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The best of both worlds: Arts & Letters pre-health supplementary major gets students ready for medical school

Notre Dame students wanting to prepare for medical school while simultaneously majoring in an additional area of interest — from Africana studies to theology — have an extraordinary option: the Arts & Letters pre-health supplementary major. A&L pre-health supplementary majors take all the prerequisite courses to prepare for medical school or a career in other health professions — including Organic Chemistry, Physics and Calculus — while still having flexibility in their schedules to delve into other academic areas that intrigue them.

Africana studies professor’s book, detailing how slavery’s influence survived emancipation, wins Paul E. Lovejoy Prize

Zach Sell’s book Trouble of the World: Slavery and Empire in the Age of Capital has won the 2022 Paul E. Lovejoy Prize from the Journal of Global Slavery for its excellence and originality in a major work related to global slavery. The panel of judges unanimously awarded the prize to the assistant professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Africana Studies, describing the book on how slavery's influence survived emancipation and still infuses empire and capitalism as meticulously researched and beautifully written.

Notre Dame English professor Dionne Irving Bremyer named finalist for PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

Dionne Irving Bremyer, an associate professor of English at Notre Dame, has been named a finalist for the 2023 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the country’s most prestigious peer-juried prize for novels and short stories. The honor is for Irving Bremyer’s short story collection The Islands, which follows the lives of Jamaican women — immigrants or the descendants of immigrants — who have relocated all over the world to escape the ghosts of colonialism. 

Irving Bremyer is Notre Dame’s second PEN/Faulkner Award finalist in the past four years — Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, an associate professor of English, won the award in 2019 for her novel Call Me Zebra. Other past winners of the award include John Updike, Philip Roth, Michael Cunningham, Deesha Philyaw, and Annie Proulx.

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