Conversations having to do with the vaccine can feel tense and like a non-starter. With a lack of trust and tons of misinformation, how can people be sure about the vaccine? We decided to look to the experts - in science and faith. First, we talked with Dr. Carl Vartian, Infectious Disease Specialist at HCA Houston Healthcare and we included a PSA from Pope Francis and other Catholic leaders from around the world encouraging people to get vaccinated. We also share what University of St. Thomas-Houston is doing to encourage vaccinations on campus.
In this episode, Bridget talks with Dr. Yao-Yuan Yeh, chair of the University of St. Thomas (UST) Department of International Studies & Modern Languages, and Dr. Richard Sindelar, director of the UST Center for International Studies, to better understand the situation in Afghanistan. They discuss the situation in three stages: what happened and why, what will be the perception of the U.S. moving forward and the relationship with China, and the influx of refugees coming to Houston. The guests encourage us to welcome the refugees with openness and love.
Dr. Yao-Yuan Yeh
Chair, Department of International Studies & Modern Languages
Dr. Richard Sindelar
Director, Center for International Studies
MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE BENEDICT XVI
FOR THE WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES (2013)
In this episode, Bridget talked with Haley Stewart, @haleycarrots. Haley has a large, dedicated following on social media and is considered a part of the new wave of Catholic social media influencers. She’s witty, an avid reader, a podcaster, a mom of four, a writer, a whiskey distillers' wife and a fellow with the Word on Fire Institute.
Her message of authenticity resonates with her audience as she illustrates how she and her family are trying to live out a faithful life. In this conversation, she shares openly about how seeing how other Catholics live out their faith can help us all think more creatively about our family life and our place in this world.
MAX Studios invited Haley to be a guest speaker for the OSV Innovation Challenge that University of St. Thomas-Houston helped facilitate. See details about that partnership here.
Haley Stewart, @haleycarrots
The whole world is experiencing extreme weather-related disasters. In this episode of The Rundown, Bridget Richardson focuses in on Oregon's most recent heat wave and the freeze that hit Texas in February 2021 through the eyes of Catholic Charities. She talks with Jennifer Masotja, Director of Disaster Services with Catholic Charities Oregon, and Cynthia Colbert, President, CEO of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.
They discuss the major population shifts that climate change causes, how it affects the most vulnerable among us and how we're all called to respond. They also take a look at "Laudato Si," Pope Francis' encyclical letter on care for our common home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Daniel Burns: University of Dallas