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Video: Meet Russian Major Kellie Travis

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News, Undergraduate News, and Internationalism

Kellie Travis

“To be able to read some of the very famous poems by Alexander Pushkin and other Russian poets and writers—and speak about it in Russian—is very challenging but also very rewarding,” said Kellie Travis ’14, a Russian major in the College of Arts and Letters. Russian majors at Notre Dame take a full complement of courses covering language, literature, and culture. As a student in the Russian Honors track, Travis completed a senior thesis on the Soviet Gulag forced labor camps, specifically methods of resistance in the camps.

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Video: Mary Celeste Kearney on Filmmaking and Girls' Media Culture

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

Mary Celeste Kearney

“The world of filmmaking and television production is dominated by men’s voices. We are not seeing enough representations that are actually from a girl or a woman’s perspective,” said Mary Celeste Kearney, associate professor of film, television, and theatre and a senior fellow in the gender studies program at the University of Notre Dame.

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Video: Meet Gender Studies Major Natalie Perez

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News, Undergraduate News, and Alumni

Natalie Perez

“Being in gender studies helps you really understand how to be an advocate for yourself and an advocate for other people as well,” said Natalie Perez ’14, a gender studies major in the College of Arts and Letters. Gender studies at Notre Dame is an interdisciplinary academic program which analyzes the significance of gender in all aspects of human life, especially in the social formation of human identities, practices, and institutions. “We live in a culture that’s very permissive about these [gender] stereotypes … and I don’t think it’s OK to sit back and accept things for the way they are,” said Perez.

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Video: Peter Casarella on the Future of Latino Theology

Author: Todd Boruff

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

Peter Casarella

“I want to try a new step forward in Mestizo Christianity, looking at cultural dialogue and cultural difference that brings the traditions from the past … into conversation with Latino theology,” said Peter Casarella, associate professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame and a fellow at the University’s Institute for Latino Studies.

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Video: Psychology Major Interns with the National Institutes of Health

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News, Undergraduate News, and Research

Ashley Lawrence

“This internship has given me the opportunity to learn a lot of skills that are really valuable,” said Ashley Lawrence ‘14, a psychology major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. During the summer of 2013, Lawrence interned in Baltimore at the Laboratory for Behavioral Neuroscience at the National Institute on Aging, a division of the National Institutes of Health.

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Video: English and Design Major Interns with HarperCollins

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News and Undergraduate News

Katie Heit

“I feel like I’ve been learning so much all the time, especially what it takes to be in the publishing industry,” says senior English and design major Katie Heit. Thanks to the Arts and Letters Summer Internship Program, Heit spent last summer working as an editorial and design intern with Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers in New York.

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Video: English Major Thrives in Marketing Internship

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News and Undergraduate News

“I’ve definitely learned a lot about the publishing industry and what it’s like to put together a book,” says Meghan Thomassen, a senior English major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. During the summer of 2013, Thomassen interned at Sheffield Marketing Partners, a boutique agency based in Downers Grove, Illinois, specializing in narrative message development and visual storytelling.

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Video: Arts and Letters Student Interns at Veloz Group in Los Angeles

Author: Todd Boruff

“The best part of this internship is that it’s so hands-on. We write, produce, edit, direct, cast, for everything,” says senior Sara McGuirk, an English and film, television, and theatre major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. During the summer of 2013, McGuirk worked at The Veloz Group, a business development company based in Los Angeles.

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Video: Meet International Economics Major Natalie Boll

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News and Internationalism

“I knew I wanted to do something with French, and I liked solving problems and taking different strategies to solve them, and so I chose the international economics major,” says senior Natalie Boll from Grosse Pointe, Mich. Notre Dame’s international economics major combines coursework in the Department of Economics with advanced instruction in one of eight languages. This cross-disciplinary approach allows students to develop both the analytical and cultural skills needed by today’s business leaders and global citizens.

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Video: Arts and Letters Student Interns at PricewaterhouseCoopers

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News and Undergraduate News

“Walking into these professional environments as an intern, you see that being in the College of Arts and Letters, you’ve been given the foundation to succeed,” says Anna VanEgmond, a senior sociology and computer applications major at Notre Dame. During the summer of 2013, VanEgmond interned as an advisory technology consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

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Video: Political Scientist Susan Collins on Violence and Political Founding in Ancient Greece

Author: Todd Boruff

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

“The Ancients need to be made relevant to the concerns that we have today,” says Susan Collins, associate professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame. Collins specializes in ancient political philosophy. Her most recent book is a translation of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, with Robert Bartlett (University of Chicago, 2011), which was nominated for the John D. Criticos prize. She is also the author of Aristotle and the Rediscovery of Citizenship (Cambridge 2006).

