Global Women's Project | Fri, Nov 22, 2013

Myth Busting: Women's Parity in the EU Immigration Crisis

Dr. Deva Kemmis, the director of the Center's Global Women's Project, joins advocates and scholars researching solutions to establish parity for women in the immigration crises within the European Community. At a meeting held at Georgetown University's BMW Center at the School of Foreign Service, Kemmis questioned women's progress on issues of education, work, child care, and opportunities for leadership roles. 

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, Nov 22, 2013

New Cambridge Press Publication Features Aldo Caliari's Work on Millennium Development Goals and Human Rights

In a chapter contributed to the book, Millennium Development Goals and Human Rights: Past, Present, and Future, recently published by Cambridge University Press, RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari examines the relationship between Millennium Development Goal 8 and international human rights standards from a theoretical and practical perspective.


Integral Ecology | Thu, Nov 21, 2013

Center President Myers Advocates for Integrated Approach to Sustainability and Ecology

President of the Center of Concern Dr. Lester Myers speaks to the McLean, VA PAX community on the importance of  principled leadership for sustainability. Myers says, "Sustainability requires a systematic and holistic approach that matches the scope for the types of capital at stake: (1) human capital: respect for the dignity of work, including education, health care, opportunities for participation, and work-life balance; (2) ecological capital: respect for the environment, including practices for appraising, engaging, and enhancing natural resources; and (3) financial capital: to foster quality growth and provide resources for long-term economic, political, and social stability." 

Kenneth Melley, member of the Center's board of directors, attended the presentation. 

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Nov 18, 2013

CoC-organized Workshop in Brazil Focuses on Regional Economic Cooperation

On November 20-21, 2013, Center of Concern co-organized a workshop “South–South financial and monetary cooperation: Assessing Brazil’s leadership role in intra- and inter-regional arrangements.” The event, co-organized with Brazilian think tank IPEA, brought together officials from the Brazilian government, as well as experts from academia, civil society and intergovernmental organizations for an assessment of progress on a range of intra- and inter-regional economic cooperation initiatives of which Brazil is a part. 


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Education for Justice | Mon, Nov 18, 2013

Pat Finan, Education for Justice director, Presents at Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice

Pat Finan, Education for Justice director, presented the workshop "Where Is Your Brother?:  Social Analysis on Immigration Reform" at the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice on Nov. 17 in Washington, D.C. IFTJ brings together more than 1,000 students from Jesuit schools across the nation for prayer, learning and advocacy. Finan's session shared interactive exercises along with insights from Catholic Social Tradition. It supported other workshops that focused on legislation to fix the broken U.S. immigration system, all to prepare students for a Nov. 18 advocacy effort on Capitol Hill. “The students got on their feet and put themselves into solidarity with immigrants,” Finan says, “It gives me hope that they’ll stand firm as a voice for reform. They inspire me!”

Center of Concern | Tue, Nov 12, 2013

In Wake of Typhoon Haiyan, Center Offers Prayer and Asks for Support to Relief Workers

Center's Director Eduction for Justice Project Pat Finan offers a prayer of compassion for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan and those emergency workers arriving on site in the Philippines. Please add your support to first responders: Catholic Relief Services <> or American Red Cross <> or World Vision <> Photo courtesy of WFP/Praveen Agrawal. Follow story updates at World Vision Responding to Haiyan Devastation in the Philippines

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Nov 9, 2013

RBW Attends Conference on Critical Debt Policy Issues

On November 11, Center of Concern team member Aldo Caliari attends UNCTAD’s 9th Debt Management Conference, held at the UN Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Among the critical current issues on debt policy that the conference will address and on which Rethinking Bretton Woods will provide its perspective are: external shocks, financial stability and debt; debt restructuring mechanisms and the outlook for debt sustainability in developing countries after the HIPC Initiative and the global crisis.


Global Women's Project | Wed, Oct 30, 2013

Shawnee, PA: Listening to Women's Distant Voices

Presenting in Shawnee on the Delaware, PA, Deva Kemmis, Ph.D., the director of Global Women's Project, argues for new understandings of the prophetic female voice and offers evidence for reenvisioning gender-based roles, expectations, and possibilities for women and girls. Kemmis's work contrasts the concept of sacred time as expressed in the feminine narrative with that of earthly time as perceived in the male-female experience. Particularly timely in this re-consideration of the female voice, Pope Francis speaks out in recent news publications, and he calls for further investigation of the role of women in the church. Pope Francis refers to the feminine genius being needed wherever we make important decisions.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, Oct 29, 2013

Lima, Peru: RBW Featured at Meeting on Private Sector Finance Strategies

On October 28 through 30 2013, in the city of Lima, Peru, RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari participates in a meeting on the theme “Political, economic and social impacts of private sector financing strategies.” The meeting convenes representatives from specialized civil society organizations from all regions of the economic South, especially Latin America, to assess the impact of techniques to leverage private finance for development and Public-Private Partnerships. Cosponsors are the Heinrich Boell Foundation, the International Working Group on Trade-Finance Linkages, Latin American Network on Debt and Development and Eurodad. Caliari's presentations assert new understandings of global financial trends that give momentum to leveraging private finance strategies and on the fiscal risks of Public-Private Partnerships.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Oct 23, 2013

Vienna Human Rights Conference Underscores Concerns on Financial Sector

Aldo Caliari, the director of the Center's Rethinking Bretton Woods Project, reminds colleagues of the twentieth anniversary of the adoption of the 1993 World Conference on Human Rights and its Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action.  To commemorate the occasion, 140 civil society representatives from around the world gathered in Vienna. "The importance of tackling financial abuses to protect human rights was one of the salient points of a declaration issued in the occasion," reports Caliari in a blog for