The Department of English’s inaugural Ernest Sandeen Memorial Reading will bring together both established and up-and-coming talent Wednesday in McKenna Hall at 7:30 p.m. The reading will honor Sandeen, a former Notre Dame faculty member, and will feature U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer prize-winner Philip Levine and University of Illinois at Chicago professor Christina Pugh.In keeping with Sandeen’s legacy as a poet and a teacher, the English department selected Levine, who in turn selected a younger poet, Pugh, to read on the same night, according to a University press release.“The idea behind it is to make it stand out from other kinds of poetry reading,” professor of English William O’Rourke said. “To make [Sandeen’s] readings stand out … we select an older poet and then the older poet gets to choose a younger poet to come read with the older poet and that gives it a little bit of distinction.”“Philip Levine was available and he’s about as distinguished an older poet as we have in America right now,” O’Rourke said. “He also comes from Michigan and has a kind of working class background, more so than is sometimes true in the poetry world, and so his poetry has some of the same social concerns as [Sandeen] did. We figured he would be a good one to start the series with, and he selected Christina Pugh.”Pugh is a consulting editor for the publication “Poetry,” according to a press release. Pugh will be reading from her latest work, “Grains of the Voice” and another work, “Restoration.”“I am thrilled to be reading with Philip Levine,” Pugh said. “… I’ve enjoyed his work for many years and have found it to be some of the most moving work that’s out there. I can strongly remember my first experience of hearing him read in Boston and how overwhelming an experience that was, and it’s just wonderful to have the opportunity to read with him. I’m really grateful.”O’Rourke recalled the salon Sandeen and his wife, Eileen, would host at their house for members of the Department of English, including students, many of which Sandeen continued to keep in touch with after their graduation and his retirement.Sandeen taught for 50 years at Notre Dame and won the 1976 College of Arts and Letters’ Sheedy Award for Excellence in Teaching, according to a press release. O’Rourke said Sandeen had already retired when he began teaching at Notre Dame but he continued writing and influencing the literary community of South Bend. O’Rourke said he believed the Ernest Sandeen Endowment Fund will provide for the biannual Ernest Sandeen Memorial Reading, which will partially sponsor the Wednesday event, to continue into the future, bringing older and younger poets together at Notre Dame for years to come.Tags: department of english, poet laureate, Poetry, Sandeen
By Dialogo April 30, 2012 Let them come… They shall not pass through here! Brazil will boost its military presence in the Amazon region to protect its huge natural resources from any external threat, Defense Minister Celso Amorim told the Senate on April 26. “The commitment to the defense of the Amazon is fundamental. Navy, Air Force, all services will boost their presence in the Amazon in the next few years,” he said without giving further details. Amorim said Brazil did not feel threatened by any neighboring country but added: “We cannot rule out that some power from outside the region” may covet the natural resources of the Amazon, the planet’s largest rainforest and its main source of fresh water. “We are working on a plan to deploy (security) forces and the Amazon plays a very important role. It’s the most vulnerable part of our country,” Amorim said. “We have a wealth of resources which can make us the target of adventures,” he added. Amorim said the country’s strategic planners were planning to boost “transparent cooperation” with other Amazon countries, referring to plans to set up a security commission with Peru and Colombia. “We do not feel threatened by any South American countries and we do not want anyone to feel threatened by us. We always want full transparency to avoid suspicions,” the minister said. Brazil, Latin America’s largest country and the world’s sixth largest economy, shares the sprawling Amazon with Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela. Brasilia is also boosting its naval power in the South Atlantic with an ambitious submarine program to protect its huge deep-water oil reserves and project its growing influence. Under the National Defense Strategy unveiled in 2008, the Navy was tasked with developing a blue-water force to protect Brazil’s huge sub-salt oil reserves, the Amazon river basin and its 7,491 km-coastline. The sub-salt oil fields, located off the country’s southeast Atlantic coast beneath kilometers of ocean, bedrock and hot salt-beds, could contain more than 100 billion barrels of high-quality recoverable oil, according to official estimates.
