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    NOVEMBER 10, 2005
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A twist for commuters


Temple employees handed out free soft pretzels on Nov. 2 as a snack for those waiting for a shuttle bus at Broad and Berks streets.

Special shuttle buses were put into action for employees and students to use during the weeklong SEPTA strike.

The buses were discontinued Monday at noon when SEPTA’s workers went back after reaching a tentative agreement.

Chinese law program holds graduation

Photo courtesy Beasley School of Law

Law School Dean Robert Reinstein traveled to Beijing in late October for the China rule of law project’s fifth graduation, which brought the number of Chinese legal professionals who have graduated from the master’s program to 204.

Additionally, Temple Law has now educated 260 judges, prosecutors, government officials and law professors in China through its non-degree program.

For the past seven years, the Law School’s China program, which offers a master of laws program, non-degree judicial training for judges and prosecutors, legislative drafting projects and scholarly roundtables, has been helping China develop a fair and credible legal system, a crucial step in the maturation of the country’s market economy.

The master of laws program, operated in cooperation with Tsinghua University, was the first foreign law degree-granting program in China’s history, and is viewed as the most comprehensive foreign law degree program offered in the nation. Courses offered range from U.S. constitutional law to e-commerce law.

Teach-in to focus on free speech


A special version of the weekly “Dissent in America” teach-in will be held this Friday, Nov. 11, when a member of the state General Assembly and an expert on McCarthyism join with Temple faculty to examine free speech on campus.

“Speak Easy or Easy Speak: Students, Professors and the Politics of Higher Education in Pennsylvania” is the subject of the teach-in, part of a series led by Ralph Young, senior lecturer in the department of history. The event will be held from 3:40 p.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 11, in the Weigley Seminar Room on the ninth floor of Gladfelter Hall.

Panelists for the afternoon include Rep. Larry Curry, member of the state House of Representatives education committee and chair of the subcommittee on higher education; Joyce Lindorff, associate professor in the Boyer College of Music and Dance and member of the Temple Association of University Professionals (TAUP) executive committee; and Ellen Schrecker, professor of history at Yeshiva University and one of nation’s leading experts on McCarthyism.

The teach-in is co-sponsored by the department of history, TAUP and the Temple University Faculty Senate. William Cutler, professor of history and TAUP president, will be the moderator.

Catholic scholar Hans Küng to speak


Controversial Catholic theologian the Rev. Hans Küng, whose teachings have been both embraced and eschewed by the Vatican during his five-decade career, will receive two awards and lecture at Temple on Nov. 16–17.

Küng has devoted his professional life to twin causes: reform of the Catholic Church and dialogue between Catholics and non-Catholics.

As a promising young scholar, Küng was named professor of theology at the University of Tübingen, Germany, in 1960. Küng later earned an appointment by Pope John XXIII as a theological adviser to the Second Vatican Council, where he worked alongside current Pope Benedict XVI, then Joseph Ratzinger.

His insistent efforts at internal reform, however, prompted Pope John Paul II to bar Küng from teaching as a Catholic theologian in 1979, though he did retain his priesthood. He has since met with Pope Benedict XVI and been confirmed in his dedication to dialogue and reform.

On Thursday, Nov. 17, Küng will deliver a public lecture on these subjects at 7:30 p.m. in Anderson Hall, room 17. Admission is $20 for the general public and $10 for students and seniors.

Earlier that day, Küng will formally open an exhibition sponsored by the Institute for Global Ethics, an organization he founded in the 1990s, at 4 p.m. in Paley Library. It will remain on display in the library until Dec. 17.

During his visit, Küng will also be honored by Temple religion professor Leonard Swidler.

Swidler, editor of the Journal of Ecumenical Studies and president of the Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church, will give him the first “Journal of Ecumenical Studies Religions in Dialogue Award” and the first “Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church Rights of Catholics in the Church Award.”

The awards dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 in the Diamond Club. Tickets cost $200 and are available at http://astro.temple.edu/%7Edialogue/kuengjes.htm.

- Ted Boscia