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UnivForum 2021

Online Resources


SPANISH VERSION

Here you will find various resources to organize your own UnivForum 2021, wherever you may be. These materials are obviously no replacement for the competitions that traditionally take place on Tuesday of Holy Week at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, but provide a substitute for the talks and keynote lecture.

In this link we provide a sample schedule to help you  organize your own UnivForum 2021. We also have provided various materials that can be adapted according to your own interests. :


Essays

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Short Articles

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SHORT VIDEOS

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LECTURES

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Essays

Here you will find texts on the challenges students today face in acquiring a serious education. These articles can be used for round-table discussions.

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Why this topic Univ2021?

Jaime Nubiola

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The Lost Tools of Learning

Dorothy Sayers

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A Student's Guide to Liberal Learning

Fr. James Schall, S.J.

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Letter to an Aspiring Intellectual

Paul J. Griffiths

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Short Articles

Reflections and short articles on specific aspects of education. For going deeper in specific issues.

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Introduction to On the Incarnation.

C.S. Lewis

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How to Build a Great Relationship with a Mentor

Mark Horoszowski.

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To Heal America’s Wounds, We Need to Realize that We Belong to Each Other

O. Carter Snead

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Short Videos

For debates or discussion among the participants.

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EVERY KID NEEDS A CHAMPION (7'36'')


Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don't like.'" A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.


THE POWER OF PASSION AND PERSEVERANCE (5'51'')


Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.


WHY IT'S WORTH LISTENING TO PEOPLE YOU DISAGREE WITH (11'22'')


We get stronger, not weaker, by engaging with ideas and people we disagree with, says Zachary R. Wood. In an important talk about finding common ground, Wood makes the case that we can build empathy and gain understanding by engaging tactfully and thoughtfully with controversial ideas and unfamiliar perspectives. "Tuning out opposing viewpoints doesn't make them go away," Wood says. "To achieve progress in the face of adversity, we need a genuine commitment to gaining a deeper understanding of humanity."


STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS (15'41'')


Austin Stanford discusses the importance of intentionally seeking out mentors while also being aware enough to learn from those who color our stories, whether intentionally or inadvertently, every day. Mentorship has impacted Austin's life in major ways. So major, he considers it wrong to sit on the free treasure of what mentorship is and hide it from people who need it. Mentors are a constant in his life and are a perpetual influence. Those who have corrected and directed his choices and experiences have helped shape not only who he is, but even the titles of the chapters of his life.

 Lectures

Three master classes by leading intellectuals, to help us reflect on this year's topic.

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Adrian Vermeule

Ralph S. Tyler, Jr. Professor of Constitutional Law at harvard university
BIOGRAPHY

The Men in the Arena

This video is the keynote lecture for UnivForum 2021. Professor Adrian Vermeule analyzes Theodore Roosevelt's "Citizenship in a Republic" in the light of Catholic social teaching.


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Álvaro González Alorda

Co-founder of emergap, expert in organizational transformation
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Transformation and self development


"Personal transformation is not achieved by accumulating courses, programs and certifications, like someone who stamps stamps on a passport. That, without more, is academic tourism. Nor is it achieved by listening to motivational talks. Rather, people are transformed through "learning by doing", the daily exercise of your will, developing good habits and building the character that is required to assume leadership responsibilities. Be it an organization of one hundred thousand people or something much more important, the family itself. " In this conference, Álvaro González Alorda, author of the book Head, heart and hands, offers us keys, tools and methodology to undertake a journey of personal transformation.

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Mariano Fazio

Historian and philosopher. Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Rome).
BIOGRAPHY

Education through the classics

What makes a book a classic? Why do Don Quixote and Hamlet still speak to us today? Is there a human nature with universal values that we can share in time and space? IN SPANISH


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Juan Manuel de Prada

Writer, literary critic and commentator
BIOGRAPHY

Tutors and disciples


"Education is the constitutive act of civilization, what characterizes a full life." Juan Manuel de Prada compares solid education to a house that has been built over several generations. The key to that house is the education we have received. "We receive a legacy, we take care of it and try to improve it, and then we give it to those who come after us," he explains. The "key", moreover, requires someone to pass it on and someone to receive it: the teacher and student, the key figures in every educational process.