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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

Jaimie Bleck, left, and Rev. Robert Dowd, C.S.C.

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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Ruth Riley to Speak at Notre Dame

Author: Cailean Geary

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

Ruth Riley, a 2001 graduate of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters and star player of the ’01 Irish women’s basketball national championship team, returns to Notre Dame on April 15 (Tuesday) to deliver the talk “From Professional Athlete to Humanitarian: How I Became Involved in the Fight Against Poverty and Disease.”

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Two Prominent South African Anti-Apartheid Participants to Speak at Notre Dame

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

Categories: General News, Centers and Institutes, and Internationalism

Two prominent South African participants in the anti-apartheid struggle will speak at the University of Notre Dame on Wednesday, March 19, and Thursday, April 3, as part of the Africa Working Group’s “Celebrating Nelson Mandela” series. One a liberation theologian and political activist, the other the “Jackie Robinson of South Africa,” they each played a crucial role in moving their nation out of apartheid.

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Notre Dame Study Finds American Catholics 'Distinctively Optimistic'

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

A new report published by the University of Notre Dame’s Catholic Social and Pastoral Research Initiative (CSPRI) indicates that American Catholics hold “distinctively optimistic views regarding human nature.” The report, “Distinctive Catholicism: U.S. Catholics’ Views on Human Nature,” summarized the findings of a study done by CSPRI director Brian Starks. The CSPRI initiative is a program of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life.

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Father Gustavo Gutierrez Receives Welcome in Rome

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

Rev. Gustavo Gutierrez, O.P., John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame and widely acknowledged founder of the “liberation theology” movement, was in Rome earlier this week, the surprise speaker at a Vatican book launch. Father Gutierrez was helping to launch a book, Poor for the Poor: The Mission of the Church, edited by Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, who directs the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Two of the book’s chapters were written by Father Gutierrez, and its introduction was written by Pope Francis.

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Sociologist Mark Berends Named AERA Fellow

Author: William Schmitt

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

Mark Berends, a University of Notre Dame professor of sociology who directs the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity in the Institute for Educational Initiatives, has been named a fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). The AERA Fellows Program honors education researchers who have substantial research accomplishments, conveys the association’s commitment to excellence in research, and emphasizes the importance of sustaining excellent research in the field.

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Former Prime Minister of Poland to Deliver 2014 Nanovic Forum Lecture

Author: Monica Caro

Categories: General News, Centers and Institutes, and Internationalism

Hanna Suchocka, former prime minister of Poland and former ambassador to the Holy See, will deliver the 2014 Nanovic Forum Lecture at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4 in the Carey Auditorium in the Hesburgh Library at the University of Notre Dame. Sponsored by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the lecture, titled “Democratic Poland: 25 Years After the Fall of Communism,” is free and open to the public. The event is also part of the 2013-14 Notre Dame Forum on Women in Leadership as Suchocka was the first female prime minister of Poland.

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New Sociology Hires Bring Focus to Secrecy, Social Movements

Author: Mike Danahey

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

Two recent faculty hires in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters are generating excitement, even outside the University. David Gibson, associate professor of sociology, and Ann Mische, associate professor of sociology and peace studies, joined the faculty in the fall of 2013. Professor Rory McVeigh, chair of the Department of Sociology, says,  “I can’t tell you how many people—outside of Notre Dame—have said something along the lines of, ‘Wow, I didn’t realize David Gibson was on your faculty,’ or ‘Wow! When did Ann Mische come to Notre Dame?’

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In the News: A General in a Classroom Takes on the Ethics of War

Author: Arts and Letters

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

The New York Times, February 7, 2014

“A General in a Classroom Takes on the Ethics of War”

Robert H. Latiff, adjunct professor, Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values

Latiff retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Major General in 2006. He teaches a course in the Department of Philosophy, titled The Ethics of Emerging Weapons Technologies.…

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Psychologist Developing Treatment Strategies for Arab Spring’s Trauma Victims

Author: Renée LaReau

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

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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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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