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Alumnus Jeff Spoonhower Brings Digital Media Expertise to FTT

Author: Aaron Smith

Categories: Alumni, Arts, Faculty News, and General News

Jeff Spoonhower ’99

Jeff Spoonhower ’99 has been appointed assistant professor of film and digital media production in Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television and Theatre (FTT). A 12-year veteran of the video game and animation industries, Spoonhower shares with students the very same production techniques and tools he uses in his award-winning professional work.

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Grammy Award-Winning Baritone Nathan Gunn to Serve as Artist-in-Residence at Notre Dame

Author: Noelle Elliott

Categories: Arts and General News

Nathan Gunn

Internationally acclaimed, Grammy Award-winning baritone Nathan Gunn will return to his hometown in September to inaugurate his artist-in-residence series with the Department of Music at the University of Notre Dame. Gunn, a South Bend native, will spend one week each semester for the next four years teaching Notre Dame vocal students, visiting classes, coaching students as they prepare for OperaND’s annual performances, and participating in public colloquia with faculty.

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Sacred Music at Notre Dame Presents Interdisciplinary Drama

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: Arts, Faculty News, and General News

Carmen-Helena Tellez

Joan of Arc, leader of armies, adviser to King Charles VII, and patron saint of France, has been a role model to those who suffer for their convictions for more than 600 years. In the first of a series of sacred music dramas produced at the University of Notre Dame, Joan of Arc also served as inspiration for an interdisciplinary project featuring elements of film, music, and a multi-media art installation, said Sacred Music at Notre Dame Professor Carmen-Helena Téllez.

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Alumni Share Sacred Music in Ireland

Author: Gabriela Leskur

Categories: Alumni, Arts, Catholicism, General News, and Internationalism

The healing power of music, the joyful celebration of faith—Teach Bhríde (the House of Brigid) seeks to enrich these elements of the Notre Dame spirit in a people who helped form this institution’s mission and heart: the Irish themselves. The House of Brigid began in 2009, when recent graduates of Notre Dame, aided by generous donors from the Notre Dame community and the Notre Dame Folk Choir, started a yearlong service program to assist in spiritual ministry and liturgical music in the Catholic Church in Ireland.

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Video: Meet Arts and Letters Pre-Health Major Will Sievern

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: Arts, General News, and Undergraduate News

“My long-term goal has been to go to med school, but I’ve also found a passion for music and piano performance here at Notre Dame, and the College of Arts and Letters pre-health supplementary major has really allowed me to explore both of those things,” says senior Will Sievern from Evansville, Indiana. Sievern is pursuing a major in piano performance while also majoring in Arts and Letters Pre-Health.

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Video: FTT Major Develops Creative Project at New York Dance School

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: Alumni, Arts, Centers and Institutes, General News, and Undergraduate News

Brock Switzer ’13, a film, television, and theatre (FTT) major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, began taking dance classes at neighboring Saint Mary’s College during his sophomore year. It was there that he learned of the influence of dancer and choreographer Martha Graham. Using Graham’s techniques, Switzer planned to choreograph a dance for his senior thesis project. With the help of an American Dream grant from Notre Dame’s Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, he attended the Summer Intensive program at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in 2013.

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The Department of Film, Television, and Theatre Presents the 25th Annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival

Author: Arts and Letters

Categories: Arts, General News, and Undergraduate News

The University of Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) announces the 25th Annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival, in the Browning Cinema, January 23 through 25, 2014. As in 2013, audience members will be invited to vote for their favorite film via text message. The Audience Choice Award will be presented to the student director(s) of the winning film before the final screening.

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Notre Dame Students Retrace Medieval Pilgrimage in Spain

Fourteen Notre Dame students, along with two of their professors from the College of Arts and Letters, traveled to northern Spain over fall break to experience the Camino de Santiago—one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during medieval times. History Professor Olivia Remie Constable, the director of the University’s Medieval Institute, and Danielle Joyner, an assistant professor of medieval art history, say it was an academic adventure they won’t soon forget. And their students agree.

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Christopher Chowrimootoo Awarded Kurt Weill Prize

Author: Carrie Gates

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

Christopher Chowrimootoo, an assistant professor in Notre Dame’s Program of Liberal Studies, has been awarded the 2013 Kurt Weill Prize for outstanding article for his “Bourgeois Opera: Death in Venice and the Aesthetics of Sublimation.” The prize, which recognizes distinguished scholarship in music theatre, is awarded biennially by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music.

