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CEC Director to Deliver Inaugural Law & Justice Lecture at University of Florence

May 26, 2016 • Kenneth HalleniusCategories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Internationalism

O. Carter Snead

Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture director and professor of law Carter Snead will deliver the inaugural University of Florence “Law and Justice Lecture” on May 30 in Florence, Italy. His lecture, “Three Regulatory Models for Stem Cell Research,” will analyze and contrast the U.S. government’s federal funding policies under Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama as a means of exploring the complexities of American governance of science, medicine, and biotechnology in the name of ethical goods. Read More >

Philosophy Major Wins Naughton Fellowship to Conduct Research in Ireland

May 24, 2016 • Joanne FaheyCategories: General News and Undergraduate News

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Michelle Kim, a philosophy major, has won a 2016 Naughton Fellowship, which allows students with a background in, or aptitude for, STEM fields to experience international research and educational opportunities through a funded exchange program involving the University of Notre Dame and some of Ireland’s leading research universities. With the award, Kim will complete undergraduate research at Trinity College Dublin. Read More >

How Studying Philosophy Guides Alumna’s Work as a Hollywood Film Director

May 23, 2016 • Bianca AlmadaCategories: Alumni and General News

Anne Hamilton

Anne Hamilton ’04 didn’t always know she wanted to be a filmmaker. She majored in philosophy in the College of Arts and Letters, but plans change, and now Hamilton is one of Hollywood’s up-and-coming directors. She recently signed with William Morris Endeavor after the successful world premiere of American Fable, a feature film she wrote, directed, and co-produced. The film made its debut at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, in March and received a string of excellent reviews. Read More >

Nature and Nurture Are Both Important, Anthropologist Argues in New Journal Article

May 20, 2016 • William G. GilroyCategories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Agustín Fuentes

Evolutionary science stresses the contributions biology makes to our behavior. Some anthropologists try to understand how societies and histories construct our identities, and others ask about how genes and the environment do the same thing. Which is the better approach? Both are needed, Notre Dame biological anthropologist Agustín Fuentes argues in a forthcoming paper in the journal Current Anthropology. Read More >

Notre Dame, Holy Cross Lead Transformational Liberal Arts Education Program at Indiana Prison

May 19, 2016 • Josh WeinholdCategories: Faculty News and General News

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Driven by a commitment to Catholic social teaching and a strong belief that a liberal arts education can transform lives, Notre Dame and Holy Cross College faculty are teaching college-level courses for inmates at Indiana’s Westville Correction Facility. Since 2013, nearly 100 inmates have earned college credit and 11 have earned associate degrees as of this month. But developing a strong foundation in reading, writing, research, public speaking, and critical thinking offers benefits that go far beyond the professional opportunities a degree might one day provide. Read More >

Arts and Letters Seniors Win 24 National and International Fellowships and Scholarships

May 13, 2016 • Michael O. GarveyCategories: Centers and Institutes, General News, Internationalism, and Undergraduate News

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Twenty-four members of the Class of 2016 who study in the College of Arts and Letters have won major national and international fellowships and scholarships, from prestigious institutions such as the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program and the National Science Foundation. Read More >

Video: Historian Darren Dochuk on the Power of Religion and Oil in America

May 12, 2016 • Todd BoruffCategories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Darren Dochuk

Notre Dame historian Darren Dochuk’s research primarily focuses on the United States in the long 20th century, with emphasis on religion, politics, and the rising influence of the American West and Sunbelt Southwest in national life. His current project examines religion and politics in North America’s age of oil, 1890 to the present, through the lens of two prominent oil families, the Rockefellers and the Pews. “Oil sparked a certain imagination of progress, a certain ambition for American dominance in the world in the twentieth century, and then religion helped frame that imagination,” he said. Read More >

Classics Scholar Traces History of Saint Augustine's Words

May 11, 2016 • Brandi KlingermanCategories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Hildegund Müller

Augustine of Hippo is recognized as one of the most important church fathers and greatest thinkers of Christianity. While many theologians and philosophers study his work, Hildegund Müller, associate professor of classics and associate vice president for research at Notre Dame, takes a different approach to reading Augustine’s texts. Müller’s research is influenced by her philological background and study of literary detail in texts, especially in her current project, A Reading of Augustine’s Sermons, which includes an edition of a selection of his preaching on the Psalms. Read More >

Notre Dame and Vatican Library Formalize Collaboration and Exchange Agreement

May 11, 2016 • Michael O. GarveyCategories: Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, General News, Internationalism, and Research

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Notre Dame and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, or Vatican Library, formalized a unique agreement of collaboration and exchange in a ceremony May 9 in the Hesburgh Room of the Morris Inn, where Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and Archbishop Jean-Louis Bruguès, O.P., archivist and librarian of the Holy Roman Church, together signed a memorandum of understanding. Read More >

Collaborative Innovation Classes Inspire Creative Design to Solve Real-World Problems

May 10, 2016 • Carol BradleyCategories: Faculty News, General News, Research, and Undergraduate News

Ann-Marie Conrado

Imagine you’ve got one arm tied behind your back to help understand what the daily life of an amputee feels like. How would you squeeze toothpaste out of a tube to brush your teeth? Assistant Professor of Design Ann-Marie Conrado’s first- and second-year course Design Matters, a gateway course to the Department of Art, Art History & Design’s new Collaborative Innovation Minor, considers questions such as this and looks for solutions. Read More >

Notre Dame Kennedy Scholars Present Research Proposals at Durham University

May 09, 2016 • Rina BuzneaCategories: General News, Internationalism, and Undergraduate News

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On April 15, four students participating in the College of Arts and Letters and Notre Dame International’s Kennedy Scholars Thesis Seminar were invited to present their research proposals at Durham University, before a jury of faculty members and graduate students. With constructive feedback from the jury and new insight gathered from Durham’s world-renowned libraries and archives, the Kennedy Scholars will hone their senior thesis proposals and apply for Kennedy Family Undergraduate Research Fellowships through the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts. Read More >

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 >