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American Studies graduate singled out as one of the nation's most promising political reporters

January 25, 2012

           Robert Costa, a 2008 honors graduate in American Studies, has been singled out by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the nation’s most promising political reporters. In an article (December, 2011) that asks the questions “Who’s the next Tim Russert?” and “Which of the next generation of journalists may be worth following?” Costa is the youngest (at 26) of the five reporters selected for attention. Read More >

Rousseau exhibit to focus on dignity of the human person

January 11, 2012 Joanna Basile

Julia Douthwaite

Julia Douthwaite, professor of French in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, is organizing a series of events to honor Swiss philosopher and writer Jean–Jacques Rousseau’s 300th birthday and stimulate a cross–disciplinary discussion on social justice and human dignity.

The project, called “Rousseau 2012: On the Road to DIGNITY,” will be part of the curriculum for more than a dozen courses throughout the College of Arts and Letters and the Law School and will feature both guest lectures and an Amnesty International photography exhibit on poverty and human rights that includes portraits from Mexico, Egypt, Nigeria, India and Macedonia. Read More >

Benedict Giamo Publishes Book on Homeless Crime

January 11, 2012 Carol C. Bradley

It started with a bare-bones wire service story that ran in the newspaper in late July 2006—a body had been found along the north bank of the Kansas River in Topeka, and four homeless people had been charged with kidnapping and felony murder. Benedict Giamo, associate professor of American studies, who has written extensively on homelessness in America, found himself fascinated with the story of the life and death of David Owen, 38, an advocate for the homeless and a registered lobbyist. Read More >

College Welcomes Two New Moreau Fellows

January 11, 2012 Karla Cruise

Hip-hop and boxing are not just entertainment for Notre Dame’s two new Moreau Academic Diversity Postdoctoral Fellows, Brian Su-Jen Chung and Jesse Costantino; they’re fertile ground for academic research. Chung, in the American studies department, and Costantino, in English, joined the College of Arts and Letters in fall 2011 as part of a University effort to enhance cultural awareness and diversity within the campus community. Read More >

Visiting Professor Offers Critical Look at Native American Studies

January 11, 2012 Chris Milazzo

Students in Notre Dame’s Department of American Studies recently got an inside perspective on the complexities of creating and maintaining Native American museum collections in a course called Collecting Indians. The fall 2011 class was taught by Scott Stevens, a member of the Akwesasne Mohawk Tribe and the director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Read More >