Finding Plato

January 2, 2007

“This nation’s prisons are full of people who have looked for salvation and redemption and have found God. Well, thanks to a recently ended academic program at the Women’s Prison in Goffstown, one inmate has found Plato. And she says her discovery has changed her life.”

That introduction begins a Dec. 28 New Hampshire Public Radio story about assistant professor Edward McGushin’s unusual philosophy class. The program was held last semester in the Goffstown Women’s Prison, and was funded by the New Hampshire Humanities Council and Saint Anselm’s Consortium on Justice and Society.

Prof. Montague Brown to Give Bready Chair Lecture

November 9, 2006

Prof/ Montague BrownSaint Anselm College will mark an academic milestone November 14, 2006, with a lecture by Philosophy Professor Montague Brown, the first Richard L. Bready Chair of Ethics, Economics, and the Common Good.

This inaugural lecture, “The Role of Natural Law in a World of Religious and Political Diversity,” will be delivered at 7 p.m. at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics. The college’s first endowed chair was established by Trustee Richard Bready ‘65 in 2004 as part of the Campaign for Saint Anselm College. Bready’s goal is to advance the scholarly work of the faculty and to uphold the college’s mission in liberal arts education. Brown was appointed last year to the chair.

In this podcast, we feature a recent interview with Professor Brown about philosophy and its application in our daily lives. He also discusses his work as the first Bready Chair at the college.

Professor Brown’s published works include The One-Minute Philosopher [Sophia Institute Press 2001], Half-Truths: What’s Right (And What’s Wrong) With the Cliches You and I Live by [Sophia Institute Press 2003], and his most recent book, Restoration of Reason: The Eclipse and Recovery of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty [Baker Academic 2006].

Music Credit: The music that accompanies this podcast is played by the Gleason-Brown Quartet. The Saint Anselm faculty core of Ed Gleason (reeds), Montague Brown (bass), and Brad Thorp (drums) round out the group.

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Harvard Pilgrim CEO Charlie Baker on Challenges Facing Health Care System

October 26, 2006

Charlie BakerCharlie Baker, CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, said the health care system faces a number of challenges, but one of the most significant is how Americans take care of themselves.

Speaking at the CEO Breakfast earlier this month, Baker noted that the health care system also needs to be more transparent, and more accountable for cost and quality, “Any health care provider will tell you that one of the primary drivers of health status is personal behavior,” he said.

“We eat more than we probably should, we don’t get enough exercise, we weigh more than we should. We don’t smoke as much as we used to which is a good thing. But we are way more stressed out than we once were,” he said. “We simply don’t take as good care of ourselves physically as we once did.”

In 1999 and 2000, Baker led an effort to save Harvard Pilgrim from insolvency. “one of the nice things about being in trouble and worrying about survival is that it forces you to get pretty clear about what you’re trying to accomplish.”

Today, he said, there are things the American health care system needs to do to keep itself healthy.

“It’s a good news-bad news story,” he said. “The health care system can do more for more people in more ways today than it could five years ago, 10 years ago, 15 years ago. The hard part is figuring out how we are planning on paying for all that.”

His prescription for the system includes greater transparency about its true costs. Also, he said, there should be better and more available information about cost and quality of health care.

Teresa Mendez-Faith Shares Compelling Story of Family and a Dictatorship with The Boston Globe

September 1, 2006

The Mendez Family in 1955The Boston Globe interviewed Teresa Mendez-Faith, professor of Modern Languages and Literature, upon the death of General Alfredo Stroessner, the brutal former dictator of Paraguay who forced her father and family into a lifetime of exile.

The story ran Aug. 31 and can be found on the Web site, along with a photo gallery. You can hear Mendez-Faith discuss her father, Epifanio Mendez Fleitas — a dissident considered enemy numero uno of Stroessner — and listen to music composed by him. She also discussed the topic during an interview on New England Cable News.

Professor Mendez-Faith was also featured in the spring 2005 issue of Portraits, the college’s alumni magazine, in an article titled “Keeping the Faith: Professor’s Work Inspired by Father.”

Meg Carson’s Book Spawns a Documentary on Vietnam Nurses

August 18, 2006

A forthcoming book by Meg Carson, associate professor of nursing, is the basis for a documentary on Vietnam War nurses that will premiere Aug 18 and 19 on WE TV. “Vietnam Nurses with Dana Delaney” will air at 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, and 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. Dana Delaney, who narrates the documentary, played an Army nurse on “China Beach,” the ABC-TV series on Vietnam nurses.

The program is based on The Fine Art of Nursing Care: Lessons in Healing from War and Art, a book by Carson and Linda Finke that will be published in the spring by Sigma Theta Tau, the nursing honor society. Carson has long had a research interest in nurse veterans of the Vietnam War. The documentary will later be available on DVD.

‘99 Alumna Joins Foreign Service

August 15, 2006

Lilly Wahl-Tuco ‘99 is heading for France. Recently sworn into the American Foreign Service, she has been assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Paris as a vice consul, the New Hampshire Union Leader reported in an Aug. 14 column. “As a military ‘brat’ growing up abroad with an American father and an Italian mother in a bi-cultural, bilingual family, international affairs was always an interest of mine,” she said, “but it wasn’t until I attended Saint Anselm that I looked at a career in international relations.”

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