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Richard Brodhead, President of Duke University, to Speak at Notre Dame Forum

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Undergraduate News

Richard Brodhead, President of Duke University

Richard Brodhead, president of Duke University, will explore “The Once and Future Liberal Arts” in a talk as part of the 2014-15 Notre Dame Forum from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 4 in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium on the University of Notre Dame’s campus. The 2014-15 Forum focuses on the question “What do Notre Dame graduates need to know?”

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Video: Arts and Letters Major Researches Perceptions of Race at National Library of France

Author: Todd Boruff

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

Curran Cross

During the summer of 2014, Notre Dame French and history major Curran Cross traveled to Paris to conduct research at the Bibliothèque nationale de France. His project examined the differing views of Arab and African immigrants in modern France. “My hypothesis is that the French have had centuries of experience racially mixing with people of African ancestry and this is why they view black and white race as a continuum,” said Cross, “whereas they haven’t had this kind of contact with Arabs, and so it’s viewed more starkly.”

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A Professor, His Students, and the Power of Design

Author: Kevin Brennan

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

Robert Sedlack

On the second floor of West Lake Hall, a group of Notre Dame students is making big plans. They are focused on addressing the plight of those afflicted with HIV/AIDS in South Africa. They’re even planning a trip to Johannesburg next spring to offer hands-on assistance. But these are not biology or preprofessional studies majors. They are graphic design students exploring ways to use their talents to promote awareness and prevention of HIV/AIDS.

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Video: Arts and Letters Alumnus Bob Conway, Senior Director, Goldman Sachs

Author: Todd Boruff

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

Bob Conway ’66

“The breadth of studies that I had at Notre Dame, whether it was in philosophy, or theology, or economics, or history, all developed a context for me and will for any liberal arts student,” said Bob Conway ’66. Conway is senior director for The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., in London, England. He feels that the writing and communication skills he gained as a government major were critical to his success and are essential in any career.

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FTT Students Shine at National Auditions

Author: Carrie Gates

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

Zuri Eshun '14

“Imagine a kind of live, national GRE exam where students audition in open competition against one another, evaluated by representatives from the best graduate theatre programs,” said Professor Jim Collins, chair of the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT). Notre Dame had record success in 2014 at the national auditions organized by the University/Resident Theatre organization (URTA), with six of the seven FTT students who auditioned receiving offers from graduate programs in attendance.

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Video: Meet Africana Studies Major Olivia Furman

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News and Undergraduate News

Olivia Furman

“I am more than glad that I chose Africana studies. It’s a major that helps you form a way of going about life,” said Olivia Furman, a senior in the College of Arts and Letters. Africana studies at the University of Notre Dame centers on Africans and the African Diaspora—the global dispersion of peoples of African descent—and examines their historical, sociological, political, and economic contexts around the world.

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Political Science Alum Adam Newman Interns at White House

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: Alumni, General News, and Undergraduate News

Adam Newman

If you want to land a job in the political realm, it is very useful to have an internship first, said Adam Newman ’14. And he should know. Newman, a political science major and business economics minor, completed a total of six internships, from private sector roles with the American Medical Association and PricewaterhouseCoopers to federal government positions with the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and most recently—the White House.

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From Startups to Fortune 500 Companies, History Graduates Find Success In Varied Fields

Author: Mary Kate Martin

Categories: Alumni, General News, and Undergraduate News

Jimmy Bettcher '07

University of Notre Dame graduates Jimmy Bettcher ’07 and Emily Dore Yuhas ’10 are just two examples of the many ways history majors can thrive in the business world. Yuhas works for a startup technology company developing e-learning courses, while Bettcher manages corporate social responsibility initiatives at Cummins, Inc. Notre Dame history majors pursue myriad career paths, from business and investment banking to law, journalism, medicine, and politics, said Dan Graff, director of undergraduate studies in the department.

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ND Theatre NOW Features Original Student Plays

Author: Emily McConville

Categories: Arts, General News, and Undergraduate News

ND Theatre NOW

Two senior film, television, and theatre (FTT) majors in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters will see their original plays come to life October 2–12 in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. ND Theatre NOW is the only entirely student-driven production in this year’s FTT theatre season, with student writers, directors, and performers. It features two one-act plays: Beneath My Skin, by Zachary Wendeln, and Out of Orbit, by Lucas Garcia.

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Campus Crossroads Project. Anthropology: An Audacious Plan

Author: Brendan O'Shaughnessy

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

Agustín Fuentes

The east building of the Campus Crossroads project will provide classrooms, offices, laboratories, and a student lounge for the Departments of Anthropology and Psychology. Construction is expected to start in November and be finished in 33 months. “This new facility is going to allow us to have this social nexus that is also an intellectual nexus,” said Agustin Fuentes, the department chair. “We’re going to get together and think together and use what anthropology has in the context of the Notre Dame environment to go out and change the world.”

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Students’ Short Documentary Honored at Sunset Film Festival

Author: Mike Danahey

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

Suicide Disease filmmakers at Sunset Film Festival

A heart-wrenching film from three 2014 University of Notre Dame graduates took top honors in the short documentary category at this year’s Sunset Film Festival in Los Angeles. In The Suicide Disease, Katie Mattie, Vincent Moore, and William Neal tell the story of Frances Shavers, who worked at Notre Dame as chief-of-staff and special assistant to University President Father John Jenkins, C.S.C., before she was diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia.

