Notre Dame ReSources

Author: Dennis Brown

p. Notre Dame ReSources
March 16-22, 1997

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p. Clinton-Yeltsin : In the wake of President Clinton’s surgery, it might have been prudent to postpone his meeting this week with Russian President Boris Yeltsin, says Gary Hamburg , professor of history at Notre Dame. “This summit may be the most significant meeting of the post-Soviet era in regard to long-term consequences for U.S.-Russian relations,” says Hamburg, director of the University’s Russian and East European Studies Program. “The expansion of NATO – an issue that is not even a blip on the radar screen of U.S. public opinion – is an emotional matter for Russian nationalists and also a strategic issue of great import for the Yeltsin government. President Clinton will not likely succeed in reassuring the Russians that NATO expansion will be benign. Under these circumstances, one wonders whether President Clinton’s determination to proceed with the meeting, despite his painful surgery, is wise. This is a meeting at which our leader ought to be in top form.” (219) 631-7129; * .p. *Dead Sea Scrolls: The discovery 50 years ago in April of the Dead Sea Scrolls has been justifiably “hailed as the greatest archeological discovery of the 20th century,” says James VanderKam , an editor on the scrolls translation team and professor of theology at Notre Dame. “These 800-plus Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek texts, which date from the last centuries BC and the first century AD, give us our earliest copies of biblical books and more than 600 other works, many of them unknown before. They provide a window on Judaism of the time, and invaluable background information for the beginnings of Christianity. Now, 50 years after the discovery, publication is moving more rapidly than ever and we’re pleased to be playing a part in that process.” (219) 631-5162; * .p. *Note: Editing teams at Notre Dame, led by VanderKam and Eugene Ulrich, professor of theology, and Hebrew University in Jerusalem have been given primary responsibility for getting the remaining unpublished Dead Sea Scrolls into print.p. President’s Summit: The President’s Summit for America’s Future, April 27-29 in Philadelphia, promises to be an “exciting event in which those of us in higher education can work together with business, government, religious groups, service agencies and other sectors of society to coordinate community service opportunities nationwide,” says Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C. , president of Notre Dame. “I know personally the value of community service; that it can, in fact, be a life-changing experience,” says Father Malloy, whose participation as a student at Notre Dame in a summer service program led to his decision to become a priest. “The President’s Summit is an ideal opportunity for all of us who share concern for the less fortunate in this country to bring our collective energy together for the common good.” (219) 631-6755 p. Note: Six organizations at Notre Dame – the Alumni Association Community Service Program, Community Relations, the Alliance for Catholic Education, Holy Cross Associates, the Center for Social Concerns and the athletic department’s Life Skills Program – have made specific service and programming commitments to the summit. For more information, call (219) 631-7367.p. American Airlines: The labor dispute between American Airlines and its pilots has “ramifications among other trunk carriers and connector affiliates,” says Charles Craypo , professor of economics at Notre Dame. “American reportedly is the highest paying carrier at this time,” Craypo says. “Therefore, what happens there will reverberate through the industry as either an upward or a downward pressure on pilot wages elsewhere. In addition, there’s the question of who is going to fly the new regional jet aircraft. They have a flight range of up to 1,000 miles and can be used on a large number of flights longer than normally made by commuter and connector carriers.” (219) 631-7585; * .p. *Dollar Bill: From his 1992 campaign slogan “It’s the economy, stupid” to his “Show me the money” reelection effort last year, President Clinton has kept fiscal considerations first and foremost, says Robert Schmuhl , professor of American studies at Notre Dame. “Taken together, these two phrases do much to explain Bill Clinton and how he sees the world,” Schmuhl wrote in an op-ed for the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Since assuming office in 1993, the president has often been criticized for vacillation and inconsistency. He sails, the charge goes, with prevailing winds of public opinion. Viewed more comprehensively, however, there’s a Clinton constant – a compass, if you will – and it’s the significance of economic or money-related concerns to almost everything he does in terms of policy and political activity. In short, a dollar sign isn’t far from any decision he makes.” (219) 631-7316; * .p. *Oklahoma City case: The faked confession planted by the attorneys of Oklahoma City bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh is a violation of the legal profession’s code of conduct, says Thomas Shaffer , the Short Professor of Law at Notre Dame. “The rules of professional conduct were most recently established by the American Bar Association in 1983 and were adopted by most states,” says Shaffer, one of the nation’s leading legal ethicists. “As they apply to this situation, the rule states that in the ‘course of representing a client, a lawyer shall not make a false statement of material fact or law to a third person.’ In other words, you’re not to deceive people. Of course, if you’re really honest about it, many people who are able to get to the root of a dilemma do so by tricking someone. This kind of deception puts a squeeze on everyone in American culture.” (219) 631-7250 p. Jackie Robinson: While marking the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s breaking the color barrier in major league baseball, fans also should take a moment to remember where Robinson and other African-American baseball stars came from, Notre Dame historian Richard Pierce says. “Robinson’s destruction of the ‘color line’ also was the beginning of the end for the Negro Leagues,” says Pierce, a specialist in African-American history. “Robinson not only took the hopes and aspirations of his race, he also took the fans and black media with him to the major leagues and away from the Negro National and American Leagues. It is no coincidence that the Dodgers set National League home and road attendance records for the 1947 season. Attendance by blacks at Ebbets Field rose 400 percent in Robinson’s first season. It is impossible to overestimate the pride African-Americans have for Jackie Robinson. But the ultimate demise of the Negro Leagues was a loss of one of the most visible cultural elements of black communities.” *(219) 631-7191; * .


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