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Spanish Students Connect with South Bend Through Community-Based Learning

Author: Josh Weinhold

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

Community-based learning with Spanish majors at Notre Dame

Through a series of new community-based learning Spanish courses at Notre Dame, undergraduates are improving their language skills both inside and outside the classroom. The learning model is based on the idea that a faculty member and local organization leader are co-educators—the experience is designed to be mutually beneficial to both the class and the community group. Spanish students in intermediate-level and community-based learning classes now average about 3,000 hours of service per year in South Bend.

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Theatre Professor’s Play Explores Nuances of Interfaith Love

Author: Aaron Smith

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

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Disheartened by anti-Muslim rhetoric that followed the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Anne García-Romero resolved to write a play that explored the intricacies and nuances of interfaith love, tolerance, and peaceful coexistence. After years in the making, that work has become a reality. Paloma—which received its West Coast premiere and ran for a month this summer at the Los Angeles Theatre Center—focuses on a romance between a Muslim man and a Christian woman.

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Notre Dame Experts Await Pope Francis

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

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When Pope Francis lands at Andrews Air Force Base on September 22, it will be the first time in a short pontificate and a long life that Jorge Mario Bergoglio, of Argentina, has ever set foot in the United States. His visit promises to be unprecedented in numerous other ways, and several University of Notre Dame scholars have been speculating on how.

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NSF Grant Helps Institute’s Fellows Study Wandering Minds in STEM Classes

Author: Bill Schmitt

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

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A research collaboration involving two scholars in Notre Dame’s Department of Psychology that seeks to combat student inattentiveness in STEM learning has captured the attention of the National Science Foundation (NSF), receiving a three-year grant totaling $550,000. The work of James Brockmole, an associate professor of psychology and visual attention expert; Sidney D’Mello, an assistant professor of psychology and computer science who studies cognitive sciences; and others is part of a research effort to fight the problem called mind wandering.

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Video: Meet Italian Major Sara Spittler

Author: Todd Boruff

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

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“I love the language itself,” said Sara Spittler ’15, an Italian major in the College of Arts and Letters. “It’s so beautiful, and I’ve never really studied another language that I could speak and feel comfortable in, so that just gives me a whole new sense of confidence and that I feel is really important in a college education.” The Italian major incorporates language acquisition with immersion into the culture and literature of Italy. Students become proficient in the cultural vocabulary of Western civilization while developing critical thinking and analysis skills.

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Three Questions with Theologian Timothy Matovina

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

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Pope Francis is due to arrive in America Sept. 22, his first trip to North America. He’s expected to address the growing influx of Latinos in the U.S. Catholic church while he’s here, including delivering several talks in Spanish. Timothy Matovina, professor of theology and co-director of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, says Latinos have much to offer in the Church. Matovina teaches and studies Latino theology and Catholic history in America.

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Video: Meet Chinese Major Jack McKenna

Author: Todd Boruff

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

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“If you want to set yourself apart in anything you do—whether it’s a job, whether it’s applying to graduate school, whether it’s meeting a new person—I say learn a language,” said Jack McKenna ’15, a Chinese major in the College of Arts and Letters. As a major in Chinese at Notre Dame, students learn the language of the world’s most populous country. In addition to language study, students engage with the culture and literature of China, with topics ranging from religious traditions to international relations.

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Video: Meet Art History Major Seán Cotter

Author: Todd Boruff

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

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Majors in art history gain a broad understanding of Western art along with opportunities for in-depth examination of particular periods, such as ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, and modern art. “There’s something I really love about the challenge that comes with the unexplored,” said Cotter. “I love the tradition that can emerge from that, and I love that I’m part of that tradition.”

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Unique Collaboration Brings Scholar of Ancient Philosophy to Campus

Author: Arts and Letters

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

Diego De Brasi

An Italian-born, German-speaking scholar of ancient philosophy will spend the 2015-16 academic year at the University of Notre Dame, supported by the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Notre Dame’s Institute for Advanced Study and Workshop on Ancient Philosophy teamed up to help secure the post-doctoral fellowship for Diego De Brasi, an assistant professor of classical philology at the University of Marburg, Germany.

