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Arts and Letters Faculty Win Grants from Notre Dame Research

May 04, 2016 • Brandi KlingermanCategories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Research

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Notre Dame Research has provided awards to more than a dozen College of Arts and Letters faculty members from its Internal Grants Program for 2016. The grant awardees spanned the University in four program categories: Faculty Research Support (Initiation), Faculty Research Support (Regular), Equipment Restoration and Renewal, and Library Acquisitions. Read More >

Four Arts and Letters Students Honored with Undergraduate Library Research Awards

May 04, 2016 • Tara O'LearyCategories: General News, Research, and Undergraduate News

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Sponsored by the Hesburgh Libraries and the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE), the ULRA competition honors those who conduct original research and draws focus to the extensive sources and methods of scholarly inquiry that modern-day research libraries offer today’s students. Read More >

13 Arts and Letters Faculty Honored For Exemplary Work in Undergraduate Teaching

May 04, 2016 • Michael O. GarveyCategories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, and General News

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Eleven faculty members from the College of Arts and Letters have won 2016 Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and two have been honored with Dockweiler Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. The awards are presented by the Office of the Provost, and the recipients are selected through a process that includes peer and student nominations. Read More >

Seniors Teresa Kennedy and Connor Hayes to Receive 2016 Yarrow Award in Peace Studies

May 03, 2016 • Anna VanOverbergheCategories: Centers and Institutes, General News, Internationalism, and Undergraduate News

2016 Yarrow Award Winners

Notre Dame seniors Teresa Kennedy and Connor Hayes have been selected to receive the 2016 Yarrow Award from the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Kennedy, an anthropology and peace studies major from Wilbraham, Massachusetts, and Hayes, a political science and peace studies major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will accept their awards at the Kroc Institute’s undergraduate recognition ceremony on May 13. Read More >

Record Fulbright Award Year Led by 23 Arts and Letters Students

May 03, 2016 • Mike WestrateCategories: Centers and Institutes, General News, Graduate Students, Internationalism, Research, and Undergraduate News

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Twenty-three Notre Dame students who study in the College of Arts and Letters have received 2016-17 grants from the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, offering students grants to conduct research, study, and teach abroad. The total number of finalists from Arts and Letters alone surpasses the previous University-wide Fulbright record of 17, set last year. In all, 27 Notre Dame students were named Fulbright finalists for 2016-17. Read More >

Political Science, Peace Studies Associate Professor Wins Grant to Study War's Hidden Costs

May 03, 2016 • Renée LaReauCategories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Research

Tanisha Fazal

Tanisha Fazal, associate professor of political science and peace studies, has been awarded a research grant from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation to investigate the human and financial costs of war. Those costs are escalating, she says, despite a reduced fatality count. Read More >

Political Science Major, Glynn Family Honors Scholar Named 2016 Valedictorian; Economics Major Named Salutatorian

May 02, 2016 • Sue ListerCategories: General News and Undergraduate News

Abby Davis

Abby Davis, a political science major from Avon Lake, Ohio, has been named valedictorian of the 2016 University of Notre Dame graduating class and will present the valedictory address during the 171st University Commencement Ceremony on May 15 at Notre Dame Stadium. Read More >

Guggenheim Foundation Awards Fellowships to Two Arts and Letters Professors

April 27, 2016 • Brian WallheimerCategories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Research

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The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded two of its prestigious 2016 fellowships to faculty in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. The fellowships, which fund a diverse group scholars, artists, and scientists, will go to Anjan Chakravartty, a professor in the Department of Philosophy, and Stephen Fallon, the Rev. John J. Cavanaugh, C.S.C., Professor of the Humanities in the Program of Liberal Studies and the Department of English. Read More >

Professor Launches Project to Advance Scientific and Theological Literacy Among Madrasa Graduates in India

April 26, 2016 • Joan FallonCategories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Research

Ebrahim E.I. Moosa

With a $1.2 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation, Ebrahim Moosa, professor of Islamic studies at the University of Notre Dame, has launched a three-year project to enrich scientific and theological literacy among recent graduates of Islamic seminaries in India. Read More >

Major New Book on Franz Schubert Dedicated to Music Professor

April 26, 2016 • Noelle ElliottCategories: Arts, Faculty News, General News, and Research

Susan Youens

A major new book of essays on the music of the early 19th-century composer Franz Schubert, Schubert’s Late Music: History, Theory, Style, is dedicated to to Susan Youens, J. W. Van Gorkom Professor of Music at the University of Notre Dame. Published by Cambridge University Press and edited by Lorraine Byrne Bodley and Julian Horton, the anthology features essays from Youens and other top scholars in the field. Read More >

Graduate Students Gain Experience Editing Sociology’s Flagship Journal

April 22, 2016 • Carrie GatesCategories: General News, Graduate Students, and Research

American Sociological Review

Notre Dame sociology graduate students are getting a rare inside look at the academic publishing process—and valuable experience that will give them an edge in their own research and careers. The students serve as assistant and coordinating editors of the American Sociological Review (ASR)—the flagship journal of the American Sociological Association (ASA)—under the direction of Professor Omar Lizardo, Professor Rory McVeigh, and Professor Sarah Mustillo. Read More >

Historian George Marsden Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 21, 2016 • Michael O. GarveyCategories: Faculty News and General News

