Fighting For Democracy

Juan Esteban Montes: I was 7 years old at
the time of the coup in Chile.  Growing up under dictatorship changed my life.  It was
a time of darkness.  The whole country was paralyzed.  It was chaotic. People were tortured,
killed and disappeared.  I decided to go to Notre Dame because I knew the Kellogg Institute
was committed to the study of transitions to democracy around the world, especially
in Latin America.  
Narrator: The University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International
Studies is one of the world’s premier research centers bringing together scholars and practitioners
to address emerging challenges of democracy and human development all across the globe.
Rev. Theodore Hesburgh:  “Movements are successful if they have great leadership,
and leaders are successful if they have good ideas and ways of achieving those ideas.  our
task is to go where human dignity is being violated and train the people and the methods
to get in there and change the tide and we’ve done that in Chile.  
Narrators: prominent
intellectuals from many different countries have done research at the kellogg institute
and returned home to make major contributions to building democracies.
Ignacio Walker:
I have been a member of parliament, I’ve been secretary of state of Chile, and throughout
this process the intellectual, the ethical, the spiritual, political influence of Kellogg
has been so important in my life.  
Montes: The return to democracy in Chile has changed
peoples lives, they are happier, they have better jobs, they have better education.  It
is a new way of life for millions of Chileans.
Narrator:  The University of Notre Dame asks what would
you fight for?
Walker:  Fighting for democracy.
Montes: We are the Fighting Irish.

Maurice Vega

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