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Arts and Letters Graduate Emmie Mediate Named Rhodes Scholar

November 22, 2015 • Carrie Gates and Todd BoruffCategories: Alumni, Centers and Institutes, General News, Internationalism, Research, and Undergraduate News

Emily Mediate

Emmie Mediate, a 2015 graduate of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, has been selected to the American Rhodes Scholar Class of 2016. A native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Mediate was one of 32 Rhodes Scholars selected from a pool of 869 candidates who had been nominated by their colleges and universities. She is Notre Dame’s 17th Rhodes Scholar and the University’s second in two years. Read More >

The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival Announces its 2016 Season, Audition Dates

November 11, 2015 • Aaron NicholsCategories: Arts and General News

Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival

The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival (NDSF) has announced the titles and audition dates for its upcoming 2016 summer season. In order to explore and celebrate Shakespeare’s final plays, NDSF has selected two works that embody the playwright’s voice at the close of his career. The 2016 season is named “Shakespeare’s Last Words” and will feature adventure, exhilaration, and redemption. Read More >

Marie Kissel ’83 on Study Abroad and the Liberal Arts as a Foundation for an International Career

November 11, 2015 • Todd BoruffCategories: Alumni and General News

Marie Kissel

Marie Kissel ’83 traces much of her success back to one key point in her Notre Dame experience: going overseas to Tokyo as an undergraduate. “I’ve got this great job, I’m in a region that’s very exciting—that would not have happened without my opportunities at Notre Dame, especially through the study abroad programs,” she said. Kissel is now vice president for government affairs for Asia at Abbott Laboratories, a global pharmaceuticals and health care products company. Read More >

Anthropologists’ Research Finds Emotionally Supportive Relationships Linked to Lower Testosterone

November 11, 2015 • Michael O. GarveyCategories: Faculty News, General News, and Research


Science and folklore alike have long suggested that high levels of testosterone can facilitate the sorts of attitudes and behavior that make for, well, a less than ideal male parent. It has long been known that among humans (and some other species as well), males who cooperate amicably with their female mates in raising and nurturing offspring often have lower testosterone levels than their more aggressive and occasionally grumpy counterparts. But two University of Notre Dame anthropologists are looking beyond the nuclear family for such effects. Read More >

Sociologist’s Research Compares Police Presence at Christian and Secular Protests

November 10, 2015 • William G. GilroyCategories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Kraig Beyerlein

Police are less likely to show up at protests involving religious actors or organizations — unless the protesters are fundamentalist Christians, according to a new study. Notre Dame sociologist Kraig Beyerlein, the lead author of the study, analyzed protest-event data from daily editions of The New York Times published between 1960 and 1995 and found that, in general, police were more likely to leave alone protests from religious groups. However, fundamentalist Christian groups were more likely to be policed than secular groups were. Read More >

Notre Dame Hosts 10th Annual Fulbright Foreign Language Teachers Orientation

November 09, 2015 • Charlene DundekCategories: Centers and Institutes, General News, and Internationalism

Notre Dame seal

The University of Notre Dame hosted its 10th annual Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) orientation in August 2015. Sixty-four scholars from 29 countries gathered at Notre Dame to celebrate their arrival in America and prepare for the upcoming year of teaching their native languages in universities across the U.S. Read More >

Economist Studies School Choice Programs and Private School Revenue

November 09, 2015 • Mandy KinnucanCategories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Dan Hungerman

Private school voucher programs are becoming more common, with more than a million U.S. families participating in these programs across the country. A new National Bureau of Economic Research working paper, “Where Does Voucher Funding Go? How Large-Scale Subsidy Programs Affect Private-School Revenue, Enrollment, and Prices,” authored by Notre Dame economist Daniel Hungerman and graduate student Kevin Rinz, provides the first study of how school choice programs affect the finances of private schools and the affordability of a private education. Read More >

Rahul Oka: Advocating for Refugees in Kenya

November 09, 2015 • Carol BradleyCategories: Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, and Research

Rahul Oka

Anthropologist Rahul Oka has been working with UNHCR and the World Bank on a new refugee camp being built, helping create a template for refugee resettlement. “All the data we’ve collected, both qualitative and quantitative, will inform the new camp. My job is not to tell them that they need a paradigm shift," he said. "My job is to make sure that any development project in which I am involved is informed by on-the-ground analysis and is based on observed reality of local events and behaviors.” Read More >

Shamrock Series Academic Events to Tackle Irish History, Research on Poverty

November 04, 2015 • Josh WeinholdCategories: Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, and Research

Shamrock Series 2015

A football game isn’t the only thing Notre Dame is bringing to Boston in late November. As part of a weekend of events surrounding the Shamrock Series, Notre Dame’s annual home-away-from-home football game, the College of Arts and Letters will host a pair of academic conversations the day before the Fighting Irish face Boston College at Fenway Park. Notre Dame historians will offer an interdisciplinary look at the impact of Irish immigration on American religious and political structures, as well as the role of the U.S. in the 1916 Easter Rising, while economists will discuss research initiatives that aim to change the way humanitarian services help the poor both domestically and abroad. Read More >

Catholic Intellectual Life: Student Perspectives

November 04, 2015 • Todd Boruff and Mary HaleyCategories: Catholicism, General News, and Undergraduate News


For students in the College of Arts and Letters, the unparalleled liberal arts education they receive is grounded in and enhanced by the Catholic intellectual life fostered on campus. Catholicism is an essential part of courses that every student takes, such as theology and philosophy, but it also serves as a background for all fields of study, from analyzing the consequences of poverty in an economics class to learning how to use design for social good. Students are encouraged to examine enduring questions and explore cultures and traditions across time and around the world. Read More >

