held for faculty and students.  The event is intended for students to socialize and to discuss any thesis-related to concerns.  Watch the Daily News for more updates.

Monday, October 22, 2001. This week Golden Key International Honor Society is sponsoring a book and bear drive for children who have been hospitalized.  Drop off donations in Campion 297, the Campus School.

Tuesday, October 16, 2001. The deadline for submissions to Stylus is less than a week away.  All HP students are encouraged to submit their artwork or writing to Stylus in McElroy 127.

Monday, October 15, 2001. An Arts and Sciences Faculty meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 17, at 4:30 in McGuinn 121.  After brief remarks from Deans Quinn and Smyer, there will be a discussion of the faculty's role in the university's response to attack and war.  Additionally, there will be an open forum on other upcoming issues related to faculty.

Check out the career links page to learn about new opportunities for both undergraduates and graduating seniors, especially the National Security Education Program (deadline January 18).

Monday, October 1, 2001. BC to host discussion of international crisis from South Asian
perspective.  Instructors are requested to annonce this event in Monday seminars.

(9-27-01) On Monday, Oct. 1 Boston College will host the panel discussion, "Views from South Asia on the International Crisis" in
McGuinn 121 at 7 p.m.

The discussion will include panelists Assoc. Prof. Kalpana Seshadri-Crooks (English), Asst. Prof. Prasannan Parthasarathi
(History), Asst. Prof. Qamar-ul Huda (Theology) and Prof. Adil Najm from the Department of International Relations at Boston University.

The event, sponsored by the Office of the Academic Vice President,the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences,the Departments of
History & Theology,the Undergraduate Government of Boston College
(UGBC),the South Asian Students Association (SASA), and the Muslim Students Association (MSA)
is the second in a series of events addressing issues raised by the Sept. 11 attack on the United States.

Sunday, September 30, 2001. Fifteen seniors writing the thesis met with Prof. Susan Michalczyk in the first of a series of meetings she has planned to support the "solitary thesis writer".  The next meeting scheduled for Sunday, October 28.

Tuesday, September 25, 2001.   Open Letter to Honors Program Seniors:

 A few words to those of you who are writing senior theses. First-"way to go!" You won't regret it. (Well,
maybe you will in January, but that will pass.) Secondly, your predecessors have prevailed upon us to correct the
" HP senior isolation syndrome" that has occurred in the past.  We began to address  this last year, at the end of
first semester, with some successful get togethers and discussion sessions. Last  year's seniors felt it would
have been more helpful if we had begun in September...therefore, because we have such accomodating natures, we
have set our first date for Sunday night, Sept. 30th, from 6-8pm in the HP Library. Come and share your thesis ideas,
fears, questions, reflections, with Prof. Duket and with me.This will be your time to "whine" as you dine (don't get
too excited, we're talking cookies and cider).
  There  will be two more Sunday evenings this semester--Oct. 28th and Dec. 2nd.  We hope you will join us
- it's a chance for you to have serious and less than serious moments with your colleagues who are all struggling
with the challenges of the weird world of thesis writing. You shape the format.  Prof. Duket and I want to support
you in anyway that we can.  We also have some interesting approaches for helping you get feedback on your work from
HP underclassmen, which last  year's seniors found quite effective.
 We feel that this is an excellent way to get  yourselves "psyched" for the challenging year ahead.
Please join us this Sunday, the 30th. We look forward to seeing you. Please let one of us know if you will be coming.
   Prof. Timothy Duket

   Prof. Susan Michalczyk

Monday, September 10,2001. Are you applying for fellowships?  The deadline for Fulbright applications is coming soon!  Check out the fellowships page of the Career Center website!

Friday, September 7, 2001. What are you doing next year?  Check out the Humanities House " Careers " pages.

Thursday, September 6, 2001. The canto-dby-canto public reading and discussion of Dante continues this year and begins October 1.
    Please note that on Monday, September 24, 2001, the evening when we had originally scheduled the reading of Canto X, there will
         be a lecture and presentation of "The Cathedral of Florence and its Piazza," by Msgr. Timothy Verdon. We felt that anyone interested in
         Dante would not want to miss the opportunity to attend Msgr. Verdon's presentation of Dante's beloved Baptistery, so we postponed
         the reading of Canto X until October 1. Msgr. Verdon is an internationally recognized expert in his field, Canon
         of the Cathedral of Florence, Member of the Board of Directors of the Opera del Duomo, Visiting Professor of Art History at Stanford
         University Florence Center, and Consultant to the Vatican Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church. Msgr. VerdonÕs
         presentation will take place in Higgins 300, at 8 p.m. Higgins is located on the main BC campus, behind and to the left of Devlin (art

         Dante's Divine Comedy: A Public Reading

         Readings will take place in Devlin 101. Devlin is the building that houses the McMullen Museum of Art.

         INFERNO: CANTO 10
         TODD BOLI
         DEVLIN 101 at 7:30PM

         INFERNO: CANTO 11
         MONDAY, OCTOBER 22
         (BROWN UNIV.)
         DEVLIN 101 at 7:30PM

         INFERNO: CANTO 12
         MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19
         DEVLIN 101 at 7:30PM

Thursday, August 30, 2001.  Humanities House came alive today.  Its floors and rooms are constantly updated resources for all members of the Honors Program community. /bc_org/avp/cas/ashp/humanities_building.html#lobby is a useful URL to make the Home Page for your computer.   If you want help to do this, ask the editor ( ).

Wednesday, May 16, 2001. Today Regina Lennox, '01, and Prof. Duket together were one of the three major presenters at Faculty Technology Day .  They outlined the technological make-up of Writers Block, demonstrated the operation of Writers Block and challenged the faculty to make use of Writers Block to change the "writing culture" at Boston College.  In introducing the presenters, Ted Geiser of IT acknowledged Writers Block to be part of the Honors Program's wider relationship with the university community.   Mick Smyer, representaing AVP Neuhauser, pointed out the importance of projects like Writers Block as models of "ecological experimentation".  This means we in the Honors Program have used technology within our environment to promote evolution and natural selection, not to create an entirely new environment.

Tuesday, May 15, 2001. The annual meeting of the Honors Program faculty took place today without incident.  Present were Profs. Hefling, Cohen, Martin, Davenport, Michalczyk, Cahill, Duket, Epstein, O'Connor, Mattis, Hughes, Constas, Behnegar,  Haskins, Von Hendy and Malone along with Fathers O'Malley, Appleyard, Howard, and Madigan.

Monday, May 14, 2001. The live bat that was captured during Prof. O'Connor's "Frankenstein" exam on Monday last was released at Newton City Hall on Tuesday.

Tuesday, May 8, 2001. Funeral services for John Paul O'Connor, father of Prof. Mark O'Connor, will be held tomorrow in St. Albertus Magnus Church in Weymouth, Massachusetts.   Wake today 2-4 and 7-9, McDonald Funeral Home, 809 Main Street, South Weymouth.

Wednesday,  May 2, 2001. The Run of the Charles has come and gone for another year.  An article about the race appears on the Infoeagle homepage and in this weeks BC Chronicle.  Congratulations to all students who  were involved.  Watch Humanities House for pictures of the event.  Check out the canoe barn for more information on the race.  A photo collage of the event is in the canoe barn.  A special congratulations to the class of 2002 who broke their tradition of finishing behind the other three classes.  Watch for updates on next year's Run of the Charles.  You, too, can be an Honors Program athlete!

