As I said in my address last year, I believe that the internationalization of the University is one of the most significant accomplishments of the past decade. Progress continues under Michael Pippenger, our vice president and associate provost for internationalization, in collaboration with the colleges, the Enrollment Division, the Division of Student Affairs and many others at the University.
This year’s Notre Dame Forum, “Going Global: Exploring the Challenges and Opportunities of Globalization” speaks to this theme and featured a discussion with Andrew Card and Denis McDonough, chiefs of staff to Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama respectively, on how global trends shape U.S. foreign policy.
"Judge Moro courageously led an effort to expose and prosecute systematic corruption in the highest levels of Brazil’s political and business leadership."
On October 2 of this year, I had the honor of traveling to São Paulo, Brazil to award the Notre Dame Award to Judge Sérgio Moro. Judge Moro courageously led an effort to expose and prosecute systematic corruption in the highest levels of Brazil’s political and business leadership. The efforts led to the imprisonment of former President Lula da Silva and brought many others among the nation’s political and business elite to justice.
The Notre Dame Award was established by my predecessor, Fr. Malloy, to recognize the University’s growing international role and honor those outside the United States who serve in exemplary ways the ideals of Notre Dame. Because Judge Moro has received many death threats, we could not publicize the event in advance due to concerns for his safety. Nevertheless, the event was well covered in the Brazilian press as part of a conference on the rule of law sponsored in part by Notre Dame Law School.
It was important that we recognized Judge Moro in his own nation, yet we thought that it would also be good for someone who fought so courageously against corruption to address our graduates at Commencement. We invited Judge Moro, he accepted, and we were able to announce recently that he will be our speaker at our 2018 Commencement.
The willingness of Judge Moro to be present to receive the Notre Dame Award, to be our 2018 Commencement speaker and the international coverage these events were given speaks to the growing international reputation of Notre Dame, and the role the University can play not only in this nation, but in the wider world.