For most students, reading the Quran for an hour may sound like a homework assignment. For Gabriel Reynolds, associate professor of Islamic studies and theology, and the student members of the Quran Circle reading group, it is an extracurricular activity with many benefits.
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Howard Goldblatt, research professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Notre Dame and the foremost translator of modern and contemporary Chinese literature in the West, has been awarded the 2009 Man Asian Literary Prize for his translation of The Boat to Redemption by Chinese author Su Tong.
Kathleen Cummings, assistant professor of American studies and acting director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, was awarded the 2009 best paper prize from the Religion and American Culture Caucus of the American Studies Association (ASA).
Whether working at the local food bank or spending time with a hospice patient, Notre Dame students are encouraged to engage in activities that support their academic goals while serving the greater good. For Michael Clemente (’09), volunteering with the Program of Liberal Studies’ Junior Masterpieces Seminar provided a way for him to share and pass on his passion for the liberal arts with local elementary school students. In the process, he also helped them with critical thinking and communications skills.
A new book by Notre Dame psychologist Anita Kelly offers advice to college students on how to give their teachers what they really want and get the most out of their hard-earned—and often expensive—college education.
Notre Dame theologian Gary Anderson’s book Sin: A History, recently published by Yale University Press, examines how understandings and descriptions of sin have changed over two millennia of biblical tradition.
A team of four Notre Dame undergraduate students finished first in the NASCAR Kinetics: Marketing in Motion competition. Final results for the semester-long competition were announced Nov. 19 in Miami, site of the NASCAR Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
When Notre Dame and the University of Southern California meet, it can get ugly. However, that is the last word you would use to describe a recent encounter between the two schools in Notre Dame’s Crowley Hall.
John Cavadini, associate professor and chair of the theology department and McGrath-Cavadini Director of the Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame, has been named by Pope Benedict XVI a member of the Order of the Knights of St. Gregory the Great.
While others might be content to resign their retirement years to blazing Floridian sunsets or skill development on the putting green, Robert Flood is bringing a lifetime of real world experience at the International Monetary Fund to the Department of Economics and Econometrics.
How do you reconcile former enemies in a society shattered by war, genocide or violence? In a new book, Unchopping a Tree: Reconciliation in the Aftermath of Political Violence, political scientist Ernesto Verdeja answers this question by examining reconciliation efforts in post-conflict regions from Chile to South Africa to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
John Griffin, associate professor of political science, has helped debunk a myth about ideologically extreme legislators in an award-winning paper he co-wrote, raising the question of whether citizens hold elected officials accountable.
On Nov. 20, 1962, President Kennedy signed an executive order prohibiting federally-funded housing agencies from denying mortgages on the basis of race, color, creed or national origin. According to University of Notre Dame sociologist Richard Williams, the dramatic improvement of American family housing security thus begun is now jeopardized both by the current economic crisis and misconceptions of what caused it.
Late last year, James Sullivan, associate professor in the Department of Economics and Econometrics, and the University of Chicago’s Bruce Meyer published an article in the American Economic Review related to their ongoing research into ways to measure and improve the well-being of poor families.
Robert Schmuhl, Walter H. Annenberg-Edmund P. Joyce Professor of American Studies and Journalism, will deliver the keynote address at the conference of the Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland on Nov. 21 (Saturday) in Dublin.
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.
John Fetterman, the man once dubbed “the mayor of hell,” will visit Notre Dame to share his experience of another America?a Rust Belt town plagued by crime and a struggling economy?and his efforts to help revive the place.
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.
Notre Dame political scientist James McAdams recalls the first time he stepped over the border from West Germany to East Germany in 1973 as a 19-year-old college student studying in West Berlin. “The first time I entered East Berlin, it felt like I was going to an anti-Disneyland.”
Superior Court Judge Joan Orie Melvin of Pittsburgh, a 1978 Notre Dame alumna who majored in economics, was elected Nov. 3 to a seat on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
“What’s Next? Week” is a series of academic and career information sessions designed to help Arts and Letters majors?from first-year students to seniors?make the most of their time at Notre Dame.
This summer, four Notre Dame undergraduates had the rare opportunity to conduct research side-by-side with the famous Irish nun Sister Cyril Mooney, who has turned an elite Catholic school for girls in Kolkata, India, into an education center that welcomes the city’s street children.
British paleontologist Simon Conway Morris will deliver a lecture titled “Darwin’s Compass: How Evolution Discovers the Song of Creation” at 8 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 3) in the auditorium of Notre Dame’s Jordan Hall of Science. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute will present its first film festival Friday to Sunday (Oct. 30 to Nov. 1), featuring four classic motion pictures with medieval settings?three that explore the lighter side of the Middle Ages and one cinematic masterpiece.