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Rome symposium, exhibit to highlight the digital future of world heritage

Author: William G. Gilroy

DHARMA in Rome

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John R. Phillips, U.S. ambassador to Italy, will be in attendance as an exhibit and symposium highlighting the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture’s discoveries at the historic Roman Forum open April 2 (Wednesday) in Rome. Dario Franceschini, Italy’s Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, and Véronique Dauge, head of the Cultural Unit, UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, also will be in attendance.

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ND Expert: Recalls damage GM, Toyota brands

Author: Shannon Chapla

Kaitlin Wowak

General Motors (GM) on Thursday (Feb. 13) announced it is recalling nearly 780,000 Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5s in North America because the compact cars’ engines can shut down unexpectedly and cause deadly crashes. This follows a massive global recall yesterday by Toyota Motor Corp. of its popular Prius hybrid to fix a software glitch that could cause the car to stall.

Kaitlin Wowak, assistant professor of management in the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, says both companies’ brands will suffer.

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ND Expert: Excluding Iran from Syria peace talks 'huge diplomatic mistake'

Author: Shannon Chapla

David Cortright

International peace talks to address Syria’s nearly 3-year-old civil war began today in Montreux, Switzerland (near Geneva), and the decision to exclude Iran from the gathering was a huge diplomatic mistake, according to David Cortright, director of policy studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

Cortright believes Iran’s presence would have benefited negotiations.

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ND Experts: Pope Francis and the new cardinals

Author: Michael O. Garvey

John C. Cavadini

On Sunday (Jan. 12), when Pope Francis announced the names of the 19 men he will soon make cardinals, he also gave some University of Notre Dame theologians an inkling of his vision of the Catholic Church.

“Pope Benedict represented a ‘back to basics’ move theologically, and Francis interprets and represents the same move pastorally,” according to John C. Cavadini, professor of theology and McGrath-Cavadini Director of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life.

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ND Expert: Abortion-related free speech case gives opportunity to 'correct earlier mistake'

Author: Shannon Chapla

Richard W. Garnett

On Wednesday (Jan. 15), the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will hear oral arguments in a case called McCullen v. Coakley, which involves a free-speech challenge to a Massachusetts law that limits speech and expression outside abortion clinics.

University of Notre Dame Law Professor Richard W. Garnett, a former SCOTUS law clerk and First Amendment scholar, says, “The Massachusetts law is a clear and serious violation of the freedom of speech."

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ND Expert: 'No place for hazing' in sports

Author: Michael O. Garvey

F. Clark Power

The Miami Dolphins’ recent suspension of Richie Incognito in the wake of allegations that his bullying of football teammate Jonathan Martin constituted “conduct detrimental to the team” should renew and intensify opposition to hazing throughout the National Football League, according to F. Clark Power, professor of psychology and fellow in the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives.

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ND Expert: Turn tears for Mediterranean migrants into policy

Author: Shannon Chapla

Maurizio Albahari

More than 400 people have lost their lives in the past week after two boats, each carrying hundreds of Eritrean and Syrian refugees, capsized near the Italian island of Lampedusa — an increasingly tragic situation in the Mediterranean, as migrants travel from north Africa to southern Europe to escape persecution.

“Immediate action is needed,” according to Maurizio Albahari, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame, who says migrants trust smugglers, pay exorbitant costs and risk their lives on unseaworthy vessels to escape to better lives.

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ND Expert: Diplomacy is on the rise

Author: Shannon Chapla

David Cortright

Diplomacy appears to be on the rise. Not only has a negotiated agreement replaced military threats in Syria, a diplomatic breakthrough with Iran now also seems plausible.

President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hasan Rouhani both will speak at the United Nations on Tuesday (Sept. 24).

“The signals from Iran have been encouraging of late, with Rouhani promising ‘constructive engagement’ and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei urging ‘heroic leniency’ in talks with the West,” says David Cortright, director of policy studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. “Achieving progress with Iran will be difficult given the deep differences between Washington and Tehran. Each side will need to make a conciliatory gesture to break the ice. Iran desperately wants sanctions relief and would probably offer significant concessions in return for an easing of economic pressure.”

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ND Experts urge caution in Syria

Author: Shannon Chapla

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President Barack Obama is prepared to move ahead with a limited military strike on Syria, administration officials said Thursday (Aug. 28), despite a rejection of such action by America’s strongest ally, Britain, and mounting concerns from Congress.

But, David Cortright, director of policy studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, believes that would be a mistake. Read Cortright’s op-eds on Syria in TIME and the Christian Science Monitor.

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ND Expert: A bold proposal to save Egypt

Author: Shannon Chapla

David Cortright

As the political crisis continues between Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and the country’s military-backed government, David Cortright, director of policy studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, says the Egyptian revolution is being lost and the Obama administration must act, before it’s too late.

“The glorious unarmed uprising of 2011 that so inspired the world is now being crushed by the armed forces,” Cortright says. “I grieve for the people of Egypt and the dangers that lie ahead, unless something is done.”

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