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First Latino Ambassador to Holy See to Be Featured During Duquesne Founder's Week

The retired ambassador to the Holy See and the first U.S. Latino representative there will speak during this year's Founder's Week activities at Duquesne University.

The annual event, which celebrates the roots of Duquesne's founding fathers, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, this year marks the 50th anniversary of Pacem in Terris, Pope John XXIII's encyclical to encourage peace in truth, justice, charity and liberty.

A keynote will be delivered by Dr. Miguel H. Diaz, ambassador to the Holy See from 2009 to 2012 and the first U.S. Latino in that position. Now a professor of faith and culture at the University of Dayton, last year Diaz launched a groundbreaking initiative to engage communities of faith, the Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group of the Secretary of State's Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society.

After a welcome by Duquesne President Dr. Charles J. Dougherty, Diaz will present Pacem in Terris: Exploring the Interpersonal Ordering of God's Household, Questioning the World's Disorder and Building Bridges for the Sake of the Common Good, from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, in Duquesne's Power Center. A reception will follow.

Other Founders Week events, which are all free and open to the public, are:

Tuesday, Jan. 29
3 to 5 p.m.

Duquesne's Power Center
The Rev. Kenneth Himes, O.F.M., associate professor in the department of theology, Boston College, Celebrating 50 Years of John XXIII Pacem in Terris: Its Relevance Today and Tomorrow

Himes' research focuses on the relationship of religion and politics as well as the history of Catholic social teaching, the role of the U.S. Catholic community in American social reform and the ethics of warfare.

Duquesne faculty responding to his talk from 4 to 5 p.m. will be: Robert S. Barker, Distinguished Professor of Law; Dr. Lisa Lopez Levers, holder of the Rev. Francis Philben, C.S.Sp. Endowed Chair in African Studies and professor of counselor education and supervision; Dr. Sarah Louise MacMillen, associate professor of sociology; and Dr. Alan R. Miciak, dean, Palumbo•Donahue School of Business. A question-and-answer session and reception will follow.

Wednesday, Jan. 30

Noon to 1 p.m.

Duquesne Union, Africa Room

Dr. Mark L. Haas, associate professor of political science and the Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy, Duquesne, Catholic Strategies of International Conflict Resolution: Will the Rise of 'Islamo-Liberals' Reduce Western-Islamic Hostilities?

Haas was selected as an International Security Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs as well as a National Security Fellow at the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, both at Harvard University.  A noted editor and author, his latest book is The Clash of Ideologies: Middle Eastern Politics and American Security (Oxford University Press, 2012).

Thursday, Jan. 31
Noon to 1 p.m.
Duquesne Union, Africa Room

The Rev. Brian Starken, C.S.Sp., former Provincial Superior of the Spiritan Province of Ireland, Perspectives on Catholic Peace-building Since Pacem in Terris

Ordained in 1974, Starken was appointed to serve in Sierra Leone in 1975 and spent more than 20 years working in humanitarian efforts during the country's brutal civil war. Coordinator of a camp for internally displaced persons, Starken also worked with Caritas Internationalis, a Catholic justice and peace organization, leading teams of Sierra Leonean professionals in training. An author and speaker, he continues to engage in Caritas projects throughout the world.

Founder's Week helps to tell the Spiritan story and its mission is to support and advocate for the marginalized around the globe. More than 3,000 Spiritans today serve that mission. The order established Duquesne in 1878 to educate children of the immigrant poor and help them to rise above poverty.

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