FAS professor awarded France’s Légion d’honneur

first_imgSusan Rubin Suleiman, Ph.D., A.M., A.B., has won many awards over her storied career as an educator and writer, but was recently awarded Légion d’honneur, France’s highest decoration, a particularly poignant recognition of her work and personal connection to France and its people. Her fascination with France began as a child, later informing her studies as an adult, and ultimately defining her career.The February ceremony was held at the Residence of the Consul General of France, M. Arnaud Mentré. Professor Suleiman shared the story of her illustrious career, “one full of zigzags, detours, circling’s back. And yet, when I think about it retrospectively, it does appear to have a certain logic and continuity.”The common thread that tied her past to her present was always France. Suleiman grew up in Budapest and a visit by her aunt from Paris sparked her initial fascination with the culture. As life in communist Hungary grew more dangerous for the Jewish people, Suleiman’s mother hired a French tutor, and after they escaped she studied at a French school in Vienna. As they waited for entry into the United States, Suleiman spent six months learning French grammar at the convent school of Sainte-Rose de Lima in Port-au-Prince.Suleiman assimilated to American life, but reignited her passion for France in college while studying at Barnard. She later earned a Ph.D. in French literature from Harvard in 1969. Suleiman recalled, “The great encounters that marked my intellectual life and writings from the 1970s on, were all linked, in some way, to France: structuralism and post-structuralism, feminism and psychoanalysis, the study of cultural memory and history.”Professor Suleiman is the C. Douglas Dillon Research Professor of the Civilization of France and Research Professor of Comparative Literature, and retired from full-time teaching in 2015. An accomplished writer, Suleiman has authored and edited numerous books and more than 100 articles on contemporary literature and culture, including “Crises of Memory and the Second World War, Risking Who One Is: Encounters with Contemporary Art and Literature,” and the memoir “Budapest Diary: In Search of the Motherbook.” Her most recent book, “The Némirovsky Question: The Life, Death, and Legacy of a Jewish Writer in Twentieth-Century France,” is a look into the life of novelist, Irène Némirovsky and her relationship to Judaism, her Jewish background, and the issues of “foreignness” in 20th-century France.Mentioning this publication as she received her award, Suleiman said, “it seems to me that this book brought together, or more exactly returned to, all of the subjects that have been important to me, in my life and in my teaching and writing: fiction, history, mothers, children — and yes, during all that time, France.”last_img read more

Child author plans sequel to ND football book

first_imgJacob Keyes, the boy who published a book about Notre Dame football at age 10, has plans for a sequel, this time co-written by his sisters Grace, 10, and Tess, 8. The siblings from Spokane, Wash. have begun working on a new project called “The Little Gipper Spirit,” a follow-up to Jake’s book, “The Little Gipper’s Welcome to Notre Dame Football.”  “Little Gipper Spirit” is a youth movement meant to encourage kids to find their passion and use that to help people down the street or across the globe, Grace Keyes said.   “Jake wrote his book and we wanted to do something more and get more involved,” Grace Keyes said. “[It’s] a joint effort.” Jake Keyes, now 12, said the movement also stemmed from adult responses after publishing his first book and its 2012-2013 season supplement, “Echoes Awake!” Many people reached out to congratulate him and asked him the nature of his next project, he said. Mike Keyes, the father of the Keyes siblings, said his family realized Jake Keyes’ accomplishment might inspire other young people to positively impact the community with their passions, just as it inspired his sisters.  The Keyes children not only formed the movement, but have also launched the “What’s Your Passion?” essay writing and art submission contest, Grace Keyes said. “Kids are going to write about what their passion is [or submit artwork] and say how they’re going to use it to help other people, and the best essays are going to be put in a book,” Grace Keyes said. The contest, which is open to all first through eight graders, launched Nov. 1 and will close Jan. 15, 2014. Essays should contain a maximum of 500 words, and art submissions must be scanned.  Entries are accepted through littlegipper.com. The Keyes siblings will act as judges of the submitted works. Each one will oversee the works of a specific age range, Grace Keyes said. “We will pick the entries that best show how kids are using their passions to help others,” Grace Keyes said. Selected submissions will be featured in a book scheduled to be published in late spring 2014. The book will be officially licensed through the University and sold in the Notre Dame Hammes Bookstore, Jake Keyes said.  “We want kids to help others,” Jake Keyes said  “By entering the contest, they’ll probably discover more about what their passionate about and use that passion in new way..” For more information, visit littlegipper.com. Contact Joanna Lagedrost at [email protected]last_img read more