Wednesday, April 25, 2001. If you think you see any honors program students putting in a good deal of time on the Plex rowing machines, you're not mistaken!  This Sunday is the Run of the Charles.  If you're not participating, you can still attend to cheer your classmates on!

Wednesday, April 25, 2001. Any juniors who are planning to do a thesis next year should have their green forms into the Honors Program Office as soon as possible!

Tuesday, April 10, 2001. The Honors Program would like to congratulate its juniors who were named Dean's Scholars last week.  The students are:  Alexander Acree, Martin Black, Chris Blanchard, Mikaela Boyd, Denise Bracken, Lean Burke, Michael Caban, Nicole Cotroneo, Christine Cordek, Amy Culver, Christopher Fagiani, Anne Halli, Erica Hepp, Lance Jasper, Thomas Majdanski, David Mawhinney, Antonella Montagna, Conor Mulcahy, Michael Reif, Shelia Rudy, and Monica Tarasco.

The Honors Program would also like to congratulate its sophomores who were named Sophomore Scholars.  These students are:  Meghan Allen, John Beierle, Amanda Brandone, Robert Burke, Robert Caldwell, Stephen Calme, Caitlin Christianson, Mark Cichra, Matthew Demers, Malini De Silva, Jessica DiLeonardo, Curran Gaughan, Alison Haislip. Stephanie Howling, Brett Huneycutt, Jessica Jenkins, Elisabeth Lehrberg, Matthew Maruca, Patrick Morris, Marisol Orihuela, James Pustejovsky, Mireille Samaan, Krista Smaby, Caitlin Sullivan, Patrick Sullivan, and Allison Weiss.

Tuesday, April 10, 2001. Registration begins today for next year's seniors!  Good luck registering, and have a wonderful Easter Break!

Monday, April 9, 2001. If you haven't signed up for Run of the Charles yet, it's not too late.  Juniors are especially encouraged to contact Professor Duket about joining the race.

Tuesday, April 3, 2001. Juniors and Seniors: Keep in mind your honors program requirements when registering for courses next year.  For more information, see Michael Martin's website .

Monday, April 2, 2001.     Are you interested in applying for a Fulbright grant to support a year of independent study or research outside the US during the year after your graduation from B.C.?  If you are a US citizen and would like to know more about this opportunity, come to an informational meeting for prospective applicants for Fulbright grants. Whether you are just starting to think about a Fulbright or whether you are pretty sure you are going to apply, this meeting is an important first step. You'll learn something about the nature of the Fulbright program, see an overview of the steps of application, and get some suggestions for putting your best foot forward. There will be ample time for discussion and questions.

       The meeting will be held twice, so as to accommodate as many students as possible. Attend
       either of the following sessions:

       MONDAY 9 APRIL 2:00-3:00 PM
       Slavic & Eastern Languages Library, Lyons 210

       TUESDAY 10 APRIL 4:00-5:00 PM
       Slavic & Eastern Languages Library, Lyons 210

       Before the meeting, read the Fulbright Student Program Bulletin cover to cover. Pick up a copy
       at the Slavic & Eastern Languages Department, Lyons 210, or read it on-line at

Sunday, April 1, 2001. Marquette University today disclosed that the real reason Father Marquette journeyed to the Mississippi River down the Wisconsin River from Lake Superior was that he was in training for the Run of the Charles Canoe Race.   This revelation is found in a hitherto unknown section of the learned and adventurous Jesuit's journals.   Marquette University's Rare Books Repository possesses this secret appendix, an appendix unknown to Francis Parkman when writing the definitive study of these journeys [Francis Parkman, LaSalle and the Discovery of the Great West (Boston: Little, Brown, 1897)].   Unfortunately, Marquette never made it to the race for which he prepared with such zeal; the first and only paddling Jesuit in the Run of the Charles is Father Joseph Appleyard, S.J.   Special to the Daily Bread from Pierre Joliet.

Thursday, March 29, 2001. Reminder.  Friday, March 30, 2:30-3:30 p.m. as part of the External Review of the Honors Program the visiting external reviewers Fr. David Leigh, S.J. of Seattle University and Prof. Donald Cameron of the University of Michigan will join Professor Richard Cobb-Stevens of the BC Philosophy Department for a student forum.  All Honors Program students are urged to take this oportunity to help the reviewers understand the student perspective on the program.

Wednesday, March 28, 2001. The EEBO in Undergraduate Studies Essay Competition Committee is seeking undergraduate research papers that rely upon research conducted via the Early English Books Online collection of primary texts. The Committee consists of professionals and scholars drawn from both industry and academic contributors to Early English Books Online™ .   Details are available at the EEBO web site and O'Neill Library .

Thursday, March 22, 2001. Thesis Writers Wanted; Thesis Readers Wanted .
       A call has gone out to all first and second year students who might be interested in reading a chapter of a senior thesis and a companion request has been made to seniors who might be interested in a reader's feedback on a portion of their thesis.  Theses are in their final stages of completion and it is an appropriate moment to bring writers and readers together.  If you are interested, send an e-mail to Prof. Susan Michalczyk or Prof. Tim Duket .   Materials and reader responses will be exchanged as e-mail enclosures.

Tuesday, March 20, 2001. On March 23, soprano Margaret Felice will perform in Gasson 100 accompanied by Adam Birnbaum.  The performance will be at 8 PM.

Thursday, March 15, 2001. Two Presidential Scholars, Regina Lennox (PSP '01) and Paul Taylor (PSP , have just been recommended for selection to the NCAA fencing championships. You can read all about it at the BC Athletics website ! Congratulations, Regina and Paul!

Monday, March 12, 2001. Welcome back to the real world.  What better way to ease the transition back to school than to pick up a copy of the brand new Winter 2001 Stylus!!  Look for copies in McElroy today.

Thursday, March 1, 2001. Registration forms have been released for the 2001 Run of the Charles, to take place Saturday, April 29.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Prof. Tim Duket.

Wednesday, February 21, 2001.  Thursday night, February 22, the Oscar Romero Social Activism Program is sponsoring a viewing of the film American History X at 7:30 PM in Devlin 008.

Tuesday, February 20, 2001. As Spring looms on the horizon, Humanities House is getting an early start by spring cleaning the faculty syllabi on the web.  Any faculty members wishing to update their syllabi can either leave a copy in the Humanities House mailbox or attach it to an email .  Thanks.

Thursday, February 8, 2001. Please note that the Dante Lecture's location has been changed.  It will now be held Monday, February 12, at 7:30 PM in Devlin 101.

Sunday, February 4, 2001. Writers Block reopened on Thursday, February 1, 2001.  All undergraduates may submit essays to on-line peer editors.  The peer diting service is suitable for essays written across the entire undergraduate curriculum.  Writers Block will remain open until the start of study days at the end of the semester.

Saturday, February 3, 2001. Lectura dantis: The spring schedule of canto-by-canto reading of Dante's commedia is set.

Friday, January 26, 2001. A "frames" version of Humanities House is now available for your convenience.  Choosing " frames " places an elevator (aka "menu") down the right hand side of the page for quick movement throughout the building.  It is not always good, however, to have a small part of the screen blocked with an elevator or menu, so one can revert easily to  "no frames" by scrolling to the bottom of the elevator and choosing the "no frames version" option.  Give it a try.  You'll find that both configurations have their uses.

