Paul Farmer to speak on international aid and accompaniment

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

Paul Farmer speaks at a Kellogg Institute event

Renowned physician and anthropologist Dr. Paul Farmer, widely known for his work on global health, human rights and the consequences of social inequality, will deliver the lecture “Taking up the Challenges of Poverty: Why Accompaniment Matters” at 7 p.m. April 19 (Tuesday). Hosted by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame, the lecture is free and open to the public. It will be held in DeBartolo Hall, Room 101, with a reception to follow in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies Great Hall.

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Amina Mohammed to receive Ford Family Notre Dame Award for Human Development and Solidarity

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Amina Mohammed

Global human development advocate Amina Mohammed will receive this year’s Ford Family Notre Dame Award for Human Development and Solidarity at a campus ceremony at noon Nov. 16 (Monday) in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium at the University of Notre Dame.

The United Nations secretary general’s special adviser on post-2015 development planning, Mohammed was recently confirmed as senior minister to the federal government in her native Nigeria. As part of the award ceremony, she will deliver a free, public lecture, “The Courage of Conviction: The Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria, Africa and Beyond.”

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Nigerian bishop to lecture on religion, development and democracy in Africa

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Bishop Matthew H. Kukah

Bishop Matthew H. Kukah, a noted Nigerian advocate for justice, democracy and human development, will speak at the University of Notre Dame on Oct. 29 (Thursday). His lecture, “Religion, Human Development and Democracy in Africa: Lessons from Nigeria,” is sponsored by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. Free and open to the public, the lecture will be held at 4 p.m. in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium.

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Daron Acemoğlu, author of 'Why Nations Fail,' to deliver 2015 Guillermo O’Donnell Memorial Lecture

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Daron Acemoğlu

Renowned economist Daron Acemoğlu, co-author of the best-seller “Why Nations Fail” whose acclaimed research addresses why some countries are rich and others poor, will deliver the second annual Guillermo O’Donnell Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 (Wednesday). Open to the public, the lecture will be held in the McCartan Courtroom of the Eck Hall of Law on the University of Notre Dame campus.

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Chilean, Guatemalan ambassadors to speak at Notre Dame in September

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José María Argueta, left, and Juan Gabriel Valdés

UPDATE Sept. 3: Due to last-minute political developments in Guatemala, Jose Maria Argueta is unable to present his Kellogg Institute lecture scheduled for Sept. 3.

Two prominent public figures from Latin America, both scholars as well as statesmen, will speak at the University of Notre Dame in September, hosted by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. Their lectures, to focus on Latin American policy and global affairs, are free and open to the public.

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Economist Jeffrey Sachs to speak at Notre Dame on sustainable development

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

Jeffrey Sachs

The Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame has announced a public lecture by world-renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs. Special adviser to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on U.N. development goals and twice named among Time magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders, Sachs is widely considered one of the world’s leading experts on the fight against global poverty.

His public address, “The Age of Sustainable Development,” will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 (Thursday) in Washington Hall. The lecture will discuss holistic approaches to address extreme poverty, environmental degradation and political-economic injustice, with compassion, moral judgment and respect for human dignity as critical as technical skills in that effort.

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Venezuelan maestro receives final Notre Dame Prize for Distinguished Public Service in Latin America

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

José Antonio Abreu, left, receives the final Notre Dame Prize for Distinguished Public Service in Latin America from Paolo Carozza

Visionary music educator José Antonio Abreu was awarded the final Notre Dame Prize for Distinguished Public Service in Latin America at a private campus ceremony on Sept. 22 in recognition of his extraordinary work fighting poverty and violence and developing whole, successful young people through classical music.

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Two prominent South African anti-apartheid participants to speak at Notre Dame

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Allan Boesak

Two prominent South African participants in the anti-apartheid struggle will speak at the University of Notre Dame on Wednesday (March 19) and April 3 (Thursday) as part of the Africa Working Group’sCelebrating Nelson Mandela” series. One a liberation theologian and political activist, the other the “Jackie Robinson of South Africa,” they each played a crucial role in moving their nation out of apartheid.

