January 26

Lecture explores missionary roots of democracy

first_imgIn a lecture Jan. 27, Robert D. Woodberry, associate professor of political science at the National University of Singapore, explained the role of Christian missionaries in the growth of liberal democracy.The Kellogg Institute sponsored the lecture, titled “The Missionary Roots of Liberal Democracy,” at the Hesburgh Center for International Studies.“The narrative of democracy is usually told in a secular way,” Woodberry said. “I argue that, building on earlier foundations, Protestant missionaries are responsible for a lot of reforms that lead to liberal democracy.”By examining consistent historical patterns and statistical data from the 19th and early 20th centuries, the influence of religion on the growth of liberal democracy can be demonstrated and compared to the influence of the Enlightenment or various economic systems, Woodberry said. His statistical analysis considered other contextual factors to show the political impact of missionaries.Woodberry said the word “liberal” is an important qualifier because it means governments have ensured rights for opposition groups and minorities. He also said there are significant distinctions between different types of missionary groups, including their denominations and relationships with states.“The four major reforms of the missionaries were mass education, mass printing, nonviolent social movements and colonial reform,” Woodberry said.In terms of education, Woodberry said missionaries espoused the growth of literacy as means of reading scripture and thus prepared students to embrace democracy.“They pioneered classrooms techniques using texts designed for children,” Woodberry said.Citing the example of the Belgian Congo, he said missionaries were responsible for reporting abuses and reigning in abuses of colonial power.“Missionaries limited colonial abuses but were not necessarily anti-colonial,” he said.Woodberry said missionaries advocated the idea of trusteeship particularly in British colonialism because they believed it was their duty to bring salvation to the colonized areas. He showed the results of a study he performed comparing female literacy and infant mortality rates across regions in India with the locations of missionary centers to fortify his argument.“Christianity profoundly shaped modernity and the religious incentive of missionaries, and their reforms are crucial to the spread of liberal democracy,” Woodberry said.Tags: Democracy, Kellogg Institute, missionarylast_img read more

January 26

Quinn Family donates $5 million for Innovation Park

first_imgThe Quinn family made a $5 million donation to the University to fund the second phase of construction of Innovation Park, according to a Monday press release. The donation was made by the late 1969 Notre Dame alumnus, Thomas Quinn and his wife, Diane, according to the release. “Tom was a tremendous supporter of Notre Dame with his time, talent and treasure,” Fr. John Jenkins, University President, said in the release. “This new and extraordinary gift makes it possible for us to continue to build upon the success of the first phase of Innovation Park. We are most grateful.”According to the release, construction on the the Thomas H. and Diane G. Quinn Hall for Innovation and Change is expected to begin later this fall or early winter. The Hall will be a 40,000-square-foot, three-level facility located across the street from the University. Thomas G. Burish, Charles and Jill Fischer Provost of the University, said he joins Fr. Jenkins in thanking the Quinns for their donation.“Over the past seven years at Innovation Park, we have seen a wide range of marketable business ideas emanating from faculty and student research,” Burish said in the release. “Phase II of the park is a major step forward for the University — and for the community as a whole, as we continue to collaborate with the city on initiatives that begin at Notre Dame and continue at Ignition Park in South Bend.”According to the release, since Innovation Park’s opening in 2009, 59 new ventures have launched at the park, 29 companies are currently operational on the grounds, 38 Notre Dame faculty members are working there and 67 Notre Dame student interns are employed by various groups.The Quinns’ donations have also contributed to the creation of the Quinn MBA China Immersion Program, the renovation of the Morris Inn and support for the Business on the Front Lines initiative in the Mendoza College of Business and the President’s Circle, according to the release. Tags: Innovation Park, Quinn Family, Thomas Quinnlast_img read more

January 26

2021 Junior Parents Weekend to be held virtually

first_imgThe annual Junior Parents Weekend is slated to take place virtually this year, according to a Tuesday email from junior co-chairs John Couri and Molly O’Brien.The email emphasized that the traditional celebration will look different from years prior but will still remain a memorable event for juniors and their family members.“Junior Parents Weekend tends to be a celebration that one remembers for a lifetime, and we can guarantee our year will be no different,” they said in the email.Students should anticipate an email in the coming weeks to offer input on the planning process.Tags: JPW 2021, Junior Parents Weekend, virtual eventslast_img read more

