Professors discuss global health

first_imgStudents and faculty spilled into the aisles of a DeBartolo Hall auditorium Monday evening as two renowned experts discussed liberation theology as a means to end poverty. Harvard professor Paul Farmer, a medical anthropologist, physician and founder of Partners in Health, an organization that provides healthcare and medical treatment to poor people around the world, said people could not end poverty if they did not understand it. “Real service to the poor involves understanding global poverty,” said Farmer. “An understanding of poverty must be linked to efforts of ending it. Poverty is structured evil. Understanding it is not the same as fighting it, but if we believe that knowledge informs practice then we can really make progress.” Notre Dame theology professor Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez agreed that understanding, was a means to end global poverty. “When we speak about the preferential option for the poor we are speaking about persons, not about poverty,” Gutierrez said. “Without fraternity, sympathy and community we have not committed to ending poverty.” Ending poverty is not an easy goal, Farmer said, but it is not impossible. “As long is there is poverty and inequality, we humans will need accompaniment —practical, spiritual and theological — to understand why and how they work so that we may attempt to eradicate it,” Farmer said. Gutierrez agreed that poverty is not a quick fix. “Poverty is not a destination, it’s a situation,” Gutierrez said. “Addressing poverty is not a one-time cure. It’s a constant adjustment.” Gutierrez coined the term “liberation theology” in the 1970s, which originated from the Latin American Catholic Church and addresses the poor’s ability to embrace suffering with hope just as Christ did. Gutierrez acknowledged the difficulty of reconciling suffering and the notion that an all-powerful God loves those who suffer. “The challenge we must face is how to say to poor persons, ‘God loves you,’” Gutierrez said. Liberation theology, however, is one answer to this challenge, Gutierrez said. “Theology changes to adapt to the historical demands of the time,” Gutierrez said. “It is a reflection of the daily life of a person and of the way to be Christian. Theology acts as the medium between living faith and announced faith.” Farmer said the fight to end poverty should be one of solidarity rather than charity. “Liberation theology is an inexhaustible font for understanding poverty,” Farmer said. “We live in one world, not three. Nothing else I have seen from earthquakes to floods to violence will lead me to believe otherwise.” Farmer emphasized the importance of comprehending poverty’s existence before attempting to end it. “It’s not easy to listen,” Farmer said. “It’s hard and sometimes painful. These experiences tried me in some ways that I cannot forget. I am determined to understand why poverty exists and how it functions in the modern world.” Farmer listened, studied Scripture and derived meaning from what he learned within the Latin American context. “Poverty is not a result of random acts of nature,” Farmer said. “Human beings constitute and create the social world and shape it.” Gutierrez said poverty is an issue that needs to be addressed on every front. “Poverty means death,” Gutierrez said. “For the poor in Latin America and all around the world, this means dying before their time. Death is not only a social issue, not only a matter of a social doctrine; it’s more than that — it’s a global issue and we need to rethink from the position we are in.” The preferential option for the poor means serving the least fortunate comes before all other concerns, Gutierrez said. “Preferential means they are first,” Gutierrez said. “It does not mean all the poor are good or generous or very gentle. Not all of them are good persons, but because God is good we must work to end their suffering. We are not really in solidarity for the poor unless you are against poverty.”last_img read more

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ND adds study abroad locations

