The Johns Hopkins Gazette: February 24, 2003
February 24, 2003
VOL. 32, NO. 23


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Future of Catholicism talk planned at Interfaith Center

The state of the Catholic church will be the subject of the lecture "Mortally Wounded or Recovering? The Future of American Catholicism" by Chester Gillis, chair of the Georgetown University Theology Department. The lecture, to be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Bunting Meyerhoff Interfaith Center, is one of many events scheduled during the university's second annual religious awareness days, "Open Hands Open Hearts: Exploring Diverse Faith Traditions."

Gillis, author of Roman Catholicism in America and Catholic Faith in America and a guest commentator on NPR, CNN, ABC and CBS, will discuss issues such as the recent sexual abuse scandal surrounding some priests, insufficient vocations to sisterhood and priesthood, the role of women in ministry and questions about orthodoxy among some theologians.

A reception will follow. For more information, call 410-261-1880, or go to

For a complete list of "Open Hands Open Hearts" events, go to

St. Petersburg Quartet to play Sunday at Shriver Hall

As Baltimore's citywide Vivat! St. Petersburg Arts Celebration comes to a close, the Shriver Hall Concert Series will celebrate the Russian cultural mecca with a performance on Sunday, March 2, by the St. Petersburg String Quartet, playing for the first time in Baltimore.

Founded in 1985 by graduates of the Leningrad Conservatory, the quartet has performed throughout the world. For its recording of Shostakovich Quartets, the group received a Grammy nomination and Best CD awards from Gramophone and Stereo Review magazines.

The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Shriver Hall on the Homewood campus. For program and ticket information, see the Calendar.

'Vagina Monologues' shows to benefit V-Day campaign

Two performances of the Obie Award-winning play The Vagina Monologues will be presented this weekend as a benefit for V-Day Johns Hopkins University. Part of a global movement that raises money to stop violence against women and girls, the College Campaign presents student-run productions whose proceeds are donated directly to local organizations that are working to stop violence. These performances will benefit the House of Ruth and Turn Around Inc.

Twenty-two female students will share the stage for the JHU production, which will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 1, in Homewood's Shriver Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for the general public, $5 for Johns Hopkins students with ID. They may be purchased or reserved by e-mailing

Evergreen House offers training for new volunteers

Evergreen House is offering a training program for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer guide. The sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on five consecutive Tuesdays, March 4 through April 1.

The former home of the prominent Garrett family, the historic house includes a private theater and impressive collections of Japanese and Chinese art, post-Impressionist paintings, rare books, Tiffany glass and Dutch and Italian furniture.

In addition to giving tours, guides have the opportunity to travel to other historic homes and participate in special events. For information, contact Nancy Powers at 410-516-0341 or go to:

Innovative Liz Lerman Dance Exchange to perform at WNS

The Liz Lerman Dance Exchange will perform "Jump Into Something New" at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 26, in Homewood's Shriver Hall Auditorium.

This critically acclaimed dance team, ranging in age from 25 to 68, will perform excerpts from works in its repertoire, including "Wild Thing," a performance that teaches how to watch a dance and search a story for metaphor and symbol.

Founder and artistic director Liz Lerman was named a 2002 MacArthur Fellow, receiving a $500,000 stipend over five years in recognition and support of creative accomplishment.

This performance is part of the Wednesday Noon Series presented by the Office of Special Events and is co-sponsored by the Homewood Arts Program. For more information, call 410-516-7157.

Archaeological Collection to hold open house for faculty

The Archaeological Collection has two questions it would like to pose to all humanities faculty: Do you know that the university has a collection of ancient Greco-Roman and Near Eastern artifacts that can be used to integrate scholarly research into your courses? And, would you be interested in making use of the thousands of university-owned archaeological objects in this teaching collection?

To learn more, come see how an interactive database designed by a professor-student team can make it happen. Professor Eunice Maguire and two students will demonstrate the Symposium Project from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Feb. 25, in 129/131 Gilman Hall, home to the Archaeological Collection.