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Venezuelan maestro to receive Notre Dame Prize for public service

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José Antonio Abreu, center, with children from El Sistema José Antonio Abreu, center, with children from El Sistema

Visionary music educator José Antonio Abreu will be awarded the Notre Dame Prize for Distinguished Public Service in Latin America at a ceremony in Caracas, Venezuela, later this year.

The award ceremony will be held in conjunction with a concert by the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras and Choirs of Venezuela, commonly known as “El Sistema,” in the Center for Social Action Through Music.

Administered by the University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Notre Dame Prize is the only award of its kind that recognizes leaders who enhance their region’s welfare. The award celebrates the significant role public figures play in improving the well-being of Latin American citizens.

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Polygraphies: Francophone Women Writing Algeria

Author: Julie Logue

Prof Alison Rice Polygraphies

Coinciding with the fiftieth anniversary of Algeria’s independence, Polygraphies is significant and timely in its focus on autobiographical writings by seven of the most prominent francophone women writers from Algeria today, including Maïssa Bey, Hélène Cixous, Assia Djebar, Malika Mokeddem, and Leïla Sebbar. These authors witnessed both the “before” and “after” of the colonial experience in their land, and their fictional and theoretical texts testify to the lasting impact of this history. From a variety of personal perspectives and backgrounds, each writer addresses linguistic, religious, and racial issues of crucial contemporary importance in Algeria. Alison Rice engages their work from a range of disciplines, striving both to heighten our sensitivity to the plurality inherent in their texts and to move beyond a true/false dichotomy to a wealth of possible truths, all communicated in writing.…

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