Professor’s book wins prize

first_imgBrad Gregory, a professor of history at Notre Dame, won the inaugural Aldersgate Prize for Christian Scholarship for the ability to reflect the highest ideals of Christian scholarship through his book, “The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society.” Gregory, the Dorothy G. Griffin Collegiate Chair in Early Modern European History, said the award came as a surprise for him because didn’t even know the book had been nominated. “I didn’t know anything was afoot until I got an email from the provost of Indiana Wesleyan University. I have no idea who nominated me,” he said. “It doesn’t matter, I’m pleased with the outcome.” Gregory said the book addresses why there are so many answers to the big “life questions” people ask today. “How did the world that we’re living in today – the West, North America, especially Western Europe – come to be the way that it is? In terms of the huge variety of people’s answers to questions about the meaning of life, what morality is, what should we live for and what we should care about, there is a hyperpluralism of truth claims about answers to ‘life questions,’” he said. The book emerged from his interest in different ways to approach history and the Reformation time period, Gregory said. “I found a way of connecting the two through a multi-stranded, long-term history. Certain things became clear that previously hadn’t coalesced, even though I had been thinking about them for many years,” Gregory said. “This is really not a book that anybody in their right mind would set out to write. This is a book that came to me in unexpected ways.” Gregory said his book, approximately 500 pages, is big, both chronologically and conceptually. “It’s provocative, and readers find it challenging in a number of ways. It’s an interrogation of the character of the university and how the different disciplines are related to one another,” he said. “It also concerns how historians divide up the past, even though we know our subdivisions into different types of history (political, economic, intellectual, etc.) isn’t how life really works. These things are all intertwined.” The main questions also relate to Notre Dame’s identity as a Catholic university, he said. “Notre Dame essentially has the same structure as secular universities do,” he said. “This is not meant as a critique so much as an observation, but if theology is made simply one department among others and students fulfill their theology requirements just like they do the others, then the relationship between theology and other disciplines can’t be seen.” Gregory said there are no disciplines that ask how various forms of inquiry are related. “We need different disciplines to understand reality in all its complexity, but there is no discipline that asks how these fit together,” he said. “Students take a smorgasbord of classes, but almost no scholars or scientists are asking questions about how they might be related. Students are confused, and it’s almost impossible to come away from an education anywhere in the U.S. today and have some kind of coherent view of what one has learned in one’s classes.” In his classes, Gregory said he wants students to be aware of the bigger picture. “In part, this means we need to see things in terms of their long-term historical transformation – how we have come to have the academic disciplines, institutions, assumptions, and objectives that we have,” he said.last_img read more

Students protest Trump’s environmental policies, call for University to divest

first_imgOn Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed to revive negotiations for the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline — a pipeline that has been of major interest to environmentalists in the fight for clean water because of damage to the environment and water supply that could happen in the case of an oil spill.Emma Farnan | The Observer In response to Trump’s recent actions and his nominations to various cabinet posts, Fossil Free ND hosted a march Tuesday afternoon from O’Shaughnessy Hall to Main Building.Sophomore Tessa Bonomo, a member of Fossil Free ND, said the organization hopes to force change on the University level.“We are asking [University President] Fr. [John] Jenkins and the administration to divest from fossil fuels,” Bonomo said.Bonomo also said the organization wants to draw student attention to some of Trump’s cabinet picks for his new administration — especially in the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — which she said do not represent the needs of the nation. Freshman and Fossil Free ND member Greg Campion stressed the importance of campus-level action.“Last semester we circulated a petition asking for divestment and more efficient renewable energy goals for the campus and we got about 1,200 signatures,” Campion said. “There was not a word of acknowledgement from the administration, which we feel is not acceptable.” Campion said he was motivated to march for climate justice in part by the Trump administration’s recent actions.“It didn’t take long for [the Trump administration] to delete information about climate change, and a lot of other social justice issues from the White House website,” Campion said. “It’s despicable.”Freshman Cameron Ray said personal experience with the effects of climate change, as well as “Walk the Walk Week,” pushed him to attend the march.“I’m from a small agricultural town, and we really get affected by the weather and big sweeping climate change — it has long-term effects,” Ray said. “It’s Walk the Walk Week, and I’ve never been able to express my opinions like this and wanted to be a part of something that’s happening on campus.”Once the march reached Main Building, members of Fossil Free ND spoke about the problems they saw with some recent cabinet appointees.Sophomore Adam Wiechman, another Fossil Free ND member, spoke on the actions of EPA nominee Scott Pruitt.“As the attorney general of Oklahoma for the last six years, Scott Pruitt has leveled lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency, the very department he is being nominated to lead,” Wiechman said. Bonomo said there are issues with Energy Secretary nominee Rick Perry.“Perry was governor of Texas from 2000 to 2015, a time during which he received over $14 million of donations from the fossil fuel industry while proudly expanding both oil and natural gas production,” Bonomo said. “After serving as governor, Perry was a member of the board of directors of the Energy Transfer Partners — the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline.”After speaking about these nominees, members presented a letter to Jenkins’ office urging for fossil fuel divestment.“The University of Notre Dame, as a premier Catholic institution and moral leader, holds great influence over fellow universities, the Catholic community, and people across the world who know and love Notre Dame,” the letter said. “If it is wrong for fossil fuel companies to wreck the climate, then it is wrong for Notre Dame to profit from that wreckage. By continuing to financially support the fossil fuel industry, Notre Dame is standing with them and not our collective future.Tags: Climate change, Dakota Access Pipeline, dapl, Department of Energy, Donald Trump, environmental protection agency, EPAlast_img read more

