February 1, 2010 
Vol. 2, Issue 5
Rabbi Karff Gives Herzstein Lecture in Judaism

Rabbi Samuel Karff will explore "Accountability and Grace: a Rabbinic Perspective on God's Covenant with Israel" at the 2010 Herzstein Lecture in Judaism at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9 in Cullen Hall. In his lecture, Rabbi Karff presents different views about the covenant between God and the people of Israel, and evidence of each view in Jewish sacred texts. He was a lecturer at Rice University for 24 years and is currently the associate director of the John McGovern Center for Health, Humanities and the Human Spirit.

UST Drama Program Presents “59 Pink Thunderbird”
“59 Pink Thunderbird” follows the story of Maynard, Texas residents as their lives unfold after Roy, the hometown high school hero, returns from Vietnam. Roy cherishes three things above all: his country, his wife, Elizabeth, and his 1959 pink Thunderbird. Roy is wild, but he needs Elizabeth, and she loves him. And she'll be waiting for him when he comes home — no matter what others may say or think. The show runs Feb. 24, 25, 26, 27, Mar. 3, 4, 5, 6, and is held upstairs in Jones Hall Theatre, 3910 Yoakum.
Black History Month Lecture Features USA Today Editor
The St. Martin de Porres Society, Black Student Union and Social Justice Program at University of St. Thomas will host a Black History Month lecture by Catherine Straight, national assignments at USA Today, from 6 to 8:15 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26, in the Menil Museum Foyer, 1515 Sul Ross. The lecture will be followed by a brief tour of the Menil’s African Art Exhibit.
Batt Burns Brings Irish Storytelling to UST
Travel to another time and place with acclaimed Irish storyteller Batt Burns. Come listen to haunting accounts of ghosts, great adventure stories, and more at the University of St. Thomas Center for Irish Studies’ cultural event entitled, “Whisperings of Ireland,” to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb.10, at Cullen Hall, 4001 Mt. Vernon. The event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the UST Center for Irish Studies Cultural Outreach Forum and The Irish Society.
Alumnus Breaks into Slamdance Film Fest
Catching a break in the film industry is no easy task. But University of St. Thomas graduate Josh Bass, ’01, recently earned his first big break when his short film was accepted into a major North American independent film festival, the Slamdance Film Festival. He will show his 17-minute film, titled “Joey and Jerome’s Artistic Meaningful Independent Film,”  at the festival which takes place just down the road from Sundance in Park City, Utah, Jan. 21-28.

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Homecoming Hoopla Promises Games, Gatherings, Giving Back
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Join the hoopla for the first Homecoming at UST in nearly 25 years on Feb. 5-6, 2010. Cheer for the Celts Basketball team at the Homecoming game. Meet old friends and faculty members at the President’s Reception. Give back to the community and help beautify the campus at the President’s Day of Service. Enjoy food, games and family fun at the Homecoming Festival!
Sandra Soliz
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