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The Paradox of Generosity

Author: Carol C. Bradley

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

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The notion of generosity, and the ways in which we deal generously—or not—with our friends, family and communities—is the heart of the book, The Paradox of Generosity by Christian Smith and Hilary Davidson, which is based on empirical data collected during five years of research as part of the Science of Generosity Initiative. The research draws on a survey of 2,000 Americans, 60 in-depth interviews with individuals across 12 states, and more than 1,000 photographs and other visual materials. The conclusion Christian Smith, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology, draws is that there’s a direct correlation with happiness and generosity. “The more generous Americans are, the more happiness, health and purpose in life they enjoy,” he says.

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Professor John Sitter Receives 2014 Sheedy Award

Author: Carrie Gates

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

John Sitter

John Sitter, the Mary Lee Duda Professor of Literature in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, was presented with the 2014 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award on December 2. The Sheedy award is the highest teaching honor in the College. It was founded in 1970 in honor of Rev. Charles E. Sheedy, C.S.C., who served as dean of Arts and Letters from 1951–69.

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Alex Coccia Named Rhodes Scholar

Alex Coccia

Alex Coccia, a 2014 University of Notre Dame graduate, has been selected to the American Rhodes Scholar Class of 2015. A Columbus, Ohio native, Coccia was selected from a pool of 877 candidates who had been nominated by their colleges and universities. He is Notre Dame’s 15th Rhodes Scholar and first since 2002. This year’s 32 Rhodes Scholars will commence their studies at Oxford in October 2015.

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Four College of Arts and Letters Graduate Students Receive NSF Fellowships

Author: Jonathan Warren

Categories: Graduate Students, General News, Research, and Centers and Institutes

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Eleven Notre Dame graduate students—including four from the University’s College of Arts and Letters—have been awarded graduate research fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the 2014-15 academic year. Katie Condit, Danielle Fulmer, and Nicole Perez from the Department of Sociology and Charlotte Cunningham from the Department of Psychology were among this year’s winners.

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Notre Dame's Graduate School and Reilly Center Win NSF Grant to Evaluate Ethical Leadership Programs

Author: Mary Hendriksen

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

Laura Carlson

The University of Notre Dame’s Graduate School and John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values have won a National Science Foundation grant in the amount of $410,340 for a project that will study what training content and methods most successfully help STEM students become ethical leaders. “The literature tells us that ethical leaders are role models to their peers, colleagues, mentees, and students,” says Principal Investigator Laura Carlson, professor of psychology and vice president, associate provost, and dean of the Graduate School.

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Medieval History Graduate Student Awarded Rome Prize

Author: Carrie Gates

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

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David Morris, a Ph.D. candidate in Notre Dame’s Department of History, has been awarded a prestigious Samuel H. Kress Rome Prize fellowship in medieval studies by the American Academy in Rome for the 2014-15 academic year. Established in 1896, the Rome Prize is awarded annually to approximately 30 emerging artists and scholars who represent the “highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities.”

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Video: Meet Irish Major Rae Moors

Author: Todd Boruff

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

Rae Moors, Irish language and literature major

“I tell everyone that I meet that they should take an Irish language course,” said Rae Moors, a senior Irish language and literature major. In the first program of its kind in North America, Notre Dame Irish majors learn the indigenous language of Ireland and engage with a wide range of literature, from medieval sagas to contemporary poetry and prose. “There are so many angles you can take while studying Ireland,” said Moors.

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Political Scientist Victoria Hui to Testify Before Congressional Executive Commission on China

Author: William G. Gilroy

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

Victoria Hui

Victoria Hui, an associate professor of political science and faculty fellow of the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies at the University of Notre Dame, will testify Thursday, November 20, before a Congressional Executive Commission on China hearing titled “The Future of Democracy in Hong Kong.” The hearing will examine China’s commitments to Hong Kong and the international community in light of recent pro-democracy protests. It will assess whether an increasingly polarized Hong Kong will be able to find a mutually acceptable plan for electoral reform and how the protests taking will place will continue to shape that debate. It also will focus on what the protests mean for the future of human rights and democracy in Hong Kong and China.

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Political Scientist Luis Fraga Joins Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies

Author: Aaron Smith

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

Luis Fraga

Luis Ricardo Fraga, a heralded scholar and pioneer in the field of Latino politics, joined the faculty of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters this fall. Fraga has been named the Arthur Foundation Endowed Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership in the Institute of Latino Studies and a professor in the Department of Political Science.

