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Sociologist Jennifer Jones to Convene Afro-Latino Conference

October 17, 2014 • Institute for Latino StudiesCategories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, and Research

Jennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones, Institute for Latino Studies faculty fellow and assistant professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Sociology, will convene a conference on Afro-Latinos in Movement: Critical Approaches to Blackness and Transnationalism in the Americas on October 31, 2014. The conference and an accompanying volume, for which Professor Jones will serve as co-editor, explore broad questions of black identity and representation, transnationalism and diaspora, with a particular interest in research on Afro-Latinos in the United States. Read More >

Notre Dame Sociologist Explores Enduring Influence of Ku Klux Klan in Contemporary Political Polarization

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

Rory McVeigh

The notorious activities of the Ku Klux Klan nearly a half-century ago continue to exert an influence on contemporary American politics, according to Rory McVeigh, professor and chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame. Read More >

FTT Students Shine at National Auditions

October 16, 2014 • Carrie GatesCategories: Alumni, Arts, Faculty News, General News, and Undergraduate News

Zuri Eshun '14

“Imagine a kind of live, national GRE exam where students audition in open competition against one another, evaluated by representatives from the best graduate theatre programs,” said Professor Jim Collins, chair of the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT). Notre Dame had record success in 2014 at the national auditions organized by the University/Resident Theatre organization (URTA), with six of the seven FTT students who auditioned receiving offers from graduate programs in attendance. Read More >

Video: Meet Africana Studies Major Olivia Furman

October 16, 2014 • Todd BoruffCategories: General News and Undergraduate News

Olivia Furman

“I am more than glad that I chose Africana studies. It’s a major that helps you form a way of going about life,” said Olivia Furman, a senior in the College of Arts and Letters. Africana studies at the University of Notre Dame centers on Africans and the African Diaspora—the global dispersion of peoples of African descent—and examines their historical, sociological, political, and economic contexts around the world. Read More >

Political Science Alum Adam Newman Interns at White House

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

Adam Newman

If you want to land a job in the political realm, it is very useful to have an internship first, said Adam Newman ’14. And he should know. Newman, a political science major and business economics minor, completed a total of six internships, from private sector roles with the American Medical Association and PricewaterhouseCoopers to federal government positions with the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and most recently—the White House. Read More >

Reilly Center Expands Programs for Graduate Students

October 15, 2014 • Ginna AndersonCategories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Research

Anjan Chakravartty

The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values has expanded its menu of training options for University of Notre Dame graduate students. Since August 2013, three supplementary training and degree programs have been added and are open for graduate student enrollment. The new offerings advance understanding of the connections between science, technology, and society while broadening a traditional Ph.D. or Master’s degree program of study. Read More >

Video: Ann Mische on Peacemaking and Our Perceptions of the Future

October 14, 2014 • Todd BoruffCategories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Research

Ann Mische

“The capacity to project into the future is an essential component of our agency as human beings. It’s in our imaginations, yet it has a real impact upon what we do. It draws us forward in different ways,” said Ann Mische, an associate professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Sociology and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Read More >

From Startups to Fortune 500 Companies, History Graduates Find Success In Varied Fields

October 13, 2014 • Mary Kate MartinCategories: Alumni, General News, and Undergraduate News

Jimmy Bettcher '07

University of Notre Dame graduates Jimmy Bettcher ’07 and Emily Dore Yuhas ’10 are just two examples of the many ways history majors can thrive in the business world. Yuhas works for a startup technology company developing e-learning courses, while Bettcher manages corporate social responsibility initiatives at Cummins, Inc. Notre Dame history majors pursue myriad career paths, from business and investment banking to law, journalism, medicine, and politics, said Dan Graff, director of undergraduate studies in the department. Read More >

Washington Post Writer Wil Haygood to Speak at Notre Dame

October 13, 2014 • Arts and LettersCategories: Faculty News and General News

Wil Haygood

Washington Post national writer Wil Haygood, whose feature story provided the basis for the movie The Butler, will discuss his career as a journalist and author Tuesday, October 28, at the University of Notre Dame. Read More >

Pepe Ph.D. Fellowships in Peace Studies Established at the Kroc Institute

October 09, 2014 • Renée LaReauCategories: Centers and Institutes, General News, Internationalism, and Research

Janna Hunter-Bowman

Janna Hunter-Bowman, a Notre Dame doctoral student in theology and peace studies, has been named the first recipient of the Steven D. Pepe Ph.D. Fellowship in Peace Studies. Hunter-Bowman, whose research integrates moral theology and peace studies, is the first student in the Kroc Institute’s joint theology and peace studies Ph.D. program. She has published the results of her research on grassroots movements and human rights in several journals and edited volumes. Read More >