March 29, 2018
“He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.”
As we prepare for the Paschal Triduum-Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday-it is important to remember that everything that Jesus did for us was because He loves us. His washing of the disciples’ feet, His passion, His death, His descent into hell, and His resurrection from the dead are all acts of love for us.
So no matter what we’ve done, what sin we’ve committed, or wherever we are in our spiritual lives, Jesus is telling us, through everything we’re about to enter into with Him, “I love you. Come back to me.”
March 29, 2018 Holy Thursday “He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.” (John 13:1) As we prepare for the Paschal Triduum-Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday-it is important to remember that everything that Jesus did for us was because He loves us. His […]MORE
Today is the official end of the CEA/PC in Rome Spring 2017 program. Students are packing their belongings, moving out of their apartments, and saying their final farewells. Most find it incredibly hard to believe that the semester is over…it seems like yesterday that everyone arrived filled with high hopes and expectations. Now it is time for some final reckonings.
The signature class for every PC student studying in Rome is The New Testament in the Eternal City. Every week Dr. Erik Walters balanced lecture, class discussion of the readings, and site visits that correlated with the topics and themes of this theology course. The last two site visits were on back-to-back Fridays, culminating with a visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel and then a visit to St. Peter’s, including the scavi (excavations) beneath and, for those inclined, a climb up to the dome. These visits, along with the Papal Audience, are hallmarks of the class and connect our students intimately to Scripture and to the Catholic Church, past, present, and future.
Student have been engaged in a lot of finals these past two weeks. Those in the Prof. Alessandro Zanazzo’s Photography in Rome class exhibited the best of their works. This year, Dr. Alexandra Massini, the Academic Director, invited a professional photographer to join faculty and staff in judging the final works. The students have done incredible work on a range of subjects using a variety of techniques perfected over the course of the semester. We plan to host a exhibit of their photography at Providence College in the fall. These will include work from both semesters of the 2016/2017 PC in Rome academic year.
Immediately following the student photography exhibit, CEA and PC students celebrated the end of the semester at a farewell dinner with faculty and staff at Camillo B., a trattoria just around the corner from CEA near the Piazza Cavour. It was a bittersweet moment, filled with both laughter and some tears! I, and all of the faculty and staff here at CEA-Rome will miss them!
We wish all of our students best of luck in the future and hope that this experience has been transformative for them in the best sense of the word. I know that this is only the beginning of a lifetime of exploration. Until we meet again….a la prossima!
Thanks for tuning in! Go Friars!
Today is the official end of the CEA/PC in Rome Spring 2017 program. Students are packing their belongings, moving out of their apartments, and saying their final farewells. Most find it incredibly hard to believe that the semester is over…it seems like yesterday that everyone arrived filled with high hopes and expectations. Now it is […]MORE
GUEST BLOGGER: MANUELA BARCELOS
Manuela is the ESL/Academic Skills Specialist in the OAS. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with family, leisurely dinners with friends, and keeping up with all the NBC Chicago episodes.
You looked forward to the much-awaited week of spring break. The anticipation mounted as the days drew nearer and then…it was over before you could say “tequila!” Now, the transition to the routine you eagerly left behind before break seems like a form of human torture. How do you get back on that proverbial hamster wheel?
REFLECT: Take the time to realize that spring break was just what the doctor ordered. You may be coming off of spring break feeling like you should’ve accomplished some school work or that you slept more than you should have. Lose the guilt. You needed the time to recoup and if you slept more than usual, that was your body telling you that it was time to recharge. Be grateful for the R&R you got over break. Don’t get caught up in useless regrets over not having gotten any work done. That time is gone and you can’t get it back. It’s more fruitful to think about how to get on track again.
TAKE BABY STEPS: You may not feel immediately motivated to hit the books, so take small steps toward getting in gear. You can start by unpacking. Leaving your unpacked bags lying around will only remind you of your long lost spring break. Get some laundry done. Put all your toiletries away, etc. Maybe even run an errand or two.
