Frederick J. Crosson, John J. Cavanaugh Professor Emeritus of Humanities and former dean of the College of Arts and Letters, died Dec. 9 at Hospice House in South Bend. He was 83.
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John C. Cavadini, associate professor and chair of theology and McGrath-Cavadini Director of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life, has been appointed to the International Theological Commission by Pope Benedict XVI.
Established in 2008, the Notre Dame International Security Program intends to bring to bear “the very best in scholarship to consider and address the most important international security policy issues.” It’s gotten off to a good start.
Tell someone that Notre Dame has a strong theology department, and it won’t likely amount to a “stop-the-presses” moment. But the University’s religious identity is also a catalyst to research in other fields, as the Department of Political Science can attest.
John T. McGreevy, who was appointed I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters last year, implemented a number of changes this fall that will help create a more intense and sophisticated undergraduate experience.
In testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs on Dec. 15, Notre Dame faculty member George A. Lopez argued against passage of HR 2194, which would impose severe economic sanctions on Iran in an effort to halt its nuclear weapons program.
Macaulay: The Tragedy of Power, by Rev. Robert E. Sullivan, associate professor of history and associate vice president for academic mission support at Notre Dame, recently was published by Harvard University Press.
On Dec. 12, a national task force commissioned by the University of Notre Dame released a report and launched a campaign to improve educational opportunities for the next generation of American Latinos by expanding their access to Catholic schools.
A new book by Christian Davenport, professor of peace studies, political science, and sociology, explores the “Rashomon effect”—the tendency for events to be perceived and reported in different ways, depending on who is telling the story and to whom—and its implications for violence, protest, repression, and peace.
For most students, reading the Quran for an hour may sound like a homework assignment. For Gabriel Reynolds, associate professor of Islamic studies and theology, and the student members of the Quran Circle reading group, it is an extracurricular activity with many benefits.
Howard Goldblatt, research professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Notre Dame and the foremost translator of modern and contemporary Chinese literature in the West, has been awarded the 2009 Man Asian Literary Prize for his translation of The Boat to Redemption by Chinese author Su Tong.
Kathleen Cummings, assistant professor of American studies and acting director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, was awarded the 2009 best paper prize from the Religion and American Culture Caucus of the American Studies Association (ASA).
Whether working at the local food bank or spending time with a hospice patient, Notre Dame students are encouraged to engage in activities that support their academic goals while serving the greater good. For Michael Clemente (’09), volunteering with the Program of Liberal Studies’ Junior Masterpieces Seminar provided a way for him to share and pass on his passion for the liberal arts with local elementary school students. In the process, he also helped them with critical thinking and communications skills.
A new book by Notre Dame psychologist Anita Kelly offers advice to college students on how to give their teachers what they really want and get the most out of their hard-earned—and often expensive—college education.