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Paul Farmer, Rev. Gustavo Gutiérrez to launch 'In the Company of the Poor' book

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

Paul Farmer, left, and Rev. Gustavo Gutiérrez

A pioneer in global health and a path-breaking theologian explore their common option for the poor in a new book drawn from their respective writings, using as a springboard public and private conversations hosted by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

In the Company of the Poor: Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gutiérrez” (Orbis Press, 2013) will have its public launch at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 (Tuesday) in McKenna Hall Auditorium on the Notre Dame campus.

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Varieties of Democracy Project engages policy audience

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

V-Dem

At a May 30 event in Washington, D.C., University of Notre Dame Kellogg Institute Faculty Fellow Michael Coppedge and collaborator Staffan I. Lindberg of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, demonstrated how their new democracy data set will make new kinds of democracy research and policy assessment possible for the first time.

More than 80 people from a range of government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, international organizations and foundations attended the event, which was held at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace center.

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Kellogg Institute director awarded Chile’s highest honor

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Paolo Carozza receives the Order of Merit of Bernardo O’Higgins Paolo Carozza receives the Order of Merit of Bernardo O’Higgins

Paolo Carozza, director of the University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Center for Civil and Human Rights, received the Order of Merit of Bernardo O’Higgins, Chile’s highest state honor awarded to foreign citizens, at a private ceremony on the Notre Dame campus on Monday (Dec. 17).

Chile’s permanent representative to the Organization of American States, Ambassador Darío Paya, presented the award in recognition of Carozza’s work on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).

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Former president of Catholic Relief Services to speak on University role in promoting integral human development

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Ken Hackett Ken Hackett

Former president of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Ken Hackett will deliver the lecture “How Can a University Promote Integral Human Development?” at the University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies at 4 p.m. Nov. 15 (Thursday). The talk, which will be held in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium, is free and open to the public.

Following Hackett’s address, Raymond Offenheiser, a 1971 Notre Dame graduate and president of Oxfam America, another highly respected development and relief agency, will offer commentary.

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Varieties of Democracy project awarded European Commission funding

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

V-Dem

The Varieties of Democracy project (V-Dem), an ambitious international research collaboration based at the University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies, has been awarded €475,000 (about $616,500) in research support from the European Commission.

Led by Notre Dame political scientist Michael Coppedge; Staffan Lindberg of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden; and John Gerring of Boston University, the multi-year project aims to produce better indicators of democracy, helping to illuminate why democracies around the world succeed or fail.

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ND Expert: 'Mexican Spring' student movement won't have lasting impact

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

Mexican flag

Every six years, Mexicans go to the polls to elect a new president, and students erupt in protest, says University of Notre Dame historian and Kellogg Institute Faculty Fellow Jaime Pensado.

An expert on Mexican youth culture and student movements, Pensado says this year has been no different, as tens of thousands of students organized through social media took to the streets in the “Yo Soy 132” movement.

“The movement started as a critique of Mexico’s lack of media transparency, but it soon evolved into an anti-PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party) protest,” says Pensado.

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Mexican democracy advocate Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas to speak at Notre Dame

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Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas

Mexican statesman Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas will speak on the contemporary political process in Mexico in a lecture at the University of Notre Dame on Feb. 22 (Wednesday). An unwavering advocate for democracy and justice, Cárdenas will draw upon his own experience in helping to open up the political process in Mexico, dominated for decades by one-party rule.

His lecture, “Elections in Mexico: Change or Continuity?” will take place at 6 p.m. in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium on the Notre Dame campus. The talk is free and open to the public.