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Video: The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program

Author: Todd Boruff

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

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From a 17th-century castle in Birr, Ireland to the Parc de la Ciutadella in Barcelona, Spain, Notre Dame students pursue projects around the world with the support of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program. Sponsored by the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, UROP provides financial support to students who are carrying out research or creative projects, writing a senior thesis, or presenting research at a conference.

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International Experiences Inspire Student's Passion for Languages

Annie Rhodes

Annie Rhodes ’14 had her first study abroad experience at age eight—in a village elementary school in Ancient Corinth when her family moved to Greece. While she remembers being apprehensive in a classroom where she could not speak or understand the language, she said she quickly made friends, learned passing Greek, and discovered a passion for travel and language.

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Working with Latino Communities Leads to Fulfilling Career

Author: Mary Kate Martin

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

Liz Young ’11

“Everyone has a story, and some people aren’t given the opportunity to share theirs—whether it’s because they don’t have the language ability or because social circumstances don’t give them a chance,” said Liz Young ’11. Young came to Notre Dame knowing she wanted to major in Spanish, but also wanting to explore and better understand human behavior. Through community-based learning coursework, she found her calling in a career in service.

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Creole, Quechua, Catalan Courses Provide Foundation for Research, Service

Author: Aaron Smith

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

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The University of Notre Dame’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures offers majors in French, Italian, and Spanish, and a minor in Portuguese, but students also have access to the less widely studied languages of Creole, Quechua, and Catalan. The ability to communicate in these languages is crucial to understanding the cultures, histories, and modern-day complexities of the societies in which they are spoken, said Thomas Anderson, department chair and professor of Spanish.

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Film Projects Take Notre Dame Professor Around the World

Author: Mike Danahey

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

William Donaruma

Rome. Bangladesh. An abandoned island off the Irish coast. These are just a few of the locations where William Donaruma ’89 has traveled as a filmmaker and teaching professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT). “Nothing beats experience and pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone,” Donaruma said.

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Campus Crossroads: A State-of-the-Art Facility for Music

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

Campus Crossroads Project

Among the most noticeable features of the Campus Crossroads Project’s design to enhance and harmonize the University of Notre Dame’s academic, athletic, and student life programs will be the South Building, a six-level structure connected to the south side of Notre Dame Stadium, on which work will begin in November 2015. The building will make possible the relocation of Department of Music from its present quarters in Crowley Hall, bringing it under the same roof as the Sacred Music at Notre Dame program.

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Cardinal Müller Among Speakers at Fall Conference of Center for Ethics and Culture

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

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Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Nobel laureate economist James J. Heckman will be among the speakers at the 15th annual fall conference of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture Oct. 30-Nov.1 (Thursday-Saturday). The conference, “Your Light Will Rise in Darkness: Responding to the Cry of the Poor,” will take as its theme an admonition made by Pope Francis in his address last year to the Archbishop of Canterbury. “Among our tasks as witnesses to the love of Christ,” Pope Francis said, “is that of giving a voice to the cry of the poor.”

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Video: Arts and Letters Major Researches Perceptions of Race at National Library of France

Author: Todd Boruff

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

Curran Cross

During the summer of 2014, Notre Dame French and history major Curran Cross traveled to Paris to conduct research at the Bibliothèque nationale de France. His project examined the differing views of Arab and African immigrants in modern France. “My hypothesis is that the French have had centuries of experience racially mixing with people of African ancestry and this is why they view black and white race as a continuum,” said Cross, “whereas they haven’t had this kind of contact with Arabs, and so it’s viewed more starkly.”

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'Gay in Christ' Conference to Be Held at Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: General News, Centers and Institutes, and Catholicism

ICL 'Gay in Christ' Conference

A two-day conference, “Gay in Christ: Dimensions of Fidelity,” co-sponsored by the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life (ICL) and the Gender Relations Center, will convene Friday, October 31 to explore appropriate pastoral strategies for Catholic parishioners who regard themselves as non-heterosexual, but who accept Catholic Church teaching on marriage and sexuality.