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Psychology: Finding Solutions to Real-Life Problems

Author: Brendan O'Shaughnessy

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

Daniel Lapsley

A famous psychological test asks children to sit in a room with a marshmallow or cookie for 15 minutes. Those who can delay gratification and endure the torture of temptation get a second sweet treat as reward. Their self-discipline is also likely to lead to success later in life. The Notre Dame Department of Psychology turns 50 next year, and its patience and growth will soon generate a significant reward —a new building attached to Notre Dame Stadium to call its home. The East building of the Campus Crossroads project will provide classrooms, offices, laboratories, and a student lounge for the Departments of Psychology and Anthropology. Construction is expected to start in November and be finished in 33 months.

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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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Campus Crossroads Construction to Begin in November

Author: Dennis Brown

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Undergraduate News

Campus Crossroads Project

Construction on Campus Crossroads, a $400 million project that will use the University of Notre Dame’s iconic football stadium as a hub for new facilities supporting academic and student life initiatives, will begin in November, after the final home game of the season. “We announced this project in January with the hope—though not necessarily the expectation—that we could begin in November,” Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., said. “Thanks to the tireless work of many, plans have been finalized and funds have been raised so that we can, indeed, commence construction on facilities that will unite and inspire every member of our campus community for decades to come.”

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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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Video: Meet Gender Studies Major Natalie Perez

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: Alumni, General News, and Undergraduate News

Natalie Perez

“Being in gender studies helps you really understand how to be an advocate for yourself and an advocate for other people as well,” said Natalie Perez ’14, a gender studies major in the College of Arts and Letters. Gender studies at Notre Dame is an interdisciplinary academic program which analyzes the significance of gender in all aspects of human life, especially in the social formation of human identities, practices, and institutions. “We live in a culture that’s very permissive about these [gender] stereotypes … and I don’t think it’s OK to sit back and accept things for the way they are,” said Perez.

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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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Outstanding Undergraduate Research Honored

Author: Kate Garry

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

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College of Arts and Letters students made a strong showing at Notre Dame’s 7th annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference, which showcased more than 250 research, scholarship, and creative projects from across the University. At the May 2, 2014, event, history major Mia Counts ’14 won the Undergraduate Library Research Award for best senior thesis.

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Arts and Letters Students Explore Industries Through Career Trek Program

Author: Ben Horvath and Carrie Gates

Categories: General News and Undergraduate News

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One of the best ways to explore career interests is to talk to people who are actually working in that field, whether it is public relations, design, museums, nonprofits, politics, or the sports and entertainment industries. The Career Trek program offered by The Career Center at Notre Dame helps students gain these important insights and meet potential mentors, including many within the powerful Notre Dame alumni network.

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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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Video: Psychology Major Interns with the National Institutes of Health

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News, Research, and Undergraduate News

Ashley Lawrence

“This internship has given me the opportunity to learn a lot of skills that are really valuable,” said Ashley Lawrence ‘14, a psychology major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. During the summer of 2013, Lawrence interned in Baltimore at the Laboratory for Behavioral Neuroscience at the National Institute on Aging, a division of the National Institutes of Health.

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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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Video: English and Design Major Interns with HarperCollins

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News and Undergraduate News

Katie Heit

“I feel like I’ve been learning so much all the time, especially what it takes to be in the publishing industry,” says senior English and design major Katie Heit. Thanks to the Arts and Letters Summer Internship Program, Heit spent last summer working as an editorial and design intern with Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers in New York.

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English Major Awarded Prestigious Beinecke Scholarship

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Junior Vienna Wagner, an English major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, has won a 2014 Beinecke Scholarship. Awarded to students who show “exceptional promise” to become leading scholars, the scholarship supports graduate study in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

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Video: English Major Thrives in Marketing Internship

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News and Undergraduate News

“I’ve definitely learned a lot about the publishing industry and what it’s like to put together a book,” says Meghan Thomassen, a senior English major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. During the summer of 2013, Thomassen interned at Sheffield Marketing Partners, a boutique agency based in Downers Grove, Illinois, specializing in narrative message development and visual storytelling.

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Anthropology Major Studies Social Mobility in Guatemala

Author: Ben Horvath and Carrie Gates

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

Last summer, Notre Dame senior Marianinna Villavicencio brought the perspective and research skills she gained as an anthropology major to her home country of Guatemala, exploring issues facing the country’s ethnic minority for her senior thesis project. With the help of a grant from the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), Villavicencio focused on the governmental policies geared toward indigenous populations in Guatemala and the cultural factors that prevent their upward mobility.

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Notre Dame Student Researches Medical Partnerships in Rwanda

Author: Carrie Gates

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

Rwanda is one of the few countries to have met the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals—which include reducing childhood mortality, improving maternal health, and combatting HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases. In her research, Notre Dame senior Catherine Cichon explores how Rwanda’s success may be repeated in other developing countries.

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