‘He went out of his way to help people’: Colleagues, friends remember philosophy professor Michael ‘Mic’ Detlefsen

first_imgCourtesy of Christine Grandy Detlefsen, McMahon-Hank Professor of Philosophy, taught at Notre Dame for 36 years. Colleagues say he focused on helping other and was a proud grandfather.Detlefsen died Oct. 21 at the age of 71, leaving behind a host of admiring and loving family, friends, colleagues and students.Blanchette, who had known Detlefsen since 1993, worked closely with him on many research projects, but soon got to know him as a close friend. Detlefsen attended her wedding, and Blanchette was able to attend his daughter’s wedding during the time the two knew each other. His work often focused on the history and philosophy of mathematics and logic, but the people who knew him emphasized his work as a professor. “He went out of his way to help people who had just started their first jobs and were finishing their Ph.D., things like that,” Blanchette said. “I watched him all these years really have a lot to do with the development of many young scholars’ careers. There are many people working in the philosophy of mathematics and logic department now whose careers have been very importantly helped along and shaped by Mic’s generosity with his time and his depth of knowledge in the field.”Blanchette added that Detlefsen tried to get his students to express their own views, not the ones they think they should have.“I’ve talked to him a great deal about his teaching, and his values of teaching were mainly to help people learn how to think clearly and to help them figure out how to most clearly express their own views,” Blanchette said. “Not so much to learn what other people thought except to the extent that that was important to figuring out what their right view was.”Detlefsen was Matteo Bianchetti’s graduate school advisor. Bianchetti, a second-year graduate student, remembers Detlefsen pushing his students to find their own voice within their work. But beyond their professional relationship, Bianchetti, who is an international student, valued Detlefsen’s patience and kindness when he had struggles with writing in English.“He was very patient. … It wasn’t easy for me to write decently in English for some time, but he was very patient and offered some advice to improve my English,” Bianchetti said. “Some other professors were less supportive. That was not something I received from everybody, but I received it from him.”Bianchetti said Detlefsen’s dedication to his students, even through illness, stuck out to him. “Even when he was in the hospital, he was still sending me comments about my draft,” he said. Although his days were busy, filled with organizing conferences, traveling to his visiting positions at five different international institutions and working closely with students, Detlefsen made time to work on his research.Detlefsen most recently received the 2016 Research Achievement Award, which is awarded to one professor at the University each year, as well as the James A. Burns, C.S.C Award, for distinction in and exemplary contributions to graduate education in 2015. After earning his bachelor’s at Wheaton College and his doctorate at Johns Hopkins University, Detlefsen took a job at Notre Dame in 1983 with his wife, Martha and their three children, Hans, Anna and Sara. There he met Anand Pillay, who arrived in the mathematics department at the same time, and the two edited the Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic, working together for many years. “We used to meet regularly … and we’d talk about everything,” Pillay said. “We had a very good relationship, and I miss him a lot.”Pillay, the William J. Hank Family chair in Mathematics at the University, said over the years Detlefsen became a prominent figure in the philosophy of mathematics and logic world. But still to his colleagues, Detlefsen wanted to talk about his growing family.“Our conversations were primarily about our children more than our work,” Blanchette said, adding that Detlefsen loved being a grandfather. “He was also personally just a very warm person,” Blanchette said. “He liked getting to know people’s families, like getting to know their children and their dogs, especially. He was a big fan of everybody’s dogs.”Detlefsen, a Nebraska native, came from a farming family and did not have any roots in the scholarly community prior to his career. “He was very much not the pretentious professor type,” Blanchette said. “He was a very down to Earth guy. He came from a family who farmed and did really sort of straightforward jobs.” Although Detlefsen was known for a great amount of academic work, those who knew him say he didn’t take himself too seriously.“He enjoyed this job a great deal, but he didn’t take it any more seriously than any other job that he had,” Blanchette said. “He thought it was a really good job to have, and he loved it.”Tags: Logic, mathematics, Michael Detlefsen, philosophy department Michael “Mic” Detlefsen received many awards and accolades during his 36 years of teaching at Notre Dame. But those who knew him well knew those awards didn’t matter to him — instead, the McMahon-Hank Professor of Philosophy made helping people his primary focus. “He didn’t think that all of the awards that he won were all that important,” said Patricia Blanchette, a professor in the philosophy department and Detlefsen’s friend and colleague. “I think that he thought what was important about his job was that he could help people.”last_img read more