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Two Arts and Letters Faculty Members Awarded ACLS Fellowships

Author: Arts and Letters

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

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Two faculty members from Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters have won fellowships this year from the American Council of Learned Societies. John P. Welle, a professor of Italian in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and concurrent professor in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre, was awarded the fellowship to complete his book, The Poet and the Diva: Print Media from the Golden Age of Italian Silent Film. Eileen Hunt Botting an associate professor in the Department of Political Science, received the award to support her book project, Frankenstein and the Question of Human Development.

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Institute for Latino Studies to Co-host Event Featuring Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: General News and Centers and Institutes

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A public conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be held from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Sept. 2, an event co-sponsored by the Institute for Latino Studies. The event, also sponsored by the Office of the President and Notre Dame Law School, is free and open to the public. Doors open one hour before the event.

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Professor Wins ACLS Fellowship to Explore Political Philosophy in Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’

Author: Brian Wallheimer

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

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Eileen Hunt Botting’s students have suggested, only half jokingly, that had someone only given Dr. Victor Frankenstein’s creature a hug, a lot of violence and tragedy could have been avoided. Botting, an associate professor of political science, has come to believe those students aren’t far from Shelley’s main point—that so much can go wrong when society shirks its responsibilities for its most vulnerable citizens. She will get to elaborate on that theory over the course of a year thanks to an American Council of Learned Societies fellowship supporting her book project, Frankenstein and the Question of Human Development.

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Sociologist Calls for Research on Charter Schools to Go Beyond Test Scores

Author: William G. Schmitt

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

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A comprehensive review of the research assessing charter schools as the fastest growing area of school choice reforms has uncovered a need for studies that take a different tack, according to Notre Dame sociologist Mark Berends. The director of the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity notes that the explosive growth of charter schools in the past decade, with total enrollment now exceeding 2.5 million children, has benefited from claims in the public arena that are not thoroughly examined.

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Record Fulbright Award Year Led by 15 Arts and Letters Students

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Fifteen Notre Dame students who studied in the College of Arts and Letters have received grants from the Fulbright program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. A total of 18 students were named Fulbright finalists—the most grantees the University has ever had in the program.

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ACE to Send Forth 272 Catholic School Teachers and Leaders in Missioning Ceremonies

Author: William G. Schmitt

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

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The University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education will send forth 272 Catholic school teachers and leaders to nearly 200 Catholic schools across the country in the annual Missioning Mass, capping two months of professional formation and spiritual renewal. The ceremony, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. July 24 in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, will celebrate and bless the next steps on the educators’ journeys back to their respective schools and classrooms.

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White House Report on Juvenile Offender Diversion Programs Highlights Project with LEO Ties

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: General News, Research, and Centers and Institutes

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A White House Council of Economic Advisers report released July 14 includes an account of Reading for Life, a local juvenile diversion program that is being evaluated by the University of Notre Dame’s Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities. The report, “Economic Costs of Youth Disadvantage and High-Return Opportunities for Change,” features the RFL program, which has been used at the St. Joseph County Juvenile Justice Center since 2007.

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Two Romance Languages and Literatures Graduates Receive Fulbright Awards to Study Global Nutrition

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Two recent Notre Dame graduates are tackling global health issues with support from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. French and Francophone studies major Claire Donovan will work with UNICEF in Togo to examine women’s adherence to micronutrient supplement programs. Christina Gutierrez, who majored in Romance languages and literatures and political science, will pursue a master’s degree at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy and conduct research on and pilot a food co-op concept there.

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LEO Receives $435,000 NIH Grant to Study Impact of Community College Intervention Program

Author: Josh Weinhold

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

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Notre Dame’s Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities has received a $435,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health for a two-year study of Stay the Course, a program designed to keep low-income community college students on the path to academic success. Participants are paired with a case manager who offers guidance and support on how to stay on track to graduate or transfer to a four-year college. They are also directed to affordable child care or other social services that will aid them in their pursuit of an education.

