Democracy in Argentina: 30 Years After the Transition

UND10121316 Last week the London Global Gateway hosted a roundtable organized by Scott Mainwaring and Gabriela Ippolito-O’Donnell of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of democratic rule in Argentina.

“We are celebrating a founding moment today,” said Ambassador Castro, describing the December 10, 1983 swearing in of Argentina’s first democratically elected president after military rule and the truth commission, the world’s first, that followed. “The fight against impunity represents the collective effort of our people.”

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Photo by Mark Anderson

End of Another Chapter

Oxford Circus, London, Christmas 2011Tomorrow we say goodbye to the Fall ’13 LUP students!  We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.  We hope you have enjoyed your semester and have made some wonderful friends and memories.  It has been a pleasure to have you and we wish you the best of luck in the future.

Until next time,

The London Undergraduate Program Team

Image: “Oxford Circus, London, Christmas 2011” by Chris Beckett

Fall 2013 Playing Shakespeare class performs Macbeth at Shakespeare’s Globe

Playing Shakespeare class performing at The Globe TheatreLast week, thirteen Notre Dame students took to the main stage of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and performed a selection of acts from Macbeth.  The show closed the Playing Shakespeare course, taught in partnership between the University of Notre Dame and Globe Education at Shakespeare’s Globe, in which the students spent half a semester studying and reviewing Shakespeare plays, and the other half working on the Globe Theatre stage under actor and Globe Education course director  Nick Hutchison.

In their adaptation the students successfully portrayed the characters’ jealousy and madness.  Guillermo Alonso, a Film, Television and Theatre major and Joanna Kabuye, a PreProfessional major, gave a particularly notable performance of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth after Duncan’s murder.  Abigail Hebert, also a Film Television and Theatre major, provided light relief in her comical depiction of the Porter.  Others who participated included Maura Bailey, Stephen Charnley, Carl Condon, Kristina Flathers, Susanna Floyd, Christine Gibbons, Michael O’Brien, Emma O’Shea, Erin Portman, and Zach Wendeln.

“In spite of the biting cold, the students from the Playing Shakespeare class gave an inspired performance of the scenes from Macbeth” said Boika Sokolova, one of the Playing Shakespeare professors from Notre Dame.  “All rose to the challenge of the text and acted with confidence and conviction during a memorable half an hour.”

Nick Hutchison also commented “The Notre Dame students at the Globe brought great energy and zest to their performance of scenes from Macbeth; we started the sessions with a group many of whom had little or no acting experience and some of whom were frankly terrified at the thought of appearing on so illustrious a stage. Over the course of a few frenetic weeks they learned to trust the language, and through that, their own abilities, and the result was a show that had great flair, a strong use of the words, and a real commitment to addressing the audience. They learned so much about Shakespeare, about the Globe and about themselves; it was thrilling to be a part of the process.”

Notre Dame students, faculty, and staff attended the performance alongside staff from the Globe, and the evening ended with a reception at Ye Olde London pub.

Fall 2013 Cultural Immersion Photo Essay Contest Winner

Clockwise from top-left: Unionist commemorative mural; Self-portrait, signing one of the peace walls; Unionist commemorative mural; Nationalist political mural. Belfast, Northern Ireland A big congratulations to Kristina Flathers who won the Cultural Immersion Photo Essay Contest this semester.  Kristina, who is an Economics major, chose the effects of the Northern Ireland conflict across the UK as her topic.

“I left class that first Wednesday with a headache, having heard words like “ethnonationalism”and “consociationalism” thrown around more times than I can count. Nevertheless, I was already yearning for next week, so interested was I in learning more about the conflicts discussed in my Comparative Conflict Regulation class, namely those of Israel and Northern Ireland.”

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Archaeology and Ethics field trip to The British Museum

Archaeology and Ethics field trip by Fay StevensThe Archaeology and Ethics course covers the topics of archaeological ethics; the relationship between archaeology and others (the public, ethnic groups, avocational archaeologists, collectors, etc.); international and national approaches to archaeological heritage management (such as the effects of conflict on heritage); the antiquities market; reburial and repatriation of cultural heritage; issues of identity; the ethics of collecting; plunder; underwater archaeology, and treasure hunting; archaeology as a profession; and archaeological education. We explore these themes in a variety of contexts, including field trips to Bath and Stonehenge, The British Museum (e.g. the Parthenon Marbles, Egyptian Mummies, the Rosetta Stone), The Petrie Museum, The Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers Museums in Oxford etc.

As part of our studies – and to round off our museum visits to the Wellcome Collection, Petrie Museum, Ashmolean Museum, Pitt Rivers Museum and British Museum – we re-visited the British Museum with newly informed perspectives as we engaged with the ethical display of Egyptian mummies. Always a popular component of the course, museum field trips offer a great opportunity to get to grips with this fascinating topic.

Fay Stevens

Professor of Archaeology and Ethics at UNDE