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Shakespeare a “Fakespeare”? Notre Dame Expert Says Idea “Pitifully Silly”

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

Is the Bard a fraud? Is someone other than William Shakespeare the true author of the some of the most revered works of English literature, as the upcoming movie Anonymous suggests? “Absolutely not,” according to University of Notre Dame Shakespeare expert Peter Holland, the McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies and Associate Dean for the Arts.

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Olivier Morel Shares Veteran Stories in Class and on Film

Author: Sara Burnett

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

Olivier Morel was in his car one day when a story came on the radio about suicide among veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to the report, eight to 10 veterans were taking their own lives each day. The news was like a punch in the stomach for Morel, a Notre Dame faculty member whose research focuses on fiction and trauma. “I was trembling,” he recalls. “I was angry, and I felt helpless … I was thinking, ‘This is unacceptable.’”

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New Graduate Minor Focuses on Screen Culture

Author: Susan Love Loughmiller

Categories: General News, Arts, and Faculty News

There is growing recognition in academia that “screen literacy” is a valuable asset for many scholars—especially those who teach language and literature. To help develop this skill set, the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) has created a new graduate minor in screen cultures. It is open to students in any Notre Dame graduate program.

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FTT Internships Offer Inside Look at Industry Careers

Author: Joanna Basile

Categories: General News, Alumni, and Arts

Meet the Press. Steppenwolf Theatre Company. NBCUniversal. MTV. National Geographic. The Jimmy Kimmel Show. CNN. Entertainment One. NFL Films. Television stations from coast to coast. These are just some of the places where students in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) intern as undergraduates, developing industry experience, making invaluable contacts, and getting exposure to a wide variety of career opportunities.

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Alumnus Choreographs Own Career

Author: Andrew Vanden Bossche

Categories: General News, Alumni, and Arts

Jason Laws is a man who writes his own story. When the job he wanted didn’t exist, he created it. Since receiving his political science degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2007, Laws has built a successful career in Chicago as a commercial choreographer, creative director and producer. He’s also carved a niche for himself creating flash mobs—a concept that wasn’t even invented until 2003.

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Design Alumnus Turns Artists’ Visions Into Reality

Author: Aaron Smith

Categories: General News, Alumni, Internationalism, and Arts

At this summer’s Venice Biennale—often called the Olympics of the contemporary art world—the U.S. pavilion features a musical ATM, a treadmill atop an upside-down World War II tank, and gymnasts performing routines on airline seats. It was Notre Dame graduate David Hunt’s job to turn the unusual visions of Puerto Rico-based artists Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla into reality.

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Christine Becker Book on Film Stars Wins International Prize

Author: Arts and Letters

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

Christine Becker, an associate professor in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre, has received the 2011 Michael Nelson Prize from the International Association for Media and History for her book It’s the Pictures that Got Small: Hollywood Film Stars on 1950’s Television.

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Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival to Perform at International Event

Author: Christine Sopczynski

Categories: General News and Arts

The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival (NDSF) will present Pericles by William Shakespeare as part of the 2011 International Youth Arts Festival from July 3 through 11, 2011. Directed by NDSF Ryan Producing Artistic Director Jay Paul Skelton, the production features an international cast and crew that includes two students from the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre.

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"Proof" of Participation: Students Take Big Roles Behind the Scenes

Author: Chris Milazzo

Categories: General News and Arts

Raise the curtain, cue the lights, and enter our scene: an actress who discovers a hidden passion for costume design, a dedicated designer who seizes a prime opportunity, and the department where it all happens. This is the true story of seniors Lucy Lavely and Robert Jenista, theatre students in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT), who played major design roles in the spring 2011 production of Proof.

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Film Student Shines Internationally and at Home

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: General News and Arts

Filming in and around 8,000 sheep, directing first-time actors who also happen to be immediate family, and scrambling across badger-ravaged fields on dark December nights—it’s all part of the movie-making process for senior Film, Television, and Theatre student Javi Zubizarreta.

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Notre Dame Chorale Prepares for Papal Audience

Author: Kevin Clarke

Categories: General News, Internationalism, Catholicism, and Arts

“Toi, toi, toi” is a superstitious invocation of opera singers, meant to encourage a winning performance before taking the stage. “We don’t say, ‘Break a leg,’” fifth-year senior and University of Notre Dame Chorale member Joshua Diaz explains. Diaz might be hearing that old stage charm at an extraordinary venue later this month—the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome—where he and about 50 other members of the Notre Dame Chorale are scheduled to perform for Pope Benedict XVI and the bishops and pilgrims in attendance at a general audience on May 25, 2011.

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Students Honored in National Poster Design Contest

Author: Chris Milazzo

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

In the Department of Art, Art History, and Design, graphic design students learn to combine visual arts and technology in a way that transcends words and pictures. Recently, several of those students flexed their technical and creative muscles in the Poster Clash contest hosted by the American Institute of Graphic Arts. The results were impressive.

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Design Students Develop Luggage for Kenneth Cole

Categories: General News and Arts

A group of advanced industrial and graphic design students at Notre Dame dove into commercial design this semester, working with Kenneth Cole and Heritage Travelware to develop new luggage concepts, many of which will be put into production for retail sale.

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2011 Asian Film Festival Focuses on Japanese Anime

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

Ninjas, mysterious dream worlds, and evil social-networking sites are among the themes that will play out on the big screen this weekend during the University of Notre Dame’s seventh annual Asian Film Festival and Conference. Presented by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center March 25-26, the festival will showcase five recent animated films from Japan, including two from internationally acclaimed director Satoshi Kon.

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First Year a Success for Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study

Author: Renee Hochstetler

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

What must we change in order to help us bridge the gap between the world as it is, and the world as it should be? In its first year, the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS)—inspired by the classical values of beauty, goodness and truth—began transforming the academic landscape through an annual conference, lecture series and fellowships.

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Notre Dame Senior Makes Documentary on Fan Influence and Pop Culture

Author: Joanna Basile

Categories: General News and Arts

Television plays a role in the daily lives of most Americans—but its impacts can be even greater among the fan groups that spring up around popular shows. To explore the interplay between one television director’s work and the fan culture it inspires, Notre Dame senior Stephanie DePrez recently traveled to Southern California to research and film a short documentary.

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