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In Memoriam: Joan Aldous, Kenan Professor of Sociology Emerita at Notre Dame

October 30, 2014 • Michael O. GarveyCategories: Faculty News and General News

Joan Aldous

Joan Aldous, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology Emerita at the University of Notre Dame, died Wednesday, October 29, in the Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Center in South Bend, Indiana. She was 88 years old. Aldous joined the Notre Dame sociology faculty as the first female holder of an endowed professorship at a time when there were few women on the faculty. From 1976 until her retirement in 2012, she taught, studied, and wrote about family sociology, family policy, gender, work and families, and intergenerational relationships. Read More >

Sarah Ann Wells Explores the Dialogue Between South American Literature and Media

October 29, 2014 • Carrie GatesCategories: Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, and Research

Sarah Ann Wells

Sarah Ann Wells, assistant professor of Portuguese and Spanish in Notre Dame’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, has long been fascinated by film and media studies and by the modernist period. Her upcoming book, Media Laboratories: Late Modernism in South America, combines these two interests. Read More >

Richard Brodhead, President of Duke University, to Speak at Notre Dame Forum

October 29, 2014 • Brittany CollinsCategories: Faculty News, General News, and Undergraduate News

Richard Brodhead, President of Duke University

Richard Brodhead, president of Duke University, will explore “The Once and Future Liberal Arts” in a talk as part of the 2014-15 Notre Dame Forum from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 4 in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium on the University of Notre Dame’s campus. The 2014-15 Forum focuses on the question “What do Notre Dame graduates need to know?” Read More >

Two Psychologists Among Notre Dame’s Eight Faculty to Receive NSF Early Career Awards

October 27, 2014 • William G. GilroyCategories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

National Science Foundation (NSF)

In recognition of their excellence in research, The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected eight University of Notre Dame faculty members from the Colleges of Arts and Letters, Engineering, and Science to participate in the Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER). The CAREER program, which was established by the NSF in 1995, recognizes and supports outstanding junior faculty who exhibit a commitment to stimulating research while also providing educational opportunities for students. It is the NSF’s most prestigious award given to junior faculty. Read More >

Cardinal Müller Among Speakers at Fall Conference of Center for Ethics and Culture

October 23, 2014 • Michael O. GarveyCategories: Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, and General News

The crucifix in Moreau Seminary chapel

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Nobel laureate economist James J. Heckman will be among the speakers at the 15th annual fall conference of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture Oct. 30-Nov.1 (Thursday-Saturday). The conference, “Your Light Will Rise in Darkness: Responding to the Cry of the Poor,” will take as its theme an admonition made by Pope Francis in his address last year to the Archbishop of Canterbury. “Among our tasks as witnesses to the love of Christ,” Pope Francis said, “is that of giving a voice to the cry of the poor.” Read More >

Video: Arts and Letters Major Researches Perceptions of Race at National Library of France

October 22, 2014 • Todd BoruffCategories: Centers and Institutes, General News, Internationalism, Research, and Undergraduate News

Curran Cross

During the summer of 2014, Notre Dame French and history major Curran Cross traveled to Paris to conduct research at the Bibliothèque nationale de France. His project examined the differing views of Arab and African immigrants in modern France. “My hypothesis is that the French have had centuries of experience racially mixing with people of African ancestry and this is why they view black and white race as a continuum,” said Cross, “whereas they haven’t had this kind of contact with Arabs, and so it’s viewed more starkly.” Read More >

A Professor, His Students, and the Power of Design

October 22, 2014 • Kevin BrennanCategories: Alumni, Arts, Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, and Undergraduate News

Robert Sedlack

On the second floor of West Lake Hall, a group of Notre Dame students is making big plans. They are focused on addressing the plight of those afflicted with HIV/AIDS in South Africa. They’re even planning a trip to Johannesburg next spring to offer hands-on assistance. But these are not biology or preprofessional studies majors. They are graphic design students exploring ways to use their talents to promote awareness and prevention of HIV/AIDS. Read More >

'Gay in Christ' Conference to Be Held at Notre Dame

October 22, 2014 • Michael O. GarveyCategories: Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, and General News

ICL 'Gay in Christ' Conference

A two-day conference, “Gay in Christ: Dimensions of Fidelity,” co-sponsored by the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life (ICL) and the Gender Relations Center, will convene Friday, October 31 to explore appropriate pastoral strategies for Catholic parishioners who regard themselves as non-heterosexual, but who accept Catholic Church teaching on marriage and sexuality. Read More >

English Professor Kate Marshall Wins Media Ecology Book Award

October 21, 2014 • Emily McConville and Carrie GatesCategories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Research


Kate Marshall, Notre Dame’s Thomas J. and Robert T. Rolfs Assistant Professor of English, has been awarded the 2014 Dorothy Lee Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Culture for her book Corridor: Media Architectures in American Fiction. The award, presented by the Media Ecology Association, honors works that focus on the ethnographic or intercultural analysis of communication, perception, cognition, consciousness, media, technology, material culture, and/or the natural environment. Read More >

Video: Arts and Letters Alumnus Bob Conway, Senior Director, Goldman Sachs

October 20, 2014 • Todd BoruffCategories: Alumni, General News, Internationalism, and Undergraduate News

Bob Conway ’66

“The breadth of studies that I had at Notre Dame, whether it was in philosophy, or theology, or economics, or history, all developed a context for me and will for any liberal arts student,” said Bob Conway ’66. Conway is senior director for The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., in London, England. He feels that the writing and communication skills he gained as a government major were critical to his success and are essential in any career. Read More >