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September 19 – September 25, 2011    


Through Sunday, Oct. 23
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Rare Books and Special Collections department of the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library presents Rara Nova, an exhibition featuring recently acquired rare books, manuscripts, and historical book-related technology. Included are never-before displayed items dating from the 16th through the 21st centuries. Mullen Library, May Gallery. Open to the public. For more information, contact Lenore Rouse at 202-319-5090.

Through Dec. 8
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., University Archives presents "Earth, Air, Fire, and Water: Elements of Design," an exhibition of late 19th- and early 20th-century prints donated by CUA alumnus Joan Strishock and her husband, Daniel. Mullen Library, lobby. For more information, contact Leslie Knoblauch.

Monday, Sept. 19
9 a.m. to noon, the Center for the Study of Culture and Values presents the international seminar “Responsibility Personal and Social: Foundations for Life in a Global Age." Professors from the United States, Vietnam, and Lithuania will present papers on “Buber, Buscaglia, and Responsible Living,” “Levinas and Confucius on Social Responsibility,” and “Responsibility in Deleuze’s Philosophy.” Gibbons Hall, Room B-12. For more information, contact Hu Yeping at 202-319-6089.

7 p.m., the Office of Campus Activities presents Capture the Cardinal — Capture the Flag. Before the game, student organizations and campus offices will present information on their groups. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, west lawn. For more information, contact Dan Bucherer at 202-319-6003.

Wednesday, Sept. 21

9 a.m. to noon, the Center for the Study of Culture and Values presents the international seminar “Responsibility, Personal and Social: Foundations for Life in a Global Age.” Professors from Russia, the United States, and Bulgaria will present papers on “Cultural Islam as Alternative to Political Islam,” “Ethnosophy: Images of Nations in Russian Philosophical Mind,” “Politics & Responsibility: Post-communist Perspectives,”and “Phenomenology and Carmelite Mysticism.” Gibbons Hall, Room B-12. For more information, contact Hu Yeping at 202-319-6089.

Noon, the School of Architecture and Planning presents "Future Building Techniques," by Werner Sobek, principal architect at Werner Sobek in Frankfurt, Germany, and director of the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design, Stuttgart, Germany. This lecture is part of the series on contemporary German architecture. Goethe Institut, 812 7th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. Reservations are required. For more information or to R.s.v.p., call 202-289-1200, ext. 165. 

4:30 p.m., the Columbus School of Law and the Office of Campus Activities present “Constitution Day 2011: Celebrating the Constitution We Can All Agree On,” a lecture by Mark L. Rienzi, assistant professor of law. A light reception will follow. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A. For more information, contact the Office of Student Life and Special Events at 202-319-6126.

6:35 to 7:35 p.m., the Integral Economic Development Management Program presents a discussion with David Shaman, co-founder of B-SPAN, on his recent book, The World Bank Unveiled: Inside the Revolutionary Struggle for Transparency. Caldwell Hall, Room 100. For more information, contact Beatriz Lopez Bonetti at 202-319-6183.

7 p.m., the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies hosts a screening of "Global Voices of Nonviolence: Little Town of Bethlehem." The event is a kickoff to the national 12-day Global Voices of Nonviolence project. The film and post-screening discussion will be simulcast live. Sami Awad, executive director of Holy Land Trust and one of the subjects of the film, with attend the CUA screening. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room. For more information, call 202-319-5999.

Thursday, Sept. 22
5:15 p.m., the Center for the Study of Early Christianity presents the Annual Mellon Lecture, "Ancient Christianity, Endings and Beginnings: The Legacy of Robert Markus," by Philip Rousseau, Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor. Pryzbyla Center, Room 320C.

7:30 p.m., the Filipino Organization of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) holds its second general board meeting. Pryzbyla Center, Room 351. For more information, email Jonathan Gray, FOCUS president.

Friday, Sept. 23
9 a.m. to noon, the Center for the Study of Culture and Values presents the international seminar “Responsibility, Personal and Social: Foundations for Life in a Global Age.” Chen Yajun, professor of philosophy at the Nanjing University in China, will present a paper on “Responsibility, Personal and Social: Perspectives from a World Philosophy,” and Katherine Baker, professor of law at the Illinois Institute of Technology, will present a paper on “Perspectives on Education.” Gibbons Hall, Room B-12. For more information, contact Hu Yeping at 202-319-6089.

2 p.m., the School of Philosophy presents "Tracing Techne: Heidegger, Aristotle, and the Legacy of Philosophy," by William McNeill, professor emeritus of history at the University of Chicago. This lecture is part of the fall lecture series on the German philosopher Martin Heidegger. Aquinas Hall, auditorium.

Saturday, Sept. 24
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Office of Student Activities hosts the 2011 Student Leadership Conference, providing opportunities for student leaders to gain the skills, knowledge, and to make positive contributions to the University. Deena Ebert from the FISH! Philosophy team building company will provide a keynote address about the company's method to create a welcoming and exciting culture in any group. Breakfast and lunch are included and the event is free. Pryzbyla Center. Registration is required.

