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Three Professors Earn NEH Awards; ND Leads Nation for Past 15 Years

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Three University of Notre Dame professors have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) fellowships for 2013-14, bringing Notre Dame’s total number of NEH grants to 49 since 1999, more than any other university in the country. The latest recipients are Philosophy Professor Stephen Dumont, English Professor Sandra Gustafson, and Deborah Tor, an assistant professor in the Department of History. Read More >

International Economics Major Adds Five Languages

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Beginning in fall 2013, Notre Dame undergraduate students interested in pursuing international economics as a major can choose from among five new language options: Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, German, and Russian. These are in addition to the three Romance languages—French, Italian, and Spanish—already available.
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Historian John Van Engen Wins 2013 Haskins Medal

John Van Engen

John Van Engen, Andrew V. Tackes Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, has won the 2013 Haskins Medal for his book, Sisters and Brothers of the Common Life: The Devotio Moderna and the World of the Later Middle Ages. The Haskins Medal is the highest award granted by the Medieval Academy of America, the main professional organization for medievalists. Read More >

Catherine Reidy Named a Clarendon Scholar

Catherine Reidy

Catherine Reidy, a University of Notre Dame senior majoring in psychology with a minor in anthropology, has been awarded a Clarendon Scholarship for graduate study at the University of Oxford. Reidy, a Rhodes Scholar finalist, will use the scholarship to study for her master’s degree in African Studies starting in October. Read More >

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English Department Augments Global, Historical Reach

Barry McCrea

The University of Notre Dame’s Department of English has strengthened its expertise across the historical spectrum and the globe with five faculty appointments that span medieval literature, Modernism, and digital media. The new hires include Barry McCrea, the Donald R. Keough Family Professor of Irish Studies; Professor Tim Machan and Associate Professor Chris Abram, both medievalists; Assistant Professor Kinohi Nishikawa, who studies African American literature, and Assistant Professor Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, a novelist. Read More >

Four Arts and Letters Faculty Receive ACLS Fellowships

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Four professors from the College of Arts and Letters have been awarded American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowships for the 2013-14 academic year. The ACLS received 1,121 applications for the highly competitive fellowships and made only 65 awards nationwide. Read More >

Joan Aldous: A Legacy of Research on Families

Joan Aldous

Empowered and groundbreaking women are a family tradition for Joan Aldous, Notre Dame’s first full female endowed professor. Appointed William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Sociology at Notre Dame in 1976, Aldous retired on December 31, 2012. In that time, she became a leading expert in the sociology of the family and made a significant impact on sociology at Notre Dame. Read More >

Music Professor Wins International Singing Contest

Stephen Lancaster

On April 1, 2013, Stephen Lancaster, assistant professional specialist in the Department of Music, was named the male winner at the Nico Castel International Master Singer Competition. Held annually in New York City at Carnegie Hall, the competition is sponsored by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) and the New York Opera Studio. Read More >

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Exploring Capitalism, Catholicism in India and Dubai

Brandon Vaidyanathan

What is the role of religion in rapidly developing societies? It is a hotly contested question among social scientists and theologians alike, with the prevailing view holding that global capitalism either makes religion irrelevant or produces a backlash of fundamentalism. Brandon Vaidyanathan, a graduate student in Notre Dame’s Department of Sociology, is discovering a different reality as he focuses on the world of skilled professionals in multinational corporations in two rapidly globalizing cities—Bangalore, India, and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Read More >

Economics Major Conducts Anti-Poverty Research

Melissa Maggart

When senior economics major and peace studies major Melissa Maggart began looking for a summer internship last year, she sought to combine her academic interests with her personal desire to help alleviate poverty. Her search brought her to a new program at the University of Notre Dame—the Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO). Read More >

Video: Meet Anthropology Major Sarah McGough

Sarah McGough

“I wanted to learn how to think and to challenge my beliefs and to learn about the world, and then learn how to engage that world when I got out of college—that’s what anthropology does,” says Sarah McGough, a junior anthropology major in the College of Arts and Letters and a student in the Glynn Family Honors Program and Hesburgh–Yusko Scholars Program. Read More >

English Alumnus Part of Marvel’s Success

Bill Rosemann

The Spider-Man series, The Avengers, the X-Men series—these films, produced by Marvel Comics’ production company, Marvel Studios, are some of the highest-grossing films of the 21st century. All are based on characters and stories from Marvel comic books, and it’s the job of Bill Rosemann ’93 to keep those characters and stories coming. Read More >

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