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Professor and Students Create Design Campaign to Help South Africans with HIV “Live Positively”

Author: Carrie Gates

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

The prevalence of HIV and AIDS in South Africa is an issue that continues to define the country and its citizens. It is estimated that more than six million South Africans live with HIV/AIDS. This is more cases than any other country in the world. In spring 2013, Robert Sedlack ’89, associate professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Art, Art History, and Design, traveled with a team of 11 students to Johannesburg, South Africa to gain first-hand perspective on the problem and collaborate with South African community organizations.

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Video: Design Alumnus Finds His Education to Be a Competitive Advantage

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: Alumni, Arts, and General News

“My liberal arts education has really been a blessing in many ways,” says Chris Down ’93. Down is vice president of design for Mattel, Inc., a toy manufacturing company headquartered in El Segundo, Calif. He feels that the design education he received from Notre Dame prepared him in a way that set him apart from other designers.

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Notre Dame to Host Shakespeare in Prisons Conference

Author: Scott Jackson

Categories: Arts and General News

The Shakespeare in Prisons Conference will be held on Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 at the University of Notre Dame. The conference, a nearly unprecedented international gathering which will include artists and educators who perform and help produce Shakespearean dramas in prisons worldwide, will explore and celebrate the existing and potential benefits of such programs on incarcerated people.

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Department of Film, Television, and Theatre to Present Cabaret

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: Arts, Faculty News, General News, and Undergraduate News

Cabaret, winner of the 1967 Tony award for best musical, is coming to Notre Dame November 13-17. Known for its outstanding music, edgy themes, and underlying social issues, the show will be the first full-scale musical the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) has produced in more than 20 years, says Associate Professor Kevin Dreyer.

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New FTT Hires Bring Gender, Youth, and Media Culture Expertise

Author: Aaron Smith

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

Mary Celeste Kearney, whose work focuses on gender, youth and media culture, joins Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television and Theater (FTT) this fall as associate professor. Michael Kackman, a cultural historian and media scholar, will also join FTT as special professional faculty. Kackman and Kearney, who often collaborate, previously taught at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Leighton Award For Nonprofit Excellence Honors Fischoff National Chamber Music Association

Categories: Arts and General News

The Fischoff National Chamber Music Association, which hosts the nation’s largest chamber music competition, held annually on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, was awarded the 2014 Leighton Award for Nonprofit Excellence by the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County on August 28. Founded in 1999, the Leighton Award for Nonprofit Excellence provides a $100,000 endowment challenge grant to one winner each year. The award is designed to recognize and celebrate the achievement of a local nonprofit and provide resources to its winner to help sustain the nonprofit’s mission.

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Community Events Will Celebrate Africa, the African Diaspora

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

The University of Notre Dame’s Department of Africana Studies and Office of Community Relations are working together to present a yearlong community celebration of Africa and the African diaspora. The series of programs, lectures and events, called “The Africana World,” is a collaboration between local higher education institutes and community organizations.

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Professor Brings Animation to Life in New Book and Course

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

Whether we’re driving down the highway, scrolling our Facebook newsfeeds, or flipping through television channels, various forms of animation bombard us constantly. “Even if you don’t watch television, you see these images on your phone, your iPad, even billboards when you drive down the road,” says Donald Crafton, the Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Film, Television, and Theatre at Notre Dame.

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Video: Meet Music Major Samantha Osborn

“We study not only the pieces of music that these composers wrote but where they grew up, who they learned music from, and how previous composers influenced the type of music that they wrote,” says Samantha Osborn, a music major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. “You really can’t understand a piece of music until you understand the history, politics, art—all of the influences that helped create that piece of music.”

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Video: Meet FTT Major Zuri Eshun

Author: Arts and Letters

Categories: Arts, General News, and Undergraduate News

“Being a film major, I knew I wasn’t going to be constricted to one way of learning or one way or thinking or one way of performing,” says Zuri Eshun, a junior film, television, and theatre (FTT) major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. “You really get the opportunity to be your own person and to create your own education within that program. That’s why I chose FTT.”

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Music Major Uncovers, Publishes, and Performs

Author: Ben Horvath

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

Finding and publishing long-forgotten musical compositions by classical composers is usually a project reserved for Ph.D. and master’s students. But don’t tell Samantha Osborn that. Last summer the Notre Dame music and pre-med major spent two weeks in Rome at the Conservatory of Saint Cecilia, where she was able to locate and duplicate eight of Baroque composer Alessandro Scarlatti’s handwritten cantatas. She will perform one of them this spring as part of her senior thesis recital.

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