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Associate Professor Sophie White Wins NEH Fellowship

Author: Carrie Gates

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

Sophie White

Sophie White, associate professor in the Department of American Studies, has received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)—her second NEH award in five years—for her book project, Voices of the African Diaspora Within and Beyond the Atlantic World. As one of two winners from Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters for 2015, White continues the University’s record success in earning NEH fellowships. Arts and Letters faculty members have been awarded a total of 53 NEH fellowships since 1999—more than any other university in the country.

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English Professor Laura Dassow Walls Awarded NEH Fellowship

Author: Carrie Gates

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Laura Dassow Walls

Laura Dassow Walls, the William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English, has been awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to complete a biography of Henry David Thoreau. A renowned scholar of American transcendentalism, Walls began working on the book with the support of a John Simon Guggenheim fellowship during the 2010-11 academic year. She plans to publish the book to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Thoreau’s birth in 2017.

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College of Arts and Letters Launches New Program in Design Thinking

Author: Carrie Gates

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

Richard Gray

In fall 2015, the College of Arts and Letters will launch a new Collaborative Innovation program that focuses on the principles of design thinking—a powerful approach for solving real-world problems. “A dynamic, iterative, and deeply human process, design thinking prepares students for the type of collaborative, cross-disciplinary work they will encounter after graduation, no matter what career paths they pursue,” said Richard Gray, chair of the Department of Art, Art History, and Design, which will be home to the new program.

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Notre Dame Anthropologist Deb Rotman Awarded Fulbright Fellowship

Author: Carrie Gates

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

Deb Rotman

Anthropologist Deb Rotman, Paul and Maureen Stefanick Faculty Director of Notre Dame’s Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE), has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award for the 2015-16 academic year. Rotman will spend the year in Ireland, collaborating with University College Dublin and the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology on her project, “Clachans and Cultural Landscapes of County Mayo, Ireland: Local History, Folklore, and Archaeology of 19th-Century Domestic Sites.”

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Thomas Tweed Leading American Academy of Religion

Author: Carrie Gates

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

Thomas Tweed

Thomas Tweed, the W. Harold and Martha Welch Professor of American Studies and professor of history in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, was elected to lead the American Academy of Religion. He is currently serving as president in 2015. Tweed is a faculty fellow in the University’s Institute for Latino Studies and Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

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Graduate Students Show How Popular Movies Influence Political Views

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: Graduate Students, General News, and Research

Todd Adkins

Can mainstream movies affect our political views? Two Ph.D. candidates in Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science say the answer is yes. Todd Adkins and Jeremy Castle published the results of their research in an article in Social Science Quarterly, titled “Moving Pictures? Experimental Evidence of Cinematic Influence on Political Attitudes.”

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Department of Political Science Ranked Among Top 10 Nationwide

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: General News

Michael Desch

The University of Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science has been named one of the top 10 undergraduate programs in political science nationwide, according to a list developed by College Factual. “The ranking is exciting for us,” said Michael Desch, professor and chair of the department. “It is always good to get this sort of external validation.”

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Two Notre Dame Psychologists Awarded NSF CAREER Grants

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

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Two psychologists in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters—Associate Professor Ying “Alison” Cheng and Assistant Professor Jill Lany—received Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2014.
These awards, which include five years of support to the faculty members, add to the recent success of the Department of Psychology.

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New Hires Bring Expertise in Latino Politics and American Political Institutions

Author: Carrie Gates

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Luis Fraga

The latest faculty hires in Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science bring expertise in the fields of Latino and American politics. Luis Ricardo Fraga, a heralded scholar and pioneer in the study of Latino politics, has been named the Arthur Foundation Endowed Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership in the Institute of Latino Studies (ILS) and a professor in the Department of Political Science. Gary E. Hollibaugh, Jr., whose research focuses on American political institutions, joined the department this year as an assistant professor.

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College of Arts and Letters Announces New Computing and Digital Technologies Minor

Author: Carrie Gates

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

Charles Crowell

The College of Arts and Letters will launch an interdisciplinary minor in Computing and Digital Technologies (CDT) starting in the fall of 2015. The CDT minor will offer a foundation for Arts and Letters students interested in all facets of technology—from technology consulting and cyber security to the digital arts and humanities. “One of the most exciting aspects of this program is that it was designed from the beginning with input from Arts and Letters alumni who are now leaders in the technology industry,” said Charles Crowell, associate professor of psychology and director of the program.

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Notre Dame Professor’s New Work Explores Morality and Tradition in African Christian Theology

Author: Carrie Gates

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Paulinus Ikechukwu Odozor

The Catholic Church in Africa is growing at an annual rate of over 3 percent. Given the largely Eurocentric nature of moral theology in the history of the Roman Catholic Church, what will it take to invest the theological community in the history and moral challenges of the Church in other parts of the world, especially Africa? What is to be gained for the whole Church when this happens in a deep and lasting way? These are some of the questions Notre Dame Associate Professor Paulinus Ikechukwu Odozor, C.S.Sp., explores in his latest work, Morality Truly Christian, Truly African: Foundational, Methodological, and Theological Considerations.

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Professor John Sitter Receives 2014 Sheedy Award

Author: Carrie Gates

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John Sitter

John Sitter, the Mary Lee Duda Professor of Literature in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, was presented with the 2014 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award on December 2. The Sheedy award is the highest teaching honor in the College. It was founded in 1970 in honor of Rev. Charles E. Sheedy, C.S.C., who served as dean of Arts and Letters from 1951–69.

