Week 5: The 1990s with Azikiwe Chandler, Iris Outlaw, Owen Smith, and Rochelle Valsaint

Week 5: The 1990s with Azikiwe Chandler, Iris Outlaw, Owen Smith, and Rochelle Valsaint

Welcome to week 5 of Shared Reading Experience - Black Domers: African-American Students at Notre Dame in Their Own Words. Corey discusses the 90s with Azikiwe Chandler, Iris Outlaw, Owen Smith, and Rochelle Valsaint. This week's reading is chapter 5 of the book.

The 1990s

View the Event: "Veterans Day"

Watch the live discussion recorded on Wednesday, November 11, at 1 p.m. ET with Francis Taylor ’70 ’74 M.A., former Under Secretary of Homeland Security, ambassador, and Air Force brigadier general; Don Wycliff ’69, Keifer Distinguished Visiting Journalist with the John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy, and co-editor of the book;and moderator Regan Jones, director for military and veterans affairs at Notre Dame. Register to join future events of the series.

Francis X Taylor ’70 ’74 M.A. retired from the USAF with the rank of Brigadier General after serving 31 years. He served in the State Department as US Ambassador at Large for Counterterrorism and Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security from July 2001 to March 2005. He was Vice President and Chief Security Officer for the General Electric Company from March 2005 to November 2013. From April 2014 to January 2017, he served as the Under Secretary, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, US Department of Homeland Security. He is currently the President and CEO of FXTaylor Associates, a security consultancy in the Washington DC area. He holds a BA (1970) and MA (1974) in Government and International Relations from Notre Dame. He is a member of the Notre Dame Graduate and Research Advisory Council and an Adjunct Professor of the Practice of Global Affairs at ND’s Keough School of Global Affairs. He and his wife Constance live in Washington DC. They have 3 children and 5 grandchildren.

Don Wycliff ’69 is a Keifer Distinguished Visiting Journalist with the John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy at the University of Notre Dame. He spent 35 years in the newspaper industry as a reporter, editor, editorial writer, and columnist. His career included nearly a decade as editorial page editor of the Chicago Tribune, five years as the Tribune’s public editor, and five years as a member of the editorial board of The New York Times. During his tenure as the Chicago Tribune’s editorial page editor, the paper won one Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing and was a finalist for a second. The paper also won two Distinguished Writing Awards in editorial writing from the American Society of Newspaper Editors. He was a Pulitzer finalist in 1996 and the winner of the ASNE editorial writing award in 1997. He was a member of the first class of Ethics Fellows at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. He remains a member of the ASNE and was a member of its board until he left the Tribune for academia in 2006.

Regan Jones was named Notre Dame’s director for military and veterans affairs in 2017. In this capacity, he heads the Office of Military & Veterans Affairs (OMVA) and provides strategic direction on behalf of the provost for the University’s veteran and military-related programs. This includes working closely with faculty, administrators, and staff to create, manage, and coordinate initiatives in support of military-connected students and their families. Prior to his appointment in the OMVA, Jones was a senior project manager on the Department of Development’s academic advancement team, leading task forces for emerging projects that required organizational and operational change in order to advance new innovative initiatives across campus units. As a member of the United States Marine Corps, Jones completed combat deployments to Iraq and non-combat deployments to the Pacific theater. Jones received numerous awards and honors for his military service, most notably the Purple Heart Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and the General John A. Lejeune Award for inspirational leadership.

Bridging the divide

Presented by With Voices True

“We need to learn and we need to listen to other people and their stories, and we can’t just avoid other people because they’re different from us because we’re too scared to talk to them…” – Mikaela Ramsey

Race, Religion, and Reparative Justice: Black Lives Matter and International Human Rights

Presented by Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion

Alex Hsu, a postdoctoral research associate with the Ansari Institute, talks with Diane Desierto, associate professor of human rights law and global affairs at the Keough School of Global Affairs, about the call for racial justice and how it intersects with international human rights law. Their conversation follows the recent announcement of a UN investigation into systemic racism and discrimination against people of African descent.

Together, they explore the importance of religious discourse in human rights discussions and stress the need for greater understanding and empathy.

Their discussion is part of the Ansari Institute’s online conversation series Engaged: Religion and the Common Good.

Art for Thought: "To Be or Not to Be Free"

Presented by Snite Museum of Art

Learn more about the art work and its artist here.

Faith Ringgold (American, b.1930), To Be or Not to Be Free, 2014, Color lithograph on Rives Paper. Gift of the Segura Arts Studio, Notre Dame Center for Arts & Culture, 2014.024.003

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