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F. Joseph Callahan Distinguished Lecture Presents Dacher Keltner
2021 F. Joseph Callahan Distinguished Lecture to feature Dacher Keltner, renowned compassion researcher, author, and psychology professor. Over 10 years since its inception, the Case Western Reserve University Distinguished Lecture presents author, compassion researcher, and psychology professor Dacher Keltner on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 5:00 PM. Dacher Keltner is a Professor of Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley, renowned for his research on the science of compassion and awe. He is Director of the Berkeley Social Interaction Lab, and serves as the Faculty Director of the Berkeley Greater Good Science Center. His research focuses on the biological and evolutionary origins of compassion, awe, love, and beauty, as well as power, social class, and inequality. Keltner is also the author of The Power Paradox, as well as the bestseller Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life and The Compassionate Instinct. He has published over 190 scientific articles, including seminal works on the psychology of awe. He has written for the New York Times Magazine, and his research has been covered in TIME, Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, CNN, NPR, and the BBC as well as many other outlets. Keltner was the scientific consultant for the Pixar film Inside Out, for which he helped revise the story emphasizing the neuropsychological findings that human emotions are mirrored in interpersonal relationships and can be significantly moderated by them. Keltner’s lecture will address the abuses of power from empathy deficits to impulsivity, and what can be done to promote positive social change in the face of these pitfalls. Keltner’s lecture will address the abuses of power from empathy deficits to impulsivity, and what can be done to promote positive social change in the face of these pitfalls. This year, the Distinguished Lecture will be viewable online only. The virtual lecture will be Thursday, April […]
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Callahan Foundation Awards More Than $300,000 to 30 Nonprofits in Fall 2020
In 2020, nonprofits faced unprecedented economic circumstances due to COVID-19 — and an increase in demand for their services. Amid the pandemic, it became paramount for philanthropy to prioritize advocating for racial and social justice.  In response, the Callahan Foundation’s Fall 2020 grantmaking represented additional funding for an increased number of Northeast Ohio nonprofits beyond previous cycles, with many first-time grant recipients. Grants were deployed with consideration of expanding nonprofits’ capacity to address the pandemic’s social, educational, health and economic impacts and target those disproportionately affected by the outbreak. The Foundation remained committed to directing resources to advance inclusive, engaged and equitable communities, awarding grants to BIPOC-led and BIPOC-focused nonprofits, as well as the LGBTQ community. This fall, the Callahan Foundation awarded $302,500 to 30 nonprofits in its Fall 2020 grant cycle: Beck Center for the Arts: Serving more than 60,000 people annually, the Beck Center is a leader in comprehensive arts education in Northeast Ohio. The Center was awarded $20,000 in continued support of their capital campaign, Creating Our Future. The campaign is designed to ensure the future of the Center, provide updates to the campus, and aid in sustainability and programming for the future. During the pandemic, the Center worked to keep the arts a part of people’s lives with online programming, using the downtime in campus activity to begin Center renovations. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland: Big Brothers Big Sisters helps children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships. The organization was awarded $5,000 for their Community-based mentoring program, which pairs mentors who provide guidance and support with youths facing adversity in and outside of the classroom. The funding will support BBBS to create new matches for up to 80 additional “Littles,” provide critical administration and infrastructure support, and expand BBBS’ ability to […]
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Judge Silvia Alejandra Fernández de Gurmendi Awarded 2020 Inamori Ethics Prize
Each year, the Inamori Ethics Prize recognizes an exemplary international ethical leader whose actions and influence have improved the human condition. The award, presented by Case Western Reserve University’s Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, supports the Center’s mission to foster ethical leadership around the world. This year, the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence has selected Silvia Alejandra Fernández de Gurmendi, a leading figure in international justice, humanitarian law and human rights, and the first woman to serve as president of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Judge Fernández is the first Latinx Inamori Ethics Prize recipient and the first from South America. She played a central role in the creation of the ICC and has worked tirelessly to see that those who commit war crimes and crimes against humanity are held accountable for their actions. Before joining the ICC, Judge Fernández was director-general for human rights at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina. She also represented Argentina before other human-rights bodies and advised on transitional-justice issues related to the prevention of genocide and other international crimes. Case Western Reserve will present the Inamori Ethics Prize to Fernández de Gurmendi during Inamori Center events on the Case Western Reserve campus, Sept. 10-11. The prize carries with it a monetary award, which is intended to support the recipient’s ongoing work. The Inamori Ethics Prize has been awarded annually since 2008 to honor an individual for significant and lasting contributions to ethical leadership on the global stage. The Callahan Foundation is proud to be the title sponsor for the Inamori Ethics Prize ceremony, lecture and symposium. Learn more about the Inamori Ethics Prize and the 2020 honoree, Silvia Alejandra Fernandez De Gurmendi.
