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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 >

"Digging up the Past." Irish America Magazine features Bob Schmuhl discussing latest book and process of writing it.

March 29, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

In the April/May issue of Irish America Magazine, Robert Schmuhl takes us behind the scenes on a decade-long research project that culminated in his book Ireland’s Exiled Children: America and the Easter Rising. Read More >

Professor Robert Schmuhl Discusses Obama and Cuba

March 21, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

American Studies Professor Robert Schmuhl took time during his trip to Ireland to visit NewsTalk Radio's "The Right Hook" to discuss Obama and Cuba.  Listen to the podcast here. Read More >

Professor Kathy Cummings Takes Class to South Bend Catholic Worker House

March 21, 2016 Rebecca Corrente


American Studies Professor Kathleen Cummings and the students in her "Sanctity and Society" Seminar visited the Catholic Worker House in downtown South Bend for dinner last week.  You can learn more about the Catholic Worker House here Read More >

Bob Schmuhl: Flawed Primary System Reason for Trump's Success

March 21, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

Bob Schmuhl, Professor of American Studies and Director of the John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy at the University of Notre Dame, believes the primary system in the US is flawed, and is why Donald Trump is succeeding in his quest for the Republican nomination.  Listen to the radio interview here Read More >

Bob Schmuhl Makes Irish Central's List of Five Best Irish and Irish American Books of 2016

March 17, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

Dr. Bob Schmuhl's most recent book, Ireland’s Exiled Children: “America and the Easter Rising,” made Irish Central's list of the top five best Irish and Irish American books of 2016. 

Ireland's Exiled Children is described as a "gripping and compelling look at the forces behind the Easter Rising in America by Professor Robert Schmuhl of the University of Notre Dame, an outstanding historian. Read More >

Could Trump be President of the United States?

March 16, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

Bob Schmuhl, Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame, analyzes the results of the latest primaries in the US presidential race and the impact of Donald Trump Read More >

Scranton Profiles Alumna Dr. Kathleen Sprows Cummings

March 16, 2016 Rebecca Corrente


Professor Kathleen Sprows Cummings was recently profiled in the Spring 2016 edition of The Scranton Journal.  

February 2013, Pope Benedict resigned and, perhaps just as abruptly, Kathleen Sprows Cummings, Ph.D. ’93 G’93, director of Notre Dame’s Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism and vice-president elect of the American Catholic Historical Association, became a pundit.  Read More >

2016 presidential campaign shows American politics has reached a breaking point, expert says

March 15, 2016 William G. Gilroy

Robert Schmuhl

Journalists and political pundits have repeatedly stressed that the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign is like nothing they’ve ever seen. Robert Schmuhl, Walter H. Annenberg-Edmund P. Joyce Professor of American Studies and Journalism at the University of Notre Dame, believes that the campaign may indicate that American politics has reached a breaking point. Read More >

American Studies Alumna Produces and Co-hosts Podcast for London School of Economics' US Centre.

March 14, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

Notre Dame American Studies alumna Denise Baron '10, currently enrolled at the London School of Economics, has begun producing and co-hosting a podcast from the LSE's US Centre.  Listen to the podcast on American policy, economics, and politics here Read More >

Department of Africana Studies Accepting Nominations for Student Awards

March 14, 2016 Rebecca Corrente


The Department of Africana Studies invites all interested students to apply for the following awards presented annually by the Department.  

Hammon-Wheatley Creative Arts Award

Honoring the lives of Jupiter Hammon (1711- ca. 1806) and Phillis Wheatley (ca. 1753-1784), this Department of Africana Studies award seeks to recognize excellence in the literary, performing, media, industrial, and heritage arts. Hammon and Wheatley were two of this nation’s earliest poets of African American descent. Awards are open to graduating seniors and graduate students for an original creation in poetry, dance, music, film, theatre, graphic design, and/or folk art related to the Diaspora. 

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American Studies and Gallivan Program Awards Nominations Due March 30, 2016

March 14, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

American Studies & Gallivan Program JED Senior Awards

Please nominate yourself and/or a another student for the following American Studies and Gallivan Program JED Senior Awards.  The deadline for submission is March 30, 2016.  All nominations and submissions should be sent to Katie Schlotfeldt at the American Studies office - 1047 Flanner or
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Bob Schmuhl on Primaries, Easter Rising

March 10, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

During an interview on the Harvest Show, Professor Robert Schmuhl discussed both the current status of the presidential race and the 1916 Easter Rising.  Watch both videos here, or watch the presidential primaries discussion here Read More >

Study Everything, Do Anything

February 29, 2016 Sarah Morris

A video showing the endless opportunities an Arts & Letters major provides: Read More >

Prof. Bob Schmuhl featured in Irish Examiner

February 29, 2016 Sarah Morris

See Professor Bob Schmuhl's commentary in article, "If all went to plan, what sort of Rising might it have been" Read More >

Join the Labor Conversation

February 25, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

American Studies major Hannah Petersen and freshman Allison Raines extend insights about equity beyond the classroom and across the campus in this commentary on labor relations at the University of Notre Dame​.  Read the Observer viewpoint here Read More >

Native American Literature Before 1924

February 24, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

Robert Walls, Teaching Professor of Native American Studies in the Department of American Studies and Professor Laura Dassow Walls are pleased to announce a new Spotlight Exhibit in the Hesburgh Library Rare Book Room: “Native American Literature Before 1924.” The exhibit will run through the end of the spring 2016 semester. Read More >

Professor Kathleen Cummings on NBC's TODAY Show Discussing Papal "Wall" Comment

February 24, 2016 Rebecca Corrente

Professor Kathleen Cummings recently visited NBC's TODAY Show to discuss the Pope's recent "wall" comment.  Watch the story here. Read More >