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ND Expert: Hong Kong Movement Unlike Any Other

Author: Shannon Chapla

Categories: General News, Internationalism, and Faculty News

Victoria Hui

Hong Kong marked China’s National Day (October 1) in unprecedented fashion, as pro-democracy protesters crowded the streets of the Asian financial hub for what is being called a critical day in the territory’s “Umbrella Revolution.” University of Notre Dame political scientist and Hong Kong native Victoria Hui has worked in the democracy movement there. She says it is unlike any other.

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ND Theatre NOW Features Original Student Plays

Author: Emily McConville

Categories: General News, Undergraduate News, and Arts

ND Theatre NOW

Two senior film, television, and theatre (FTT) majors in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters will see their original plays come to life October 2–12 in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. ND Theatre NOW is the only entirely student-driven production in this year’s FTT theatre season, with student writers, directors, and performers. It features two one-act plays: Beneath My Skin, by Zachary Wendeln, and Out of Orbit, by Lucas Garcia.

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Scholars at Rome Global Gateway to Debate Role of Catholic Universities During Times of Political Unrest

Author: Amanda Skofstad

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

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For Ukrainian scholars attending this week’s conference at Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway, the topics to be discussed became lived realities over the past year—realities that led to civil disobedience, public protests, and the loss of a colleague who was killed by a sniper while protesting in February 2014.  Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., issued a statement of support for these protesters in December 2013.

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NSF Funds V-Dem Research on Consequences of Democratization

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

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

Michael Coppedge

The National Science Foundation has awarded $277,000 to three members of the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) team for research that uses new data to identify the impact of specific types of democracy on economic development and infrastructure. A $77,588 share of the grant goes to Michael Coppedge, a professor in the Department of Political Science, one of V-Dem’s four PIs.

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Notre Dame Theologian Rev. Brian Daley to Receive Wright Prize from Fellowship of Catholic Scholars

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

Rev. Brian E. Daley, S.J.

Rev. Brian E. Daley, S.J., Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, will be awarded the John Cardinal Wright Prize by the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars at its annual meeting in Pittsburgh on Saturday, September 27. A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1996, Father Daley, a Jesuit priest, is an internationally renowned scholar of the writings, sayings, and lives of the earliest Christians.

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Notre Dame Reports Highest Level of Research Funding in a Non-Stimulus Year

Author: Joanne Fahey

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

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The University of Notre Dame received $113 million in research awards for fiscal year 2014, the highest ever recorded at the University in a non-stimulus year and a $17 million increase over the previous year. Notre Dame received $119 million in 2010, but approximately $30 million was from government stimulus grants through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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Notre Dame Hosts Parenting Conference for Local Parents and Practitioners

Author: Jane Murphy

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

Darcia Narvaez

On Saturday, September 27, the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Children and Families and the Department of Psychology will partner with Attachment Parenting International to host a day-long parenting conference, Nourishing Parents for Child Well-Being, bringing together scholars, practitioners, and professionals who work with children and families. As part of the Pathways to Child Flourishing symposium, presenters at the workshop will address a variety of topics, including birth, breastfeeding, sleep, discipline, and adult-child relationships.

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Campus Crossroads Project. Anthropology: An Audacious Plan

Author: Brendan O'Shaughnessy

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

Agustín Fuentes

The east building of the Campus Crossroads project will provide classrooms, offices, laboratories, and a student lounge for the Departments of Anthropology and Psychology. Construction is expected to start in November and be finished in 33 months. “This new facility is going to allow us to have this social nexus that is also an intellectual nexus,” said Agustin Fuentes, the department chair. “We’re going to get together and think together and use what anthropology has in the context of the Notre Dame environment to go out and change the world.”

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Students’ Short Documentary Honored at Sunset Film Festival

Author: Mike Danahey

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

Suicide Disease filmmakers at Sunset Film Festival

A heart-wrenching film from three 2014 University of Notre Dame graduates took top honors in the short documentary category at this year’s Sunset Film Festival in Los Angeles. In The Suicide Disease, Katie Mattie, Vincent Moore, and William Neal tell the story of Frances Shavers, who worked at Notre Dame as chief-of-staff and special assistant to University President Father John Jenkins, C.S.C., before she was diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia.

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Father Gutierrez to Receive 2014 Gittler Prize

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

Rev. Gustavo Gutierrez, O.P.

Rev. Gustavo Gutierrez, O.P., John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, will receive the 2014 Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize from Brandeis University. Established in 2007, the Gittler Prize is annually awarded to a person whose body of published work reflects scholarly excellence and makes a lasting contribution to racial, ethnic, or religious relations. It will be formally presented to Father Gutierrez in a ceremony and talk on Sunday, October 5.

