p(image-right). !/assets/166109/david_gura_icon.jpg(David Gura)! Sacred Music at Notre Dame: The Voice of the Text, an exhibition in the Hesburgh Libraries Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, highlights the University’s holdings in medieval liturgical manuscripts that contain music. The manuscripts from the 11th through 15th centuries originate from various regions in France, Germany, Austria, and Italy. They inclued a a psalter, a liturgical calendar, a gradual, and a diurnal.
p(image-right). !/assets/31585/smith_christian_web_hpcrop.jpg(Christian Smith hp crop)! The notion of generosity, and the ways in which we deal generously—or not—with our friends, family and communities—is the heart of the book, _The Paradox of Generosity_ by Christian Smith and Hilary Davidson, which is based on empirical data collected during five years of research as part of the Science of Generosity Initiative. The research draws on a survey of 2,000 Americans, 60 in-depth interviews with individuals across 12 states, and more than 1,000 photographs and other visual materials. The conclusion Christian Smith, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology, draws is that there’s a direct correlation with happiness and generosity. “The more generous Americans are, the more happiness, health and purpose in life they enjoy,” he says.
Rahul Oka, Ford Family Assistant Professor of anthropology at Notre Dame, has conducted five seasons of ethnographic research in the 90,000-person Kakuma Refugee Camp, in the Turkana District in northwest Kenya, where refugees from war--from southern Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Congo and Uganda--co-exist.
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.
It started with a bare-bones wire service story that ran in the newspaper in late July 2006—a body had been found along the north bank of the Kansas River in Topeka, and four homeless people had been charged with kidnapping and felony murder. Benedict Giamo, associate professor of American studies, who has written extensively on homelessness in America, found himself fascinated with the story of the life and death of David Owen, 38, an advocate for the homeless and a registered lobbyist.
The Robinson Community Learning Center has been awarded a $10,000 Better World Books Literacy and Education in Action Program (LEAP) grant for a six-week intensive summer Shakespeare program for inner city youth.
Life is full of coincidences that in fiction would seem incredible. The story of Michael J. Crowe’s new book, _Ronald Knox and Sherlock Holmes: The Origins of Sherlockian Studies_ has a startling number of coincidences—and just as many unlikely University of Notre Dame connections.