Saint Michael’s College presents a lecture, “The Nazis Next Door,” by Eric Litchblau, a Pulitzer-prize winning author and investigative reporter for the New York Times at 4 p.m. in the Hoehl Welcome Center, as this year’s Annual Rabbi Max B. Wall Lecture. Free and open to the public. Before joining the New York Times in 2002, Lichtblau worked at the Los Angeles Times covering the Justice Department, where he also had worked as an investigative reporter. Lichtblau graduated from Cornell University in 1987. He is the author of Bush's Law: The Remaking of American Justice as well as The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler's Men. Information: Edward Mahoney, 654-2578, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Herb Kessel 802.654.2460, email@example.com
Saint Michael’s College presents Breaking Barriers -- The Way to Peace in Israel/Palestine: A panel discussion with Yakir Englander, Amal Elsana Alh’ Jooj and Zahia el-Masri. Yakir Englander, Ph.D.. is Visiting Lecturer in Women’s Studies and Judaism at Harvard Divinity School. He is a specialist in modern Jewish philosophy with a focus on gender issues and the Israeli/ Palestinian conflict. A Ph.D. candidate at McGill University, Amal Elsana Alh-jooj is a leader in the Arab Bedouin community in Israel and a key figure in sustainable community development. She has won many awards, including a Nobel Peace Prize nomination. Zahia el Masri, a Palestinian from Beirut, is a training program and communication manager for ROMEL, a Montreal based Technical Resource Group with a mandate to provide affordable housing for immigrant communities. The panelists will share their different perspectives on pathways to peace in Israel/Palestine.
Saint Michael’s College presents The Science of Mindfulness: A Talk by Shinzen Young from 7 p.m.to 8:30 p.m. in the McCarthy Arts Center. Mindful awareness practices are ever more prominent in pain and stress management, addictions recovery, psychotherapy and education. Young will describe the historical evolution of mindfulness in the three Buddhist traditions and connections to science, and conjecture about how the collaboration between mindfulness adepts and neuroscientists could lead to a scientific paradigm for human spirituality. Young studied Buddhism at the University of Wisconsin and received extensive training in Asia in the three major traditions. He consults widely on meditation-related research. Information: Aostre Johnson, 802-654-2436, firstname.lastname@example.org
Saint Michael’s College announces that faculty poets Greg Delanty (English) and Kristin Dykstra (distinguished scholar in residence, American Studies), will participate the program “In Celebration of Burlington Poets, sponsored by Fletcher library and the University of Vermont. Part of “Readings at 235 College Street” series. Saint Michael’s alumnus and poet Kerrin McCadden ’88 also is on the program. Other poets are David Huddle, Major Jackson, David Cavanagh, Angela Patten, Anna Blackmer, Sue Burton, Stephen, Cramer, Penelope Cray, Tina Escaja, Malisa Garlieb, Daniel Lusk, Gary Margolis, Alison Prine, Greg Delanty, Alexandra Hall, Sharon Webster, Rajnii Eddins and Jari Chevalier, Jim Ellefson, Marylen Grigas, Florence McCloud, Eve Alexandra Mary Jane Dickerson and Judith Chalmer.
Saint Michael’s College presents an English Department Alumni Reading featuring Josh Cook ’02 of Somerville, MA. Josh will be reading from his first novel, An Exaggerated Murder, just released by Melville House.
Saint Michael’s College presents the Omicron Delta Epsilon Annual Lecture, “Salary Determination in the Presence of Fixed Revenues in the National Basketball Association,” by Professor Peter van Allman, chair, Department of Economics, Skidmore College. Information: Herb Kessel 802.654.2460, email@example.com
Saint Michael’s College Humanities Center presents a lecture, “T.S. Eliot and the Great War,” by Professor Christopher Ricks of Boston University, co-sponsored by the Phi Beta Kappa Chapter at Saint Michael’s College and the English and History Departments. Reception to follow .Ricks was the Professor of Poetry at Oxford from 2004-2009. The book The Poems of T.S. Eliot, edited by Ricks and Jim McCue, two volumes, is to be published in October 2015.
Saint Michael’s College presents “Three Perspectives on Mindfulness: A Panel Discussion” with Jerome Allen (Information Technology), John Izzi (philosophy), and Adrie Kusserow (sociology and anthropology).' Mindfulness describes our basic humanity in being present with ourselves and others. This panel of Saint Michael’s faculty and staff members will explore the meanings and practices of mindfulness both in and out of the classroom. Light refreshments provided; bring your own lunch if desired.
Saint Michael’s College presents a talk, “Report from Gulu: In the Aftermath of the LRA,” by Lucy Akello Opolot, Ugandan MP and Catholic activist for restorative justice and human rights. Gulu, Uganda is most widely known for the conflict between the Ugandan government and a rebel group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army that was kidnapping children in the area from the late 1980’s through 2007. The internationally known video, “Kony 2012,” produced by Invisible Children, gave a highly controversial account of this under-reported conflict. The conversation fueled by the video, which has over 100 million hits on Youtube, always comes back to the question, “What really happened in Gulu?” Opolot, a recently elected member of the 9th Ugandan Parliament and Executive Director of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Gulu, worked in Uganda during the period of terror. Motivated by her community’s shared experiences of cruelty and her Catholic faith, she is an advocate for restorative justice and human rights. Opolot will be brought to campus by students Anna Ste. Marie’16, and Nick Santovasi, ’16, as part of their final project for the course, Peace and Justice 410: War and Peace in World Religions.