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Electing the President 2016: The Democrats' Dilemma

December 05, 2016 Robert Schmuhl

Editor’s note: In the summer of 2016, as the presidential candidates entered the stretch run of campaign season, we asked Notre Dame’s in-house pundit to put the moment, the issues and the choices in context and perspective. Bob Schmuhl’s commentary on American politics and journalism frequently appears in major print and broadcast outlets in the U.S. and abroad. His observations on the 2016 presidential election and transition have run on magazine.nd.edu Read More >

Electing the President 2016: Saddle up the Tiger

November 21, 2016 Robert Schmuhl

Editor’s note: In the summer of 2016, as the presidential candidates entered the stretch run of campaign season, we asked Notre Dame’s in-house pundit to put the moment, the issues and the choices in context and perspective. Bob Schmuhl’s commentary on American politics and journalism frequently appears in major print and broadcast outlets in the U.S. and abroad. His observations on the 2016 presidential election and transition run on magazine.nd.edu Read More >

Gallivan alumna Sarah Childress' journalistic journey

November 17, 2016 Jacob McKenna

Sarah Childress, a 2003 alumna of the Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy, has been traveling across continents and media sharing stories and building her career in journalism. 

Read this feature on Childress Read More >

Bob Schmuhl on High Noon

November 11, 2016 Jacob McKenna

Irish radio host George Hook came to Notre Dame last week to discuss the 2016 election from the Irish perspective. Professor Bob Schmuhl switched places with Hook on Thursday as he appeared on Hook's radio show, "High Noon." Prof. Schmuhl discussed the results of the election and how the major parties will move forward from here. Read More >

Electing the President 2016: A Star-Spangled Mulligan?

November 07, 2016 Robert Schmuhl

Editor’s note: Head of state, chief diplomat, commander-in-chief, guardian of the economy – Americans are fixing to elect another president, so we asked Notre Dame’s in-house pundit to put the moment, the issues, the candidates and the choices in context and perspective. Bob Schmuhl’s commentary on American politics and journalism frequently appears in major print and broadcast outlets in the U.S. and abroad. His exclusive observations on the 2016 presidential election will run on magazine.nd.edu Read More >

Narcomedia with Jason Ruiz

November 04, 2016 Jacob McKenna

Professor Jason Ruiz presented "Narcomedia: Latinidad, Drug Economies, and the Cultural Politics of the Kingpin" after the American Studies alumni reception on October 29. Professor Ruiz' lecture was a part of the College of Arts and Letters' Saturday Scholar Series.

A video of the lecture is available here Read More >

Intro to American Studies Costume Contest

November 01, 2016 Jacob McKenna

To get his class into the Halloween spirit, Professor Jason Ruiz held a costume contest for the Introduction to American Studies class on Monday.

Many students participated in the contest, and the winners (pictured below) dressed as the high school history textbooks critiqued by James Loewen in Lies My Teacher Told Me Read More >

Morning Ireland - "Clinton and FBI director at odds over email investigation"

November 01, 2016 Jacob McKenna

Professor Bob Schmuhl appeared on Morning Ireland yesterday morning to discuss the impact of the latest happenings in the Clinton email situation.

Listen to the full segment here. Read More >

Why we went behind bars for Shakespeare class

November 01, 2016 Jacob McKenna

Amanda Gray, an American Studies graduate and current reporter for the South Bend Tribune, wrote a feature in the Tribune detailing her work in a Shakespeare class at the local Westville Correctional Facility. Below is an excerpt from Gray's feature.

 

Stepping off the elevator at Westville Correctional Facility, just a gate separating us from an entire unit of prison inmates, we turned to each other, both nervous. Read More >

Obama's campaign mission: Protect his legacy, pummel Republicans - oh, and elect Hillary Clinton

October 26, 2016 Jacob McKenna

Prof. Bob Schmuhl discussed the role of President Obama in the 2016 presidential campiagn in "Obama's campaign mission: Protect his legacy, pummel Republicans - oh, and elect Hillary Clinton," published on Monday in the Los Angeles Times. Here is an excerpt of the article: 

"Obama's vigorous campaigning for Hillary Clinton is a new dimension of the modern presidency,” said Robert Schmuhl, professor of American studies and journalism at the University of Notre Dame. "What Obama is doing this fall makes him stand out from his predecessors in a vivid and distinctive way. He's using his approval ratings and campaign skills to create what he hopes will be a new kind of coattails." Read More >

