Kathryn Kerby-Fulton, Notre Dame Professor of English, has received the 2010 Haskins Gold Medal from the Medieval Academy of America for her work, Books Under Suspicion: Censorship and Tolerance of Revelatory Writing in Late Medieval England. The committee announced in presenting the award, “Kerby-Fulton’s magnum opus presents a fresh panorama of theology, literature, and history in the age of Chaucer with an originality that promises to have an impact across numerous disciplines within and beyond medieval studies for years to come.”
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Two faculty in the College of Arts and Letters’ Center for Philosophy of Religion have received more than $1.7 million in grant funding to continue their research into the problem of evil, a central issue for scholars who study the philosophy of religion. Michael Rea, professor of philosophy and the center’s director, and Samuel Newlands, assistant professor of philosophy and the center’s associate director, were recently awarded a grant of more than $339,000 from the John Templeton Foundation. The grant supplements an earlier $1.4 million grant the foundation awarded the two University of Notre Dame scholars.
A gift from the estate of the late Philip L. Quinn, John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, will endow an annual fellowship in philosophy at the National Humanities Center (NHC). Quinn, a specialist in the philosophy of religion and the philosophy of science, who joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1985, died Nov. 14, 2004. He had often spoken admiringly of the NHC, regarding it as crucial for the nurture of liberal arts scholarship, and for many years reviewed fellowship applications and served on the center’s selection committee.
The sixth annual Erskine A. Peters Fellowship Symposium, titled “Reconstructing Michael Jackson’s Image: Explorations of Body, Spirit and Society,” will be held Thursday, March 25, 2010, at 7 p.m. in the Eck Visitors Center auditorium at the University of Notre Dame. Sponsored by the Department of Africana Studies, the symposium will feature the five 2009-10 Erskine Peters Fellows, who will discuss the image of the late musical artist Michael Jackson from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The symposium will be preceded by a reception at 6 p.m. in the Eck Center. Both events are free and open to the public.
Do teachers in urban, racially segregated schools experience more behavioral challenges in their classrooms and, as a result, modify their teaching strategies to cope with these challenges in ways that limit students’ engagement? That is the question addressed by Sean Kelly, assistant professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Sociology, in his recently published article, “A Crisis of Authority in Predominantly Black Schools?” in Teachers College Record.
Notre Dame’s Science of Generosity Initiative has awarded $1.4 million to four research projects that will study the origins, manifestations and consequences of generosity. The winning projects were chosen from among 325 proposals by scholars in 32 countries and numerous disciplines.
Oxford University Press has just published Strategies of Peace, a collection of provocative essays that explore innovative models for building peace after genocide, civil war, and terrorism. The book features the writing of eight faculty members of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and seven other scholars of peace and conflict from around the country.
Michael Zuckert, Nancy Reeves Dreux Professor of Political Science and former chair of Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science, will receive the Association for the Study of Free Institutions (ASFI) Award for Distinguished Scholarship on the Nature of a Free Society at the association’s annual conference in May 2010 at Princeton University.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Notre Dame professors Gary Anderson, Christian Smith, and Mark Noll have each earned a 2010 Book Award from Christianity Today magazine. Outstanding books in 12 categories were selected from of field of nearly 500 works as publications that “best shed light on the people, events, and ideas that shape evangelical life, thought, and mission.”
All families have disagreements—but when does parental conflict become harmful to children? A new book co-authored by a Notre Dame psychologist offers insight into how growing up in a discordant family affects child development.
If you’re looking for an opportunity to showcase your statistical research as an undergraduate—and want to stand out from the crowd after graduation—Thomas Foote has a suggestion for you: submit a paper for Notre Dame’s Bernoulli Awards. The competition is open to undergraduates of any major across campus.
Producing more effective governance is the greatest challenge facing most Latin American democracies today, say Notre Dame political scientists Scott Mainwaring and Rev. Timothy R. Scully, C.S.C., in a new book from Stanford University Press that they co-edited.
Jada Benn Torres, assistant professor of anthropology at Notre Dame, uses genetics to research the distribution of diseases across populations, with a primary focus on women’s reproductive health. Currently, she is trying to figure out why African-American women are at a higher risk of developing uterine fibroids.
Five University of Notre Dame faculty members have received research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for 2010, bringing to 42 the number of NEH fellowships awarded to Notre Dame in the past 11 years—more than any other university in the nation.
The Africana Bible: Reading Israel’s Scriptures from Africa and the African Diaspora, a new book edited by Hugh R. Page Jr., dean of the First Year of Studies and associate professor of theology and Africana studies at Notre Dame, recently was published by Fortress Press.
Macaulay: The Tragedy of Power, by Rev. Robert E. Sullivan, associate professor of history and associate vice president for academic mission support at Notre Dame, recently was published by Harvard University Press.
A new book by Christian Davenport, professor of peace studies, political science, and sociology, explores the “Rashomon effect”—the tendency for events to be perceived and reported in different ways, depending on who is telling the story and to whom—and its implications for violence, protest, repression, and peace.
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.
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.