The Lightning Thief, Starring Chris McCarrell, Will Play Off-Broadway

first_img Get ready to enter the world of Percy Jackson! Author Rick Riordan’s young adult fantasy novel, The Lightning Thief, is heading to the New York stage. Les Miz fresh face Chris McCarrell will headline the off-Broadway musical penned by Joe Tracz and Rob Rokicki. The Stephen Brackett-helmed production is set to begin performances at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on March 23. Opening night is slated for April 4.McCarrell made his Great White Way debut in Les Miserables, eventually going on to take over the role of Marius. His other stage credits include Pippin, Sweeney Todd, Next to Normal, Summer of ’42 and a musical version of Bubble Boy. McCarrell appears in Netflix’s The OA and was one of the Lost Boys in Peter Pan Live! on NBC.Riordan’s best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel The Lightning Thief follows Percy Jackson on a fantastical journey across the United States in search of Zeus’ lightning bolt. The story has been adapted into a film series with Chris Columbus at the helm and Logan Lerman playing the role of Jackson. A one-hour musical version has also been created; however, the forthcoming off-Broadway production includes two acts and a larger cast.The production will include choreography from Patrick McCollum, lighting design by David Lander, sets by Lee Savage, costumes by Sydney Maresca, sound design by Ryan Rumery and orchestrations from Deweese and Rokicki.Additional casting will be announced at a later date. The engagement is scheduled to run through May 6.  Chris McCarrell(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) The Lightning Thief Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on May 6, 2017center_img View Comments Related Shows Chris McCarrelllast_img read more

Leandro A. Vazquez named to Board of Trustees of Champlain College

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt. Leandro A. Vazquez of Charlotte has been named to the Board of Trustees of Champlain College. Vazquez is an investment manager specializing in the commodity hedge fund business and structured financial products. He works mainly with European markets. Vazquez is married to Amy P. Vazquez and they have two sons, Leandro Jr., 9, and Santiago, 6. Both attend Charlotte Central School.Vazquez attended the University of Vermont and is an alumnus of Lynn University. He is an active Vermonter who enjoys cycling, skiing, hiking, hunting and fishing.Vazquez is joining the board of a 130-year-old private college that offers professionally focused programs balanced by an integrated core curriculum. Champlain College has become recognized as a national leader in educating students to become skilled practitioners, effective professionals and global citizens. U.S.News America’s Best Colleges has again ranked Champlain in the top tier of the best baccalaureate colleges in the north.last_img read more

Liberty Mutual to stop insuring thermal coal projects

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Liberty Mutual Group Inc. will no longer accept underwriting risk for companies that derive more than 25% of their profit from the extraction or production of energy from thermal coal.Liberty Mutual announced Dec. 13 that in addition to an enhanced focus on environmental, social and governance issues, it will not make new investments in debt or equity securities of companies generating more than 25% of their revenues from thermal coal mining or utility companies that obtain more than 25% of their electricity production from thermal coal. Existing coverage and investments exceeding the threshold are to be phased out by 2023.“We understand the shift from coal to clean energy is a journey and we recognize the role the insurance industry plays in supporting that evolution for our customers,” said Francis Hyatt, Liberty Mutual’s first chief sustainability officer, whose appointment the company also announced Dec. 13.Environmental activists are leading campaigns to push the insurance and investment industry away from the coal sector. In a recent report showing the number of insurers pledging to abandon the coal sector doubled in 2019, members of the Unfriend Coal campaign said U.S. insurers were slower to adopt exclusionary coal policies than their European peers.Boston-based Liberty Mutual is among the world’s largest insurers of fossil fuel companies, according to the Insure Our Future Campaign, a movement backed by environmental activists including 350.org, Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network and the Sierra Club. Campaigners focused on insurance companies in the U.S. specifically targeted Liberty Mutual.Liberty Mutual is the 18th global insurance company to adopt restrictive coal policies, the release added.[Taylor Kuykendall]More ($): Liberty Mutual rolls out new coal exclusions; existing ties to phase out by 2023 Liberty Mutual to stop insuring thermal coal projectslast_img read more

