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Arts and Letters Seniors Win 24 National and International Fellowships and Scholarships

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Twenty-four members of the Class of 2016 who study in the College of Arts and Letters have won major national and international fellowships and scholarships, from prestigious institutions such as the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program and the National Science Foundation.

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Notre Dame and Vatican Library Formalize Collaboration and Exchange Agreement

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

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Notre Dame and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, or Vatican Library, formalized a unique agreement of collaboration and exchange in a ceremony May 9 in the Hesburgh Room of the Morris Inn, where Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and Archbishop Jean-Louis Bruguès, O.P., archivist and librarian of the Holy Roman Church, together signed a memorandum of understanding.

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Arts and Letters Faculty Win Grants from Notre Dame Research

Author: Brandi Klingerman

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

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Notre Dame Research has provided awards to more than a dozen College of Arts and Letters faculty members from its Internal Grants Program for 2016. The grant awardees spanned the University in four program categories: Faculty Research Support (Initiation), Faculty Research Support (Regular), Equipment Restoration and Renewal, and Library Acquisitions.

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13 Arts and Letters Faculty Honored For Exemplary Work in Undergraduate Teaching

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

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Eleven faculty members from the College of Arts and Letters have won 2016 Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and two have been honored with Dockweiler Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. The awards are presented by the Office of the Provost, and the recipients are selected through a process that includes peer and student nominations.

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Seniors Teresa Kennedy and Connor Hayes to Receive 2016 Yarrow Award in Peace Studies

2016 Yarrow Award Winners

Notre Dame seniors Teresa Kennedy and Connor Hayes have been selected to receive the 2016 Yarrow Award from the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Kennedy, an anthropology and peace studies major from Wilbraham, Massachusetts, and Hayes, a political science and peace studies major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will accept their awards at the Kroc Institute’s undergraduate recognition ceremony on May 13.

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Record Fulbright Award year led by 24 Arts and Letters students

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Twenty-four Notre Dame students who study in the College of Arts and Letters have received 2016-17 grants from the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, offering students grants to conduct research, study, and teach abroad. The total number of finalists from Arts and Letters alone surpasses the previous University-wide Fulbright record of 17, set last year. In all, 30 Notre Dame students were named Fulbright finalists for 2016-17.

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Political Science, Peace Studies Associate Professor Wins Grant to Study War's Hidden Costs

Author: Renée LaReau

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

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Tanisha Fazal, associate professor of political science and peace studies, has been awarded a research grant from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation to investigate the human and financial costs of war. Those costs are escalating, she says, despite a reduced fatality count.

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Guggenheim Foundation awards fellowships to two Arts and Letters professors

Author: Brian Wallheimer

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

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The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded two of its prestigious 2016 fellowships to faculty in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. The fellowships, which fund a diverse group scholars, artists, and scientists, will go to Anjan Chakravartty, a professor in the Department of Philosophy, and Stephen Fallon, the Rev. John J. Cavanaugh, C.S.C., Professor of the Humanities in the Program of Liberal Studies and the Department of English.

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Professor Launches Project to Advance Scientific and Theological Literacy Among Madrasa Graduates in India

Author: Joan Fallon

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

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With a $1.2 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation, Ebrahim Moosa, professor of Islamic studies at the University of Notre Dame, has launched a three-year project to enrich scientific and theological literacy among recent graduates of Islamic seminaries in India.

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Notre Dame Juniors Caleb Pine and Christa Grace Watkins Named 2016 Truman Scholars

2016 Truman Scholars

Two juniors in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, Caleb “C.J.” Pine and Christa Grace Watkins, have been named 2016 Truman Scholars. Established in 1975 as a living memorial to President Harry S. Truman, the prestigious scholarship includes $30,000 in graduate study funds, priority admission and supplemental financial aid at select institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and internship opportunities within the federal government. Just 54 college juniors have been selected as Truman Scholars this year from a pool of 775 nominees. Six Arts and Letters students have received the Truman Scholarship since 2010.

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Notre Dame Philosopher to Deliver 2017 Gifford Lectures at the University of St. Andrews

Author: Josh Weinhold

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

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Michael Rea, a professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Philosophy, has been named the 2017 speaker for the prestigious Gifford Lectures at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. The 128-year-old lecture series, described as “the highest honor in a philosopher’s career,” invites pre-eminent thinkers to address topics related to religion, science, and philosophy. In a series of six lectures, Rea will take a theologically informed approach to the topic of “divine hiddenness,” the idea that God’s existence is far less evident—and vivid, unambiguous experience of God’s presence is much less frequent—than one might expect from a perfectly loving deity.

