Monday Morning Update

March 7, 2016

Blasphemy & Censorship: Mark your calendar for this year’s Salameno Lecture, which will feature Wendy Doniger, a leading American scholar on India and Hinduism who will discuss Blasphemy and Censorship in Ancient and Contemporary India on Monday, March 21 at 4 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Her presentation will tell the history of this topic and tap into a major controversy that surrounds Doniger’s book The Hindus: An Alternative History, which was banned in India in 2014. Hindu critics regarded her book as heretical, inaccurate and offensive to their religion. Others saw the case as a blow to freedom of expression in the world’s largest democracy. The event is free and open to the public.

New Heart: The impact of climate change is hitting the world’s underprivileged, such as the small farmers in Central America who are struggling to plant crops due to warmer, dryer conditions and unpredictable weather patterns, according to the President/CEO of Catholic Relief Services, Dr. Carolyn Woo. In delivering the Saint André Lecture in the Martin Institute last Tuesday, Woo said that, in addressing this major challenge, the world needs a “a new heart” and an “ecological conversion.” For more, visit here.

Matt’s Impact: He keeps breaking records at Stonehill. Matt Brown ’16 is the first student to have an official campus day dedicated to him and the first student to have a scholarship established in his name as the senior class gift. Last Thursday, as part of Matt Brown Day on campus, his friends and admirers took to Facebook to sing his praises and on top of that gifts to his scholarship keep coming in not just from his classmates but also from parents, alumni, faculty, staff and friends. To see photos from Matt Brown Day, visit here.

Live Music: New England’s contemporary wind quintet, Arcadian Winds, will perform in the Martin Institute on Tuesday, March 15 from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. As part of the College’s Nakamichi Concert Series, the group, which comprises musicians who play the flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon, will present works from the late Romantic Era through to the 21st Century. The concert is free and open to the public.

Global Problem Solver: A political science major at Stonehill, John Stack, Jr. ’72 was recently appointed the Founding Dean of the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University. His goal for the Green School is to continue building its profile as a top center for international education and global problem solving. In addition to being an innovative academic leader, Stack is a scholar & author specializing in international relations, ethnicity, public policy and national security. A frequent visitor to campus, Stack always notes the mentorship that he received from Professor Richard Finnegan ’64 and others in the Political Science Department.

Celtic Crime: We note that crime novelist Tom MacDonald ’80 will be at the Ames Free Library in North Easton this Wednesday, March 9 at 6:30 p.m. where he will discuss The Revenge of Liam McGrew, a tale of revenge and murder in Boston and Belfast. Thanks to Tom, we have four signed copies of the book. Email For more on MacDonald’s local reading dates, visit here.

Did You Know: When there’s a medical emergency in Easton that requires a med-flight to a major hospital in either Boston or Providence, a campus location near the intramural fields is one of several Town-designated landing zones. The most recent helicopter landing occurred in late February and, according to Stonehill Police Chief Peter Carnes, on average, there are several med-flight landings every semester. “It is just another area where our town-gown partnership works very well,” notes Carnes whose department clears and directs traffic for the emergency vehicles and secures the site for the helicopter.