first_imgNotre Dame’s Office of International Studies announced they will offer three new opportunities for students to study abroad this spring. The programs will take place in South Korea, Spain and Switzerland beginning in 2014. Kathleen Opel, Director of the International Studies department, said these programs were chosen at new sites to offer opportunities in locations where Notre Dame did not previously have study abroad programs. “Students are offered new opportunities in engineering, physics and a wide array programming at a top research university in Korea,” she said. “Additionally, students on campus will benefit from the participation of international exchange students in their classes and residence halls. A press release from the International Studies department stated that Notre Dame will partner with Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea to begin a bilateral exchange program. The program will be open to undergraduates in all majors. In South Korea, students will be able to choose from a range of courses including Korean language, Korean studies, business economics, politics, sociology, engineering, sciences, and human ecology, the press release stated. The press release said the program does not require knowledge of the Korean language, since all courses will be taught in English. “In [the] exchange program at Yonsei University in Seoul, several students from Yonsei will be able to study here while several of our students can take classes in the many disciplines offered at Yonsei,” Opel said. Notre Dame also partnered with the Polytechnic Institute of Valencia in Alcoy, Spain and will begin a bilateral exchange program in Spring 2014, the press release stated. The program is designed for sophomore or junior engineering majors, specifically those in chemical, electrical and computer science engineering, it said. “Polytechnic Institute of Valencia in Alcoy, Spain offers engineering study programs that complement engineering studies here on campus,” Opel said. “As an exchange program, several students from Alcoy will study engineering here at ND while several of our students may study there.” The program is open to only those students who have completed at least two semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent. In Spring 2014, students will also have the opportunity to study at the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland, the press release said. The program is made possible through Boston University’s Geneva-Physics program, it said. Opel said the program in Geneva, Switzerland would provide students with the outstanding opportunity to study physics at the University of Geneva and work with some of the worlds leading physicists at CERN. The program will combine coursework in quantum physics and electrodynamics at UNIGE and directed research at CERN, the press release stated. Students majoring in physics who have completed at least two semesters of college-level French or the equivalent are eligible for the program. The press release said students would be required to complete a specifically designed French-language tutorial before studying in Geneva. “All three programs are starting with relatively few competitively selected students,” Opel said. “Our goal is to provide more opportunities in different disciplines and geographic areas.”last_img read more

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Committee to unveil The Shirt 2014

first_imgThe Notre Dame community will celebrate The Shirt’s 25th anniversary with free food, entertainment and student discounts at the unveiling ceremony at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore beginning at 4:30 p.m. Friday.  Wei Lin | The Observer Junior John Wetzel, president of The Shirt Project, said the ceremony would spotlight members of the Notre Dame community with performances from student groups.“The unveiling ceremony has been around since 2002, and it is always a great time for the community to come together,” Wetzel said. “The event will feature fantastic performers including AcoustiCafe, P-Fresh, the Bagpipe Band, Irish dancers, pom squad, Glee Club, Leprechaun Legion, the Notre Dame cheerleaders and the [marching] band.”Wetzel said he expects a large turnout at the unveiling ceremony due to favorable weather and student discounts.“We’re expecting a couple thousand students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members to show up for the unveiling this year, especially if the weather is as nice as predicted,” Wetzel said. “Students will also receive 15 percent off up to two shirts that they purchase at the unveiling ceremony.”Marketing manager and senior Catherine Simonson said the local frozen yogurt shop Let’s Spoon and Barnaby’s pizzeria would provide catering.In addition to the entertainment lineup and free food, Simonson said attendees could participate in multiple other activities before Irish coach Brian Kelly officially unveils the new Shirt at 6 p.m.“We’re offering a couple different interactive booths, such as face painting, a guessing station allowing people to predict the color before it’s unveiled — which is all polled through Twitter, a photo booth where we’ll be bringing out all the previous Shirts and allowing people to try them on or hold them up and take pictures with their favorites — a really rare opportunity to see the whole collection — and a color stations allowing guests to design their own shirt templates.”Along with expansions to the unveiling ceremony, The Shirt committee has broadened its media presence for the 25th anniversary, Simonson said.“We’ve really bolstered our social media,” Simonson said. “We created an Instagram account over the summer and have used that as a central platform for growth. Right now, we’re finishing up a scavenger hunt we’ve been running for several weeks now via all of our social media platforms, including a newly designed website.”According to freshman committee member Mackenzie Smith, the social media outreach aims to highlight the charitable impact of The Shirt, which helps to fund student activities.“One of our goals for the year was to promote what exactly The Shirt Project is and where the money goes,” Smith said. “Most people don’t know that the proceeds from buying The Shirt go straight back to the students and to campus through our The Shirt Charity Fund and the Rector Fund.”Simonson said she hopes the 25th anniversary edition of The Shirt will excite Notre Dame fans and sell in record numbers.“This year’s Shirt takes on a whole different vibe than any of the previous years’ and we’re really looking forward to showing it off,” she said. “I’m predicting significantly higher sales than last year, which sold 156,000. I’d love to hit 160,000 or higher.”Tags: The Shirt, The Shirt 2014, The Shirt Project, unveiling ceremonylast_img read more