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Medieval History Graduate Student Awarded Rome Prize

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: Graduate Students, General News, Research, Centers and Institutes, Internationalism, and Catholicism

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David Morris, a Ph.D. candidate in Notre Dame’s Department of History, has been awarded a prestigious Samuel H. Kress Rome Prize fellowship in medieval studies by the American Academy in Rome for the 2014-15 academic year. Established in 1896, the Rome Prize is awarded annually to approximately 30 emerging artists and scholars who represent the “highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities.”

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Alumnus Finds Inspiration in Spanish Major

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: General News, Undergraduate News, and Internationalism

Thomas Mann

As a Notre Dame undergraduate, Thomas Mann ’14 was not always sure what career path he wanted to follow. That’s why his liberal arts education was so valuable, he said, because it gave him the freedom to explore different disciplines and find his niche. Mann, who was a scholar in the Glynn Family Honors Program, majored in Spanish, Arts and Letters Pre-Health, and sociology. It was in his Spanish coursework, he said, that he found his passion.

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Department of Romance Languages and Literatures Offers Computer-Enhanced and Online Italian Courses

Author: Carrie Gates

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

Alessia Blad

Notre Dame undergraduate students interested in studying Italian now have more flexibility than ever before. The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures successfully launched a series of computer-enhanced Italian courses over the last year, combining a traditional classroom environment with online instruction. The department also offered an online-only beginning Italian class during the summer of 2014.

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Sarah Ann Wells Explores the Dialogue Between South American Literature and Media

Author: Carrie Gates

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Sarah Ann Wells

Sarah Ann Wells, assistant professor of Portuguese and Spanish in Notre Dame’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, has long been fascinated by film and media studies and by the modernist period. Her upcoming book, Media Laboratories: Late Modernism in South America, combines these two interests.

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FTT Students Shine at National Auditions

Author: Carrie Gates

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

Zuri Eshun '14

“Imagine a kind of live, national GRE exam where students audition in open competition against one another, evaluated by representatives from the best graduate theatre programs,” said Professor Jim Collins, chair of the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT). Notre Dame had record success in 2014 at the national auditions organized by the University/Resident Theatre organization (URTA), with six of the seven FTT students who auditioned receiving offers from graduate programs in attendance.

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Political Science Alum Adam Newman Interns at White House

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: General News, Undergraduate News, and Alumni

Adam Newman

If you want to land a job in the political realm, it is very useful to have an internship first, said Adam Newman ’14. And he should know. Newman, a political science major and business economics minor, completed a total of six internships, from private sector roles with the American Medical Association and PricewaterhouseCoopers to federal government positions with the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and most recently—the White House.

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Notre Dame Music Faculty Builds Scholarly Connections in Asia

Author: Carrie Gates

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

Beijing Global Gateway

Three faculty members from Notre Dame’s Department of Music embarked today, October 7, on a 12-day tour to Asia, building scholarly and cultural connections with universities in China and South Korea. Professor Peter Smith, chair of the department, Professor John Blacklow, an award-winning pianist, and Assistant Professional Specialist Tricia Park, a critically acclaimed violinist, will travel to Shanghai, Beijing, and Seoul. The trio will present lectures and performances, including one at Beijing’s Capital Library, in conjunction with the U.S. Embassy.

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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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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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Sacred Music at Notre Dame Presents Interdisciplinary Drama

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: General News, Arts, and Faculty News

Carmen-Helena Tellez

Joan of Arc, leader of armies, adviser to King Charles VII, and patron saint of France, has been a role model to those who suffer for their convictions for more than 600 years. In the first of a series of sacred music dramas produced at the University of Notre Dame, Joan of Arc also served as inspiration for an interdisciplinary project featuring elements of film, music, and a multi-media art installation, said Sacred Music at Notre Dame Professor Carmen-Helena Téllez.

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Notre Dame and Cornell Philosophers Awarded $3.8 Million Grant to Study Hope and Optimism

Author: Carrie Gates

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

With a $3.8 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation, Notre Dame philosopher Samuel Newlands and Cornell philosopher Andrew Chignell will co-direct a new research project called “Hope and Optimism: Conceptual and Empirical Investigations.” The three-year, interdisciplinary effort will explore the theoretical, empirical, and practical dimensions of hope and optimism, funding new research in the social sciences, philosophy, and analytic theology.

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Notre Dame Student Researches Medical Partnerships in Rwanda

Author: Carrie Gates

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

Rwanda is one of the few countries to have met the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals—which include reducing childhood mortality, improving maternal health, and combatting HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases. In her research, Notre Dame senior Catherine Cichon explores how Rwanda’s success may be repeated in other developing countries.

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Sociology Alumni Bring Liberal Arts Perspective to Medical School

Author: Carrie Gates

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

What would make a patient withhold information from his or her doctor? How do class, race, and ethnicity affect the quality of health care a patient receives? What social factors help determine the illnesses we contract and the best treatment plan for them? A growing number of Notre Dame students who pursue a career in medicine are finding the answers to these questions through a combination of sociology and Arts and Letters Pre-Health coursework.

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Anthropologist Maurizio Albahari Illuminates Migration Crisis in the Mediterranean

Author: Carrie Gates

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

“Everything changed on October 3, but nothing really changed,” says Maurizio Albahari, assistant professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Anthropology. In October 2013, several major media outlets covered two tragic shipwrecks off the coast of the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, which killed more than 400 Eritrean and Syrian migrants trying to reach Europe. Following the first incident, CNN reached out to Albahari for a quote.

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