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Monday, Feb. 18
12 to 5 p.m., The Office of International Student and Scholar Services is holding a festival to kick off International Week. The Wondwosen and International Fair Trade Festival includes cultural displays and demonstrations, socially responsible shopping through fair trade, and light refreshments. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Great Room A and B. For more information, call 202-319-5128.

12:10 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents "The Samaritan Woman at the Well in Liturgy and Chant," by Ruth Steiner, professor emerita of music. Ward Hall, Room 211. For more information, call 202-319-5414.

7 p.m., The Office of International Student and Scholar Services is holding an Amnesty International panel discussion, Democracy and Human Rights in Southeast Asia, as a part of its International Week. Three expert panelists will discuss human rights and democracy in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Food from the countries will be available at the event. The panelists are Thong-Chanh Boulom, secretary general for the United League for Democracy for Laos; Thach Yen, president, Free Khemer (Cambodia) Republic; and Tan V. Nguyen, president of the group Vietnamese American Community in the United States.  Hannan Hall, Room 108. For more information, contact Daniel Maloney at

Tuesday, Feb. 19
10:10 a.m., the School of Engineering presents “Extreme Flood Probability for Dam Safety Risk Analysis," a seminar by John F. England, a hydraulic engineer with the Bureau of Reclamation in Denver. Pangborn Hall, Scullen Room. For more information, contact Frank Pao at or 202-319-6142.

Wednesday, Feb. 20

4 p.m., the School of Theology and Religious Studies presents Most Rev. Metropolitan Kallistos with the Quasten Medal for Excellence in Scholarship and Leadership in Religious Studies. Caldwell Hall, Auditorium. For more information, call 202-319-5683.

5 p.m., the School of Arts and Sciences and the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music present "Seeking the Roots — the Lomax Legacy," by Todd Harvey, folklife specialist at the Library of Congress' American Folklife Center and curator of the Alan Lomax Collection. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A. For more information, call 202-319-5601 or e-mail

Thursday, Feb. 21

12:30 to 1:30 p.m., the Life Cycle Institute presents "The Death of the Reagan Coalition," by John Kenneth White, professor, politics. Maloney Hall, Room 302B. For more information, call 202-319-5999.

5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Recruiters from the FBI will be on campus to discuss career opportunities. McMahon Hall, Room 200. For more information, visit

7 p.m., the Latin Alliance presents Pan's Labyrinth,a Spanish film (with English subtitles). The film by Guillermo del Toro centers on a gothic fairy tale set against the repression of Fascist Spain. The film will be screened "movies on the mall style" and light refreshments will be served. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A. For more information, contact

Friday, Feb. 22

9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Catholic University Law Review presents its spring 2008 symposium, "A Tribute to Justice Sandra Day O'Connor: Reflecting on Justice O'Connor's Jurisprudence Relating to Race and Education." Columbus School of Law. For more information, call 202-319-5159.

5 to 7 p.m., Centennial Village resident advisers will transform each of the eight residence halls into a portal to another country and culture. Countries represented are Israel and Palestine, Jamaica, Sweden, Mexico, Poland, Italy, the United States and the Philippines.

8 p.m., the Latin Alliance is throwing a dance party to celebrate diversity carnival style. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A. For more information, call 202-319-5618 or contact

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 Campus Ministry

Days of Fast and Abstinence
Catholics are reminded that all Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence, during which they should abstain from eating meat. For more information, contact Jessica DePrizio at

Lenten Adoration and Stations of the Cross
The university community is invited to participate in Lenten Adoration, a yearly tradition on campus. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed daily following the 12:15 p.m. Mass in Caldwell Chapel throughout the season of Lent. Adoration will take place on Mondays until 6 p.m., followed by Stations of the Cross; Tuesdays until 8 p.m.; Wednesdays and Thursdays until 10 p.m.; and Fridays until 5 p.m. through the season of Lent. There will be no services Friday, Feb. 29. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

The Light Is On For You
Each Wednesday, beginning on Feb. 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., a priest will be available to speak with any student, faculty or staff member about anything or answer any questions you may have. Pryzbyla  Center, Room 353.

Long-Term Service Information Sessions
For more information on long-term service following graduation, seniors are invited to the Long-Term Service Information Session Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 7 to 8 p.m., Millennium South Lounge. For information, call 202-319-5575.

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Upcoming Events

Monday, Feb. 25, to Sunday, March 2
The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music  showcases the Catholic University President's Festival of the Arts Presents, "Wilder and Wilder (Thornton, that is...)" a festival of music, lectures and discussions. For more information on any of the following related events or to purchase tickets to the concerts, call 202-319-5416 or visit

Monday, Feb. 25
12:10 p.m., the Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures presents the lecture "Poetic Expression in Sirach 51:13-30,” by Eric Reymond. The lecture is one of a series given by candidates for an open position in Hebrew philology. John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library, May Gallery.

4:10 p.m., the music school, as a part of the President's Festival of the Arts, presents the lecture, "Our Town: From Play to Film to Opera," by Tappan Wilder, nephew and literary executor of Thornton Wilder, and Lincoln Konkle, professor of English, The College of New Jersey. Ward Hall, John Paul Rehearsal Hall.

