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Prof. Schmuhl on Morning Ireland

November 08, 2017 Jacob McKenna

Professor Schmuhl made another appearance on Morning Ireland to discuss the year that has passed since the election of Donald Trump.

Listen here: Read More >

A President Without Precedent

November 06, 2017 Robert Schmuhl

As America prepares to mark a year since Donald Trump won the White House, ­Professor Robert Schmuhl looks at how the 45th commander-in-chief has lied, bullied and tweeted his way through his first 12 months, taking the presidency into unchartered territory. Read More >

Q&A with Jason Ruiz, associate professor of American studies

October 24, 2017 Carrie Gates

Lessons from Breaking Bad: Why being an avid fan of the groundbreaking series inspired him to study negative representations of Latinos in popular culture. Read More >

Prof. Kathleen Cummings in Religion News

September 26, 2017 Jacob McKenna

Religion News Service published the following article last week regarding the first beatification of a US-born priest, quoting American Studies Professor Kathleen Cummings. Prof. Cummings comments on the national significance of the beatification, and what the beatification means for American Catholics. Read More >

The Oklahoma priest who could become the first American-born man to be canonized a saint

September 22, 2017 Rebecca Corrente

Kathleen Sprows Cummings takes a look at the possible canonization of Father Stanley Rother. Read More >

Prof. Schmuhl on "Morning Ireland"

September 21, 2017 Jacob McKenna

Prof. Bob Schmuhl appeared on Morning Ireland on Wednesday to discuss President Trump's statement on North Korea at the United Nations. Schmuhl is a frequent guest of the show, and his appearance can be heard HERE. Read More >

Prof. Schmuhl at Kennedy Summer School

September 19, 2017 Jacob McKenna

Professor Bob Schmuhl delivered the keynote lecture at the Kennedy Summer School session in New Ross, Ireland last weekend. Schmuhl was among many big names in Irish and American politics who took the stage over the weekend. An article detailing the Kennedy Summer School from the New Ross Standard is below. Read More >

Prof. Schmuhl to give keynote lecture in Ireland

September 12, 2017 Jacob McKenna

Professor Bob Schmuhl will give the keynote lecture at the 2017 Casement Gathering on September 15 in Kerry, Ireland.

A story from The Kerryman noting Schmuhl's lecture is below.


Expert on history of Irish-America to give keynote lecture at Casement Gathering '17

A leading US expert on the story of Irish-America is set to deliver the keynote lecture at this year's Tionól Mhic Easmainn (The Casement Gathering) in a must for history fans far and wide. Read More >

Arts and Letters alumna builds international banking career

August 31, 2017 Jacob McKenna

By Dorothy Wallheimer

Linda Parish

When Linda Wilbert Parish enrolled at Notre Dame in fall 1973—the year after the University first admitted women—she was one of only about 400 female students on campus.

It didn’t take long for her to find herself at home, though, helping launch the women’s tennis team and majoring in American studies Read More >

AMST Major Irla Atanda awarded Gilman International Scholarship

August 30, 2017 Jacob McKenna

By Joya Helmuth


Arts and Letters undergraduates Irla Atanda and Abigail Awodele have been awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairsto study abroad during the summer 2017 term Read More >

JED Minor Cassidy McDonald among recipients of international scholarships

August 29, 2017 Jacob McKenna

Author: Brittany Collins Kaufman

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the National Science Foundation, the Rhodes Trust, and other organizations have awarded scholarships and fellowships to 23 members of the College of Arts and Letters’ Class of 2017. Read More >

Discovering the Limitations of Statues

August 21, 2017 Rebecca Corrente

In this New York Times article, Erika Doss discusses the varying value of monuments.  “Memorials and monuments have a life span, not unlike the human body. They’re symbols at certain moments. Values change, histories change.” Read More >

