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ND Expert: Chinese Government Threatened by Christianity

Author: Shannon Chapla

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

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Government authorities in southeast China are continuing what local church leaders call a campaign against Christianity—knocking down crosses and razing sanctuaries at dozens of churches in the Zhejiang province. Christianity has grown so rapidly, it’s viewed as a threat by the Communist government, according to Lionel Jensen, associate professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Notre Dame.

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Video: Mary Celeste Kearney on Filmmaking and Girls' Media Culture

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

Mary Celeste Kearney

“The world of filmmaking and television production is dominated by men’s voices. We are not seeing enough representations that are actually from a girl or a woman’s perspective,” said Mary Celeste Kearney, associate professor of film, television, and theatre and a senior fellow in the gender studies program at the University of Notre Dame.

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Video: Meet Gender Studies Major Natalie Perez

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News, Undergraduate News, and Alumni

Natalie Perez

“Being in gender studies helps you really understand how to be an advocate for yourself and an advocate for other people as well,” said Natalie Perez ’14, a gender studies major in the College of Arts and Letters. Gender studies at Notre Dame is an interdisciplinary academic program which analyzes the significance of gender in all aspects of human life, especially in the social formation of human identities, practices, and institutions. “We live in a culture that’s very permissive about these [gender] stereotypes … and I don’t think it’s OK to sit back and accept things for the way they are,” said Perez.

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Alumna Runs Guatemalan Orphanage

Author: Gabriela Leskur

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

Anne Attea

“The love of charity is the form of faith.” Though Thomas Aquinas penned these words, Anne Attea ’86 has certainly lived them. For the past year, Attea has been the Director of el Hogar de Niños del Amor de Patricia, a home caring for abandoned, abused, and neglected children in Guatemala. Attea and her team provide these children with love and stability, as well as food, shelter, clothing, medical and dental care, music, fun, and education.

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Tea Party Support Linked to Educational Segregation, New Study Shows

Author: Shannon Chapla

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

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In January 2009, Barack Obama assumed the U.S. presidency in the midst of the most severe recession since the great depression of the 1930s. While many Americans hoped the new administration would take an active role in providing relief for those harmed by the economic collapse, a “Tea Party” movement emerged to oppose Obama’s agenda.

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ND Experts: No Excuse for Malaysia Airlines 'Mistaken Identity'

Author: Shannon Chapla

Categories: General News, Internationalism, and Faculty News

Michael Desch

President Barack Obama on Friday (July 18) began building a case that would blame separatist forces supported by Russia for the downing of the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over Ukraine on July 17. Obama said one American was among the nearly 300 killed and that evidence indicates the jet was shot down by a surface-to-air missile from an area controlled by Russian-backed separatists.

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Theology Professor Awarded Two Prestigious Research Grants

Author: Aaron Smith

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

Peter Casarella

Peter Casarella, associate professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Theology, has been awarded two prestigious grants for a book project that will explore the idea of God from the perspective of Latino Catholicism, including the complex challenges of “translating” God in a modern world.

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New Book Warns of Dangers to Humanitarian Aid Workers

Author: Renée LaReau

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

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The title of Notre Dame sociologist Larissa Fast’s new book, Aid in Danger, has a double meaning. The first is that humanitarian workers around the globe are at greater risk than ever of being attacked, injured, kidnapped, or killed. The second is that as aid agencies provide increasingly sophisticated security for workers—often isolating them from the populations they serve—they risk compromising the essence of humanitarian aid: a relationship formed when one human being relieves the suffering of another.

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Arts and Letters Faculty Help Bring Ecuadorian Masterpiece to Campus

Author: Gene Stowe

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

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The “_Ecuador_ Unframed: the Art of Oswaldo Guayasamín” project will bring the five-panel centerpiece of the acclaimed artist’s masterwork to the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture (NDCAC) August 18-October 23, with a grand opening event on September 3. The mural, depicting hardship, poverty, violence, hunger, and social injustice, is the centerpiece of another 103 pieces that Guayasamín created depicting Ecuador’s landscapes and people.

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Video: Peter Casarella on the Future of Latino Theology

Author: Todd Boruff

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

Peter Casarella

“I want to try a new step forward in Mestizo Christianity, looking at cultural dialogue and cultural difference that brings the traditions from the past … into conversation with Latino theology,” said Peter Casarella, associate professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame and a fellow at the University’s Institute for Latino Studies.

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Two Arts and Letters Professors Awarded NEH Fellowships

Author: Carrie Gates

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

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Two faculty members from Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters—Tobias Boes and Eugene Ulrich—have been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for the 2014–15 academic year. The fellowships continue Notre Dame’s record success with the NEH, which supports advanced research across a broad spectrum of the humanities. Since 1999, Arts and Letters faculty members have been awarded 51 total NEH grants—more than any other university in the country.

