A Preview of the Chapel Art Center Exhibition “Passages”

September 28, 2007

palmigiano sm1In this podcast, we feature an interview with Fr. Iain MacLellan, O.S.B., director of the Chapel Art Center at Saint Anselm College. He discusses the first exhibition of the season, titled Passages, which features the new collage work of Fr. James Palmigiano, O.C.S.O. Fr. James is a Cistercian monk. who creates delicate and intimate collage panels, which represets his own interior vision and spirituality.

The exhibition is part of an ongoing focus by the Chapel Art Center on art and contemplation and how the vita contemplative, or the “contemplative life,” inspires and facilitates an artistic sensibility and spirit.

The Passages exhibit runs through October 27, 2007. To learn more about this and other upcoming exhibitions, visit the Chapel Art Center Web site at www.anselm.edu/chapelartcenter.

Image credit: James Palmigiano, O.C.S.O., Untitled Collage, 2006

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NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd Previews 2008 Election

September 28, 2007

NBC News Political Director Chuck ToddIn New Hampshire recently for a Democratic candidate debate, NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd spoke at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on September 25. In his lecture he handicaps the republican and democratic candidates for president and discusses the upcoming New Hampshire Primary.

Todd became the political director for NBC News in March 2007. In addition to managing political coverage for the NBC networks, he also contributes on-air analysis to NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Meet the Press with Tim Russert, and MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews.

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An Interview With Award-Winning Bilingual Journalist Helen Aguirre Ferre

September 27, 2007

helenpicwebIn this podcast, we feature an interview with Helen Aguirre Ferre, an award-winning, bilingual journalist in both print and broadcast media. With more than two decades of reporting, she is the Opinion Page Editor of Diario Las Américas, an independent, family-owned Spanish-language newspaper based in Miami, Florida. Her commentary also extends to a Sunday column in Diario Las Américas, covering current, national, and international affairs.

In the broadcast arena, Aguirre Ferre is the moderator of the weekly WPBT public affairs series Issues, reaching audiences from the Treasure Coast to the Florida Keys. She also serves as host for many of WPBT’s public affairs specials. She has extensive experience interviewing both local leaders as well as heads of state, particularly from Latin America, and some of the most important figures in American politics.

Aguirre Ferre co-founded Operation Saving Lives which was a humanitarian task force responsible for sending money, medicine, food, and clothing to victims of Hurricane Mitch in Central America. She was also appointed to the Florida State Committee of Higher Education Access Task Force in 2005 and the Florida Energy 2020 Commission, among others. She currently serves as chair of the Board of Trustees for Miami Dade College. Aguirre Ferré holds a B.A. in Political Science from Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida and an M.A. in Inter-American Studies from the University of Miami ’s School of Advanced International Studies.

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Dana Center Director Bob Shea Previews Fall 2007 Performances

September 27, 2007

danacover0708I recently had a chance to speak with Bob Shea, director of the Dana Center, Saint Anselm’s performing arts center. During our conversation Shea previewed upcoming events, indicating that a number of audience favorites will return, blended with a great mix of new talent that is sure to please students and the public alike.

To learn more about upcoming performances, or to buy tickets online for Dana Center events, visit their Web site at www.anselm.edu/dana or contact the Box Office at (603) 641-7700.

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Author and Historian H.W. Crocker Addresses “The Top Myths of American Military History”

September 12, 2007

In this podcast, Author and Historian H.W. Crocker delivers a lecture at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on April 26, 2007. Crocker was the invited guest of the Kevin Harrington Student Ambassador program students, and presented a talk on The Top Myths of American Military History.

H.W. Crocker speaks at the NHIOPCrocker, a well published author recently penned Don’t Tread on Me, which examines the 400-year history of the American Military. Arguing that the American Revolution may not have been an obviously necessary event, and that the North may not have held the moral high ground throughout the Civil War, Crocker presents what he calls “the real scoop” in his book.

The Kevin Harrington Student Ambassador Program at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics provides students with a unique opportunity to support special events, welcome guests and speakers, and serve as emissaries for the Institute’s important mission of citizenship and civic engagement.

Photos by Alex Witkowicz ‘08

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Father Jonathan Delivers Homily at Opening Mass

September 10, 2007

On the first day of classes in late August, students and faculty filled the pews of the Abbey Church to celebrate the opening mass of the 2007-2008 academic year. Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B, president of Saint Anselm College, delivered the homily in which he praises Saint Monica and Pope Benedict XVI.

He spoke about the relationship between “humanity and holiness”. Pope Benedict used the Latin correlative “Et… Et”, meaning the Great Both… And, to answer a priest who had been told he spent too much time playing soccer and not enough time participating in Eucharistic Adoration.

The Holy Father stated that one should not have to choose but can both play soccer and be devoted to God. Father Jonathan applied this to life at Saint Anselm College. He spoke about how we as individuals and as a college community can use this message in our daily lives. He concluded his homily with the hope that the school year can “begin with the joy that comes from knowing that our faith is neither an obstacle nor a threat to true learning; nor is learning an obstacle or a threat to our faith.”

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