This Week at CUA
February 13 - February 20 View Archives


Upcoming Events


Syriac Library Exhibition
Reception for Shirley Lake
Reception for Michael Sokoloff
File Cabinets Available
New Non-Exempt Time Sheets and Exempt Leave Reports

For Your Benefit
CIGNA Wellness Workshop and Individual Appointments


Monday, Feb. 13
4 p.m., the Columbus School of Law presents "Climate Change: An Alaskan Perspective," by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). Murkowski will provide an analysis of the problem of global warming and suggest possible responses to it. Lucia Silecchia, professor of law, and Heather Elliott, assistant professor of law, will respond. Columbus School of Law, Walter A. Slowinski Courtroom. For more information, call 202-319-5491.

5:30 p.m., as part of its spring lecture series in collaboration with the Japan Information and Cultural Center of the Embassy of Japan, the School of Architecture and Planning presents "The Gendering and Re-Gendering of Japanese Domestic Space," by Georgetown University Professor Jordan Sand. Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies, Koubek Auditorium. For more information, call 202-319-5188. 

Thursday, Feb. 16, to Sunday, Feb. 19
The Department of Drama presents "Marisol," by José Rivera. Directed by MFA candidate Suzanne Delle. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday evenings. Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Student rush, senior citizen, alumni and subscriber discounts are available. Hartke Theatre. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 202-319-4000.

Thursday, Feb. 16
10 a.m. to noon, the Life Cycle Institute presents a mini-conference on civility. Featured lectures are "Rethinking Civility in a Global World," by Harvard University Professor of Anthropology Michael Herzfeld; "Neoliberal Manners: The Civil, the Civic, and the (Barely) Civilized," by Robert W. Hefner, professor of anthropology and associate director of the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs at Boston University; and "Democratic Civility and its 'Others': Some Cross-Cultural Comparisons," by Stephen Heydemann, director of the Center for Democracy and the Third Sector at Georgetown University. Light lunch and roundtable discussion to follow. R.s.v.p. required for lunch and discussion. Life Cycle Institute. For more information or to R.s.v.p., contact Ann Kasprzyk at 202-319-5999 or

Noon to 1 p.m., a CIGNA Healthcare representative conducts a wellness workshop for CIGNA participants. For more information, see For Your Benefit.

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., reception for Shirley Lake. See Announcements.

6 p.m., the Oliveira Lima Library presents with the University of Maryland "The Problem of Slavery and the Early Reception of Liberalism in Brazil," by Kirsten Schultz of Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library, Oliveira Lima Library (Room 22). For more information, call 202-319-5059.

Friday, Feb. 17
2:10 p.m., the School of Philosophy presents as part of its Graduate Student Spring Lecture Series "Genes, Flux, and Forms: Are Natural Kinds Essential or Accidental?" by Richard V. Sternberg of the National Institutes of Health and the National Museum of Natural History. Co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Association. Life Cycle Auditorium. For more information, contact the School of Philosophy, Office of the Dean, at 202-319-5259.

7 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents Instrumental Ensembles. Ward Recital Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5414.

Sunday, Feb. 19
7 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents the chamber choir concert "Beautiful Music, Beautiful Space," by the CUA Chorus. Conducted by Justine Bayard Ward Professor of Music Leo Nestor. Selections include Franz Xaver Biebl’s “Ave Maria,” Gabriel Fauré’s “Cantique de Jean,” Nestor’s “Soli Deo Gloria” and Gerald Near’s “The Best of Rooms.” Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Crypt Church. For more information, call 202-319-5414.