George Marsden

George Marsden, the Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, has been elected a member of the 2016 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS). He will be formally inducted at a ceremony at the AAAS headquarters Oct. 8 in Cambridge, Mass. Read More >

Notre Dame Juniors Caleb Pine and Christa Grace Watkins Named 2016 Truman Scholars

April 20, 2016 • Carrie GatesCategories: Centers and Institutes, General News, Internationalism, and Undergraduate News

2016 Truman Scholars

Two juniors in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, Caleb “C.J.” Pine and Christa Grace Watkins, have been named 2016 Truman Scholars. Established in 1975 as a living memorial to President Harry S. Truman, the prestigious scholarship includes $30,000 in graduate study funds, priority admission and supplemental financial aid at select institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and internship opportunities within the federal government. Just 54 college juniors have been selected as Truman Scholars this year from a pool of 775 nominees. Six Arts and Letters students have received the Truman Scholarship since 2010. Read More >

English Honors Colloquium Brings Support, Collaboration to Senior Thesis Projects

April 20, 2016 • Carrie GatesCategories: Faculty News, General News, Research, and Undergraduate News

English Honors Colloquium

When Elizabeth Troyer began diving into her senior thesis research, she wasn’t alone. She was one of 17 seniors in Notre Dame’s Department of English honors concentration—all of whom participated in a colloquium as they embarked on their senior thesis projects. Students in the class discussed their thesis research in small groups, offered feedback, completed outlines and bibliographies, and shared presentations on their main ideas with the class. It’s just one example of how faculty members have worked to build a sense of community in the department and in the honors concentration. Read More >

Why Majoring in English Made Patrick Lyons ’08 a Better Doctor

April 19, 2016 • Brian WallheimerCategories: Alumni and General News

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Dr. Patrick Lyons ’08 doesn’t ask his patients if they have questions when he’s finished talking with them about a diagnosis. There’s a good chance they’ll say no. Instead, he asks what questions they have. Looking at how he practices medicine now, especially in his interactions with patients, Lyons realizes his time as an English major had a profound effect on how he communicates. “English prepared me well because I have the ability to think critically and organize and analyze the information in front of me,” he said. “Word choice and the way you’re addressing patients can be really powerful.” Read More >

Notre Dame Philosopher to Deliver 2017 Gifford Lectures at the University of St. Andrews

April 18, 2016 • Josh WeinholdCategories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Research

Michael Rea

Michael Rea, a professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Philosophy, has been named the 2017 speaker for the prestigious Gifford Lectures at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. The 128-year-old lecture series, described as “the highest honor in a philosopher’s career,” invites pre-eminent thinkers to address topics related to religion, science, and philosophy. In a series of six lectures, Rea will take a theologically informed approach to the topic of “divine hiddenness,” the idea that God’s existence is far less evident—and vivid, unambiguous experience of God’s presence is much less frequent—than one might expect from a perfectly loving deity. Read More >

Five Arts and Letters Students Recognized for Outstanding Leadership

April 15, 2016 • Ann HastingsCategories: General News and Undergraduate News


The University of Notre Dame’s Division of Student Affairs honored five students—Maggie Skoch, Colleen McLinden, Preston Igwe, Meredith Fraser, and Maggie Bowers—from the College of Arts and Letters at its 30th-annual Student Leadership Awards Banquet on April 7. These annual awards recognize current students who have made exceptional contributions to the Notre Dame community. Read More >

Sociology Majors Find Continued Success in Top Graduate Programs

April 15, 2016 • Tom LangeCategories: Alumni, General News, and Undergraduate News


About 28 percent of recent Notre Dame sociology majors go on to graduate or professional school, according to data from The Career Center’s First Destination reports. Some pursue advanced degrees in law or medicine, but others—like Annalise Loehr ’09 (Indiana University) and Maryann Erigha ’07 (University of Pennsylvania)—enroll in prestigious sociology Ph.D. programs. It’s a trend that continues with the Class of 2016, as sociology majors Shannon Sheehan (University of Michigan) and Nicolette Bardele (Harvard University) plan to begin graduate programs in sociology this fall. Read More >

Post-Doctoral Fellow Researches How Literary Prizes Shape Public Reading Habits

April 14, 2016 • Tom LangeCategories: Alumni, General News, and Graduate Students

Kara Donnelly

Kara Donnelly wants to know why you read what you read. Many people pick up a book because they heard it was great, either from a friend or through the media. But how did they know? Who is it that makes the decisions about which books are worth our time?Donnelly, a post-doctoral fellow in Notre Dame’s Department of English who completed her Ph.D. in 2015, has researched British literature from the 1950s to the present trying to find answers to those questions. Her scholarship has focused largely on the Man Booker Prize, which recognizes excellence in fiction writing published in Britain. Read More >

Two Arts and Letters Faculty Win ACLS Fellowships

April 13, 2016 • Brian WallheimerCategories: Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, and Research

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Two faculty members from Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters have won 2016 fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies. Kathryn Kerby-Fulton, the Notre Dame Professor of English, will pursue a book project that explores the notes that medieval readers made in the margins of historic texts and books in order to rediscover sophisticated early reading practices for understanding the self. Christopher Ball, an assistant professor of anthropology, will spend time with an indigenous tribe in Brazil studying local history and culture through connections between language and nearby rivers. Read More >