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Callahan Foundation Announces 2020 Spring Grant Recipients
The Callahan Foundation is pleased to announce it has awarded $216,000 to 26 Northeast Ohio nonprofits and initiatives in its Spring 2020 grant cycle. These organizations embody the Callahan Foundation’s mission, demonstrating superior leadership and creating value for those in need through programs in higher education, the arts and social services. Birthing Beautiful Communities: Birthing Beautiful Communities is an innovative organization that supports pregnant women at highest risk for infant mortality. A first-time grant recipient, the organization was founded and is operated mainly by Black women to address and improve systemic structures that lead to Cleveland infants dying at high rates (especially Black newborns, which face an 18.1% infant mortality rate). The organization was awarded $3,500 for its prenatal education and childbirth programs, which use culture, education, advocacy, support and engagement (CEASE) to holistically support more than 400 clients to deliver full-term, healthy babies and achieve equitable birth outcomes. Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland: The Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio’s (BGCNEO) mission is to inspire and enable youth who are most in need to reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. BGCNEO serves more than 9,000 youth across four counties in 39 locations. In 2020, BGCNEO was awarded $3,500 in continued support for their dance instruction and exposure programming, which gives low-income youth similar chances to learn and explore interests as their higher-income peers, along with allowing them to develop social-emotional skills. Cleveland Clinic: The Cleveland Clinic was awarded $20,000 to help fund initiatives that support the health, well-being, and safety of caregivers on the frontlines of COVID-19 in Northeast Ohio, as well as their families. These frontline caregivers (such as doctors, nurses, and other medical providers) are challenged in unprecedented ways; the Cleveland Clinic’s support initiatives will help to relieve stress, to care […]
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Callahan Foundation Awards $145,000 to 18 Cleveland Nonprofits
Twice each year, the Callahan Foundation awards Northeast Ohio nonprofits who embody the foundation’s mission in demonstrating superior leadership and creating value for those in need, through programs in higher education, the arts and social services. The Callahan Foundation is pleased to announce it has awarded $145,000 to 18 nonprofits in its Fall 2019 grant cycle: City Year Cleveland: City Year is an education-focused, service-based organization that partners with public schools in high-poverty communities to help keep students in school and on track to graduate. City Year Cleveland was awarded $5,000 towards their AmeriCorps program, which pairs young adult members with in-need students to help build the social-emotional and academic skills students need to achieve their goals. Seventy-six City Year Cleveland AmeriCorps members will serve as student success coaches, providing 1:1 interventions to approximately 3,200 students in need. Cleveland Council on World Affairs: The Cleveland Council on World Affairs (CCWA) aims to inspire engagement in international affairs and world cultures through education, citizen diplomacy and public dialogue. CCWA was awarded $5,000 to create additional training resources to support teachers and students engaged in CCWA’s Model United Nations program, which has been running since 1945. The program brings world affairs alive through trainings, workshops and conferences for over 1,800 participants from more than 56 Northeast Ohio schools each year. Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM): The Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) was awarded $5,000 towards their Annual Fund, enabling the yearly operation of the school, its programs, and its scholarships. Funding will help support scholarships and fellowships that lower the financial burden for the 15% of students who come from underrepresented ethnic groups. Through fellowships dedicated to diversity, CIM aims to increase access to high quality music instruction and create a more diverse pipeline of musicians who can perform at the highest […]
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Actor, Advocate LeVar Burton Awarded 2019 Inamori Ethics Prize
