Panelists discuss creation of “Sisters of Selma”

first_imgFilmmaker Jayasri Majumdar Hart and professor of religious studies and film consultant Carol Coburn took part in a viewing and discussion of the PBS documentary “Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness for Change” on Tuesday evening.The event was sponsored by Saint Mary’s Center of Multicultural Services, Campus Ministry and Student Diversity Board (SDB) and was moderated by Deacon Melvin Tardy, Jr., an academic advisor in Notre Dame’s First Year of Studies and assistant professorial specialist. Tardy is also the chair of the Black Catholic Advisory Board for the diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.The documentary features the testimonies of Catholic sisters who went to Selma in 1965 to peacefully protest for civil rights, alongside thousands of activists and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. According to the documentary, the goal of the protest in Selma was to exercise African-Americans’ legal right to register to vote without encountering harm and intimidation tactics.Hart said she found the story of the Catholic sisters while doing research.“What amazed me was how much news footage was available, and I thought ‘I have to make this film’” she said. “[PBS] makes sure everything you put in your film is authentic. They are very supportive but very demanding, so they require a history consultant.”Coburn said she was honored to work with Hart on the documentary.“I am all about words, and she is all about images,” she said. “Selma has literally brought us together. I had been researching Catholic sisters for over a decade, and the work that Catholic sisters have done historically, and women’s history, is very important to me. Looking at records of social justice among sisters, I saw a box labeled ‘Selma,’ and I asked to see it.”Unlike most women at the time, Catholic sisters in the 1960s were gaining advanced degrees from prestigious universities, Coburn said, and after the Second Vatican Council, sisters began advocating for social justice.“As a woman and as a historian, that was very profound to me,” she said.Hart said her Indian and Hindu background gave her an understanding of the idea of living a life centered around faith.“I heard from the sisters a lot and it began to make sense to me,” she said. “We serve [others] because they are less fortunate than us. For the sisters, social service was something they already had been doing. The social justice part was what I had needed to understand in my life.”Martin Luther King Jr.’s civil rights movement was “religious from the beginning,” Tardy said.“It was a moral issue as opposed to a social issue,” he said. “I don’t think what people knew what it was like to see an African-American sister at the march. Many people were outraged that they were involved with a social issue, rather than moral issue.”Many sisters who came to Selma were from the Midwest, Coburn said, while the bishops on the coasts were more conservative.“These bishops could take away Catholic identity in a diocese. The bishop in St. Joseph ignored the telegraph from bishops on the coasts that said not to send sisters to Selma. It was a very complicated interaction of power, race and religion,” she said.Concluding the panel, Tardy said the fight for justice is an ongoing process.“Sometimes people get the sense that the church is perfect already — that King fixed these race problems already,” he said. “We win some, and we lose some for justice. Just because you see Ferguson happening and events in Baltimore, it doesn’t mean that there hasn’t been gains. … We all have a role to play. There are these stories out there like this story. We have to think about who is missing from the story. We have to dig and find these stories and find who’s missing, and then we can come together in solidarity.”Vice president of the SDB Angela Bukur said the film and panel were designed to connect the topics of religion and race.“It’s such an important topic to talk about because many people don’t know about the social justice of the nuns,” she said.Tags: Selma, SMC, Student Diversity Boardlast_img read more

Big block and dual living potential draws bidders

first_imgThe home at 12 Princess St, Marsden.A three-bedroom, one-bathroom home, on a massive 1006sq m block, has sold under the hammer in Marsden. LJ Hooker — Sunnybank Hills selling agent Ben Leong said 12 Princess St sold for $345,000 to an investor. Mr Leong said there were two registered bidders and a crowd of 10 at the auction.“The investor was bidding on the phone,” he said.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The highset property backs onto Mudgee Street Park and was marketed as the “perfect place” for investors, business owners and home buyers.“For investors, this is also a great find, with this home’s dual-living potential offering you the chance to double your money with two separate tenancies at once,” Mr Leong said.The property has side access and space for six or more cars to park on the premises. Upstairs there is an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area opening to the front porch and rear balcony. There is also three bedrooms and a family bathroom. Downstairs there is a laundry, toilet, rumpus room and a family room that opens to the rear patio.last_img read more

Last chance to win Chelsea v Bolton tickets

first_imgWest London Sport has teamed up with Thomas Cook Sport, official travel partner of Chelsea FC, to offer Blues fans the chance to win a pair of tickets to their next Premier League home game against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday 25 February.André Villas-Boas will be hoping for all three points against the Trotters…and you could be at Stamford Bridge to watch all the action LIVE!We have five pairs of tickets to give away and to be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the following question:AdChoices广告Which recent Chelsea signing previously played for Bolton?a. John Terryb. Gary Cahillc. Ashley ColeE-mail the correct answer to [email protected] will be randomly selected. The competition closes at 5pm today.Thomas Cook Sport is the UK’s leading sports tour operator and official travel partner of Chelsea FC, offering match breaks to Chelsea fans for the 2011/2012 season from £109 per person. This season, choose the winning tactic and book your 2011/12 match break by visiting or call the sales team on 0844 800 9900.You can also follow us on Twitter @thomascooksport and find us on Facebook at to keep up-to-date with all the latest competitions, special offers and news.Terms & Conditions1. The prize consists of two tickets (Chelsea end) to the game against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday 25 February 2012, for five winners. Kick-off is at 15.00.2. The package does not include travel to or from the ground or any hospitality at the ground.3. Fans are reminded that tickets are in the Chelsea end and seats are amongst home supporters. Please be aware that any vocal or visual support for the opposition will result in ejection from the stadium without compensation.4. Entrants are reminded that tickets are issued subject to Chelsea FC Regulations and the Conditions of Entry relevant to those tickets.5. Competition open to all UK residents with the exception of employees of Thomas Cook Sport Ltd, Chelsea FC or Hatch Communications, their immediate families, agents or anyone else associated with the administration.6. No cash alternative will be offered.7. The competition closes on 13 February.8. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the promoter reserves the right to offer an alternative prize of equal or greater value.9. The promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.10. All entrants must be willing to participate in publicity should they be a winner.11. We reserve the right at any time to cancel, modify or supersede the competition if, in our sole discretion, the competition is not capable of being conducted as specified in the competition rules.12. The promoter of this competition is either Thomas Cook Retail Limited, trading as Thomas Cook Sport or Airtrack (for UK departures), or Capitol Holdings Ltd, trading as Thomas Cook Sport (Ireland), for travel arrangements departing from the Republic of Ireland. Thomas Cook Retail Ltd registered office is The Thomas Cook Business Park, Coningsby Road, Peterborough PE3 8SB, and the company registration number is 00102630 England. Capitol Holdings Ltd registered office is 10B Beckett Way, Parkwest Business Park, Dublin 12, and company registration number is 163008. To discover more about Thomas Cook Sport, log on to www.thomascooksport.comlast_img read more