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Thursday, August 10, 2006

ANTS Student E-News - Thursday, August 10, 2006

In this message
- Construction Update
- International Dialogue on Religious and Ethnic Reconciliation -
August 14, 2006
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer for Our Times - A Centennary Conference
- Cafeteria as Cooling Space
- Invitation to Shakespeare in the Park Friday Night!

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Construction Update
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Hi Everyone,

I thought I'd pass on a few more notes with regard to the construction.
As you may have noticed, they are finishing the work on the new parking
spaces this week and they hope to finish that on Monday. We will end up
with a net gain of spaces, which is good news!

They are also doing a lot of concrete work this week, pouring walls and
footings and so forth, and that will continue into next week. At the
same time they are working on plumbing, and next week they will be
installing material related to the elevator and other electrical
components. The week of August 21-26 they will be installing structural
steel. This will probably involve riveting the steel, which will be
noisy (rat-a-tat-tat-tat) so please be prepared for that.

It is exciting to see this wonderful new chapel take shape! I hope you
stop by from time to time and watch their progress. And if you have
questions or concerns, please let me know. Thank you for your patience
as we all live with this construction.

Nancy

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

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International Dialogue on Religious and Ethnic Reconciliation - August
14, 2006
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RELIGIOUS AND ETHNIC RECONCILIATION

Sponsored by the Interreligious Center on Public Life, a program of
Hebrew College and Andover Newton Theological School

Monday, August 14, 7:30 p.m.
Berenson Hall, Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road, Newton Centre
Admission is free. To reserve a seat, please go to:
http://www.hebrewcollege.edu/issrpl

The Balkan wars of the 1990s, which violently fractured Yugoslavia, was
a bloody conflict that institutionalized rape and ethnic cleansing as
strategic instruments of war. Part of this barbaric strategy was the
destruction of houses of worship on a mass scale.

This summer, people of all faiths are traveling to Bosnia to help
rebuild churches and mosques destroyed in the war. One such group,
participants in the International Summer School on Religion and Public
Life (ISSRPL)-sponsored in part by Hebrew College and Andover Newton
Theological School-will be returning from Bosnia and visiting our
campuses in Newton for a week of study and reflection. Join us on the
evening of August 14th to meet these unique individuals from around the
world and to hear about their attempts to foster religious and ethnic
reconciliation.

Dr. Adam Seligman, Director of the ISSRPL, will present an overview of
the Bosnian situation and the dangerous challenges that still exist in
that part of the world. Participants, many of whom come from
strife-ridden areas, will describe their backgrounds, the ethnic and
religious clashes in their own countries, and how their experience in
Bosnia might be applied to create new paradigms for tolerance in their
homelands.

Admission is free.
To reserve a seat, please go to: http://www.hebrewcollege.edu/issrpl.

THE INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL ON RELIGION AND PUBLIC LIFE

The International Summer School on Religion and Public Life (ISSRPL) is
an interreligious summer school that meets for approximately two weeks
each year at various sites in Europe, Israel and the United States. By
providing an international framework for students, civic leaders and
prominent scholars to explore the intersection of religion and the
public sphere, the ISSRPL aims to develop new strategies of tolerance
and pluralism while maintaining a commitment to tradition and religious
identity. The school's guiding belief is that in order to build
tolerance and understanding between groups and to shape a civil society,
the perceived barrier between secular, modern and more traditional
religious values must be broken down.

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer for Our Times - A Centennary Conference
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Sponsored by Hebrew College, Andover-Newton Theological School, and
Boston College

Dietrich Bonhoeffer for Our Times
Jewish and Christian Perspectives
September 17-18, 2006
at Hebrew College, Andover-Newton Theological School, and Boston
College

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) has become an icon of resistance and
moral courage. As a pastor and teacher, he was one of the earliest
Protestants to speak out against Nazism and summon his church to oppose
it. As a resistance figure executed for his role in the conspiracy
against the Nazi regime, his prison writings later inspired Christians
throughout the world.

What is Bonhoeffer's legacy for the Jewish-Christian relationship
today? His record of political opposition to Nazism is clear. Does his
contribution to Christian ethical reflection and activism have
implications for non-Christians? What is Bonhoeffer's place as a
theological and political figure in the legacy of the Holocaust? In this
conference, Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant scholars will reflect on
his witness and its legacy for our times.

Sunday, September 17
at Andover-Newton Theological School, Stoddard Hall
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Bonhoeffer, the Jewish People, and Post-Holocaust Theology
-Victoria Barnett, US Holocaust Memorial Museum
-Stephen Haynes, Rhodes College
-Moderator/Responder: Shai Held, Jewish Theological Seminary

Registration by September 8, 2006 is required.

More event venues and registration:
http://www.bc.edu/research/cjl/meta-elements/texts/center/conferences/bonhoeffer.htm

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Cafeteria as Cooling Space
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Hello Everyone,

We have decided to keep the cafeteria open as a cooling space through
the month of August. I hope that on days when your apartment is warm
this gives you a good space to go and get cool. The cafeteria will be
open until 10:00 p.m. Monday -Thursday, and until 6:00 p.m. on Fridays.

Nancy

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

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Invitation to Shakespeare in the Park Friday Night!
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Hello Everyone,

You are cordially invited to join Housing Coordinator Amelia O'Dowd,
SA President Len hayward, and me for an evening of Shakespeare on the
Boston Common this Friday night at 8 pm. This event is free. So come
on down, bring a blanket/chairs, a picnic or whatever, and join us for a
delightful evening off the hill!

Len will meet anyone who wants to go by T at ANTS (in front of
Sturtevant) at 7:00 p.m. so you can go as a group. Amelia and I will
meet you down at the Common. If the weather looks problematic you can
call their weather hotline: (617) 532-1212 to see whether the
performance is on.

We hope to see many of you there on Friday,

Nancy

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

ANTS E-news
Karen Brockney
617-964-1100 ext. 225
kbrockney@ants.edu