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Historian elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

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Sabine G. MacCormack, Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Professor of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS). She will be formally inducted at a ceremony this fall in Cambridge, Mass.

Founded during the American Revolution by John Adams, John Hancock and others, the AAAS is the nation’s leading learned society. It recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science, scholarship, public affairs and the arts.

Among others who also were selected this year are New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Vice President Al Gore, filmmaker Spike Lee, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and actor Robert Redford. The 2007 class of new members includes 226 scholars, scientists and artists, and civic, corporate and philanthropic leaders from 27 states and 13 countries.

An internationally renowned scholar of ancient Rome and the Spanish empire, MacCormack specializes in late antiquity and colonial Latin America. Her scholarly publications include “The Shadows of Poetry: Vergil in the Mind of Augustine,” “Religion in the Andes: Vision and Imagination in Early Colonial Peru,” and “Art and Ceremony in Late Antiquity.”

MacCormack, a past recipient of a $1.5 million Distinguished Achievement Award for scholars in the humanities from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, was named a fellow of the Medieval Academy of America in 2000 and of the American Philosophical Society in 1997, and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1999. Previously a professor of classical studies and history at the University of Michigan, MacCormack holds a joint appointment at Notre Dame in the departments of history andclassics and is a faculty fellow in the University’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies. She earned her bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from Oxford University.

Fourteen other Notre Dame faculty members have been elected to the AAAS.They are: the late George Craig, professor of biology; Roberto DaMatta, Rev. Edmund P. Joyce Professor of Anthropology; Rev. Gustavo Gutierrez, O.P., John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Theology; Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president emeritus and professor emeritus of theology; Alasdair MacIntyre, research professor of philosophy; Rev. Ernan McMullin, John Cardinal O’Hara Professor Emeritus of Philosophy; Mark Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History; Guillermo O’Donnell, professor of political science; Timothy O’Meara, provost emeritus and Howard J. Kenna Professor Emeritus of Mathematics; Alvin Plantinga, Rev. John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy; the late Philip Quinn, John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy; Lawrence Sullivan, professor of world religions; Eugene Ulrich, Rev. John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology; and Peter van Inwagen, John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Philosophy.

Originally published by Julie Hail Flory at on May 11, 2007.