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New Faculty Propel Economics Department’s Rise

Timothy Fuerst

Timothy Fuerst, one of the most-cited economists in the world, joined the University of Notre Dame this fall as William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Professor of Economics. Fuerst’s appointment is the “crown jewel“ in a series of recent hires that will bring even greater depth and diversity to the rapidly growing Department of Economics, says Chair Richard Jensen, the Gilbert F. Schaefer Professor of Economics. Read More >

Rev. Brian Daley, S.J., Receives ‘Nobel Prize’ in Theology From Pope Benedict

Father Brian Daley

Rev. Brian E. Daley, S.J., Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, received the 2012 Ratzinger Prize in Theology from Pope Benedict XVI in a ceremony Oct. 20 in Rome. The prestigious prize recognizes distinguished scholarship in scripture, patristics, and fundamental theology. Read More >

John Templeton Foundation Grants Notre Dame
$1.58 Million for Interdisciplinary Study

Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study logo

The University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) has been awarded a $1.58 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation for a three-year program called “Pursuing the Unity of Knowledge: Integrating Religion, Science, and the Academic Disciplines.” It will foster inquiry into the “great questions” in an environment that considers secular and spiritual knowledge as mutually beneficial ways of learning, rather than rivals in a winner-take-all competition. Read More >

Varieties of Democracy Project Awarded Funding

Michael Coppedge

The Varieties of Democracy project, an ambitious international research collaboration based in the United States at Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies, has been awarded more than $616,000 in research support from the European Commission. Led by Notre Dame political scientist Michael Coppedge and two colleagues, the multiyear project aims to produce better indicators of democracy, helping to illuminate why democracies around the world succeed or fail. Read More >

FTT Students Granted Exclusive Right to Make Cannes Documentary

Collin Erker at Cannes

Networking with industry insiders, watching highly anticipated films, walking the red carpet, and seeing stars was all part of the job for a group of University of Notre Dame students who jetted off to the 2012 Cannes International Film Festival this summer. Read More >

Former Chief Justice Lauds Liberal Arts Perspective

Kathleen Blatz

Of the many lessons Kathleen Blatz ’76 took from Notre Dame, the one she says mattered most was not learned in a specific class or from a certain professor. Rather, it was the entirety of her educational experience—from studying abroad in Rome to diving into art history to exploring anthropology—that broadened her perspective on life and helped shape her own path. Read More >

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Sacred Music at Notre Dame Receives Mellon Grant

Carmen Helena Tellez

With a $400,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the University of Notre Dame announces the launch of the Sacred Music Drama Project, a four-year, cross-disciplinary initiative designed to engage people more deeply with the power of shared creativity, performance, and scholarship. Read More >

Preeminent New Testament Scholar Joins Notre Dame

Mark Roche

Professor John T. Fitzgerald, an award-winning teacher, will join the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Theology this fall, says J. Matthew Ashley, associate professor and department chair. “He is not only a preeminent scholar of the New Testament in itself but also has a broad and penetrating knowledge of the Greco-Roman context in which it was written and received,” Ashley says. Read More >

English Professor Laura Dassow Walls Honored for Work on Emerson and Science

Laura Dassow Walls

For her contributions to Emerson studies, Laura Dassow Walls, the University of Notre Dame’s William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English, has been awarded the 2012 Ralph Waldo Emerson Society Distinguished Achievement Award. Read More >

Medievalist Daniel Hobbins Joins Faculty

Daniel Hobbins

Associate Professor Daniel Hobbins’s arrival at the University of Notre Dame this fall was a homecoming of sorts. A cultural and intellectual historian of the late middle ages, Hobbins received his Ph.D. in medieval history from Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute in 2002 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University in 2004. Read More >

From Classroom to Stadium to Third World

Ted Mandell

As a documentary filmmaker, a faculty member in College of Arts and Letters’ Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT), and a producer for Fighting Irish Digital Media, Ted Mandell ’86 quite literally sheds light on the University of Notre Dame’s traditions of social justice and student athletics. Read More >

Professor Translates Nobel Winner’s Novels

Howard Goldblatt

Novelist Mo Yan recently became the first Chinese writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. If you have ever read any of his work in English, you probably have Howard Goldblatt to thank. Known as the foremost translator of modern and contemporary Chinese literature in the West, Goldblatt has produced English translations of more than 40 novels and story collections by writers from China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, including nine of Mo’s books.  Read More >

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Senior Film Student Wins Princess Grace Award

Kathleen Bracke

When Kathleen Bracke got the call, she dropped the phone out of shock, then picked it up and asked the caller to repeat the news. On the other end was a representative of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA announcing that Bracke had won a 2012 Princess Grace Award. Read More >

From Arts and Letters to International Finance

Bill Kennedy

As an undergraduate economics major in the College of Arts and Letters, Bill Kennedy ’90 took an Asian history class to fulfill one of his academic requirements. That class, he says, is part of the reason he is now a top portfolio manager at Fidelity Investments in London. Read More >

Service Work Lands Senior on Magazine Cover

Lindsay Brown

University of Notre Dame Senior Lindsay Brown, a political science major, has won Seventeen magazine’s “Pretty Amazing” contest, which celebrates young women who have done something exceptional. Brown, who is also pursuing an interdisciplinary minor in poverty studies through the University’s Center for Social Concerns, was recognized for her service work with girls in Nepal and other countries, her involvement in the nonprofit organization She’s the First, and the creation of her own nonprofit project. Read More >

Poem by English Ph.D. Student and Creative Writing MFA Ailbhe Darcy Featured by The Guardian

Ailbhe Darcy

A poem by University of Notre Dame English doctoral candidate Ailbhe Darcy was recently selected as Poem of the Week in The Guardian. Given that the previous week’s featured poem was William Shakespeare’s “The Phoenix and the Turtle,” Darcy’s “Silt Whisper” is in good company. Read More >

Industrial Design Student Among Top Five in Nation

Ryan Geraghty

Ryan Geraghty ’12 was named one of the top five graduating industrial design students in the nation, and his work was featured at the Industrial Designers Society of America’s (IDSA) International conference this summer in Boston. Geraghty earned this opportunity by winning first place at the IDSA’s Midwest District competition—the fifth Notre Dame student in six years to take the title. Read More >

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