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First-Year English Course Leads to Writing Career

Author: Mary Kate Malone

Categories: Alumni and General News

In the fall of her first year at Notre Dame, Stephanie Fitzhugh ‘91 sat nervously at her desk in an O’Shaughnessy Hall classroom, awaiting the start of her Composition and Literature class. Fitzhugh, who always excelled in math and science, felt uneasy taking a course focused on subjects that usually gave her trouble: literature and writing.

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Video: Fighting For a More Generous World

Author: Arts and Letters

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

Exploring an essential human virtue. Whether it’s the gift of time, money, or a helping hand, everyone has the capacity to transform someone else’s life. But, in a world where millions struggle to put food on the table, millions more struggle either to keep their jobs or to find jobs that pay a living wage, and millions still struggle with either preventable or treatable diseases, why do some people give so much and others so little? The University of Notre Dame’s Science of Generosity initiative is leading an international effort to uncover the causes, manifestations, and consequences of generosity.

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FTT Students Granted Exclusive Right to Make Cannes Documentary

Author: Kate Cohorst

Categories: Arts, General News, Internationalism, and Undergraduate News

Networking with industry insiders, watching highly anticipated films, walking the red carpet, and seeing stars was all part of the job for a group of University of Notre Dame students who jetted off to the 2012 Cannes International Film Festival this summer. Working with Assistant Professor Aaron Magnan-Park, the students from the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) were granted the exclusive right to make a documentary about the internship program at the festival’s American Pavilion—an opportunity that provided a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the premier event in international film.

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Political Scientist Continues Research in Post-Doc at Brown

Author: Mike Danahey

Categories: Alumni and General News

The European Union received the Nobel Peace Prize—despite current economic woes and social unrest—for transforming most of Europe from “a continent of war to a continent of peace.” But political scientist Joshua Bandoch, who received his Ph.D. at Notre Dame this year and is now a post-doctoral fellow at Brown University, argues that the 27-member-nation European Union is trying to form too close of a union. “This is problematic because the diverse peoples of this union are more different than their leaders seem to want to acknowledge.”

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New Book Illuminates Sierra Leonean War and the Role of Love

Author: Joan Fallon

Categories: General News, Internationalism, and Research

When Catherine Bolten first considered studying the city of Makeni in Sierra Leone, many people—government officials, professors, the U.S. ambassador—warned her to stay away. It’s a dangerous and immoral place, they told her, infamous because residents refused to fight the rebels who occupied Makeni for three years (1998-2002) during the decade-long civil war.

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Varieties of Democracy Project Awarded European Commission Funding

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

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

The Varieties of Democracy project (V-Dem), an ambitious international research collaboration based at Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies, has been awarded €475,000 (about $616,500) in research support from the European Commission. Led by Notre Dame political scientist Michael Coppedge, Staffan Lindberg of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and John Gerring of Boston University, the multiyear project aims to produce better indicators of democracy, helping to illuminate why democracies around the world succeed or fail.

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Notre Dame Theater Course ‘Takes it Down to Zero’

Author: Leigh Hayden

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

In Performance Analysis, a Notre Dame theatre course taught by Anton Juan, senior professor of directing and playwriting in the Department of Film, Television and Theatre (FTT), this fall, majors from a cross-section of the FTT’s disciplines are guided to the sources of performance. It’s more than just “What’s My Motivation 101.” The goal, says Juan, is for student actors to develop critical thinking.

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Notre Dame Film Students’ Documentary Explores a New Kind of Modern Family

Author: Claire Stephens

Categories: Alumni, Faculty News, General News, and Undergraduate News

Project Hopeful, a documentary 2012 University of Notre Dame graduates Grace Johnson and Kelsie Kiley made for a course in the Department of Film, Television and Theater (FTT), is about a new kind of modern family: one where an Illinois couple with seven biological children doubles the size of its family by adopting orphans with HIV/AIDS and special needs.

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Notre Dame Student Grants Wishes of Hospice Patients

Author: Claire Stephens

Categories: General News and Undergraduate News

When Caitlin Crommett was 15 years old, she founded DreamCatchers, a club she created to grant the last wishes of terminally ill hospice patients. Now a University of Notre Dame sophomore majoring in business entrepreneurship and film, television and theatre, Crommett recently expanded DreamCatchers, which began as a high school club and is now a national organization with chapters in California and Indiana.

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Liberal Arts Education Inspires Life of Learning for Dr. Bob Arnot

Author: Mark Shuman

Categories: Alumni, General News, and Internationalism

Dr. Bob Arnot ’70 has worked as an Olympic physician, served on the boards of Save the Children and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, worked as the chief medical correspondent for NBC and CBS News, covered most major humanitarian disasters, served as MSNBC’s chief foreign correspondent in Iraq and Afghanistan, and written a dozen best-selling books on health and nutrition. As host of the television show Dr. Danger, he navigates treacherous assignments in Somalia, Sudan, and other global hotspots. Arnot also spends four months a year on humanitarian projects in Africa and the Middle East, and just completed a PBS documentary on starving children. His passions, he says, took root in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters.

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ND Design Students’ Project Receives Sappi ‘Ideas that Matter’ Grant

Collaboration among University of Notre Dame faculty and students, Sedlack Design Associates, and Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns has resulted in a $50,000 Sappi Ideas that Matter grant to together+, a campaign to combat xenophobia in South Africa.

