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Video: Economics Alumnus Credits Success in International Finance to Liberal Arts Education

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: Alumni, General News, and Internationalism

Bill Kennedy

“Arts and Letters forces you to go and think beyond what is traditionally and conventionally accepted,” said Bill Kennedy ’90. Kennedy, who majored in economics at Notre Dame, is a portfolio manager for Fidelity Investments in London, where he runs Fidelity’s International Discovery Fund.

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VIDEO: History Major Studies “Great Telescope” in Ireland

Author: Todd Boruff

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

Anastasia Wright

During the summer of 2014, University of Notre Dame senior Anastasia Wright spent three weeks in Ireland studying the 19th-century astronomer William Parsons, the third Earl of Rosse. Lord Rosse is best known for building a 72-inch telescope, the largest in the world until the early 20th century. “He trained his own workers. He built his own forge. I found that really fascinating and that got me wondering why someone like him would be building such a thing at the time,” said Wright, a history major in the College of Arts and Letters.

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Award-winning Book Offers New Theory on Democratization in Latin America

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

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

Scott Mainwaring

A new book coauthored by Scott Mainwaring, Eugene and Helen Conley Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, and Aníbal Pérez-Liñán, an alumnus of the University, presents a striking new theory of democratization that has earned it two major prizes in comparative politics. Mainwaring, a faculty fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and Pérez Liñán, a Notre Dame Ph.D. who is now an associate professor of political science at the University of Pittsburgh, spent a decade thinking about theories of regime change and analyzing political regimes in Latin America.

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ND Expert: Don’t Panic Over ISIS

Author: Shannon Chapla

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Internationalism

Michael Desch

As the Islamic State extremist group, commonly referred to as ISIS, shocks the world with its brutality and takes control of more territory in the region, Michael Desch, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, says the U.S. should take ISIS seriously and stop its progress, but not panic. “ISIS is a serious local threat in Syria and Iraq, but does not yet pose a direct threat to the United States,” says Desch, an expert on international security and American foreign and defense policies. “While the presence of Western nationals in their ranks is worrisome, they have the greatest potential to do mischief in the weak states in the region, two of which we have created in Syria and Iraq with ill-advised policies.”

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Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights Awarded Grant to Study Christian Persecution

Daniel Philpott

The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University have been awarded a grant from the Templeton Religion Trust to study and report on the persecution of Christian communities around the world.

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Ebrahim Moosa, Leading Scholar of Islamic Thought, Joins ND Faculty

Author: Joan Fallon

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

Ebrahim Moosa

Ebrahim E.I. Moosa, a leading scholar of Islamic thought, philosophy and literature, has been appointed professor of Islamic studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and in the Department of History. Moosa will co-direct, with Scott Appleby, Contending Modernities, the global research and education initiative examining the interaction among Catholic, Muslim, and other religious and secular forces in the world.

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Relationships with Chinese University Leaders Foster International Dialogue

Author: Amanda Skofstad

Categories: General News and Internationalism

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What does a private American Catholic university have in common with government-run Chinese universities? Plenty, if the recent activities of Notre Dame International (NDI) are any indication. From June 22-25, NDI hosted a delegation of 20 Chinese university presidents, which was sponsored by China’s National Academy of Education Administration. This delegation represented universities from China’s interior region—an area the Chinese government has targeted for economic development—and made Notre Dame a three-day stop on its itinerary of three American universities.

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Fulbright Foreign Language Teachers Introduced to American Culture at Notre Dame

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

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The University of Notre Dame is hosting its ninth Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) orientation for the upcoming academic year. Sixty teachers from 28 countries, representing 15 languages, are staying on campus Aug. 9-13 (Saturday-Wednesday) and will attend a series of workshops designed to enhance their teaching in the United States.

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Video: Meet Russian Major Kellie Travis

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News, Internationalism, and Undergraduate News

Kellie Travis

“To be able to read some of the very famous poems by Alexander Pushkin and other Russian poets and writers—and speak about it in Russian—is very challenging but also very rewarding,” said Kellie Travis ’14, a Russian major in the College of Arts and Letters. Russian majors at Notre Dame take a full complement of courses covering language, literature, and culture. As a student in the Russian Honors track, Travis completed a senior thesis on the Soviet Gulag forced labor camps, specifically methods of resistance in the camps.

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ND Expert: Persecution of Christians Not Confined to Iraq

Daniel Philpott

As some 100,000 people flee the town and region of Qaraqosh, the largest Christian town in Iraq, international attention is being drawn to a worldwide human rights violation that has received too little notice for too long, according to Daniel Philpott, professor of political science and peace studies and director of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights.

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ND Expert: Chinese Government Threatened by Christianity

Author: Shannon Chapla

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

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Government authorities in southeast China are continuing what local church leaders call a campaign against Christianity—knocking down crosses and razing sanctuaries at dozens of churches in the Zhejiang province. Christianity has grown so rapidly, it’s viewed as a threat by the Communist government, according to Lionel Jensen, associate professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Notre Dame.

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Alumna Runs Guatemalan Orphanage

Author: Gabriela Leskur

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

Anne Attea

“The love of charity is the form of faith.” Though Thomas Aquinas penned these words, Anne Attea ’86 has certainly lived them. For the past year, Attea has been the Director of el Hogar de Niños del Amor de Patricia, a home caring for abandoned, abused, and neglected children in Guatemala. Attea and her team provide these children with love and stability, as well as food, shelter, clothing, medical and dental care, music, fun, and education.