Cops: Parents Left Children Home Alone Without Food, Heat for 6 Days

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police Wednesday arrested two parents who allegedly left their four kids, including a 4-year-old, home alone without food or heat for nearly a week while they disappeared to a nearby hotel, police said.Tulio Ayala, 34, and Maria Ayala, 31, were charged with four counts of endangering the welfare of a minor for leaving their children unsupervised at their Central Islip home on Dow Street from Feb. 7 to Feb. 12, police said.The absent parents were nabbed after concerned Central Islip Public Schools officials learned that the children—ages 4, 8, 13, and 15—were home alone without food or heat, police said.Investigators later discovered that the couple was staying at a nearby hotel, police said.They were both scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Central Islip.The children were released to a family member, police said.last_img read more

Irish health chiefs recommend return to full lockdown – sources

first_imgPrime Minister Micheal Martin and the leaders of his two coalition partners will meet the country’s chief medical officer on Monday ahead of a cabinet meeting to discuss the recommendations.Under level 5, people are asked to stay at home, except to exercise within 5 kilometers, with only essential retailers allowed to stay open. Unlike the first lockdown, schools and crèches would not have to close.A spokesperson for the health department was not immediately available for comment on the advice.Like most of Europe, Ireland has seen a steady increase in infections since the end of July after emerging slowly from one of Europe’s most severe shutdowns. It reported the highest number of daily cases since late April on Saturday. However Ireland’s 14-day cumulative case total of 104.6 per 100,000 people represents only the 14th-highest infection rate out of 31 European countries monitored by the European Center for Disease Control.Europe’s worst infection hotspot Spain has an infection rate three-times higher than Ireland and while it severely tightened confinement measures in hard-hit Madrid on Friday, restaurants, gyms and shops can still open at limited capacity.Ireland has a relatively low hospital bed capacity compared to other European countries. The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients has risen steadily to 132, but peaked at 881 in April during the first lockdown.Ireland’s main business lobby, Ibec, reacted with dismay, calling for the evidence underpinning the advice to be published.”It is intolerable that after six months we are still receiving both vague and changing criteria to advance such serious restrictions,” Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy said in a statement.Topics : Ireland’s health chiefs recommended to the government on Sunday that the country enter a second nationwide lockdown for four weeks in a surprise move that cabinet will discuss on Monday, two government sources said.Ireland’s National Public Health Emergency Team recommended a leap to the highest level of COVID-19 restrictions, Level 5, from current Level 2 controls in 24 of Ireland’s 26 counties and stricter Level 3 measures in Dublin and Donegal.The government has almost entirely adopted their health chiefs’ advice throughout the pandemic, but one of the sources said a return to lockdown would have a serious economic and societal impact.last_img read more

Matteo Guendouzi refuses to apologise to Mikel Arteta after Arsenal first team training ban

first_imgAdvertisement Matteo Guendouzi refuses to apologise to Mikel Arteta after Arsenal first team training ban Comment Matteo Guendouzi is yet to apologise to Mikel Arteta (Picture: Getty)Arsenal ace Matteo Guendouzi is yet to apologise to Mikel Arteta for his conduct against Brighton, despite being banished from first team training for his actions.The Frenchman has trained with a fitness coach for the last fortnight and has been forbidden from joining in with the rest of his team-mates.Guendouzi has been left out of Arsenal’s last five matchday squads after he grabbed Neal Maupay by the throat in the Gunners’ defeat to Brighton in June and reportedly mocked a number of his opponents by claiming he earns more than they ever will.The midfielder’s punishment was not intended to be permanent and Arteta simply wanted to teach him a lesson that his conduct was not acceptable.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTIt was hoped that Guendouzi would see the error of his ways but Football London claim he has not apologised to Arteta, despite being given ample opportunity to do so. Arteta has been disappointed in Guendouzi’s conduct (Picture: Getty)Arteta has placed as much importance on attitude and mentality as he has playing ability since taking over the reins at Arsenal and he’s been disappointed with Guendouzi’s attitude since he was banished from training. The Spaniard is an admirer of the midfielder’s qualities on the pitch but he will not allow one player to undermine the culture change that he’s trying to implement at the Emirates.Guendouzi was missing again as Arsenal gave away a one-nil lead against Leicester on Tuesday night.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave the Gunners the lead but Jamie Vardy struck late on following Eddie Nketiah’s sending off to ensure the Foxes earned a point.MORE: Robin van Persie sends message to Bukayo Saka after ‘brilliant’ assist against Leicester Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 7 Jul 2020 11:59 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link509Shareslast_img read more

