Upcoming Events

Vicente Rafael: "Revolution, Religion and Radio: A Filipino Jesuit in the American Colonial Philippines"

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

207 DeBartolo Hall

Co-sponsored by the Department of American Studies.
In this talk, I ask a familiar question-- what is the relationship among religion, empire and revolution?-- but do so within a specific context, the American Philippines. I examine the early writings of one of the most celebrated yet largely neglected Filipino Jesuit intellectuals, Fr. Horacio de la Costa, SJ (1916-1977) to show how Catholic, specifically American Jesuit, pedagogical practices in the 1930s were mobilized for a kind of religious war. Such a war sought to combat the “Masonic” contaminations of the Revolution, the Protestant power of American imperialism, and the “irreligious” corruptions of the Commonwealth government. Feeling besieged by the “pagan” secularism of the colonial public schools, Fr. De la Costa fashioned a history that was at once counter-revolutionary and cosmopolitan, steeped in the conservative elitism of his milieu. Narrating events in ways that endow facts with a fictional intensity, his texts are propelled by an astonishing wit and a knowing humor even as they are animated by a reactionary politics. This ironic and playful style is in full display in the scripts he wrote for one of the most popular pre-War radio programs Kuwentong Kutsero (“Stories of a Coach Driver”). Reading one of his radio scripts, we can see how he used rhetoric and humor to defend religious education while savagely discrediting revolutionary anti-clericalism and American colonial secularism. Such a style would serve him well in the post-war Republican era as he sought to fashion a kind of Christian nationalism at once Filipino and elitist, with which to deflect the emergence of a secular left-wing populist nationalism in the wake of Vatican II and in the midst of the Cold War.

Vincente L. Rafael is Professor of History and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Washingtion, Seattle.  He is the author of several works on the colonial and post-colonial Philippines including Contracting Colonialism, White Love and Other Events in Filipino History, The Promise of the Foreign, and most recently, Motherless Tongues: The Insurgency of Language amid Wars of Translation, all published by Duke University Press.


Nothing Without You: A PEMCo Revue

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April 20-22, 7:30PM
April 22, 4:00PM
Washington Hall Lab

Tickets are now on sale in the LaFortune Student Center Box Office for just $5 and all proceeds will benefit the Engaging Youth, Engaging Neighborhoods Program.
*There is limited seating, so be sure to get tickets ahead of time! *

The show is directed by sophomore AMST major Emily Okawara, produced by junior AMST major Kelsey Dool, and performed in by senior AMST major Jackie Winsch!


Labor Café: American Ruins

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Friday, April 21, 2017
Snite Museum of Art

Facilitators are Bridget Hoyt, Curator of Education/Academic Programs, and students from Professor Erika Doss's American Studies "American Ruins" class​ for this week's labor café, which will focus on the topic of American Ruins.

Join the Labor Cafe as they make our annual pilgrimage to ND's own Snite Museum of Art. This time they'll engage photographs from the collection on the theme of "American ruins." Admission is free and all are welcome.

This event will be the final Higgins Labor Café of the 2016-2017 school year!


Eileen Markey on the Story of Sister Maura Clarke

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Friday, April 21, 2017
109 O'Shaughnessy Hall

Investigative journalist Eileen Markey will discuss the subject of her new book, A Radical Faith: The Assassination of Sister Maura. Cushwa's own Kathleen Sprows Cummings will serve as a respondent along with Todd Walatka (Theology Department) and Douglass Cassel (Notre Dame Law School).

If you plan to attend, please contact Lupe Ramírez (gramirez@nd.edu) for registration.

This event is hosted by LANACC and cosponsored by the Cushwa Center. Please visit LANACC's website for a complete schedule. Sessions include a 12:30 p.m. luncheon.


Deadline for Bernoulli Award Submissions

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Bernoulli Awards is an annual competition that recognizes outstanding research papers authored by undergraduate students who use statistical methods to analyze an applied problem judged to be important, timely, and original. It gets its name from the Bernoulli random variable, the most common random variable in statistics.

Inaugurated in 2008, the competition is funded by an anonymous alumnus to recognize Notre Dame undergraduates poised to submit research papers to peer-reviewed, scholarly journals.

Awards decisions are made by a panel of Notre Dame faculty, including at least one in each College from which students apply. There is no set number of awards made. Over the past three years, one out of every five students has won at least an honorable mention.

        FIRST PRIZES: $5,000

        SECOND PRIZES: $2,500

        HONORABLE MENTIONS: $1,000

Judges focus on whether papers have the potential to be published in well-respected, peer-reviewed outlets in the relevant discipline. Special emphasis is placed on:

            (1) the intellectual merit of the research question addressed;

            (2) the use of appropriate, state-of-the-art statistical techniques; and

            (3) the significance and/or novelty of the results.

Winning papers are posted on the Department of Economics website, although the authors still retain the right to publish them in other outlets.

All undergraduate students from across the University are encouraged to enter. Submissions to the Bernoulli Awards are neither limited to economics majors nor to students majoring in the College of Arts and Letters.

Papers can have more than one author (in which case the prize is split equally) but cannot have coauthors not currently enrolled as undergraduates at the University.