PLAN AHEAD: As you think about what lies ahead for the remainder of the semester, it all seems like work work work work work! Before the nostalgia of your spring break creeps in, get out your calendar. Plan for the week ahead. Make some room in your calendar for small rewards to look forward to soon. For example, pencil in some study breaks throughout the week in which you can indulge in some of Ray’s delights like FroYo, chicken nugget day, or make your own s’mores. Once you get through your first week back, plan an outing on the weekend with friends – maybe a trip to the movies or your favorite burger spot. These may pale in comparison to the week you just had in Cancun or vegging back home, but they will get you through until your next break.
Speaking of your next break…while you are updating your calendar, plug in your 5-day Easter Recess. And when that’s over there are only 26 days left before the official end of the semester. But who’s counting, right?
Adapted from: Jimenez, R. (2015, March 17). Post spring break: getting back into the groove. KTB.
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GUEST BLOGGER: MANUELA BARCELOS Manuela is the ESL/Academic Skills Specialist in the OAS. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with family, leisurely dinners with friends, and keeping up with all the NBC Chicago episodes. You looked forward to the much-awaited week of spring break. The anticipation mounted as the days drew nearer […]MORE
I hope my New England friends have been enjoying a summer full of beach days and Del’s lemonade, and my pals back home are beating the heat with some Ted Drewes. My summer so far has been lacking in travel and outdoor activities compared to past years but has nevertheless been exciting … in a less ‘summery,’ more educational way. Reading and writing lots of philosophy may sound like an actual nightmare to some, but that is what most of my summer so far has consisted of, and I am happy as a clam about it.
About a month and a half after settling into my research here at PC, I spent two weeks in July attending an intensive summer philosophy program at Brown University, joined by eight other students from around the country. Specifically, this was a program to promote diversity and inclusivity in philosophy, which has been historically dominated by Western males. Being surrounded by peers whose identities have been traditionally underrepresented in the discipline was extremely rewarding, and hearing about their unique experiences within philosophy opened my eyes to new perspectives.
For the duration of the program, we attended two daily seminars, “Philosophy of Time” and “Global Justice” taught by two different professors. Some highlights from the first, a metaphysics course, was being able to talk physics … without actually talking physics. While I had studied Einstein’s Laws of Special Relativity before, aside from the analytical calculations, I had not approached the topic from a philosophical perspective. In simple terms, this theory states that we have evidence to believe that time is relative! (Specifically, the duration of time between two events depends on the frame of reference from which it is being observed.) Basically, in this seminar we got to ditch all the formulas and numbers while talking about how this theory conflicts with our norms about time being an objectively measurable entity, and how we should make sense of a notion that seems so counter intuitive.
What really got me thinking, though, was the question about which times exist; for most of us, the default is that the present is special (compared to past and future) in some way, and that the past no longer exists. But what about the past makes it “past?” You can see how this question could go in circles. We could say that we know past events are in the past because they already happened. But this would mean that we already assume that time is a dynamic, and such a thing as “now” and “then” exist. And how do we know this for sure? Also, can we locate “in the past” spatially? These kinds of discussions had me confused and intrigued for hours on end, and almost always ended in further questions regarding the ontology of time. I even started to question the ability of linguistics, particularly our use of past and future tenses, to accurately capture our experiences of time. This course was like a combination of philosophy + physics on steroids, and I loved every minute of it.
As for my Global Justice seminar, we covered topics ranging from inequality, distribution issues, individual moral obligations in preventing suffering, and war. All are clearly very relevant to real world application, which made the content even more enriching. But the highlight of this seminar was, hands down, Skyping with Jeff McMahan, the mastermind behind the revisionist version of Just War Theory. He gave us an MTV Cribs-style tour of his office at Oxford, and we had the opportunity to ask questions about his theory, only to be blown away by his well-articulated and brilliant responses to even the most theoretically insane “What ifs?” that we threw at him.