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English Professor Kate Marshall Wins Media Ecology Book Award

Author: Emily McConville and Carrie Gates

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

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Kate Marshall, Notre Dame’s Thomas J. and Robert T. Rolfs Assistant Professor of English, has been awarded the 2014 Dorothy Lee Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Culture for her book Corridor: Media Architectures in American Fiction. The award, presented by the Media Ecology Association, honors works that focus on the ethnographic or intercultural analysis of communication, perception, cognition, consciousness, media, technology, material culture, and/or the natural environment.

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Sociologist Jennifer Jones to Convene Afro-Latino Conference

Jennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones, Institute for Latino Studies faculty fellow and assistant professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Sociology, will convene a conference on Afro-Latinos in Movement: Critical Approaches to Blackness and Transnationalism in the Americas on October 31, 2014. The conference and an accompanying volume, for which Professor Jones will serve as co-editor, explore broad questions of black identity and representation, transnationalism and diaspora, with a particular interest in research on Afro-Latinos in the United States.

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Reilly Center Expands Programs for Graduate Students

Author: Ginna Anderson

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

Anjan Chakravartty

The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values has expanded its menu of training options for University of Notre Dame graduate students. Since August 2013, three supplementary training and degree programs have been added and are open for graduate student enrollment. The new offerings advance understanding of the connections between science, technology, and society while broadening a traditional Ph.D. or Master’s degree program of study.

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Video: Ann Mische on Peacemaking and Our Perceptions of the Future

Author: Todd Boruff

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

Ann Mische

“The capacity to project into the future is an essential component of our agency as human beings. It’s in our imaginations, yet it has a real impact upon what we do. It draws us forward in different ways,” said Ann Mische, an associate professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Sociology and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

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

Author: Renée LaReau

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

Janna Hunter-Bowman

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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American Studies Alumnus Becomes Global Leader in Fight Against Malaria

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The 2014 Paul P. Weinstein Memorial Lecture presented by the Eck Institute for Global Health featured alumnus Dr. Bernard Nahlen ’75, deputy coordinator of the President’s Malaria Initiative for USAID’s Bureau for Global Health. After graduating from Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American studies, Nahlen went on to receive his medical degree from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.

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Sacred Music Graduate Student Awarded Scholarship

Author: Emily McConville

Categories: Graduate Students, General News, Centers and Institutes, and Arts

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Chris Dekker, an organist in Sacred Music at Notre Dame’s Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) program, has been awarded a scholarship from the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts. The scholarship recognizes an undergraduate or graduate music student who intends to pursue a career in sacred music and who demonstrates “evidence of exceptional musical or artistic talent, effective leadership ability, and outstanding promise of future usefulness to the Church.”

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Notre Dame to Establish Keough School of Global Affairs; Scott Appleby Appointed Founding Dean

Author: Dennis Brown

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

Scott Appleby

The University of Notre Dame announced on Wednesday, October 1, the creation of the first new college or school at the University in nearly a century—the Donald R. Keough School of Global Affairs. R. Scott Appleby, a scholar of global religion and a member of Notre Dame’s faculty since 1994, will serve as the Marilyn Keough Dean of the school.

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Scholars at Rome Global Gateway to Debate Role of Catholic Universities During Times of Political Unrest

Author: Amanda Skofstad

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

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For Ukrainian scholars attending this week’s conference at Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway, the topics to be discussed became lived realities over the past year—realities that led to civil disobedience, public protests, and the loss of a colleague who was killed by a sniper while protesting in February 2014.  Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., issued a statement of support for these protesters in December 2013.

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NSF Funds V-Dem Research on Consequences of Democratization

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

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

Michael Coppedge

The National Science Foundation has awarded $277,000 to three members of the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) team for research that uses new data to identify the impact of specific types of democracy on economic development and infrastructure. A $77,588 share of the grant goes to Michael Coppedge, a professor in the Department of Political Science, one of V-Dem’s four PIs.

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Notre Dame Hosts Parenting Conference for Local Parents and Practitioners

Author: Jane Murphy

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

Darcia Narvaez

On Saturday, September 27, the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Children and Families and the Department of Psychology will partner with Attachment Parenting International to host a day-long parenting conference, Nourishing Parents for Child Well-Being, bringing together scholars, practitioners, and professionals who work with children and families. As part of the Pathways to Child Flourishing symposium, presenters at the workshop will address a variety of topics, including birth, breastfeeding, sleep, discipline, and adult-child relationships.

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