Psychology Faculty Win Indiana CTSI Grants

November 02, 2015 • Joanne FaheyCategories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Notre Dame Academic Seal

Notre Dame faculty from the Department of Psychology have been awarded grants from the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI). Julie Braungart-Rieker, the Mary Hesburgh Flaherty and James F. Flaherty III Professor of Psychology and director of the William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families, was awarded a Community Health Engagement Program (CHEP) Community Based Research Pilot Award for a study, “Reducing Obesogenic Home Environments in Low-Income Households with Mothers of Pre-school-Aged Children.” Jennifer Burke LeFever, assistant research professor in the Department of Psychology, is a co-primary investigator on the grant. Read More >

Psychologist Explores What Happens When We Sleep

October 27, 2015 • Arts and LettersCategories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Research

Jessica Payne

What’s going on in your head while you sleep? The research of Jessica Payne, associate professor and Nancy O’Neill Collegiate Chair in Psychology, shows that the non-waking hours are incredibly valuable for your day-to-day life, especially for helping to commit information to memory and for problem solving. If you ever thought sleep was just downtime between one task and the next, think again. Read More >

Video: Economics Major Interns at Beijing Financial Media Outlet

October 26, 2015 • Todd BoruffCategories: General News, Internationalism, and Undergraduate News

Kelsey Bebout

During the summer of 2015, Kelsey Bebout interned at Caixin Media, a financial news company in Beijing. She obtained the internship with the help of the Notre Dame Beijing Global Gateway, which reached out to the Notre Dame alumni network and connected her with Huang Shan, a Notre Dame alumnus employed at Caixin Media. “It’s definitely challenged me a lot and opened my eyes to different cultures and just seeing what it would be like to live and work abroad,” she said. Read More >

Three Questions with Political Scientist Rev. Robert Dowd

October 26, 2015 • Michael O. GarveyCategories: Faculty News, General News, and Research


Rev. Robert Dowd, C.S.C., assistant professor of political science, is a fellow of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and director of its Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity. A popular teacher and scholar of religion’s impact on development and political institutions, he has conducted extensive research on communities and societies throughout Africa. His recently published book, Christianity, Islam and Liberal Democracy: Lessons from Sub-Saharan Africa, provocatively argues that religious diversity in Nigeria and other African countries actually encourages, rather than inhibits, religious tolerance. Read More >

Six New History Faculty Bring Transnational Research and Teaching Interests to Department

October 23, 2015 • Josh WeinholdCategories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, and Research

Hurley Globe

They bring expertise in subjects that span physical borders and chronological boundaries. They bring passion to their research and energy to their classrooms. And the six new faculty members joining the Department of History this fall bring additional prestige to an already elite group of academics. “For a long period of time, we’ve been working to assemble a group of scholars that could work across national boundaries, redefining the department and what it does," said Patrick Griffin, chair of the department. Read More >

Scholars Gather in Rome to Bridge Migrant Issues

October 21, 2015 • Josh WeinholdCategories: Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, and Research

Rome skyline

An interdisciplinary symposium hosted this week by the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies aims to facilitate conversation and collaboration between scholars from the United States and Italy who are researching issues related to immigration. “Transnational Migration in Comparative Perspective: Italy and the United States” offers the chance for academics to learn from one another about immigration experiences and discuss ways that research can better inform policymakers. Read More >

Video: Fighting for Displaced People

October 21, 2015 • Arts and LettersCategories: Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, and Research

Fighting for Displaced People

There are 60 million displaced people in the world, and every day, an estimated 40,000 people flee their homes in search of safety elsewhere. For many, a temporary stop in a refugee camp becomes a lifetime of dependency and desolation. Notre Dame anthropology professor Rahul Oka believes there is a better way to provide aid to these residents. For several years, with colleagues in the Department of Anthropology, the Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications and the Ford Family Program, he has studied the evolution of trade and commerce, focusing on the formal and informal economies that develop within these camps. Read More >

Historian Receives NEH Public Scholar Grant to Examine ‘Bible Wars’

October 20, 2015 • Brian WallheimerCategories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Linda Przybyszewski

Notre Dame historian Linda Przybyszewski has been selected as one of the first winners of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ new Public Scholar Grant Program, which aims to bring the humanities to larger audiences and make scholarship relevant to contemporary life. Her forthcoming book will tell the story of the Cincinnati Board of Education’s decision to stop Bible reading in public schools and the ensuing court battles that riveted the nation in the late 1860s and early 1870s. Read More >

Notre Dame to Host Gathering of Latino Poets

October 19, 2015 • Arts and LettersCategories: Arts, Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Internationalism

ILS logo

The University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies (ILS), in close collaboration with the Creative Writing Program, will present a conference, “Angels of the Americlypse,” on October 28 and 29, 2015, featuring Latino/a poetry readings, literary translation, and roundtable discussions. The event—held in conjunction with Letras Latinas, the ILS literary initiative—will include readings by acclaimed poets Rosa Alcalá, Carmen Giménez Smith, Roberto Tejada, and Rodrigo Toscano. Read More >

Glynn Scholar Awarded Fulbright for Summer Archaeology Program

October 19, 2015 • Tessa BangsCategories: General News, Internationalism, and Undergraduate News

Olivia May

Notre Dame sophomore Olivia May has been interested in classical cultures for a long time. This past summer she was able to experience one in a new way—by physically sifting through its remains. The Wisconsin native received an award from the U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission to study in Northern Britain, including two weeks digging at the site of an ancient Roman fort, helping to uncover evidence of the Roman Empire’s influence in England. Read More >