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Film Student Shines Internationally and at Home

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: Arts and General News

Filming in and around 8,000 sheep, directing first-time actors who also happen to be immediate family, and scrambling across badger-ravaged fields on dark December nights—it’s all part of the movie-making process for senior Film, Television, and Theatre student Javi Zubizarreta.

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China Expert Lionel Jensen Addresses Disappearance of Activists

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: Faculty News, Internationalism, and General News

The recent detention of Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, along with several other government critics—including Ai’s accountant and driver—are signs that the Chinese government is becoming increasingly insecure, according to Lionel Jensen, associate professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Notre Dame.

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ND Senior Leads Campaign to Fight the “R-Word”

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: General News

Pursuing three majors in the College of Arts and Letters while also participating in the Glynn Family Honors Program doesn’t leave Notre Dame senior Soeren Palumbo with much free time. But it’s been just enough to launch a global campaign to eliminate the use of the “R-word,” get published in the Huffington Post, rub shoulders with President Barack Obama, and travel the world for speaking engagements.

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Psychologist Nicole McNeil Studies Math and Cognition

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: Faculty News, Research, and General News

Trouble with algebra? Notre Dame Psychologist Nicole McNeil's research shows that basic math may be to blame. The new study suggests that even though adults tend to think in more advanced ways than children do, those advanced ways of thinking don’t always override old, incorrect ways of thinking—especially in the domain of mathematics. The study was published in a recent issue of the _Journal of Cognition and Development_.

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2011 Asian Film Festival Focuses on Japanese Anime

Author: Kate Garry

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

Ninjas, mysterious dream worlds, and evil social-networking sites are among the themes that will play out on the big screen this weekend during the University of Notre Dame’s seventh annual Asian Film Festival and Conference. Presented by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center March 25-26, the festival will showcase five recent animated films from Japan, including two from internationally acclaimed director Satoshi Kon.

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Course Explores Irish-American Experience From Varied Perspectives

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: Faculty News, Internationalism, and General News

Bridget O’Malley was just 11 years old in 1909 when she left her family in Ireland and sailed to Boston. She was the youngest passenger listed on the ship’s manifest, which included one striking detail: Bridget was traveling alone. Why would a parent send away an 11 year-old girl? Why was she alone? What kind of life awaited her in Boston? A new course at Notre Dame explores these questions and broader issues of emigration through the lens of an archeological anthropologist, a historian and a scholar of Irish language.

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Research Links “The Troubles” of Northern Ireland to Mental Health Problems in Children

Author: Kate Garry

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

A new study from University of Notre Dame Psychology Professor Mark Cummings examines the effect sectarian violence between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland has had on children. “Though exposure to both sectarian and non-sectarian violence are related to anti-social behavior, the emotional insecurity caused by politically-motivated community violence was more powerful than we had expected,” he says.

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Notre Dame to Host Economic Anthropology Conference

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: General News

The University of Notre Dame will host the 2011 conference of the Society for Economic Anthropology on March 10 to 12 (Thursday to Saturday), where scholars from archeology, history, cultural anthropology, and economics will explore several views of greed and excess, and examine how different societies tolerated or controlled these behaviors. All presentations will be held in McKenna Hall on the Notre Dame campus.

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ND Writing Students Partner with Robinson Center Shakespeare Troupe

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: General News

A year ago, 10 year-old Joshua had never heard of William Shakespeare. He had little interest in memorizing his lines for his after school Shakespeare program at Notre Dame’s Robinson Community Learning Center, and he didn’t participate in the group’s annual performance because of his lack of preparation. Fast forward one year: In December, Joshua won first place in the third annual Shakespeare at Notre Dame regional performance competition for his dazzling presentation of a scene from _A Midsummer Night’s Dream_.

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Political Scientist Benjamin Radcliff Studies Benefits of Unions

Author: Kate Garry

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

As the Wisconsin battle over union benefits continues to rage, the passion and commitment of people on both sides reflect that the activists are fighting over “a perennial ideological debate in American politics: whether labor unions are good or bad for society,” says University of Notre Dame political scientist Benjamin Radcliff.

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Psychologist Darcia Narvaez Researches Child Development and Violence

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: Faculty News, Research, and General News

Though isolated acts of violence rarely can be attributed to a single cause, there is one trait common to many perpetrators, according to University of Notre Dame Psychology Professor Darcia Narvaez: as children, often they were neglected or exposed to traumatic violence, both of which raise the risk for the development of schizophrenia or other psychotic symptoms later in life.

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Notre Dame Professor Explores Historic St. Nicholas

Author: Kate Garry

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

Though many know the Christmas lore surrounding jolly old St. Nicholas—the snowy-bearded saint whose legendary generosity morphed into America’s secular Santa Claus figure—few are familiar with the origins and details of his acts of kindness. Rev. Nicholas Ayo, C.S.C., professor emeritus in the Program of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame, is author of _Saint Nicholas in America: Christmas Holy Day and Holiday_, in which he takes a closer look at the saint whose feast the Catholic Church celebrates on December 6.

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Notre Dame Offers New Graduate Track in Theology and Science

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: Centers and Institutes and General News

It is fitting that the University of Notre Dame – one of the leading Catholic universities in the world – would promote intellectual engagement between science and theology. Notre Dame’s renowned graduate program, History and Philosophy of Science, has added an additional area of specialization focusing on theology and science.

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Political Scientist Benjamin Radcliff Studies Unions and Happiness

Author: Kate Garry

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

It’s no coincidence that American workers have never been more dissatisfied with their jobs, and labor unions’ membership keeps dropping, according to a new study co-authored by University of Notre Dame political scientist Benjamin Radcliff. Based on a study of unions in 14 nations, Radcliffe found that people who live in countries in which labor union membership was robust were happier—regardless of whether or not they belonged to a labor union themselves.

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Psychologist Darcia Narvaez Studies Violent Video Games' Impact on Kids

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: Faculty News, Research, and General News

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments this week from some 12 states, urging it to uphold a law that bans the sale of violent video games to children younger than 18. The states, including California and Texas, say that banning sales to minors would provide moral and psychological protection. University of Notre Dame Psychology Professor Darcia Narvaez agrees.

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China Expert Lionel Jensen Discusses Nobel Peace Prize

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: Faculty News, Internationalism, and General News

Though China does not appear to see it that way, the Nobel Peace Prize recently awarded to Chinese literary critic and activist Liu Xiaobo should be considered an honor “bestowed in a spirit of recognizing how far China has come, having delivered more than a quarter of a billion people from absolute poverty and opening itself to the world,” says Lionel Jensen, associate professor of East Asian languages and cultures and associate professor of history at the University of Notre Dame.

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Notre Dame Symposium to Address Early Human Experience

Author: Kate Garry

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

The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Children and Families is hosting a symposium, Human Nature and Early Experience: Addressing the ‘Environment of Evolutionary Adaptedness,' October 10 to 12 (Sunday to Tuesday) at McKenna Hall on Notre Dame’s campus. An international collection of renowned scholars from several disciplines will present research on the psychological, anthropological, and biological conditions related to the optimal brain and body system development in human beings.

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Science of Generosity Awards $1.4 Million in Research Grants

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: Faculty News, Research, and General News

The University of Notre Dame’s Science of Generosity Initiative has awarded $1.4 million to nine research projects that will study the origins, manifestations and consequences of generosity. The winning projects were chosen from among 327 proposals by scholars in numerous disciplines in this second phase of research funding. Four projects were funded earlier this year.

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