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  • Latino poets end series on campus

    first_img“Latino/a Poetry Now,” a poetry tour that has visited five universities over a span of two years, will conclude at Notre Dame with readings from four acclaimed Latino poets. The poetry reading will take place today at 7:30 p.m. in the Eck Visitors Center auditorium and will feature visiting poets Blas Falconer, Raina J. León, Maria Melendez and John Murillo. Jose Limón, director of the Institute of Latino Studies, said the poets’ visit would showcase a different facet of Latino culture. “At a time when Latinos are much in the news for largely sociological and political reasons, we should also remember them as makers of poetry, as will be wonderfully exemplified by this gathering of prime poetic talent,” Limón said. Francisco Aragón, director of Letras Latinas and curator of the series, said a goal of the series is not just to raise awareness of Latino poetry, but also to show the variety of approaches and styles among Latino poets. “One of the things I hoped to accomplish with this initiative was to demonstrate the aesthetic diversity of contemporary Latino poetry,” Aragón said. Aragón said he edited “The Wind Shifts,” an anthology of modern Latino Poetry in 2009 and planned the tour “Latino/a Poetry Now” to complement the anthology. He said he chose the 15 poets who participated in the series to demonstrate the diversity and experimentalism of new Latino poetry. The four poets who will be featured in today’s event exemplify this diversity, which is a reflection of the diversity within the overall Latino community, Aragón said. “I hope that what people will come away with is that the four poets that we’ll be presenting are very different,” Aragón said. “I think one of the things they’ll notice as well [is that] each poet is very different in their own way, and yet they’re all under this banner of Latino poetry.  “One of the messages that we try to convey is that the Latino community, the Latino population is not a homogenous population, it’s a very diverse population including its art making and its poetry.” Aragón said students often experience poetry in a completely different way when they listen to a poet read rather than read the words silently to themselves. “Oftentimes when I teach a class and I ask, ‘Who here has been to a poetry reading?’, very few hands go up,” he said. “We think of theatre as sort of a form of literature in performance but we don’t often think of poetry as being literature in performance, and oftentimes students have come up to me and said that hearing the poet read his or her work out loud gives them insights that they didn’t have when they were encountering the work just on the page.” Aragón said the four poets visited two courses in Romance Languages and Latino Studies yesterday and would visit his own “Latino/a Poetry Now” class this morning. He said the poets would likely appreciate the chance to talk with students who have read their work. “My hope is that [the poets] will have an enriching time dialoguing with students who have been reading their work,” he said. “They’re going to be encountering people who have been reading and studying and writing about their work.” Aragón said today’s poetry readings would be the culmination of more than four years of planning and executing “Latino/a Poetry Now.” “This particular initiative grew out of an event we did with the poetry society of America in Los Angeles in 2009,” he said. “We did what we called a ‘Latino Poets Online’ roundtable discussion which we published on the website of the Poetry Society of America, and because that collaboration went really well … my counterpart at the Poetry Society of America pitched the idea of doing some programs at universities.” The series kicked off at Harvard University in 2012 and toured to Georgetown University, Macalester College and the University of Arizona. Poets visiting those schools visited classes and met with Latino student groups, Aragón said. Before each stop, the poets also read each other’s works and participated in an online discussion. Aragón said he posts the transcripts online and hopes to compile them into a book. “Our long term goal for those roundtable discussions is for them to actually become a book with poetry samplings from each poet,” he said. Letras Latinas, the literary program of the Institute for Latino Studies, partnered with the Poetry Society of America to bring the event to campus, according to a University press release.last_img read more

  • Book review: How can credit unions go for the gold?

