Dignity and Development Forum Keynote Address | ‘One Complex Crisis’: Towards a Just and Sustainable Future


Location: Decio Theatre, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center | Zoom Webinar

Obiageli Oby Ezekwesili

In Laudato Si, Pope Francis calls us to restore human dignity and the dignity of the natural world using comprehensive approaches to the challenges we face. We do not face separate social or ecological, economic or political or technological challenges, he writes, “but rather one complex crisis” with links running through all these domains.

Oby Ezekwesili—a leader across global, national, and local scales, and across the realms of economics, governance, and politics—will reflect upon ethical and effective responses in the face of complex and interconnected problems.

Ford Family Notre Dame Award

Following the keynote address Patrizio Piraino, director of the Ford Program in Human Development Studies at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, will present Ezekwesili with the the Ford Family Notre Dame Award for International Development and Solidarity. Ford Family Notre Dame Award recipients are honored for substantial contribution to the promotion of international human development through research, practice, public service, or philanthropy.


For those on campus, please join us for a light reception following the keynote address. 


This panel is part of the Keough School's Dignity and Development Forum, which will include thought-provoking talks from prominent world leaders, investigations of important proposals by scholars and practitioners, and much more.

The Notre Dame campus community is invited to attend in person, and no registration is required.

If you are not on campus, we welcome you to join remotely. Please register for the forum to get access to this panel. 

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