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Students’ Short Documentary Honored at Sunset Film Festival

September 16, 2014 • Mike DanaheyCategories: Alumni, Arts, General News, and Undergraduate News

Suicide Disease filmmakers at Sunset Film Festival

A heart-wrenching film from three 2014 University of Notre Dame graduates took top honors in the short documentary category at this year’s Sunset Film Festival in Los Angeles. In The Suicide Disease, Katie Mattie, Vincent Moore, and William Neal tell the story of Frances Shavers, who worked at Notre Dame as chief-of-staff and special assistant to University President Father John Jenkins, C.S.C., before she was diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia. Read More >

Father Gutierrez to Receive 2014 Gittler Prize

September 12, 2014 • Michael O. GarveyCategories: Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, and Research

Rev. Gustavo Gutierrez, O.P.

Rev. Gustavo Gutierrez, O.P., John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, will receive the 2014 Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize from Brandeis University. Established in 2007, the Gittler Prize is annually awarded to a person whose body of published work reflects scholarly excellence and makes a lasting contribution to racial, ethnic, or religious relations. It will be formally presented to Father Gutierrez in a ceremony and talk on Sunday, October 5. Read More >

Alumnus Jeff Spoonhower Brings Digital Media Expertise to FTT

September 12, 2014 • Aaron SmithCategories: Alumni, Arts, Faculty News, and General News

Jeff Spoonhower ’99

Jeff Spoonhower ’99 has been appointed assistant professor of film and digital media production in Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television and Theatre (FTT). A 12-year veteran of the video game and animation industries, Spoonhower shares with students the very same production techniques and tools he uses in his award-winning professional work. Read More >

Video: Economics Alumnus Credits Success in International Finance to Liberal Arts Education

September 12, 2014 • Todd BoruffCategories: Alumni, General News, and Internationalism

Bill Kennedy

“Arts and Letters forces you to go and think beyond what is traditionally and conventionally accepted,” said Bill Kennedy ’90. Kennedy, who majored in economics at Notre Dame, is a portfolio manager for Fidelity Investments in London, where he runs Fidelity’s International Discovery Fund. Read More >

VIDEO: History Major Studies “Great Telescope” in Ireland

September 08, 2014 • Todd BoruffCategories: General News, Internationalism, Research, and Undergraduate News

Anastasia Wright

During the summer of 2014, University of Notre Dame senior Anastasia Wright spent three weeks in Ireland studying the 19th century astronomer William Parsons, the 3rd Earl of Rosse. Lord Rosse is best known for building a 72-inch telescope, the largest in the world until the early 20th century. “He trained his own workers. He built his own forge. I found that really fascinating and that got me wondering why someone like him would be building such a thing at the time,” said Wright, a history major in the College of Arts and Letters. Read More >

National Poetry Prize Winner to Read at Notre Dame

September 05, 2014 • College of Arts and LettersCategories: Centers and Institutes and General News


Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, presents an evening of poetry with Dan Vera, author of Speaking Wiri Wiri—winner of the inaugural Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize, a national award which supports the publication of a second or third book by a Latino/a poet residing in the United States. Read More >

Father Hesburgh Blesses Newly Refurbished Great Hall in O'Shaughnessy

September 05, 2014 • Todd BoruffCategories: Catholicism and General News

Great Hall windows

“There are many things taught at this University, but at the heart of all of them is really liberal arts,” said Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C, at the rededication of the O’Shaughnessy Great Hall on September 4, 2014. After extensive refurbishment, the Great Hall was formally unveiled in a ceremony led by John McGreevy, the I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters. In attendance were University leaders, faculty and staff of the College, as well as several members of the O’Shaughnessy family. Read More >

Rev. Greg Boyle, S.J., Founder of Homeboy Industries, to Deliver Lecture on Catholic Social Tradition

September 05, 2014 • John GuimondCategories: Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, and General News

Rev. Greg Boyle, S.J.

Rev. Greg Boyle, S.J., founder of Homeboy Industries, will deliver the Annual Rev. Bernie Clark, C.S.C. Lecture entitled “Joy & Hope in the Hood” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 9 in Room 101, DeBartolo Hall on the University of Notre Dame campus. “Joy & Hope” is the theme for the Center for Social Concerns for the 2014–15 academic year in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vatican II document, Gaudium et Spes, regarded as one of the most significant documents of Catholic social teaching in the 20th century. This event is free and open to the public. Read More >

Campus Crossroads Construction to Begin in November

August 29, 2014 • Dennis BrownCategories: Faculty News, General News, and Undergraduate News

Campus Crossroads Project

Construction on Campus Crossroads, a $400 million project that will use the University of Notre Dame’s iconic football stadium as a hub for new facilities supporting academic and student life initiatives, will begin in November, after the final home game of the season. “We announced this project in January with the hope—though not necessarily the expectation—that we could begin in November,” Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., said. “Thanks to the tireless work of many, plans have been finalized and funds have been raised so that we can, indeed, commence construction on facilities that will unite and inspire every member of our campus community for decades to come.” Read More >

Award-winning Book Offers New Theory on Democratization in Latin America

August 28, 2014 • Elizabeth RankinCategories: Alumni, Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, and Research

Scott Mainwaring

A new book coauthored by Scott Mainwaring, Eugene and Helen Conley Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, and Aníbal Pérez-Liñán, an alumnus of the University, presents a striking new theory of democratization that has earned it two major prizes in comparative politics. Mainwaring, a faculty fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and Pérez Liñán, a Notre Dame Ph.D. who is now an associate professor of political science at the University of Pittsburgh, spent a decade thinking about theories of regime change and analyzing political regimes in Latin America. Read More >