January 18

Zach Braff Scrubs Up to Talk Bullets Over Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 24, 2014 View Comments Zach Braff, who will soon start previews in the world premiere of Bullets Over Broadway, stopped by The Late Show March 3 to talk about his all-singing all-dancing Great White Way debut. The former Scrubs star sang the praises of the “extraordinary talents” of the production’s team, saying it was “the most amazing cast” that he’s “ever worked with.” Check out Braff revealing to host David Letterman how he’s “learning so much” from the experience and how Woody Allen gave him his “first part ever,” then head to the St. James Theatre to see him croon the production’s 1920s and 30s hits for yourself. You never know, you might find that you’re sitting next to his “new conservative friend Mitt [Romney]…!” Related Shows Bullets Over Broadway Zach Braff Star Fileslast_img read more

January 18

Hugh Jackman (Sorta) Sings Frozen’s ‘Let It Go’!

first_imgWhat would happen if Elsa’s parents had dealt with her icy powers a bit more rationally? Take a look at this cute video to see how some people think the Disney mega-hit Frozen should have ended. Spoiler alert: Elsa ends up attending a certain fictional school for gifted individuals that a Hugh Jackman character might frequent. As it turns out, “Let It Go” doesn’t sound bad when sung in a manly Aussie accent. Mr. Jackman, are you still looking for opening number suggestions for this year’s Tony Awards? If not Wolverine The Musical, might we suggest a duet with Idina Menzel? Hugh Jackman Star Filescenter_img View Commentslast_img read more

January 18

Lessons of the Week! Aaron Tveit, Sierra Boggess & More

first_img View Comments After an exhausting, frustrating and grueling week at work, we think you deserve a treat. No, not peanut butter cups. You really think we’re going to give you our peanut butter cups? Yeah right. It’s the Lessons of the Week! We’re digging up the wildest, craziest and strangest stuff that’s happened in the last seven days and arranged them all here for your convenience (and hopefully, your amusement). Ready? Check ’em out below!Audra McDonald Is the Real Slim ShadyLady Day star Audra McDonald is so many things: Six-time Tony winner, mom and First Lady of Eggfartopia, just to name a few. But on The Tonight Show, the star revealed her true identity—“slicka slicka Slim Shady.” Well, this is unexpected. Will the real Audra McD please stand up?Mary Poppins Wants a F*cking RaiseThe beloved nanny is practically perfect, but there is one thing she’s lacking—a decent wage. In a hilarious Funny or Die video, Kristen Bell takes a stand and proves she should play Marian in the Music Man telecast in one fell swoop. (Bonus: No sloths were harmed in the making of this video.)Zach Braff Had a Cats & Les Miz-vahHe always seemed so smooth when he lived in L.A., but now that he’s on Broadway, Zach Braff is embracing his nerdy side. The Bullets Over Broadway star confessed he had a theater-themed bar mitzvah complete with table-dancing Jellicle Cats and Les Miz revolutionaries. That sounds nothing like our last birthday party.Patti LuPone Wants to Play BluegrassTony winner Patti LuPone is singing a selection of torch songs at her 54 Below concerts, but she admitted to Broadway.com that she really wishes she was doing an evening of bluegrass tunes. Darn it, Patti, if only we knew a bluegrass-obsessed Broadway star who could show you the ropes. Oh well.Constantine Will NOT Stop Believin’If you were under the impression that for one second, Constantine Maroulis would stop believin’, you are dead wrong. He absolutely will not. The American Idol alum is reprising the Tony-nominated role of Drew on Broadway, where he’ll be shredding the guitar, wailing and sipping wine coolers once more. Rad.There’s a Christine Daae Secret SocietyWe knew there was a lot of creepy stuff going on in the catacombs of the Majestic Theatre (apparently the Red Death has been making dressing room visits), but we had no idea top-secret meetings of The Christine Daae Club were a regular occurrence. If you wanna sneak in, their secret handshake is a high E.The If/Then Cast Has Too Many Snacks It’s super nice of all you If/Then fans to keep James Snyder, Idina Menzel and co. showered in endless goodies all the time, but don’t you think they have enough Goldfish, kettle chips and Jo-Jos already? Seriously, they told us, they’re sick of them. Please re-route all of those delicious treats c/o Broadway.com, 729 7th Ave. New York, NY 10019.Jamie & Cathy Are Finally Getting HitchedGuys, we’re finally invited to the wedding of Cathy Hiatt and Jamie Wellerstein! Yaaay! The new movie adaptation of The Last Five Years, starring Jeremy Jordan and Anna Kendrick, will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival this fall. Oh, and quasi-spoiler-alert? You’re also invited to their subsequent divorce. Bring tissues.Aaron Tveit Is Looking For Love (Kinda)Well, ladies, the time has finally come: Aaron Tveit is officially single and ready to mingle. And he wants to date you. Yes, you, sitting at your computer…in his new movie Stereotypically You! OK, that was a cruel trick, but everyone’s a winner when Tveit’s on the big screen. Especially if he wears these.Lesli Margherita’s Farts Get PartsMatilda star Lesli Margherita didn’t get her first big role in Annie by doing a killer version of “Tomorrow.” Nope, the director spotted her making fart noises with her legs on a leather couch and instantly knew she was the gal for the job. Wait, that’s what a casting couch is? Damn, we’ve been doing it wrong. Star Filescenter_img Sierra Boggesslast_img read more

