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Shattering Ceilings and Crossing Divides

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

The tensions inherent in being at once Catholic and American have been palpable and familiar features in the life of the University of Notre Dame from sporadic outbreaks of fisticuffs on campus in the years preceding the Civil War to the controversy which swirled about the 2009 Commencement ceremony at which President Obama received an honorary degree.

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José Limón Joins Notre Dame Faculty

Author: Kate Cohorst

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

José Limón, one of the country’s foremost scholars of Latino literature, will soon become the Notre Dame Professor of American Literature. Currently the Mody C. Boatright Regents Professor of English and director of the Center for Mexican-American Studies at the University of Texas, Limón will join the faculty at Notre Dame in January 2011.

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Political Scientist Benjamin Radcliff Studies Unions and Happiness

Categories: General News, Research, Internationalism, and Faculty News

It’s no coincidence that American workers have never been more dissatisfied with their jobs, and labor unions’ membership keeps dropping, according to a new study co-authored by University of Notre Dame political scientist Benjamin Radcliff. Based on a study of unions in 14 nations, Radcliffe found that people who live in countries in which labor union membership was robust were happier—regardless of whether or not they belonged to a labor union themselves.

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History of Science Society Comes to University of Notre Dame

Author: Aaron Smith

Categories: General News

The History of Science Society (HSS) has arrived at Notre Dame—a move that promises to benefit the society, the University’s History and Philosophy of Science program and Notre Dame’s science programs by providing new opportunities for collaboration among society members, faculty, and students. HSS, which relocated from the University of Florida this fall, is the world’s largest society dedicated to understanding science, technology, medicine, and their interactions with society in historical context. The organization has more than 3,000 members.

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Students Engage in New Undergraduate Journal and Online Hub

Author: Aaron Smith

Categories: General News and Centers and Institutes

“You are looking for something. I know it.” So begins the introduction to the first issue of Lost Piece, a new monthly journal of letters created by a group of undergraduates to provide an independent forum for creative, thought-provoking expression outside of the classroom. A new, student-run, academic networking website also shares Lost Piece’s mission to promote intellectual engagement among students.

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Notre Dame Student Intellectual Life Finds Home on the Web

Author: Kate Cohorst

Categories: General News

The newest student publication at the University of Notre Dame has no small ambition: It wants to influence the way every student engages in intellectual life. And it’s going to do so without ever using a piece of paper. The Hub, with the slogan “Your academic life @ ND,” is drawing on the lessons of the burgeoning social media world to create what essentially is more of an environment than a publication.

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Psychologist Darcia Narvaez Studies Violent Video Games' Impact on Kids

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments this week from some 12 states, urging it to uphold a law that bans the sale of violent video games to children younger than 18. The states, including California and Texas, say that banning sales to minors would provide moral and psychological protection. University of Notre Dame Psychology Professor Darcia Narvaez agrees.

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Making Connections Beyond the History Classroom

Author: Joanna Basile

Categories: General News

Students in the Department of History aren’t leaving their learning to chance. Through a program called History Beyond the Classroom (HBC), undergraduates like Carly Anderson are signing up to immerse themselves more fully in the rich intellectual life at Notre Dame.

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Rooney Center Hosts Panel on First Catholic President

Author: Marie Blakey

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

In November 1960, John F. Kennedy defeated Richard M. Nixon in what is considered one of the closest elections of the 20th century. The election is also noted in the history books because it ushered into the White House the first Roman Catholic to hold the nation’s highest office. To look at what this meant—and still means today—to American politics, the University of Notre Dame’s Francis and Kathleen Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy has invited a group of leading political scholars and authors to join in a panel discussion titled Shattering the Stained Glass Ceiling: 50 Years After the Election of America’s First Catholic President.

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