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Alumnus Jeff Spoonhower Brings Digital Media Expertise to FTT

Author: Aaron Smith

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

Jeff Spoonhower ’99

Jeff Spoonhower ’99 has been appointed assistant professor of film and digital media production in Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television and Theatre (FTT). A 12-year veteran of the video game and animation industries, Spoonhower shares with students the very same production techniques and tools he uses in his award-winning professional work.

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Video: Economics Alumnus Credits Success in International Finance to Liberal Arts Education

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News, Alumni, and Internationalism

Bill Kennedy

“Arts and Letters forces you to go and think beyond what is traditionally and conventionally accepted,” said Bill Kennedy ’90. Kennedy, who majored in economics at Notre Dame, is a portfolio manager for Fidelity Investments in London, where he runs Fidelity’s International Discovery Fund.

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Psychology: Finding Solutions to Real-Life Problems

Author: Brendan O'Shaughnessy

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

Daniel Lapsley

A famous psychological test asks children to sit in a room with a marshmallow or cookie for 15 minutes. Those who can delay gratification and endure the torture of temptation get a second sweet treat as reward. Their self-discipline is also likely to lead to success later in life. The Notre Dame Department of Psychology turns 50 next year, and its patience and growth will soon generate a significant reward —a new building attached to Notre Dame Stadium to call its home. The East building of the Campus Crossroads project will provide classrooms, offices, laboratories, and a student lounge for the Departments of Psychology and Anthropology. Construction is expected to start in November and be finished in 33 months.

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VIDEO: History Major Studies “Great Telescope” in Ireland

Author: Todd Boruff

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

Anastasia Wright

During the summer of 2014, University of Notre Dame senior Anastasia Wright spent three weeks in Ireland studying the 19th-century astronomer William Parsons, the third Earl of Rosse. Lord Rosse is best known for building a 72-inch telescope, the largest in the world until the early 20th century. “He trained his own workers. He built his own forge. I found that really fascinating and that got me wondering why someone like him would be building such a thing at the time,” said Wright, a history major in the College of Arts and Letters.

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National Poetry Prize Winner to Read at Notre Dame

Author: College of Arts and Letters

Categories: General News and Centers and Institutes

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Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, presents an evening of poetry with Dan Vera, author of Speaking Wiri Wiri—winner of the inaugural Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize, a national award which supports the publication of a second or third book by a Latino/a poet residing in the United States.

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Father Hesburgh Blesses Newly Refurbished Great Hall in O'Shaughnessy

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News and Catholicism

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“There are many things taught at this University, but at the heart of all of them is really liberal arts,” said Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C, at the rededication of the O’Shaughnessy Great Hall on September 4, 2014. After extensive refurbishment, the Great Hall was formally unveiled in a ceremony led by John McGreevy, the I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters. In attendance were University leaders, faculty and staff of the College, as well as several members of the O’Shaughnessy family.

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Rev. Greg Boyle, S.J., Founder of Homeboy Industries, to Deliver Lecture on Catholic Social Tradition

Author: John Guimond

Categories: General News, Centers and Institutes, and Catholicism

Rev. Greg Boyle, S.J.

Rev. Greg Boyle, S.J., founder of Homeboy Industries, will deliver the Annual Rev. Bernie Clark, C.S.C. Lecture entitled “Joy & Hope in the Hood” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 9 in Room 101, DeBartolo Hall on the University of Notre Dame campus. “Joy & Hope” is the theme for the Center for Social Concerns for the 2014–15 academic year in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vatican II document, Gaudium et Spes, regarded as one of the most significant documents of Catholic social teaching in the 20th century. This event is free and open to the public.

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Campus Crossroads Construction to Begin in November

Author: Dennis Brown

Categories: General News, Undergraduate News, and Faculty News

Campus Crossroads Project

Construction on Campus Crossroads, a $400 million project that will use the University of Notre Dame’s iconic football stadium as a hub for new facilities supporting academic and student life initiatives, will begin in November, after the final home game of the season. “We announced this project in January with the hope—though not necessarily the expectation—that we could begin in November,” Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., said. “Thanks to the tireless work of many, plans have been finalized and funds have been raised so that we can, indeed, commence construction on facilities that will unite and inspire every member of our campus community for decades to come.”

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Award-winning Book Offers New Theory on Democratization in Latin America

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

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

Scott Mainwaring

A new book coauthored by Scott Mainwaring, Eugene and Helen Conley Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, and Aníbal Pérez-Liñán, an alumnus of the University, presents a striking new theory of democratization that has earned it two major prizes in comparative politics. Mainwaring, a faculty fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and Pérez Liñán, a Notre Dame Ph.D. who is now an associate professor of political science at the University of Pittsburgh, spent a decade thinking about theories of regime change and analyzing political regimes in Latin America.