Sunday, Sept. 25
4 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents "Baroque Music From Iberia to the New World," vocal and keyboard music of Cuba, Peru, Portugal, and Spain. The concert will feature Siena Sanchez-O’Brien and Nicholas Perry (violin), undergraduate students in music; Adjunct Professor Rosemarie Ruiz Houghton, soprano; Doctor of Music in Art candidate Anamer Castrello, mezzo-soprano; Administrative Coordinator Alexander Wolniak, tenor; piano instructor Nicolas Catravas, who will also sing continuo; and guest artist Carlos Rodriguez, piano. This event is one of several being highlighted on campus to help celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Ward Hall, recital hall. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

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Campus Ministry

DC Reads
DC Reads is accepting applications for work study and volunteer positions. The starting pay for work-study positions is $12 per hour.

Men’s Discernment
Men’s Discernment will meet Monday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m. in Caldwell Chapel for Mass celebrated by Rev. Jude DeAngelo, O.F.M., Conv., University chaplain, followed by dinner and a talk by Rev. John Foster, assistant professor of canon law. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

Meet Workers Who Sew CUA Apparel
On Monday, Sept. 19, at 3:30 p.m. in the Pryzbyla Center, Room 320A, Maritza Vargas and Elba Nurys from Alta Gracia Apparel, the only living-wage union-made apparel factory in the collegiate market, will share their history of collaboration with students and how their community in the Dominican Republic is being transformed by living wages. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

Live Out Love
Live Out Love will meet at 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19, in Shahan Hall, Room 013. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

CUA on Tap
On Thursday, Sept. 22, CUA on Tap will feature talks on just war theory by Joseph Capizzi, associate professor of theology; William Mattison, assistant professor of theology; and Maryann Cusimano Love, associate professor of politics. Their presentations will be followed by a Q-and-A session. Free food will be served as well as $3 beers for those of legal drinking age (with ID). For more information, call 202-319-5575. 

Washington Nationals
The House will host a trip to see the Washington Nationals play the Atlanta Braves on Friday, Sept. 23. Tickets are $5. The group will leave from The House at 5:30 p.m.   

Tacos, Faith, and Justice

Students are invited to sign up for dinner and a discussion with professors and priests on justice and the Catholic faith on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m., in the Stephen P. Happel Room of Caldwell Hall.  

Women’s Retreat
Female students are invited to sign up for the Women's Retreat, to be held from Friday, Sept. 30, to Sunday, Oct. 2.                 

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Monday, Sept. 19
4 p.m., the men's soccer team hosts Rutgers-Camden. Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center, soccer field.

Wednesday, Sept. 21
4:30 p.m., the women's soccer team hosts Stevenson University. DuFour Center, soccer field.

7 p.m., the field hockey team hosts Mary Washington University. DuFour Center, upper field.

Saturday, Sept. 24
1 p.m., the men's soccer team hosts Moravian College. DuFour Center, soccer field.

3:30 p.m., the women's soccer team hosts Moravian College. DuFour Center, soccer field.

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Upcoming Events

Friday, Sept. 30
2 p.m., the School of Philosophy presents "Heidegger's 'The Truth of Being,' " by Richard Capobianco, professor and chair of philosophy, Stonehill University. This lecture is part of the fall lecture series on the German philosopher Martin Heidegger. Aquinas Hall, auditorium.

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Compliance Awareness Training for CUA Staff
The University is subject to hundreds of laws that govern common, everyday activities. Those laws are not always obvious. All CUA staff are asked to attend a one-hour training session to learn about common risks and pitfalls, and the resources in place to help meet ethical and legal obligations when acting on behalf of the University. The following sessions will be held in the Pryzbyla Center, Room 327:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 20, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 22, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 
  • Wednesday, Sept. 28, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 5, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

For more information, email Vin Lacovara, University compliance officer.

Family Weekend

The Catholic University of America invites families to attend Family Weekend 2011 on Friday, Oct. 7, and Saturday, Oct. 8. A campus-wide celebration in honor of parents, siblings, grandparents, and other family members, the weekend will provide them an opportunity to get a taste of University culture and spend time with their relatives enrolled at CUA.

On-Site Car Wash
The Office of Procurement Services has arranged for Detailing Dynamics to offer its car-washing services in the parking lot behind O’Boyle Hall on a weekly basis, each Wednesday from 8 a.m. to noon. Members of the CUA community are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to have their cars washed while they’re at work. The cost is $15 for a basic exterior wash; $35 for exterior and interior; and other services are additional. Cash, Visa, and MasterCard will be accepted. No reservation is necessary. Please remove all valuables from a vehicle before leaving it to be cleaned. For more information, contact Willandria Blount at 202-319-6401.

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For Your Benefit

Important Updates for Tuition Exchange
The 2012-2013 Tuition Exchange Application is now available online. For more information, contact Bailey Mitchell at 202-319-6273.

Required Employee Training

All CUA faculty and staff are required to complete training in two important areas: FERPA — protecting student academic privacy — and Harassment Prevention — fostering an environment of respect and fairness. Each training session is available online 24 hours a day and can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection. Both can be completed in less than an hour. CUA employees must repeat each training program every two years. To take the training, visit For more information, call 202-319-5050.

New Staff
New employees recently joined the staff of Catholic University. The Office of Human Resources invites the University community to see who was hired and read other helpful information for new CUA employees.

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