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Historian Wins Phi Beta Kappa Award for Book on Philology

June 24, 2016 • Brian WallheimerCategories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

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For his book pulling together the complex history of philology and how Western humanistic learning split into the modern humanities that we know today, Notre Dame historian James Turner has received the Phi Beta Kappa Christian Gauss Award. The honor is given for books in literary scholarship or criticism and is named for a distinguished Princeton University scholar, teacher, and dean. Turner’s book, Philology: The Forgotten Origins of the Modern Humanities, looks at how learned researchers once included languages, history, and texts in a single broad field of study that came to be known as philology. Read More >

Liberal Studies Professor and Medieval Institute Faculty Affiliate Wins Olivia Remie Constable Prize

June 21, 2016 • Megan J. HallCategories: General News

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Denis Robichaud, an assistant professor in the Program of Liberal Studies, has been awarded the 2016 Olivia Remie Constable Prize in Medieval Studies for study at the University of Oxford this summer. The prize was established last year by Robert M. Conway to honor Remie Constable, the former director of Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute, and was held last summer by Kent Emery Jr., a professor in the Program of Liberal Studies, who completed work for an ongoing multi-person Duns Scotus edition. Robichaud studies 15th-century history and philosophy, and particularly Marsilio Ficino. Read More >

Video: William Collins Donahue on the Resonance of Small Moments in Holocaust Literature

June 20, 2016 • Todd BoruffCategories: Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, and Research

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“Early literary encounters with the Holocaust tended to tell you about the whole event, but now when the Holocaust appears, generally speaking, it appears in small moments, in kind of passing glances,” said William Collins Donahue, the John J. Cavanaugh, C.S.C., Professor of the Humanities and chair of the Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures at the University of Notre Dame. Donahue has researched extensively in the areas of literary realism and modernism, especially the work of Elias Canetti. Now focusing primarily on Holocaust literature, Donahue is developing an analogy for how the Holocaust appears in contemporary narratives. These small episodes, Donahue said, are similar to the Stolpersteine, a worldwide movement of small pavement stones, each commemorating a victim in the Holocaust. Read More >

Video: Theology Professor Khaled Anatolios on Studying the Origins of Christian Doctrines

June 16, 2016 • Todd BoruffCategories: Catholicism, Faculty News, General News, and Research

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“I tend to gravitate towards doctrines that seem inexplicable, and I try to understand what motivated the early Christians to formulate these doctrines in just these ways,” said Khaled Anatolios, professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame. Anatolios specializes in the theology of the early Church. As a Byzantine Catholic priest, he has a special interest in the doctrines of the Greek fathers as well as complementary ideas between the Eastern and Western traditions. His current research focuses on the doctrine of salvation, particularly the disconnect between classical sources and modern experience. Read More >

Seven Arts and Letters Students Awarded Graduate Fellowships from National Science Foundation

June 15, 2016 • Carrie GatesCategories: General News, Graduate Students, Research, and Undergraduate News

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Seven students in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters have been awarded graduate fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for 2016. Another six have been recognized with honorable mentions. The NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) honors and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and social science disciplines. The award provides a stipend, tuition support, and research funds for three years. Read More >

Studying Sociology and Spanish Prepares Graduate for Career in Education

June 14, 2016 • Tessa BangsCategories: Alumni, Centers and Institutes, General News, Internationalism, and Undergraduate News

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Notre Dame alumna Ray’Von Jones ’16 wants to make a difference in the world of education. And her sociology and Spanish majors are going to help her get there. “Education doesn’t only happen inside schools,” Jones said. “It happens in communities and in neighborhoods. So it’s important for me to have a larger understanding of what’s going on in our country in terms of racial climate, what different communities look like, and how they interact." Jones will begin a master’s of education program at Stanford University this year. Read More >

Theology, Arts and Letters Pre-Health Major Wins Greenspan Student Voice of Mental Health Award

June 13, 2016 • Ann HastingsCategories: Alumni, General News, and Undergraduate News

Maggie Skoch

Maggie Skoch, a 2016 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, was recognized as this year’s Jerry Greenspan Student Voice of Mental Health Award recipient at The Jed Foundation’s annual gala in New York City on June 7. The prestigious annual award honors a student who has reduced prejudice around mental illness, raised awareness of mental health issues on campus, and encouraged help-seeking among their peers. Skoch, an Arts and Letters pre-health and theology graduate from Mentor, Ohio, will attend the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University in Chicago to pursue a career in psychiatry. Read More >

Video: Theology Professor Robin Jensen on Understanding Early Christian Art and Architecture

June 07, 2016 • Todd BoruffCategories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

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“It’s my conviction that the best way to know about how early Christians worshipped — even what they believed — is to try to get as much information as we can about where they lived and what they saw, not just what they wrote and what they read,” said Robin Jensen, the Patrick O’Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. Jensen researches topics at the intersections of Christian art, architecture, liturgy, and theology. Her forthcoming book examines the history of the cross from a variety of liturgical and social perspectives, both in ancient times and in contemporary culture. Read More >

Video: Political Science Major and Glynn Scholar Delivers 2016 Valedictory Address

June 06, 2016 • Notre Dame NewsCategories: General News and Undergraduate News

Abby Davis

Abby Davis, a political science major from Avon Lake, Ohio, was named valedictorian of the 2016 University of Notre Dame graduating class and gave the valedictory address during the 171st University Commencement Ceremony on May 15 at Notre Dame Stadium. See the video or read the transcript of her speech here. Read More >

CEC Director to Deliver Inaugural Law & Justice Lecture at University of Florence

May 26, 2016 • Kenneth HalleniusCategories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Internationalism