Students who would like to have a research paper considered for a Bernoulli prize must submit it as an electronic file in PDF format to econ@nd.edu. The text of the paper must be in 12-point font, double-spaced, and with standard one-inch margins. There is no explicit page limit, but submissions of not more than 50 pages are preferred. The deadline for submissions is April 21, 2017.

A submission must also be accompanied by the name of a member of the Notre Dame faculty who endorses it. If the paper is based on research conducted in a Notre Dame professor’s laboratory, the supervising professor should separately submit a brief letter indicating the unique contribution of the student and publication plans for the research (anticipated authorship and outlet).


Notre Dame 48 Hour Video Workshop

Friday, April 21, 2017 - Sunday, April 23, 2017
University of Notre Dame

Over 48 hours, beginning at 7PM on Friday night April 21 and ending with a glorious celebration on Sunday evening April 23, teams of producers, writers, directors, actors, shooters and editors will create two-to-three minute videos on and around the Notre Dame campus.

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The weekend will be designed to be fun, experimental, intense, and a little crazy. You’ll be formed into teams of fellow students and given some very simple “requirements”

– A genre

– A line of dialogue

– A character

– A prop

On Friday night, your team will come up with a basic concept, your writer will write, and your producer will organize for the coming day.

On Saturday, your team will shoot your video. You’ll end shooting at 7PM on Saturday, when we’ll upload your video for editing.

Saturday night / Sunday will be spent editing. The final video will be delivered at 3PM (no later!) on Sunday, when a team of judges (our “pro tip” professionals and some ND faculty) will review the videos.

Sunday night will end with a glorious celebration of your work. We’ll meet in Browning, show the videos, and host a panel discussion with members of each team, sharing the highlights (and lowlights) of the weekend.

All Notre Dame students, regardless of major, can sign up here.


International Workers' Day Film CLASSics: The Labor Question Goes to the Movies

Friday, April 28, 2017
DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

​Each year the Higgins Labor Program partners with the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center to screen a new film in celebration of May Day, aka International Workers' Day. The 6th Annual May Day Movie, this year cosponsored by the Department of English, will take place on April 28:
Paterson (2016; Jim Jarmusch, director) -- 
a slice-of-life about a bus driver and poet starring ​Mishawaka's own Adam Driver
Friday, April 28, 6:30 pm, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
Followed by a panel discussion featuring:
Complete this form to join the "Friends of Higgins Guest List" and secure a free ticket for you and yours. And come a bit early to access your complimentary snack and/or soft drink​, ​courtesy of the Higgins Labor Program.


A Broader Version of Reality: Integral Ecology within the Great Lakes Watershed — A Lecture Series

Lecture 1 (Theological Anthropology: Identity and Mission): Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Lecture 2 (Biodiversity and Invasive Species): March 7, 2017
Lecture 3 (Water Refreshment, Resource, and Waste): March 21, 2017
Lecture 4 (Agriculture: Feeding the Human Family): April 11, 2017
Lecture 5 (Energy: The Power to Do Good): April 18, 2017
Lecture 6 (Liturgy and Ecology): May 2, 2017

Andrews Auditorium, Geddes Hall

This lecture series is hosted by the Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing and co-sponsored by the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative. It is hosted by Terrence P. Ehrman, C.S.C., the Assistant Director - Life Sciences Research and Outreach at the Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing.

The six-part lecture series is based upon the call of Pope Francis for a "broader vision of reality" that demands an "integral ecology." This series will explore how to live out that very vision within the Great Lakes watershed.


The 10th Annual University of Notre Dame Undergraduate Scholars Conference

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Friday, May 5, 2017
Hesburgh Library and Jordan Hall of Science

The University of Notre Dame will host the 10th annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference, including the College of Science Joint Annual Meeting, on the Friday of reading days: May 5, 2017. The conferences are an opportunity for undergraduate students to present their research, analyses and other projects or endeavors in a professional setting.

The Undergraduate Scholars Conference sessions will be held on May 5 from 9:00-2:00PM in theHesburgh Library. More information can be found here and further questions can be directed to Kati Schuler at kschule1@nd.edu.

The College of Science Joint Annual Meeting sessions will be held on that same Friday from 1:00-5:00PM in the Jordan Hall of Science. More infromation can be found here and further questions can be directed to Dominic Chaloner at chaloner.1@nd.edu.

Students are welcome to participate in both events. Students are encouraged to submit abstracts by March 24, 2017 at xur.library.nd.edu.


“Preserving the Steadfastness of Your Faith”: Catholics in the Early American Republic

January 16-August 11, 2017
Rare Books and Special Collections, Hesburgh Library

This exhibition displays examples of American Catholicism expressed through (mostly) printed texts from 1783 through the early 1840s. They include the earliest Catholic bibles published by Mathew Carey, and editions of Thomas à Kempis' The Imitation of Christ used and produced in the United States; polemical pamphlets with sexual and political subtexts that flew back and forth across the Atlantic; no-holds-barred dueling sectarian newspapers; books and pamphlets created in reaction to mob violence against the Ursuline convent school near Boston; and official reports that mapped the Church’s growth and growing pains.

The exhibition’s curators (Rachel Bohlmann and Jean McManus) will give guided tours of the show every Thursday at 12:30 pm, February through March, excluding March 16 (February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30). Tours will last up to an hour.

Group and class tours may also be arranged. Please contact Rachel Bohlmann at rbohlman @ nd.edu or (574) 631-1575 for scheduling.