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ND Experts: No Excuse for Malaysia Airlines 'Mistaken Identity'

Author: Shannon Chapla

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Internationalism

Michael Desch

President Barack Obama on Friday (July 18) began building a case that would blame separatist forces supported by Russia for the downing of the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over Ukraine on July 17. Obama said one American was among the nearly 300 killed and that evidence indicates the jet was shot down by a surface-to-air missile from an area controlled by Russian-backed separatists.

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Theology Professor Awarded Two Prestigious Research Grants

Author: Aaron Smith

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

Peter Casarella

Peter Casarella, associate professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Theology, has been awarded two prestigious grants for a book project that will explore the idea of God from the perspective of Latino Catholicism, including the complex challenges of “translating” God in a modern world.

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New Book Warns of Dangers to Humanitarian Aid Workers

Author: Renée LaReau

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

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The title of Notre Dame sociologist Larissa Fast’s new book, Aid in Danger, has a double meaning. The first is that humanitarian workers around the globe are at greater risk than ever of being attacked, injured, kidnapped, or killed. The second is that as aid agencies provide increasingly sophisticated security for workers—often isolating them from the populations they serve—they risk compromising the essence of humanitarian aid: a relationship formed when one human being relieves the suffering of another.

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Arts and Letters Faculty Help Bring Ecuadorian Masterpiece to Campus

Author: Gene Stowe

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

Oswaldo Guayasamín

The “_Ecuador_ Unframed: the Art of Oswaldo Guayasamín” project will bring the five-panel centerpiece of the acclaimed artist’s masterwork to the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture (NDCAC) August 18-October 23, with a grand opening event on September 3. The mural, depicting hardship, poverty, violence, hunger, and social injustice, is the centerpiece of another 103 pieces that Guayasamín created depicting Ecuador’s landscapes and people.

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Two Arts and Letters Professors Awarded NEH Fellowships

Author: Carrie Gates

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

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Two faculty members from Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters—Tobias Boes and Eugene Ulrich—have been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for the 2014–15 academic year. The fellowships continue Notre Dame’s record success with the NEH, which supports advanced research across a broad spectrum of the humanities. Since 1999, Arts and Letters faculty members have been awarded 51 total NEH grants—more than any other university in the country.

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Theodore J. Cachey Jr. Named Director of Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway

Author: Notre Dame News

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Internationalism

Theodore Cachey

Theodore J. Cachey Jr., the Albert J. and Helen M. Ravarino Family Director of Dante and Italian Studies at the University of Notre Dame, has been named the inaugural director of the University’s Global Gateway in Rome. The appointment, effective July 1, was announced by J. Nicholas Entrikin, vice president and associate provost for internationalization.

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Three Graduates Win Inaugural International Development Fellowships

International Development Fellow Olivia Schneider

Class of 2014 College of Arts and Letters graduates Patrick Salemme and Olivia Schneider and 2014 College of Engineering graduate Maria Krug are the first recipients of the new International Development Fellowships established by the the University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies. The competitive one-year awards place the recipients in field partnerships with three international development organizations.

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ND Expert: China Still Corrupt, Dealing With Fallout on 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen

Author: Shannon Chapla

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Internationalism

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Crowds are gathering in China on Wednesday (June 4) to mark the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, during which soldiers in Beijing killed hundreds of students, workers and professionals peacefully seeking greater democracy and limits on corruption. Lionel Jensen, associate professor of East Asian languages and cultures at the University of Notre Dame, says the country continues to struggle with the same problems that provoked those protests.

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Fourteen Seniors Receive National Fellowships and Scholarships

Author: Arts and Letters

Categories: Alumni, General News, Internationalism, National Fellowships, and Undergraduate News

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The Fulbright U.S. Student Program and other national and international organizations have awarded postgraduate scholarships and fellowships to 14 members of the University of Notre Dame’s Class of 2014, including 11 who majored in the College of Arts and Letters. In addition, three Arts and Letters graduates from earlier classes received prestigious awards this year, including a Gates Cambridge Scholarship and a George Mitchell Scholarship.

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Graduating Seniors Honored for Commitment to Postgraduate Service

Jenna Ahn

One hundred fifty-two University of Notre Dame graduating seniors—many of them from the College of Arts and Letters—are embarking on a year or more of service in locations around the globe. They were honored during the University’s annual Service Send-Off ceremony on Saturday, May 17 in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Leighton Concert Hall.

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Political Scientists Win USAID Grants to Investigate Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance in Africa

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

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

Jaimie Bleck, left, and Rev. Robert Dowd, C.S.C.

When USAID announced winners of a new, nationwide competition for innovative projects in the field of democracy, human rights, and governance last week, scholars from the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science and Kellogg Institute for International Studies had won two of the nine awards.

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ND Expert: Anti-Christian Vandalism in Jerusalem Should 'Challenge Simplistic Ideas'

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Internationalism

Gabriel Said Reynolds

A recent spate of vandalism on church buildings in Jerusalem should “challenge the simplistic ideas of certain Christian supporters of Israel who imagine that Christians and Jews are natural allies against a dangerous Arab enemy,” according to Gabriel Said Reynolds, professor of Islamic studies and theology at the University of Notre Dame.

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English Department Deepens Expertise Across Literary Periods and Places

Author: Aaron Smith

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

Notre Dame’s Department of English has solidified its reputation as a top graduate program in the Medieval and Early Modern periods with the appointment of Laura Knoppers, an esteemed Miltonist who arrives in fall 2014. The department has also strengthened its focus on transnationalism, ethnicity, gender, and race studies with the appointments of three emerging young scholars: Nan Z. Da, Jesús Costantino, and Z’étoile Imma.

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