    first_imgHow many times have you heard the phrase “If I could just clone (insert exemplary team member’s name), this would be a great credit union!”? Perhaps you’ve said those words yourself. Maybe you’ve even thought that about yourself. My latest read debunked the popular theory that there is only one type of “good” employee or leader.After starting this year with six consecutive books on leadership and professional culture, our YMC book club decided it was time to read something for fun. I can’t recall who recommended The Boys in the Boat to me, but the story of nine Americans’ quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics turned out to be more than just a pleasure read. It was an engaging account with powerful leadership lessons woven throughout all the history and drama.Early in the story, famed racing shell builder, George Pocock, noted that few rowing coaches would clone even their best rower. “Crew races are not won by clones. They are won by crews, and great crews are carefully balanced blends of both physical abilities and personality types,” Pocock observed. “One rower’s arms might be might be longer than another’s, but the latter might have a stronger back than the former,” he continued. “Neither is necessarily better or a more valuable oarsman than the other; both the long arms and strong back are assets to the boat. But if they are to row well together, each of these oarsmen must adjust to the needs and capabilities of the other. Each must be prepared to compromise something in the way of optimizing his stroke for the overall benefit of the boat.”How often do you glorify the contributions, work style, or personality type of one employee or volunteer? Whenever that happens, there’s a good chance you’re celebrating qualities that reflect your work style or personality type. At YMC, we use DISC personality profiles to learn about our fellow team members. We also utilize these profiles with each of our clients. By understanding how our teammates and clients communicate or approach projects, we’re better able to lean in and develop well-balanced working relationships. For example, one of our team members, who shall remain nameless (ahem…me), tends to tackle projects by charging ahead like a bull in a china shop. They tear through projects and focus on results while overlooking many details that are critical to the project’s success. By bringing more detail-oriented people onto the team, they surround themselves with others who slow down enough to ask the right questions. Their attention to detail helps plug the holes in the plan, which enables the team to achieve a much better outcome. In instances like this, some folks would be annoyed by others who ask questions. They might think the questioners just don’t understand. At the same time, the person asking the questions might be annoyed by the “bull in a china shop” and wonder why they haven’t thought the project through. But when you give each team member a chance to contribute and use their strengths, you create a synergy that helps your group beat the odds and win the gold, just like the “Boys in the Boat” did in 1936. While leaning into each other’s strengths is essential, it’s important to remember that high performing teams also cultivate healthy relationships rooted in trust. It wasn’t just the physical abilities of the 1936 Olympic rowing team that earned them the gold. They succeeded because they learned to trust each other—something that didn’t come naturally to one of the crew.“Nothing was more frightening than having to depend on others,” shared Joe Rantz, a member of the storied team. Rantz’s reluctance to depend on others was understandable. His mother died when he was young, and he was shipped off to live with relatives thousands of miles away. When he was finally sent back home to be with his father and new step-mother, his step-mother gave an ultimatum: “It’s me or him.” Joe’s father chose his new wife over his son, and Joe was left to fend for himself. “People let you down. People leave you behind,” Rantz recalled. “Depending on people, trusting them—it’s what gets you hurt.” If Joe hadn’t overcome those trust issues and found a way to harmonize with his teammates, the team would have struggled to win a race, let alone a gold medal. Earlier this year, our book club read Dennis McIntee’s Drama Free Teams and learned that unless a team’s trust battery is full, they will never become a high performing team. It’s virtually impossible to function effectively if there is no trust among team members. It’s difficult to focus on your part of the project if you’re constantly worried that others won’t follow through. Persistent uncertainty undercuts unity and leads to major failure. What’s holding your team back from achieving great things? Is it an ego that keeps saying, “My way is better?” Is it lack of understanding and empathy for teammates? Maybe it’s lack of accountability for some team members, which leads to a lack of trust among others. Perhaps it’s lack of vision. If you’re mired in day-to-day tasks without a specific goal in mind, it’s hard to see the need for change. Whatever your team’s challenges may be, you can overcome them—just like the “boys in the boat” did. They were the underdogs who faced countless obstacles. But when they combined their passion with hard work, positive attitudes, and mutual trust, they overcame incredible odds to win Olympic gold. By following their example and learning to trust one another, your team can accomplish great things as well.Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t… you’re right.” That statement is as true to today as when Mr. Ford first coined the phrase. Take a look at the goals you’ve set for 2019. Think ahead to those you will set for 2020. Do you think you can achieve them or not? Either way, you’re right. 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bo McDonald Bo McDonald is president of Your Marketing Co. A marketing firm that started serving credit unions nearly a decade ago, offering a wide range of services including web design, branding, … Web: yourmarketing.co Detailslast_img read more

