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Rev. Greg Boyle, S.J., Founder of Homeboy Industries, to Deliver Lecture on Catholic Social Tradition

Author: John Guimond

Categories: General News, Centers and Institutes, and Catholicism

Rev. Greg Boyle, S.J.

Rev. Greg Boyle, S.J., founder of Homeboy Industries, will deliver the Annual Rev. Bernie Clark, C.S.C. Lecture entitled “Joy & Hope in the Hood” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 9 in Room 101, DeBartolo Hall on the University of Notre Dame campus. “Joy & Hope” is the theme for the Center for Social Concerns for the 2014–15 academic year in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vatican II document, Gaudium et Spes, regarded as one of the most significant documents of Catholic social teaching in the 20th century. This event is free and open to the public.

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Award-winning Book Offers New Theory on Democratization in Latin America

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

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

Scott Mainwaring

A new book coauthored by Scott Mainwaring, Eugene and Helen Conley Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, and Aníbal Pérez-Liñán, an alumnus of the University, presents a striking new theory of democratization that has earned it two major prizes in comparative politics. Mainwaring, a faculty fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and Pérez Liñán, a Notre Dame Ph.D. who is now an associate professor of political science at the University of Pittsburgh, spent a decade thinking about theories of regime change and analyzing political regimes in Latin America.

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to Speak at Notre Dame

Author: College of Arts and Letters

Categories: General News and Centers and Institutes

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Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will speak at the University of Notre Dame on September 6—the morning of the home football game against the University of Michigan. Dempsey will deliver the Jack Kelly and Gail Weiss Lecture in National Security. He will speak on “America’s National Security Challenges: The View from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.”

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Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights Awarded Grant to Study Christian Persecution

Daniel Philpott

The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University have been awarded a grant from the Templeton Religion Trust to study and report on the persecution of Christian communities around the world.

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Notre Dame’s Lab for Economic Opportunities Endowed with $15 Million Gift

Author: Dennis Brown

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

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The Wilson Sheehan Foundation has made a $15 million gift to the University of Notre Dame to endow the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO), a recent University initiative that seeks to reduce poverty in the United States.

“We are immensely grateful to the Wilson Sheehan Foundation for a gift that supports the missions of both the foundation and Notre Dame: to be a force for good in the world,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the University’s president. “By endowing the work of LEO researchers, the foundation is supporting and challenging them to find enduring solutions to poverty in America.”

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Ebrahim Moosa, Leading Scholar of Islamic Thought, Joins ND Faculty

Author: Joan Fallon

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

Ebrahim Moosa

Ebrahim E.I. Moosa, a leading scholar of Islamic thought, philosophy and literature, has been appointed professor of Islamic studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and in the Department of History. Moosa will co-direct, with Scott Appleby, Contending Modernities, the global research and education initiative examining the interaction among Catholic, Muslim, and other religious and secular forces in the world.

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Fulbright Foreign Language Teachers Introduced to American Culture at Notre Dame

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

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The University of Notre Dame is hosting its ninth Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) orientation for the upcoming academic year. Sixty teachers from 28 countries, representing 15 languages, are staying on campus Aug. 9-13 (Saturday-Wednesday) and will attend a series of workshops designed to enhance their teaching in the United States.

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ND Expert: Persecution of Christians Not Confined to Iraq

Daniel Philpott

As some 100,000 people flee the town and region of Qaraqosh, the largest Christian town in Iraq, international attention is being drawn to a worldwide human rights violation that has received too little notice for too long, according to Daniel Philpott, professor of political science and peace studies and director of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights.

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Alumna Runs Guatemalan Orphanage

Author: Gabriela Leskur

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

Anne Attea

“The love of charity is the form of faith.” Though Thomas Aquinas penned these words, Anne Attea ’86 has certainly lived them. For the past year, Attea has been the Director of el Hogar de Niños del Amor de Patricia, a home caring for abandoned, abused, and neglected children in Guatemala. Attea and her team provide these children with love and stability, as well as food, shelter, clothing, medical and dental care, music, fun, and education.

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Theology Professor Awarded Two Prestigious Research Grants

Author: Aaron Smith

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

Peter Casarella

Peter Casarella, associate professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Theology, has been awarded two prestigious grants for a book project that will explore the idea of God from the perspective of Latino Catholicism, including the complex challenges of “translating” God in a modern world.