Each year, the Inamori Ethics Prize recognizes an exemplary international ethical leader whose actions and influence have improved the human condition. The award, presented by Case Western Reserve University’s Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, supports the Center’s mission to foster ethical leadership around the world. This year, the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence has selected LeVar Burton, renowned actor, director, producer, writer and advocate. Burton is the first Inamori Ethics Prize winner from the Arts, recognized for his work in advocacy on behalf of causes such as children’s literacy and development, AIDS research and treatment, and through his own nonprofit, RRKIDZ. According to Shannon E. French, Inamori Professor in Ethics and director of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, Burton is “a wonderful example of what it is to be an ethical leader in the arts.” Burton is best known for hosting Reading Rainbow, a long-running PBS children’s program designed to foster a love of reading, and for other award-winning roles in television and film. Burton serves on the board of directors for the AIDS Research Alliance (ARA), a non-profit medical research organization dedicated to finding a cure for AIDS. Case Western Reserve will present the Inamori Ethics Prize to Burton during Inamori Center events on the Case Western Reserve campus, Sept. 19-20. The prize carries with it a monetary award, which is intended to support the recipient’s ongoing work. The Inamori Ethics Prize has been awarded annually since 2008 to honor an individual for significant and lasting contributions to ethical leadership on the global stage. The Callahan Foundation is proud to be the title sponsor for the Inamori Ethics Prize ceremony, lecture and symposium. Learn more about the Inamori Ethics Prize and the 2019 honoree, LeVar Burton.
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Callahan Foundation Announces 2019 Spring Grant Recipients
The Callahan Foundation is pleased to announce it has awarded $222,500 to 16 Northeast Ohio nonprofits and initiatives in its Spring 2019 grant cycle. These organizations embody the Callahan Foundation’s mission, demonstrating superior leadership and creating value for those in need through programs in higher education, the arts and social services. Beck Center for the Arts: Serving more than 60,000 people annually, the Beck Center was awarded $10,000 in continued support of their capital campaign, Creating Our Future. The campaign is designed to ensure the future of the Center’s vibrant community, provide updates to its campus, as well as support the Center’s future programming. Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland: The Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland’s (BGCC) mission is to inspire and enable youth who are most in need to reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. In 2019, BGCC was awarded $5,000 in continued support for their after-school dance programming, which has grown and expanded programming because of member demand and excitement. Cleveland Orchestra: Each year, the Cleveland Orchestra’s Friday Morning Concerts grow in popularity, bringing 1,600 Cleveland-area high school students to Severance Hall. The Orchestra was awarded $25,000 for subsidization of tickets for high school students to attend the concert series, inspiring and enriching lives through extraordinary musical experiences. Cuyahoga County Public Library: As the busiest public library in the nation, the Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL) serves nearly 620,000 residents annually. CCPL was awarded $10,000 to support programs that help struggling young readers get on track during the school year, and stay on track through summer via free grade level reading, summer camp, and family engagement programming. CWRU School of Engineering Callahan Fellowship: The Case School of Engineering was awarded $50,000 towards the creation of the new Callahan Fellowship. The Fellowship is a […]
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F. Joseph Callahan Distinguished Lecture Presents Viet Thanh Nguyen
2019 F. Joseph Callahan Distinguished Lecture to feature Viet Thanh Nguyen, literary scholar, writer, and professor. Over 10 years since its inception, the Case Western Reserve University Distinguished Lecture presents acclaimed literary scholar, writer and University of Southern California professor Viet Thanh Nguyen on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 6:00 PM. Nguyen explores how depictions of the Vietnam War, and of the refugees it displaced, often fail to capture the full humanity and inhumanity, the sacrifices and savagery, of participants on opposing sides of the conflict. His lecture will focus on the topic “Refugee Stories and American Greatness.” His bestselling novel The Sympathizer won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. With his collection of short stories, The Refugees, Nguyen continues his exploration of the tensions, traumas and conflicting loyalties that endure far beyond a war’s end. The hour-long lecture, as part of the Think Forum series, will be followed by a discussion and audience questions. The lecture will be presented at Case Western Reserve University’s Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at the Temple – Tifereth Israel, 1855 Ansel Road, Cleveland. Due to the high level of interest, live streaming has been arranged at the Tinkham Veale University Center ballroom (11038 Bellflower Road), where the program may be viewed in its entirety. Guests without tickets may arrive the night of the event to join a standby line at the Maltz Performing Arts Center or go directly to the Tinkham Veale University Center. Standby guests will be admitted based on available seats, although standby admission is not guaranteed. For more information on the lecture, visit the Callahan Distinguished Lecture Event Homepage.
