For better or worse, a lot of time and energy gets devoted to efforts aimed at ascertaining the relative quality of academic departments. Amidst the chorus of opinions, Notre Dame’s Department of Psychology recently has been receiving powerful, if informal, confirmation of both its stature and trajectory in the broader discipline.
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Rev. Michael Driscoll, associate professor of theology, was elected an officer and president-elect of the Catholic Academy of Liturgy at its annual meeting in Milwaukee last month.
The Institute for Latino Studies at Notre Dame will present “A Place at the Table: A Conversation with Janet Murguía on the Latino Agenda in 2010” Feb. 16 (Tuesday) at 4 p.m. in Room 210-214 of McKenna Hall on the Notre Dame campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Robert E. Burns, professor emeritus of history at the University of Notre Dame, died Friday (Feb. 5) in Sebastian, Fla., after a long illness.
The largest-ever study on the Dalits—the so-called “untouchables” of India—reveals widespread caste-based discrimination in every aspect of daily life, according to Christian Davenport, professor of peace studies, political science, and sociology and one of the co-authors of the research report.
Plato’s Philosophers: The Coherence of the Dialogues by Catherine Zuckert, Nancy Reeves Dreux Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, received three 2009 American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE Awards), including the top prize, the R.R. Hawkins Award.
Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre will present Natural Selection by Eric Coble as part of its 2009–10 theater season. Performances will be held Feb. 23 to 27 (Tuesday to Saturday) at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 28 (Sunday) at 2:30 p.m. in the Philbin Studio Theatre of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
Elizabeth A. Christman, associate professor emerita of American studies at the University of Notre Dame, died Thursday (Feb. 4).
Vibrant Brazilian dance rhythms will transport revelers from South Bend to the streets of Rio de Janeiro during the University of Notre Dame’s 12th annual celebration of Brazilian Carnaval, to be held Feb. 12 (Friday) from 8 p.m. to midnight in Notre Dame’s South Dining Hall. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public.
Each year, the Kaneb Pre-doctoral Fellowship Program provides up to four advanced graduate students from the College of Arts and Letters with a mentored experience of research and teaching at a prominent liberal arts college or research university.
The London Centre, the majestic Edwardian building at Trafalgar Square that houses the University of Notre Dame’s London Program, has become a hub of international scholarship.
“The merits of firsthand exposure to the art and architecture of ancient Rome are hard to articulate, but there is something affective about the experience that raises questions and inspires critical thought beyond a textbook reading,“ wrote Tracy Jennings, a senior classics major, in a journal she kept while traveling through Rome in October.
All of William Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets will be read aloud by Notre Dame administrators, faculty and students during “Sonnet Fest 2010,” a public event that will take place Feb. 10 (Wednesday) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Great Hall of O’Shaughnessy Hall on campus.
Liberal public policies, such as a state’s level of spending on social programs and the degree to which its economy is subject to political regulation, have strong positive effects on life satisfaction, according to a new book edited by Amitava Dutt and Benjamin Radcliff, professors of economics and political science, respectively.
Sophomore Kelly Fallon’s eyes light up when she talks about her visit to Ditchling, the small village in East Sussex, England, where, in 1921, Eric Gill founded the Guild of St. Joseph and St. Dominic. The guild was a Roman Catholic community of artists and craftsmen, inspired by medieval guilds. “I’d never heard of Gill before,” she says, “but going to Ditchling and seeing so many people who knew Gill and the guild really brought home to me how important he was to English art.”
The School of Architecture will host a two-day colloquium, “Learning From Rome: The Influence of the Eternal City on Art, Architecture, and the Humanities,” Feb. 5 and 6 (Friday and Saturday) in Bond Hall. The event is free and open to the public and will feature several scholars from the College of Arts and Letters.
Ralph McInerny, the Michael P. Grace Professor of Medieval Studies and professor of philosophy emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, died Jan. 29 after a long illness at Our Lady of Peace Hospital in Mishawaka, Ind. He was 80 years old.
For John Burke, Notre Dame’s mock trial program was far more than a chance to don a crisp suit and play lawyer.
Interest in international development issues runs high among University of Notre Dame undergraduates, many of whom have studied or served in the developing world. Now they have a new way to connect their experiences overseas with their own academic development—a Kellogg Institute for International Studies minor that integrates coursework and fieldwork.
Notre Dame professors Gary Anderson, Christian Smith, and Mark Noll have each earned a 2010 Book Award from Christianity Today magazine. Outstanding books in 12 categories were selected from of field of nearly 500 works as publications that “best shed light on the people, events, and ideas that shape evangelical life, thought, and mission.”
Actors From The London Stage, an ensemble of five professional British actors from such prestigious theater companies as the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre of Great Britain and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, will present William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet Jan. 27 to 29 (Wednesday to Friday).
Due to declining interest, Notre Dame’s study abroad program in Innsbruck, Austria, will enroll its final class of students this spring. However, the University will continue to offer a German-language study abroad opportunity through its increasingly popular program in Berlin.
Seventeen international scholars will be featured at the University of Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) conference on “Beauty,” to be held Jan. 21 to 23 (Thursday to Saturday) in McKenna Hall.
All families have disagreements—but when does parental conflict become harmful to children? A new book co-authored by a Notre Dame psychologist offers insight into how growing up in a discordant family affects child development.
If you’re looking for an opportunity to showcase your statistical research as an undergraduate—and want to stand out from the crowd after graduation—Thomas Foote has a suggestion for you: submit a paper for Notre Dame’s Bernoulli Awards. The competition is open to undergraduates of any major across campus.
Francisco Aragón, director of Letras Latinas, the literary program of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, has been selected to receive the Outstanding Latino/a Cultural Award in Literary Arts or Publications given by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education.
Producing more effective governance is the greatest challenge facing most Latin American democracies today, say Notre Dame political scientists Scott Mainwaring and Rev. Timothy R. Scully, C.S.C., in a new book from Stanford University Press that they co-edited.
Jada Benn Torres, assistant professor of anthropology at Notre Dame, uses genetics to research the distribution of diseases across populations, with a primary focus on women’s reproductive health. Currently, she is trying to figure out why African-American women are at a higher risk of developing uterine fibroids.
Five University of Notre Dame faculty members have received research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for 2010, bringing to 42 the number of NEH fellowships awarded to Notre Dame in the past 11 years—more than any other university in the nation.