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Video: Mary Celeste Kearney on Filmmaking and Girls' Media Culture

July 25, 2014 • Todd BoruffCategories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Mary Celeste Kearney

“The world of filmmaking and television production is dominated by men’s voices. We are not seeing enough representations that are actually from a girl or a woman’s perspective,” said Mary Celeste Kearney, associate professor of film, television, and theatre and a senior fellow in the gender studies program at the University of Notre Dame. Read More >

Video: Meet Gender Studies Major Natalie Perez

July 25, 2014 • Todd BoruffCategories: Alumni, General News, and Undergraduate News

Natalie Perez

“Being in gender studies helps you really understand how to be an advocate for yourself and an advocate for other people as well,” said Natalie Perez ’14, a gender studies major in the College of Arts and Letters. Gender studies at Notre Dame is an interdisciplinary academic program which analyzes the significance of gender in all aspects of human life, especially in the social formation of human identities, practices, and institutions. “We live in a culture that’s very permissive about these [gender] stereotypes … and I don’t think it’s OK to sit back and accept things for the way they are,” said Perez. Read More >

Alumna Runs Guatemalan Orphanage

July 22, 2014 • Gabriela LeskurCategories: Alumni, Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, General News, and Internationalism

Anne Attea

“The love of charity is the form of faith.” Though Thomas Aquinas penned these words, Anne Attea ’86 has certainly lived them. For the past year, Attea has been the Director of el Hogar de Niños del Amor de Patricia, a home caring for abandoned, abused, and neglected children in Guatemala. Attea and her team provide these children with love and stability, as well as food, shelter, clothing, medical and dental care, music, fun, and education. Read More >

Tea Party Support Linked to Educational Segregation, New Study Shows

July 18, 2014 • Shannon ChaplaCategories: Faculty News, General News, and Research


In January 2009, Barack Obama assumed the U.S. presidency in the midst of the most severe recession since the great depression of the 1930s. While many Americans hoped the new administration would take an active role in providing relief for those harmed by the economic collapse, a “Tea Party” movement emerged to oppose Obama’s agenda. Read More >

ND Experts: No Excuse for Malaysia Airlines 'Mistaken Identity'

July 18, 2014 • Shannon ChaplaCategories: Faculty News, General News, and Internationalism

Michael Desch

President Barack Obama on Friday (July 18) began building a case that would blame separatist forces supported by Russia for the downing of the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over Ukraine on July 17. Obama said one American was among the nearly 300 killed and that evidence indicates the jet was shot down by a surface-to-air missile from an area controlled by Russian-backed separatists. Read More >

Theology Professor Awarded Two Prestigious Research Grants

July 17, 2014 • Aaron SmithCategories: Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, and Research

Peter Casarella

Peter Casarella, associate professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Theology, has been awarded two prestigious grants for a book project that will explore the idea of God from the perspective of Latino Catholicism, including the complex challenges of “translating” God in a modern world. Read More >

New Book Warns of Dangers to Humanitarian Aid Workers

July 16, 2014 • Renée LaReauCategories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, and Research

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The title of Notre Dame sociologist Larissa Fast’s new book, Aid in Danger, has a double meaning. The first is that humanitarian workers around the globe are at greater risk than ever of being attacked, injured, kidnapped, or killed. The second is that as aid agencies provide increasingly sophisticated security for workers—often isolating them from the populations they serve—they risk compromising the essence of humanitarian aid: a relationship formed when one human being relieves the suffering of another. Read More >

Arts and Letters Faculty Help Bring Ecuadorian Masterpiece to Campus

July 15, 2014 • Gene StoweCategories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Internationalism

Oswaldo Guayasamín

The “_Ecuador_ Unframed: the Art of Oswaldo Guayasamín” project will bring the five-panel centerpiece of the acclaimed artist’s masterwork to the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture (NDCAC) August 18-October 23, with a grand opening event on September 3. The mural, depicting hardship, poverty, violence, hunger, and social injustice, is the centerpiece of another 103 pieces that Guayasamín created depicting Ecuador’s landscapes and people. Read More >

American Studies Alumnus Lands Broadcasting Job at 30 Rock

July 15, 2014 • Gabriela LeskurCategories: Alumni, Catholicism, and General News

Sheldon Dutes ’07

For many journalists, working at NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza is the thing of dreams. For Sheldon Dutes ’07, it’s a dream come true. Dutes’ hard work and charisma earned him a job at the NBC affiliate in New York, giving him the opportunity to walk into that famed “30 Rock” at the beginning of every workday. Read More >

Notre Dame Receives Father Badin’s Bible

July 15, 2014 • Michael O. GarveyCategories: Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, and General News


The University of Notre Dame has acquired a Bible once owned by Rev. Stephen Badin, the pioneer priest on whose mission grounds Notre Dame’s founder, Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., began to build the University 172 years ago. Read More >