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Researchers to Convene Symposium on Humility, Wisdom, and Grace in Human Evolution

February 11, 2016 • Katie Zakas RutledgeCategories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, and Research

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Celia Deane-Drummond, professor of theology, and Agustín Fuentes, professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology, have been awarded a grant by the John Templeton Foundation to convene invited scholars to explore the intersection of wisdom, humility, and grace in human evolution. An advanced symposium, entitled “Humility, Wisdom, and Grace in Deep Time: A Conversation between Theology and Evolutionary Anthropology,” will assemble scholars from around the world in Stellenbosch, South Africa, in January 2017. Read More >

Video: Study everything. Do anything.

February 11, 2016 • Todd BoruffCategories: Alumni, Centers and Institutes, General News, Internationalism, Research, and Undergraduate News

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Through the liberal arts, you learn to read deeply. Think about issues critically. Discuss topics thoughtfully. Write arguments persuasively. Contribute to projects creatively. And these abilities aren’t just vital in the classroom—they’re exactly what employers, graduate schools, and service organizations are looking for. With 20 departments across the humanities, arts, and social sciences, the College of Arts and Letters is home to exceptional faculty and talented students who are studying what they love. Read More >

Washington Program Kickstarts Political and Policy Careers for Notre Dame Students

February 10, 2016 • Brian WallheimerCategories: Alumni, Centers and Institutes, General News, and Undergraduate News


Through the Washington Program, a semester-long immersion into national politics and policy, Notre Dame students head to the nation’s capital for coursework and organized visits with policymakers, journalists, and leaders in a variety of governmental and non-governmental offices. Participants also complete internships at the White House, congressional offices, major media outlets, non-governmental organizations, and nonprofits. Read More >

Forthcoming Book Tells the Story of Irish-Americans' Role in Ireland's Easter Rising of 1916

February 08, 2016 • Heather GaryCategories: Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, and Research

Robert Schmuhl

Robert Schmuhl is the Walter H. Annenberg-Edmund P. Joyce Professor of American Studies and Journalism at the University of Notre Dame. He received the 2014 Hibernian Research Award in support of his forthcoming book, Ireland’s Exiled Children: America and the Easter Rising, which will be released by Oxford University Press next month, just in time to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Easter Rising of 1916. Read More >

Notre Dame Junior Wins New York Times Journalism Contest

February 08, 2016 • Sue ListerCategories: General News, Internationalism, and Undergraduate News

Cassidy McDonald

For the second time in three years, a University of Notre Dame student will be going on assignment with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nick Kristof, The New York Times announced Saturday. Junior Cassidy McDonald of Madison, Wisconsin, is this year’s winner of Kristof’s annual “Win A Trip with Nick” contest. Her prize is traveling this summer with the Times columnist to a developing country to raise awareness about neglected global issues. During the trip, she will report for a blog and may appear in videos that will be published on The New York Times website. Read More >

Political Science Ph.D. Wins National Public Policy Dissertation Award

February 08, 2016 • Aaron SmithCategories: General News, Graduate Students, and Research

Michael Hartney

Michael Hartney, who earned his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Notre Dame in 2014, has won the American Political Science Association’s Harold D. Lasswell Award—given annually to the best dissertation in the field of public policy. Hartney, whose research focuses on how politics shape educational opportunity, also won the Notre Dame’s Shaheen Award for the best graduate student in the social sciences. Read More >

First Cohort of Financial Economics and Econometrics Students Find Success in the Job Market

February 06, 2016 • Carrie GatesCategories: General News and Undergraduate News

Matt Castellini

Nine months before his May 2016 graduation, Matt Castellini knew where he was headed after Notre Dame. An economics major enrolled in the department’s new Financial Economics and Econometrics concentration (FEE), Castellini landed a job as a credit sales analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch after interning with the company last summer. He’s not alone, either. Just one year into the new program, the concentration’s first cohort has yet to graduate, but many have positions waiting for them at firms such as Boston Consulting Group, Mercer Consulting, and Deutsche Bank. Read More >

‘Stakes Are High’ in Pope’s Visit to Mexico, Experts Say

February 04, 2016 • Michael O. GarveyCategories: Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Internationalism

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When Pope Francis travels to Mexico Feb. 12-17, he will visit six cities—including two in the state of Chiapas, Mexico’s poorest state—and will celebrate a Mass in Ciudad Juárez across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas. The first pope from Latin America, where 40 percent of the world’s Catholics live, he will be touring the country that’s home to the second largest Catholic population in the world. Read More >

Arts and Letters Neuroscience Majors Find Array of Research, Career Opportunities

February 04, 2016 • Carrie GatesCategories: General News, Research, and Undergraduate News

Neuroscience and behavior major

Notre Dame students in the College of Arts and Letters’ newest major see neuroscience and behavior as great preparation for any number of exciting careers. Whether they plan to pursue medical school or graduate school, clinical research or lab work, neuroscience majors can customize the curriculum to fit their needs. Students are also able to integrate research opportunities based on their individual interests. Read More >

Inaugural Ursula Williams Faculty Fellow Develops Hybrid Chinese Language Course

February 03, 2016 • Anne DalyCategories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, Research, and Undergraduate News

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The Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures has partnered with the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning to offer the Ursula Williams Faculty Fellowship. The fellowship connects foreign-language faculty with technology experts and supports research to help faculty members determine which technological tools are most helpful in language classrooms. Chengxu Yin, associate teaching professor of Chinese, was awarded the fellowship to develop a hybrid model language class, blending traditional class time with online learning. Read More >

History Professor Wins Urban History Association Book Award

February 03, 2016 • Arts and LettersCategories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Alexander Martin