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Love Letters Begins Performances on Broadway

first_img Love Letters Related Shows Love Letters originally opened off-Broadway in March 1989, starring Kathleen Turner and John Rubinstein. The play changed its cast every week and other notable names that appeared in that incarnation included Victor Garber, Julie Harris, Christopher Reeve and Christopher Walken. The show transferred to Broadway in October of that year, with Lynn Redgrave, John Clark, Stockard Channing and more appearing in the production. Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 14, 2014 View Commentscenter_img Dennehy and Farrow will appear in the production September 13 through October 10. Burnett will then step in for Farrow and play opposite Dennehy October 11 through November 7. Alda and Bergen will take over November 8 through December 5. Keach and Rigg will play December 6 through January 9, 2015. Huston and Sheen will then play January 10, 2015 through February 15. The Broadway revival of A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters will begin performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on September 13. The production will officially open on September 18, starring Brian Dennehy and Mia Farrow. The pair will be followed by casts of stars in strictly limited engagements that include Alan Alda, Candice Bergen, Carol Burnett, Anjelica Huston, Stacy Keach, Diana Rigg and Martin Sheen. Directed by Gregory Mosher, Love Letters is a funny and emotional portrait about the powerful connection of love. Two friends, rebellious Melissa Gardner and straight-arrow Andrew Makepeace Ladd III have exchanged notes, cards and letters with each other for over 50 years. From second grade, through summer vacations, to college, and well into adulthood, they have spent a lifetime discussing their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, and victories and defeats. But long after the letters are done, the real question remains: Have they made the right choices or is the love of their life only a letter away?last_img read more

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5 brand-building tips for credit unions

first_img1. Conduct a Brand AuditYour brand is everything your financial institution does and stands for — products and services, customer service, branch appearance, marketing messages, employees… even your restrooms. Any one of these details
can make or break your brand, which means you need to monitor them regularly and audit them regularly.A brand audit is a performance evaluation for your brand. It gives you the information you need to make the changes that will result in a stronger brand. You need to examine every aspect of your brand and experience through consumers’ eyes. Wherever you look, ask yourself these questions:If this was the first thing I saw/experienced here at our financial institution, what would my impression be?What are we saying about ourselves to consumers?What are the messages — the marketing drumbeats — that consumers are hearing us repeat? Are they meaningful?What kind of image are we projecting?You need to be thorough, and review everything. Call your contact center and request some information through the mail — how well does that process work and how long does it take to receive materials (if ever)? Take a look at the marketing collateral in your branches — how much of it is on display, how it is presented, is there a consistent and cohesive look or does everything seem disjointed and cluttered? continue reading » 27SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Raiders report card: Derek Carr shines, run defense not so much

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.DENVER — Just like that the Raiders trail two teams in their division by two games. That didn’t take long.It wasn’t a heartbreaking loss – it’s only Week 2 – but Sunday’s 20-19 defeat to the Broncos on Brandon McManus’ late field goal was tough to swallow for the Raiders. Oakland didn’t trail until the final six seconds, and a 12-point third-quarter lead vanished in due time.After beginning last season 2-0, the …last_img read more

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Pinzhi® 10pcs Cute Strawberry Bowknot Hair Clip Barrettes Hairpin For Girl Kid Toddler, fab for the price

first_imgObtained it yesterday, there was not 10 parts, pink and purple were being missing in my shipping and delivery. Nevertheless it is beautiful, imagining what to do with the incomplete pack 🙁 want to mention yet another thing, it took nearly one month to get there, dissapointed.Charming hair clips, pretty pleased with the acquire.The cutest bow hair clips at any time xx. Definitely beautiful little hair clips my girls like them there very good top quality good range and pretty sturdy, cute strawberry bows, will absolutely acquire once again, superb excellent for the cash x.Key specs for Pinzhi® 10pcs Cute Strawberry Bowknot Hair Clip Barrettes Hairpin For Girl Kid Toddler:Colors Sent randomly!10pcs Children Hairpin ClipsUnique and cute hair accessories make your girls beautiful and attractiveSuitable for daily wear, also perfect for attach to hat, headband and other DIY project for yourPerfect hairpin gift for your kidsComments from buyers“Cute little clips & lovely colours, I really like these. good quality for price, The cutest bow hair clips ever xx, Arrived in good time. Look so cute in my daughters hair, fab for the price”Perfect for minor types with not a great deal hair.Glimpse so cute in my daughters hair. Search so cute in my daughters hair.Purchased as current for tiny girl she loved them.Be conscious that the metallic clip isn’t included on the underside, so all right for an eighteen month previous, but i would not want to use for youthful as they could scratch.Acquired as a christmas pressie, but they seem pretty.Cute minor clips & wonderful colours. Cute little clips and lovely colors to match with various outfits. They are protected with product more than the major of the crocodile design clip which guards it from pulling hair. Could have been made much better if the bottom part of the clip was also coated way too, have to get them out cautiously for this cause primarily with whispy child/ toddler hair.last_img read more

