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Thomas Tweed to Lead American Academy of Religion

December 20, 2013 Carrie Gates

Thomas Tweed, the W. Harold and Martha Welch Professor of American Studies in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, has been selected to lead the American Academy of Religion. Currently president-elect of the academy, he will serve as president in 2015. Read More >

Kathleen Sprows Cummings to receive the Frank J. O'Hara Alumni Award

June 05, 2013 Katie Schlotfeldt

Kathleen Sprows Cummings, Ph.D. will receive the Frank J. O'Hara Alumni Award in religion and spirituality from The University of Scranton. Professor Cummings is one of 5 individuals receiving awards at The University of Scranton's Reunion 2013. The award will be presented on Friday, June 7, 2013. The Frank J. O'Hara Award is named in honor of the late Frank O'Hara, who served the University of Scranton for 53 years in various administrative positions.

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Notre Dame Senior Lands Internship at “Late Show”

June 04, 2013 Ben Horvath

Millions of viewers tune in nightly to the Late Show with David Letterman, but these viewers don’t see the hours of preparation behind each evening’s episode. Last summer, Notre Dame student Kelly Taylor got the opportunity to be a part of the team that produces the popular television show. Read More >

Senior Andrew Owens wins 2013 Baker Award

April 25, 2013 Notre Dame News

Andrew Owens

For the third time in the past four years, a student enrolled in the John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy at the University of Notre Dame is the recipient of the Brook Baker Collegiate Journalist of the Year Award.

Andrew Owens, a graduating senior in the Gallivan Program, was named the 2013 Baker Award winner at a recent ceremony of the Indiana Collegiate Press Association on the Indiana University Bloomington campus. Read More >

Alumna Goes Live from Vatican City

April 25, 2013 Scott Frano

Millions of Americans watched live nightly news coverage of the papal conclave in Vatican City, and if you happened to be watching NBC, you were likely being told the news by a Notre Dame alumna. Anne Thompson ’79 is NBC’s chief environmental affairs correspondent and has covered stories from the Gulf oil spill to Hurricane Katrina and 9/11. Given her Catholic background and previous reporting on the Church, Thompson was assigned to cover the conclave, much to her excitement. Read More >

Marie Watt - Sewing Circle

April 05, 2013 Snite Museum of Art

Watt's art is fundamentally about community. The sewing circles she organizes bring together diverse groups of people who contribute their time, skills, and energy, and equally as important their life experiences. These events are opportunities for storytelling and sharing and for building relationships. The art lies not only in the objects that result from these labors, but in the performance itself. Read More >

In a hurry to take things slowly: How Italian culture could shape the conclave

March 19, 2013 Kier Simmons

Originally published by NBC News, featuring an interview with American Studies professor, Kathy Cummings

ROME — In this country, where they love to talk, there are many views on how long the cardinals will take to choose the next pope.  Read More >

The Learning Launch Pad

March 05, 2013 Madeline Stone

Originally published in Scholastic on February 28, 2013

The modern textbook may not be a book at all. A new pilot program has students accessing course material using iPads leased from the bookstore. In English and law professor Elliott Visconsi’s class, “Introduction to the First Amendment: Freedom of Expression in the Digital Age,” students contribute to a digital textbook created through iTunes U, supplementing legal documents and other informational content with their own opinion on issues relating to the First Amendment. Read More >

Professor forms reading group

March 05, 2013 Marisa Iati

Originally published in The Observer on January 28, 2013 

Students and faculty members eager to learn about a rapidly growing style of reporting will find an outlet in the literary journalism reading group, which meets for the first time today. Read More >

Rising AMST journalists keeping campus informed

March 05, 2013 Katie Schlotfeldt

Given the long-standing ties between American Studies and Journalism, it is no surprise that many American Studies students are bringing their writing talents to the Notre Dame news circuit. Below are the links to a number of news stories written by American Studies majors, helping to keep Notre Dame faculty, staff, and students informed. Read More >

Record turnout, donations at walk

February 19, 2013 Amanda Gray

South Bend Tribune

February 18, 2013

SOUTH BEND -- Rev. Brian Grantz, dean of the Cathedral of St. James, began the St. Margaret's House Winter Walk with a benediction from Catherine of Siena:

"All the way to heaven is heaven," he said to the nearly 700 gathered at the County-City Building in downtown South Bend Sunday afternoon.

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Screening and discussion of 'Band of Sisters' to be held Feb. 21

February 19, 2013 Michael O. Garvey


Band of Sisters,” a film directed and produced by 1982 University of Notre Dame alumna Mary Fishman, will be shown Feb. 21 (Thursday) at 7 p.m. in the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

Presented by Notre Dame’s Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, Center for Social Concerns, and the performing arts center, the screening will be followed by a discussion led by Fishman and moderated by Kathleen Cummings, director of the Cushwa Center.

Admission is $7 for the general public, $5 for seniors and $4 for students and tickets are available online here. Read More >

Senior Olivia Lee to Receive 2013 Yarrow Award

January 22, 2013 Renée LaReau

Notre Dame senior Olivia Lee has been selected to receive the Kroc Institute’s 2013 Yarrow Award. The Yarrow Award is given annually to a peace studies student who demonstrates academic excellence and commitment to service in peace and justice. Lee, an American studies and peace studies major, will accept the award at the undergraduate recognition ceremony on May 17. Read More >

Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business Announces New Master’s Program for Non-Business Undergrads

January 15, 2013 Carol Elliott

Mendoza College of Business

Beginning June 2013, students earning bachelor’s degrees in science, English, philosophy, and other non-business disciplines will have a new option for gaining a graduate business degree from the University of Notre Dame. The Mendoza College of Business will launch its Master of Science in Business (MSB), an intense, yearlong program intended for individuals with little or no work experience. The aim of the program is to bridge a student’s undergraduate work with its application in a business context by providing fundamental business knowledge and skills. Read More >