Class studies homelessness

first_imgFor many Notre Dame students, the concept of homelessness in America may only represent a social problem far removed from their lives, but senior Emily Salvaterra said she confronts the reality of the issue on a weekly basis. As students in Professor Benedict Giamo’s American Studies course, titled “Confronting Homelessness in the U.S.,” Salvaterra and her peers commit at least three hours per week to volunteering at the Center for the Homeless in South Bend. “The whole idea of this class is to bring a national social issue into a local perspective,” Salvaterra said. “The experiential learning component is really important to understanding homelessness, and you don’t get the chance to do things like this in every class.” The course, which Giamo has taught since his arrival at Notre Dame in 1990, examines the conditions of extreme poverty and homelessness within the context of American culture and society. It studies the issue from historical, sociological and economic perspectives. However, Giamo said the experiential learning aspect of the course is crucial to students’ grasp of homelessness as a real issue. “I think it’s very important for students to account for homelessness as an academic area and as a real, living presence in contemporary society,” Giamo said. “Homelessness is still very much a social problem, and it has not been ameliorated.” Students sharpen their skills in integrating theory and practice by writing journal entries about each volunteer experience at the Center for the Homeless. They take on various service roles in their work at the Center, including tutoring, overseeing children’s activities, working at the front desk or in the kitchen and participating in after-school programs for children. In general, Giamo said he encourages his students to interact with homelessness as much as possible. “I want students to encounter and put a face on homelessness,” Giamo said. “The more students interact with the homeless, the more they will be able to understand individual stories of homelessness.” Salvaterra said she brought her previous experience as a summer intern at the Center for the Homeless into her academic and practical understanding of the issue during the course. “I’ve always been interested in issues of homelessness, so I went out of my way to take the class because I wanted to connect my academic pursuits with volunteering,” Salvaterra said. “Literally confronting homelessness at the shelter causes you to confront your own biases and learn about people in ways that you can’t in a regular class.” Academically, the course covers the issue of homelessness from the late 19th-century to the present day, highlighting the social and economic changes that contributed to shifts in patterns of homelessness in the U.S., Giamo said. He said he wanted to give his students a sense of the history of homelessness by studying the issue from its initial identification as a social problem. For this reason, the first half of the course focuses on poverty and homelessness in New York City and other urban areas from the turn of the century to the 1970s. “The social and economic forces of the Civil War helped create conditions of urban poverty after the war,” Giamo said. “At the end of the century, social investigators encountered the poor and homeless in slums and tenements, and they wrote about it for a middle-class American audience.” Giamo said he covers homelessness from 1980 to the present in the second half of the course. According to Giamo, the importance and effectiveness of the experiential learning aspect of the course comes through in students’ documentary accounts of their experiences, which “forces them to integrate the objective, ethnographic dimension of the experience with the subjective dimension — their own feelings and impressions about homelessness.” Giamo said students who have experience with the issue from their time studying abroad in London and Dublin now have intercultural ideas about homelessness. “It’s interesting because homelessness is a global problem in advanced industrial countries,” Giamo said. “Local microanalysis is at the center of this course, but we are aware that homelessness is a national and global phenomenon.”last_img read more

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New Chelsea signing Christian Pulisic spoke to Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before Stamford Bridge move

first_imgNew Chelsea signing Christian Pulisic spoke to Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before Stamford Bridge move Advertisement Advertisement Christian Pulisic has joined Chelsea in a £58m deal (Getty Images)Christian Pulisic has revealed that he spoke to Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before deciding to move to Chelsea.The USA international was signed by Chelsea in a £58 million deal in the January transfer window but remained at Borussia Dortmund for the rest of the season.Pulisic played alongside Aubameyang for nearly three seasons at Dortmund and won the DFB-Pokal during their time together at the Bundesliga club.And the 20-year-old says he sought advice from his former teammate about a potential switch to London.ADVERTISEMENT‘When the possibility of my transfer to Chelsea came around, I reached out to him,’ Pulisic told the Evening Standard. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang played alongside Pulisic at Borussia Dortmund (Getty Images)‘Even though Pierre-Emerick left Dortmund for Arsenal, we remained in contact.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I have spoken with him on and off ever since he moved here.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I asked him how it was in London and stuff. He loves it here.‘He is a big city kind of guy, you can see that and he has told me about a few places to go see.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 22 May 2019 10:53 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Commentlast_img read more