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Researchers in New Notre Dame Center Awarded $3.1 Million Grant to Study Virtues in Science

Author: Carrie Gates

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

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A team of researchers in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters has been awarded a $3.1 million grant from the Templeton Religion Trust to examine how the concrete practices of science relate to something more abstract—what theologians and philosophers consider “virtues”—and how that connects with other areas of scientists’ lives, including their religious beliefs. The endeavor is a key component of Notre Dame’s new Center for Theology, Science, and Human Flourishing, which will serve as a hub for transdisciplinary research at the University.

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Faculty React to Pope’s Encyclical on Climate Change

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

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University of Notre Dame faculty members continue to comment on the new encyclical Laudato Si, issued by Pope Francis in Rome on June 18. In an op-ed in Wednesday’s Chicago Tribune, Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., writes that, “It is characteristic of this pope to speak as the Catholic leader but to seek to build bridges to all people who promote friendship and cooperation serving the good of all.”

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Former Indonesian President Speaks at Liu Institute’s Asia Leadership Forum

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: General News, Centers and Institutes, and Internationalism

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Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the former president of the Republic of Indonesia, spoke at the University of Notre Dame’s inaugural Asia Leadership Forum last week at the invitation of Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. The forum featured a panel discussion, “Indonesian Islam: A Force for Democracy and Peace,” and was sponsored by Notre Dame’s Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies.

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The Art of Truth: Maxim Kantor

Author: Andy Fuller

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

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Maxim Kantor is the portrait of a character from a well-crafted Hollywood political drama: an artist, writer, and philosopher whose early work went largely unnoticed in Cold War Russia because it did not conform to the tastes of the Soviet regime. Notre Dame’s Institute for Advanced Study hosted the artist as its Director’s Fellow in 2015.

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Institute Assembles Catholic High School Teachers to Bridge Gap Between Science, Religion

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

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Science and religion teachers from Catholic high schools nationwide are meeting at the University of Notre Dame June 14 to 19 to debunk the notion that their academic disciplines contradict each other. The week-long seminar hosted by the Institute for Church Life attracted some 90 Catholic high school teachers of biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, and religion from 23 dioceses from across the country.

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Theologians Expect Pope’s Encyclical to Shine ‘Holy Light’ on Climate Change

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

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Pope Francis’ forthcoming encyclical on the environment, titled “Laudato Sii,” has elicited indecorous responses, including questions about whether the environment has anything to do with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Theologians and scientists at the University of Notre Dame, however, insist that it precisely concerns Church teaching, and they look forward to hearing what Pope Francis has to say.

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Exhibit Showcases Medieval Liturgical and Musical Manuscripts

Author: Carol C. Bradley

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

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Sacred Music at Notre Dame: The Voice of the Text, an exhibition in the Hesburgh Libraries Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, highlights the University’s holdings in medieval liturgical manuscripts that contain music. The manuscripts from the 11th through 15th centuries originate from various regions in France, Germany, Austria, and Italy. They inclued a a psalter, a liturgical calendar, a gradual, and a diurnal.

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Video: French and History Major Researches Diderot in Paris

Author: Todd Boruff

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

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Anne Seul ’15, a history and French major, spent the summer of 2014 conducting research at the Bibliotheque Historique de la Ville de Paris, the French capital’s historical library. Her research focused on perceptions of Denis Diderot, the 18th-century French philosopher best known as the chief editor of Encyclopédie and a key figure influencing the French Revolution. “It’s a new challenge. I’ve never done anything remotely like this by myself—living on my own and being in charge of this big project,” she said.

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Professor Strives to Build World-Class Islamic Studies Program

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For Ebrahim Moosa, the chance to develop an elite Islamic studies program at a Catholic university is full of opportunity. “Catholics and Muslims can potentially embark on a series of meaningful conversations on common concerns,” he said. “There are challenges both Catholics and Muslims face on gender issues, science, evolution, and values. How do strong religious values survive in the midst of formidable social and political challenges?

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Psychology Professor Seeks to Understand How Students Learn Mathematics

Author: William G. Gilroy

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

Nicole McNeil

It’s both the bane of many parents and what has been called a major national vulnerability: the inability of many children to learn mathematics. Understanding that problem and developing strategies to overcome it is the research focus of Nicole McNeil, Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame, and the researchers in her lab.

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