Campus Watch

Catholic Campuses Hurt By Terrorist Attacks

CHRONICLE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION, Sept. 14—Catholic universities were not immune from the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, reported the Chronicle for Higher Education.

- Santa Clara University junior Deora Bodley, 20, was a psychology and French double major. She was a passenger on United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed near Pittsburgh, Pa.

- Karen Kincaid, 40, a communications attorney in Washington, D.C., started this semester as an adjunct professor at Columbus School of Law of The Catholic University of America. She was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon.

- Leslie Whittington, 45, was an associate professor of public policy at Georgetown University for five years. She was headed to Australia with her husband, Charles Falkenberg, and two daughters, 8-year-old Zoe and 3-year-old Dana, when their flight crashed into the Pentagon.

Georgetown Offers Class About Homosexuals

THE WASHINGTON TIMES, Sept. 2—Georgetown University will offer a class this fall called, “Representations of Lesbians, Gays in Popular Culture,” the Washington Times reported.

According to the paper, the course catalog reads:

“There can be no doubt that lesbians and gay men have recently emerged into the cultural spotlight. We will analyze the ‘gay '90s’ through the prism of an historical period in which there has been an explicit encouragement of lesbian and gay civil rights. This course focuses on this cultural ‘sea-change’ (through films, TV, popular magazines), but places those media images in a social context, a context that includes the election of the first president who has embraced gay rights, as well as the new Republican majority and statewide anti-gay initiatives.

“Are old stereotypes being recycled, or are new stereotypes being invented? How do the media construct the ‘new gay visibility?’ ...

“Are gays being introduced into the cultural imagination, only to be trivialized and stereotyped? And, most importantly, what are the ideologies about gay identity being expressed in these representations? ... While this course will focus on the recent media explosion, we will also locate these representations in a cultural-historical context, examining early Hollywood films and early television images as well.”

SII's Galten Among

Ex Corde Honorees

CARDINAL NEWMAN SOCIETY, Sept. 15—The Falls Church, Va.-based Cardinal Newman Society announced recipients of its “Ex Corde Ecclesiae Awards” for the year 2001.

The winners include John Galten, former director of the St. Ignatius Institute at the University of San Francisco, and Mary Cunningham Agee, founder and director of The Nurturing Network. One of the efforts of Agee's organization is to “develop programs for pregnant students” at Catholic colleges, the society said.

A group award was also announced for the founders and editors of Crossroads, an independent student newspaper at Boston College.

The awards will be given during the society's annual conference at The Catholic University of America, Nov. 10-11. Washington's Cardinal Theodore McCarrick will welcome conference participants.

The society also announced Cardinal Avery Dulles as the winner of its John Henry Newman Award “for distinguished service to Catholic higher education.”