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Exports Touted as Integral to U.S. Job Growth at Tribute Dinner

Robert D. Hormats

Photo by Chris Taggart

Robert D. Hormats, under secretary for economic, energy and agricultural affairs at the United States Department of State, told a room full of dignitaries and business representatives on Oct. 18 that the State Department is actively working to promote U.S. exports as a way to jump-start the American economy.

“We understand that you just can’t leave it to companies. You need high-level advocacy,” Hormats said. “One of the things that we’re trying to do is to demonstrate that the federal government is engaged in that advocacy.
“When the president goes out, he has two or three or four companies on a list, and he raises them with the president of China, with a number of others, where he identifies particular projects.”

The event, a reception and dinner held at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus, honored the U.S. ambassadors from Libya, Tunisia, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Oman, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. It was sponsored by the Business Council for International Understanding, and was part of the U.S.-Middle East Business and Export Promotion Tour.

John Tognino, chairman of the Board of Trustees at Fordham, began the program by recognizing each ambassador in attendance individually.

“Fordham is proud to say we are the Jesuit university of New York, but I think we can safely say that for this evening, we’re the Jesuit university of the world,” Tognino said.

Patrick Verel

McGinley Professor Helps to Curate Art Exhibition on Abrahamic Religions

Patrick Ryan, S.J., selected several dozen books, manuscripts and objects that demonstrate the great similarities—as well as the considerable differences—between Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Photo by Gina Vergel

Patrick Ryan, S.J., the Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society at Fordham, has helped assemble an exhibition at the New York Public Library showcasing the works of three Abrahamic religions.

“Three Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam” featured centuries-old sacred texts and ancient manuscripts when it opened on Oct. 22, in the Gottesman Exhibition Hall/Wachenheim Gallery at the library’s main branch at 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue.

“The exhibit fits in well with what I try to do in my McGinley Lectures—establish a ‘trialogue’ between these three forms of monotheistic faith,” Father Ryan said.

“From the rich holdings of the New York Public Library, we have selected several dozen books, manuscripts and objects that demonstrate the great similarities—as well as the considerable differences—that distinguish the faith traditions of Jews, Christians and Muslims,” Father Ryan said. “I have been particularly fascinated by some of the Coptic, Ethiopic and West African pieces on display, as well as the Arabic and Persian prayer books.”

The materials on display in the Gottesman Exhibition Hall range from the fifth century of the Common Era to the present, and include:

• the Hebrew Bible written by Joseph of Xanten (on the Rhine north of Cologne) in 1294;

• the Harkness Gospels, written in Landévennec, Brittany, around the year 900;

• the Qur’an completed by Husayn ibn Hasan in Turkey or Persia in 1333;

• as well as fifth-century amulets discovered in Jewish tombs, 18th-century depictions of Mecca and Medina, a first edition (1611) of the King James Bible, 17th-century Armenian Gospels and a 13th-century Samaritan Pentateuch.

The exhibit runs until Feb. 27.

—Gina Vergel

GSS Celebrates the Life of Former Dean Mary Ann Quaranta

“Mary Ann Quaranta (pictured above) was the most elegant person I ever met,” said Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham.

Photo by Chris Taggart

If a picture is worth a thousand words, the slideshow playing at the Oct. 1 memorial celebration for Mary Ann Quaranta, D.S.W., (GSS ’50), former dean of the Graduate School of Social Service, said plenty.

There were countless photos with Quaranta and her family, especially her grandchildren, whom she was said to have treasured.

There were a plethora of photos with Quaranta and her colleagues.

Then there were professorial photos featuring a very regal Quaranta at conferences and University events, and even a few photos with Hillary Clinton.

Quaranta, who died on Dec. 16, 2009, was remembered at a standing-room-only memorial celebration on the Lincoln Center campus. The event included musical tributes and moving speeches from about 18 friends, colleagues and family members.

“Mary Ann Quaranta was the most elegant person I ever met,” said Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham. “Now I know you’re going to think I’m being very superficial and only referring to her unerring sense of fashion. But I’m not. Mary Ann Quaranta was the most elegant person in different and far deeper senses. She was a most extraordinary mind, always active and symmetrical. She could figure out a program on the way to work.

“She possessed eyes that enabled her to look on the poor and see in them God’s greatest riches,” Father McShane added. “We at Fordham were blessed to have her as colleague, mother superior, visionary dean and friend.”

Gina Vergel

Law School’s Robert J. Reilly Receives Charles Carroll Award

Robert J. Reilly, FCRH ’72, LAW ’75, assistant dean of the Feerick Center at Fordham Law, received the Charles Carroll Award on Oct. 4 at the Union League Club in New York City.

Reilly joins a distinguished list of recipients that include His Eminence Edward Cardinal Egan, former Fordham University Law School Dean John Feerick, and Malcolm Wilson, former governor of New York.

Named after the only Catholic to sign the Declaration of Independence, the annual Carroll award recognizes a Catholic lawyer who has earned distinction in public service. For the past four years, Reilly has helped develop the center, which educates law students and others in solving social justice problems, particularly homelessness, hunger and asset preservation for the poor.

He is also a regular volunteer on the city’s annual HOPE Count, where the Fordham community rallies to help count the homeless in the Bronx.

True to his Irish roots, Reilly has been the president of the Society of the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick and a contributing author to the Encyclopedia of the Irish in America (Notre Dame University Press, 2000). Reilly is also a volunteer guide at the American Museum of Natural History, in Manhattan.

The award is given annually by the Guild of Catholic Lawyers.

“If the Selection Committee for this Award had looked even a little bit further they would have found many [worthy] recipients,” said Reilly in accepting the award. “But let me assure you . . . they could not have found a recipient who was more grateful.”

—Janet Sassi



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