Over four and a half years have passed since Canadian investor Len Lindstrom won a decisive case in the Civil Law Court but reports reaching the Daily Observer indicate that no effort has been made to enforce the Supreme Court’s Judgment since January 10, 2014.Lindstrom, the President CEO of Liberty Gold and Diamond Mining, Inc. and its associate companies, initiated the case in 2010 against the government of Liberia and the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy over the illegal termination of its numerous licensed mineral properties in Liberia and the government’s immediate relicensing of all Liberty properties to other companies.Judge Peter Gbenewelleh ruled on March 11, 2011 in the Lower Court that the actions of the government of Liberia and Lands, Mines and Energy were “…illegal, irregular, improper and unlawful” and further stated in the judgment that there had been gross violations of the investor’s rights and of the Constitution.The judge thereafter ordered the Liberty properties to be immediately returned and reinstated to the investor, which our sources say the Liberian government has failed to honor.Following the delay to enforce the Supreme Court’s order after more than three years, Lindstrom has complained about the “constant delays and outright lies… until I was left with no choice but to openly expose the underhanded and illegal actions of top government appointed officials at Lands, Mines and Energy,” which he did by writing and documenting his charges in a 618-page book entitled “Corruption 101 – Liberia Style.”The corruption book not only listed the names and actions of the individuals involved in the illegal expropriation of his properties but was substantiated with over 300 pages of documents to validate his charges. The book was widely received by the general public, including foreign governments and anti-corruption groups, and was welcomed for its accurate and documented exposure of gross government corruption, greed, coercion, extortion, misuse of political office and cunning manipulation designed to cheat investors and potentially and unjustly enrich officials.After waiting for over three and half years for an assignment in Supreme Court in response to the appeal filed by government, the highly publicized release of the “Corruption 101” book on Sunday evening, January 5, 2014, brought an almost immediate response, and only four and a half days later, the Supreme Court assigned the Liberty case and the same day delivered a 57-page Opinion and Final Judgment; both court documents had been reported to be completed months earlier.The Supreme Court’s Final Judgment was a unanimous decision determined by all five Justices in Liberty’s favor and was delivered on January 10, 2014. According to Lindstrom, six days after the ruling, Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe, his legal representative, received a ‘petition for re-argument’ on the pretext that the government did not want to delay the process any further but simply wanted to buy time to negotiate a quick and quiet out-of-court settlement with Lindstrom and the Liberty companies.Sources said Cllr. Gongloe questioned “this highly unusual action” and asked the Supreme Court if this unconventional event was a newly acceptable procedure for filing. “Despite promises that the Liberty case would be quickly assigned, it did not happen for 14 months until the Supreme Court reopened in March 2015, at which time arguments were heard concerning the motion on the very first day of active court in the March 2015 Term,” sources said. Nevertheless, sources confirmed that despite being the first case heard, the March court term came to a close six months later in August 2015 without the Liberty case being assigned and without any ruling being given. Lindstrom believes that the motion filed was intended to further delay, frustrate and thwart his efforts to get justice.Now that the Supreme Court has officially reopened for its October 2015 term, the Canadian investor is once again questioning whether the Honorable Court will assign his company’s case.Lindstrom told the Daily Observer: “But one thing is certain, no matter how much the government of Liberia believes they can simply ignore this problem, it will not go away because Len Lindstrom and his corporate colleagues, including local Liberty Operations Manager, Charles Davis, are fully committed to achieving due justice and will not cease their determined pursuit for justice until such time as the company receives all that is just, fair, legal and equitable in the case of Liberty vs. Government of Liberia.”The Liberty Gold and Diamond Mining Inc spent almost U$20 million dollars in development and exploration, employed a huge workforce of almost 300 Liberians and up to 25 professional geologists. And during its first number of years operation in Liberia, discovered 17 substantial gold deposits as well as one large iron ore deposit within their legally licensed territories.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)