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, April 22, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A few tweaks to the forecast this morning and they are allowing for a few more dry areas to try and develop over the next week. Unfortunately, we don’t think it will be enough to really give a good planting window statewide. Here is what we see this morning.We are dry all day today. We expect a partly to mostly sunny day with temps near to slightly above normal. High pressure this morning is in northern West Virginia, meaning south winds continue to dominate today on the backside of that high, which will help temperatures climb. Tomorrow, we have some moisture returning to Ohio. We see scattered showers over about 65% of the state. These showers will focus on the northern half to three quarters of the state, with the southern quarter of Ohio seeing nothing really tomorrow. Rain totals tomorrow will be a few hundredths to .4”. Then from tomorrow night through Wednesday, we shift the action south into southern Ohio, with similar rain totals, but coverage down to about 40%.  Wednesday night thunderstorms move into the SW Ohio, and then drift across the rest of the state. Those can have some heavier moisture, with rain totals at .25″-1″ and coverage near 75%. Notice that we see some significant holes showing up in that rain coverage tomorrow through Thursday. That may lead to some locations getting some better drying than others. WE are looking at a fully dry set of days for Friday and Saturday…meaning some of those drier holes can be looking at 3 or 4 days of dry weather in a row. This will be a minority in Ohio, but it is possible.Overnight Saturday night, we see some clouds and can’t rule out a few widely scattered showers. Rain totals will be a few hundredths to .1” with 40% coverage. This really is not a big deal, but we can’t quite wave the “all clear” flag yet. We will be watching to see if this moisture actually goes away. Sunday should be sunny and dry in Ohio again. So, putting it all together, the map at right is a look at combined rain potential for the week, with the period ending Sunday night.However, whether we are able to see that Saturday night moisture fade or not, we finish the 10 day window on a wet note. Rain arrives again for Monday the 29th, bringing .5”-2” over 75% of the state. Scattered showers linger next Tuesday, the 30th and can trigger a few hundredths to .25” with 30% coverage. Then we have rain from I-70 north net Wednesday, May 1st, with potential for .2”-.7” over 60% of the northern half of Ohio. This pattern will bring drying to a screeching halt and will set field work progress potential back once again if it comes to fruition.In the extended period, additional rains are likely for the May 2-4 time frame, with combined totals at half to 1.5”. Coverage will be around 80% of the state. Then after a couple of days of dry weather, another front is likely around the 6th and 7th that brings up to half an inch over 70% of Ohio. Behind that we may be able to put together a drier forecast window into mid-May.last_img read more

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Rumors of KobeDwight Howard Blowup Show LA Strife

Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard had to be separated by teammates following a New Year’s Day loss to Philadelphia, according to a report that two Los Angeles Lakers sources vehemently refuted. What is certain is this: the Lakers are in turmoil.They dropped their third straight Sunday night to the Denver Nuggets, dropping them to three games under .500. The storied Lakers fired coach Mike Brown after just five games, passed on a chance to re-hire the winningest coach in NBA history, Phil Jackson, and, instead, hired Mike D’Antoni, whose style of play does not seem to fit the personnel.Acquiring D’Antoni, Howard and Steve Nash has done nothing to spark the Lakers, who are 11th in the Western Conference, meaning they have to pass three teams just to make the playoffs.That is bad enough.Now comes a report by the New York Daily News that Bryant goaded Howard in the locker room, saying Shaquille O’Neal was right about Howard, that he was not physical enough. Howard then moved forward toward Bryant, but was stopped by teammates, according to the article.ESPNLA.com reported that two sources adamantly denied any such event occurred. Whatever the case, it is apparent there is not enough harmony among teammates, considering Howard’s remarks Saturday:“Those guys on the (Los Angeles) Clippers team, they really enjoy each other off the court and it shows,” he said after the Laker practice. “It’s something we have to do to get better. We have to play like we like each other. Even if we don’t want to be friends off the court, whatever that may be, when we step in between the lines or we step in the locker room or the gym, we have to respect each other and what we bring to the table.“It really starts off the court. I think you have to have that relationship and that chemistry off the court for it to really blossom on the court. It takes time to develop that. You just don’t come together and then expect to be best friends right away. It just doesn’t happen like that” read more

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Celebrate Padres opening weekend at the East Village Block Party

first_img Elizabeth Alvarez 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSwing into the 2018 baseball season with the 8th Annual East Village Opening Day Weekend Block Party. Step up to the plate to start your Major League celebrations.The San Diego Padres play the Milwaukee Brewers during the 2018 opening ballgame.This family-friendly community event has become a San Diego tradition where locals and visitors show off their team spirit at PETCO Park while exploring East Village.With games, live entertainment featuring local bands and DJs, baseball-themed beverages, and grub. On J Street between Sixth and Tenth. March 31, 2018 Elizabeth Alvarez, Celebrate Padres opening weekend at the East Village Block Party Posted: March 31, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: San Diego Padres FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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