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.
The New York Times, February 7, 2014
Robert H. Latiff, adjunct professor, Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values
Latiff retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Major General in 2006. He teaches a course in the Department of Philosophy, titled The Ethics of Emerging Weapons Technologies.…
Four faculty fellows from Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies have recently published their first books. The Institute will host a book launch and reception on Monday, February 3, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in McKenna Hall, honoring affiliated faculty members Jaime Pensado, Yael Prizant, Ricardo Ramírez, and Jason Ruiz. There will be a brief presentation at 5 p.m.
The University of Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) announces the 25th Annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival, in the Browning Cinema, January 23 through 25, 2014. As in 2013, audience members will be invited to vote for their favorite film via text message. The Audience Choice Award will be presented to the student director(s) of the winning film before the final screening.
It’s no secret that students in the United States lag behind their global peers in math. Nicole McNeil, ACE Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame, believes the problem starts with basic arithmetic, where students develop a misunderstanding of the equal sign.
“I’ve always been intrigued with the study of the human person and the way that we interact with others in society,” says Catherine Reidy ’13, a psychology major and anthropology minor from Greenwood Village, Colo. A Rhodes Scholar finalist, Reidy was recently awarded a Clarendon Scholarship for graduate work at the University of Oxford. She will use the highly selective award—covering full tuition, fees, and living expenses—to study for a master’s degree in African studies beginning in October 2013.
“When we think about a constitution, we ought to think more comprehensively,” says Patrick Deneen, the David A. Potenziani Memorial Associate Professor of Constitutional Studies in Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science.
“Economics is more than just the study of money or numbers or things like that,” says Pablo Muldoon ’13, a Notre Dame economics and Program of Liberal Studies major from Doylestown, Penn. “It’s more a way of looking at how human beings interact with each other, whether that be in a market setting of a firm releasing its product or the economics of the family.”
“I liked the opportunity design gave me to be creative and to be a problem-solver and to think about problems logically,” says Brandon Keelean ‘13, a design major in Notre Dame’s Department of Art, Art History, and Design.
“We need to reinvent the way we think about studying war and peace,” says Patrick Regan, a professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.
“As a freshman I was interested in psychology and history and English and anthropology and political science. I chose American studies because I’ve been able to take all of those while also studying issues of race and gender, religion, politics,” says Olivia Lee, an American studies and peace studies major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters.
The 13th annual Saturday Scholar Series promises an intriguing lineup of lectures by leading faculty members on each home football weekend this fall.
“We study not only the pieces of music that these composers wrote but where they grew up, who they learned music from, and how previous composers influenced the type of music that they wrote,” says Samantha Osborn, a music major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. “You really can’t understand a piece of music until you understand the history, politics, art—all of the influences that helped create that piece of music.”
Katie Beirne, a Marshall Scholar and 1998 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed deputy director of communications for the White House.
Works by five professors in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters were honored with 2013 Catholic Press Association (CPA) Book Awards, and a sixth faculty member received CPA recognition for an essay he wrote for America magazine.
To support students as they pursue these opportunities across the country and around the world, the College and the Career Center developed the Arts and Letters Summer Internship Program (ALSIP). Open to rising sophomores and juniors in the College, ALSIP provides stipends to defray travel and living expenses that might otherwise make an internship cost prohibitive. Recent ALSIP grant recipients include Kelly Taylor, a film, television, and theatre and American studies major who interned for the Late Show with David Letterman, and Alisa Rantanen, an industrial design major who interned at Insight Product Development in Chicago.
“Why do we read novels and why do we write novels? We live inside of our heads, which is a place of dreams and fantasies and wishes and desires, but we live out our lives in this shared real world,” says Barry McCrea, the Donald R. Keough Family Professor of Irish Studies in Notre Dame’s Department of English. “Novels offer us not just a map of the human mind but a way to understand how the individual human mind interacts with the world outside.”
“Being a film major, I knew I wasn’t going to be constricted to one way of learning or one way or thinking or one way of performing,” says Zuri Eshun, a junior film, television, and theatre (FTT) major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. “You really get the opportunity to be your own person and to create your own education within that program. That’s why I chose FTT.”
Congratulations to the Class of 2013! This video, screened at the Arts and Letters Diploma Ceremony, features several of our seniors reflecting on their time at Notre Dame and in the College of Arts and Letters.
“When I watch the news I’m really concerned about social problems. And I’ve found that whatever the social ill may be, the answers are found in history,” says Camille Suarez, a senior history major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters who will attend graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania next fall.
“If you are interested in Arabic, sate your curiosity,” urges Notre Dame Arabic studies major Owen Cox. “It’s really rewarding. I love it.” In addition to developing solid speaking, reading, and writing skills, students in the Arabic program take a wide selection of courses delving into Arabic literature, history, religion, and culture.
Four professors from Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters have been awarded American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowships for the 2013-14 academic year.
“The classes were so interactive and small, I thought this intimate setting is exactly what I would want for a major,” says Elise Murray, a sophomore German major from Lancaster, Penn. “You formulate friendships and partnerships which are so vital, I think, for an undergraduate education.”
Chris Abram, associate professor of English in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, is interested in the literary cultures of early medieval northern Europe. In this video, he discusses the large body of manuscripts found in Scandinavia written in Old Norse and what the stories within can tell us about pre-Christian culture.
“People have this idea that Japanese is really hard, that it is difficult to speak” says Matthew Donley, a senior Japanese and psychology major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. “But it’s not as hard as you think.” Japanese is a rewarding challenge, says the Houston native.
“I took a University Seminar in sociology and I really liked it—it fit my personality,” says Sam Lee, a Notre Dame senior from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. “Sociology shapes your lens and perspective and how you see people in a larger context and the social forces that shape people. It’s applicable to a lot of things.”
“What I love about the English major is that it challenges you in a completely unique way,” says Michael Fronk, a senior English and math major at the University of Notre Dame. “Just the critical dialogue that you’re able to have about these esteemed works of literature that have survived throughout the ages, discussing the human condition, and the way you’re required to just think critically about these and to form your own novel intelligent thoughts and formulate them into writing, has just been an experience that I’ve found tremendous and invaluable.”
“I wanted to learn how to think and to challenge my beliefs and to learn about the world, and then learn how to engage that world when I got out of college—that’s what anthropology does,”" says Sarah McGough, a junior anthropology major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters and a student in the Glynn Family Honors Program.
“The day of studying the New Testament text alone is over—as well it should be,” says John Fitzgerald, a professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Theology. “As important as the New Testament text is, it comes to life only when it is placed within a community and a society of other people.” In this video, Fitzgerald discusses his research on early Christian society, including issues such as unemployment and domestic violence.
University of Notre Dame alumnus and NASA shuttle veteran Kevin A. Ford spoke with his alma mater from his command post on the International Space Station. “I took a Russian class at Notre Dame. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would fly someday in a Russian spacecraft with two cosmonauts, speaking only Russian,” he says.