Darren Burris

Darren Burris

Darren Burris is a Director of Instruction at Boston Collegiate Chartered Schools (BCCS) and is a Math Teacher and Math Coach . He received his B.S. at Georgetown College, and his Masters of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary. 

Darren is currently a PARCC Educator Leader Fellow for Massachusetts and a member of the state's Model Curriculum Development Team. He is also working on One Dorchester, a collaborative project between BCCS, the Jeremiah E. Burke High School, and Cristo Rey Boston High School around implementation of Common Core-aligned performance tasks in ELA and mathematics. 

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Marta Cartabia

Marta Cartabia

Justice of the Constitutional Court of Italy. Marta Cartabia, married, three children, is full professor of constitutional law and member of the Italian Constitutional Court (appointed September 2011, by President Giorgio Napolitano). 

Since her PhD in Law (European University Institute 1993), she specialized in Italian and European Constitutional Law, Constitutional Justice and Protection of Fundamental Rights. 
She taught in a number of Italian Universities and was visiting scholar and professor in France, Spain, Germany and US.

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Roberto Fontolan

Roberto Fontolan

A journalist, Roberto Fontolan has worked extensively in print media (The Future, The Saturday) and Rai. He was director of the television group Il Sole 24 Ore. He teaches at the school of journalism at the Catholic University of Milan and heads the International Center of Communion and Liberation. He was director of Oasis, an international journal sponsored by the Patriarch of Venice Card. Angelo Scola.  Roberto, along with Monica Maggioni, directed “The Beautiful Road,” a video marking the 60th anniversary of the birth of Communion and Liberation.

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Armando Fumagalli

Armando Fumagalli

Professor Armando Fumagalli is Director of the Master’s program in Screenwriting, Fiction and Movies at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, where he is also Extraordinary Professor of Semiotics. He has taught screenwriting for many years, including at the Italian National School of Cinema. He is the author of several books on communications, the media, and the relationship between literature, cinema and television. He is also a development consultant for the Lux video TV production company.

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Monica Maggioni

Monica Maggioni

Monica Maggioni was born in Milan and is registered in the Register of Professional Journalists since 1995. She has a degree in Modern Languages t the Catholic University of Milan and received her Master of broadcast journalism at the school Rai in collaboration with the University of Perugia.  Since 2001 she has taught at the Catholic University of Milan. Monica, along with Roberto Fontolan, directed “The Beautiful Road,” a video marking the 60th anniversary of the birth of Communion and Liberation.

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Jennifer Nedelsky

Jennifer Nedelsky

Professor of Law, University of Toronto. Jennifer Nedelsky, B.A. (Rochester) 1970, M.A. (Chicago) 1974, Ph.D. (Chicago), 1977. Prior to joining the Faculty of Law, Professor Nedelsky was a Killam post-doctoral fellow at Dalhousie University. She was appointed Assistant Professor of Politics at Princeton University in 1979 where she taught until 1985 when she was appointed Visiting Assistant Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Toronto. She was appointed Assistant Professor of Law and Political Science in 1986 and promoted to full Professor in 1995.

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Seán Cardinal Patrick O’Malley

Seán Cardinal Patrick O’Malley

His Eminence Seán Cardinal Patrick O’Malley, O.F.M. Cap., was born June 29, 1944 in Lakewood, Ohio, and was raised in Western Pennsylvania, where he entered a Franciscan seminary. At 21, he was professed into the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin and at 26 he was ordained a Catholic priest. After earning a master’s degree in religious education and a Ph.D. in Spanish and Portuguese literature from the Catholic University of America, he taught at Catholic University and founded Centro Católico Hispano (Hispanic Catholic Center) in Washington, DC, an organization which provided educational, medical and legal help to immigrants.

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Timothy Shriver

Timothy Shriver

Tim Shriver is a social leader, an educator, activist, film producer, and business entrepreneur. He is the Chairman of Special Olympics, and in that capacity he serves 4.4 million Special Olympics athletes and their families in 170 countries. He has helped transform Special Olympics into a movement that focuses on acceptance, inclusion, and respect for individuals with intellectual disabilities in all corners of the globe. 

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Christian Smith

Christian Smith

Christian Smith is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame. Smith's research focuses primarily on religion in modernity, adolescents, American evangelicalism, and culture. Smith received his MA and PhD from Harvard University in 1990 and his BA from Gordon College in 1983. Smith was a Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for 12 years before his move to Notre Dame.

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Archibald Spencer

Archibald Spencer

Archibald Spencer, Associate Professor in the John H. Pickford Chair in Theology at Northwest Baptist Seminary, Canada. 

At Associated Canadian Theological Schools (ACTS), Dr. Spencer is actively engaged in teaching, presentations, and thesis supervision in the fields of Systematic, Philosophical, Historical and Ecumenical Theology. He also teaches in the undergraduate department of Religious Studies at Trinity Western University where he is an associate faculty member as Associate Professor of Theology.

Dr. Spencer has developed an international reputation as a scholar, speaker and theologian; including Catholic circles where he has developed an ecumenical dialogue with the lay movement, Communion and Liberation, and the Italian Theologian, Luigi Giussani. He has spoken on theological themes in the UK, Ireland, Italy and all over North America, including institutions such as Trinity College, Dublin, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Seattle Pacific University, McGill University and many other places of learning.

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Jean Vanier

Jean Vanier

Jean Vanier, Ph.D. is a philosopher, writer, religious and moral leader and the founder of two major international community-based organizations, L’Arche, and Faith & Light, that exist for people with intellectual disabilities. The 145 L’Arche communities in 40 countries and 1,500 Faith & Light communities in 80 countries are living laboratories of human transformation. In and outside of these organizations, he has spent more than four decades as a deeply radical advocate for the poor and the weak in our society. 

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John Waters

John Waters

John Waters, newspaper columnist, author, playwright and songwriter, was born in Castlerea, Co Roscommon, in the West of  Ireland in 1955.  He pursued a variety of occupations after leaving school, including railway clerk,  showband roadie, pirate radio manager, petrol pump attendant and mailcar driver. He began part-time work as a journalist in 1981, with Hot Press, Ireland’s leading rock ‘n’ roll periodical, becoming a full-time journalist with the paper in 1984, when he moved to Dublin.

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