Thursday, January 25, 2001. Happy Lunar New Year.   This is the Year of the Snake .  In the spirit of the day, take a look at the Gasson 102 office of the Honors Program.  The feng shui of the new organization of our space is very positive.  Good luck will likely stick around this year.

Tuesday, January 23, 2001. Agamemnon's Bulletin Board of Lectures is up and running for spring semester.  Check it out for new speakers and discussions on campus.

The deadline for submissions to Stylus , BC's art and literature magazine, is this Friday, January 26.  Submit your poetry, prose, and artwork to McElroy 127.  Call #23506 with any questions.

Monday, January 22, 2001 Today is the last day of Drop/Add for spring semester.  Remember that even if you weren't able to break into that class you really wanted, each class at BC has value and can enrich you intellectually.  If you did bribe the right people and get into your ideal classes, congratulations.

Saturday, January 13, 2001. Happy New year and welcome back for the spring semester.
"Unity Breakfast marks MLK holiday: African-American music scholar Hubert Walters, advisor to the Voices of Imani gospel choir at BC, addresses the Unity Breakfast on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 7:30 a.m. in the Heights Room of the Lower Campus Dining Facility. The breakfast is hosted annually by the Association of Black Faculty, Staff and Administrators in celebration of the
Martin Luther King holiday."  (Infoeagle news item)

Thursday, December 7, 2000. Remember Pearl Harbor today.

Tuesday, December 5, 2000. Representatives for Teach For America will be on campus this Friday.  Teach For America's second application deadline is less than six weeks away on January 16.

Monday, December 4, 2000.   The last four days (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday) witnessed an unprecedented combination of live theatre and academic exchange.  Mr. Dan Brunet directed the David Mamet play Oleanna in a successful four performance run in the Jenks Library of the Boston College Honors Program.  This production took place within the classroom space of the Honors Program physically and intellectually.  The play was blocked out and rehearsed over several weeks while the library remained in use for classes and study.  Further, Mr. Brunet himself attended several seminars for the direct discussion and analysis of the Mamet play.  Boston College students experienced the interface of theatre and text.   And this year-long Brunet enterprise - of direction, seminar discussion and future synthesis - is a thesis  within the Honors Program and a Scholar of the College Project under the supervision of Prof. Stuart Hecht of the Theatre Department.  There is a set of digital stills from the performance on the Oleanna web page.

Tuesday, November 21, 2000. Writers Block , the on-line writing tutoring service staffed by the Honors Program has a new URL in a new location.  Please make note of this change of address because it is entirely separate from the previous system: .

Monday, November 13, 2000. In anticipation of the first-year trip to see Antigone at the ART, Professor McDonough (Classics/Honors Program) will be giving a pre-lecture entitled "Relative Values in the Antigone" on Monday, November 20.  The lecture will be at 6 PM in Gasson 112.

Wednesday, November 8, 2000. Although it is still first semester, it is not too soon for current juniors to consider writing an honors thesis.  Next Wednesday in Jenks Honors Library there will be a meeting from 7:30 to 9 for potential thesis writers.  Forms will be given out at this meeting concerning the thesis.  Options for finishing the honors program besides the thesis will also be discussed.  If you are unable to attend, the forms are available online .

Monday, October 30, 2000. Tickets are on sale through Professor Chris Constas for the Honors Program Freshmen Outing to see Antigone at the American Repertory Theatre.  Performances are on Saturday, December 2, at 2 PM and 8 PM.  Tickets cost $15.  FRESHMEN can purchase tickets from Professor Constas M-TH 9-10 and M & W 1-2.

Wednesday, October 25, 2000. Writers Block, an online tutoring program sponsored by the Honors Program, was featured yesterday in a Heights article entitled "Getting it Write: Writers Block Offers Students Paper-writing Guidance."  The article, by Annie Barrett of the Heights staff, highlights the inner workings of Writers Block, including student opinions on its effectiveness.

Tuesday, October 24, 2000. Michael Arquilla's musical Philosopher Kingsis now available to students in Media Services of O'Neill Library.  Just ask for materials on reserve with the Honors Program.  The work was videotaped in the spring of 1999.  Its subject is Socrates and the showfeatures musical renditions of many key passages from Plato's dialogues.  Mr. Arquilla wrote, directed and performed as his 1999 Honors Program thesis.

Wednesday, October 18, 2000. The second year honors program students enjoyed a private performance of "King Lear" yesterday thanks to the efforts of Prof. Chris Constas.

Tuesday, October 17, 2000.   Dan Brunet's production of David Mamet's play Oleanna is now in rehearsal.  A web site devoted to the play and the Scholar of the College Project of which it is a part is in operation.  The play will be performed after Thanksgiving in the Jenks Library (Gasson 112); Oleanna will be discussed in first, second and third year seminars of the Honors Program, and fashioned into a teleplay in the course of this academic year.

Monday, October 16, 2000. Budding writers and artists should take advantage of BC publications to show off their talents.  The deadline for submissions to Stylus is October 20th.

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000. Faculty interested in  Writers Block and OpenBook should sign up for a demonstration on Tuesday, October 17 at 12 noon.

Tuesday, September 26, 2000. Writers Block is now open and will remain open until December 1.  It is an on-line peer editing service based in the Arts and Sciences Honors Program and open to the undergraduate student body.  Students submit papers from across the curriculum using a web site ( OpenBook ) designed for the purpose.

Monday, September 25, 2000.   To kick off the writer's block and writing initiative programs, Honors Program alumna Terry Byrne will speak next Monday on the art and craft of writing.  As a Theatre critic and columnist for the Boston Herald, Terry has valuable insights on writing.  Several tutors and seniors working on their theses will be present that evening as well.  This will be held on Monday, October 2, from 7-8 PM in the Honors Program library.

Monday, September 18, 2000. The Honors Program webpage has added a " Current Events " section linked from the 5th floor which is designed to keep the Honors Program bookworms in touch with the mad mad mad mad world.

Wednesday, September 13, 2000.  On Thursday, September 14th, at 7 PM, Reb Moshe Waldocks will give a lecture entitled: "Walk Softly and Carry a Big Shtick: Contemporary Jewish Humor as Popular American Sitcom."  Reb Moshe Waldoks is Co-editor of The Big Book of Jewish Humor, and Rabbi of Temple Beth Zion in Brookline.  The lecture will be held in Higgins Hall, room 310.

Monday, September 11, 2000. On September 12 at noon in St. Joseph's Chapel, a "Mass of Healing" will be held for Professor Tony Saldarini of the Theology Department.  Professor Saldarini is recuperating from a bone marrow
transplant and will be in the hospital for some time.  Your support and prayers are appreciated.

Thursday, June 1, 2000. A collection of photos from the May 10 Farewell Dinner for Honors Program seniors has just been posted in Humanities House.  The dinner was attended by the entire Honors Program faculty, all seniors graduating in the program, and various guests.   It is an annual affair that carries on certain traditions of long standing.  These, however, are secret.

Thursday, May 18, 2000. Honors Program faculty  Gross, Behnegar, Martin, Hughes, O'Connor, O'Malley, Howard, Mormando, Von Hendy, Mattis, Constas, Cohen, Duket, Hefling, Epstein, Breines, Rumble, and Michalczyk (Susan) participated in the second full day of discussions devoted to curriculum and the coherence of the four years of the program.  See agenda .