  • Vatican recalls Irish papal envoy after Cloyne report

    first_img Sharing is caring! Papal Nuncio Giuseppe Leanza has been called back to Rome to discuss the impact of the recent Cloyne ReportThe Vatican has recalled its special envoy in Ireland after a damning report on the Catholic Church’s handling of child abuse by priests.Papal Nuncio Giuseppe Leanza has been called back to Rome to discuss the impact of the recent Cloyne Report.It showed how allegations of sex abuse by priests in Cork had been covered up.The report led to angry condemnation of the Vatican by Prime Minister Enda Kenny in the Irish Parliament.In a blistering attack, Mr Kenny accused the church of putting its reputation ahead of child rape victims.Vice-director of the Vatican press office Father Ciro Benedettini said the nuncio’s recall “should be interpreted as an expression of the desire of the Holy See for serious and effective collaboration with the (Irish) government”.He added that it “denotes the seriousness of the situation and the Holy See’s desire to face it objectively and determinately.“Nor does it exclude some degree of surprise and disappointment at certain excessive reactions.”Irish Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore said the decision to recall the nuncio was a matter for the Holy See.“The government is awaiting the response of the Holy See to the recent report into the Catholic Diocese of Cloyne and it is to be expected that the Vatican would wish to consult in depth with the Nuncio on its response.”Messages of supportLast week, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Irish parliament that the report into how allegations of sex abuse by priests in Cork had been covered up showed change was urgently needed.“The rape and torture of children were downplayed or ‘managed’ to uphold instead the primacy of the institution, its power, standing and ‘reputation’,” the taoiseach said last Wednesday.At the weekend, the prime minster said he had received thousands of messages of support from around the world – many were from the clergy, he said.He said this reflected the way people felt about the Catholic Church’s role on clerical child abuse.He told an audience at an annual cultural event in County Donegal at the weekend that the messages showed how people felt.Mr Kenny said he was “astounded” at the number of clergy who contacted him after his speech on the Cloyne Report.Mr Kenny received a standing ovation after he finished delivering the annual lecture at the opening session of the summer school.BBC News Share FaithLifestyle Vatican recalls Irish papal envoy after Cloyne report by: – July 26, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share Share 21 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

  • United ease to win at West Brom

    first_img Phil Jones headed United ahead before Wayne Rooney scored his 13th of season after the break. United rarely looked in trouble and substitute Danny Welbeck rounded off the win which moved Moyes’ team up to sixth in the Barclays Premier League. With Pepe Mel not having managed to win a match since his appointment, this was never going to be the hardest of United’s fixtures this term. But United desperately needed a win following the Greek tragedy that unfolded before a shell-shocked Moyes nearly a fortnight ago. The only downside for United was that Robin van Persie was lucky to remain on the pitch for a sliding tackle on Steven Reid just three minutes after his first booking. The Dutchman looked dismayed when he was wisely replaced soon after. Despite their recent problems, West Brom started well. Victor Anichebe caused panic by charging down Jones’ early attempted clearance, but Patrice Evra came to the rescue. The Nigerian charged at the United defence again, but Chris Smalling did just enough to push the striker wide. United started to take a hold of the game around the quarter-hour mark, with Juan Mata and Adnan Januzaj pinging dangerous crossed into the box. Januzaj, rested for that terrible performance in Greece, blotted his copybook by deliberately handling the ball as he raced into the box and he was cautioned. United ramped up the pressure. Chris Brunt mishit an attempted clearance from Marouane Fellaini’s header and Youssouf Mulumbu cleared off the line. Januzaj earned a couple of yards on his marker with a sequence of step-overs and he found Rafael at the back post. The unmarked Brazilian headed towards goal but Foster tipped his effort on to the bar and West Brom cleared. The pressure looked to be getting to Moyes as he refused to give the ball back to the West Brom players following an argument with the fourth official. The United boss did eventually throw the ball back onto the pitch and two minutes later his side took the lead. Van Persie sent over a flat cross and Jones glanced a header beyond Foster following some slack marking by Liam Ridgewell. Claudio Yacob then hobbled off after Fellaini raked his studs down the player’s thigh. Albion had a rare chance when Anichebe turned Jones in the box, but the former Everton man shot a foot wide. United were then almost gifted a second goal after a howler by Foster. Foster strolled a yard outside his box as he came to control a long ball over the top from Mata, but the goalkeeper missed the ball completely. The ball struck Foster’s right arm but referee Jonathan Moss waved play on, much to the dismay of Moyes, who vented his fury towards the fourth official on the touch line. Van Persie was booked for a tackle from behind on Morgan Amalfitano seven minutes after the restart and three minutes later he cleaned out Reid with a sliding tackle. The Dutchman completely missed the ball, but this time it was Mel who was the annoyed manager on the touchline as Moss did not show a card to Van Persie. Zoltan Gera and Anichebe came close to equalising for the Baggies, but United doubled their lead through Rooney. The England striker laid the ball off to Mata and the Spaniard then played in Rafael, who crossed to Rooney and he nodded into the goal from close range. Moyes did not want to end the game with 10 men so he withdrew the disgruntled Van Persie, who shook his head when the board went up. Albion did not give up and Gera stung David de Gea’s palms with a fierce half-volley. However, their hopes of a comeback were extinguished late on though when Welbeck picked up Rooney’s pass and drifted past Jonas Olsson before lifting the ball past Foster. Moyes wrote to United supporters earlier this week thanking them for their patience during what he admitted was a far worse debut season than he ever expected. The 2-0 defeat at Olympiacos had deflated the confidence of the most optimistic United fans, but on Saturday morale was raised at The Hawthorns following this encouraging display. Manchester United fans were given something to cheer about after David Moyes’ men strolled to an easy 3-0 victory against West Brom. Press Associationlast_img read more