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Theatre Alumnus Jack Blakey Appointed to Federal Judgeship

June 29, 2015 • Josh WeinholdCategories: Alumni and General News


When Jack Blakey was studying theatre at Notre Dame in the 1980s, he never dreamed he would one day be hearing legal disputes on the federal bench. But his liberal arts courses were preparing him for it nonetheless. Blakey was formally installed this spring as a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, following his nomination by President Barack Obama and confirmation by the U.S. Senate last year. Read More >

LEO Receives $435,000 NIH Grant to Study Impact of Community College Intervention Program

June 26, 2015 • Josh WeinholdCategories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Research


Notre Dame’s Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities has received a $435,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health for a two-year study of Stay the Course, a program designed to keep low-income community college students on the path to academic success. Participants are paired with a case manager who offers guidance and support on how to stay on track to graduate or transfer to a four-year college. They are also directed to affordable child care or other social services that will aid them in their pursuit of an education. Read More >

Researchers in New Notre Dame Center Awarded $3.1 Million Grant to Study Virtues in Science

June 22, 2015 • Carrie GatesCategories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Research

Celia Deane-Drummond

A team of researchers in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters has been awarded a $3.1 million grant from the Templeton Religion Trust to examine how the concrete practices of science relate to something more abstract—what theologians and philosophers consider “virtues”—and how that connects with other areas of scientists’ lives, including their religious beliefs. The endeavor is a key component of Notre Dame’s new Center for Theology, Science, and Human Flourishing, which will serve as a hub for transdisciplinary research at the University. Read More >

Father Jenkins to Appear on Public Affairs Program ‘The Open Mind’

June 22, 2015 • Dennis BrownCategories: Catholicism, Faculty News, and General News


Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, will be the guest on the 2015-16 season premiere of The Open Mind, the longest-running public affairs program in public television history. A member of the Commission on Presidential Debates, Father Jenkins will speak with host Alexander Heffner about moral education and the cure for incivility in an age of entrenched partisanship. Read More >

Faculty React to Pope’s Encyclical on Climate Change

June 22, 2015 • Michael O. GarveyCategories: Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, and General News

Pope Francis

University of Notre Dame faculty members continue to comment on the new encyclical Laudato Si, issued by Pope Francis in Rome on June 18. In an op-ed in Wednesday’s Chicago Tribune, Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., writes that, “It is characteristic of this pope to speak as the Catholic leader but to seek to build bridges to all people who promote friendship and cooperation serving the good of all.” Read More >

Pair of Graduates to Receive Prestigious Alumni Awards

June 19, 2015 • Arts and LettersCategories: Alumni and General News

Chris Stevens

New York Judge Alex M. Calabrese ’75, a psychology major, is the winner of the Rev. John J. Cavanaugh, C.S.C., Award and Chris Stevens ’74, who studied economics, will receive the Harvey G. Foster Award. The honors of two of the Notre Dame Alumni Association’s three most prestigious awards. Read More >

Former Indonesian President Speaks at Liu Institute’s Asia Leadership Forum

June 16, 2015 • Michael O. GarveyCategories: Centers and Institutes, General News, and Internationalism

Liu Institute logo

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the former president of the Republic of Indonesia, spoke at the University of Notre Dame’s inaugural Asia Leadership Forum last week at the invitation of Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. The forum featured a panel discussion, “Indonesian Islam: A Force for Democracy and Peace,” and was sponsored by Notre Dame’s Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies. Read More >

Video: Meet Classics Major Brian Credo

June 16, 2015 • Todd BoruffCategories: General News and Undergraduate News

Brian Credo

“Everything comes from classics. It offers a lot of different paths and a lot of interesting things to pursue,” said Brian Credo ’15, a classics major in the College of Arts and Letters. The interdisciplinary study of the ancient Mediterranean world, classics first intrigued Credo, a scholar in the Glynn Family Honors program, while studying Greek and Latin in high school. Read More >

The Art of Truth: Maxim Kantor

June 15, 2015 • Andy FullerCategories: Centers and Institutes, General News, Internationalism, and Research

Maxim Kantor

Maxim Kantor is the portrait of a character from a well-crafted Hollywood political drama: an artist, writer, and philosopher whose early work went largely unnoticed in Cold War Russia because it did not conform to the tastes of the Soviet regime. Notre Dame’s Institute for Advanced Study hosted the artist as its Director’s Fellow in 2015. Read More >

Institute Assembles Catholic High School Teachers to Bridge Gap Between Science, Religion

June 12, 2015 • Michael O. GarveyCategories: Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, and General News

Hesburgh Library

Science and religion teachers from Catholic high schools nationwide are meeting at the University of Notre Dame June 14 to 19 to debunk the notion that their academic disciplines contradict each other. The week-long seminar hosted by the Institute for Church Life attracted some 90 Catholic high school teachers of biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, and religion from 23 dioceses from across the country. Read More >