Tuesday, May 16, 2000. Today the Honors Program held the first of its two days of faculty seminars.  The topic of the day was Dante's commedia, how we teach it, and its place in the Honors Program curriculum.  Thursday, May 18, this discussion will continue through the morning.  An afternoon session will be devoted to discussing the "horizontal and vertical coherence of the program".  See agenda .

Monday, May 15, 2000. This afternoon from 3 until 7 p.m. the Lynch School of Education had a dinner symposium discussing the Title II project ongoing among Boston College, Brighton High School, and the Garfield Elementary School.  This LSOE initiative in "Teacher Education" also aspires to draw the School of Arts and Sciences into a collaboration with the School of Education.  Dean Carol Hurd Green, longtime advocate of such cooperation,  has recruited many of us to participate in the formation, planning and execution of Title II initiatives.  Tim Duket of the A&S Honors Program presented a report on the results of his year's work with Brighton igh.

Monday, May 1, 2000 . Three relay teams from Boston College's Honors Program competed in the 18th Annual Run of the Charles Canoe Race Sunday, April 30.  This was the fourth year teams were entered and one student, Senior Andrew O'Connor, became the first four-time paddler.  His is the first name to be listed on the Pere Jacques Marquette Run of the Charles Honor Roll.  Another senior, Dan Johnson, paddled for the third time.

The Class of 2000 canoe won the college division with a time of 5:25:10 down the 27 mile course from the Dedham-Needham line to Herter Park in Brighton.  Less than two minutes behind was the Class of 2003 relay team in 5:26:42.  A distant third was the Class of 2002, a group with high expectations that got off to a somewhat slow start.  Their time was 6:15:48 and there is an unsubstantiated rumor that this time was motor-boat assisted.  The first-place boat was 11th in the "Open" category in the race and 70th among all 112 canoes entered.  The Class of 2003 was 12th in the "Open" category and 74th overall.  The class of 2002 came close to its 1999 time of 6:11:12 while repeating as the last place finisher in the "Open" category (15th out of 15 in 2000; 25th out of 25 in 1999).  After four years this will be an unrivalled accomplishment in Charles River canoeing.   Consult a news article about the 1999 race for more information.

Wednesday, April 19, 2000 Tickets are currently available through the Honors Program for The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra's performance of Rites of Spring by Igor Stravinsky.  The performance will be on April 30 at 3 PM, at the Sanders Theatre in Cambridge.  Tickets are $5, and can be purchased from Prof. Constas in Gasson 102.

Tuesday, April 18, 2000.   If you are interested in discovering the undergraduate literary history at BC, consider purchasing a Stylus anthology for $5 (student price = $3).  The book is a compilation of the best prose and poetry published in BC's literary magazine, Stylus, from 1950 - 2000.  Stylus staff members will be selling anthologies following Easter.  For more information, contact any Stylus member or send an email to

Sunday, April 16, 2000. The University Chorale Spring Concert featured Thomas Oboe Lee's Mass for the Holy Year 2000 last evening.  This was the world premiere for its full performance.  Noteworthy during an evening marked by harmony and excellence was mezzo-soprano "M.E." Puzo's (HP '00) Gloria solo, the strength of the baritone and the base in Thomas Merton's somber April 4, 1968 (including baritone Zak Vassar, HP '02, bass Brian Stuart, HP '00, and HP faculty member and bass Thomas O'Malley, S.J.).  Newly elected chorale executive board member  and soprano ii Courtney Chapman, HP '02, reported her pleasure in ending the evening with composer Lee's powerful and rousing Agnus Dei.   The evening was also a tribute to University Chaplain Richard Cleary, S.J., completing his eleventh year in the chorus as baritone and faculty advisor.  The program notes about the chaplain are included below.

Farewell to our Faculty Advisor
Father Cleary

Earlier this year, our current faculty advisor, Father Richard Cleary, SJ, announced that he would not only be stepping down from his position in the Chorale, but that he would be temporarily leaving Boston College at the end of the school year.
Father Cleary came to Boston College in 1989 after having served as the rector and administrator of the Campion Center in Weston for nine years.  In addition to taking the position of University Chaplain here, he quickly added his presence to the Chorale.  Then directed by the late C. Alexander Peloquin, the Chorale opened its concert season that year with Joseph Haydn's Mass in Time of War.  Coincidentally, the land to which this expressive work refers is the same country which the Chorale just recently visited: Austria.

In his seven years as faculty advisor of the University Chorale, Father Cleary has performed with the group in cities across Europe and the Caribbean.  In 1997, he was instrumental in obtaining a private audience with Pope John Paul II for the choir.

His professional, yet personable attitude has made him a genuine asset to the group as a whole.

Over the past eleven years, the University Chorale has been blessed not only with a strong baritone voice, but also with a man whom we can all call a friend.  Father Cleary's dedication is shown through his generosity to the Chorale members, past and present.  Beyond that, he has been been a spiritual role model to us all, and for these gifts we are all truly grateful.
Father -- whatever path the future may bring to you, we wish you the best of luck.  You have touched us all dearly; our love and respect for you will remain in our hearts always.

May the road rise up to meet you,
the wind be always at your back,
and may God keep you in the palm of His hand
until we tiieet again.

-Irish Journey Blessing-
With love,
The University Chorale

Wednesday, April 12, 2000. A new set of recommendations for possible fine arts courses that fulfill the fine arts requirement and may dovetail nicely with our honors program curriculum has been posted in the art gallery .

Tuesday, April 11, 2000. First year students in the Honors Program met with the director and the supervisor of second year in the Jenks Library at 4:30 today.   Formal advising has begun, ending with registration on April 24 and 25 for the Class of 2003.  Students are urged to see their assigned advisors as well as their HP seminar instructors in anticipation of registration.  First year students also have been notified that a self-appraisal submitted before registration is required by the program.

Tuesday, April 4, 2000. Lisa Langdon, '01, a varsity debater and Executive Board member of Fulton debating society, was selected as one of 61 Truman scholars for 2000.  As a Truman scholar, Langdon will receive a $30,000 scholarship to fund 2 or 3 years of graduate study.  The Honors Program congratulates her!

Tuesday, April 4, 2000. The University Chaplaincy has announced a campus-wide farewell lunch honoring Rev. Richard T.  Cleary, S.J., for 11 years of service to the BC community.  The lunch will be held from noon - 2 PM in The Heights Room on Monday, May 1st.

Monday, April 3, 2000.  Minutes.  Thursday afternoon March 30) the steering committee of the Arts and
Sciences Honors Program met to plan the annual May meeting of the faculty, May 16 and 18.  Present were White, Mormando, Martin, Hughes and Duket.  Chaired by Prof. Martin, the committee set up the following
agenda:  1. a Tuesday morning session presenting Dante's Divine Comedy as a key text for the four year HP curriculum;  2. a Tuesday afternoon session of three concentrated looks at individual cantos in the Inferno and
parallel cantos in the Purgatory and Paradise;   The three infernal cantos are to be 5, 26 and 33 (along with correspondences in the other cantica);  3. a Thursday morning session exploring the presence of Dante in the
second and third year curriculum; and 4. an afternoon business meeting.  This planning meeting began at 4:15 and adjourned at 4:25.  Minutes by T. Duket

Wednesday, March 29, 2000. With the imminent approach of registration all students are encouraged to meet with their advisors.  The registration period lasts from April 13 to September 11, 2000.  The dates for registration are as follows:

April 13, 14........................Class of 2001
April 18, 19........................Class of 2002
April 25, 26......................Class of 2003

Sunday, March 26, 2000. The Honors Program discussion group formed last fall has been meeting every or every-other week for a cafe style discussion of works and themes in literature, philosophy and art.  Past themes have included Hamlet, American Beauty, and Truth and Art.  The next meeting is tomorrow night (Monday) at 8 p.m. in the Honors Program Library, Gasson 112.  All are welcome.

