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Notre Dame professor and author releases biography of Father Hesburgh

September 12, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

MISHAWAKA, IN 
In February of 2015, the Notre Dame community lost a true legend when former university president Father Ted Hesburgh died at the age of 97.

For more than half a century, Notre Dame professor and author Bob Schmuhl got to know Father Ted through a series of interviews from the 1960's through 2014. Read More >

Father Hesburgh of Notre Dame, a light in the dark for so many

August 31, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

By Robert Schmuhl
Published by IrishCentral.com
August 31, 2016

Theodore Martin Hesburgh was more Irish than his last name might suggest.

The long-time president of the University of Notre Dame Read More >

Electing the President 2016: Battlegrounds and Bluster

August 29, 2016 Robert Schmuhl ’70

Every four years Americans learn anew that a presidential election is less a national fencing match than an array of brass-knuckle fistfights in a few select states. Read More >

In ‘Fifty Years with Father Hesburgh,’ Schmuhl paints a warm portrait of former president

August 25, 2016 Brittany Collins Kaufman

"Fifty Years with Father Hesburgh: On and Off the Record" by Robert Schmuhl

Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame from 1952 to 1987, was one of the nation’s most influential figures in higher education and national affairs and a well-known figure on campus. In the 1960s, a student named Robert Schmuhl, covering what Father Hesburgh called “the student revolution” for the Associated Press, began what would be a lifelong relationship with the president.

Schmuhl, now the Walter H. Annenberg-Edmund P. Joyce Chair in American Studies and Journalism at Notre Dame, kept a unique relationship with Father Hesburgh, starting more than half a century ago as a student journalist on the campus beat and evolving into a friendship that lasted until Father Hesburgh’s death in 2015. Read More >

Fifty Years with Father Hesburgh

August 25, 2016 Jacob McKenna

Professor Bob Schmuhl's newest book, Fifty Years with Father Hesburgh, was published today. The South Bend Tribune included an excerpt from Prof. Schmuhl's book in today's news coverage. That excerpt is available here Read More >

Donald Trump overhauls White House campaign

August 18, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

Bob Schmuhl, Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame, joins Morning Ireland to discuss Trump's change in campaign ahead of the US presidential election TV debates.  Listen to the audio broadcast here Read More >

The many meanings of Rio’s massive Christ statue

August 16, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

With the eyes of the world trained on Rio, American Studies Chair Thomas Tweed discusses the significance of the city's most famous landmark.

By Michelle Boorstein 
August 9

The 125-foot, concrete statue on a mountain overlooking Rio couldn’t appear more straightforward: It’s a giant Jesus with His arms outstretched. Read More >

Electing the President 2016: The "Un-" Election

August 15, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

Published: August 15, 2016
Author: Robert Schmuhl ’70

When historians write their accounts of the 2016 presidential campaign, they will be able to rely on adjectives with the prefix “un” to explain what happened during the hurly-burly nominating and general election seasons. Read More >

The Touch of the Poet

August 11, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

As a columnist for Irish America Magazine, Bob Schmuhl fondly recollects an encounter with poet Seamus Heaney.  

By Robert Schmuhl, Contributor, Irish America Magazine
August / September 2016

Five years ago this summer, a dream came true – but not quite the way the daydreamer envisioned it might. Read More >

The Execution of Roger Casement

August 03, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

On the centenary of Roger Casement's execution, Bob Schmuhl joined RTÉ Radio 1's "Today With Sean O'Rourke" to discuss this key player of Ireland's Easter Rising.  Listen to the conversation here Read More >

Bob Schmuhl on Hillary and Obama

August 02, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

Bob Schmuhl recently discussed the complex relationship between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.  Listen to the "Today with Sean O'Rourke" clip from Ireland's RTÉ Radio 1 Read More >

Electing the President 2016: What Unites Us

July 31, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

Published: July 29, 2016
Author: Robert Schmuhl ’70

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 news outlets from the Read More >

Sanders: Clinton 'must become' next US president

July 26, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

Bob Schmuhl, Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame, looks at what Hillary Clinton will hope to achieve at her conference this week.  Listen to the Morning Ireland  interview here Read More >

Electing the President 2016: An Unconventional Party Time

July 18, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

Published: July 15, 2016
Author: Robert Schmuhl ’70

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 news outlets from the Read More >

Notre Dame Professor to publish book on Father Theodore Hesburgh

July 14, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

Schmuhl Fiftyyearswithhesburgh

NOTRE DAME, IN, July 6, 2016—For over half a century, Robert Schmuhl, the Walter H. Annenberg–Edmund P. Joyce Chair in American Studies and Journalism at the University of Notre Dame, interviewed and wrote about the Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., who served as the president of Notre Dame from 1952 until 1987. Beginning as an undergraduate student during the 1960s, when he covered Hesburgh and Notre Dame for the Associated Press, to 2014 when he conducted his last visit with the frail ninety-seven-year-old priest, Schmuhl maintained a close relationship with Father Hesburgh. Over time, Hesburgh’s meetings with Schmuhl evolved into a friendship, which is documented in this personal and warmhearted portrait of the man who was for decades considered the most influential priest in America.

