Monday Morning Update

October 6, 2014


Surviving Hiroshima: When the atomic bomb fell on Hiroshima, there were about a dozen U.S. prisoners of war in the city. According to Barry Frechette ’92 not a lot is known about them and what we do know stems from Shigeaki Mori, a Japanese man who has spent his life working to get the U.S. prisoners of war recognized by the Japanese government as victims of the bombing. In an upcoming documentary, Frechette, an Emmy award-winning advertising producer, focuses on the links between Mori, who was eight at the time, and a captured U.S. airman from Lowell, Normand Brissette. To read about this story, visit here.

Stand Up Stonehill: In response to recent sexual assaults on campus, student groups organized a Stand Up Stonehill gathering on Thursday in the Martin Institute. They came together in solidarity with survivors and to commit themselves to making the College a safer place for everyone. To see photos from the event, which included a candlelight procession, visit here.

Best Book:Until college, reading had been a passion without direction for Political Science Professor Bettina Scholz beyond the pleasure of getting lost in a story or in ideas. Then she took a class where they read Susan Moeller Okin’s essay, “Is Multiculturalism Bad for Women?” Okin’s essay, and the questions it posed about a commitment to equality in a world of differences, hierarchies and divisions, inspired Scholz to become a political theorist. To find out how and why, visit here.

Family Weekend: The calendar said fall, but the weather screamed summer, which meant that hundreds of Stonehill parents and extended family members had a wonderful day for enjoying our beautiful campus. To see some great family photos as well as the 5k runners in action, visit here.

Choir Car Wash: They sing like angels, but are not afraid to roll up their sleeves for physical work, washing cars for a good cause. That’s what members of the Chapel Choir did at Family Weekend to raise funds for their winter tour of Ireland. To see them washing and polishing, visit here.

Raymo Lecture: Pulitzer Prize winning author Jennifer Egan will speak at the Chet Raymo Literary Series Lecture on Wednesday, October 8 at 6 p.m.in the Martin Institute. Egan’s “A Visit From the Goon Squad” is an exhilarating novel of self-destruction and redemption, which received the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, and the LA Times Book Prize. For more on the event, visit here.

Compassion: In a recent pamphlet, Rev. Peter Walsh, C.S.C. ’84 notes that “Compassion asks us to enter into the experience of others. To do that, we need to drop our guard and our personal desires, and place the suffering of others at the center.” In the pamphlet, which is published by the Congregation of Holy Cross, Fr. Walsh reflects on the temptation to apply feelings of envy and competition to our spiritual lives. Fr. Walsh currently serves in Campus Ministry at our sister school, St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. If you would like a copy of his pamphlet, email mmcgovern@stonehill.edu.

Uber Blog: Three years ago, Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Programs and Director of the Martin Institute, Professor Peter Ubertaccio, and a few colleagues created a political blog.  Named one of the best political blogs in Massachusets by the Washington Post's The Fix in 2013, the blog has recently been absorbed by the WGBH digital newsroom.  To learn more and to read recent blog posts, visit http://wgbhnews.org/post/wgbh-news-brings-masspoliticsprofs-digital-newsroom.

Political Forum: The Martin Institute for Law and Society continues to serve as an important forum for conversation on Election 2014.  It will host two political forums on Tuesday.  At 5:00 it will host the three candidates for Treasurer and at 7 it will host the two candidates for Attorney General. Both forums will be live streamed at www.stonehill.edu/forum.