Monday Morning Update

September 12, 2016

One of the Nation’s Best: For yet another year, Stonehill has been recognized as of the country’s best 381 institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review. To read more, visit here.

Telling an Untold Story: Among those killed when the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945 were 12 American prisoners of war. Among the survivors was an 8-year-old Japanese boy, Shigeaki Mori, who might have grown up bitter against the Americans. Instead, he has spent his life working to recognize the 12 young Americans who died in the bombing and trying to reach out to their families, something President Barack Obama acknowledged when he met Mori in Japan this year. Communication major Barry Frechette ’92 has captured Mori’s story of humanity and perseverance in a moving new documentary Paper Lanterns. To see a clip, visit here. To read more about Frechette’s documentary, visit here.

Supergems Shine: Inspired by gemstones, crystals and natural geometry, the latest Carole Calo Gallery exhibit, Supergems, features a collection of assemblages, collages, paintings, and sculptures by four New England artists. For more on the free exhibit, which is open to the public and on display until October 7 in the Cushing Martin building, visit here.

Chorale Invitation: The conductor of the Collegiate Chorale at Stonehill is Krishan Oberoi and he recently opened participation in the Chorale to the wider community. Interested in joining? Let Professor Oberoi know you're coming by filling out this quick online form or call him at 619-309-7762. A Yale School of Music graduate who has trained choruses at the highest artistic levels, Oberoi is working to foster civic engagement through choral singing at the College. The Chorale will perform Ice & Fire on December 9 at 8 p.m. at the Chapel of Mary. Rehearsals will be held on Mondays 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the old Student Union building.

Medical Trauma: Over 25 years, Professor Marlene “Molly” Benjamin’s life has been shaped by medical trauma, including cancer, mental illness and alcoholism. A philosopher, she found that her formal training in philosophy, which is meant to help us live our lives more fully, has not always helped her find meaning in suffering.  That surprise challenged her to reflect deeply on her situation and her role as a philosopher. The result is The Catastrophic Self: Essays in Philosophy, Memoir, and Medical Trauma, a blend of autobiography, storytelling and philosophy. The book explores the relationship between first-person narrative and analytic philosophy as they themselves wrestle with the experiences of medical trauma, and how medical trauma shapes a human life. Her writing is intensely personal, raw, and analytically rigorous. To read an excerpt, visit here.

Disposing Old Meds: Given the risks associated with unused and expired medication, the College installed a medication disposal bin in the old Student Union building. Located near the Stonehill College Police Department office, the bin offers students, faculty and staff a secure location where they can drop off old medication in a responsible way, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more, including a list of what can and cannot be dropped off, visit here.