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Alumnus Jim Greene: A Career in Service to Others

December 10, 2012 Mark Shuman

A conversation with American Studies Professor Emeritus Ronald Weber helped change the life of Notre Dame alumnus Jim Greene ’85, today a homelessness policy adviser for the Boston Public Health Commission and director of the Boston Emergency Shelter Commission. Read More >

Defending Your Major: American Studies

December 04, 2012 Katie Fusco

Allow AMST to introduce itself: 
The American Studies major is an Arts and Letters treasure at Notre Dame. Nine core
professors, along with additional visiting professors and professors from other
departments, currently support the department and the existing group of about 100
majors. Notre Dame American Studies majors assume the daily task of addressing the…
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Lecture Discusses Memorials

November 13, 2012 Maddie Daly

Just hours after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, photos and other media began to collect in commemoration of the tragedy that had just occurred.

On Monday, University of Regensburg German professor and author Ingrid Gessner described these remembrances as “digital humanities” and discussed their impact on the way the nation grieved after the attacks. Read More >

Discussion to celebrate 40th anniversary of coeducation at Notre Dame

November 08, 2012 Michael O. Garvey

The 40th anniversary of coeducation at the University of Notre Dame The 40th anniversary of coeducation at the University of Notre Dame.

The 40th anniversary of coeducation at the University of Notre Dame will be celebrated in a panel discussion, “Paving the Way: Reflections on the Early Years of Coeducation at Notre Dame,” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 (Thursday) in the auditorium of the Eck Visitors Center.

The discussion, sponsored by Notre Dame’s Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism with the Department of American Studies, the Gender Studies Program and Badin Hall, will include five people who experienced and shaped Notre Dame’s transition from an exclusively male to coeducational institution. Read More >

Preservation work of decaying slave, colonial records from La. sheds new light on US history

October 30, 2012 Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS — A marathon project is under way in New Orleans to digitize thousands of time-worn 18th-century French and Spanish legal papers that historians say give the first historical accounts of slaves and free blacks in North America.
Yellowed page by yellowed page, archivists are scanning the 220,000 manuscript pages from the French Superior Council and Spanish Judiciary between 1714 and 1803 in an effort to digitize, preserve, translate and index Louisiana’s colonial past and in the process help re-write American history.
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In Memorian: John W. Gallivan (1915-2012)

October 09, 2012 John Cameron

Past and present students of journalism at Notre Dame lost one of their greatest supporters Tuesday, when John W.Gallivan, namesake of the Gallivan Program for Journalism, Ethics and Democracy (JED), passed away at the age of 97.

Gallivan, a 1937 graduate of the University, was the former chairman of the Kearns Tribune Corp., publisher of the Salt Lake City Tribune, according to a University press release issued at the Gallivan Program’s founding in 1999. Read More >

Columnist George Will to speak at Notre Dame

October 09, 2012

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Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George Will will discuss “Reflections on the Current Political Landscape” on Oct. 12 (Friday) at 3 p.m. in the Jordan Auditorium of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. The presentation is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and people interested in attending the lecture are encouraged to arrive early.

With an illustrious career in journalism spanning four decades, Will began as a political columnist for the Washington Post in 1974, writing about foreign and domestic politics and policy. His syndicated column now runs in more than 400 newspapers around the country. In 1976, Will started his bi-weekly column for Newsweek, and currently, he serves as a contributing analyst with ABC News and has been a regular member of ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday mornings since the show began in 1981. Read More >

Columnist Kathleen Parker to deliver Red Smith Lecture

October 02, 2012 Notre Dame News

Kathleen Parker

Syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker, winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, will discuss “Journalism in the Age of Twitteracy” in a lecture at the University of Notre Dame on Oct. 4 (Thursday).

Parker’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is the 2012 Red Smith Lecture in Journalism and will take place in the auditorium of the Eck Visitors Center, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

A twice-weekly columnist for The Washington Post who is syndicated by The Washington Post Writers Group, Parker also writes regularly for Newsweek/The Daily Beast and appears frequently on television as a commentator. The citation for her Pulitzer Prize commended her for “perceptive, often witty columns on an array of political and moral issues, gracefully sharing the experiences and values that lead her to unpredictable conclusions.” Read More >