Electing the President 2016: The View from Abroad

October 25, 2016 Robert Schmuhl

DUBLIN, Ireland — Being an American abroad these days provides someone with a perplexing yet recurring experience. Wherever you go, people beyond our shores want to know why the American presidential campaign is approaching its conclusion as a political popularity contest between two historically unpopular candidates. Read More >

‘Exiled Children’ and the Easter Rising: America and Irish Independence

October 25, 2016 Jacob McKenna

Prof. Bob Schmuhl spent his fall break sharing his knowledge abroad in Ireland the the UK. He appeared on RTÉ News in Ireland and gave a lecture on his book, Ireland's Exiled Children, at Oxford University as a part of the Rothermere American Institute's  American History Research Seminar series.

Watch the full lecture here Read More >

Trump comments on election legitimacy are 'unguided'

October 21, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

During his visit to Ireland, American Studies Professor Robert Schmuhl visited RTÉ News to discuss Trump's comments during the final debate regarding the legitimacy of the election results and the impact of those comments on the presidential race..  Could there be a silent vote out there for Trump that will carry him to victory?  Watch the interview here. Read More >

Clinton targets votes in Arizona, Georgia and Texas

October 20, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

From the Morning Ireland studios in Dublin, American Studies' Bob Schmuhl analyzes last night's presidential debate.  Listen to the interview from RTÉs Radio 1 Read More >

Morning Ireland - "What kind of presidency will emerge from the US election campaign?"

October 11, 2016 Jacob McKenna

Professor Bob Schmuhl appeared on Morning Ireland on Tuesday to discuss the second presidential debate, the next four weeks of the campaign, and this election's impact on the future of American politics. Listen to the segment here. (Scroll down near the middle of the page to find the player) Read More >

Continuity and Change: The Irish Role in American Politics

October 10, 2016 Jacob McKenna

Professor Bob Schmuhl wrote a piece for Irish America about the role of Irish politicians and citizens in the American political system.

By Bob Schmuhl - Published 10.2016 in Irish America

 

For the second straight White House election, the Democratic and Republican candidates for vice president grew up in strong Irish American and Catholic families. Eyebrow-arching in itself, the fact that these four figures share a similar heritage helps illustrate what you might call the Irish political diaspora within the U.S. From the time of the Great Hunger through the early decades of the 20th century, the American Irish tended to be nearly as faithful to the Democratic Party as to the Catholic Church. Big-city political organizations worked with machine-like efficiency, delivering goods, services and jobs to recent immigrants from Ireland and elsewhere. These new Americans said thank you with their Democratic votes on Election Day. Read More >

Electing the President 2016: Political Soul-Searching

October 10, 2016 Robert Schmuhl

Editor’s note: Head of state, chief diplomat, commander-in-chief, guardian of the economy – Americans are fixing to elect another president, so we asked Notre Dame’s in-house pundit to put the moment, the issues, the candidates and the choices in context and perspective. Bob Schmuhl’s commentary on American politics and journalism frequently appears in major print and broadcast outlets in the U.S. and abroad. His exclusive observations on the 2016 presidential election will run on magazine.nd.edu Read More >

Mike Pence: A Meteoric Rise but a Controversial Political Past

October 10, 2016 Jacob McKenna

Professor Bob Schmuhl provides insight into the rise of Mike Pence despite his controversial political record in Indiana.

By Jacob Rund - Published 10.9.2016 in Roll Call

 

As Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump reels from widespread backlash concerning lewd comments he made in 2005 about women, several Republican members of Congress are suggesting his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, should replace him. Read More >

Extreme Measures

October 07, 2016 Jacob McKenna

Following the publishing of his new book, Fifty Years with Father Hesburgh, Prof. Bob Schmuhl has continued to write about Fr. Hesburgh, his accomplishments, and his role in political history. The latest edition of Notre Dame Magazine features "Extreme Measures," an article by Prof. Schmuhl about Fr. Hesburgh, President Lyndon Johnson, the Civil RIghts Act of 1964, and their effects on today's political climate. Read More >

Bentsen-Quayle: a comparison on experience led to the slow burn of a candidate

October 04, 2016 Jacob McKenna

In the newest installment of the 2016 ND Election Forum's video series, Prof. Schmuhl provides commentary on the 1988 Vice Presidential debate between Lloyd Bentsen and Dan Quayle and its significance in the election. Watch the video here. Read More >