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Ten auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns

first_img Former actor’s FNQ house for sale 61A Kewarra St, Kewarra Beach went under contract to a member of the auction the following morning.These two properties at Kewarra Beach’s “millionaire’s row” were offered to buyers firstly in a two-for-one sale. Marketed as a developer’s dream or perfect for multi-generational living, 61A was ready to move in to, while 61B was the “renovator”. It was always likely the two properties would attract the interest of multiple buyers with varying views and while 61B sold under the hammer for $385,000, 61A went under contract to an auction audience member “in reserve vicinity”. 6/13-15 Harris St, Parramatta Park Last weekend Ray White Cairns Beaches was one of the busiest agencies in town with six auctions on Sunday, September 20. It sold three properties under the hammer and had entered into a contract for another after bidding ended. “We had six auctions and it was the first time this year we’ve done that many,” Ray White Cairns Beaches principal Paul Stirling said. “We’ve usually done two to four each weekend. “Every property had a registered bidder and we recorded 48 bids across six properties and that’s pretty good. “We’re coming into a very active period in the market place and there are a lot of buyers around at the moment, so to create a competitive environment for the owner. There’s no better way to sell a property. “Auctions will deliver to an owner exactly where the market is so they can make an informed decision on whether to sell or not.”This is a snapshot of the auction results across the city in the past week. 61A and 61B Kewarra St, Kewarra Beach 13 Bellevue Crescent, Edge Hill Kim Ryan and Nadine Edwards – LJ Hooker Cairns Edge Hill – PASSED IN 15 Darkin Close, Smithfield Ray White Cairns Beaches principal Paul Stirling hosts an auction via livestream. His agency had six properties listed for auction las weekend. MORE NEWS The past week was one of the busiest for auctions in Cairns in recent months. Pic: iStock.AUCTION activity across Cairns has been heating up with the past week one of the city’s busiest in recent months. As sellers look to extract the most value out of their homes during a time of high property demand and low stock, auctions are again slowly becoming a desirable method of sale, after lockdowns had led to a point where the Far North went without one for weeks at a time. In recent weeks, Cairns agents had been urging vendors to consider auctioning their property following competitive market conditions.Agents were reporting they were conducting silent auctions anyway — with multiple offers on listed properties outbidding each other and buyers missing out on homes due to the competition. Mr Stirling sold these two commercial properties under the hammer on September 20 for $831,000 and $19,500 respectively. 66 Fairview St, Bentley Park 66 Fairview St, Bayview Heights sold under the hammer for $415,000.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoCool properties on the market in North Queensland right now18 Sep 2020Elite Real Estate Services’ Karl Latham sold this four-bedroom house under the hammer on September 19 for $415,000. Listed on the market for the first time since 1973, Mr Latham had described the 800sq m property’s shed as the most “epic” residential shed he had seen. He said the detached 150sq m shed was built like a three-bedroom house. 3 MacNamara Street Manunda Nadine Edwards – LJ Hooker Cairns Edge Hill – PASSED IN 2 Maree St, Freshwater Five Cairns ‘village’ homes This two-bedroom apartment at Parramatta Park did not sell under the hammer, but on Thursday Mr Stirling said he was expecting an offer from a person who viewed the property during the auction campaign “within 24-48 hours.” 75-77 Ardisia St, Smithfield and 6/24 Coondoo St, Kuranda Ray Murphy – RE/MAX – PASSED IN 42 Junction St, Edge Hill Cairns Property Office’s Kerry Ah Chin auctioned this three-bedroom house on September 19. And Although it was passed, it went under contract with a bidder the following morning, receiving multiple offers. 1/10 Mayton Cl, Manoora Property Shop’s Lance Richards sold this two-bedroom townhouse under the hammer on September 23 for $110,000. Its new owners are set to enjoy low body corporate fees in a quiet complex of seven properties. OTHER RESULTS Wayne Vowles – Ray White Smithfield – PASSED INlast_img read more

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