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College Launches International Economics Major


Linguistic and cultural fluency is an increasingly important asset in business. And to address the growing demand for professionals who can both understand and help shape the world market, Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters has created a new major in international economics. It is the College’s first new major in almost a decade. Read More >

Economist Joseph Kaboski Receives 2012 Frisch Medal

Joseph Kaboski

University of Notre Dame economist Joseph Kaboski has been awarded the 2012 Frisch Medal for a paper evaluating the impact of microfinance, widely used as a tool to fight poverty in developing countries. The Frisch Medal is not only one of the top three prizes in the field of economics but also the most prestigious “best article” award in the profession, says Professor Richard Jensen, chair of Notre Dame’s Department of Economics. Read More >

Music Historian and Liturgical Scholar Margot Fassler Wins Three Research Awards

Margot Fassler

Art. Sacred music. Medieval history. And the digital humanities. Margot Fassler, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy in Notre Dame’s Department of Theology, brings them all together in her current research, for which she has been recently awarded fellowships from both the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. A co-director of Sacred Music at Notre Dame, Fassler also recently won the 2012 Otto Gr√ľndler Book Prize for excellence in medieval studies. Read More >

In Memoriam: Sabine MacCormack

Sabine MacCormack

Sabine MacCormack, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Professor of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame, died June 16 after suffering a heart attack while gardening at her home in South Bend. She was 71. “Sabine was one of the most distinguished humanists in Notre Dame’s history, and one of the leading humanists in the contemporary scholarly world,” says John McGreevy, I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters. Read More >



Examining Christian Perceptions and Muslim Identity

Olivia Remie Constable

Notre Dame historian Olivia Remie Constable has been awarded a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for her book project Christian Perceptions of Muslim Identity in Medieval Spain. Among other things, her work will examine Christian attitudes toward Muslim dress and appearance and whether Muslims could engage in public religious expressions, teach Arabic to their children, and maintain bathhouses, schools, cemeteries, and other separate spaces important to the continuity of their culture and religion. Read More >

García-Romero Invited to National Playwrights Conference

Anne García-Romero

Anne García-Romero, an assistant professor at the University of Notre Dame, has been accepted to the prestigious Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference this summer. One of just eight playwrights selected out of nearly 1,000 applicants, García-Romero will spend a month working with acclaimed theatre professionals to workshop her play Provenance. Read More >

Solving a Fascinating Puzzle

Robert Goulding

Robert Goulding, an associate professor in the University of Notre Dame’s Program of Liberal Studies, was recently awarded a grant from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) to support a research project that combines mathematics, philosophy, and Renaissance science. Read More >

Theologian Helps Build Society for Qu’ranic Studies

Gabriel Said Reynolds

Gabriel Said Reynolds, Tisch Family Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Theology at the University of Notre Dame, will be co-director of an international consultation to develop a plan for the formation of an independent association of Quranic scholars. Read More >



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Foundation in the Classics Fuels Success in the Field

Luke McLaurin

While working for the U.S. Department of Justice in Baghdad, Luke McLaurin B.A. ’03 M.A. ’04 found himself returning to the same ancient texts he read while studying philosophy and Italian at Notre Dame. At night, McLaurin recalls, he would rest in his room at the U.S. Embassy, revisiting the classic works that helped guide him into a legal career. Read More >

Design Students Fight Xenophobia in South Africa

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In the spirit of ubuntu, or “togetherness,” University of Notre Dame faculty, students, and alumni, Kgosi Neighbourhood Foundation, and Pellegrino Collaborative have joined forces to develop together+, a multifaceted campaign designed to unite a South African community divided by xenophobia and to inform, inspire and empower its most marginalized citizens. Read More >

Senior Mary Atwood Illuminates Andean Legends

Mary Atwood

As a linguist, artist, semiotician, and interdisciplinary scholar committed to social action, graduating senior Mary Atwood is a Notre Dame original. Drawing on seven weeks of research in Peru, the theology major recently completed a senior thesis that included original oil paintings and English translations of three Inca legends gleaned from interviews with Quechua speakers in Cusco’s central market. Read More >

Alumnus Advances Career Making Movie Trailers

Scott Mitsui

Moneyball. True Grit. The Social Network. Black Swan. If you watched a trailer for any of these movies, then you’ve seen the work of Notre Dame alumnus Scott Mitsui ’92. A communications and theatre major, Mitsui has spent the past 12 years as producer and vice president of operations at Mark Woollen & Associates in Santa Monica, Calif., a company responsible for some of the most noteworthy and award-winning film trailers in Hollywood. Read More >

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