All in all, my two weeks up on College Hill were extremely rewarding, and I learned more about philosophy than I could’ve ever hoped to. Although the program sadly came to an end, I was able to dive into my personal research project with some added inspiration, mostly due to the experiences of cultural relativism that I heard from my peers.
Quick recap: My research, overseen by Dr. Arroyo, is based on a cross-cultural examination of Japan and America. My interest lies in the sphere of early education and childrearing, analyzing how each society’s values and ethos inform how parents and teachers educate and nurture children. One of the most interesting things I have been writing about recently is the fact that Japan’s educational system was democratized to mirror that of the United States’, after WW2 under the occupation of General MacArthur. Ever since these reforms, the basic structure of the elementary school system has been essentially the same in each country. Yet, despite this similarity, the methods and teaching philosophies utilized in each are wildly different. Dr. Merry White, anthropologist at Boston University, says it best: “in borrowing European and American models of schooling, Japan did not borrow Western conceptions of learning and childhood.”
These conceptions refer to a range of things. Like, for example, the purpose that education is believed to serve in each society. You may be wondering, “Isn’t the purpose of education pretty … universal?” That’s what I thought, too. But it turns out, this concept holds distinct cultural meaning in each society. In Japan, learning in school is regarded as a holistic development, encompassing mind, body, and soul. There is equal emphasis on physical activity, moral development, as well as academics within the curriculum. And in the moral sphere, cooperation, empathy and loyalty to the group are emphasized, and so large class sizes are preferred to allow students to practice these skills. All of these philosophies are quite foreign to our elementary schools. So, you can see how diverging beliefs about learning and childhood can greatly change how the elementary school system functions, despite a similar structure.
I’m still working on getting the findings of my research down on paper, so how my project will turn out is one big question mark for now. But I am excited to continue putting bits and pieces of my work together, and discovering more about two major elements of my identity along the way.
Thanks for reading!
Hello All! I hope my New England friends have been enjoying a summer full of beach days and Del’s lemonade, and my pals back home are beating the heat with some Ted Drewes. My summer so far has been lacking in travel and outdoor activities compared to past years but has nevertheless been exciting … […]MORE
The first centers around a fair use debate, similar in nature to a case covered in a previous post about Shepard Fairey’s Obama HOPE poster and his use of a photo as inspiration: The estate of Andy Warhol has filed suit against New York City photographer Lynn Goldsmith as a preemptive strike to protect Warhol’s legacy. According to the NY Daily News, Goldsmith had been expected to file a copyright infringement lawsuit against the estate. Goldsmith alleges that Warhol used a photo she took of Prince in 1981 as inspiration for his Prince Series (created in 1984) without asking permission or crediting her.
The estate argues that Warhol’s appropriation of the photo was transformative enough to be considered new work (therefore, meeting the terms of fair use under U.S. copyright law) and allege Goldsmith’s objective is extortion. Estate lawyer Luke Nikas stated in court documents that, “Although Warhol often used photographs taken by others as inspiration for his portraits, Warhol’s works were entirely new creations. As would be plain to any reasonable observer, each portrait in Warhol’s Prince Series fundamentally transformed the visual aesthetic and meaning of the Prince Publicity Photograph.” When asked why she did not pursue legal measures at any point over the past 30 years, Goldsmith said that she was only made aware of the pieces in 2016, when Condé Nast published a special issue called The Genius of Prince. The estate counters that she knew of the pieces as far back as 1984, when she granted permission to Vanity Fair to publish one of them.
Prince’s image isn’t the only thing sparking debate – his catalog of work is, as well. While his Warner Bros. music catalog was released earlier this year to digital streaming platforms, his videography remains largely inaccessible to the public due to copyright disputes. Will his full videography eventually be made available? And further, will the public ever gain access to the material in his Paisley Park estate’s storied vault? It’s been speculated that nearly all contents of the vault lack thorough rights contracts.
