Documentary film examines life, work of former University President Fr. Theodore Hesburgh

first_imgPresidents, popes, protests and probity fill many scenes depicted in the recent documentary film examining the life and work of former University President Fr. Theodore Hesburgh. Directed by Notre Dame alumnus Patrick Creadon ’89 and entitled “Hesburgh,” the movie debuted in South Bend and Chicago this past weekend and is set for its nationwide release beginning Thursday.Hesburgh — known to many as “Fr. Ted” — served the University as president for 35 years, transforming the small Catholic school with a good football team into a University internationally recognized for its academics and leadership. Creadon said Hesburgh and the character of the University in the modern era are intimately intertwined.“Fr. Ted really is the father of Notre Dame in the modern era. Obviously, Fr. [Edward] Sorin founded the school in 1842; Fr. Ted is really our second founder,” Creadon said. “It’s hard to really understand it and its mission until you really understand who Fr. Ted was.”Though the production crew of “Hesburgh” was confident in the importance of the story they set out to share, Creadon said there were doubts about how large the film’s reception would be. In summer of 2018, the film premiered in Washington, D.C., to a sold-out crowd, putting the crew’s worries to rest and expanding the scope of the debut to a national run set to begin Friday.“The reception has been wildly receptive, people have been wildly enthusiastic,” he said. “Our big fear was that we were going to spend two and a half years making a movie that nobody outside of Notre Dame cared to see, and that’s definitely not what the case has been.”“Hesburgh” is not Creadon’s first Notre Dame-centric film, as he directed “Catholics vs Convicts” for ESPN’s “30 for 30” sports-documentary series. Creadon said that despite the many recent darker documentaries revolving around scandals and fraud such as “Surviving R. Kelly” and “Fyre,” he is attracted to the more hopeful aspects of humanity.“I like to tell stories that make life worth living, that celebrate the humor and the decency and the aspirational dreams of us as a society,” he said. “I’ve always been drawn towards stories that give you hope and inspire you, and in that sense, [“Hesburgh”] is probably the crowning achievement of the work we’ve done so far.”But to undertake the life of Hesburgh — the life of a man who holds 150 honorary degrees and received 16 presidential appointments — was no small task. Members of the “Hesburgh” production crew sifted through countless newspaper articles, personal letters and hours of film to gain insight to the life and work of Hesburgh, Creadon said.“Part of our job was to introduce who he is and start from square one, but then the other part of the job was to take this very big very powerful story and condense it into a 100-minute film,” he said. “He was this heroic figure that was asked to do all of these different things all around the world, and quite honestly every time he was asked to do something he delivered, which is why people kept calling.”Framing Hesburgh in a way that did justice to his dynamic character required a thorough knowledge of both his public and private life, Creadon said. Despite this, Creadon said he decided not to read Hesburgh’s autobiography, “God, Country, Notre Dame,” prior to making the film.“I didn’t want to get a very specific narrative into my head when we were starting, I didn’t want that,” he said. “Otherwise it’s hard to get that out of your head if you take that approach, so I was looking elsewhere for the stories.”In order to discover Hesburgh the man — not just Hesburgh the University President and advisor to positions of great authority — Creadon said the production crew spent significant time speaking with his close friends, caretakers and family.“Those are some of the best interviews in the movie because you realize that despite the fact that he was dealing with so many weighty and lofty issues and dealing with so many famous and powerful people, he had such a nice way with the people within his inner circle,” Creadon said. “You want to walk away not just understanding the dates and the factual information — you want to understand what made him tick. That part of the story was every bit as important as the conversations he had in the White House and the times that he spent with Martin Luther King.”From these interviews with those close to Hesburgh emerged a man of confidence, kindness and integrity. Creadon said Hesburgh’s strong leadership provides a model for a society and culture experiencing what he calls a “crisis of leadership.”“Anyone who’s looking to vote in 2020 and is trying to imagine or reimagine what really good leadership looks like, this film is a great starting point,” he said. “I would love for people to walk out of the theaters being convinced that there’s a better way to lead, there’s a better way to move the country forward than just sort of shouting at each other and not trusting each other and not taking the time to get to know our adversaries.”Tags: catholics vs convicts, Film, Fr. Ted, Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, Hesburgh, leadership, pat creadonlast_img read more

