Novelist to deliver lecture on ethics and public policy

first_imgIndian novelist Amitav Ghosh will deliver the 23rd annual Hesburgh Lecture in Ethics and Public Policy, the University announced in a press release Monday.The Hesburgh Lecture, which the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies established in honor of University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, is devoted to examining “an issue related to ethics and public policy in the context of peace and justice,” according to the press release.Ghosh — who has received the Arthur C. Clarke award, the Crossword Book Prize and a Man Booker Prize shortlisting — will explore the topic of climate change and address the current discussion of the topic, which “has skewed the discourse in certain directions with predominantly economic characterizations of problems and technological solutions,” the press release said.“The Kroc Institute is delighted to partner with the Department of English and the Liu Institute in welcoming Amitav Ghosh to deliver this important annual lecture,” Ruth Abbey, interim director of the Kroc Institute, said in the release.Ghosh will deliver his lecture at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Jordan Auditorium of the Mendoza College of Business.Tags: Climate change, Hesburgh Lecture, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studieslast_img read more

Australian PM seeks voter redemption in by-election

first_imgPolitical polls soon rebounded, however, with Morrison lauded for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic that has seen Australia record about 8,000 infections and 104 deaths – well below other countries.”By rights, the opposition Labor party should win the seat – but he has turned his standing around dramatically since the bushfires,” said John Hewson, a former leader of the Liberal Party now headed by Morrison.”If the Liberals win, then coronavirus has changed the landscape.”Voters in Eden-Monaro – about 478 km (297 miles) south of Sydney – are voting to elect a new parliamentary member after the retirement of an opposition Labor lawmaker due to ill-health. Election campaigns in Eden-Monaro are historically tightly-fought contests. Topics : Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will on Saturday vie to secure a 100-year first by winning a seat from the opposition at a by-election, a contest that will test how well voters believe his government has handled the dual crises of catastrophic summer bushfires and COVID-19 pandemic.The sprawling Eden-Monaro electorate on the south coast of New South Wales state was one of the worst hit by fires and some locals jeered Morrison over his handling of the deadly event when he visited the devastation.The conservative leader was widely criticized for taking his family on holiday to Hawaii as fires raged across the country.center_img While a victory for the Liberal candidate, Fiona Kotvojs, won’t change the balance of power in the national parliament, it would be a boon for Morrison, given voters usually lodge protest votes against the sitting government in by-elections.The last time the opposition lost a by-election to a government candidate was in 1920, in the West Australia state goldfields electorate of Kalgoorlie.Haydon Manning, a political science specialist at Flinders University in South Australia, said a victory for the Liberal candidate would provide strong momentum ahead of a tricky period ahead navigating an economic recovery out of the pandemic.The next federal election is due by mid-2022.last_img read more