Prince’s estate has been in flux for some time, as it’s battled to resolve contractual disputes over copyright issues with Warner and Universal. Since his passing in April 2016, various issues involving copyright have arisen. The public’s collective hope is for speedy resolution to copyright matters so all may freely access his work. (Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Copyright disputes over Prince’s material and image have been making news since his untimely passing and two stories of note have emerged in recent months. The first centers around a fair use debate, similar in nature to a case covered in a previous post about Shepard Fairey’s Obama HOPE poster and his use of a […]MORE
ESE Study Abroad Blog
Week of December 4
I can’t believe we are in the single digit countdown to coming home! This has been such an incredible experience it’s hard to believe that we have less than 10 days left. One of the best parts of this experiences has been practicum. Teaching in an italian classroom has been incredible and nothing like what I expected. For starters, I NEVER expected to teach with my hands this much!! And I never expected to teach in a room with no technology. 2 chalboards. That was all I had.
I don’t know what I was expecting going into this experience. It never really hit me until I got into the classroom that I was teaching English to Italian students. When I walked into the room for the first day the students were so excited and all yelled “good morning” at me. That is why it did not hit me until after I sat down to observe and they all started yelling in Italian. I was attempting to make out the few Italian words I knew, like how to say pizza, pasta and thank you….but none of the students were using those. It was very overwhelming…but I was also excited.
My favorite lesson of this semester was by far the last lesson I taught, my Christmas lesson. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love Christmas, so it is obvious that this is by far my favorite subject to teach. Throughout the semester I always made it a point to integrate US cultures and traditions into my lessons whenever possible. I liked to show the students how things are different at home and give them as accurate of a picture of America as possible. When I taught the Christmas lesson we compared Christmas in Italy to Christmas in America and found many similarities and a few differences. For example, in Italy there are no stockings hung by the fireplace. When I was explaining it to the students they thought it was the coolest thing ever but did not understand how Santa could fit anything in a pair of tights!! During the lesson the students were decorating paper ornaments and hanging them up on the paper tree I placed at the front of the room. It was an indescribable feeling to be looking around the room at my little Italian 6th graders as they colored ornaments, writing English phrases on them and randomly bursting into song, with those songs being various American Christmas Carols. I saw the students writing things on their ornaments that I taught them weeks ago. It was such an incredible feeling to see that the students were actually learning and understanding what I was teaching them.
So now as practicum has come to a close, all the weekend trips have ended, and we are in the final single digit countdown, I am realizing more and more how grateful I am for this experience. It has changed me in ways I cannot describe, but I am so thankful for. Florence is a beautiful place to be able to call home for 4 months, but I think I am ready to be back in Friartown!!
Caitlin Whitaker ESE Study Abroad Blog Week of December 4 I can’t believe we are in the single digit countdown to coming home! This has been such an incredible experience it’s hard to believe that we have less than 10 days left. One of the best parts of this experiences has been practicum. Teaching […]MORE
Almost eight hundred years ago, in December of 1216, the birth of a new religious order also took place. Father Dominic de Guzman, a Spanish priest, petitioned Pope Honorius II successfully for a new religious order, which would come to be called the Order of Preachers. To celebrate this anniversary and Black History Month, there is an exhibit in the library honoring a black Peruvian Dominican who became a saint: Saint Martin de Porres. Who was Saint Martin?
Martin de Porres Velázquez, O.P. (December 9, 1579 – November 3, 1639), was a lay brother of the Dominican Order who was beatified in 1837 by Pope Gregory XVI and canonized in 1962 by Pope John XXIII. He is the patron saint of mixed-race people, barbers, innkeepers, public health workers, and all those seeking racial harmony.