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Tickets Now On Sale The Heir Apparent Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows Meet young Eraste. He has it all: good looks, a beautiful fiancée, and a huge inheritance from an ancient uncle. There’s just one little problem: the uncle won’t die and he’s bequeathed his entire fortune to a distant relative. Oh, and did we mention the uncle also intends to marry Eraste’s fiancée? What’s a fine 18th-century fellow to do? What else but enlist the aid of his resourceful servant, Crispin, who could “out-Figaro” Figaro. The cast will also feature Carson Elrod, Claire Karpen, Amelia Pedlow, Dave Quay and Paxton Whitehead. Tickets are now on sale to see Tony nominees David Pittu and Suzanne Bertish star in Tony nominee David Ives’ The Heir Apparent, adapted from the play by Jean-François Regnard. Directed by John Rando, the show will begin performances March 28 at the Classic Stage Company and play a limited engagement through May 4. Opening night is set for April 9. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on May 11, 2014 The Heir Apparentlast_img read more

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Jamesport DWI Crash Leaves 1 Dead, 1 Arrested

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 90-year-old man was struck and killed by an alleged drunken driver in the victim’s hometown of Jamesport on Tuesday night, Riverhead Town Police said.Diane O’Neill, 65, of Farmingville, was driving her Mercedes on Main Road when she allegedly hit a pedestrian, George Kurovics, shortly after 7 p.m., police said.Kurovics was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators found O’Neill to be intoxicated and placed her under arrest, police said.O’Neill was charged with driving while intoxicated. She will be arraigned at Riverhead Town Justice Court.The case was referred to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, which will determine if additional charges will be filed, police said.last_img read more

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5 reasons to rediscover marketing’s unsung hero: direct mail

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text continue reading »center_img Ask a credit union where they’re focusing their marketing budget and digital is the likely answer. It makes sense: Members demand digital awareness and convenience and many credit unions still have critical work to do in this area.But when you want to inform, engage and drive action—especially for products and services that require some time and education to sell—don’t overlook the power of direct mail.We often refer to direct mail as marketing’s unsung hero. Like credit unions, direct mail can be a powerful way to connect members to the products and services they need most but doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. We think it’s time for that to change! Here’s why.last_img read more

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Indonesian weightlifters bring home six gold medals from Olympic qualifier event in Iran

first_imgFolliowing the Iranian qualifier event, Indonesian weightlifters are to participate in competitions in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Romania as the weightlifting qualifier events for the Olympics run until April. Topics : Indonesia’s weightlifting team is bringing home six gold and three silver medals from the fifth International Fajr Cup (Namjou Cup), held on Feb. 2 in Rasht, Gilan province, Iran.The event, which runs from Feb. 1 to 5, is one of the qualifiers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.Veteran weightlifter Eko Yuli Irawan snatched three gold in the 67 kilogram category, Deni won two silver and a bronze in 67 kg and Triyatno secured the remaining three gold in the 73 kg category, the Indonesian Embassy in Tehran said in a statement on Monday.last_img read more

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Area Girls Softball Sectional Scores-Lady Indians Capture Softball Sectional Crown

first_imgCongratulations to The Milan Lady Indians and Coach Yatzie Roysden on winning The Girls Softball Sectional Championship.Class 2A-Sectional 45 @ Switz. County.Milan  5     SW Hanover  4Class 1A-Sectional 60 @ Rising Sun.Hauser  11     Oldenburg Academy  1Class 3A-Sectional 29 @ Madison.Connersville  2     Madison  1Class 4A-Sectional 14 @ Bloomington North.Shelbyville  3     Bloomington North  0last_img

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Naismith piles pressure on Ireland