7:30 p.m., the music school presents a film screening of Our Town
with an introduction by Grayson Wagstaff, associate professor of music, and Lars Helger, doctoral student in music. Aquinas Hall, Auditorium.

Tuesday, Feb. 26
10:30 a.m., the music school, as a part of the President's Festival of the Arts, presents "Wilder, American Culture and New Music for his mini-plays," by Christopher Wheatley, professor of English, and Andrew Simpson, associate professor of music. Ward Hall, John Paul Rehearsal Hall.

7:30 p.m., the music school, as a part of the President's Festival of the Arts, presents a film screening of Shadow of a Doubt
, with an introduction by film scholar Max Alvarez. Aquinas Hall Auditorium.

Wednesday, Feb. 27
12:10 p.m., the Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures presents the lecture "The Politics of Dead Kings: The Formulaic Epilogues of the Book of Kings in their Ancient Near Eastern Context," by Matthew Suriano. The lecture is one of a series given by candidates for an open position in Hebrew philology. Mullen Library, May Gallery.

7:30 p.m., the music school, as a part of the President's Festival of the Arts, presents a roundtable discussion of the opera Our Town, featuring composer Ned Rorem, Librettist J.D. "Sandy" McClatchy and Tappan Wilder, nephew and literary executor of Thornton Wilder. This event will also feature the premiere of mini-operas and settings of Wilder's plays to incidental music, both by CUA composers. Ward Hall, Recital Hall.

Thursday, Feb. 28
10:30 a.m., the music school presents the lecture, "Our Town, American Opera and the Visual Arts," by Elise Kirk, musicologist and independent scholar, and Hellen Longa, art historian, American University. Ward Hall, John Paul Rehearsal Hall.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m., the Counseling Center will offer material on National Eating Disorders Screening Day. The center will have a table at the Pryzbyla Center with information on eating disorders awareness as well surveys to complete. Counselors will also be available to answer questions and provide more information about Counseling Center services and other resources. For more information, visit the Counseling Center Web site at www. or call Trista Speer at 202-319-5765.

Thursday, Feb. 28, to Sunday, March 2
The School of Music presents the Washington, D.C. premiere of Ned Rorem’s Our Town opera, conducted by Murry Sidlin, dean of music. The opera will be performed on alternate nights (Thursday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m.) with Thornton Wilder’s classic American play, Our Town (Friday, Feb. 29, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 2, at 2 p.m.)
. Hartke Theater.

Friday, Feb. 29
2:10 p.m., the School of Philosophy and the Graduate Student Association present "Socratic Irony as Pretense," a lecture by G.R.F. Ferrari, professor of classics, University of California, Berkeley. Aquinas Hall, Auditorium. For more information, call 202-319-5259 or go to

Saturday, March 1
9:30 a.m., the School of Library and Information Science hosts an open house and career day for prospective students. The program includes talks by current students and alumni. Marist Hall, Information Commons. For more information, or to R.s.v.p., call 202-319-5085 or contact Tim Steelman at

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Ergonomic Seminar
The Office of Business Services is holding an ergonomic seminar sponsored by Corporate Express. The seminar will cover basic ergonomic principles, symptoms of repetitive stress injury, potential causes of discomfort at a work station, injury reduction tips and a demonstration of an ideal ergonomic work station. The 45-minute session will take place Feb. 26 at 11:30 a.m., Caldwell Hall Auditorium. To R.s.v.p. email Willandria Blount at or call 202-319-6401. 

Life Insurance Benefit Enhancement for 2008
The Office of Human Resources announces that along with the new year comes the enhanced term life insurance benefit for eligible employees. As of January 2008, the term life insurance benefit will continue to match each employee’s annual salary even if the salary amount is greater than $50,000.  As before, this benefit will be paid for by CUA.  In accordance with IRS tax code 79, eligible employees who earn more than $50,000 and have term life insurance matching their annual salaries will see that the additional term life insurance premium value (above $50,000) will be added to their gross wages as imputed income. The value of the imputed income is subject to regular income tax withholding rules. For more information, please contact Terry Fletcher at 202-319-5262 or

Spring Break Safety
The Counseling Center will offer informational material on how to stay safe during spring break. Topics covered include prevention of sexual assault, stress reduction tips during mid-terms and alcohol and date rape drug awareness. The material will be available at the Smartie table in Pryzbyla Center Thursday, Feb. 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information, contact Trista Speer at 202-319-5765.

Sunday Mass

The traditional 4 p.m. Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will be held instead at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17.

TIAA-CREF Counseling Sessions
A representative from TIAA-CREF will be on campus to provide one-on-one counseling sessions for employees. The sessions are free and appointments are required. All sessions will take place in the first floor conference room of Leahy Hall unless otherwise noted. The dates are:

  • Tuesday, March 18
  • Wednesday, March 19
  • Tuesday, April 22 (Pryzbyla Center, Room 203)
  • Wednesday, April 23
  • Tuesday, May 13 (Pryzbyla Center, Room 203)
  • Wednesday, May 14 (Pryzbyla Center, Room 203)

For more information, visit or call 202-637-0090.

Transfer Visit Days
The Office of Admissions will be hosting Transfer Visit Days on Wednesdays in March. The visits will include a noon lunch and 1 p.m. information session and campus tour. For more information, contact Michael Cummings at 202-319-5305.

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