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Liu Gift Endows New Institute for Asia and Asian Studies

Author: Dennis Brown

Categories: Alumni, Centers and Institutes, General News, and Internationalism

The RM Liu Foundation has made a gift to the University of Notre Dame to endow a new Institute for Asia and Asian Studies. Based in Gardena, Calif., the foundation supports the philanthropic activities of Robert and Mimi Liu and their children, Emily and Justin, both of whom are Notre Dame graduates. “We are expanding the international dimensions of Notre Dame in many ways, and Asia is an especially important part of our plan,” says Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the University’s president. “This significant gift will allow us to enhance our current initiatives and to grow in new and exciting directions. We are deeply grateful to Bob, Mimi, Emily and Justin for their visionary leadership and extraordinarily generous support.”

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China Expert Lionel Jensen Discusses Nobel Peace Prize

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Internationalism

Though China does not appear to see it that way, the Nobel Peace Prize recently awarded to Chinese literary critic and activist Liu Xiaobo should be considered an honor “bestowed in a spirit of recognizing how far China has come, having delivered more than a quarter of a billion people from absolute poverty and opening itself to the world,” says Lionel Jensen, associate professor of East Asian languages and cultures and associate professor of history at the University of Notre Dame.

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Italian Major Pursues Passion for Language and Meaning

Author: Joanna Basile

Categories: General News and Internationalism

Anna Michelle Martinez-Montavon’s passion for languages began well before she came to Notre Dame. Her parents grew up in Mexico and South America, and she grew up in the United States speaking Spanish at home as her first language. She learned English while in daycare and then studied French in middle school. Now in college, she’s fallen in love with yet another language.

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Philosophy Alumnus Promotes Ethics on Wall Street

Author: Kate Cohorst

Categories: Alumni, Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, and General News

International investment advisor Terrence Keeley, who received a philosophy degree from Notre Dame in 1981, is a founding director of a new movement to promote higher ethical standards in the world of finance. He spoke about the Financial Hippocratic Oath as part of the 2010-2011 Notre Dame Forum, a campus-wide discussion on the role of ethics, values, and morals in the rebuilding and reshaping of the global economy.

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New Book Reevaluates Work of Theologian Hans Frei

Author: Joan Fallon

Categories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Research

In his new book Toward A Generous Orthodoxy: Prospects for Hans Frei’s Postliberal Theology, just released by Oxford University Press, Jason A. Springs, assistant professor of religion, ethics, and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Department of Sociology, reevaluates the work of American theologian Hans Frei.

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Notre Dame Students Carry on Peace House Tradition

Author: Kate Cohorst

Categories: General News

A group of University of Notre Dame seniors are taking their peace studies beyond the classroom with an ongoing experiment in intentional community. The students who live in the off-campus Peace House each year are generally College of Arts and Letters seniors with a supplementary major or minor in peace studies and an interest in social justice and international issues.

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Notre Dame Symposium to Address Early Human Experience

Categories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Research

The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Children and Families is hosting a symposium, Human Nature and Early Experience: Addressing the ‘Environment of Evolutionary Adaptedness,’ October 10 to 12 (Sunday to Tuesday) at McKenna Hall on Notre Dame’s campus. An international collection of renowned scholars from several disciplines will present research on the psychological, anthropological, and biological conditions related to the optimal brain and body system development in human beings.

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Katherine Zieman Awarded National Humanities Center Fellowship

Author: Kate Cohorst

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Assistant Professor of English Katherine Zieman has been awarded a National Humanities Center Fellowship for work on her next book, Richard Rolle and His Readers: Defining the Literary in the Fifteenth Century. She is one of just 36 fellows selected to spend the 2010-2011 academic year working at the North Carolina-based center.

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Music Department Alum Tops iTunes Charts

Author: Kate Cohorst

Categories: Alumni, Arts, and General News

Notre Dame Department of Music alumnus Patrick Dupré Quigley’s latest project topped the iTunes classical charts when it was released in August. And for a brief time, the recording was even more popular in the iTunes all-genre category than superstar Lady Gaga’s “The Fame Monster.”

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“What’s Next?” Week Helps Students Plan For Future

Author: Arts and Letters

Categories: General News

The University of Notre Dame Career Center and College of Arts and Letters are hosting the second annual “What’s Next?” Week for Arts and Letters majors this week (October 4 to 7), featuring representatives from companies such as AT&T, Cummins, Department of Homeland Security, eLoyalty, Google, Keurig, McKinsey, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Starcom, Target, The Orr Fellowship, and Towers Film Production.

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