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Swipe no more: the contactless Irish1Card

first_imgThe future is here and it is contactless. The Irish1Card system — the new ID cards for students, faculty and staff that include contactless technology — is in the final stages of implementation, Daniel Tormey, program director of Irish1Card, said. As of this summer, all residential halls, dining halls and on-campus point-of-sale locations are equipped with contactless card readers, Gina Grear, the Irish1Card project manager, said. Some residence hall laundry card machines and vending machines on campus still solely use magnetic strip readers, but those will be updated over time, Tormey said. The Irish1Card initiative has been in the works since before 2016, Tormey said. Before that, Notre Dame’s card system originated as a branch of food services in the mid-nineties in the basement of South Dining Hall. As technology evolved over the years, the need for an updated and streamlined identification card program was realized. Though magnetic strip cards are reliable and inexpensive, they are considered less secure than contactless ones, Tormey said. The Irish1Card system was put in place to provide more sophisticated functionality, with features such as allowing the card to have different meal plans and the contactless payment method. “We’re trying to get people used to using the contactless reader in this phase because it’s more secure,” Tormey said. “We also recognize that whether it’s a student cardholder or employee there’s still a transition time.”Before developing the Irish1Card program, Notre Dame observed peer institutions including Villanova University and University of Pennsylvania and attended national conferences, Grear said.The redistribution of cards to everyone at a university can take from five to 10 years, Tormey said, and is usually done by phasing out the old cards with each graduating class. However, Notre Dame utilized an “aggressive” re-carding campaign on campus, and replaced all student, faculty and staff cards in the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters. In total, about 25,000 cards were replaced.“We’re in a good place now,” Tormey said. “We’re pushing and being innovative in ways that other schools are very interested in what Notre Dame is doing with our ID card program.”This year’s incoming students uploaded pictures for their cards on “Get,” an app used in the Irish1Card, and received Irish1Cards from their residential halls upon moving in. Tormey recommends that all students, faculty and staff download the app, as it can also be used to add funds to your Domer Dollar account, report your current card as lost or re-activate it if found, access card transaction history and lists locations that accept the ID card. For example, Tormey said many students and faculty may be unaware that Irish1Cardholders have access to the South Bend bus service for free.Tormey expects the program to continue introducing innovative ways to use the new card technology. One such program, NDtogo, will utilize the mobile food ordering app ‘Tapingo’ for campus dining locations such as Starbucks. Students will be able to link their Irish1Card to the app and order ahead for pickup. More information regarding this program will be released in the next few weeks, Tormey said.“Those are the types of services that we would have struggled to be able to do with the old system and the old way we did things,” Tormey said. “I think that’s one of the most beneficial things from a student perspective.”Though not a core priority of the Irish1Card program team, there is also a longer-term plan in place to eventually provide all individual residential hall rooms with contactless card entry, Tormey said, which has already been implemented in Flaherty and Dunne. Other future innovations could even include mobile technology or event biometric readers. Some schools, including Georgia Southern University, identify students through eye or hand scanners for entry to dining halls, he said. Installation work will continue for vending and laundry, Tormey said, but the Irish1Card project meetings will wrap up towards the end of this year. “The card is one of those things that as long as it’s working right, people don’t really think about it,” he said. “My goal is to maintain a consistent level of service so people don’t really have to think about it.”Tags: contactless, Daniel Tormey, Irish1Card, technologylast_img read more

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Notre Dame to host first 2020 presidential debate