January 18

The Last Ship’s Sting & More Receive Kennedy Center Honors

first_img Among the performers and presenters for the event were Christine Baranski, Laura Benanti, Jane Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Hudson, Jane Lynch, Reba McEntire, Jessie Mueller, Kelli O’Hara, Martin Short, Meryl Streep and the cast of The Last Ship, according to CBS. The ceremony was hosted by Stephen Colbert. The 37th annual Kennedy Center Honors ceremony took place on December 7, and a slew of artists with Broadway ties were recipients of the prestigious distinction. The Last Ship scribe Sting, Tony winner Lily Tomlin, Tony nominees Tom Hanks and Al Green and New York City Ballet alum Patricia McBride were recognized this year to their contributions to American art and culture. The gala ceremony will be broadcast on CBS on December 30. View Commentscenter_img A 16-time Grammy Award winner, Sting wrote the music and lyrics for The Last Ship, inspired by his childhood in Wallsend, England. Beginning December 9, he will step into the show as Jackie. He made his Broadway debut in The Threepenny Opera. Comedian and screen star Tomlin has had two one-woman shows on Broadway, and won a Tony for her performance in the second: The Search for Signs of Intelligent Live in the Universe. Hanks, who took home Oscars for Philadelphia and Forrest Gump, made his Broadway debut in 2013’s Lucky Guy. Grammy winner Green’s memorable soul hits include “Let’s Stay Together” and “Tired of Being Alone;” he received a Tony nomination for his performance in Your Arms Too Short to Box with God. McBride danced with the City Ballet for almost 30 years—nearly all of them as a principal.last_img read more

January 18

Richard Nelson’s Three-Play Cycle The Gabriels to Bow Off-B’way

first_img Election Year in the Life of One Family, Play One: Hungry Related Shows View Comments ICYMI this, this and even this, there’s a Presidential election in 2016 and a new Richard Nelson three-play cycle, tracking the lives of a family through it all, will make its world premiere off-Broadway next year. Written and directed by Tony winner Nelson, The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family will play as part of the Public’s 2015-16 downtown season. Play One: Hungry will begin previews on February 27, 2016 and run through March 20, with opening night set for March 4. The second play in the cycle will open in September 2016 and the final play will open on Election Night, November 8, 2016.Casting will be announced later. As with Nelson’s The Apple Family Plays, each play in The Gabriels cycle will feature a core acting company and will open on the day it is set and unfold in real time over a couple of hours.The first play in the cycle, Hungry, will introduce us to the Gabriels of Rhinebeck, New York. (The Gabriels live just around the corner from the Apple Family.) To the rhythm of peeling, chopping and mixing, Hungry places us in the center of the Gabriels’ kitchen. The family discusses their lives and disappointments, and the world at large and nearby, as they struggle against the fear of being left behind and the challenge to find resilience in the face of loss.Nelson won a Tony for the musical James Joyce’s The Dead. He returns to the Public with The Gabriels after the 2013 run of The Apple Family Plays: Scenes from Life in the Country. His additional theater credits include Conversations in Tusculum, Oblivion, Nikolai and the Others, Goodnight Children Everywhere, Two Shakespearean Actors, Some American Abroad, Madame Melville, New England, Frank’s Home, Rodney’s Wife, Franny’s Way, The General from America and The Vienna Notes. His films include Hyde Park on Hudson, Ethan Frome, and Sensibility and Sense. Show Closed This production ended its run on April 3, 2016last_img read more

January 18

Euan Morton & More Set for Radio City’s New York Spectacular

first_img NY Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes Star Files View Comments Euan Morton(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Related Showscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 7, 2016 Principal casting is now set for Radio City Music Hall’s New York Spectacular, featuring the Radio City Rockettes. Tony nominee Euan Morton will lead the show, which will be penned by Douglas Carter Beane and directed and choreographed by Mia Michaels. Performances will run from June 15 through August 7.In addition to Morton, who will play Mercury, the cast will include Jacob Ben Widmar as The Mad Hatter, Vincent Crocilla as Jacob, Danny Gardner as George M. Cohan and Dad, Blaine Alden Krauss and Kecia Lewis as Buskers, Jeff Pew as Wall Street Bull and Kacie Sheik as Alice in Wonderland and Mom.Morton earned Tony and Olivier nominations for his performance in Taboo; he’s since appeared on the New York stage in Cyrano de Bergerac, Sondheim on Sondheim and Atomic. Widmar’s Broadway credits include The Book of Mormon, White Christmas and Xanadu. Crocilla recently appeared in the national tour of Newsies. Gardner made his Broadway debut earlier this season in Dames at Sea. Krauss heads to Radio City after appearing in the national tour of The Lion King. Lewis has appeared on Broadway in Chicago, Shrek, The Drowsy Chaperone and Dreamgirls; she recently starred off-Broadway in Mother Courage and Her Children. Pew made his Broadway debut in Cinderella. Sheik has appeared on Broadway in Hair and off-Broadway in Songbird.New York Spectacular celebrates New York City in the summertime centered around the trip of a lifetime for two kids, who, while on a vacation in New York, are separated from their parents. With the help of the Rockettes, the city magically comes to life to show them its many splendid wonders and helps to reunite their family in the end. Euan Mortonlast_img read more

January 18

Set List & Release Date Announced for The Hamilton Mixtape

first_img‘The Hamilton Mixtape’ Related Shows View Comments Hamiltoncenter_img from $149.00 Worn out your Hamilton cast recording? Hamilfans eager for The Hamilton Mixtape won’t have to wait for it much longer. Amazon.co.uk has released a track list for the post factum concept album—including a complete list of artists—and listed the release date as December 2. The album will be available for pre-order on November 4.A number of the artists, including Sia, Queen Latifah and Usher, were reported back in March. Sia and Latifah will team up with Miguel to perform “Satisfied,” and Usher will lend his voice to the Aaron Burr ballad “Wait For It.” The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon will channel King George to sing “You’ll Be Back,” as previously announced.Other highlights on the album include Ashanti and Ja Rule on “Helpless,” Kelly Clarkson on “It’s Quiet Uptown,” The Roots, Common and Ingrid Michaelson on “Who Tells Your Story” and Regina Spektor and Ben Folds on “Dear Theodosia.”While Lin-Manuel Miranda said earlier this year he intended to stay out of the recording booth for the mixtape, he is set to appear on a few tracks—primarily demos of songs cut before the Tony and Pulitzer-winning musicals’ debut.The complete track list is as follows:1. “No John Trumbull (Intro)” – The Roots2. “My Shot (feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess) [Rise Up Remix]” – The Roots3. “Wrote My Way Out” – Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aloe Blacc4. “Wait For It” – Usher5. “An Open Letter (feat. Shockwave) [Interlude]” – Watsky6. “Satisfied (feat. Miguel & Queen Latifah)” – Sia7. “Dear Theodosia (feat. Ben Folds)” – Regina Spektor8. “Valley Forge (Demo)” – Lin-Manuel Miranda9. “It’s Quiet Uptown” – Kelly Clarkson10. “That Would Be Enough” – Alicia Keys11. “Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)” – K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente12. “You’ll Be Back” – Jimmy Fallon & The Roots13. “Helpless (feat. Ja Rule)” – Ashanti14. “Take A Break (Interlude)” – !llmind15. “Say Yes To This” – Jill Scott16. “Congratulations” – Dessa17. “Burn” – Andra Day18. “Stay Alive (Interlude)” – J.PERIOD & Stro Elliot19. “Slavery Battle (Demo)” – Lin-Manuel Miranda20. “Washingtons By Your Side” – Wiz Khalifa21. “History Has Its Eyes On You” – John Legend22. “Who Tells Your Story (feat. Common & Ingrid Michaelson)” – The Roots23. “Dear Theodosia (Reprise)” – Chance The Rapper & Francis and The Lightslast_img read more