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Political Science, Peace Studies Associate Professor Wins Grant to Study War's Hidden Costs

Author: Renée LaReau

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

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Tanisha Fazal, associate professor of political science and peace studies, has been awarded a research grant from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation to investigate the human and financial costs of war. Those costs are escalating, she says, despite a reduced fatality count.

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New Book Sheds Light on Education of Muslim Youth

Author: Renée LaReau

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

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A new book by Notre Dame professor Ebrahim Moosa offers an expansive introduction to madrasas, the most common kind of religious schools in the Islamic world. “I wrote this book for those who are curious and eager to know what exactly transpires in these institutions,” said Moosa, professor of Islamic Studies and author of What Is a Madrasa?, recently published by the University of North Carolina Press.“I see myself as a translator between the world inside the walls of the madrasa and those on the outside.

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Brenna Gautam to Receive 2015 Yarrow Award in Peace Studies

Author: Renée LaReau

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

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Notre Dame senior Brenna Gautam has been selected to receive the 2015 Yarrow Award from the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. The Yarrow Award is given annually to an undergraduate student who demonstrates academic excellence and commitment to service in peace and justice. Gautam, a history and peace studies major from Clarksville, Tenn., will accept her award at the Kroc Institute’s undergraduate recognition ceremony on May 15.

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Pepe Ph.D. Fellowships in Peace Studies Established at the Kroc Institute

Author: Renée LaReau

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

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Janna Hunter-Bowman, a Notre Dame doctoral student in theology and peace studies, has been named the first recipient of the Steven D. Pepe Ph.D. Fellowship in Peace Studies. Hunter-Bowman, whose research integrates moral theology and peace studies, is the first student in the Kroc Institute’s joint theology and peace studies Ph.D. program. She has published the results of her research on grassroots movements and human rights in several journals and edited volumes.

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New Book Warns of Dangers to Humanitarian Aid Workers

Author: Renée LaReau

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

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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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Researchers Awarded Grant to Study Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Author: Renée LaReau

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

Three Notre Dame researchers—combining expertise in psychology, religion, and peace—have been awarded a grant from Notre Dame International’s Global Collaboration Initiative to study the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The researchers will join with a team of scholars from universities in Israel and Palestine.…

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Psychologist Developing Treatment Strategies for Arab Spring’s Trauma Victims

Author: Renée LaReau

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

Laura Miller is part of an international team of psychologists seeking to design effective treatments for children and adults who suffered trauma in the wake of the Arab Spring, the wave of demonstrations, protests, and civil wars that swept the Middle East beginning in December 2010. Miller is an assistant professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Psychology and Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Along with four other psychologists from the United States and Egypt, she is working to identify the clinical needs of the region by studying the psychological underpinnings of the Arab Spring and its impact on the mental health of people and communities.

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Asher Kaufman Uses Archival Maps to Offer Fresh Look at Middle Eastern Conflict

Author: Renée LaReau

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

University of Notre Dame Associate Professor "Asher Kaufman’s latest book was born out of a coincidence. A research trip in 2001 for his previous book, Reviving Phoenicia, led the historian to diplomatic archives in Nantes, France, where he stumbled upon what he described as “an archival bonanza” of documents, sketches, and maps that told the convoluted story of a decades-long border dispute between Israel, Lebanon and Syria. The discovery eventually led to a new book, Contested Frontiers in the Syria-Lebanon-Israel Region: Cartography, Sovereignty and Conflict.

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Arts and Letters Students to Lead Notre Dame Student Body

Author: Renée LaReau

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

Alex Coccia and Nancy Joyce, both juniors in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, have been elected undergraduate student body president and vice president for the 2013-14 academic year. Coccia, an Africana studies and peace studies major, and Joyce, an Arabic and economics major earning a minor in peace studies, will take office on April 1.

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Senior Olivia Lee to Receive 2013 Yarrow Award

Author: Renée LaReau

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

Notre Dame senior Olivia Lee has been selected to receive the Kroc Institute’s 2013 Yarrow Award. The Yarrow Award is given annually to a peace studies student who demonstrates academic excellence and commitment to service in peace and justice. Lee, an American studies and peace studies major, will accept the award at the undergraduate recognition ceremony on May 17.

