Saint Mary’s announces 2017 Aquinas McMahon lecturer

first_imgAssociate professor of philosophy at Notre Dame, David O’Connor, will deliver the College’s annual McMahon Aquinas lecture, which aims to discuss an avenue of thought related to Thomas Aquinas. O’Connor’s talk, titled “Love More Than You Know: The Tao of Thomas Aquinas,” will take place in Rice Commons on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m., according to a Saint Mary’s press release.O’Connor specializes in ancient philosophy, ethics, political thought and philosophy and literature, the release states.Associate professor of philosophy at the College, Michael Waddell — who is hosting the lecture — said in the release O’Connor possesses abundant talent and prowess at fostering important dialogue.“His gifts in the classroom have made him beloved among generations of Notre Dame undergraduates,” Waddell said in the release. “His charm, generosity and insight as a conversation partner have made him a cherished mentor to graduate students, and his paradigm shifting scholarship has made him widely respected among professional colleagues.” Waddell said in the release he looks forward to the impact O’Connor will have on the Saint Mary’s community.“We feel very fortunate to be able to have him deliver this year’s McMahon Aquinas Lecture,” Waddell said.Tags: aquinas mcmahon, David O’Connor, philosophylast_img read more

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Why Counting Mass Shootings is a Bad Way to Understand Gun Violence in America

first_imgLike this story? Sign up for our daily newsletter to get more of our best work. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Lois Beckett, ProPublicaAccording to articles this week across the Internet, there has been an average of one mass shooting every day in the United States: 355 so far this year. It’s a jarring statistic, and one that has gone viral in the wake of this week’s massacre in San Bernardino, California.But there are two problems with the number: It doesn’t actually provide a clear estimate of how often the country has seen shooting rampages like the one in San Bernardino. And it obscures the broader reality of gun violence in America.Counting “mass shootings” is notoriously complicated and contested, since there is no standard definition of what they are. Is it best to count shootings that injure or kill a certain number of people? Or should the definition focus more narrowly on attacks in which the motivation of the shooter “appears to be indiscriminate killing”?Mother Jones, which has been tracking mass shootings since 2012, has counted just four mass shootings this year, and a total of 73 since 1982, as Mother Jones editor Mark Follman has noted in The New York Times.In 2014, the FBI released its own count of “active shooter” incidents, focusing on events where law enforcement and citizens may have the chance to intervene and change the outcome of the ongoing shooting. It tallied a total of 160 of these events from 2000 to 2013–including high-profile shootings at Virginia Tech, Fort Hood, and Sandy Hook Elementary School– with an average of 11 per year.The “355 mass shootings this year” that has been rocketing around the Internet comes from a crowdsourced Reddit initiative that gathers media reports of shootings in which four or more people were shot.The Reddit count includes many incidents that Mother Jones, the FBI, and others leave out: for instance, a home robbery, a drive-by shooting, and a gang fight.The Reddit project’s organizers suggest this broader approach does a better job of capturing the burden of gun violence–including the suffering and costs of treating people who are shot and survive.“The most obscene incidents of gun violence usually do not make the mainstream news at all,” the project’s introduction says, citing a nightclub shooting in Tennessee in which18 people were shot and only one person killed. “We believe the media does a disservice to mass shooting victims by virtually ignoring them unless large numbers are killed.”Yet bundling together all incidents in which four people or more people are shot doesn’t capture the bigger picture.As ProPublica detailed last week, gun murder in America is largely a story of race and geography. Half of all gun murder victims are black men. The gun murder rate for black Americans is dramatically higher than it is for white Americans. And the burden of violence tends to be concentrated in certain neighborhoods of certain cities.Reddit’s Mass Shooting Tracker does not include any breakdown by race. In response to questions about the group’s numbers, one project organizer, GhostofAlyeska, wrote, “Our intent is not to analyze the causes or cures for gun violence, but simply to expose the available data. We’re volunteers working from a reddit community, nothing more.”The Reddit project cites 462 people killed under its broad definition of mass shootings. The number of gun homicides of black men killed in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 5,798.Baltimore alone has seen a total of 316 total homicides so far this year–the vast majority of them shooting deaths of black victims, according to the Baltimore Sun’s homicide map. The city’s homicide rate is now at a record high. The Reddit tracker captures eight of those deaths.San Bernardino has two entries in this year’s Mass Shooting Tracker: yesterday’s attack, and a nightclub shooting reportedly linked to gang violence. The area has long struggled with poverty, gangs, and homicide. “My son was shot to death with an AK–47. My nephew was murdered and his body was burned and buried,” San Bernardino resident Marisa Hernandez told Vice News on Wednesday. “This type of mass shootings happens everyday here to our kids and nobody stops it, nobody does anything.”last_img read more