State tests new scheme to foot 25 per cent of cost of first homes

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoLike the Victorian government, Queensland has an FHB grant and stamp duty concessions, but the southern state has now gone one step futher.“Victoria also has a stamp duty concession and also a First Home Buyer grant so this is the third piece of the puzzle. I think it’s something that should be considered in Queensland.”Ms Trad said the Palaszczuk Government’s First Home Owner’s Grant was “hugely successful in supporting people to enter the housing market with more than 10,000 first home owners receiving grants in the last 18 months”.The way the pilot program works, according to HomesVIC, was that the state would take “a proportional interest of up to 25 per cent in the property, and eligibility will target applicants with incomes of up to $75,000 for singles, or up to $95,000 for couples or families”.“Buyers will need to have a 5 per cent deposit. When the properties are sold, participating buyers will pay the proportional interest, which the Government will reinvest in other homes.”The scheme was for first time buyers that don’t qualify for public housing, it said.“It’s certainly a very good move to look at different ways to help first home buyers,” Ms Brookfield said. “With the price of houses now, these sorts of initiatives help.”She said ACT had the Landrent scheme which wiped almost 50 per cent off the cost of a new home by allowing buyers to only fund home construction and pay rent for the land. Perth’s Keystart had low deposit requirements and assistance for a person’s first home.“They are all slightly different but heading in a similar direction,” she said.“It is still a good start and we will watch its progress with keen interest.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK The aim of the scheme was to boost private home ownership levels among young people struggling to save all their home loan deposit.THE Queensland government has expressed interest in a pilot program that will pay for a quarter of the cost of first homes to beat housing affordability woes.Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad told The Courier-Mail that Queensland would track the outcomes of the Victorian government’s HomesVIC shared equity scheme – an initiative that industry watchers believe deserves widespread adoption.“We are always interested in new ways to make housing more affordable for Queenslanders. I understand that the Victorian initiative is a pilot program, so we will be interested to see the outcomes and to look at any future potential for Queensland.” SIGN UP FOR THE COURIER-MAIL’S FREE REAL ESTATE NEWSLETTER HomesVIC announced yesterday that applications would open shortly for the groundbreaking scheme — which will see 400 first home buyers in Victoria have up to 25 per cent of the cost of their new home paid for by the state.The Housing Industry Association praised the initiative as one that all states and territories should look at adopting to address housing affordability.HIA chief executive industry policy Kristin Brookfield said the scheme was currently not available in Queensland but should be.“It is a positive scheme that addresses the rising problem of housing affordability and will help see young people achieve the Aussie dream of owning their own home faster,” she said.last_img read more

ESG, risk sharing and more in EU pensions expert group final report

first_imgThe EU should convene an expert group to prepare voluntary guidance about how pension providers can “better understand and model environmental, social and governance-related (ESG) risks and their relation to ‘traditional’ financial risks in their portfolios”, according to a high-level group of pension experts established by the European Commission.The recommendation is one of many set out in the group’s final report, which provides analysis and policy advice about the role of supplementary pensions in contributing to adequate income in old age, and how the market for them could be developed.Dated December 2019 but published this week, the report addresses challenges affecting the concept and design of supplementary pensions and their role in relation to sustainable finance and sustainability.Key recommendations include that: member states provide incentives for social partners – trade unions and employer bodies – to set up collective pension plans that ensure risk-sharing between members;member states and providers ensure that occupational pensions provide pension credits for career breaks linked to childcare or other caring responsibilities; andthe EU, member states and social partners develop tools and methodologies to assess EU pension providers’ vulnerability to long-term environmental and social sustainability risks.With regard to the topic of sustainable finance, the expert group’s recommendations included that the EU:clarify how pension providers can take into account the impact of ESG factors on investment decisions; and“ensure that sustainable investment rules are compatible and consistent with other regulatory requirements and avoid duplication, in particular as regards transparency and information disclosure”.‘Appropriate follow-up actions’In a statement welcoming the final report, PensionsEurope said the recommendations, which were addressed to EU institutions, national policy makers, social partners and other stakeholders, “must be carefully assessed with appropriate follow-up actions”.It said it valued the holistic approach suggested by the high-level expert group, “which considers both the interplay between labour markets and pensions and between public social security and supplementary pensions”.Matti Leppälä, who is secretary general of the umbrella body for national pension fund associations, was one of the members of the expert group.“I am confident [the final report] contains useful analysis and reflections for policy makers, social partners and other stakeholders,” he said. “I hope that the new European Commission can benefit from this work and takes forward measures that enhance the role of supplementary pensions in Europe.”PensionsEurope said it would be discussing the contents of the report with its members over the coming weeks.The report can be found here.last_img read more