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Callahan Foundation Announces Fall 2018 Grant Recipients
Twice each year, the Callahan Foundation awards Northeast Ohio nonprofits who embody the foundation’s mission in demonstrating superior leadership and creating value for those in need, through programs in higher education, the arts and social services. This fall, the Callahan Foundation is pleased to announce it has awarded $135,000 to 11 nonprofits in its Fall 2018 grant cycle: City Year Cleveland: A first-time grant recipient, City Year Cleveland is an education-focused, service-based organization that partners with public schools in high-poverty communities to help keep students in school and on track to graduate. City Year was awarded $5,000 towards their AmeriCorps program, which pairs young adult members with in-need students to help build the social-emotional and academic skills students need to achieve their goals. City Year AmeriCorps members not only make a difference in the lives of the students they serve, but also acquire valuable skills that prepare them to become the next generation of civically-engaged leaders. Cleveland Council on World Affairs: The Cleveland Council on World Affairs (CCWA) aims to inspire engagement in international affairs and world cultures through education, citizen diplomacy and public dialogue. CCWA was awarded $5,000 for their expanding Model United Nations program, which brings world affairs alive through trainings, workshops and conferences for over 1,800 participants from more than 55 Northeast Ohio schools each year. The program offers students the opportunity to learn about and engage in international affairs in a personal, exciting way. Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM): The Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) was awarded $5,000 towards their Annual Fund, enabling the yearly operation of the school, its programs, and its scholarships. Funding will help support such scholarships that lower the financial burden for nearly every student, and which are vital to attracting and retaining the best and brightest students in classical music. CIM students […]
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NASA Space Scientist Dr. Farouk El-Baz Awarded 2018 Inamori Ethics Prize
Each year, the Inamori Ethics Prize recognizes an exemplary international ethical leader whose actions and influence have improved the human condition. The award, presented by Case Western Reserve University’s Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, supports the Center’s mission to foster ethical leadership around the world. This year, the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence has selected space scientist and geologist Dr. Farouk El-Baz, who played a central role in the Apollo space missions and desert groundwater exploration. Among his many achievements, Dr. El-Baz worked as a NASA scientist on the Apollo space program’s site-selection committee, and was a member of the team of NASA scientists responsible for choosing the first lunar landing site. Dr. El-Baz also created and continues to direct a “Center of Excellence” at Boston University’s Center for Remote Sensing. The NASA-recognized center uses space technology to study the earth and its environment, including finding critically needed groundwater in arid regions around the globe. Case Western Reserve University will present the 2018 Inamori Ethics Prize to Dr. El-Baz during a ceremony and academic symposium on Sept. 14-15. Dr. El-Baz will deliver a lecture, which is open to the general public, about the focus of his research and the challenges ahead. The Inamori Ethics Prize has been awarded annually since 2008 to honor an individual for significant and lasting contributions to ethical leadership on the global stage. The Callahan Foundation is proud to be the title sponsor for the Inamori Ethics Prize ceremony, lecture and symposium. Learn more about the 2018 Inamori Ethics Prize and reserve your tickets for the lecture.
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