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

August 31, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

By Robert Schmuhl
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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 >