first_imgNotre Dame will host the first presidential debate of the 2020 election campaign on Sept. 29, 2020, University President Fr. John Jenkins announced at a Friday press conference. It will be the first presidential debate hosted at the University.“Notre Dame — throughout its history — has hosted presidents and world leaders, national figures,” Jenkins said. “But this will be its first presidential debate, hosted here on campus. The world’s attention during that time will be on us, and will be on this region as journalists and many others descend for that period to report on and witness that debate.” Mary Bernard | The Observer University President Fr. John Jenkins announced Friday that Notre Dame will host the first presidential debate in 2020.Jenkins said he thinks presidential debates hold a “sacred moment” in the democratic process.“There is — as we all know — so much noise and spin and presentation with campaigns,” he said. “But that’s a time when candidates are asked to engage one another in serious debate about serious topics so that we can inform voters. And that’s why we’re so excited to host this event at Notre Dame because it is that sacred moment in our democracy when we have that discussion.”Though details have yet to be worked out, Jenkins said the debate will take place in the Joyce Center and will involve “elaborate” security preparations. Tickets will be “very limited,” he said, though a specific manner of distributing tickets has not been discerned.The Commission on Presidential Debates, the body that organizes debates and of which Jenkins is a member, considers a variety of topics when selecting a venue. Jenkins said the group tends to favor universities because of their educational mission. In addition to the event at Notre Dame, the vice presidential debate will take place at the University of Utah. The other two presidential debates will take place at the University of Michigan and Belmont University in Nashville.“It’s a public process in which various venues can submit applications,” Jenkins said. “The Commission on Presidential Debates has favored universities because they feel it’s part of the education of young citizens to be part of these debates and to witness them. You’re asked to submit an application — a number of institutions did so. They come and visit your institution, and then they make a decision among their candidates. It has to do with a number of different considerations.”Jenkins praised his team for their work in bringing the event to Notre Dame. He said the school’s experience with major events likely helped its application.“I have to give a compliment to my team … it’s a very complicated logistical enterprise. My team did such a good job in presenting this,” Jenkins said. “We have the advantage of [hosting] 85,000 — 100,000 people, probably — seven times a year for football games, so we know how to do big events. I think the University presented itself very well through my colleagues. … I think that had an influence on the decision.”Jenkins said the debate fits with past Notre Dame efforts to bring in high-level political leaders to campus from various different political backgrounds. According to press literature distributed at the conference, Presidents Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Barack Obama have previously spoken on campus. President John F. Kennedy was awarded an honorary degree when he was a congressman.“I think our democracy so badly needs a place where we can have serious conversations,” Jenkins said. “Our politics have been taken over by tweets and by slogans. We need to engage seriously about serious topics from across the political spectrum, the whole political spectrum. That has always been the case. We’ve always [brought] leaders from various parties, various figures to talk seriously about issues. I see these debates as a particularly powerful expression of that effort to provide a forum where we can have serious conversations in our democracy about challenges facing us.”Tags: 2020 election, presidential debate, University President Fr. John Jenkinslast_img read more

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Saint Mary’s responds to petition with actionable steps to support Black students

first_imgIn response to a petition signed by active alumnae, the Saint Mary’s president and Board of Trustees outlined 13 commitments in an open letter to be implemented immediately to support Black students and improve race relations on campus.“We recognize that we need to do more work to make Saint Mary’s a truly diverse and equitable community, one with safety and inclusion at its center,” the letter said.To start, College President Katie Conboy asked for six community conversations to hear from students, faculty, staff and alumnae of color to be completed over the course of a week. These conversations will help guide the next steps the College will take to be more inclusive.“These conversations will be uncomfortable,” the statement said. “We are prepared for that discomfort and know that we must first sit with it if we are to begin creating real and meaningful change at Saint Mary’s College.”To attract a diverse student population, Saint Mary’s committed to creating a scholarship to be used exclusively to recruit Black students and vowed to build new admission events to make diverse prospective students feel welcome and represented at Saint Mary’s. The College also plans to establish a Diversity Dialogues-style program for Welcome Weekend for the first-years and improve upon resources for the physical, mental and emotional of students of color and LGBTQ+ students.In addition, Saint Mary’s committed to “report and promptly investigate any incident of hate/bias” and to increase funding for clubs and organizations that focus on diversity and inclusion. The College will prioritize the diversity of the faculty and staff and establish diversity training for all faculty and staff members.While Saint Mary’s has implemented changes to become more diverse and inclusive, the email acknowledged there are more steps to take.“In 2018, Saint Mary’s issued a strong statement pledging to disrupt the dehumanizing effects of ‘systemic and individual racism, both intentional and unintentional,’” the statement said. “We must continue our concerted efforts to bring these words to fruition.”Tags: Black lives matter, george floyd, Katie Conboy, Racismlast_img read more