Wednesday, March 22, 2000 The University Chaplaincy has announced a farewell celebration honoring Laetitia M. Blain for twenty-five years of music and ministry.  The celebration will be held Monday, Aprli 3rd, in Gasson 100 from 4 - 6 PM.

Tuesday, March 21, 2000   Let history note that today Michael and Catherine Constas visited the Boston College campus for the first time.  If you missed the young twins during their visit, don't worry.  Professor Constas assures that Honors Office that they will return.

Wednesday, March 15, 2000   On March 24, a forum is scheduled called "Perspectives on Justice and Education at Boston College" for all members of the Boston College community.  This forum will be held in Shea Conference Room in Conte Forum from 3 to 6 PM on Friday, March 24.  This forum celebrates the 25th anniversary of a landmark Jesuit committment to promoting justice.  The nationwide celebration will be commemorated at Boston College with student/faculyt panels and discussions.

Monday, March 13, 2000.   Assist in the fight against hunger for free at the United Nations' Internet Hunger Site .  All you do is click a button and somewhere in the world some hungry person receives a meal at no cost to you.  Food is provided by the corporate sponsors, who use the website for advertising.  This program has been in existence since last summer.

Tuesday, March 7, 2000.   Monday, March 13, Prof. Franco Mormando will kick off a twenty year project of the Romance Language Department and the Center for Italian Culture in Newton.  We will read through the Divine Comedy in Italian one canto at a time.    It will require one hundred evenings. It will provide one hundred occasions to get together and celebrate the whole work by discussing each 1/100th.   The first reading will take place in the Fulton Debating Room from 7:30 to 9 p.m.  Prof. Dennis Costa will read Canto II on April 10 and Prof. Laurie Shepard Canto III on May 8.

Tuesday, February 29, 2000 Currently, Prof. Cohen has made Chapter IX, from the Book
Sculpting in Time by Andrey Tarkovsky, available on the web .  This chapter discusses the film, The Sacrifice.

Monday, February 14, 2000   Boston College is sponsoring a public art campaign called "Eating Disorders in a
Disordered Culture" from February 7 to February 24.  This campaign explores the personal, cultural, and historical aspects of eating disorders.  To find out more about this program, visit their home page .

Thursday, February 10, 2000. Tonightin Gasson 100 at 7:30 Avadim Hayinu performs.  This is a group that does jazz interpretations of Jewish and African-American sacred music.  The event is free, lively, and fun.  One sponsor is Boston College Hillel .

Tuesday, February 8, 2000.   On February 6 at 9:15 PM, Chris and Stacey Constas became the proud parents of twins Michael Emmanuel (5 pounds, 14 ounces) and Catherine Grace (5 pounds, 4 ounces).  The twins are currently residing at Brigham & Women's Hospital until the end of this week, at which point they will relocate to Quincy, MA.  The honors program wishes them the best.

Tuesday, February 8, 2000.   The cafe/discussion series created by a small group of honors program students will continue tomorrow night, February 9, at 8 PM in the Jenks Honors Library in Gasson.  The theme for this discussion concerns Art and Truth.  Any and all are welcome to attend.

Sunday, February 6, 2000. This past week Professor Mark O'Connor (Director) made his annual visit to first year sections.  In the space of five days he visited thirteen sections, participating in more than seventeen hours of seminar discussion.  At the end of this marathon, he commented on the wide variety of topics treated in the various sessions (from Old Testament prophecy to scholastic proof, from Virgil's Aeneid  to Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra).  So, in case you were wondering, the second ancient in class last week was he.

Tuesday, February 1, 2000. A new member has been added to the honors program staff. Christine Cordek '02 will be assisting with clerical duties and humanities house maintenance.

Wednesday, January 26, 2000. Yesterday evening Prof. Kilcoyne of the Theology Department and the Harvard Semitic Museum presented an account of his fifteen years with the excavations at Ashkelon , an ancient Canaanite and Philistine city on the coast of modern-day Israel "a stone's throw from Gaza".  He described and exhibited the work being done and discussed the experience of professionals and volunteers who work there each summer.  Two volunteers from last summer who happen to be B.C. students were also present to add another perspective.    Ashkelon is an extraordinary place for a full introduction to the ancient world since it was more or less continuously settled: from at least the Middle Bronze Age of Canaanite settlement (2000-1550 B.C.E.);  a Philistine period paralleling Hebrew settlement inland (1175-604 B.C.E.); a Hellenistic existence;  Roman, Byzantine, Arab incarnations; and, finally, during the time of the Crusades.  It was destroyed by Nebuchadresser's Babylonians in 604 B.C.E. shortly before the destruction of Jerusalem by the same folks, and was destroyed and abandoned during the crusades of the 11th and 12th centuries.  The Boston College students who were volunteers welcome inquiries about their experience from anyone who might want to find out more about Ashkelon:  Blanchard and Gething .  It is a volunteer opportunity that includes both training in archaeology and academic credit for study of the ancient world.   All three individuals spoke of the fascination of Ashkelon.

Thursday, January 20, 2000.  Tuesday, Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m. the Honors Program will have an Archaeology Night in Gasson 112 featuring a slide presentation on the joint Harvard/BC dig at Ashkelon on the Mediterranean coast of Israel.  Several B.C. students who have worked on the site in the summer will be present along with Prof. Pat Kilcoyne of the Theology Department.

Tuesday, January 18, 2000. Attention juniors and seniors with a GPA of 3.4 or higher.  You are eligible to join the Golden Key National Honor Society , which is conducting the annual membership drive through January 31st.

Golden Key membership identifies you as having attained a superior level of achievement and is recognized and highly valued by major corporations and graduate school programs. When you become a member, many valuable benefits become available to you: career assistance, scholarships, leadership opportunities, networking with over one million Golden Key alumni in over 150 countries, and much more. Visit the GK web site at

For more information visit the information tables at McElroy Commons on January 19-21 from 10 am to 2 pm or contact Dr. Lambert in Campion 297, 617-552-4249,

New members will be honored during a special induction ceremony on February 13th. You, your family and friends are encouraged to attend. At that time your lifetime membership certificate will be presented and two scholarships will be awarded.

To be eligible for one of the scholarships, be sure to complete and mail your application before January 31st."

Friday, January 14, 2000. The Arts and Sciences Honors Program in conjunction with the Lynch School of Education will begin a collaboration with Brighton High School in Boston, Massachusetts this semester.  Part of a Title II federal grant, a pilot project using e-mail to link a seminar to high school student writers begins January 18 and continues until May.  The project is an outgrowth of on-line writing tutoring developed this fall for Boston College students ( Writers Block ).

Friday, January 7, 2000. Today is Russian Orthodox, Greek Orthodox and Coptic Christmas.

Tuesday, December 7. Pearl Harbor Day observances.

Monday, December 6. Tonight, 8 p.m. in the Honors Library, Gasson 112, all are invited to an informal, out-of-class student conversation.  The topic for the second meeting of this Honors Programs out-of-class discussion group is the film American Beauty.  The first meeting back in November (on Hamlet) was well-attended and fun, according to participants.

