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American Studies Alumnus Reaches South Pole

August 24, 2012 Mike Danahey

On one of his six journeys to Antarctica as part of a team seeking to unravel mysteries of the universe, Michael Zernick ’83 brought along a University of Notre Dame flag.

“I am proud to have graduated from Notre Dame,” he says, adding that “the University even has influence all the way to the South Pole.” Read More >

Witness to the Persecution

August 23, 2012 Ben Giamo

“I now think of Havana as a suburb of Albany,” William Kennedy told me during an interview last October when his newest novel, Changó’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes, first appeared.

The novel is the latest installment of the 84-year-old author’s much celebrated “Albany cycle,” begun in 1975 with Legs, which told the story of real-life gangster Legs Diamond. The eight-novel series, including the 1983 Pulitzer Prize-winning Ironweed Read More >