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The Breadth and Depth of Life: Former Chief Justice Lauds Liberal Arts Perspective

Author: Mary Kate Malone

Categories: Alumni and General News

Of the many lessons Kathleen Blatz ’76 took from Notre Dame, the one she says mattered most was not learned in a specific class or from a certain professor. Rather, it was the entirety of her educational experience—from studying abroad in Rome to diving into art history to exploring anthropology—that broadened her perspective on life and helped shape her own path.

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Notre Dame Magazine Essays Honored

Author: Claire Stephens

Categories: Alumni and General News

Two essays published in Notre Dame Magazine last year have been named to the “Notable Essays of 2011” in this year’s collection of The Best American Essays, edited by David Brooks and Robert Atwan. Both essays were written by graduates of the University’s College of Arts and Letters.

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Bringing the Unknown to Light: Faculty Research Overlooked French Writing

Author: Joanna Basile

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

Two professors of French and Francophone studies in Notre Dame’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures are bringing recognition to little-known literature of the past and present. Through individual and joint research projects, Professor Julia Douthwaite, a specialist in 18th and 19th century French literature, and Associate Professor Alison Rice, an expert in French-language texts from the 20th and 21st centuries, are working toward this common goal.

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Medievalist Daniel Hobbins Joins Faculty

Author: Sara Burnett

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

Associate Professor Daniel Hobbins’s arrival at the University of Notre Dame this fall is a homecoming of sorts. A cultural and intellectual historian of the late middle ages, Hobbins received his Ph.D. in medieval history from Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute in 2002 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University in 2004.

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Professor From Notre Dame Translates Nobel Winner’s Novels

Author: Kate Cohorst

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

Novelist Mo Yan today became the first Chinese writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. If you have ever read any of his work in English, you probably have Howard Goldblatt to thank. Big Breasts and Wide Hips, Red Sorghum, The Republic of Wine, The Garlic Ballads, Shifu, You’ll Do Anything for a Laugh, and Selected Stories by Mo Yan are among the author’s works translated by Goldblatt, a professor of Chinese in Notre Dame’s Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures from 2002-2011.

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Alumnus Helps Shape U.S. Policy on Africa, Development

Author: Renée LaReau

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

As a member of the U.S. Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff in Washington, D.C., Matthew Walsh ’06 conducts policy research, makes policy recommendations on Africa and development strategy, and contributes to speeches for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “One of our jobs is to provide the Secretary of State with second opinions on policy issues,” says Walsh, who majored in political science and peace studies at Notre Dame. “It’s an exciting job that goes to the heart of almost every foreign policy debate and can have a real influence on policy.”

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Dante Now! Brings ‘Divine Comedy’ to Life

Author: Chris Milazzo

Categories: Arts, Catholicism, Faculty News, General News, and Undergraduate News

Some may look at Dante’s Divine Comedy and see just a dusty trilogy of poetry written by a long-gone Florentine. But for others, Dante and his opus are immortal. For them, Dante is now. In that spirit, Italian Studies at Notre Dame and the College of Arts and Letters’ William and Katherine Devers Program in Dante Studies will host “Dante Now!”—a series of public readings from The Divine Comedy. Readings will occur simultaneously at various locations around campus on November 2, beginning at 2 p.m.

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Political Scientist Eileen Hunt Botting Wins Book Award

Author: Kate Cohorst

Categories: Faculty News and General News

Eileen Hunt Botting, an associate professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science, and one of her former Ph.D. students, Sarah L. Houser, recently won the Society for the Study of American Women Writers Edition Award for their book Hannah Mather Crocker’s Reminiscences and Traditions of Boston. The triennial prize recognizes excellence in the recovery of American women writers.

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From Arts and Letters to International Finance

Categories: Alumni, General News, and Internationalism

As an undergraduate economics major in the College of Arts and Letters, Bill Kennedy ’90 took an Asian history class to fulfill one of his academic requirements. That class, he says, is part of the reason he is now a top portfolio manager at Fidelity Investments in London. “I fell in love with international business because I’d taken government requirements and then a fascinating Asian history class,” he says. “My professor got me really excited about the opportunities in Asia. My career grew right out of my Arts and Letters degree; I became fascinated with things that are now relevant to my career and what I do every day.”

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In Memoriam: Edward A. Goerner, Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: Faculty News and General News

Edward A. Goerner, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Notre Dame, died October 2 at Memorial Hospital in South Bend. He was 82 years old. A political theorist with a particular interest in religion and politics, Goerner was one of the University’s most popular teachers, once described in a student publication as “one of those unique individuals you can build an education around.”

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Historian Brad Gregory Wins Inaugural Book Prize

Author: Kate Cohorst

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

University of Notre Dame historian Brad Gregory has been awarded the inaugural Aldersgate Prize for Christian Scholarship for his latest book, The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society. Presented by Indiana Wesleyan University’s John Wesley Honors College (JWHC), the prize recognizes a published book’s ability to reflect the highest ideals of Christian scholarship.

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Sacred Music at Notre Dame Receives Mellon Grant

Author: Joanna Basile

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

With a $400,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the University of Notre Dame announces the launch of the Sacred Music Drama Project, a four-year, cross-disciplinary initiative designed to engage people more deeply with the power of shared creativity, performance, and scholarship. The project will draw on humanistic, artistic, and sacred topics from a variety of musical traditions to develop new coursework and to stage the production of a major dramatic performance each year. The Mellon grant will also bring both eminent and emerging guest artists to campus and will fund the commission of a new work of sacred music drama at the end of the project.

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