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CRC Partners with Opus to Highlight Grassroots Fight on Poverty


Fordham University’s Center on Religion and Culture (CRC) partners with the Opus Prize Foundation to present “Globalization and the Ecology of Caring: Untold Stories, Unsung Heroes,” a forum about those working on the ground to improve the lives of the world’s poor on Nov. 10.

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The forum, which features a talk by PBS Newshour journalist and filmmaker Fred de Sam Lazaro, is part of a two-day event at Fordham University celebrating the awarding of the Opus Prize on Nov. 11 at the Rose Hill campus.

Lazaro directs the Project for Under-Told Stories at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., and reports regularly on grassroots efforts being made by “unsung heroes” in the global struggle against poverty, disease and disaster. He has served with The NewsHour since 1985 and is a regular contributor for PBS’ Religion and Ethics Newsweekly.

In addition to regularly covering AIDS, public health concerns, development issues and social entrepreneurship, Lazaro led the first American crew to report on the crisis in Sudan’s Darfur region.

The CRC event includes a panel discussion, moderated by William F. Baker, the Claudio Aquaviva Chair and Journalist in Residence, on how government, corporate and NGO decisions that are made thousands of miles away can affect those persons working hands-on in a community to alleviate poverty and protect human rights and dignity.

Among the panelists are Jacqueline Novogratz, founder and CEO of Acumen Fund, a nonprofit global venture firm that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solving global poverty, and Lawrence MacDonald, a vice president of the Center for Global Development, a nonprofit research organization dedicated to reducing global poverty.

For more information or to register for the forum, visit the CRC event page .


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