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Tuesday, Feb. 21
Noon to 1:30 p.m., the offices of university development and sponsored programs present a brown-bag workshop titled "Where's the Money?" Tracy Alig Dowling, associate director for corporate and foundation relations, will talk about finding private support, and Ralph Albano, director of technology transfer and acting director of sponsored research, will discuss government grants. Topics to be addressed include the role of faculty and deans in obtaining external funding and the respective roles of the offices of university development and sponsored programs. Drinks and dessert provided. R.s.v.p. is required, and space is limited. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Room 327. For more information or to R.s.v.p., contact Lewis McCrary at 202-319-6929 or

Wednesday, Feb. 22
4 p.m. to 6 p.m., the Columbus School of Law's Interdisciplinary Program in Law and Religion presents "The Religious Aspects of Arab Constitutions," by Nathan Brown, Ph.D. On leave from his position as professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, Brown is currently with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Light refreshments to be served. R.s.v.p. required. Columbus School of Law, Slowinski Courtroom. For more information or to R.s.v.p., contact Constantia Dedoulis at

5 p.m., the School of Theology and Religious Studies Students' Association presents "John Paul II and Ecumenism: The Man, the Documents and the Dialogues," by Mitzi Budde, professor at Virginia Theological Seminary. Co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Association. Refreshments will be provided following the lecture. Caldwell Hall, Monsignor Stephen P. Happel Room. For more information, contact Susan White at

Thursday, Feb. 23
8 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents the Rome Trio Concert. Selections include Tom Benjamin’s "Aperitif," Beethoven’s "Trio Opus 1, No. 2 in G Major" and Brahms’ "Trio Opus 101, No. 3 in C Minor." Ward Recital Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5414.

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Saturday, Feb. 18
2 p.m., the women's basketball team hosts Gallaudet University. Raymond A. DuFour Center Gymnasium.

4 p.m., the men's basketball team hosts Gallaudet University. DuFour Gymnasium.

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Syriac Library Exhibition
The Catholic University of America Libraries invites members of the university community to its Syriac library exhibition, presented in connection with the Feb. 3-5 Dorushe Syriac Studies Conference on CUA's campus. The exhibition will remain open in the May Gallery of Mullen Library through February. Exhibition hours are 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and by appointment.

Syriac is an important language of Eastern Christianity, with a large and rich literature that flourished well into the Middle Ages and beyond. CUA is recognized internationally for its Syriac library holdings and for its teaching and research in this field. The exhibition focuses on the beginning of Syriac studies at CUA (1899-1939). For more information, contact the CUA Libraries Office of the Director at 202-319-5055, or Monica Blanchard, curator of Semitics/Institute of Christian Oriental Research collections, at 202-319-5084.

Reception for Shirley Lake
The Office of the Registrar invites members of the university community to a retirement gathering in honor of Shirley Lake, archivist. The reception will be held Thursday, Feb. 16, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the foyer of McMahon Hall. For more information, call Michelle Walker at 202-319-5308.

Reception For Michael Sokoloff
The Catholic University of America Libraries and the Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures invite members of the university community to a reception in honor of Michael Sokoloff, professor of Hebrew and Semitic languages at Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv, Israel. The reception will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the May Gallery of Mullen Library. Following the reception, at 5 p.m. in the Mullen Library MERIC classroom, Professor Sokoloff will present "Electronics and Dictionaries: From Jerusalem to Cincinnati via Washington: Updating Brockelmann's Lexicon Syriacum." R.s.v.p. required. To R.s.v.p., call Mullen Library at 202-319-5055. For more information, call 202-319-5083.

File Cabinets Available
The Office of Student Accounts announces that it has four tan four-drawer letter-size vertical file cabinets available to any CUA department or office. The cabinets are not available for personal purchase or use. Interested parties should contact Leah Wolf at 202-319-5230 or

New Non-Exempt Time Sheets and Exempt Leave Reports
The Office of Payroll announces that it has created new non-exempt time sheets and exempt leave reports. On the new forms, the Social Security Number field is replaced with EMPLID. The new forms also conform more generally to the PeopleSoft Human Resources Management System. Employees are asked to use the new forms for all future time-sheet or leave-report submissions. The forms are located at For more information, call the payroll office at 202-319-5512.

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CIGNA Wellness Workshop and Individual Appointments
The Office of Human Resources announces that on Feb. 16, from noon to 1 p.m., a CIGNA Healthcare representative will conduct a wellness workshop in the first floor conference room of Leahy Hall. The workshop will cover various features of the CIGNA wellness programs available for participants. Following the workshop, the representative will be available to conduct 15-minute one-on-one sessions with CUA employees from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Office of Human Resources. Appointments are required. Employees with outstanding claims issues are advised to schedule an appointment. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 202-319-5050.

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