Presidency of Donald Trump... In chaos, and at a crossroads

August 07, 2017 Rebecca Corrente

This week, the US president's approval rating dipped below 40 percent for the first time as the Republican party started to question its allegiance to Trump. Now the future of his presidency hinges on the outcome of an inquiry into Russian election meddling and whether the new chief of staff can restore order in the West Wing, writes Professor Robert Schmuhl. Read More >

Kelly comes into a 'battle-weary and battle-prone' White House

August 01, 2017 Rebecca Corrente

Bob Schmuhl, Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame, analyzes the ousting of Anthony Scaramucci as Donald Trump's communications chief.  Listen to the RTE Radio 1 Morning Ireland interview here Read More >

Laura Dassow Walls Publishes New Biography of Thoreau

July 06, 2017 Rebecca Corrente

Happy 200th Henry David Thoreau: New bio reframes naturalist, activist and philosopher

By Tom Montgomery Fate
Chicago Tribune
July 5, 2017

July 12 marks the bicentennial of the birth of writer-philosopher Henry David Thoreau, who is best known for his nature memoir, "Walden: Or, Life in the Woods," which stems from the two years (1845-47) he lived in a 10-by-15-foot cabin on the banks of Walden Pond near Concord, Mass. Over the years many biographers have tried to capture the life of Thoreau, each through a different lens of understanding: Thoreau as the transcendentalist, who, with Ralph Waldo Emerson and others, introduced a new philosophical movement. Or Thoreau as the naturalist, who carefully studied and recorded the ecology of the Concord area. Or Thoreau as the political activist, who spent a night in jail rather than pay his poll tax, and who fervently defended abolitionist John Brown. Or Thoreau as the low-tech poet-monk who sought to live a less material and more deliberate life amid the fevered industrialization of the mid-19th century. Read More >

New York Times editor Richard G. Jones named Annenberg Director of the Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy

June 06, 2017 Notre Dame News

Richard G. Jones, an associate editor at The New York Times and a veteran journalism educator, is joining the University of Notre Dame this fall as the Annenberg Director of the Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy in the Department of American Studies. Jones leads the Times’ newsroom summer internship program and The New York Times Student Journalism Institute, a two-week professional development program for collegiate members of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Read More >

Schmuhl Edits New Edition of Max Lerner's "Wounded Titans"

June 01, 2017 Rebecca Corrente

Robert Schmuhl has edited a new edition of Max Lerner's Wounded Titans, to be published by Arcade on June 6, 2017.  

Lerner, the first W. Harold and Martha Welch Chair in American Studies at Notre Dame, "taught generations of Americans about their government. For almost half a century, the office of the presidency preoccupied his prodigious energies and unparalleled expertise. Lerner not only wrote about the men who inhabited the Oval Office during that time, he knew them personally, from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Bill Clinton—and he knew what made them tick. Here are Lerner’s complete writings on the presidency and American presidents.
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Sophie White Plans London Global Gateway Conference on "Slave Narratives in British and French America, 1700-1848"

May 22, 2017 Rebecca Corrente

On July 14–15, 2017, an international group of scholars will gather at Notre Dame's London Global Gateway for a conference called Slave Narratives in British And French America, 1700–1848.

Organized by Sophie White Read More >

Has President Trump Entered Impeachment Territory by Interfering with the FBI's Russian Probe?

May 17, 2017 Rebecca Corrente

Join Bob Schmuhl on RTÉ Radio 1's "News at One" as he compares the questionable practices of Trump with those of Nixon and discusses the current state of the White House.  Schmuhl's comments Read More >

Assistant Professor Perin Gurel Publishes First Book

April 26, 2017 Rebecca Corrente

The Department of American Studies is thrilled to announce that Assistant Professor Perin Gurel has published her first book!  The Limits of Westernization: A Cultural History of America in Turkey examines the contradictory views held by Turkish citizens about their country's relationship with the U.S., discussing how such opposing opinions arose and how they influence contemporary U.S.-Turkey relations.  Gurel analyzes the complex local uses of "the West" to explain how the United States could become both the best and the worst in the Turkish political imagination. The book traces how ideas about westernization and America have influenced national history writing and policy making, as well as everyday affects and identities. Foregrounding shifting tropes about and from Turkey—a regional power that continues to dominate American visions for the "modernization" of the Middle East—Gürel also illuminates the transnational development of powerful political tropes, from "the Terrible Turk" to "the Islamic Terrorist." Read More >