Tuesday, November 9. Tonight at 5 p.m. in the Honors Program Library (Gasson 112) there will be a general information session for sophomores and juniors on " Writing a Senior Thesis ".  Do you have questions about your senior thesis?  Wondering about the kinds of projects that are acceptable?  Unclear on what a senior thesis entails?  All should attend.

Sunday, October 31, 1999. Tickets are available to Honors Program students for the November 12 performance of
Bach's Mass in B minor. For more information, and to reserve tickets, follow the Cultural Outings link at
Humanities House .

Wednesday, October 27, 1999. The Lowell lecture series resumes tomorrow evening.  The next event in the Lowell/Humanities lecture series will be a reading by the short-story writer Deborah Eisenberg.   Ms. Eisenberg, a  professor of creative writing at the University of Virginia is one of the foremost short story writers of our time.  She has published three volumes of short stories Transactions in a Foreign Currency, Under the 82nd Airborne, and All Around Atlantis and a play Pastorale.  Her stories are funny and profound at once, their central concern the experience of her invented characters, as it is taking place, "not how will I sum it up to myself, or how will I sum it up to a reader, but
what is going on in my nerve endings." [Paul Doherty, English]

  Deborah Eisenberg reads her story, "The Girl Who Left Her Sock on the Floor."   Thursday, October 28 1999

 7:30 p.m. -- Gasson 100

Friday, October 22, 1999.  Forty Honors Program souls are planning to attend the opera Saturday evening.  They are trooping down to Jordan Hall for Gluck's Iphigeneia Among the Taurians (after the play by Euripides).  Those of us going would do well to take a look at Michael Walsh's opinionated introduction to the art, Whose Afraid of Opera?

Thursday, October 14, 1999. Tonight at 7 p.m. in Devlin 008 Prof. Peter August Lawler will discuss "Postmodernism Rightly Understood" .  He will be followed by Ronald K. Tacelli, who will reply to Lawler's lecture and begin a general discussion.  The event is sponsored by the Philosophy Department.

Wednesday, October 6, 1999. Thomas P. O'Malley, S.J. will be offering a new Honors Program senior seminar in the spring semester, 2000.  The World of Augustine , meeting on Wednesdays from 3-5, will be the third senior seminar taught next year.

Sunday, October 3, 1999. Friday, October 1, Writers Block opened for business.   Writers Block is an on-line peer writing tutorial center, an OWL for short (On-line Writing Lab).  The Academic Development Center at Boston College and the Arts and Sciences Honors Program have collaborated on this project to offer assistance to any undergraduate with a Boston College e-mail account.  The tutors are trained seniors and juniors with experience and success as writers.  They run the center themselves, from arranging e-mail exchanges to  reading submitted papers.  The center is open from the beginning of October until the first study day before exams and from February 1 until the first spring semester study day.   The best use of Writers Block would be to finish and submit first drafts of an essay assignment well in advance (Writers Block's  turnaround time is 48 hours).

Friday, October 1, 1999. Today the Honors Program posted a schedule of cultural outings for 1999-2000.  These are activities subsidized by the program.  A complete schedule, application form and directions to various venues can be accessed via Humanities House  ( Cultural Outings ).

Thursday, September 30, 1999.  The Boston Area Consortium in Ancient Philosophy brings Dominic Scott of Clare College, Cambridge, to campus today for an evening lecture, "Metaphysics and the Defense of Justice in the Republic" , and an afternoon seminar, "Plato's Republic :  What are the Puppets in the Cave?", 3-5 p.m., Devlin 112.

Friday, September 24, 1999. The world premiere of a documentary film, Prelude to Kossovo ,  by Honors Program and Fine Arts Department Professor John Michalczyk will take place this Sunday.

Wednesday, September 22, 1999.    Dr. Hermann J. Schuster, J.D.
        Chancellor Emeritus
        The University of the Saarland, Germany will be visiting Boston College today.

Dr. Hermann J. Schuster will be visiting American universities this fall at
the request of the German government.  He will discuss with professors and
administrators the character of the university's academic curriculum.  In
particular, he is studying issues related to the place of "general
education" (e.g., the "great books") within a university's course of

German universities are currently evaluating their goals, accomplishments
and challenges.  One issue concerns the tension between scholarly
specialization and a general education.

Dr. Schuster is well qualified to undertake this study.  He served as the
Director of Administration and then the Chancellor of the University of the
Saarland from 1967 to 1981.  From 1981 through 1986 he held the office of
the Secretary for Berlin's Office of Scholarship and Research.  Moreover,
he was a good friend of Dr. Otto von Simson (d. 1993), who worked closely
with Dr. Robert M. Hutchins at the University of Chicago during the 1930s
and 1940s.

Since 1987, as the Director of the [Romano] Guardini Institute, Dr.
Schuster has succeeded in initiating exhibits, concerts, symposia, and
publications that show the convergence of the humanities, the arts and the
sciences in the late twentieth century.  For example, as a fruit of his
vision and efforts, an exhibit on the life and music of Olivier Messiaen is
now on tour throughout Germany and Austria.  Because of Dr. Schuster's many
activities, he and his wife, Erika, reside both in Berlin and Bonn.

Dr. and Mrs. Schuster will meet with professors and administrators at the
following universities during September and October:
        Boston College                 Princeton University
        Fordham University                      Tufts University
        Georgetown University           University of Chicago
       Harvard University                      University of Notre Dame
        Loyola University of Chicago    University of New York at Stony Brook

They will also meet with: Dr. Monika Hellwig, Executive Director, of the
Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities;  Dr. Dennis O'Brien,
President Emeritus of the University of Rochester;  Professor Shirley Strum
Kenny, President of Univ. of New York at Stony Brook and an author of the
Boyer Commission's Reinventing Undergraduate Education.

Two colloquia will be held at the University of Notre Dame.  "The Berlin
Wall and the 'Wende': A 10th-Anniversary Retrospect" is scheduled for Sept.
8 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.  "General Education within the Undergraduate
Curriculum" is scheduled for Sept. 9 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m

Tuesday, September 21, 1999.  Tonight!  The first event of the 1999-2000 Lowell Lectures / Humanities Series
will  take place on Tuesday evening, September 21 at 8:00 p.m. in
Devlin 101, when A Manette Ansay will read from her fiction.  Ms. Ansay
is the author of four novels: Midnight Champagne, River Angel, Vinegar
Hill, and Sister, and a story collection, Read This and Tell Me What It
Says, which was awarded the Associated Writing ProgramÕs Short Fiction
Series Prize in 1994.  She has also been the recipient of the Nelson
Algren Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and a grant from the National Endowment
for the Arts.   Of her most recent novel, Midnight Champagne, the San
Francisco Chronicle reviewer wrote, "Ansay writes like the love-child
of Chekhov and Agatha Christie."   (How about that?) [from Paul Doherty, English]

Thursday, August 19, 1999. Maps of Dante's Divine Comedy are being provided for incoming first year students.  Recently published in The Onion   and the New York Times Book Review  respectively, the two renderings appeared independently as the new millenium approaches....

The Divine Comedy is a key component of the first year curriculum. Humanities House is full of materials useful to the study of Dante.  Try the curriculum lab on the sixth floor.

