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Unpacking AAPI Hate

''The Rundown''

Host Eric Diaz sits down with two University of St. Thomas - Houston (UST) professors, Dr. Crystal Tran, assistant professor of psychology, and Dr. Hans Stockton, dean of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences & Global Studies. They discuss the increased reporting and coverage of hate crimes on Asian Americans in the U.S. Dr. Tran breaks down the psychology behind hate and fear of the other. Dr. Stockton describes how it is important to separate the workings of a government from the people.

Both share how UST is trying to open the minds of their students to understand more about diversity and human dignity.

Dr. Crystal Tran
Assistant Professor, Psychology

Dr. Hans Stockton
Dean, Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences & Global Studies

Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial or ethnic group in the U.S. - Pew Research Center

WHO Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard - World Health Organization

Department of Education Designates UST an Asian-Serving Institution - University of St. Thomas - Houston

BOLD - A Student Perspective on Protests and Racism - University of St. Thomas - Houston

Not only is Houston getting more diverse, but residents' households are, too - Rice Kinder Institute for Urban Research

Not Born to Hate – Part 2

''The Rundown''

A continuation of our Not Born to Hate series, Brianna Amaya, a middle school religion teacher and graduate student, sits down to talk with a her former professor and dear friend, Fr. Dempsey Rosales Acosta, a Theology professor at the University of St. Thomas.

Together they share their experiences of faith, education and discrimination and articulate why it is hope - trust in God's divine will - that will allow us to grow and become the people God is calling us to be. Not Born to Hate is video series that seeks to examine race, racism and culture in America, provide an understanding of how we arrived at our present situation as a society and offer a sense of hope for our collective future.

Watch part 1 of Not Born to Hate here: Ep. 1 Not Born to Hate - Student Panel

Gaming and the Gospel

''The Rundown''

In this episode of The Rundown, host Bridget Richardson talked with Jonathan “Bearded Blevins,” partnered streamer and Catholic Director of Evangelization at Saint James Parish in Arlington Heights, Ill.

They discuss how Bearded Blevins began streaming part time because of the encouragement of his brother Tyler, or Ninja, who is one of the most famous streamers in the world.

A husband, father and former youth minister, Bearded Blevins shares how he tries to spread the Gospel message in his stream, the importance of positive online and in-person communities and why the new eSports degree at University of St. Thomas can truly change the world.

BeardedBlevins - Twitch 

Super Squares 

eSports at UST 

Bearded Blevins Fortnite Stream Aims to Change the World 

Saint James Parish, Arlington Heights, IL

Living The Stream: ESPN the Magazine 

The Stock Market and Education

''The Rundown''

The Rundown introduces a new host, Eric Diaz, in his inaugural episode. Eric interviews Dr. Joe Ueng, Professor of Finance and Chair in the Department of Economics and Finance at the University of St. Thomas-Houston Cameron School of Business. Eric and Dr. Ueng discuss what happened with GameStop shares and Wall Street in January and if something like that can happen again. Dr. Ueng talks about understanding the Stock Market and the health of the economy, and he describes the importance of personal finance as a social justice issue.

 

Joe Chieh-Chung Ueng, Ph.D., CFA

‘Dumb Money’ Is on GameStop, and It’s Beating Wall Street at Its Own Game: NY Times 

UST Cameron School of Business 

The Real St. Patrick

''The Rundown''

Host Bridget Richardson has a conversation with documentary filmmakers David and Kathi Peters with Global Story Films. In anticipation of St. Patrick's Day, they discuss their film, "St. Patrick: Pilgrimage to Peace" and how St. Patrick can be a model for peacemaking and love.

 

Global Story Films - Feature-length Documentaries

St. Patrick: Pilgrimage to Peace - Amazon Prime 

University of St. Thomas Center for Irish Studies

Politics and the Catholic Voice

''The Rundown''

Dr. Daniel Burns, Interim Associate Dean of the Constatin College of Liberal Arts and Associate Professor with the Politics Department at University of Dallas, talks with Host Bridget Richardson about politics and the Catholic voice. Dr. Burns discusses how neither of our two parties fits neatly into a Catholic worldview, the difference between the role of the bishops and the laity in partisanship, the abortion issue and active citizenship, the difference between Catholic parishes and Catholic universities and understanding our higher calling as Christians.

 

Social Media and Authentic Connection

''The Rundown''

Katie Villarreal, Coordinator of Youth Ministry at St. Faustina Catholic Church in Fulshear, joins host Bridget Richardson to discuss social media and how we can use it as a tool for evangelization. They discuss true discipleship and how one’s social media presence can help, or hurt, the Catholic Christian mission in a digital space. Katie shares about our ultimate allegiance in Christ and being aware of what’s going on in the culture while recognizing we are made in the image of God.

 

Helpful Links:

“Social media and the universal call to communion” Texas Catholic Herald

St. Faustina Catholic Church

“Sollicitudo Rei Socialis” (1987) St. John Paul II

Waiting in Joyful Hope

''The Rundown''

Fr. Eduardo Rivera, CSB, parochial vicar at St. Anne Catholic Community in Houston, joins Bridget Richardson to discuss Advent 2020. Is it possible to wait in joyful hope during 2020? They reflect on the Advent season and how we can be fully present and joyful while waiting for the coming of Christmas. Fr. Eduardo talks about waiting for the peace of Christ, celebrating Mary during this Advent season and finding meaning beyond the superficial.
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Houston as a Global City

''The Rundown''

Dr. Beverly Barrett was recently featured on Univision Dallas talking about trade between Mexico and the U.S. during the pandemic and how it impacts us. She and Bridget Richardson discuss Texas as a leader in exports, commerce as opportunity and how companies can be innovative through renewable energy for the common good.

Guest:

Beverly Barrett, PhD
Assistant Professor of International Economics Cameron School of Business

University of St. Thomas-Houston Univision Dallas – on trade between Mexico and US during pandemic

Helpful Links:
Nesti Center for Faith & Culture

“Trade for Texas: Strength in North America” Cameron Blog: Dr. Beverly Barrett

“A Call for Institutional Entrepreneurship” The Bretton Woods Committee: Dr. Beverly Barrett

Duke Energy

Reducing Houston Homelessness

''The Rundown''

Sharon Zachary, MA, CEO of the Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries (ACAM), and Thao Costis, President and CEO of SEARCH Homeless Services, join Bridget Richardson to discuss the recent CNN story about evictions in Houston. They discuss the difference between homelessness prevention and homeless services, the range of need, and new intervention methods for individuals and families facing eviction.

Helpful Links:
Nesti Center for Faith & Culture
SEARCH Homeless Services
Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries (ACAM)
CNN: Heartbreaking eviction brings mover to tears
ABC: Evicted dad from viral video near tears, but for a different reason

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