Impoverished Places: An Inspiration to Comfort and Transform Us

Impoverished Places: An Inspiration to Comfort and Transform Us

Impoverished Places is a dramatic, uplifting five-minute short film produced by the Canadian filmmaker Karen Pascal, which provides a sensitive, poetically touching evocation of  our needs for human connections.  In the film, two dancers, one of whom has lived with Parkinson’s Disease for thirty years, enact a dramatic portrayal of the relationship between the finite and the infinite, while all the while reaching into their “impoverished places” to comfort and transform us.

The film stands as a bold reminder that people are capable of doing great things that can in turn inspire greatness in others.  It quietly makes a strong statement supporting our social aspirations for peace and a soothing sense of communion that is stronger and deeper than the need to win in the competition of life.  More specifically, it evokes an emphasis upon wishes for both belonging and human connection.  This, in turn, is interpenetrated with a hope for the kind of society in which people with developmental disabilities and the friends who assist them can work together in ways that enable each person to grow to his or her full potential.

Impoverished Places: An Inspiration to Comfort and Transform Us

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NCAA Basketball Tournament East Regional: Wofford College Plays University of Wisconsin

NCAA Basketball Tournament East Regional: Wofford Plays University of Wisconsin

On Sunday, an enthusiastic gathering of Wofford students, alumni and other supporters joined the 2010 Southern Conference basketball champions on the Wofford College campus, and learned the team’s destination for the NCAA Basketball Tournament.  Wofford will head to Jacksonville (FL) to play the University of Wisconsin on Friday.

Wofford finished the regular season with a 26-8 record and earned a No. 13 seed in the NCAA tournament.  The Wisconsin Badgers, who earned the No. 4 seed in the East Regional, enter the tournament with a 23-8 overall record.  The trip marks the first time in program history that Wofford has earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament.  Wofford enters the tournament as the Southern Conference champion.

The winner of Wofford’s first-round game will then face the winner of the game between No. 5 seed Temple and No. 12 seed Cornell University on Sunday, March 21.

NCAA Basketball Tournament Selections: Wofford College Plays Univ. of Wisconsin

2009 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: One Shining Moment (Luther Vandross)

Listen to Wofford College Coach Mike Young’s wonderful comments about his players on Wofford’s Southern Conference Championship team on NPR’s Only A Game here.

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