first_img “I’ve said all along that if you win your home games and put in good performances, you’ll take points from the away ones and have a great chance of qualifying. That’s what we’ve got to concentrate on. “We felt we deserved our win in the first game against Ireland back in November and I’m sure we’ll watch over clips of them over the next few days to devise a game plan to hopefully win again. “There is an optimism more than ever in the squad. That comes from the competition for places in the squad being much higher and with results picking up. “Over the last two years, even when our performances haven’t been at our best, we’ve taken positives from the games and that helps to build the confidence as well. “Also, a lot of the players are coming to the key part of their careers so they want to be going to these big tournaments instead of watching them “Winning that last game at Celtic Park gives us confidence without a doubt. I think that was the big game a lot of people looked forward to with it being so close to home. “The build up and the feeling before it had the sense of being a real big match so as the week rolls on I think it will be similar again. But I’ve said all along that we are confident in every game we go into.” Press Association Steven Naismith has warned the Republic of Ireland their hopes of reaching Euro 2016 will be left hanging by a thread if they fail to beat his Scotland side on Saturday. Martin O’Neill’s team trail the Dark Blues by two points going into this weekend’s crucical Group D clash in Dublin. Defeat to Gordon Strachan’s men would leave them at least six points behind group leaders Poland – who take on Georgia – five behind the Scots and possibly just as many behind Germany, so long as the world champions see off minnows Gibraltar. And Naismith has warned that will be difficult to overcome with just four games to play in the race to reach the finals in France next summer. The Everton forward said: “If Ireland lose this it would put them at a disadvantage but I wouldn’t say they’d be totally out of it. “They would still have a big part to play in terms of facing the other teams and if they put a run of wins together they would still have a chance. “But to be honest I’m not really bothered about what Ireland are doing, it’s more about what we have to do.” While Scotland will hope to knock the Irish out of the qualification battle, they know failure to pick up all three points at the Aviva Stadium will allow Poland – who top the group with a one-point advantage over both Germany and the Scots – and Joachim Low’s side to move clear. But Naismith is refusing to worry about results elsewhere. The former Rangers attacker – who came through a clash with Qatar goalkeeper Amine Lecomte in Friday night’s 1-0 Easter Road win with only a scratch – said: “I don’t think winning this game is more crucial with Germany and Poland expected to beat Gibraltar and Georgia, because when the next round of fixtures comes round and we play one of the so-called smaller teams, people will expect us to win. “I think we just need to focus on this game and the position we are in. last_img read more

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George Zimmerman Sues Democratic Presidential Candidates Over Trayvon Martin Tweets

first_imgThe tweets came on what would’ve been Martin’s 25th birthday. The lawsuit seeks more than $15,000 in damages. (Polk County, FL) — The former neighborhood watchman who was acquitted after shot and killed an unarmed black teen in Sanford, Florida is suing two Democratic presidential candidates over their tweets about the Trayvon Martin case. George Zimmerman’s lawsuit goes after former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren for their tweets about race relations and Trayvon Martin on February 5th. Zimmerman went on trial as he was accused of fatally shooting the unarmed black teen, but was acquitted. Zimmerman claims Buttigieg and Warren sought political gain through defamation as Warren called for an end to racism while Buttigieg mentioned white supremacy and gun violence in his tweet. Trayvon Martin would have been 25 today.How many 25th birthdays have been stolen from us by white supremacy, gun violence, prejudice, and fear?#BlackLivesMatter— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) February 5, 2020last_img read more

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Smith ruled out of third Ashes Test

first_imgSTEVE Smith has been ruled out of the third Ashes Test in Leeds having failed to recover in time from the concussion he sustained at Lord’s.Coach Justin Langer confirmed the news two days out from the third Test on a cold Tuesday morning at Headingley, with Smith appearing understandably downbeat around his teammates.As the squad huddle disbanded to begin practice, Smith received a pat on the shoulder from vice-captain Pat Cummins before Langer wrapped his arm around the right-hander as the squad warmed up without him.Langer and Smith then walked out to the middle to inspect the pitch as the rest of the group limbered up and jogged laps around the outfield. Team doctor Richard Saw was seen chatting to Smith near the centre square and he had the final say on Smith’s involvement in the match, as per Cricket Australia’s concussion protocols. Smith requires the approval of Dr Saw before he can resume playing.Smith was in a race against time to be fit for the third Test after he was struck by a searing Jofra Archer bouncer on day four of the Lord’s Test.Smith was the first player in international cricket to be substituted out of a match following the scary blow to the neck from Archer.While he was keen to bat on, following the blow, Dr Saw removed Smith from play as a precaution, and after passing a series of concussion tests resumed his innings.But after waking up groggy and with a headache on the morning of day five, Smith was subbed out for Queensland’s Manus Labuschagne, who starred on Sunday with 59 to ensure Australia drew the second Test and preserved their 1-0 series lead.Labuschagne appears to be the favourite to take Smith’s place in the XI for the clash in Leeds.Smith now has two weeks to be ready for the fourth Test in Manchester, which starts on September 4, with a three-day tour match in Derby from August 29 to 31.For Smith to have been cleared to play in Leeds he would have needed to show no symptoms of concussion, gradually return to full activity, pass routine concussion assessments and face fast bowling in the nets to ensure his reaction speeds had not waned.Smith has been in imperious form during the Ashes, scoring 142, 144 and 92 in his three innings so far.His prolific form has seen him rise to No.2 in the ICC Test batting rankings, just nine rating points behind India captain Virat Kohli.While he watched his teammates train, Smith enjoyed a long chat with former Australia captain Mark Taylor, who captained Australia to a win at Headingley in 1997.Australia require just one more win in the series to retain the Ashes. (Cricket.comau)last_img read more

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