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Crusader for Maltreated Children Receives Early Career Award

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

Kristin Valentino

“I’ve always been interested in childhood maltreatment because it represents such an extreme failure of caregiving,” said Kristin Valentino, the William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families Assistant Professor of Psychology at Notre Dame. “I’m really passionate about this issue, which affects 2 million people in our country each year.”

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Reilly Center Welcomes New Director

Author: Jessica Baron

Categories: General News and Faculty News

Anjan Chakravartty

The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame is pleased to announce its new director, Anjan Chakravartty, a professor in the Department of Philosophy. Chakravartty takes over the directorship of the Reilly Center on July 1, 2014.

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Notre Dame and UNC-Chapel Hill Philosophers to Examine Religious and Transformative Experiences

Author: Carrie Gates

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

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Whether as dramatic as the divine visions that inspired Mother Teresa’s work or as commonplace as the decision to have a child, certain events have the power to transform us. To explore aspects of these religious and transformative experiences, philosophers Michael Rea and Samuel Newlands of the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters and philosopher L.A. Paul from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s College of Arts and Sciences will co-direct a $4.8 million initiative called “The Experience Project.”

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'Trophy Wife' Stereotype is Largely a Myth, New Study Shows

Author: Shannon Chapla

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

Elizabeth McClintock

Most people are familiar with the “trophy wife” stereotype that attractive women marry rich men, placing little importance on their other traits, including physical appearance, and that men look for pretty wives but don’t care about their education or earnings. New research, however, by University of Notre Dame sociologist Elizabeth McClintock shows the trophy wife stereotype is largely a myth fueled by selective observation that reinforces sexist stereotypes and trivializes women’s careers.

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Theodore J. Cachey Jr. Named Director of Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway

Author: Notre Dame News

Categories: General News, Internationalism, and Faculty News

Theodore Cachey

Theodore J. Cachey Jr., the Albert J. and Helen M. Ravarino Family Director of Dante and Italian Studies at the University of Notre Dame, has been named the inaugural director of the University’s Global Gateway in Rome. The appointment, effective July 1, was announced by J. Nicholas Entrikin, vice president and associate provost for internationalization.

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Three Graduates Win Inaugural International Development Fellowships

International Development Fellow Olivia Schneider

Class of 2014 College of Arts and Letters graduates Patrick Salemme and Olivia Schneider and 2014 College of Engineering graduate Maria Krug are the first recipients of the new International Development Fellowships established by the the University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies. The competitive one-year awards place the recipients in field partnerships with three international development organizations.

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Outstanding Undergraduate Research Honored

Author: Kate Garry

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

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College of Arts and Letters students made a strong showing at Notre Dame’s 7th annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference, which showcased more than 250 research, scholarship, and creative projects from across the University. At the May 2, 2014, event, history major Mia Counts ’14 won the Undergraduate Library Research Award for best senior thesis.

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ND Expert: China Still Corrupt, Dealing With Fallout on 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen

Author: Shannon Chapla

Categories: General News, Internationalism, and Faculty News

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Crowds are gathering in China on Wednesday (June 4) to mark the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, during which soldiers in Beijing killed hundreds of students, workers and professionals peacefully seeking greater democracy and limits on corruption. Lionel Jensen, associate professor of East Asian languages and cultures at the University of Notre Dame, says the country continues to struggle with the same problems that provoked those protests.

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Arts and Letters Students Explore Industries Through Career Trek Program

Author: Ben Horvath and Carrie Gates

Categories: General News and Undergraduate News

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One of the best ways to explore career interests is to talk to people who are actually working in that field, whether it is public relations, design, museums, nonprofits, politics, or the sports and entertainment industries. The Career Trek program offered by The Career Center at Notre Dame helps students gain these important insights and meet potential mentors, including many within the powerful Notre Dame alumni network.

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Fourteen Seniors Receive National Fellowships and Scholarships

Author: Arts and Letters

Categories: National Fellowships, General News, Undergraduate News, Alumni, and Internationalism

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The Fulbright U.S. Student Program and other national and international organizations have awarded postgraduate scholarships and fellowships to 14 members of the University of Notre Dame’s Class of 2014, including 11 who majored in the College of Arts and Letters. In addition, three Arts and Letters graduates from earlier classes received prestigious awards this year, including a Gates Cambridge Scholarship and a George Mitchell Scholarship.

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Video: Psychology Major Interns with the National Institutes of Health

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News, Undergraduate News, and Research

Ashley Lawrence

“This internship has given me the opportunity to learn a lot of skills that are really valuable,” said Ashley Lawrence ‘14, a psychology major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. During the summer of 2013, Lawrence interned in Baltimore at the Laboratory for Behavioral Neuroscience at the National Institute on Aging, a division of the National Institutes of Health.

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Graduating Seniors Honored for Commitment to Postgraduate Service

Jenna Ahn

One hundred fifty-two University of Notre Dame graduating seniors—many of them from the College of Arts and Letters—are embarking on a year or more of service in locations around the globe. They were honored during the University’s annual Service Send-Off ceremony on Saturday, May 17 in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Leighton Concert Hall.

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