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Electing the President 2016: Time for a Change?

July 05, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

Published: July 5, 2016
Author: Robert Schmuhl ’70

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 news outlets from the Read More >

Obama criticises Trump's response following Orlando shooting

June 16, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

Bob Schmuhl, Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame, says the US is witnessing 'a rhetorical arms race' between President Obama and Donald Trump.  Listen to Schmuhl's analysis of the situation on this Morning Ireland Read More >

Trump shuts out The Washington Post: How did we get here?

June 15, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

In an article by 2016 Notre Dame American Studies graduate Gretel Kauffman, Robert Schmuhl comments on Donald Trump's latest anti-media activity.

The Washington Post is the latest publication to have its press credentials revoked by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, a pattern that experts say is unprecedented and yet not unexpected.  Read More >

"Last Word: An Irish Rebel Girl" by Bob Schmuhl

June 14, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

By Robert Schmuhl, Contributor
June / July 2016
Irish America

A laudable feature of this year’s Easter Rising commemorations is the conscientious effort to recognize the role women played in the insurrection for independence. Books, articles, and documentaries present the distaff side of history, creating (if you will) the “her” story of 1916. Read More >

Media spreads Trump's anti-media message

June 02, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

Bob Schmuhl comments on Donald Trump's shrewd use of the media.  Read the article here. Read More >

Bob Schmuhl's "Ireland's Exiled Children" makes IrishCentral.com's Top Ten Summer Reading List

May 31, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

Ireland's Exiled Children: America and the Easter Rising, Bob Schmuhl's latest book, has made IrishCentral.com's top ten summer reading books for summer 2016.  To find out why, and to see other top picks, visit this page Read More >

Notre Dame leads the Nation in NEH Fellowships

May 11, 2016 College of Arts & Letters

More than any other university since 1999; three American Studies professors are recipients

With support from the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, Notre Dame faculty have won 57 National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships since 1999, more than any other university in the country. Many of those winners gathered at a special reception in May 2016 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the NEH.  Read More >

Reflecting on notable female historians, in celebration of Mother’s Day

May 05, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

BY LORI CLUNEKRISTIN CELELLOJANET M. DAVISTHERESA KAMINSKIGEORGE COTKIN Read More >

America and 1916: “A poets’ revolution”

May 05, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

The Irish Catholic reviews Bob Schmuhl's book "Ireland’s Exiled Children: America and the Easter Rising."

Felix M. Larkin

When President John F. Kennedy addressed a joint meeting of the Dáil and Seanad during his state visit to Ireland in 1963, he said: “No people ever believed more deeply in the cause of Irish freedom than the people of the United States.” Likewise, the 1916 rebels acknowledged the support of Ireland’s “exiled children in America” in their iconic Proclamation of the Irish Republic. Read More >

Trump Last Man Standing in Republican Race

May 05, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

Bob Schmuhl joins Morning Ireland to discuss the latest state of play in the race for nomination for the presidential elections in the US.  Listen to the interview here. Read More >

"Letter from Campus: Moments to remember" by Bob Schmuhl

May 04, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

Bob Schmuhl is the Walter H. Annenberg-Edmund P. Joyce Professor of American Studies and Journalism at Notre Dame, where’s he taught since 1980.

You know you’re nearing the finish line of what’s seemed to be several geologic periods in a Notre Dame classroom when you begin to remember the past in generations rather than years. Read More >

Two American Studies Professors Win Joyce Awards

May 04, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

Two professors from the Department of American Studies have been selected to receive Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.  Associate Professor Jason Ruiz and Concurrent Assistant Professional Specialist Brian Collier Read More >

American Studies Announces 2016 Senior Award Winners

April 27, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

The Department of American Studies is pleased to announce the recipients of this year's Senior Awards:

The Professor James Withey Award - To a graduating senior in American Studies for notable achievement in writing: Sean Tenaglia.

The Hugh O'Donnell Award in American Studies - To a graduating senior who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement in American Studies, intellectual curiosity, and engagement in the major: Sarah Morris. Read More >

Hesburgh Library Acquires New Database on Human Sexuality and Identity, Adds Additional Modules

April 26, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

The Hesburgh Library has recently acquired a new Gale database on the history of the LGBTQ community, broadly defined.  The new "Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity: LGBTQ History and Culture since 1940" may be accessed at http://eresources.library.nd.edu/databases/lgbthistoryculture Read More >

1916 Easter Rising in Ireland, a Milestone of Foreign Reporting

April 25, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

By Liam Stack
April 25, 2016
New York Times

The Easter Rising lasted only five days. Yet the 1916 uprising by Irish rebels garnered more than 50 articles in The New York Times, which kept the story on its front page for more than two weeks.

The intense coverage of the rebellion that began 100 years ago this week reflected an important moment not just for Ireland Read More >