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Notre Dame Chorale Prepares for Papal Audience

Author: Kevin Clarke

Categories: Arts, Catholicism, General News, and Internationalism

“Toi, toi, toi” is a superstitious invocation of opera singers, meant to encourage a winning performance before taking the stage. “We don’t say, ‘Break a leg,’” fifth-year senior and University of Notre Dame Chorale member Joshua Diaz explains. Diaz might be hearing that old stage charm at an extraordinary venue later this month—the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome—where he and about 50 other members of the Notre Dame Chorale are scheduled to perform for Pope Benedict XVI and the bishops and pilgrims in attendance at a general audience on May 25, 2011.

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Christian Davenport Examines Untold Stories of Northern Ireland’s “Troubles”

“Most people who are interested in the Troubles focus on the 4,000 deaths,” says Christian Davenport, professor of peace studies, political science and sociology at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. “I thought much of the story was being missed.” An expert on political conflict, human rights violations, genocide, and government repression, Davenport for the past five years has been using quantitative research methods to study the ethno-political conflict that took place in Northern Ireland between 1968 and 1998.

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Ph.D. Student Analyzes Religion’s Influence on War and Peace

Author: Joanna Basile

Categories: Catholicism, General News, Internationalism, and Research

No one would dispute that religious convictions can lead to conflict—even violence and war. Yet how is it that so often adversaries use their faith to justify opposing stances in the same dispute? That’s the question that intrigues Christopher Morrissey, a doctoral candidate in Notre Dame’s Department of Sociology.

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Political Scientist David Campbell Receives Book Award

Author: Joanna Basile

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

American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us has been named the Best Nonfiction Book by the Religion Communicators Council (RCC). David Campbell, John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C., Associate Professor of Political Science at Notre Dame, and his co-author, Robert Putnam of Harvard University share this 2011 Wilbur Award for “excellence in the communication of religious issues, values, and themes in the secular media.”

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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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International Experts to Address Social Concerns

Author: Paul Horn

Categories: Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, and General News

The Center for Social Concerns of the University of Notre Dame will host leading international scholars in the Catholic Social Tradition on campus for a Dear Brothers and Sisters Conference March 24 to 26 (Thursday to Saturday), to consider how 120 years of Catholic social teaching apply to the social issues of our world today. Issues to be discussed at the conference include globalization, immigration, racial justice, the environment and worker rights.

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Notre Dame’s Higgins Program Responds to Right-to-Work Legislation

Author: Notre Dame News

Categories: Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, and General News

The University of Notre Dame’s Higgins Labor Studies Program recently released a report in response to the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s position on right-to-work (RTW) legislation considered by the Indiana legislature. If passed, the legislation would prevent unions and employers from negotiating a requirement that employees pay their “fair share” for union costs such as collective bargaining and grievance representation.

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First Year a Success for Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study

Author: Renee Hochstetler

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

What must we change in order to help us bridge the gap between the world as it is, and the world as it should be? In its first year, the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS)—inspired by the classical values of beauty, goodness and truth—began transforming the academic landscape through an annual conference, lecture series and fellowships.

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

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

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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Historian Philip Gleason to Receive Honorary Degree

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: Catholicism, Faculty News, and General News

Philip Gleason, professor emeritus of history at the University of Notre Dame, will receive an honorary degree from the University of Dayton April 13. The foremost living historian of American Catholicism, Gleason, whose scholarship also includes American intellectual history and immigration and ethnic history, was graduated from the University of Dayton in 1951.

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Grants Support Student Research on Life Issues

Author: Chris Milazzo

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

Undergraduates in the College of Arts and Letters can now get up to $1,500 per month this summer to fund original research into life-related issues. Suggested topics range from the history of contraception to art about the dignity of life and the economics of the death penalty. The grants are part of a new Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) track offered by the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts.

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ND Alumnus Rev. Kevin Grove, C.S.C., Wins Gates Scholarship

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

Rev. Kevin G. Grove, C.S.C., a 2009 Notre Dame alumnus, has been awarded a Gates Cambridge Trust scholarship. The prestigious Gates scholarships, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, provide awards for full-time graduate study and research at the University of Cambridge. Father Grove, who was ordained a Holy Cross priest at Notre Dame last year, is among 30 successful scholarship applicants selected from a field of 800.

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Candida Moss Receives International Award for Theological Promise

Author: Joanna Basile

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

Candida Moss, assistant professor in the Department of Theology, is one of only 12 scholars in the world to receive the 2011 John Templeton Award for Theological Promise. Awarded in collaboration with the Research Center of International and Interdisciplinary Theology at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, the John Templeton Foundation’s prize honors up-and-coming academics based on their doctoral dissertation or first post-doctoral book on the topic of God and spirituality.

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Notre Dame to Host Conference on Dimensions of Goodness

Author: Kate Cohorst

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

The University of Notre Dame Institute’s for Advanced Study (NDIAS) will host an international and interdisciplinary conference called Dimensions of Goodness, April 4-6, 2011 in the Notre Dame Conference Center (McKenna Hall). The event features 17 leading scholars and other experts from a wide variety of disciplines, including biomedicine, engineering, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, and theology.

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Philosopher of Science Rev. Ernan McMullin Dies

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

Rev. Ernan McMullin, John Cardinal O’Hara Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, died February 8, 2011 at Letterkenny General Hospital in Donegal, Ireland. He was 86 years old. A native of Ballybofey, Donegal, Father McMullin was an internationally prominent scholar in the philosophy of science.

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Student Conference to Explore Human Development and the Common Good

Author: Julie Hail Flory

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

The third annual Human Development Conference February 11-12 at the University of Notre Dame will bring together hundreds of students and guests from Notre Dame and universities as far away as Uganda to share their research experiences in the developing world and discuss the meaning of authentic human development from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

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Notre Dame Professor Explores Historic St. Nicholas

Author: Kate Garry

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

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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Shattering Ceilings and Crossing Divides

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

The tensions inherent in being at once Catholic and American have been palpable and familiar features in the life of the University of Notre Dame from sporadic outbreaks of fisticuffs on campus in the years preceding the Civil War to the controversy which swirled about the 2009 Commencement ceremony at which President Obama received an honorary degree.

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Rooney Center Hosts Panel on First Catholic President

Author: Marie Blakey

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

In November 1960, John F. Kennedy defeated Richard M. Nixon in what is considered one of the closest elections of the 20th century. The election is also noted in the history books because it ushered into the White House the first Roman Catholic to hold the nation’s highest office. To look at what this meant—and still means today—to American politics, the University of Notre Dame’s Francis and Kathleen Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy has invited a group of leading political scholars and authors to join in a panel discussion titled Shattering the Stained Glass Ceiling: 50 Years After the Election of America’s First Catholic President.

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