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Anthropology Major Studies Social Mobility in Guatemala

April 22, 2014 • Ben Horvath and Carrie GatesCategories: General News, Internationalism, Research, and Undergraduate News

Last summer, Notre Dame senior Marianinna Villavicencio brought the perspective and research skills she gained as an anthropology major to her home country of Guatemala, exploring issues facing the country’s ethnic minority for her senior thesis project. With the help of a grant from the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), Villavicencio focused on the governmental policies geared toward indigenous populations in Guatemala and the cultural factors that prevent their upward mobility. Read More >

Video: Professor Tim Machan on the Nature of the English Language

April 22, 2014 • Todd BoruffCategories: Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, and Research

“How do you define the English language in a very complex world in which native English speakers account for less than a third of the number of people who speak English today?” says Tim Machan, professor of English in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. Read More >

Finance Expert Traces Success to PLS Degree

April 21, 2014 • Mary Kate MartinCategories: Alumni and General News

Despite knowing very little about finance at the time, Kevin Becker landed a choice position as an analyst at Morgan Stanley after he graduated from Notre Dame in 1988. Becker had majored in the Program of Liberal Studies and his academic background was centered on the Great Books, from Plato to Euclid to Dostoyevsky. That training in analytical thinking, he says, was exactly what Morgan Stanley wanted. Read More >

Sociologist Focuses On Intersection of Politics, Development in Africa

April 21, 2014 • Aaron SmithCategories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, and Research

As a college student, Erin Metz McDonnell wanted “to experience a world view as completely different from my own as possible, a way of life that would take me out of my Midwestern comfort zone.” She chose Ghana and fell in love with the country. Now a Kellogg Assistant Professor of Sociology at Notre Dame, McDonnell continues to explore the region in her research and teaching. Read More >

New Sociology Professor Focuses on Social Side of Child Mental Health Issues

April 17, 2014 • Aaron SmithCategories: Alumni, Faculty News, and General News

Sociologist Sarah Mustillo ’96 combines real-world experience and statistical expertise to explore the social origins of child mental health issues. This fall she returned to Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters to continue her innovative research as a professor in the Department of Sociology. Read More >

ILS Launches Distinguished Visiting Professorship

April 17, 2014 • Kate GarryCategories: Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Research

Anthropologist Arlene Dávila will visit the University of Notre Dame next week as the inaugural recipient of the Institute for Latino Studies’ Virgilio Elizondo Distinguished Visiting Professorship. A professor of anthropology and American studies at New York University, Dávila, “is one of the country’s leading Latino studies cultural anthropologists,” says ILS Director José Limón, the Notre Dame Professor of American Literature and Julian Samora Professor of Latino Studies. Read More >

In Memoriam: Remie Constable, Director of Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute

April 17, 2014 • Michael O. GarveyCategories: Faculty News and General News

Olivia Remie Constable, Robert M. Conway Director of the Medieval Institute and professor of history at the University of Notre Dame, died of cancer at home Wednesday (April 16). A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1995, Constable had directed the Medieval Institute since 2009. Read More >

Notre Dame Theologians Explore Life, Death, and Resurrection in Rwanda

April 16, 2014 • Michael O. GarveyCategories: Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, General News, and Internationalism

The genocide in Rwanda, whose 20th anniversary is being observed worldwide this month, began only a few days after Easter. That the hatred that cost the lives of a million people in this overwhelmingly Christian country could be unleashed so near to Holy Week seems paradoxical, ironic, or even blasphemous. But for Jean Bosco Rutagengwa, it is most of all a searing mystery. “This country went through what Jesus Christ went through,” he says of his homeland. “Life, death, and resurrection.” Read More >

Notre Dame Student Researches Medical Partnerships in Rwanda

April 16, 2014 • Carrie GatesCategories: Centers and Institutes, General News, Internationalism, Research, and Undergraduate News

Rwanda is one of the few countries to have met the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals—which include reducing childhood mortality, improving maternal health, and combatting HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases. In her research, Notre Dame senior Catherine Cichon explores how Rwanda’s success may be repeated in other developing countries. Read More >

Sociology Alumni Bring Liberal Arts Perspective to Medical School

April 16, 2014 • Carrie GatesCategories: Alumni, General News, Research, and Undergraduate News

What would make a patient withhold information from his or her doctor? How do class, race, and ethnicity affect the quality of health care a patient receives? What social factors help determine the illnesses we contract and the best treatment plan for them? A growing number of Notre Dame students who pursue a career in medicine are finding the answers to these questions through a combination of sociology and Arts and Letters Pre-Health coursework. Read More >