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Ken HackettFormer President of Catholic Relief Services Discusses University Role in Promoting Integral Human Development

November 7, 2012 • Elizabeth Rankin

Former president of Catholic Relief Services Ken Hackett delivered the lecture “How Can a University Promote Integral Human Development?” (video below) at Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies at 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 15. Following Hackett’s address, Raymond Offenheiser ’71, the president of Oxfam America, another highly respected development and relief agency, offered commentary.

“We are fortunate to have the remarkable opportunity to learn from the experience of leaders of two of the nation’s most thoughtful and effective development organizations,” said Paolo Carozza, director of the Kellogg Institute, which focuses its research and teaching on democratization and human development.

“We at Notre Dame are grappling with how a university can make a difference in promoting integral human development around the world—and Ken Hackett and Ray Offenheiser have much to teach us.”

CRS operates in more than 100 countries, with a global staff of nearly 5,000. Hackett led the agency from 1993 until stepping down in late 2011. He joined CRS in 1972, after a post-college stint as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Ghana, and served in CRS posts throughout Africa and Asia, as well as at the organization’s Baltimore headquarters.

Hackett was the 2012 recipient of the University’s Laetare Medal, the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics, as well as an honorary degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Most recently, Hackett has agreed to serve as an advisor to the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD). His responsibilities will include working with NDIGD staff to grow and strengthen the initiative, advising on key development issues, and assisting the university in engaging in high-impact global development projects with partners worldwide.

Offenheiser, an expert on issues such as poverty alleviation, human rights, foreign policy, and international development, has led the Boston-based Oxfam America since 1995. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies.





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