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Alumnus Helps Shape U.S. Policy on Africa, Development

Author: Renée LaReau

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

As a member of the U.S. Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff in Washington, D.C., Matthew Walsh ’06 conducts policy research, makes policy recommendations on Africa and development strategy, and contributes to speeches for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “One of our jobs is to provide the Secretary of State with second opinions on policy issues,” says Walsh, who majored in political science and peace studies at Notre Dame. “It’s an exciting job that goes to the heart of almost every foreign policy debate and can have a real influence on policy.”

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New Book Proposes Reconciliation as Path to Peace

Author: Renée LaReau

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

A new book by political scientist and peace studies scholar Daniel Philpott makes the case for forgiveness and reconciliation as a way to achieve justice and lasting peace after violent conflict. Just and Unjust Peace: An Ethic of Political Reconciliation, recently released by Oxford University Press, explores the concept of reconciliation, which is deeply rooted in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, as well as in the secular restorative justice movement.

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Alumna Focuses on Climate Change and Sustainable Energy

Author: Renée LaReau

Categories: Alumni, Centers and Institutes, and General News

Jessica Scanlan Bailey ’01 is the sustainable development program officer for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in New York, where she focuses on climate change. Her position involves allocating funds for research, advocacy, communications, and other efforts to organizations focused on advancing clean energy policies at the state and federal level. Bailey graduated from Notre Dame with degrees in government and anthropology and a minor in peace studies.

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Two Seniors Honored by Notre Dame's Kroc Institute

Author: Renée LaReau

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

Melissa Wrapp and Patrick McCormick, seniors in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, have been named recipients of the Kroc Institute’s 2012 Yarrow Award, given annually to undergraduates who demonstrate academic excellence and commitment to service in peace studies. Wrapp, an anthropology and peace studies major, and McCormick, a political science and peace studies major, will accept their awards at the Kroc Institute’s undergraduate recognition ceremony on May 18.

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Molly Kinder to Receive Kroc Institute 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award

Author: Renée LaReau

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

Molly Kinder ‘01, who majored in political science and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame, will receive the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Kinder, a native of Buffalo, New York, is director of special programs for Development Innovation Ventures in Washington, D.C., a new initiative at the United States Agency for International Development that funds groundbreaking approaches to global development challenges.

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ScreenPeace Film Festival Begins February 2

Author: Renée LaReau

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

The University of Notre Dame’s annual ScreenPeace Film Festival will kick off with a powerful film about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. On the Bridge, directed by College of Arts and Letters faculty member Olivier Morel, explores the impact of PTSD on former soldiers as they adapt to life outside of combat.

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Anthropology Alumna Supports International Housing Initiative

Author: Renée LaReau

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

Stephanie Sluka Brauer ’97 helps house families in 18 countries as the resource development manager for Habitat for Humanity International’s Africa and Middle East regional office. Brauer, who majored in anthropology and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame, now lives and works in Pretoria, South Africa.

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New Book Highlights Resurgence of Religion in Global Politics

Author: Renée LaReau

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

For decades, many predicted that religion’s influence on global politics would decline. As modern society embraced democracy, globalization, and new technology, the supernatural would give way to science and free thought would trump dogma—or so the argument went. But a new book co-authored by Notre Dame political scientist Daniel Philpott shows the opposite to be true: Bolstered by the same forces many expected to diminish it, religion’s influence on politics has increased on almost every continent during the past 40 years.

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Christian Davenport Develops Human Rights Tracking Tool

Author: Renée LaReau

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

A new Web-based database and research tool, developed by Christian Davenport, professor of peace studies, political science, and sociology at Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, will expand dramatically what academic researchers, international human rights advocates, journalists, students, and the public know about government repression.

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Historian Asher Kaufman To Lead Peace Studies Ph.D. Program

Author: Renée LaReau

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

Asher Kaufman, associate professor of history and peace studies, has been appointed director of doctoral studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies, effective January 1, 2011. The Kroc Institute offers a Ph.D. in peace studies in partnership with Notre Dame’s departments of history, political science, psychology, sociology, and theology.

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