Journalist Ted Koppel to speak at Notre Dame

October 02, 2012 Chris Milazzo

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Pioneering journalist Ted Koppel will visit the University of Notre Dame on Oct. 12 (Friday) for a public discussion of contemporary journalism, politics and world affairs. Sponsored by Notre Dame’s John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy, the talk will begin at 1 p.m. in the Hesburgh Library auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Koppel’s career spans more than half a century. He started as a broadcaster at WMCA Radio in New York, then in 1963 became a correspondent for ABC News Radio, where one of his first assignments was covering President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Read More >

Broadcast Journalist Ted Koppel to Speak at Notre Dame

September 27, 2012 Chris Milazzo

Pioneering journalist Ted Koppel will visit the University of Notre Dame on October 12 for a public discussion of contemporary journalism, politics, and world affairs. The event is sponsored by the John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy. Read More >

Club explores American culture

September 18, 2012 Sarah McCarthy

Senior Colin O’Neill, the president of the American Studies Club, wants students to know why he thinks American Studies is the best major at Notre Dame.

American Studies, O’Neill said, is more than just an interdisciplinary study of what it means to be American.

“It is understanding American thought and American behavior through our everyday experiences and things like [television], movies and books,”  Read More >

Thousands celebrate Ireland and Notre Dame in Dublin

September 07, 2012 Julie Hail Flory

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When some 35,000 Americans descended on Dublin, Ireland, for the Emerald Isle Classic football game between Notre Dame and Navy (played Sept. 1 at Aviva Stadium), it was for many a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the country, learn about their Irish heritage, and celebrate Notre Dame’s rich academic, faith and athletic tradition.

Events included academic programs, Masses, service projects and fan celebrations, highlighted by a Notre Dame pep rally that merged the best of American and Irish traditions, and a Mass at historic Dublin Castle. Read More >

American Studies Professor Goes Back to School

September 07, 2012 Colin O'Neill

As part of the Western History Association's "Take a Historian to School" initiative, Notre Dame professor of American Studies, Annie Coleman will be headed back to school. Working with Alliance for Catholic Education Professor Brian Collier and PhD. student Lindsey Passanger Wieck, Professor Coleman's research is being reworked and intigrated into the second-grade cirriculum Saint Rose of Lima School in Denver, Colorado, where students will have the opportunity to learn about the West in a fun, engaging and interactive environment. Teacher's at Saint Rose will also receive a copy of Professor Coleman's book, helping them to see the ways in which the material has been made accessible for the second grade audience.  Read More >

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 >

American Sisters Aren’t 'Radical Feminists,' Notre Dame Scholar Says

June 18, 2012 Michael O. Garvey

The board of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) has responded to a Vatican assessment reprimanding the organization for “serious doctrinal problems” and announcing plans to place it into a sort of “receivership” overseen by three American bishops. According to Kathleen Sprows Cummings, associate director of the University of Notre Dame’s Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, the response of the LCWR, which represents most of the nation’s Catholic nuns, “will surprise no one who is familiar with how sisters operate.” Read More >

Matthew Storin Named Chief Communications Executive at Notre Dame

June 18, 2012 Dennis Brown

Matthew V. Storin, former editor of The Boston Globe and former associate vice president for news and information at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed chief communications executive for the University, according to Louis M. Nanni, vice president for University Relations. A graduate of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, Storin will begin serving in the newly created position July 8.
He will oversee all central communications, including public relations, marketing, public information, issues management, executive communications, Notre Dame Magazine, internal communications, multimedia services, Web and print design and development, copywriting, social media, and strategic communications planning. Read More >

American Studies Majors Participate in Undergraduate Conference

May 09, 2012 Katie Schlotfeldt

On Friday, May 4th five American Studies majors presented their work at the fifth annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference at the University of Notre Dame. Featuring research conducted throughout the year and in a variety of different disciplines. Congratulations to these students and to all the students who presented at this year's conference  Read More >

It's All in the Game

April 25, 2012 Amanda Gray

Role-playing games still attract face-to-face players

Whenever I walk into the Griffon in downtown South Bend, I can't help but notice the smell.

It smells full -- full of cards, cardboard boxes, books, dice and all the other items used in playing games of all types.

And always behind the counter is either Ken Peczkowski or Sarah Bird, depending on which day of the week you open the door to the shop, which has been a downtown fixture since the couple opened it in 1976.

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A&L Grads Compete in Business

April 25, 2012 Durbin, Kristin

When senior Mitch Gainer began interviewing for a position with Boston Consulting Group (BCG), he expected most of his peers to have studied business during their undergraduate careers.

But as he progressed through the interview process, Gainer, an economics major, said he noticed a majority of the interviewees had educational backgrounds grounded in the liberal arts. Read More >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >