The inaugural Climate Change and the Common Good Conference, an event focused on the “multidisciplinary exploration of the challenges and opportunities society faces in addressing climate change and resource scarcity,” was held April 8-10 in McKenna Hall. “[The conference was designed] to show how an important scientific issue also demands help,” associate biology professor Jessica Hellmann said. This multidisciplinary event brought together the fields of technology, science, theology and philosophy in facing this issue. “We wanted to show the University that climate change is critical to our mission,” she said. Almost 450 people registered for the event, and attendees included representatives of various universities as well as members of the local community. The topics of the conference included “The Long Thaw: How humans are changing the next 100,000 years of Earth’s climate,” “Jane Austen vs. Climate Economics” and “An Inconvenient Mind: The Mental Barriers to Confronting Climate Change.” “[We hope to] strike a balance between scientific theory [and understand] the response of the religious community, particularly the Catholic religious community and how it is that other responsible communities are responding,” theology professor Robin Darling Young said. On Monday, the conference included “several interesting talks and discussions with the audience,” Professor Hellmann said. “Two speakers presented different strategies of reducing different greenhouse gas emissions,” he said. “Both agreed, however, that without action, society is on a disastrous course that will threaten human lives and environmental health.” The panel of scientific researchers spoke about the need for scientists to help society understand the scope of the climate challenge. Professor of Atmospheric and Climate Sciences at the University of California, San Diego Veerabhadran Ramanathan opened the conference with a talk on ways to reduce black carbon emissions in India. The last talk of the conference will be given today by Bob Doppelt, instructor at the University of Oregon who will speak on Buddhist base theory and the process of “get[ting] out of the self-centered communist mentality.” Video tapes of the conference will be available at a later date through the event’s website the event website at http://climatechange.nd.edu/ Contact Charitha Isanaka at email@example.com
Photo courtesy of Gina Costa A new sculpture is featured in the Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park, which reopens Friday and is located on the south side of Notre Dame’s campus. The park features work from artists around the globe.Director of the Snite Museum and curator of the sculpture park Charles Loving said the sculptures were selected to reflect the park’s theme by favoring both the natural environment and human spiritual nature.“Because the site was historically a landfill, I asked landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh to image what it might have looked like before Notre Dame was founded,” Loving said.The park includes sculptures created by artists across the globe and by Notre Dame alumni, faculty and individuals in the South Bend community. Snite Museum’s director of marketing and communications Gina Costa said the park is an effort to “return to our nature.”“We’re rescuing [the area] from being a landfill to a beautiful, indigenous place with water elements, prairie grasses, sloping hills, and we put in 12 sculptures [created] by some of the top national and international sculptors,” Costa said.Additions to the park include new walkways, water elements and artwork such as a site-specific sculpture by Philip Rickey titled “Life of Christ/Cycle of Life,” which Loving said will create “a new sacred spot on campus.”With the sculpture park’s proximity to the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and the future Walsh Family Hall of Architecture, Loving said the park is the next step toward creating a “fine arts district.” Future plans include an art museum within the park and a Department of Art, Art History and Design in the area, he said.“The arts district also creates a literal bridge to the local community through its adjacency to Eddy Street Commons and by virtue of community outreach programs offered by the Snite Museum of Art and the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center,” Loving said.According to the Snite Museum’s website, the eight-acre site will soon feature an amphitheater to be used for concerts, poetry readings and tour groups. The outdoor exhibit will remain open permanently and can be freely explored at any time or day.“The function of the park is for the University campus and local community to come picnic and chill out,” Costa said. “It’s just a beautiful, reflective, contemplative environment.”To celebrate the project’s completion, an opening reception will be held at the park Friday afternoon. The reception will feature speeches by community members, the opportunity to plant in the park’s soil and free food and souvenirs for the first handful of attendees.“This is a great opportunity to leave something of yourself at Notre Dame,” Costa said. “There’s going to be all sorts of things to eat, plantings, some vendors [and] just sort of a nice, chill atmosphere.”Tags: Art, Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park, fine arts district, sculpture, Snite Museum of Art After five years of construction, the Snite Museum of Art will be reopening a public sculpture park on the south side of campus Friday.Themed “Reclaiming our Nature,” the Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park features a myriad of acclaimed sculptures situated in an outdoor exhibition stretching across Edison Road.
Steel Burkhardt is one smart sidekick—in December, he joined the cast of the hit Broadway musical Aladdin, where he’s spent the winter frolicking through the sweltering sands of Agrabah. (Sure beats the sludge puddles of New York City!) We asked Burkhardt to snap photos of his favorite things around the theater. Check out these awesome photos of his favorite snacks, gifts, pals and lucky charms below, then catch him as Kassim in Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theatre! My view from the stage door “Lots of people want Kassim’s autograph. I can’t think of anybody else who signs more autographs than me. Poor James [Monroe Iglehart, who plays the Genie], he’d pay you to let him sign your program…” My favorite thing in my dressing room “My yoga ball. Gotta make sure I sit with good posture. Sometimes I sit and think of world-changing inventions.” A selfie right before I go onstage “Gotta do the show!” My view from the stage “This is my view! The fabulous, the beautiful, the comfy seats of the New Amsterdam Theatre.” My favorite post-show snack “A Lizzie Jays fresh-pressed juice. This one is pure greens and it’s the perfect thing to replenish the nutrients that were lost in the deserts of Agrabah.” My must-have pre-show item “My iPad. Thanks for the Christmas gift, family! ‘I will take the ring,’ he said, ‘Although I do not know the way.'” My favorite line in the show “Iago’s line, spoken by Don Darryl Rivera: ‘…Murdering their BOYFRIENDS!!!’ (Side note: Don Darryl Rivera only responds to Don Darryl Rivera. You have to say the full thing.)” The best thing to eat on a two-show day “On two-show days I like making myself a nice salad with lots of greens and proteins! Mmm…I just love avocado.” My good luck charm “Don Darryl Rivera. I just love rubbing that buzzed head and Don Darryl Rivera just loves it!” View Comments My favorite fan gift “My long sleeve t-shirt from my fans in Sarasota, FL. When I put this shirt on, I feel the warmth of the sun, the sand on my feet and the wind blowing off the ocean through my fez!” The crew member who saves my ass “The crew member who saves my buttocks is definitely Marshall [Servillio, propsman]. One time I was working backstage on my sword play and Marshall saved me from a set piece falling on my little baby toe.” Related Shows Aladdin from $57.50