Born in the city of Lima, he was the illegitimate son of a Spanish nobleman, Don Juan de Porres, and Ana Velázquez, a freed slave from Panama. He had a sister named Juana, born two years later in 1581 and after the birth of his sister, the father abandoned the family. Ana Velázquez supported her children by taking in laundry. He grew up in poverty and, when his mother could not support him, Martin was confided to a primary school for two years, and then placed with a barber/surgeon to learn the medical arts. He spent hours of the night in prayer, a practice which increased as he grew older.
By law in Peru, descendants of Africans and Indians were barred from becoming full members of religious orders. The only route open to Martin was to ask the Dominicans of Holy Rosary Priory in Lima to accept him as a “donado”, a volunteer who performed menial tasks in the monastery in return for the privilege of wearing the habit and living with the religious community. At the age of 15 he asked for admission to the Dominican Convent of the Rosary in Lima and was received first as a servant boy, and as his duties grew he was promoted to almoner.
Martin continued to practice his old trades of barbering and healing and was said to have performed many miraculous cures. He also took on kitchen work, laundry, and cleaning. After eight years at Holy Rosary, the prior Juan de Lorenzana, decided to turn a blind eye to the law and permit Martin to take his vows as a member of the Third Order of Saint Dominic. Holy Rosary was home to 300 men, not all of whom were as open-minded as De Lorenzana; one of the novices called Martin a “mulatto dog,” while one of the priests mocked him for being illegitimate and descended from slaves. He never became a priest. It is said that when his convent was in debt, he implored them: “I am only a poor mulatto, sell me.”
When Martin was 34, after he had been given the religious habit of a lay brother, he was assigned to the infirmary, where he was placed in charge and would remain in service until his death at the age of 59. He was known for his care of the sick. His superiors saw in him the virtues necessary to exercise unfailing patience in this difficult role. It was not long before miracles were attributed to him. Martin also cared for the sick outside his convent, often bringing them healing with only a simple glass of water. He ministered without distinction to Spanish nobles and to slaves recently brought from Africa.
Martin did not eat meat. He begged for alms to procure necessities the convent could not provide. In normal times, Martin succeeded with his alms to feed 160 poor persons every day, and distributed a remarkable sum of money every week to the indigent. Side by side with his daily work in the kitchen, laundry and infirmary, Martin’s life is said to have reflected extraordinary gifts: ecstasies that lifted him into the air, light filling the room where he prayed, bilocation, miraculous knowledge, instantaneous cures and a remarkable rapport with animals. He founded a residence for orphans and abandoned children in the city of Lima.
Martin de Porres is often depicted as a young mulatto friar wearing the old habit of the Dominican lay brother, a black scapular and capuce, along with a broom, since he considered all work to be sacred no matter how menial. He is sometimes shown with a dog, a cat and a mouse eating in peace from the same dish. The statue of him in front of Martin Hall was sculpted by a Dominican Friar, Father Thomas McGlynn, who taught briefly at Providence College.
Almost eight hundred years ago, in December of 1216, the birth of a new religious order also took place. Father Dominic de Guzman, a Spanish priest, petitioned Pope Honorius II successfully for a new religious order, which would come to be called the Order of Preachers. To celebrate this anniversary and Black History Month, there […]MORE
We have recently been asked about the color of cooked chicken on the grill, and why it sometimes might appear pink. We can assure you, it is not because the chicken is undercooked! Food safety is our highest priority, and there are systems in place to assure both quality and safety of the food we serve everywhere on campus. The goal of this blog post is to answer the specific question regarding how the chicken breast in Raymond Dining Hall is cooked.
