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SLA Program Offers Immersive Language and Cultural Experience

Jacob Kildoo

In summer 2015, more than 60 College of Arts and Letters students will participate in language and cultural immersion programs in 20 countries around the world, thanks to funding from Notre Dame’s Summer Language Abroad (SLA) Program. “The whole experience is truly a fantastic way to learn,” said senior Jacob Kildoo who spent summer 2014 in Muscat, Oman.

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Video: Arts and Letters Alumni on the Value of a Liberal Arts Education

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: Alumni, General News, and Internationalism

Bob Conway ’66

Arts and Letters graduates find success in a variety of professions, across the country and around the world. “I was involved in and ran our recruiting effort at Goldman Sachs for a number of years,” said Bob Conway ’66, senior director for The Goldman Sachs Group, London. “An art history major was as valuable to me as a finance major.”

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Video: Uncovering the Ancient City of Butrint

Author: Todd Boruff

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

Butrint, Albania

“We’re here to look for treasure,” said David Hernandez, director of the Butrint Archaeological Research Project. “And I think of this as an intellectual treasure, really, and a cultural treasure. It’s a very special city.” Hernandez, who has directed field projects at Butrint since 2004, is an assistant professor of classics and concurrent assistant professor of anthropology at Notre Dame.

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Notre Dame Launches Online Theology Program for Hispanic Catholics

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

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The University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life (ICL) has launched a new online adult faith formation program for Hispanic Catholics. The program, Camino, is a collaborative initiative of ICL’s Satellite Theological Education Program and the Southeast Pastoral Institute.

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In Memoriam: Donald R. Keough, Chair Emeritus of the Notre Dame Board of Trustees

Author: Paul J. Browne

Categories: Centers and Institutes, General News, and Internationalism

Donald R. Keough

Donald R. Keough, chair emeritus of the University of Notre Dame Board of Trustees, chair of Allen & Company, and former president and chief operating officer of the Coca-Cola Company, died Tuesday, February 24 in Atlanta with family members at his side. He was 88. “Don Keough was a celebrated business leader, a transformative philanthropist, a devout Catholic, a devoted husband and father, and a friend to so many who today mourn his passing,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president.

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Notre Dame Anthropologist Deb Rotman Awarded Fulbright Fellowship

Author: Carrie Gates

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

Deb Rotman

Anthropologist Deb Rotman, Paul and Maureen Stefanick Faculty Director of Notre Dame’s Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE), has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award for the 2015-16 academic year. Rotman will spend the year in Ireland, collaborating with University College Dublin and the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology on her project, “Clachans and Cultural Landscapes of County Mayo, Ireland: Local History, Folklore, and Archaeology of 19th-Century Domestic Sites.”

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Notre Dame Receives USAID Grant to Undertake Global Development Research on Three Continents

Author: Joanne Fahey

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

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Twelve University of Notre Dame students, including eight from the College of Arts and Letters, have been selected by the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) brand-new Research and Innovation Fellowship Program. They will travel to Brazil, Colombia, India, and South Africa to research global development challenges and create innovative solutions to address these issues.

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ND Expert: Media Must Resist Islamophobia in Wake of Chapel Hill Murders

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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

Ebrahim Moosa

Sensational reporting and commentary must be avoided in the wake of the recent murders of three Muslim college students in North Carolina, according to Ebrahim Moosa, professor of Islamic studies in the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Department of History.

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Notre Dame Among Top Producers of Fulbright Students

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Ten University of Notre Dame students have been awarded Fulbright grants in the 2014-15 program, placing the University among the top-producing research institutions in the nation. Eight of Notre Dame’s 10 Fulbright students come from the College of Arts and Letters. The U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, Fulbright recently announced the complete list of colleges and universities that produced the most 2014-15 U.S. Fulbright students in Thursday’s edition (February 12) of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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ND Expert: Don’t Imitate Islamic State

Author: Shannon Chapla

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

Ebrahim Moosa

Jordan’s King Abdullah has promised revenge on the Islamic State (IS), following a video released Tuesday, February 3 that shows a Jordanian air force pilot being burned alive in a locked cage by IS fighters. Jordan, however, should not strive to imitate the Islamic State’s barbaric actions, no matter how justified its outrage, according to Ebrahim Moosa, professor of Islamic studies in the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

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Brenna Gautam to Receive 2015 Yarrow Award in Peace Studies

Author: Renée LaReau

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

Brenna Gautam

Notre Dame senior Brenna Gautam has been selected to receive the 2015 Yarrow Award from the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. The Yarrow Award is given annually to an undergraduate student who demonstrates academic excellence and commitment to service in peace and justice. Gautam, a history and peace studies major from Clarksville, Tenn., will accept her award at the Kroc Institute’s undergraduate recognition ceremony on May 15.

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ND Expert: Netanyahu Visit Snarls Domestic Politics and International Diplomacy

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Internationalism

Michael Desch

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Washington in March will likely include an address to a joint session of the Republican-controlled U.S. Congress. House Speaker John Boehner extended and Netanyahu accepted the invitation without consulting President Barack Obama. According to Michael C. Desch, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, Netanyahu’s address, two weeks in advance of an Israeli election, violates “a long-standing tradition of politics stopping at the water’s edge and for the U.S. government to uphold a common front in dealing with other countries, whether allies or adversaries.”

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Study Abroad Program Leads to Overseas Career for Arts and Letters Alumnus

Author: Libby Feil

Categories: Alumni, General News, and Internationalism

Chris Renner ’84

When first asked if he would work on the Olympics, Chris Renner ’84 jumped at the chance. The opportunity allowed Renner, who majored in French and economics in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, to combine his love of sports with his international business experience. Now based in Paris, Renner is CEO of Helios Partners, a worldwide sports marketing consulting agency.