Pence, Kaine have sharply different goals in VP debate

October 04, 2016 Jacob McKenna

Ahead of tonight's Vice Presidential debate, Prof. Bob Schmuhl provided analysis of the two candidates'  debate goals in the USA Today article, "Pence, Kaine have sharply different goals in VP debate," published this morning. Read the full article here Read More >

Morning Ireland - "Looking Back on the First Presidential Debate"

September 28, 2016 Jacob McKenna

Prof. Bob Schmuhl appeared on the radio show Morning Ireland on Wednesday to recap Monday's first presidential debate. You can listen to the segment here. Read More >

Electing the President 2016: Debatable Prospects

September 26, 2016 Robert Schmuhl

Editor’s note: Head of state, chief diplomat, commander-in-chief, guardian of the economy – Americans are fixing to elect another president, so we asked Notre Dame’s in-house pundit to put the moment, the issues, the candidates and the choices in context and perspective. Bob Schmuhl’s commentary on American politics and journalism frequently appears in major print and broadcast outlets in the U.S. and abroad. His exclusive observations on the 2016 presidential election will run on magazine.nd.edu Read More >

Why Only Cafeteria Catholics Can Survive in American Politics

September 21, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

Kathleen Sprows Cummings, Associate Professor of American Studies, discusses the challenges Catholics face when running for office or trying to choose a political party.

By Emma Green.  Published 9.21.16 in The Atlantic

There are lots of ways to be a Catholic public leader in the United States. But the only path that’s impossible, it seems, is to advocate policies that fully follow the Church’s teachings on Jesus. Politicians of both parties have to pick and choose their theology, sticking to party lines that defy the United States Conference on Catholic Bishops’ guide Read More >

Mike Pence: A Running Mate with Baggage

September 20, 2016 Jacob McKenna

Prof. Bob Schmuhl provided commentary on Vice Presidential candidate, Mike Pence, in Roll Call's article, "Mike Pence: A Running Mate with Baggage." Read the full story here. Read More >

"Fifty Years with Father Hesburgh" Book Signing

September 19, 2016 Jacob McKenna

Prof. Bob Schmuhl will be signing copies of his latest book, Fifty Years with Father Hesburgh, on Saturday, September 24, 2016 in the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore from 10:00-11:30 am.

Tricia Harte of WNDU Newscenter 16 interviewed Prof. Schmuhl about his book and the signing event. View the interview and article here Read More >

American Studies Professor Presents 2016 International Comparative Studies Fall Lecture.

September 15, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

On Thursday, October 6, at 5:00 p.m., American Studies Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Jason Ruiz, will present the  2016 International Comparative Studies Fall Lecture at Duke University. In this lecture, entitled "Narcomedia: Latinxs, Drug Economies, and the Politics of Representation," Professor Ruiz will be speaking on his new project, which looks at the (over)representation of Latinx in U.S. media narratives that the tell the story of how the nation procures, uses, and abuses illicit narcotics. This talk will examine the most recent cycle of Latinx drug films and series, focusing on those embedded in the so-called “Prestige Television” movement (series like Breaking Bad and Narcos) to argue that we are entering a period of renewed cultural interest in Latinxs’ roles in the international drug trade.
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Ireland's Exiled Children Review

September 15, 2016 Jacob McKenna

 Professor Schmuhl's Ireland's Exiled Children continues to garner positive reviews, even five months after its publication. The following review is from John Gibney of History Ireland

Ireland’s exiled children: America and the Easter Rising by Robert Schmuhl

Published in Book Reviews Read More >

The Easter Rising: Powerful and Useless

September 15, 2016 Jacob McKenna

The New York Review of Books referenced Prof. Bob Schmuhl's Ireland's Exiled Children in an article about the 1916 Easter Rising in their newest issue. Read the full article here. Read More >

Electing the President 2016: The Evil of Two Lessers

September 14, 2016 Robert Schmuhl

Editor’s note: Head of state, chief diplomat, commander-in-chief, guardian of the economy – Americans are fixing to elect another president, so we asked Notre Dame’s in-house pundit to put the moment, the issues, the candidates and the choices in context and perspective. Bob Schmuhl’s commentary on American politics and journalism frequently appears in major print and broadcast outlets in the U.S. and abroad. His exclusive observations on the 2016 presidential election will run on magazine.nd.edu Read More >