The color of cooked poultry can vary greatly based on a number of factors. Everything from white, to tan, to pink, are safe to eat under the stipulation that the appropriate temperature, 165°F, has been reached. Here is some information about what influences the end color of a safely cooked piece of poultry…
In young birds, oven gases readily permeate the skin creating a chemical reaction involving hemoglobin while cooking, therefore altering the final color. Older birds have a thicker layer of fat in between the skin and the meat making it less likely to develop a pink color. Naturally occurring (emphasis on naturally!) nitrates and nitrites in feed and water can also determine the color of the meat both before and after cooking, as can a marinade that includes a nitrite or nitrate-rich ingredient. While it is not necessarily possible to identify one single reason why any piece of poultry might appear to have a pink color, we can certainly hypothesize. For example, garlic in a marinade may play a role as it finds itself on the low-end of the medium category for nitrate content of common vegetables. However, with all things science, it is not a hard and fast rule that garlic will have enough nitrates on its own to change the color of poultry 100% of the time. The range is vast, as no two cloves of garlic are the same, just as no two pieces of chicken breast will be exactly the same. See where I am going with this?
You could have a very young piece of chicken breast, and a clove of garlic with a nitrate content at the high end of its determined range, making for a pink colored piece of cooked chicken. Or, the complete opposite – older chicken, low nitrate content in the garlic, and a white piece of cooked chicken.
In Raymond, we marinate the chicken on the grill with oil, salt, pepper, and garlic. It is then cooked in the oven and finished on the grill. The temperature is checked for every single batch we cook to ensure food safety, no exceptions. If you ever have a concern regarding food safety on campus, we are here to help! All dining managers and supervisors are ServSafe certified, the national standard for food safety management certification, and can address your questions. You can also send us an email at email@example.com.
Sarah Ereio, RD, LDN
Registered Dietitian | Providence College Dining Services
We have recently been asked about the color of cooked chicken on the grill, and why it sometimes might appear pink. We can assure you, it is not because the chicken is undercooked! Food safety is our highest priority, and there are systems in place to assure both quality and safety of the food we […]MORE
I recently had the opportunity to chat with Eileen Wisnewski, director of our Center for Career Education & Professional Development (CCEPD), about the upcoming Fall Expo that will take place on Wednesday, October 3rd, in the Peterson Center. Eileen, who has more than 20 years of experience in the career development field, has been a member of the PC community for seven years. She works with an amazing team who are “passionate about assisting students with their career development and creating lives of meaning and purpose.”
I think you will agree that there is lots of great information here for you to share with your students.
Can you tell us a little bit about the Career Expo and some of the major components of this event?
We have two Career Expos, one in the fall and one in the spring. On October 3, there will be approximately 150 organizations and graduate schools in attendance and more than 1,300 students will participate. The Career Fair and Graduate School Fair are two major features of the Expo.
Some of the other major components that help make this an event for all students, regardless of their class year, include:
Major/Minor Fair: Faculty and students from all majors are present to speak with students who want to confirm their major choice, discover other majors that they might consider, and/or select a minor. It is also important to know that many students will change their major that was originally declared – so this is also a helpful resource for declared students.
Summer Experience Showcase: Students volunteer to come and share their summer experiences with their peers. This can include research opportunities, internships, career appropriate summer jobs, and more. It gives younger students a place to meet more experienced students to discover “how they spent their summer.”
Free Professional LinkedIn photographs: We hire a professional photographer to take headshots of the first 200 students. This has been a big hit in the past.
Do you have some suggestions for parents to pass on to their students about how to make the most of this experience?
- If your student does not have a suit or professional outfit on campus, please encourage him/her to bring one back to campus.
- Make sure they have activated their Handshake account and look up the organizations that will be attending.
- Recommend that they come to the Expo Crunch event on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, for extra preparation. We will have employers doing resume reviews, have a tie-tying bar, “practice your elevator pitch” booth, and more.
- Suggest that they stop by our “Daily Drop-In Hours,” which are Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. where they can meet with a career coach for additional advice.
- Finally, last year, we had a video made of the Fall Career Expo – check it out for yourself! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kfbw7sWsOC4
I recently had the opportunity to chat with Eileen Wisnewski, director of our Center for Career Education & Professional Development (CCEPD), about the upcoming Fall Expo that will take place on Wednesday, October 3rd, in the Peterson Center. Eileen, who has more than 20 years of experience in the career development field, has been a […]MORE