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Watch Patina Miller, Sutton Foster, Anna Kendrick & Karen Olivo Celebrate Shirley MacLaine at the Kennedy Center Honors

first_img Karen Olivo View Comments Star Files Sutton Fostercenter_img Patina Miller Lord help us, we love her! Screen and stage star Shirley MacLaine was celebrated at the 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors by a bevy of Broadway leading ladies including Sutton Foster, Patina Miller, Karen Olivo and Anna Kendrick, broadcast on December 30. The performance featured a medley of songs inspired by MacLaine’s career on stage and in movie musicals including numbers from The Pajama Game, Sweet Charity, Irma la Douce, Seesaw and more! Check out how moved the Downton Abbey star is by the young performers paying her tribute (and pay attention at 5:23 when the icon is mouthing the words along to Kendrick singing “It’s Not How You Start”)! Oh yes, we are crying too.last_img read more

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Watch SAG Winner Bradley Cooper Remind the World About his Broadway.com Audience Choice Award

first_imgOscar nominee Bradley Cooper totally has his Broadway.com Audience Choice Award sitting in a well-lit glass case for all to see in his living room! After winning the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for American Hustle, the soon-to-be Broadway bound Cooper said the only other award he’s won is a Broadway.com Audience Choice Award. Woo! He picked up the honor for his role opposite Julia Roberts for Three Days of Rain back in 2006. And we don’t have long to wait to see if he’ll win another as he’s heading back to the Main Stem in The Elephant Man. He also made it known that he got his SAG card from a Spanish telecommunications commercial…so now we have to imagine Bradley Cooper, hottest man alive, speaking Spanish, looking beautiful and try not to cry from happiness. Congrats Bradley on your SAG award, and break a leg on Broadway! View Comments Star Filescenter_img Bradley Cooperlast_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Viola Davis Returns, Laura Benanti Battles Bullies & More!

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Viola Davis…For One Night Only! Two-time Tony winner and Oscar nominee Viola Davis will return to the stage for a one-night-only reading of Intimate Apparel on June 15. Davis appeared in the off-Broadway premiere production of the show in 2004, and will reunite with fellow original cast members at the Laura Pels Theatre for the benefit reading. Proceeds will go to Roundabout Theatre Company’s New Play Initiative. Laura Benanti & More Combat Bullies by Singing What better way to stop bullying than by listening to your favorite performers belt it out? Tony winner Laura Benanti, Grammy-winning opera mezzo Joyce DiDonato, Robin de Jesus and more will take part in Broadway Battles Bullying. The April 14 benefit concert will support the Michael Morones Foundation, which works to educate communities about youth suicide prevention and the effects of bullying. Laura Benanti Vanessa Williams View Commentscenter_img Is It Cloudy in Your Neighborhood? Blame Vanessa Williams Tony and Emmy nominee Vanessa Williams is back on Broadway as the latest guest star to take the stage at After Midnight. Have a look below as she performs the torch song, “Stormy Weather.” You sound great, Williams, but we’re just starting to move past a brutal winter! Is there a jazz hit about sunshine and green grass you could serenade us with? Donna Murphy’s All Over Your TV Two-time Tony winner Donna Murphy will guest star on the April 13 episode of CBS’s The Good Wife, taking on the role of Judge Alice Adelson. Broadway.com recently reported that Murphy will also appear in the upcoming season of USA’s Royal Pains. Is Donna Murphy taking over primetime show by show? If so, we don’t hate it! Star Fileslast_img read more

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Laura Michelle Kelly & Carolee Carmello Talk Finding Neverland Audiences

first_imgIt was a mini Scandalous reunion on The Today Show on June 12 as Finding Neverland’s Carolee Carmello, alongside Laura Michelle Kelly, had a chat with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. The two, who play mother and daughter in the new Peter Pan-inspired musical, discussed what makes their show soar (after all, the production did win four Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards). “It’s emotional,” Carmello said, “and I think so many shows these days don’t make you feel anything.” Kelly agreed, but also had a very important detail to add: “They love dogs! Audiences love them.” Take a look at the interview below, and catch Carmello, Kelly, Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer in Finding Neverland at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. </ Finding Neverland Related Shows View Commentscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016 Star Files Laura Michelle Kellylast_img read more

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