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Research to improve sanitation in Africa gets $1 million boost

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Innovations for Poverty Action

Molly Lipscomb, assistant professor of economics at the University of Notre Dame, and Laura Schechter and Jean-François Houde, economists at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, hope to increase the accessibility of sanitation technology in poor neighborhoods, making sanitation services more environmentally friendly and improving the health of neighborhood residents in Dakar, Senegal.

Their two-year research project is supported by a more than $1 million grant to Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Archbishop Louis Kébreau of Haiti to receive Notre Dame Prize for Public Service

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Archbishop Louis Kébreau

Archbishop of Cap-Haitien Louis Kébreau will be awarded the 2011 Notre Dame Prize for Distinguished Public Service in Latin America at a ceremony in Cap-Haitien on Dec. 8 (Thursday).

Presented annually since 2000 by the University of Notre Dame with support from The Coca-Cola Foundation, the Notre Dame Prize recognizes the efforts of visionary leaders to enhance the region’s welfare by strengthening democracy and improving life for its citizens.

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Indigenous language experts—many themselves indigenous—to gather at Notre Dame

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

2011 Symposium on Teaching and Learning Indigenous Languages of Latin America (STILLA)

A major international conference to be held at the University of Notre Dame next week (Oct. 30 to Nov. 2) promises to put the University on the map for scholarly research on Latin American indigenous languages and cultures. The conference will showcase Latin American and especially indigenous scholars, a rare occurrence in U.S. academic circles.

More than 50 indigenous language experts from 11 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean will join some 60 others from the United States, Europe, and Canada to share pedagogy and research aimed at fostering and disseminating indigenous languages and traditions and making a tangible difference in the lives of indigenous peoples.

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Paul Farmer and Rev. Gustavo Gutiérrez to take part in campus dialogue

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

Paul Gustavo and Rev. Gustavo Gutiérrez, OP

When Paul Farmer came to campus in April to accept the Notre Dame Award for International Human Development and Solidarity on behalf of the global health organization he cofounded 25 years ago, he was profoundly moved by the opportunity to talk to a member of the Notre Dame community who has deeply inspired his mission to bring high-quality health care to the very poor.

Rev. Gustavo Gutiérrez, O.P., the John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Theology and a Kellogg Institute Faculty Fellow, is known around the world as the founder of liberation theology.

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U.S. undersecretary for Democracy and Global Affairs to speak at Notre Dame

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Maria Otero

Maria Otero, U.S. undersecretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, will speak at the University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies on Oct. 13 (Thursday). Reporting to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Otero is one of the nation’s foremost foreign relations officials, with a portfolio that includes issues as diverse as human trafficking and global water security.

She will speak on “Democracy and Human Development” at 4:15 p.m. in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies auditorium on the Notre Dame campus. The talk is free and open to the public.

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Notre Dame to host Brazilian Carnaval

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Brazilian Carnaval

Vibrant Brazilian dance rhythms will transport revelers from South Bend to the streets of Rio de Janeiro during the University of Notre Dame’s 13th annual celebration of Brazilian Carnaval, to be held March 4 (Friday) from 8 p.m. to midnight in Notre Dame’s South Dining Hall. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

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Mexico’s Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas to receive Notre Dame Prize

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Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas

Mexican democracy advocate Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas will be awarded the Notre Dame Prize for Distinguished Public Service in Latin America at a ceremony in Mexico City on Feb. 16.

Established in 2000 by Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies and funded by The Coca-Cola Foundation, the Notre Dame Prize recognizes the efforts of visionary leaders to enhance the region’s welfare.

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Day of the Dead festivities planned at Notre Dame

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

Day of the Dead

Internationally known artist Artemio Rodriguez will join musical and dance groups to bring Mexican traditions to life at the University of Notre Dame during its annual festivities celebrating the Day of the Dead.

A spirited, rather than mournful holiday, the observance honors and celebrates those who have gone before. The Día de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead) festivities will be held on Nov. 1 (Monday) from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Hesburgh Center Great Hall on the Notre Dame campus. The celebration is free and open to the public.

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