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New Book Warns of Dangers to Humanitarian Aid Workers

Author: Renée LaReau

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

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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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Arts and Letters Faculty Help Bring Ecuadorian Masterpiece to Campus

Author: Gene Stowe

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

Oswaldo Guayasamín

The “_Ecuador_ Unframed: the Art of Oswaldo Guayasamín” project will bring the five-panel centerpiece of the acclaimed artist’s masterwork to the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture (NDCAC) August 18-October 23, with a grand opening event on September 3. The mural, depicting hardship, poverty, violence, hunger, and social injustice, is the centerpiece of another 103 pieces that Guayasamín created depicting Ecuador’s landscapes and people.

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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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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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Three Graduates Win Inaugural International Development Fellowships

International Development Fellow Olivia Schneider

Class of 2014 College of Arts and Letters graduates Patrick Salemme and Olivia Schneider and 2014 College of Engineering graduate Maria Krug are the first recipients of the new International Development Fellowships established by the the University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies. The competitive one-year awards place the recipients in field partnerships with three international development organizations.

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Outstanding Undergraduate Research Honored

Author: Kate Garry

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

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College of Arts and Letters students made a strong showing at Notre Dame’s 7th annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference, which showcased more than 250 research, scholarship, and creative projects from across the University. At the May 2, 2014, event, history major Mia Counts ’14 won the Undergraduate Library Research Award for best senior thesis.

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Graduating Seniors Honored for Commitment to Postgraduate Service

Jenna Ahn

One hundred fifty-two University of Notre Dame graduating seniors—many of them from the College of Arts and Letters—are embarking on a year or more of service in locations around the globe. They were honored during the University’s annual Service Send-Off ceremony on Saturday, May 17 in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Leighton Concert Hall.

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Political Scientists Win USAID Grants to Investigate Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance in Africa

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

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

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When USAID announced winners of a new, nationwide competition for innovative projects in the field of democracy, human rights, and governance last week, scholars from the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science and Kellogg Institute for International Studies had won two of the nine awards.

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English Major Awarded Prestigious Beinecke Scholarship

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Junior Vienna Wagner, an English major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, has won a 2014 Beinecke Scholarship. Awarded to students who show “exceptional promise” to become leading scholars, the scholarship supports graduate study in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

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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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Sociologist Focuses On Intersection of Politics, Development in Africa

Author: Aaron Smith

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

As a college student, Erin Metz McDonnell wanted “to experience a world view as completely different from my own as possible, a way of life that would take me out of my Midwestern comfort zone.” She chose Ghana and fell in love with the country. Now a Kellogg Assistant Professor of Sociology at Notre Dame, McDonnell continues to explore the region in her research and teaching.

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ILS Launches Distinguished Visiting Professorship

Author: Kate Garry

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

Anthropologist Arlene Dávila will visit the University of Notre Dame next week as the inaugural recipient of the Institute for Latino Studies’ Virgilio Elizondo Distinguished Visiting Professorship. A professor of anthropology and American studies at New York University, Dávila, “is one of the country’s leading Latino studies cultural anthropologists,” says ILS Director José Limón, the Notre Dame Professor of American Literature and Julian Samora Professor of Latino Studies.

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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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Notre Dame Theologians Explore Life, Death, and Resurrection in Rwanda

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

The genocide in Rwanda, whose 20th anniversary is being observed worldwide this month, began only a few days after Easter. That the hatred that cost the lives of a million people in this overwhelmingly Christian country could be unleashed so near to Holy Week seems paradoxical, ironic, or even blasphemous. But for Jean Bosco Rutagengwa, it is most of all a searing mystery. “This country went through what Jesus Christ went through,” he says of his homeland. “Life, death, and resurrection.”

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Researchers Awarded Grant to Study Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Author: Renée LaReau

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

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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Book Explores Cuban Revolution and Contemporary Theatre

In 1961, Fidel Castro described Cuba’s policy towards the arts: “Within the Revolution, everything; against the Revolution, nothing.” In the recently published Cuba Inside Out: Revolution and Contemporary Theatre (Southern Illinois University Press), Notre Dame’s Yael Prizant examines how Cuba’s contemporary playwrights have used theatre to challenge the traditional understanding of the Cuban Revolution.

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