Monday Morning Update
February 04, 2013
Terrific Professor: When, in his inaugural address, President Barack Obama referenced the first women's rights conference at Seneca Falls in 1848, writer Susan Pawlak-Seaman '74 immediately recalled her Women's History class at Stonehill. As she noted in a Standard Times (New Bedford) article, "I was fortunate to have a terrific professor by the name of Dr. Jim Kenneally. (He) was passionate about history - including women's history - and in one semester, he taught me everything I never knew about our long-standing battle for equality." To read Pawlak-Seaman's article, which asks How Can The Gender Gap Still Need Closing?, visit here.
Snug World Shaken: When English Professor Daniel Itzkovitz was growing up in Pennsylvania, a local chapter of Jews for Jesus rented space across the street from his Yeshiva. As he explains, "My hometown had three Jewish flavors: Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox, and these religious distinctions ordered how we understood ourselves and our fellow Jews. There was little room for socialists, atheists, or intellectuals, let alone Jews who prayed to Jesus, so even though the thought of worshiping Christ seemed far-fetched, we were still rocked by every brush with these other Jews, shaken by the sudden permeability of our previously snug world." Itzkovitz is writing a book entitled "Fixing the Jews," which examines recent attempts to fix the meaning of Jewishness. He spoke about this recently at UCLA's Center for Jewish Studies and he will return to the topic at the Dean's Forum on Friday, February 8th, at 2:30 p.m. in Duffy 101. All are welcome.
Disability & Faith: The Bible has plenty to say about human disability, but, according to theologian and author Amos Yong, most of it is negative. However, Yong argues that it is the way we read biblical texts, not the Bible itself, that causes us unthinkingly to marginalize those with disabilities. In the Martin Institute at 7 tonight, Yong will explore the subject of disability and faith. All are welcome. For more, visit here.
Sport Changes Life: Thanks to a Victory Scholarship, former Stonehill basketball player, Andre Tongo '12 is studying for a master's degree in International Management at the National University of Ireland, Galway while coaching basketball to disengaged young people. With corporate backing, Sport Changes Life sponsors the Victory Scholarship Program, which helps to develop future American leaders who have a global perspective and who appreciate the value of community service. As part of the 10 month program, which began in September, Tongo writes a weekly blog.
Tweet of the Week: "Reading over contracts all morning made me think of Professor (Edward) Vaughn's Business Law course at Stonehill College. He's the Man." That shout-out comes from Marco Meier '12, a management major who is now a project manager for a construction/engineering company in southern California.
Lent: This year, Lent will start on Ash Wednesday, February 13th and will continue until Saturday, March 30th. Fr. Hugh Cleary, C.S.C. reports that Campus Ministry has a full schedule of Lenten events. To see that schedule, visit here.
Songs of Praise: Don't miss the Boston Black Catholic Choir when they sing in the Chapel of Mary on Sunday, February 10th at 7 p.m. All are welcome.
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