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Pair set to leave Saints

first_imgSouthampton duo Dejan Lovren and Calum Chambers are expected to be announced as Liverpool and Arsenal players respectively on Monday. They are now set to be joined at Anfield by Croatia international Lovren, who is expected to be announced as a Liverpool player on Monday. The outspoken 25-year-old has made no secret of his desire to leave the club he joined from Lyon last summer, moving for a deal Press Association Sport understands to be worth £20million. Chambers’ exit has come as more of a surprise, although Arsenal have clearly seen enough from the versatile right-back to make their move. It is understood a deal should be announced on Monday as Arsene Wenger adds a third Saints academy graduate to his squad, having previously signed Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Press Associationcenter_img The summer of change at St Mary’s continues apace, with manager Mauricio Pochettino’s exit to Tottenham compounded by the departure of a number of key players. Left-back Luke Shaw became the most expensive teenager of all time in his move to Manchester United, while Adam Lallana followed Rickie Lambert in moving to Liverpool. last_img read more

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Seahawks vs. 49ers odds, prediction, betting trends for ‘Monday Night Football’

first_imgHere’s everything to know about betting on Seahawks vs. 49ers in Week 10, including updated odds, trends and our expert’s prediction for “Monday Night Football.”MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting advice at Sportsbook ReviewSeahawks vs. 49ers odds for ‘Monday Night Football’Spread: 49ers by 6Point total: 48Odds: Seahawks -105, 49ers -105The 49ers are well rested from playing Thursday night in Week 9 against the Cardinals. The Seahawks had to go overtime to defeat the Buccaneers at home last Sunday. The 49ers are getting a field goal over the typical home-field advantage line.Seahawks vs. 49ers all-time seriesThe Seahawks lead the series 25-16. Before the 49ers won in San Francisco last December, Seattle had won 10 straight and 12 out of the previous 13 meetings. The last time the 49ers swept the Seahawks was 2011, a season in which they advanced to the Super Bowl.Three trends to know— 69 percent of moneyline bettors like the Seahawks to upset the 49ers on the road. 52 percent of spread bettors also like the Seahawks.— 69 percent of bettors like the game to go over the point total, tied to potent offenses led by quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Jimmy Garoppolo.— The 49ers have failed to cover in only three of their eight wins, but two of those games have come in the past three weeks against the Cardinals and Redskins. Both of those games, however, were on the road.Three things to watchNo George KittleThe 49ers’ elite tight end, arguably the best in the game, will not suit up with his ankle and knee injuries. The Seahawks can be exploited well in the middle of the field by tight ends, so don’t expect the 49ers to go away from that game plan, especially with the confidence they have in backup Ross Dwelley. The primary coverage concern for Seattle now becomes wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, trying to stay hot in his third game for San Francisco.Yes Josh Gordon?The Seahawks claimed Gordon off waivers from the Patriots before Week 9, and he’s trending to play in Week 10 after practicing in full in Friday with his ankle injury and carrying no designation into the game. Coach Pete Carroll, however, calls the wide receiver a game-time decision to be active, tied to the comfort level he has in the new offense and with Wilson. Seattle needs Gordon in this tough matchup and he can be a difference-maker right away.Not as good as GouldThe 49ers also will be without kicker Robbie Gould, with Chase McLaughlin, who filled in well for the Chargers when Michael Badgley was out, taking over the field-goal duties. On the other side, the Seahawks saw Jason Myers struggle last week. If this comes down to three points making the difference, this situation is something that can affect the outcome of the game. Stat that mattersWilson is 11-3 in his career against the 49ers. He has a 99.2 passer rating against them at nearly 8 yards per passing attempt. He also has 281 yards rushing against them and 24 combined touchdowns. He should play well despite San Francisco’s strong defensive resume.Seahawks vs. 49ers predictionThe Seahawks can bring more firepower than the Cardinals with Wilson, with Gordon being gravy over wide receivers Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf. The 49ers are sizzling throwing the ball with Garoppolo, too, and their matchup is exceptional. Jimmy G leads the Niners late to be a little more dangerous than Danger Russ.49ers 31, Seahawks 27 The 49ers (8-0) go into their “Monday Night Football” matchup (8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN) against the Seahawks (7-2) as the only undefeated left in the NFC and entire NFL. But they need to keep winning to feel great about their chances to win the NFC West.San Francisco will either see its first-place cushion over Seattle go up to 2.5 games with a head-to-head tiebreaker or see it shrink down to a half-game. The 49ers have won every game with an average margin of victory close to 17 points. The Seahawks have needed all of their average scoring of 27.6 points per game because they are giving up 25.6 points per game.last_img read more

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