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Schmuhl's "Fifty Years with Father Hesburgh" Finalist for Foreward INDIES Book of the Year Award

March 21, 2017 Rebecca Corrente

Bob Schmuhl's Fifty Years with Father Hesburgh is a finalist for the 2016 Foreword INDIES book of the Year Award in the Adult Nonfiction, Biography category. The winners will be announced during the American Library Association conference, June 22-27, 2017, in Chicago. Other nominees in this category can be viewed at Read More >

Bob Schmuhl on the History of St. Patrick's Day

March 14, 2017 Rebecca Corrente

Curious about the history of St. Patrick's Day?  In this WalletHub article, Bob Schmuhl provides some historical context and discusses what a city must consider when deciding to hold a St. Patrick's Day celebration.   Read More >

American Studies Junior Tessa Bangs Named 2017-2018 Editor-in-Chief of Scholastic Magazine

March 09, 2017 Rebecca Corrente

The Department of American Studies congratulates major Tessa Bangs on her appointment as Editor-in-Chief of Scholastic magazine for the 2017-2018 term. Tessa, a junior from Montclair, New Jersey, has worked at Scholastic since arriving at Notre Dame in 2014. She previously served as News Editor and Managing Editor of the magazine. Read More >

Two American Studies Professors Receive GCI Grants

March 07, 2017 Tessa Bangs

Notre Dame International awards Global Collaboration Initiative (GCI) grants to fund initiatives in international research, scholarship and collaboration with major foreign universities and other research organizations. Out of five total awardees this year, two are from within the Department of American Studies. Read More >

Notre Dame and The Nation: How We Protest, Think, and Resist

March 06, 2017 Rebecca Corrente

Professors Jason Ruiz and Perin Gurel discuss the role of the professor in the Trump era in this well-written and probing article from American Studies junior Tessa Bangs and Journalism senior Cassidy McDonald. Read More >

Don't force universities to enforce immigration laws

March 06, 2017 Rebecca Corrente

"We are, to put it mildly, not in the business of enforcing America’s borders.  And nor should we, or any Indiana institution of higher education, be forced to act as such."

Professor Jason Ruiz elaborates on the difficulties inherent in Indiana Senate Bill 423 in this IndyStar op-ed. Read More >

Notre Dame Names Pence Grad Speaker

March 03, 2017 Rebecca Corrente

Professor Bob Schmuhl comments on the selection of Vice President Mike Pence as commencement speaker for the 2017 graduation ceremony.  Read More >

Senior Cassidy McDonald awarded Luce Scholarship

February 24, 2017 William G. Gilroy

Cassidy McDonald

The Luce Scholarship is a nationally competitive fellowship program created by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to enhance understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society.  Cassidy McDonald, who will graduate in May with a business degree in marketing and a minor in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy, is one of eighteen scholarship recipients for 2017-18. Read More >

In Trump vs. the Media, the People Lose

February 23, 2017 Tessa Bangs

Robert Schmuhl, Professor of American Studies, discusses the conflict between the Trump presidency and the media – and just what the implications of it are for the nation's people. 

In his piece for Notre Dame Magazine, published here Read More >

How is the media to handle a presidency like Trump’s?

February 22, 2017 Rebecca Corrente

Is Trump his own worst enemy?  American Studies' Professor Robert Schmuhl answers this and other questions about Trump on the Scott Thompson show. Read More >