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Faculty Comment on Pope Francis' Letter, 'Amoris Laetitia'

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

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Pope Francis released his apostolic exhortation “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”) in Rome on April 8. The document addresses such areas of Catholic Church doctrine as the admission of divorced and remarried Catholics to the sacrament of the Eucharist, same-sex relationships and cohabitation, all issues that arose, often controversially, during the Synod of Bishops in Rome in October. Here is what some people on the Notre Dame faculty are saying and thinking about “Amoris Laetitia.”

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Video: Learning Korean During a Summer in Seoul

Author: Todd Boruff

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

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Notre Dame junior Allison Emeott didn’t just study Korean this summer. She was immersed in it. “You get to use what you learn and talk to people,” she said. “It’s really inspiring because when you’re surrounded by people speaking a language, you want to learn more and you just want to become a part of the community." Emeott, an applied mathematics and Asian studies major, spent the summer of 2015 intensively studying in Seoul, South Korea. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures in the College of Arts and Letters, she received a grant from the Summer Language Abroad program, which provides funding up to $5,500 for individual summer foreign language study abroad.

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Anthropology and Peace Studies Graduate Student Examines Youth Participation in Colombia’s Peace-Building Movements

Author: Carrie Gates

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

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The young people of war-torn northern Colombia want their homes and their lifestyle back. Displaced from their villages by guerilla and paramilitary groups, they have spent the last 10 years in urban centers—making them prime targets for recruitment by those same criminal enterprises. But rather than falling prey to a violent cause, they’ve founded a successful peace-building movement. Notre Dame Ph.D. student Angela Lederach ’07 wants to know why. She’s spent the last two summers living in Cartagena, Colombia, researching the Peaceful Movement of the Alta Montaña, and plans to return in August for at least a year to continue researching the organization for her dissertation.

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Sociologist Focuses Research on Immigration Policy in the South

Author: Aaron Smith

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

Jennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones, an assistant professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Sociology, has received the Presidential Authority Award grant from the Russell Sage Foundation for her study of interracial coalitions and their effect on immigration policy in Mississippi and Alabama. Combining archival and media sources with interviews, “Enforcement or Embrace? The Determinants of State-Level Immigration Policy in New Immigrant Destinations” emerged from unexpected patterns Jones identified while researching race relations and immigration in North Carolina.

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Video: Students Learn Chinese Through Immersive Summer Language Program

Author: Todd Boruff

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

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“Studying Chinese opens the doors to different ways of thinking,” said junior John Fox. “It helped a lot to be able to come here and study abroad this summer and to experience such a great city.” Fox was one of several Notre Dame students to participate in the 2015 China Summer Language Program through the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures in the College of Arts and Letters. Students honed their Chinese language skills at Peking University in Beijing, both in the classroom and one-on-one with an instructor. Students in the program typically advance the equivalent of one full year of study in just eight weeks.

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Urban Sociologist Joins Arts and Letters Faculty

Author: Brian Wallheimer

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

Robert Vargas

Robert Vargas, an urban sociologist whose research focuses on violence and health care, is joining Notre Dame’s Department of Sociology this fall as an assistant professor. Vargas, who will also be a faculty affiliate in the Institute for Latino Studies at Notre Dame, was previously on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at Harvard University. Vargas’ first book, Wounded City: Violent Turf Wars in a Chicago Barrio (Oxford University Press), will be released May 1. In it, Vargas argues that competition among political groups contributes to the persistence of violence just as much as the competition among street gangs.

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Carter Snead, Director of Center for Ethics and Culture, Named to Pontifical Academy for Life

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

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Carter Snead, William P. and Hazel B. White Director of the University of Notre Dame’s "Center for Ethics and Culture and professor of law, has been appointed to the Pontifical Academy for Life, the pope’s principal advisory group on the promotion of the consistent ethic of life in the Catholic Church.Founded in 1994 by Saint Pope John Paul II, the academy meets annually, holds conferences, publishes reports and collaborates with partners in the Vatican Curia and worldwide.

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Medieval History Ph.D. Candidate Awarded DAAD Fellowship to Study in Germany

Author: Tessa Bangs

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

Megan Welton

Inspired by her extensive research on a 10th-century German empress, Ph.D. candidate Megan Welton set her sights early on a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), which provides funding for American students to study in Germany. Her patience and planning paid off recently, when she was awarded the scholarship to study for a year in Essen. “My success in winning a DAAD fellowship is directly linked with the immense support that I have received as a part of the Medieval Institute and as part of the wider Notre Dame community,” she said.

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Video: History Major Conducts Senior Thesis Research at Korean Diplomatic Archives

Author: Todd Boruff

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

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Seung-Jae “David” Oh, a senior history major, spent the summer of 2015 in Seoul doing archival research at the Diplomatic Archives of Korea. He gathered documents produced by the South Korean foreign ministry to get a better understanding of the bilateral relationship between South Korea and the United States. His research, supported in part by the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, will inform his senior thesis, focusing on a tumultuous period between 1979 and 1983 when a movement for democracy clashed with South Korea’s authoritarian government.

