Raymond Offenheiser Jr. travels through disaster zones about as routinely as most of us drive to work. From Africa to Afghanistan, New Orleans to most recently Haiti, Offenheiser has walked through cities and villages devastated by wars, famine and natural disasters. He has seen human suffering on a grand scale, and the heartening – and heartbreaking – efforts as people struggle to put the pieces of a life back together again. Offenheiser is the president of Oxfam America, the international relief and development agency that helps communities rebuild after a disaster. He will be speaking at the University of Notre Dame on Tuesday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the Geddes Hall Andrews Auditorium.
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The University of Notre Dame’s Department of English and Creative Writing Program are hosting the third annual Women Writers Festival featuring authors Lorrie Moore (pictured in photo), Lolita Hernandez, and Frances Hwang. The two-day event, set for Tuesday and Wednesday, March 23 and 24, 2010, will be held in Notre Dame’s McKenna Hall and is free and open to the public.
Two titans of the religious spectrum – atheist Christopher Hitchens and Catholic writer Dinesh D’Souza – will engage in a public debate at the University of Notre Dame. The debate, titled “Is Religion the Problem?”, will take place Wednesday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Leighton Concert Hall of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
Showcasing the creativity of contemporary Asian filmmaking, the University of Notre Dame’s annual Asian Film Festival will bring five films to the Browning Cinema of the DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts on Friday and Saturday, March 19-20, 2010.
Notre Dame’s Science of Generosity Initiative has awarded $1.4 million to four research projects that will study the origins, manifestations and consequences of generosity. The winning projects were chosen from among 325 proposals by scholars in 32 countries and numerous disciplines.
Oxford University Press has just published Strategies of Peace, a collection of provocative essays that explore innovative models for building peace after genocide, civil war, and terrorism. The book features the writing of eight faculty members of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and seven other scholars of peace and conflict from around the country.
Notre Dame undergraduates interested in independent, interdisciplinary research have until March 16 to apply for up to $4,500 in grant funding made possible by a new cross-college collaboration. The new program, dubbed the College of Arts and Letters and College of Science Joint Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (AL/SCI-UROP), was announced in late February.
Ryan Lash, a senior majoring in medieval studies and anthropology, has been awarded a Gates Scholarship to pursue a master’s degree at the University of Cambridge. He is one of only 29 American students who will become new Gates Scholars in 2010–2011. More than 800 U.S. students applied for this honor in the 2009 competition.
Martha Minow, Dean and Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor at Harvard Law School, will deliver the 16th annual Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Lecture in Ethics and Public Policy at 4:15 p.m. March 16 (Tuesday) in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium. This lecture is free and open to the public.
A high-level task force co-chaired by R. Scott Appleby, the John M. Regan Director of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and professor of history, has released a report urging U.S. policymakers to rethink the role of religion in world affairs and proposing a new strategy for engaging religiously inspired people of all faiths.
Graduate and undergraduate students from across the country will present dynamic human development research conducted in 43 nations at the second annual Human Development Conference, which will be held Friday and Saturday (Feb. 26 and 27) at Notre Dame. The event is free and open to the public.
Glen Water, a 2009 Notre Dame graduate, studied solar-powered irrigation in Egypt for a semester thanks to a grant he received from the College of Arts and Letters’ Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program. The program challenges students to think critically and conduct serious academic research.
The Center for Migration and Border Studies in Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies has received a $125,000 grant from the National Endowment for Financial Education to investigate how social and cultural factors impact Mexican immigrants’ savings for retirement.
John Van Engen, Andrew V. Tackes Professor of History, has been awarded both the John Gilmary Shea Prize from the American Catholic Historical Association (ACHA) and the Philip Schaff Prize from the American Society for Church History (ACSH) for his book Sisters and Brothers of the Common Life: The Devotio Moderna and the World of the Later Middle Ages.
Drawing on the success of last year’s program, Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies is preparing for its second annual Summer Institute in Peace Studies Program Development, which will be held June 13 to 18 (Sunday to Friday) at Notre Dame.
Notre Dame’s Nanovic Institute for European Studies has awarded the $10,000 Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies to author Roberto M. Dainotto for his book Europe (In Theory), published by Duke University Press (2007).
The Institute for Latino Studies at Notre Dame will present “A Place at the Table: A Conversation with Janet Murguía on the Latino Agenda in 2010” Feb. 16 (Tuesday) at 4 p.m. in Room 210-214 of McKenna Hall on the Notre Dame campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Vibrant Brazilian dance rhythms will transport revelers from South Bend to the streets of Rio de Janeiro during the University of Notre Dame’s 12th annual celebration of Brazilian Carnaval, to be held Feb. 12 (Friday) from 8 p.m. to midnight in Notre Dame’s South Dining Hall. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public.
The London Centre, the majestic Edwardian building at Trafalgar Square that houses the University of Notre Dame’s London Program, has become a hub of international scholarship.
Interest in international development issues runs high among University of Notre Dame undergraduates, many of whom have studied or served in the developing world. Now they have a new way to connect their experiences overseas with their own academic development—a Kellogg Institute for International Studies minor that integrates coursework and fieldwork.
Seventeen international scholars will be featured at the University of Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) conference on “Beauty,” to be held Jan. 21 to 23 (Thursday to Saturday) in McKenna Hall.
Francisco Aragón, director of Letras Latinas, the literary program of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, has been selected to receive the Outstanding Latino/a Cultural Award in Literary Arts or Publications given by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education.
Producing more effective governance is the greatest challenge facing most Latin American democracies today, say Notre Dame political scientists Scott Mainwaring and Rev. Timothy R. Scully, C.S.C., in a new book from Stanford University Press that they co-edited.
On Dec. 12, a national task force commissioned by the University of Notre Dame released a report and launched a campaign to improve educational opportunities for the next generation of American Latinos by expanding their access to Catholic schools.
Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies is currently hosting Gerald Telfort, the only Fulbright visiting scholar selected from Haiti this academic year in the newly re-launched Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Central America and the Caribbean.
Some of Europe’s most prominent Muslim and Muslim-born writers will discuss the place of Islam in their work at a symposium titled “The Place of Islam in Contemporary European Literature,” to be held Nov. 16 and 17 (Monday and Tuesday) at Notre Dame.
Internationally known sociologist and social theorist Hans Joas, director of the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt, will present a lecture titled “The Axial Age Debate As Religious Discourse” at 4 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 12) in Geddes Hall.
Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture is hosting its 10th annual fall conference, “The Summons of Freedom: Virtue, Sacrifice, and the Common Good,” from Nov. 12 to 14 (Thursday to Saturday) in McKenna Hall.
Rev. Daniel Groody, C.S.C., assistant professor of theology, is one of seven academic experts selected to participate in the Vatican’s sixth World Congress on the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees, which is being held Nov. 9 to 12 in Rome.