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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 >

'His facts don't exist. That's the problem'

February 20, 2017 Tessa Bangs

Join Bob Schmuhl, Professor of American Studies, as he discusses the first 30 days of President Trump's administration in conversation with Victoria Jones, chief White House Correspondent, and George Hook on Talk Media News' High Noon program. Read More >

Does that 84 Lumber ad really mean what you think it means?

February 08, 2017 Rebecca Corrente

Associate Professor of American Studies, Jason Ruiz, provides insight into possible interpretations of the recent 84 Lumber Super Bowl ad, in an article by 2016 American Studies alumna Gretel Kauffman for The Christian Science Monitor.

See the full article,  including the extended version of the commercial, here. Read More >

Calls for ‘sanctuary’ campuses multiply as fears grow over Trump immigration policy

February 06, 2017 Rebecca Corrente

“There is a growing national movement for campus sanctuary,” Ruiz said. “People all over the country have been inspired to start thinking about what special roles universities play in a political climate that’s hostile to undocumented people, including undocumented students.”  -Associate Professor of American Studies Jason Ruiz Read More >

Bob Schmuhl Featured in "Five of the Best Irish Books to Read on St. Patrick’s Day"

January 31, 2017 Tessa Bangs

Irish Central has included Professor Bob Schmuhl's book, Ireland's Exiled Children: America and the Easter Rising, on its list of the five best Irish books to read on St. Patrick's Day.

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The Week in Politics: The Inauguration and Donald Trump

January 25, 2017 Tessa Bangs

Join Bob Schmuhl, Professor of American Studies, as he discusses President Donald Trump and the Inauguration on RTE TV. Professor Schmuhl's segment begins about 40 minutes into the program here. Read More >

What Can We Expect From The Next Presidency?

January 20, 2017 Rebecca Corrente

Join Bob Schmuhl, Professor of American Studies, as he discusses the forthcoming Trump presidency ahead of today's US Presidential inauguration.  Listen to the RTE Radio Interview here. Read More >

Some Challenges of Religious Studies, with Thomas Tweed

January 18, 2017 Rebecca Corrente

All we need to do is to agree a little bit more about what values we do share so that when we then enter in conversations in the public arena—whether we’re talking to the state department or to the school board or to educators in our own institutions—we can make more effective and passionate defenses of why the study of religion is worthwhile. Read More >

Can Trump's Disruption Cure Washington's Dysfunction?

January 17, 2017 Robert Schmuhl ’70

As he assumes the presidency, will Donald Trump be able to govern the way he campaigned for the nation’s highest office? And what impact could such an approach have on the broken relationships between the legislative and executive branches that so many observers identify today? Read More >

Trump remains bullish on media, Obamacare and Russia

January 12, 2017 Rebecca Corrente

Bob Schmuhl, Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame, and Gina London, former CNN politics correspondent, discuss Donald Trump's first press conference as President-elect

Listen in to the program Read More >

Video: Kathleen Sprows Cummings on American Catholicism and the history of women and religion

January 10, 2017 Todd Boruff

“When you look at which men and women U.S. Catholics have wanted to become saints, you actually learn a lot about how they understood themselves, not only as Catholics but also as members of American society. ” 

— Kathleen Sprows Cummings Read More >

American Studies Professor and Cushwa Center Director Cummings to Lead Catholic Historian Group

January 09, 2017 Bill Schmitt

Kathleen Sprows Cummings, director of Notre Dame’s Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, begins her term on Jan. 6 as president of the American Catholic Historical Association for 2017. Cummings, an associate professor of American studies and history, rose to the leadership position during the association’s annual conference in Denver. Read More >

New American Studies faculty member focuses on integration, publishing industry

January 04, 2017 Carrie Gates

History is often viewed through the lens of social movements, political trends, or intellectual advances. But for Korey Garibaldi, there are also important insights to be found in more fleeting elements of American culture—like briefly popular texts from the 20th-century publishing industry. Read More >