From the tropical rainforest of the Amazon to rural villages in Japan, Christopher Ball has traveled to study how language and other forms of communication fit into people’s lives. Now he has brought his work to Notre Dame as an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology.
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Ken Sayre’s Adventures in Philosophy at Notre Dame, a narrative history of nearly 80 years, divides the decades into three distinct periods: textbook Thomism, pluralism, and professionalism. Sayre, who came to Notre Dame in 1958 with a Ph.D. from Harvard, has witnessed them all. “I’ve been at Notre Dame continuously for 55 years,” he says, “except for visiting appointments at Princeton, Oxford and Cambridge. This is one thing that qualifies me to take on the project.
When senior Michelle Werner wrote an essay analyzing playwright Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, she did not imagine that the class assignment would later win her a prestigious departmental award. “It felt a bit like winning the lottery without having bought a ticket,” she says. “I am incredibly grateful to the Department of English for selecting my essay.”
Notre Dame senior Margaret Pickard understands the challenges of integrating into a culture different from her own. The sociology and Japanese double major studied abroad last year in Nagoya, Japan, where she gained a fresh perspective on the difficulties of being a college student in a foreign setting.
“The best part of this internship is that it’s so hands-on. We write, produce, edit, direct, cast, for everything,” says senior Sara McGuirk, an English and film, television, and theatre major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. During the summer of 2013, McGuirk worked at The Veloz Group, a business development company based in Los Angeles.
“I knew I wanted to do something with French, and I liked solving problems and taking different strategies to solve them, and so I chose the international economics major,” says senior Natalie Boll from Grosse Pointe, Mich. Notre Dame’s international economics major combines coursework in the Department of Economics with advanced instruction in one of eight languages. This cross-disciplinary approach allows students to develop both the analytical and cultural skills needed by today’s business leaders and global citizens.
Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent and best-selling author Hedrick Smith will deliver the 2014 Red Smith Lecture in Journalism at Notre Dame on Wednesday, April 2. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Hesburgh Center for International Studies on campus.
Notre Dame seniors Ilse Zenteno and Alex Coccia have been selected to receive the Kroc Institute’s 2014 Yarrow Award. The Yarrow Award is given annually to peace studies students who demonstrate academic excellence and commitment to service in peace and justice.
Two prominent South African participants in the anti-apartheid struggle will speak at the University of Notre Dame on Wednesday, March 19, and Thursday, April 3, as part of the Africa Working Group’s “Celebrating Nelson Mandela” series. One a liberation theologian and political activist, the other the “Jackie Robinson of South Africa,” they each played a crucial role in moving their nation out of apartheid.
“Walking into these professional environments as an intern, you see that being in the College of Arts and Letters, you’ve been given the foundation to succeed,” says Anna VanEgmond, a senior sociology and computer applications major at Notre Dame. During the summer of 2013, VanEgmond interned as an advisory technology consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
University of Notre Dame junior Nicole Sganga will be going on assignment with Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Nick Kristof this summer, The New York Times announced Sunday, March 16. Sganga is the winner of Kristof’s annual “Win A Trip with Nick” contest. Her prize is traveling with the _Times_’ columnist to a developing country to raise awareness about global poverty. During the trip, she will report for a blog and videos that will be published on The New York Times website.
In fall 2014, Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters will launch a new concentration in financial economics and econometrics. The concentration offers undergraduates fast-paced, rigorous training to prepare them for careers in investment management, banking, research, and policymaking.
“Working to protect some of the most striking, beautiful landscapes in the world is a dream come true,” says Notre Dame senior Malcolm Mossman, who spent the summer of 2013 interning with Sierra Club in Washington D.C.
“Coming to the Huntington this summer has really reoriented my path after graduation,” says Notre Dame senior Aubrey Butts from Lima, Ohio. During the summer of 2013, Butts interned in the manuscripts department of the Huntington Library, a collections-based research institution in San Marino, Calif.
A new report published by the University of Notre Dame’s Catholic Social and Pastoral Research Initiative (CSPRI) indicates that American Catholics hold “distinctively optimistic views regarding human nature.” The report, “Distinctive Catholicism: U.S. Catholics’ Views on Human Nature,” summarized the findings of a study done by CSPRI director Brian Starks. The CSPRI initiative is a program of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life.
A panel discussion on the role of the Catholic Church in the cultural and political debate about marriage will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, March 17, in DeBartolo Hall, Room 101, on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.
Meredith Whitnah took the first step along her journey to becoming a University of Notre Dame doctoral candidate in sociology when she was just 10 years old. “I borrowed a copy of Cry, the Beloved Country my sister was reading for a class,” Whitnah recalls.
Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science welcomed four new hires last fall and recognized the accomplishments of a faculty fellow as she entered her second year at the University. “In hiring Susan Collins, Sarah Daly, Tanisha Fazal, and Matt Hall, and by appointing Deondra Rose as a Moreau post-doctoral fellow, the Department of Political Science continues its tradition of bringing the very best scholar-teachers to Notre Dame’s intellectual community,” says Professor and Department Chair Michael Desch.
“Internships are so valuable. Don’t be afraid to branch out; go somewhere new,” says senior Katie Ferrello from Sugarloaf, Pa.