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Video: Meet Arts and Letters Pre-Health Major Will Sievern

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News, Undergraduate News, and Arts

“My long-term goal has been to go to med school, but I’ve also found a passion for music and piano performance here at Notre Dame, and the College of Arts and Letters pre-health supplementary major has really allowed me to explore both of those things,” says senior Will Sievern from Evansville, Indiana. Sievern is pursuing a major in piano performance while also majoring in Arts and Letters Pre-Health.

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Video: FTT Major Develops Creative Project at New York Dance School

Author: Todd Boruff

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

Brock Switzer ’13, a film, television, and theatre (FTT) major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, began taking dance classes at neighboring Saint Mary’s College during his sophomore year. It was there that he learned of the influence of dancer and choreographer Martha Graham. Using Graham’s techniques, Switzer planned to choreograph a dance for his senior thesis project. With the help of an American Dream grant from Notre Dame’s Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, he attended the Summer Intensive program at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in 2013.

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Meet Ph.D. in Literature Student James Martell

Author: Todd Boruff

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

“I started questioning the idea of ‘What do art and literature give to philosophy?’ at the same time as ‘What does philosophy give to the arts?’” says James Martell de la Torre, a sixth-year student in Notre Dame’s Ph.D. in Literature program. He chose to explore those ideas within the Ph.D. in Literature program because of its broad scope. “I was really thrilled by the interdisciplinary approach,” Martell de la Torre says, “and also by all the opportunities with different institutes to travel and to learn languages and to just keep enriching my whole experience.”

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Video: French Scholar Julia Douthwaite Wins 2013 Sheedy Award

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News and Faculty News

Julia Douthwaite, professor of French and Francophone studies in the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, was awarded the 2013 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award. The highest teaching honor in the College, the Sheedy award was founded in 1970 in honor of Rev. Charles E. Sheedy, C.S.C., who served as dean of the College of Arts and Letters from 1951–69.

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Video: PLS Alumnus Brings the Great Books to Investment Banking

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News and Alumni

“You can never go wrong having the Great Books of the Western world sort of in your hip pocket in terms of making decisions,” says Tom Franco ’74, a graduate of Notre Dame’s Program of Liberal Studies and a partner at Clayton, Dubilier, and Rice, LLC (CD&R), a private equity investment firm based in New York City. “A lot of business is making judgments and having the context to do that, so I would say that a liberal arts background is a welcome addition to the investment decision making process.”

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Video: Meet Economics Alumnus Bryan Samuels

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News and Alumni

“The skill set that I developed in a liberal arts context is still the skill set that I use,” says Bryan Samuels, a 1989 graduate with a degree in economics. “There’s a big part of economics that’s about statistics and analytical methods, and ultimately I found a great affinity to them.” Samuels is the executive director of the Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago. He is the former commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Video: FTT Student Interns at CBS News

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News and Undergraduate News

Notre Dame senior Adam Llorens spent the summer interning for CBS News at the company’s broadcast headquarters in New York City. Thanks to a grant from the Arts and Letters Summer Internship Program, Llorens worked within the investigative unit of CBS News, working closely with producers, pitching stories, doing research, and checking facts. “The thing I like the most…is that every day is different,” says the film, television, and theatre major from Detroit, Mich.

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Video: Graphic Design Student Interns at Radio Flyer

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News and Undergraduate News

During the summer of 2013, graphic design major Stephanie Wulz interned at Radio Flyer, a Chicago-based toy company founded in 1917, best known for its red wagons. Her duties ranged from editing international packaging to creating prototype boxes for products. Her internship was made possible by a grant from the Arts and Letters Summer Internship Program.

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Video: Meet Philosophy Major Ellen Carroll

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News and Undergraduate News

“One of the great things about philosophy is that we’re able to study a lot of big questions that we kind of take for granted and really look into why we do certain things and does it make sense,” says Ellen Carroll ’13, a philosophy major and philosophy, politics, and economics minor from Portsmouth, R.I.

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Video: English Alumna Pursues Passion as a TV Writer/Producer

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News and Alumni

“After graduating Notre Dame, would I have ever said, ‘Oh, I’m gonna be a TV writer in Hollywood?’ Never in a million years,” says Linda Gase, a Notre Dame graduate with a degree in English. She is currently co-executive producer of Switched at Birth, a one-hour drama on ABC Family. Gase has also written for ER, The District, Crossing Jordan, and Army Wives. She credits her strength as a writer to the time she spent at Notre Dame developing her critical thinking skills and examining her point of view. “The biggest challenge of a writer is to trust your voice, and I feel that at Notre Dame, I really honed my voice.”

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