Alexander Martin, a Notre Dame professor of history, has won the Urban History Association’s Best Book Award for a work of non-North American urban history published in 2013-14. His book, Enlightened Metropolis: Constructing Imperial Moscow, 1762–1855 also won the 2013 Marc Raeff Book Prize awarded by the Eighteenth-Century Russian Studies Association to the best book in any discipline or language on the history and culture of Russia during that time period. Read More >

Notre Dame Economists Help Small Business Owners in Kenya Find Success

February 03, 2016 • Carrie GatesCategories: Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, and Research

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In a dense Nairobi slum best known for its toxic garbage dump, the crowded streets are lined with roadside stands. With no job prospects, residents’ best chance to eke out a living comes from selling foods and handcrafted goods at these tiny stalls. Three assistant professors in Notre Dame’s Department of Economics—Wyatt Brooks, Kevin Donovan, and Terence Johnson—are researching ways to help those entrepreneurs succeed and increase their income. Read More >

Anthropologist and Film Professor Launch Innovative Multimedia Book on Irish Islands

February 02, 2016 • Carrie GatesCategories: Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, and Research

Ian Kuijt in Ireland

The abandoned island of Inishark off the coast of western Ireland is coming to life again thanks to new technology—a multimedia book project by Notre Dame anthropologist Ian Kuijt and filmmaker William Donaruma ’89. Through an innovative collaboration, they’ve created Island Places, Island Lives, a guidebook detailing the heritage and history of Inishark and its neighboring island, Inishbofin. Along with text and photographs, the book incorporates short videos of the island that appear on a smartphone or tablet when readers, using a free companion app, hold their device over key images in the book. Read More >

Desch Named Director of International Security Center

January 29, 2016 • Arts and LettersCategories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Internationalism

Michael Desch

Political Science Professor Michael Desch has been appointed director of the Notre Dame International Security Center. “This is both a tremendous honor and a daunting challenge,” Desch said. “My colleagues and I have made much progress since 2008 in building NDISC into a leading center for international security studies. But our challenge now is to take it to the next level in terms of both the scope of our programming as well as its impact on campus and in the academic and policy communities more broadly.” Read More >

Liberal Studies and Sacred Music Professor Honored for Musicological Research on Italian Basilica

January 29, 2016 • Josh WeinholdCategories: Arts, Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, and Research

Pierpaolo Polzonetti

Pierpaolo Polzonetti, an associate professor in Notre Dame’s Program of Liberal Studies (PLS) and Sacred Music at Notre Dame program, has won the H. Colin Slim Award for his essay, “Tartini and the Tongue of Saint Anthony.” The award, presented by the American Musicological Society since 2005, honors a “musicological article of exceptional merit.” Read More >

Two Graduate Students Named to Humanities Without Walls’ Career-Focused Fellowship Program

January 28, 2016 • Josh WeinholdCategories: General News, Graduate Students, and Research


Two Notre Dame graduate students have won fellowships from Humanities WIthout Walls, a consortium funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that aims to support collaborative research and scholarship across the humanities. Michael Skaggs, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in history, and Courtney Smotherman, a student in the Ph.D. in Literature program, were among a cohort of 30 predoctoral fellows selected by HWW, based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. They will attend three weeks of summer workshops designed to encourage doctoral students to explore careers both inside and outside the academy. Read More >

Political Science Alumna Translates Service Experience to Career at Facebook

January 27, 2016 • Brian WallheimerCategories: Alumni, Centers and Institutes, and General News

Kaitlin Sullivan

Before the rigors of post-college life set in—before mortgages, family, a career, and all the other responsibilities that come with setting off into the world—Kaitlin Sullivan ’10 wanted to devote at least one year of her life to service. Sullivan remembers talking with professors and fellow students at Notre Dame about how the purpose of their education wasn’t just learning for the sake of learning, but to help them to go out and do good in the world. It’s a perspective she carried into her service experience—and in her professional career as a product policy manager for Facebook. Read More >

Professor, Cushwa Center Director Begins Leadership of American Catholic Historical Association

January 26, 2016 • Brian WallheimerCategories: Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Research

Kathleen Sprows-Cummings

Pope Francis has ignited increased public interest in the future of the Catholic Church, and Kathleen Sprows Cummings hopes she can use that to remind people of the Church’s past. Cummings, an associate professor of American studies and history and the William W. and Anna Jean Cushwa Director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at Notre Dame, begins her term this month as vice president/president-elect of the American Catholic Historical Association. Read More >

Photography MFA Student Commissioned for Indiana Bicentennial Project

January 25, 2016 • Tom LangeCategories: Arts, General News, Graduate Students, and Research

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When University of Notre Dame graduate student Chris Dant takes a picture, he expects to come away with more than just a photograph. The third-year MFA student wants you to relate to and learn more about whatever you’re looking at. Be it an old Naval armory, or a group of skateboarders in South Bend. Dant’s ability to find those connections earned him a recent commission from the South Bend Museum of Art to document Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects across the state. His project, titled “WPA in Indiana,” was featured at the museum throughout December and January and commemorates Indiana’s bicentennial in 2016. Read More >

New Political Science Faculty Expand Department’s International Profile

January 22, 2016 • Tom LangeCategories: Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, and Research

Karrie Koesel and Susanne Wengle

As students read news about China’s turbulent economy or about Russia flexing political muscle, two new professors in Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science can provide them with context about what’s happening. Associate Professor Karrie Koesel and Assistant Professor Susanne Wengle have both lived in Russia and studied its culture and politics for years. Koesel has also worked and researched in China. The two new faculty members expand the breadth of Notre Dame’s international research and scholarship in political science. Read More >