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Video: Political Scientist on Latino Civic Engagement in America

Author: Todd Boruff

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

Luis Fraga

“I want to do research that provides some hints to both major political parties as to how they might be able to make effective appeals to Latino communities, and through Latino communities, to many other communities across the United States,” said Luis Fraga, the Arthur Foundation Endowed Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership and professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame.

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New Hires Bring Expertise in Latino Politics and American Political Institutions

Author: Carrie Gates

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

Luis Fraga

The latest faculty hires in Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science bring expertise in the fields of Latino and American politics. Luis Ricardo Fraga, a heralded scholar and pioneer in the study of Latino politics, has been named the Arthur Foundation Endowed Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership in the Institute of Latino Studies (ILS) and a professor in the Department of Political Science. Gary E. Hollibaugh, Jr., whose research focuses on American political institutions, joined the department this year as an assistant professor.

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Two New Hires Bring Expertise in Chinese History

Author: Aaron Smith

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

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Notre Dame’s Department of History has significantly broadened and deepened its coverage of China with the appointments of Elisabeth Köll and Liang Cai, two scholars “who are doing extraordinarily exciting and complementary work,” said Madden-Hennebry Professor of History Patrick Griffin, chair of the department. “These two historians enjoy established reputations in their subfields,” Griffin said. “They are also committed to teaching, and they will fit in beautifully to a department that prides itself on its scholarly and teaching prowess.”

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Two Arts and Letters Students Receive Gilman Scholarship to Study Abroad

Bright Gyamfi

Two students from Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters—Bright Gyamfi and Ray’Von Jones—have been awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad. The Gilman Scholarship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The nationally competitive award aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go.

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Notre Dame Professor’s New Work Explores Morality and Tradition in African Christian Theology

Author: Carrie Gates

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

Paulinus Ikechukwu Odozor

The Catholic Church in Africa is growing at an annual rate of over 3 percent. Given the largely Eurocentric nature of moral theology in the history of the Roman Catholic Church, what will it take to invest the theological community in the history and moral challenges of the Church in other parts of the world, especially Africa? What is to be gained for the whole Church when this happens in a deep and lasting way? These are some of the questions Notre Dame Associate Professor Paulinus Ikechukwu Odozor, C.S.Sp., explores in his latest work, Morality Truly Christian, Truly African: Foundational, Methodological, and Theological Considerations.

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Economics Graduate Students Attend Nobel Laureate Meeting

Author: Daniel Sehlhorst

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

Kevin Rinz

Situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Constance in Germany, the Lindau Nobel Laureate meetings are a unique opportunity for young scholars to engage in dialogue with Nobel Prize winners in their field. Robert Lester and Kevin Rinz, two Notre Dame Ph.D. candidates in economics, were among the 460 graduate students from more than 80 countries selected to attend the Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences in August. The four-day conference included numerous discussions, lectures, and master classes with 18 Nobel laureates in economics.

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Alex Coccia Named Rhodes Scholar

Alex Coccia

Alex Coccia, a 2014 University of Notre Dame graduate, has been selected to the American Rhodes Scholar Class of 2015. A Columbus, Ohio native, Coccia was selected from a pool of 877 candidates who had been nominated by their colleges and universities. He is Notre Dame’s 15th Rhodes Scholar and first since 2002. This year’s 32 Rhodes Scholars will commence their studies at Oxford in October 2015.

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Nicole Sganga: Going Global in Search of Stories

Author: Amanda Skofstad

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

Nicole Sganga

Senior Nicole Sganga spent part of summer 2014 traveling in Myanmar and reporting with New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof after winning the “Win a Trip with Nick” contest. While in Myanmar, she wrote and video-d her way through encounters with Rohingya Muslims living under protracted persecution in internment camps. What you might not know is what Sganga learned—and where she hopes her adventures as a global citizen will take her next.

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Medieval History Graduate Student Awarded Rome Prize

Author: Carrie Gates

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

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David Morris, a Ph.D. candidate in Notre Dame’s Department of History, has been awarded a prestigious Samuel H. Kress Rome Prize fellowship in medieval studies by the American Academy in Rome for the 2014-15 academic year. Established in 1896, the Rome Prize is awarded annually to approximately 30 emerging artists and scholars who represent the “highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities.”

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Video: Meet Irish Major Rae Moors

Author: Todd Boruff

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

Rae Moors, Irish language and literature major

“I tell everyone that I meet that they should take an Irish language course,” said Rae Moors, a senior Irish language and literature major. In the first program of its kind in North America, Notre Dame Irish majors learn the indigenous language of Ireland and engage with a wide range of literature, from medieval sagas to contemporary poetry and prose. “There are so many angles you can take while studying Ireland,” said Moors.

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Political Scientist Victoria Hui to Testify Before Congressional Executive Commission on China

Author: William G. Gilroy

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

Victoria Hui

Victoria Hui, an associate professor of political science and faculty fellow of the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies at the University of Notre Dame, will testify Thursday, November 20, before a Congressional Executive Commission on China hearing titled “The Future of Democracy in Hong Kong.” The hearing will examine China’s commitments to Hong Kong and the international community in light of recent pro-democracy protests. It will assess whether an increasingly polarized Hong Kong will be able to find a mutually acceptable plan for electoral reform and how the protests taking will place will continue to shape that debate. It also will focus on what the protests mean for the future of human rights and democracy in Hong Kong and China.

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Video: The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program

Author: Todd Boruff

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

Arc de Triomf, Barcelona, Spain

From a 17th-century castle in Birr, Ireland to the Parc de la Ciutadella in Barcelona, Spain, Notre Dame students pursue projects around the world with the support of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program. Sponsored by the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, UROP provides financial support to students who are carrying out research or creative projects, writing a senior thesis, or presenting research at a conference.

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