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.
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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 University of Notre Dame will present Films and Faith Weekend 2010, titled “Faith and Doubt,” Feb. 19 to 21 (Friday to Sunday) in the Browning Cinema of the University’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
For better or worse, a lot of time and energy gets devoted to efforts aimed at ascertaining the relative quality of academic departments. Amidst the chorus of opinions, Notre Dame’s Department of Psychology recently has been receiving powerful, if informal, confirmation of both its stature and trajectory in the broader discipline.
Rev. Michael Driscoll, associate professor of theology, was elected an officer and president-elect of the Catholic Academy of Liturgy at its annual meeting in Milwaukee last month.
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.
Robert E. Burns, professor emeritus of history at the University of Notre Dame, died Friday (Feb. 5) in Sebastian, Fla., after a long illness.
The largest-ever study on the Dalits—the so-called “untouchables” of India—reveals widespread caste-based discrimination in every aspect of daily life, according to Christian Davenport, professor of peace studies, political science, and sociology and one of the co-authors of the research report.
Plato’s Philosophers: The Coherence of the Dialogues by Catherine Zuckert, Nancy Reeves Dreux Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, received three 2009 American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE Awards), including the top prize, the R.R. Hawkins Award.
Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre will present Natural Selection by Eric Coble as part of its 2009–10 theater season. Performances will be held Feb. 23 to 27 (Tuesday to Saturday) at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 28 (Sunday) at 2:30 p.m. in the Philbin Studio Theatre of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
Elizabeth A. Christman, associate professor emerita of American studies at the University of Notre Dame, died Thursday (Feb. 4).
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.
Each year, the Kaneb Pre-doctoral Fellowship Program provides up to four advanced graduate students from the College of Arts and Letters with a mentored experience of research and teaching at a prominent liberal arts college or research university.
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.
“The merits of firsthand exposure to the art and architecture of ancient Rome are hard to articulate, but there is something affective about the experience that raises questions and inspires critical thought beyond a textbook reading,“ wrote Tracy Jennings, a senior classics major, in a journal she kept while traveling through Rome in October.
All of William Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets will be read aloud by Notre Dame administrators, faculty and students during “Sonnet Fest 2010,” a public event that will take place Feb. 10 (Wednesday) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Great Hall of O’Shaughnessy Hall on campus.
Liberal public policies, such as a state’s level of spending on social programs and the degree to which its economy is subject to political regulation, have strong positive effects on life satisfaction, according to a new book edited by Amitava Dutt and Benjamin Radcliff, professors of economics and political science, respectively.
Sophomore Kelly Fallon’s eyes light up when she talks about her visit to Ditchling, the small village in East Sussex, England, where, in 1921, Eric Gill founded the Guild of St. Joseph and St. Dominic. The guild was a Roman Catholic community of artists and craftsmen, inspired by medieval guilds. “I’d never heard of Gill before,” she says, “but going to Ditchling and seeing so many people who knew Gill and the guild really brought home to me how important he was to English art.”
The School of Architecture will host a two-day colloquium, “Learning From Rome: The Influence of the Eternal City on Art, Architecture, and the Humanities,” Feb. 5 and 6 (Friday and Saturday) in Bond Hall. The event is free and open to the public and will feature several scholars from the College of Arts and Letters.
Ralph McInerny, the Michael P. Grace Professor of Medieval Studies and professor of philosophy emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, died Jan. 29 after a long illness at Our Lady of Peace Hospital in Mishawaka, Ind. He was 80 years old.
For John Burke, Notre Dame’s mock trial program was far more than a chance to don a crisp suit and play lawyer.