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Institute for Latino Studies Report Analyzes Role of Gender in Latino Savings and Retirement

Author: William G. Gilroy

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

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A new report by the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies examines how gender affects Latino men’s and women’s savings for retirement and concludes that there is a need to develop programs to empower lower-income women and men to save for retirement. The research report, directed by Karen Richman, a Notre Dame cultural anthropologist, applies a novel, interdisciplinary approach to the role gender plays in Latinos’ inability to save for retirement, combining anthropological and economic theories and methods.

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Gala Premiere of Keough-Naughton Institute’s Documentary, '1916: The Irish Rebellion,' to be Held at Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

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The gala premiere of 1916: The Irish Rebellion, a three-part documentary produced by the University of Notre Dame’s Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, will be held March 3 in Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Narrated by Liam Neeson, who will attend the gala premiere, the film was conceived, written, and co-produced by Briona Nic Dhiarmada, Thomas J. & Kathleen M. O’Donnell Chair of Irish Language and Literature. The first documentary to give a comprehensive account of the 1916 Rising in Dublin, the film has been made a centerpiece of the Irish government’s global centenary commemoration of the Easter Rising, and will air on 255 U.S. public television stations.

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Notre Dame Named a Top Producer of U.S. Fulbright Finalists

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Fourteen University of Notre Dame students have been awarded Fulbright grants in the 2015-16 program, placing the University among the top-producing universities in the nation. The Fulbright program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. It awards a one-year postgraduate fellowship for research, study or teaching English abroad. During their fellowship, scholars will work, live and learn in their host country.

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Scholar of Chinese Literary and Internet Culture Appointed Director of Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies

Author: Joan Fallon

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

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Michel Hockx has been appointed director of the University of Notre Dame’s Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies within the new Keough School of Global Affairs. Hockx is professor of Chinese and director of the China Institute at SOAS, University of London. He will join the Notre Dame faculty in August 2016 and teach in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures within the College of Arts and Letters.

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Researchers to Convene Symposium on Humility, Wisdom, and Grace in Human Evolution

Author: Katie Zakas Rutledge

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

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Celia Deane-Drummond, professor of theology, and Agustín Fuentes, professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology, have been awarded a grant by the John Templeton Foundation to convene invited scholars to explore the intersection of wisdom, humility, and grace in human evolution. An advanced symposium, entitled “Humility, Wisdom, and Grace in Deep Time: A Conversation between Theology and Evolutionary Anthropology,” will assemble scholars from around the world in Stellenbosch, South Africa, in January 2017.

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Video: Study everything. Do anything.

Author: Todd Boruff

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

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Through the liberal arts, you learn to read deeply. Think about issues critically. Discuss topics thoughtfully. Write arguments persuasively. Contribute to projects creatively. And these abilities aren’t just vital in the classroom—they’re exactly what employers, graduate schools, and service organizations are looking for. With 20 departments across the humanities, arts, and social sciences, the College of Arts and Letters is home to exceptional faculty and talented students who are studying what they love.

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Washington Program Kickstarts Political and Policy Careers for Notre Dame Students

Author: Brian Wallheimer

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

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Through the Washington Program, a semester-long immersion into national politics and policy, Notre Dame students head to the nation’s capital for coursework and organized visits with policymakers, journalists, and leaders in a variety of governmental and non-governmental offices. Participants also complete internships at the White House, congressional offices, major media outlets, non-governmental organizations, and nonprofits.

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Forthcoming Book Tells the Story of Irish-Americans' Role in Ireland's Easter Rising of 1916

Author: Heather Gary

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

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Robert Schmuhl is the Walter H. Annenberg-Edmund P. Joyce Professor of American Studies and Journalism at the University of Notre Dame. He received the 2014 Hibernian Research Award in support of his forthcoming book, Ireland’s Exiled Children: America and the Easter Rising, which will be released by Oxford University Press next month, just in time to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Easter Rising of 1916.

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‘Stakes Are High’ in Pope’s Visit to Mexico, Experts Say

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

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When Pope Francis travels to Mexico Feb. 12-17, he will visit six cities—including two in the state of Chiapas, Mexico’s poorest state—and will celebrate a Mass in Ciudad Juárez across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas. The first pope from Latin America, where 40 percent of the world’s Catholics live, he will be touring the country that’s home to the second largest Catholic population in the world.

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Inaugural Ursula Williams Faculty Fellow Develops Hybrid Chinese Language Course

Author: Anne Daly

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

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The Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures has partnered with the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning to offer the Ursula Williams Faculty Fellowship. The fellowship connects foreign-language faculty with technology experts and supports research to help faculty members determine which technological tools are most helpful in language classrooms. Chengxu Yin, associate teaching professor of Chinese, was awarded the fellowship to develop a hybrid model language class, blending traditional class time with online learning.

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