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Shattering Ceilings and Crossing Divides

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

The tensions inherent in being at once Catholic and American have been palpable and familiar features in the life of the University of Notre Dame from sporadic outbreaks of fisticuffs on campus in the years preceding the Civil War to the controversy which swirled about the 2009 Commencement ceremony at which President Obama received an honorary degree.

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José Limón Joins Notre Dame Faculty

Author: Kate Cohorst

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

José Limón, one of the country’s foremost scholars of Latino literature, will soon become the Notre Dame Professor of American Literature. Currently the Mody C. Boatright Regents Professor of English and director of the Center for Mexican-American Studies at the University of Texas, Limón will join the faculty at Notre Dame in January 2011.

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Political Scientist Benjamin Radcliff Studies Unions and Happiness

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

It’s no coincidence that American workers have never been more dissatisfied with their jobs, and labor unions’ membership keeps dropping, according to a new study co-authored by University of Notre Dame political scientist Benjamin Radcliff. Based on a study of unions in 14 nations, Radcliffe found that people who live in countries in which labor union membership was robust were happier—regardless of whether or not they belonged to a labor union themselves.

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History of Science Society Comes to University of Notre Dame

Author: Aaron Smith

Categories: General News

The History of Science Society (HSS) has arrived at Notre Dame—a move that promises to benefit the society, the University’s History and Philosophy of Science program and Notre Dame’s science programs by providing new opportunities for collaboration among society members, faculty, and students. HSS, which relocated from the University of Florida this fall, is the world’s largest society dedicated to understanding science, technology, medicine, and their interactions with society in historical context. The organization has more than 3,000 members.

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Students Engage in New Undergraduate Journal and Online Hub

Author: Aaron Smith

Categories: General News and Centers and Institutes

“You are looking for something. I know it.” So begins the introduction to the first issue of Lost Piece, a new monthly journal of letters created by a group of undergraduates to provide an independent forum for creative, thought-provoking expression outside of the classroom. A new, student-run, academic networking website also shares Lost Piece’s mission to promote intellectual engagement among students.

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Notre Dame Student Intellectual Life Finds Home on the Web

Author: Kate Cohorst

Categories: General News

The newest student publication at the University of Notre Dame has no small ambition: It wants to influence the way every student engages in intellectual life. And it’s going to do so without ever using a piece of paper. The Hub, with the slogan “Your academic life @ ND,” is drawing on the lessons of the burgeoning social media world to create what essentially is more of an environment than a publication.

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Psychologist Darcia Narvaez Studies Violent Video Games' Impact on Kids

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments this week from some 12 states, urging it to uphold a law that bans the sale of violent video games to children younger than 18. The states, including California and Texas, say that banning sales to minors would provide moral and psychological protection. University of Notre Dame Psychology Professor Darcia Narvaez agrees.

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Making Connections Beyond the History Classroom

Author: Joanna Basile

Categories: General News

Students in the Department of History aren’t leaving their learning to chance. Through a program called History Beyond the Classroom (HBC), undergraduates like Carly Anderson are signing up to immerse themselves more fully in the rich intellectual life at Notre Dame.

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Rooney Center Hosts Panel on First Catholic President

Author: Marie Blakey

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

In November 1960, John F. Kennedy defeated Richard M. Nixon in what is considered one of the closest elections of the 20th century. The election is also noted in the history books because it ushered into the White House the first Roman Catholic to hold the nation’s highest office. To look at what this meant—and still means today—to American politics, the University of Notre Dame’s Francis and Kathleen Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy has invited a group of leading political scholars and authors to join in a panel discussion titled Shattering the Stained Glass Ceiling: 50 Years After the Election of America’s First Catholic President.

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Liu Gift Endows New Institute for Asia and Asian Studies

Author: Dennis Brown

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

The RM Liu Foundation has made a gift to the University of Notre Dame to endow a new Institute for Asia and Asian Studies. Based in Gardena, Calif., the foundation supports the philanthropic activities of Robert and Mimi Liu and their children, Emily and Justin, both of whom are Notre Dame graduates. “We are expanding the international dimensions of Notre Dame in many ways, and Asia is an especially important part of our plan,” says Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the University’s president. “This significant gift will allow us to enhance our current initiatives and to grow in new and exciting directions. We are deeply grateful to Bob, Mimi, Emily and Justin for their visionary leadership and extraordinarily generous support.”

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China Expert Lionel Jensen Discusses Nobel Peace Prize

Categories: General News, Internationalism, and Faculty News

Though China does not appear to see it that way, the Nobel Peace Prize recently awarded to Chinese literary critic and activist Liu Xiaobo should be considered an honor “bestowed in a spirit of recognizing how far China has come, having delivered more than a quarter of a billion people from absolute poverty and opening itself to the world,” says Lionel Jensen, associate professor of East Asian languages and cultures and associate professor of history at the University of Notre Dame.

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Italian Major Pursues Passion for Language and Meaning

Author: Joanna Basile

Categories: General News and Internationalism

Anna Michelle Martinez-Montavon’s passion for languages began well before she came to Notre Dame. Her parents grew up in Mexico and South America, and she grew up in the United States speaking Spanish at home as her first language. She learned English while in daycare and then studied French in middle school. Now in college, she’s fallen in love with yet another language.

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Philosophy Alumnus Promotes Ethics on Wall Street

Author: Kate Cohorst

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

International investment advisor Terrence Keeley, who received a philosophy degree from Notre Dame in 1981, is a founding director of a new movement to promote higher ethical standards in the world of finance. He spoke about the Financial Hippocratic Oath as part of the 2010-2011 Notre Dame Forum, a campus-wide discussion on the role of ethics, values, and morals in the rebuilding and reshaping of the global economy.

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