Wednesday, July 21, 1999. The Casa de Solidaridad, an initiative of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and the University of Central America in El Salvador and Santa Clara University, announced its formation this summer as a means to commemorate the Tenth Anniversary of the Jesuits and women murdered on November 16, 1989.  Information .  Campus contact: .

Monday, July 12, 1999. The Honors Program and the Academic Development Center have established an on-line writing tutorial which will begin service in September.    Called "the writer's block", the site will enable a student to submit writing assignments as attachments.  Trained upperclass Honors Program students will be available as peer evaluators.  The experimental program will attempt a 48-hour turnaround time.   Writer's Block may be visited at present, but is not yet open for student use.  E-mail to .

Wednesday, June 9, 1999 . A welcome was extended to the Honors Program Class of 2003 on Friday by Director O'Connor. The letter is available in electronic form ( click here ).

Friday, May 14,1999.  Last evening the farewell dinner for the class of 1999 took place in the Jenks Library .

Wednesday, May 12, 1999. Rehearsals for the world premiere of Philosopher Kings  continue.  The performance is Friday, May 14 at 2 p.m. in Gasson 100.

Saturday, May 8, 1999. The Arts and Sciences Honors Program and the Boston College Academic Development Center have decided to launch an on-line "Writing Lab" in academic year 1999/2000.  Honors Program fourth year students will be trained as writing tutors for the benefit of writers in the first and second year of the Honors Program and for all other members of the university community.  Anyone interested in development of or participation in this project should contact the project coordinator in the Arts and Sciences Honors Program ( click here ).  The main page for the lab, now under construction, can be examined ( click here ).

Saturday, May 1, 1999. The Senior Farewell Dinner and Thesis-Viewing Party has been scheduled for Thursday, May 13 (reception at 6, dinner at 6:45).  All Honors Program Seniors and faculty are invited.

Friday, April 30, 1999. Yesterday was the first Boston College arts festival.  From the Honors Program perspective the high point was the rock musical Philosopher Kings, featuring Mr. Charles Veprek as Socrates along with a cast of characters including Thrasymachus, Ion, Plato and Plato's wife.  Music and lyrics are those of Mike Arquillo, who also accompanied the vocalists on piano.  The performance was the festival's first world premiere.

Tuesday, April 27, 1999 .Boston College Honors Program Run of the Charles, April 25, 1999
HP wire service, Chestnut Hill, April 27.

Race results. BCHP1948 (Registration #772) took 88th place in a time of 5:59:56, breaking the six hour barrier for the second straight year. 90th place overall was taken by first year students in BCHP2002 (#770), eleven minutes later, in 6:11:12. And last place was claimed by this year's senior class, BCHP1999 (#771), finishing after the race clock had been dismantled at Herter Park in Brighton. Their time was no less than seven hours.

The senior canoe, which ran under the motto "the first shall be last, etc." improved the race in two other ways, adding a naturalist medal to the competition as well as a "canoe safety and cold water swimming" cup to the list of awards.

During the fourth leg between Wellesley Lower Falls and the Moody Street Dam in Waltham, Ray Lynch and Meredith Zinman somehow learned that two freshmen, Mark Defrancesco and Jonathon Warchol, had dumped their canoe in open, six-foot-deep water, demonstrating sound technique and impressive endurance in righting it in the icy river. Particularly outstanding was Mr. Warchol's decision to take off his life jacket and then go over into the river. In response, our two seniors rolled their own craft in the same area, far from shore, and allowed it to sink completely before towing it to shallow water using a borrowed kayak. The feat earned the applause of the Waltham Rescue and Fire Unit on the Prospect Street Bridge, who, unnecessarily of course, had arrived on the scene with rubber boats and full frogmen outfits. The Canoe Safety Cup went to this stalwart pair. Honorable mention (3rd place) was earned by Kate Legge and Jeff McClure, who discovered the acoustic qualities of Hemlock Gorge beneath Echo Bridge, by overturning and having a swim at the start of the third leg ("look, look, look, look, out, out, out, out...").

The naturalist medal must go to Mary Mulhearn and Emily Hack, who identified 25 species of bird and collected aquatic plants for their eco-studies minors, during their paddle on the river between Riverdale Park in Dedham and Newton Upper Falls. One last award, the Scholar-Athlete Prize is shared by Prof. Behnegar and Mr. Andrew O'Connor. They made use of the six miles of the last leg of the race to discuss medieval philosophy, completing a full oral commentary on Aquinas's two summas.

Annette Keane, '02, provided the HP curriculum allusion of the year when she explained her fear of entering the river at "Hemlock" Gorge by thinking of Socrates. She, too, stepped off into the unknown, knowing she didn't know for sure it was a bad idea.

Every participant in the race received a ROTC t-shirt with a painting of the river on the back. Those who do not yet have one may pick it up in Gasson 102. There are still some folks who have not paid the $25 race entry fee. Please bring it to the Honors Program office when you pick up the shirt.

Everyone should know that this money is a donation to the Charles River Watershed Association's river clean-up work. The river is a much-improved resource for New England and for Boston College as a result. The Charles thanks you, borrowing a few lines from Virgil's Tiber, "Here is your home, your hearth gods, fixed and sure./ Now is not time to let go, or give way/ To fear at threats of war...."

Friday, April 23, 1999. Update.  From 11-12 on Thursday, April 29 in Gasson 100, Michael Arquilla (A&S, Theater Arts,'99) will be featuring selections from his new rock musical, Philosopher Kings which will make its world premiere in the same room on May 14th.  The musical, Arquilla's senior honors program thesis, is based on the Socrates story, following the philosopher through the last days of his life.  A mixture of contemporary musical forms with classical, yet immediate, issues, "Philosopher Kings" proves to be an insightful and entertaining event.  Don't miss this opportunity to witness original student work performed for the first time.

Saturday, April 17, 1999. Philosopher Kings, a musical written and directed  by Mike Arquilla, will be performed in full for the first time on Friday, May 14 in the afternoon in Gasson 100.  This also will be the first time an Honors Program thesis will reach the stage.  Anyone interested in supporting this effort in one way or another contact Prof. Chris Constas or Prof. Tim Duket .

Friday, April 16, 1999. As part of the Boston College Arts Festival, April 28 and 29, Mike Arquilla '99 will put on a partial production of his long awaited Socrates musical ( Boston College Arts Festival ).   Anyone interested in supporting and helping finance a full production of the musical during Senior Week at the close of the semester should contact the Honors Program.   ( Honors Program Film Listings)

Thursday, April 15, 1999. Sam Price '99 of the Honors Program has chosen the Luis Bunuel film Los Olvidados to show on Tuesday, April 27 in O'Neill 211 at 7 p.m.   Sam's senior thesis project is the Mexican films of Bunuel.  He finds this film very representative of the entire Bunuel oeuvre .  His presentation is another evening in the Honors Program Film Series that began this year in September under the guidance of Professor Chris Constas. (film night)

Saturday, April 10, 1999. Friday, April 9, the Arts and Sciences Honors Program began the annual process of student self-appraisal.   A "call" for such an evaluation from all first year students went out in the seminars on Friday and will continue on Monday and Tuesday.  These essays are to be returned to the main office of the Honors Program by Friday, April 30.  A copy of the "call" can be obtained in Gasson 102 or electronically ( click here to submit a request).

Thursday, April 8, 1999. OPEN LETTER

I want to inform you of two courses in Fine Arts taught by Professor
Claude Cernuschi which closely parallel the third year Honors courses,
"Twentieth Century and the Tradition I & II":

 FA 356, ART SINCE 1945.

