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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 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 >

Does Woodrow Wilson Have an Irish Problem, too?

April 25, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

by Robert Schmuhl

Robert Schmuhl is Walter H. Annenberg-Edmund P. Joyce Chair of American Studies and Journalism at the University of Notre Dame and author of Ireland’s Exiled Children: America and the Easter Rising Read More >

How America Backed the 1916 Easter Rising, By Robert Schmuhl

April 25, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

Rebellion against British rule in Ireland broke out in armed insurrection in 1916, but America’s unofficial support for the rebels did not stop with money.

On April 24, 1916, some 1,600 rebellion-minded Irish nationalists staged an uprising, seeking an end to Great Britain’s rule in Ireland Read More >

A review of Bob Schmuhl's recently published book, "Ireland’s Exiled Children: America and the Easter Rising"

April 25, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

America’s role in the Easter Rising

Cahir O'Doherty @randomirish
 April 06,2016 11:28 AM

Review of "Ireland’s Exiled Children: America and the Easter Rising," by Robert Schmuhl.

America has loomed large in the Irish political imagination for centuries for good reason. By the start of the 20th century the Irish American population in the United States was larger than the population in Ireland itself. Read More >

The American Influence on Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising

April 25, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

By Robert Schmuhl

The U.S. was the only nation other than Ireland mentioned in the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic

With the first battles of insurrection waged that April 24 and the General Post Office (GPO) in downtown Dublin now occupied by rebel forces, P. H. Pearse stood under the portico of the GPO to tell passersby—and the world—the reasons for the earlier gunfire and combat. Reading a formal proclamation declaring “The Provisional Government of the Irish Republic,” Pearse, the president of the just-named Republic, used present-tense verbs and bold language to make his case: “Ireland, through us, summons her children to her flag and strikes for her freedom.” The second sentence he read that Easter Monday in 1916 notes that his kindred fighters, assembled from members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, the Irish Volunteers, and the Irish Citizen Army, were “supported by her exiled children in America” and, somewhat more vaguely, “by gallant allies in Europe.” Read More >

Bob Schmuhl: Roger Casement was mad claimed British before Irish hero was executed in 1916

April 15, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

Sir Roger Casement was the most prominent and intriguing figure involved in the Easter Rising. During three critical months in 1916, he kept the story of the Irish rebellion alive and came to personify the Rising and its portrayal in America. Read More >

NY Times Book Review Deems Bob Schmuhl's "Ireland's Exiled Children" One of Most Noteworthy Titles on the Easter Rising

April 15, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

“Was it needless death after all?” Yeats asked that question in “Easter 1916,” his poem about the Easter Rising, the armed insurrection by Irish republicans against British rule. That event occurred 100 years ago this month, and a fleet of new and ­reissued books commemorates its centenary. Here’s a look at some of the most noteworthy titles on this history shelf: Read More >

Kathleen Cummings comments on the latest Vatican document, Amoris Laetitia

April 11, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

Dr. Kathleen Sprows Cummings, Director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism and associate professor of American Studies and history, provided NBC News with some clarification on the Pope's latest proclamation, "Amoris Laetitia."  Watch the video here Read More >

April 11-15 is Worker Appreciation Week

April 11, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

April 11-15 is Worker Appreciation Week, a week dedicated to fueling conversation about workers' rights and to fostering connections between students and ND workers.  The flyer below details the schedule of events for the week, events which will include campus workers and will offer the chance for students to get to know our workers better. Read More >

Prof. Bob Schmuhl interviewed for podcast "The Oxford Comment"

April 08, 2016 Sarah Morris

The Oxford Comment is a monthly podcast featuring insights from Oxford University Press authors, editors, and more. In this month’s episode of The Oxford Comment, host Sara Levine chats with William Murphy, author of Political Imprisonment and the Irish, 1912-1921; Fearghal McGarry, author of The Rising (Centenary Edition): Ireland: Easter 1916; and Robert Schmuhl, author of Ireland’s Exiled Children: America and the Easter Rising. Together, they engage in fascinating conversation about the experience of women during the Easter Rising, the cultural and national identity that was forged between the rebels in prison after the uprising, and the role Americans played as support and inspiration for the Irish. - See more here Read More >

April is Sexual Violence Awareness Month

April 07, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

The Gender Relations Center and other campus partners have planned several events in recognition of Sexual Violence Awareness Month.  It is important that all of us within the campus community send a message that violence is not tolerated on our campus, and there are many events where we can demonstrate our commitment. Involvement ranges from simply wearing denim on April 8 to attending a six-hour GreeNDot bystander training on April 10. Perhaps the most visible sign of solidarity would be attendance at Take Back the Night on April 21. Read More >

Bob Schmuhl Talks to Ireland's The Right Hook During Launch of New Book

April 01, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

Reflecting on the 1916 commemoration, Robert Schmuhl, Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame, told George Hook he leaves the country with an 'enormous amount of admiration for how Ireland has looked at its past.'

Schmuhl, whose new book Ireland's Exiled Children: America and the Easter Rising  Read More >

Should Mother Teresa Be Canonized? Kathy Cummings Weighs In With NYTimes Op-Ed.

April 01, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

Mother Teresa’s Canonization Is a Recognition of Holiness, Not Perfection

Kathleen Sprows Cummings is the director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame and the author of the forthcoming "Holy Heroes, Nation Saints." Read More >

Kathy Cummings on Pope's Foot-Washing Decree

April 01, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

Pope Francis has decreed that women can take part in the foot-washing ritual today, Maundy Thursday

By D. Ashley Campbell March 24

Pope Francis performs the foot-washing ritual at a center for disabled people during Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday) in 2014 at the Don Gnocchi Foundation in Rome. He decreed this year that women can take part in the ritual. (Osservatore Romano via AFP) Read More >