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to Speak at Notre Dame

Author: College of Arts and Letters

Categories: General News and Centers and Institutes

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Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will speak at the University of Notre Dame on September 6—the morning of the home football game against the University of Michigan. Dempsey will deliver the Jack Kelly and Gail Weiss Lecture in National Security. He will speak on “America’s National Security Challenges: The View from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.”

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ND Expert: Don’t Panic Over ISIS

Author: Shannon Chapla

Categories: General News, Internationalism, and Faculty News

Michael Desch

As the Islamic State extremist group, commonly referred to as ISIS, shocks the world with its brutality and takes control of more territory in the region, Michael Desch, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, says the U.S. should take ISIS seriously and stop its progress, but not panic. “ISIS is a serious local threat in Syria and Iraq, but does not yet pose a direct threat to the United States,” says Desch, an expert on international security and American foreign and defense policies. “While the presence of Western nationals in their ranks is worrisome, they have the greatest potential to do mischief in the weak states in the region, two of which we have created in Syria and Iraq with ill-advised policies.”

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Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights Awarded Grant to Study Christian Persecution

Daniel Philpott

The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University have been awarded a grant from the Templeton Religion Trust to study and report on the persecution of Christian communities around the world.

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Notre Dame’s Lab for Economic Opportunities Endowed with $15 Million Gift

Author: Dennis Brown

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

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The Wilson Sheehan Foundation has made a $15 million gift to the University of Notre Dame to endow the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO), a recent University initiative that seeks to reduce poverty in the United States.

“We are immensely grateful to the Wilson Sheehan Foundation for a gift that supports the missions of both the foundation and Notre Dame: to be a force for good in the world,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the University’s president. “By endowing the work of LEO researchers, the foundation is supporting and challenging them to find enduring solutions to poverty in America.”

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Ebrahim Moosa, Leading Scholar of Islamic Thought, Joins ND Faculty

Author: Joan Fallon

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

Ebrahim Moosa

Ebrahim E.I. Moosa, a leading scholar of Islamic thought, philosophy and literature, has been appointed professor of Islamic studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and in the Department of History. Moosa will co-direct, with Scott Appleby, Contending Modernities, the global research and education initiative examining the interaction among Catholic, Muslim, and other religious and secular forces in the world.

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Relationships with Chinese University Leaders Foster International Dialogue

Author: Amanda Skofstad

Categories: General News and Internationalism

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What does a private American Catholic university have in common with government-run Chinese universities? Plenty, if the recent activities of Notre Dame International (NDI) are any indication. From June 22-25, NDI hosted a delegation of 20 Chinese university presidents, which was sponsored by China’s National Academy of Education Administration. This delegation represented universities from China’s interior region—an area the Chinese government has targeted for economic development—and made Notre Dame a three-day stop on its itinerary of three American universities.

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Fulbright Foreign Language Teachers Introduced to American Culture at Notre Dame

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

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The University of Notre Dame is hosting its ninth Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) orientation for the upcoming academic year. Sixty teachers from 28 countries, representing 15 languages, are staying on campus Aug. 9-13 (Saturday-Wednesday) and will attend a series of workshops designed to enhance their teaching in the United States.

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Grammy Award-Winning Baritone Nathan Gunn to Serve as Artist-in-Residence at Notre Dame

Author: Noelle Elliott

Categories: General News and Arts

Nathan Gunn

Internationally acclaimed, Grammy Award-winning baritone Nathan Gunn will return to his hometown in September to inaugurate his artist-in-residence series with the Department of Music at the University of Notre Dame. Gunn, a South Bend native, will spend one week each semester for the next four years teaching Notre Dame vocal students, visiting classes, coaching students as they prepare for OperaND’s annual performances, and participating in public colloquia with faculty.

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Video: Meet Russian Major Kellie Travis

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News, Undergraduate News, and Internationalism

Kellie Travis

“To be able to read some of the very famous poems by Alexander Pushkin and other Russian poets and writers—and speak about it in Russian—is very challenging but also very rewarding,” said Kellie Travis ’14, a Russian major in the College of Arts and Letters. Russian majors at Notre Dame take a full complement of courses covering language, literature, and culture. As a student in the Russian Honors track, Travis completed a senior thesis on the Soviet Gulag forced labor camps, specifically methods of resistance in the camps.

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ND Expert: Persecution of Christians Not Confined to Iraq

Daniel Philpott

As some 100,000 people flee the town and region of Qaraqosh, the largest Christian town in Iraq, international attention is being drawn to a worldwide human rights violation that has received too little notice for too long, according to Daniel Philpott, professor of political science and peace studies and director of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights.

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