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Sam Newlands
Philosophers Receive
$3.8 Million Grant to Study Hope and Optimism

With a $3.8 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation, Notre Dame philosopher Samuel Newlands and Cornell philosopher Andrew Chignell will co-direct a new research project called “Hope and Optimism: Conceptual and Empirical Investigations.” Read More >

Don Crafton and Scott Monroe
Psychology, Film Professors Awarded Guggenheims

Two College of Arts and Letters professors — Scott Monroe, an expert in depressive disorders, and Donald Crafton, who holds Notre Dame’s first endowed chair for film studies — have been awarded 2014 fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Read More >

financial economics
New Financial Economics Concentration Announced

In fall 2014, Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters will launch a new concentration in financial economics and econometrics. The concentration offers undergraduates fast-paced, rigorous training to prepare them for careers in investment management, banking, research, and policymaking. Read More >

Carmen-Helena Tellez
Notre Dame Presents First Sacred Music Drama

Joan of Arc 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. Read More >

Kevin Becker
Finance Expert Traces Success to PLS Degree

Kevin Becker ’88 landed a choice position as an analyst at Morgan Stanley after he graduated from Notre Dame. As a Program of Liberal Studies major, his academic background was centered on the Great Books, from Plato to Euclid to Dostoyevsky. That training in analytical thinking, he says, was exactly what Morgan Stanley wanted. Read More >

FACULTY NOTES
Darcia Narvaez
Psychologist Darcia Narvaez to Co-Direct $2.6 Million Virtue Project

Darcia Narvaez, a professor of psychology at Notre Dame, and Nancy Snow, a professor of philosophy at Marquette University, are co-directing a new, interdisciplinary research initiative on virtue, character, and the development of the moral self. Read More >

Maurizio Albahari
Anthropologist Illuminates Migration Crisis in the Mediterranean

“Everything changed on October 3, but nothing really changed,” says Maurizio Albahari, assistant professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Anthropology. Read More >

Tim Machan
Video: What is English? and Why Should We Care?

“How do you define the English language in a very complex world in which native English speakers account for less than a third of the number of people who speak English today?” says Tim Machan, professor of English at Notre Dame. Read More >

Susan Collins
Video: Political Scientist Susan Collins on Violence and Political Founding

“The Ancients need to be made relevant to the concerns that we have today,” says Susan Collins, associate professor at the University of Notre Dame who specializes in ancient political philosophy. Read More >

Virgilio Elizondo
Notre Dame Theologians Explore Life, Death, and Resurrection in Rwanda

The genocide in Rwanda, whose 20th anniversary was observed worldwide last month, began only a few days after Easter. That the hatred that cost the lives of a million people in this overwhelmingly Christian country could be unleashed so near to Holy Week seems paradoxical, ironic, or even blasphemous. Read More >

STUDENT/ALUMNI UPDATES
Adam Cowden
Alumnus Awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Adam Cowden, a 2012 graduate of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, has been selected as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. With the award, he will pursue a master’s degree at the University of Cambridge this fall. Read More >

Anna VanEgmond
Video: Senior Interns at PricewaterhouseCoopers

“Walking into these professional environments as an intern, you see that being in the College of Arts and Letters, you’ve been given the foundation to succeed,” says Anna VanEgmond, a senior sociology and computer applications major at the University of Notre Dame. Read More >

David Certo
Arts and Letters Alumnus Ministers From the Bench

As presiding judge of the Marion County Superior Court, David Certo ’93 doles out his unique brand of ministry from inside a courtroom that is turning heads in Indianapolis for its innovative and compassionate approach to criminal justice. Read More >

Nicole Sganga
Junior Wins New York Times Journalism Contest

University of Notre Dame junior Nicole Sganga will be going on assignment with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nick Kristof this summer, The New York Times announced Sunday, March 16. Read More >

Sandra Botero
Political Science Ph.D. Students Awarded Fellowships

In recognition of their research, three graduate students from Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science have been awarded prestigious fellowships. Read More >

Spring 2014
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In Memoriam: Remie Constable, Director of the Medieval Institute
English Department Deepens Expertise Across Literary Periods, Places
Sociology Alumni Take Liberal Arts Perspective to Medical School
Video: Meet International Economics Major
Natalie Boll
Father Gustavo Gutierrez Welcomed in Rome
Political Science Hires Bring Diversity, Commitment to Excellence
Video: American Studies Major Interns at Huntington Library
Sociologist Mark Berends Named AERA Fellow
Video: Meet Medieval Studies Major
Mairead Mumford
Developing Treatment Strategies for Arab Spring’s Trauma Victims
New Sociology Hires Study Secrecy, Social Movements
English Ph.D. Student Awarded Mellon/ACLS Fellowship
Video: Meet Theology Major Jenna Ahn
New Sociology Professor Focuses on Child Mental Health Issues
Department of History Fosters Learning Outside the Classroom
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