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Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture director and professor of law Carter Snead will deliver the inaugural University of Florence “Law and Justice Lecture” on May 30 in Florence, Italy. His lecture, “Three Regulatory Models for Stem Cell Research,” will analyze and contrast the U.S. government’s federal funding policies under Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama as a means of exploring the complexities of American governance of science, medicine, and biotechnology in the name of ethical goods. Read More >

Philosophy Major Wins Naughton Fellowship to Conduct Research in Ireland

May 24, 2016 • Joanne FaheyCategories: General News and Undergraduate News


Michelle Kim, a philosophy major, has won a 2016 Naughton Fellowship, which allows students with a background in, or aptitude for, STEM fields to experience international research and educational opportunities through a funded exchange program involving the University of Notre Dame and some of Ireland’s leading research universities. With the award, Kim will complete undergraduate research at Trinity College Dublin. Read More >

How Studying Philosophy Guides Alumna’s Work as a Hollywood Film Director

May 23, 2016 • Bianca AlmadaCategories: Alumni and General News

Anne Hamilton

Anne Hamilton ’04 didn’t always know she wanted to be a filmmaker. She majored in philosophy in the College of Arts and Letters, but plans change, and now Hamilton is one of Hollywood’s up-and-coming directors. She recently signed with William Morris Endeavor after the successful world premiere of American Fable, a feature film she wrote, directed, and co-produced. The film made its debut at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, in March and received a string of excellent reviews. Read More >

Nature and Nurture Are Both Important, Anthropologist Argues in New Journal Article

May 20, 2016 • William G. GilroyCategories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Agustín Fuentes

Evolutionary science stresses the contributions biology makes to our behavior. Some anthropologists try to understand how societies and histories construct our identities, and others ask about how genes and the environment do the same thing. Which is the better approach? Both are needed, Notre Dame biological anthropologist Agustín Fuentes argues in a forthcoming paper in the journal Current Anthropology. Read More >

Notre Dame, Holy Cross Lead Transformational Liberal Arts Education Program at Indiana Prison

May 19, 2016 • Josh WeinholdCategories: Faculty News and General News


Driven by a commitment to Catholic social teaching and a strong belief that a liberal arts education can transform lives, Notre Dame and Holy Cross College faculty are teaching college-level courses for inmates at Indiana’s Westville Correction Facility. Since 2013, nearly 100 inmates have earned college credit and 11 have earned associate degrees as of this month. But developing a strong foundation in reading, writing, research, public speaking, and critical thinking offers benefits that go far beyond the professional opportunities a degree might one day provide. Read More >

Arts and Letters Seniors Win 24 National and International Fellowships and Scholarships

May 13, 2016 • Michael O. GarveyCategories: Centers and Institutes, General News, Internationalism, and Undergraduate News

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Twenty-four members of the Class of 2016 who study in the College of Arts and Letters have won major national and international fellowships and scholarships, from prestigious institutions such as the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program and the National Science Foundation. Read More >

Video: Historian Darren Dochuk on the Power of Religion and Oil in America

May 12, 2016 • Todd BoruffCategories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Darren Dochuk

Notre Dame historian Darren Dochuk’s research primarily focuses on the United States in the long 20th century, with emphasis on religion, politics, and the rising influence of the American West and Sunbelt Southwest in national life. His current project examines religion and politics in North America’s age of oil, 1890 to the present, through the lens of two prominent oil families, the Rockefellers and the Pews. “Oil sparked a certain imagination of progress, a certain ambition for American dominance in the world in the twentieth century, and then religion helped frame that imagination,” he said. Read More >

Classics Scholar Traces History of Saint Augustine's Words

May 11, 2016 • Brandi KlingermanCategories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Hildegund Müller

Augustine of Hippo is recognized as one of the most important church fathers and greatest thinkers of Christianity. While many theologians and philosophers study his work, Hildegund Müller, associate professor of classics and associate vice president for research at Notre Dame, takes a different approach to reading Augustine’s texts. Müller’s research is influenced by her philological background and study of literary detail in texts, especially in her current project, A Reading of Augustine’s Sermons, which includes an edition of a selection of his preaching on the Psalms. Read More >

Notre Dame and Vatican Library Formalize Collaboration and Exchange Agreement

May 11, 2016 • Michael O. GarveyCategories: Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, General News, Internationalism, and Research

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Notre Dame and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, or Vatican Library, formalized a unique agreement of collaboration and exchange in a ceremony May 9 in the Hesburgh Room of the Morris Inn, where Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and Archbishop Jean-Louis Bruguès, O.P., archivist and librarian of the Holy Roman Church, together signed a memorandum of understanding. Read More >

Collaborative Innovation Classes Inspire Creative Design to Solve Real-World Problems

May 10, 2016 • Carol BradleyCategories: Faculty News, General News, Research, and Undergraduate News

Ann-Marie Conrado

Imagine you’ve got one arm tied behind your back to help understand what the daily life of an amputee feels like. How would you squeeze toothpaste out of a tube to brush your teeth? Assistant Professor of Design Ann-Marie Conrado’s first- and second-year course Design Matters, a gateway course to the Department of Art, Art History & Design’s new Collaborative Innovation Minor, considers questions such as this and looks for solutions. Read More >

Notre Dame Kennedy Scholars Present Research Proposals at Durham University

May 09, 2016 • Rina BuzneaCategories: General News, Internationalism, and Undergraduate News

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On April 15, four students participating in the College of Arts and Letters and Notre Dame International’s Kennedy Scholars Thesis Seminar were invited to present their research proposals at Durham University, before a jury of faculty members and graduate students. With constructive feedback from the jury and new insight gathered from Durham’s world-renowned libraries and archives, the Kennedy Scholars will hone their senior thesis proposals and apply for Kennedy Family Undergraduate Research Fellowships through the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts. Read More >