30 years after Tyson fight, Buster Douglas is ‘feeling good’

first_img“Believe it or not, I was where I really didn’t care about anything,” he recalled. “Something I always looked forward to becoming one day and then you get it and it turns into a nightmare really quick.”Douglas said he was almost relieved when Evander Holyfield knocked him out in the third round of their match-up a little over eight months later, taking the title.“It was a relief and then it was upsetting, too, because of how it all came to an end,” Douglas said.A short reign, with a long legacy. The fight is still remembered as one of the most spectacular upsets in sports history. Douglas’ story gained new attention with the 2018 release of an ESPN documentary, titled “42 to 1” after the odds against Douglas. Douglas has given his charity effort the same name and formed an ongoing strategic partnership aimed at delivering several programs focused on workforce development, diversity and soft skills training to at-risk youth. 30 years after Tyson fight, Buster Douglas is ‘feeling good’ Students say he’s kind, tough, generous and “very genuine.” It’s all enhanced by what he accomplished in 1990.“It really inspires me that he beat the best boxer in the world back then,” Matson said, “and I just think that’s awesome.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Thirty years after his startling victory against boxing titan Mike Tyson, Buster Douglas is feeling healthy and basking in the glory he says he was denied at the time. “Right now, everything is looking up,” Douglas said in a recent Associated Press interview, noting he struggles with diabetes. “Feeling good and the numbers are good. It’s a good thing.”The 59-year-old fighter will be celebrated at an anniversary gala Friday in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, where he’ll raise money for programs that help others who face seemingly insurmountable challenges. February 7, 2020 Associated Press He said working with kids is one of his favorite things to do. Inside a training ring at Columbus’ Thompson Community Center, Douglas towers over most of his students, chanting, “Left, right, left, right, left, left” as they punch away at the pads on he wears on his hands in place of gloves.He said he gave up on his life and health for a period after the fight. In 1996, he woke up in a hospital on death’s door. Again, life presented him a mountain to overcome.“A light bulb came on. It was either get back into life or cash it on in,” he said. “I decided to get back into life.”He staged a six-fight comeback before retiring from boxing in 1999, then launched into his work with the city of Columbus. Tyson and fight promoter Don King challenged Douglas’ victory, claiming Douglas had gone down first in the fight but been given more time than allowed to get up. Douglas’ victory was ultimately upheld, but not before months of drama and expensive litigation. “Don came at me with a vengeance and I was subpoenaed everywhere I went to,” Douglas said. “It made it very uncomfortable and kind of took the ‘f’ out of fun.” A message was left at a phone number for King. Tyson didn’t respond to an interview request. He told late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel in 2015 that it was “Buster’s anniversary” to celebrate, not his. Tyson said the loss was a positive for him in the end, allowing him to learn how to “overcome adversity.” The two have barely crossed paths since the fight. The dispute over the fight’s outcome — combined with lingering grief over his mother’s death shortly before the fight — sent Douglas into a slump, he said. His stable of students throughout Columbus’ parks and recreation system look up to the man they call simply “coach” as a teacher, friend and hero.“I mean, I really look up to Mike Tyson, but I don’t look up to him as much as Coach,” said 11-year-old Colton Matson, who has worked with Douglas since he was 6. “Really, Mike Tyson was the second-most greatest boxer in the world still to this day. It’s crazy that Coach, like, just beat him,” he said. “It might have just been luck, but I can tell you that Coach worked hard for it even if it was luck.” Tyson was the reigning undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, and a frightening opponent to boot, when he entered the ring against James “Buster” Douglas on Feb. 11, 1990, in Tokyo. Only one Las Vegas bookie — whether brave or stupid — would set odds on the fight: 42 to 1.Douglas won, stunning the sports world. But what followed was anything but a celebration.last_img read more

McClean faces a race to be fit

first_imgPhoto © Pixabay James McClean faces a race to be fit for Ireland’s upcoming World Cup Qualifiers against Georgia and Serbia in early September.The winger suffered a bruised bone in his knee in West Brom’s pre-season friendly against Bristol Rovers on Saturday.The Baggies say he’ll mess their final pre-season games against Port Vale and Deportivo La Coruna and will be assessed again ahead of the start of the Premier League season.last_img