(FA 258 is a core course and fulfills the Fine Arts requirements.)

I have posted Professor Cernuschi's syllabi on my door in Honors.
If you are interested, you can contact Professor Cernuschi directly at
< >.

Michael Martin
Sophomore Advisor

Thursday, April 1, 1999. Sophomore Chris Farady and Senior Meredith Zinman have volunteered to be relay team captains for the annual Honors Program Run of the Charles Canoe Race on Sunday, April 25, 1999.  Captains are needed for the Junior and Freshman class relays.  Anyone interested?  ( click here )

Friday, March 26, 1999. First-year students in the Arts and Sciences Honors Program should be planning for second year registration on April 15 and after.  Lists of current second year seminars and instructors are circulating so that freshmen might find out as much as they can to make good choices for next year.  In this regard, Professor Mark O'Connor will meet with all interested first year students in the Gasson 112 Jencks Library on Wednesday, April 7, after Easter Break.  Be sure to attend and bring any and all questions about your next three years in the Honors Program.  If you would like to sit in on a section of the second year course, be sure to make arrangements beforehand with the instructors.

Thursday, March 25, 1999. Today Professor Marty Cohen, Tim Duket and Mark O'Connor of the Honors Program along with Jeffrey Howe of Fine Arts presented the results of their respective 1998 summer Teaching and Advising Grants at a reception in Connolly House at 4:00 p.m.  These results can be studied in a summary of them now available at the Honors Program office in Gasson 102.  Take a look .

Wednesday, March 17, 1999. The next event in the Lowell Institute/Humanities series will be a
lecture by Theodore K. Rabb, Professor of History at Princeton University, "Rome in the Age of Caravaggio. The lecture will take place on Thursday evening, March 25, at 7:30 in Devlin 101.

Professor Rabb's published writing includes numerous articles and  six books  which he has written or edited, most recently Jacobean Gentlemen (1998).  His reviews have appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, the Times Literary Supplement, and the New York Review of Books.  He has been editor of The Journal of Interdisciplinary History since its foundation.  He was the principal advisor for the five-part PBS television series, Renaissance, and also for the telecourse The Renaissance: Origins of the Modern West, which has been adopted by over one hundred colleges in all fifty states.

Mr. Rabb contributed to the Bradley Commission's 1990 report, Historical Literacy: The Case for History in American Education.  His recent activities include his chairmanship of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and his membership in the Commission that issued the National History Standards.

Mr. Rabb's lecture is one of the public programs being held in conjunction with  the exhibition at the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College, "Saints and Sinners: Caravaggio and the Baroque Image." On March 25, the date of Mr. Rabb's lecture, the museum will extend its normal hours, and will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. [Prof. Paul Doherty, English].
Click here to return to Lectures Listings.

Sunday, March 14, 1999. "On Tuesday 6 April a large contingent of Honors Program students and faculty
will be attending the Boston Lyric Opera performance of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro".  But whether or not you'll be part of that group, please come to the prelect to be provided by Professor Jeremiah McGrann of the Music
Department.  We'll be gathering in Lyons 423 so that we have access both to quality speakers and video equipment.  Professor McGrann will do an hour's presentation on the 24th of March, a Wednesday, beginning at 6:15.  He'll be
happy to answer questions afterward."  [Mark O'Connor] Visit the Conservatory for more information ( click here )

Friday, March 12, 1999.   "Nobel Peace Prize winner and Visiting Professor of Irish Studies John Hume will update the University community on the Irish peace process in a public lecture on Thursday, March 18 at 2 p.m. in Gasson 100.
     Hume, who received an honorary degree and addressed the graduates at BC's 1995 Commencement Exercises, has visited
the campus each spring for the past three years as a visiting professor. Last year, Hume and David Trimble were named
co-winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to end the violent conflict in Northern Ireland.
     Irish Studies Associate Director Robert Savage Jr. said Hume will discuss the history of the Northern Ireland "Troubles" at his March 18 lecture, as well as the current status of the peace process. He will answer questions from audience members, Savage added."  (InfoEagle news item)

Thursday, March 11, 1999. Prof. Donald Hafner, Ambassador Nicholas Burns, Sarah Martin, Angela Borzon, and assorted members of the Honors Program faculty and student body chatted informally about fellowship opportunities this afternoon.  Ambassador Burns in particular was insistent that Boston College students are as strong as those from any other college in qualifications for Fulbright, Rhodes, Marshall and other types of awards.   First and second year students were urged to start early in thinking about and planning for such opportunities.

Monday, March 8, 1999. Prof. Tom Epstein of the Slavic Department is joining the Honors Program faculty in the fall of 1999 and will teach a second year seminar.  This academic year he is replacing Maxim Shrayer, teaching Russian language and the  "Tolstoyevsky" course.  He has his doctorate from Brown in comparative literature.

Saturday, March 6, 1999. Yesterday an annotated bibliography of Dante by Honors Program instructor Jack Howard, S.J. was published for the benefit and use of students in Arts and Sciences Honors Program first year seminars.  In an explanatory letter prefacing the 18 page booklet, Father Howard notes that a bibliography of reference books on Dante is a good start for a comprehensive list of reference books for the entire first year curriculum.  The study aid will be available to students in a xeroxed form and is now posted on the web in the vault of the Humanities House library ( click here ).

Friday, March 5, 1999. Honors Program senior Sarah Martin  was notified Thursday afternoon that she has been awarded a Fulbright grant beginning on September 12, 1999 and running for nine months.  Her project is to enter an interdisciplinary one-year Master'sprogram in Applied Ethics at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (in Belgium), specializing in biomedical ethics.  The program is run by the European Centre for Ethics (which is located at K.U. Leuven), in conjunction with a number of different centres for applied ethics at the university (business ethics, social ethics, etc.).   She will be associated with Professor Paul Schotsmans, who is the chairman for the Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law at Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven.

Thursday, March 4, 1999. The Charles River Watershed Association has invited the Boston College Arts and Sciences Honors Program to participate once again in the April 25, 1999 Run of the Charles Canoe Race . For the fourth year in a row the "faculty and family" team, as reigning champion, challenges the classes of 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002.  The faculty/family relay team contains such world-class paddlers as Joseph Appleyard, S.J., Mark O'Connor and Mary O'Connor.  The odds again heavily favor the experience and endurance of the seniors over any undergraduate team.  The undergraduate teams are content just to finish the grueling 26 mile relay event from Dedham to Boston.   The formation of relay teams and training will begin after winter break.

Wednesday, March 3, 1999. Repairs are under way in the Honors Program Jencks Library.  Mr. Dick Range reports that the roof has once again been repaired and, allowing for unexpected and unique weather patterns, promises a dry spring inside Gasson Hall.  Plaster has been repaired, repainting is in process, and new carpeting will complete the job.  The paneling inside the two offices has also been restored.

Friday, February 26, 1999. Honors Program announces visit by Ambassador Nick Burns on Wednesday, March 10, 1999 at 4 p.m. in the Honors Program Jencks Library.  He will be joined by students who have won or are competing for Fellowships.  The meeting is designed for Honors Program first and second year students.    It will be chaired by Prof. Donald Hafner of the Political Science Department. The format will be an open discussion of opportunities and challenges in applying for Rhodes, Marshall and Fulbright scholarships.  The question of fellowships can be explored beforehand at the university fellowship committee 's web site.