2017 Senior Award Recipients Announced

April 20, 2017 Rebecca Corrente

The Department of American Studies and the John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy are pleased to announce our 2017 Senior Awards winners. Congratulations to the following individuals:

The Professor James Withey Award – To a graduating senior in American Studies for notable achievement in writing: Jennifer Cha Read More >

Five Great Life Lessons from America’s Greatest Priest

April 11, 2017 Tessa Bangs

Irish Central published the five greatest life lessons that Robert Schmuhl, the Walter H. Annenberg-Edmund P. Joyce Professor of American Studies and Journalism at Notre Dame and the author of the recently published Fifty Years with Father Hesburgh: On and Off the Record Read More >

What Father Ted Taught Me

April 10, 2017 Daily Domer Staff

Bob Schmuhl reflects upon the life lessons learned through his relationship with Father Hesburgh. Read More >

Professor Erika Doss Publishes New Book

April 05, 2017 Rebecca Corrente

Congratulations to Professor Erika Doss on the recent publication of her latest work, American Art of the 20th-21st Centuries.  The book charts the evolution of American art from the 1890s through today. Guided by three main themes--modernism, migration, and mobility--the text highlights the production, dissemination, and consumption of modern and contemporary American art in various settings. Dr. Doss explores a wide range of media within cultural, economic, political, social, and theoretical contexts and considers the varied styles, cultures, identities, and geographies that constitute American art in order to add definition to the broader concept of "America." Read More >

2017 Kobayashi Travel Fund Awardees Announced

April 03, 2017 Brandi Klingerman

Notre Dame Research has provided four researchers with awards from the Francis M. Kobayashi Travel Fund (KTF) program for 2017.  American Studies is proud to congratulate Associate Professor Sophie White on her selection! Read More >

Bob Schmuhl on America, the War & Ireland’s cause

March 30, 2017 Tessa Bangs

Originally published on RTE.

As Woodrow Wilson campaigned for re-election to the White House in 1916, he tried – as best he could – to keep foreign controversies and conflicts far removed from the concerns of American voters. On 4 August 1914 – the same day Great Britain declared war on Germany – Wilson proclaimed US neutrality in the Great War, and that presidential commitment two years later became the basis for the slogan – ‘He kept us out of war’ – Democrats constantly repeated to support their party’s standard bearer for a second term. Read More >

Kathleen Cummings edits new volume: "Holy See's Archives as Sources for American History."

March 27, 2017 Rebecca Corrente

The Department of American Studies congratulates Kathleen Sprows Cummings on her recently published volume, "Holy See's Archives as sources for American history."  The book, edited by Dr. Cummings and Professor Matteo Sanfilippo of the University of Tuscia, encourages the exploration of Roman archives in a transatlantic approach to U.S. Catholic history, and includes a chapter from John T. McGreevy, dean of the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame.   Read More >

Schmuhl's "Fifty Years with Father Hesburgh" Finalist for Foreward INDIES Book of the Year Award

March 21, 2017 Rebecca Corrente

Bob Schmuhl's Fifty Years with Father Hesburgh is a finalist for the 2016 Foreword INDIES book of the Year Award in the Adult Nonfiction, Biography category. The winners will be announced during the American Library Association conference, June 22-27, 2017, in Chicago. Other nominees in this category can be viewed at Read More >

Bob Schmuhl on the History of St. Patrick's Day

March 14, 2017 Rebecca Corrente

Curious about the history of St. Patrick's Day?  In this WalletHub article, Bob Schmuhl provides some historical context and discusses what a city must consider when deciding to hold a St. Patrick's Day celebration.   Read More >

American Studies Junior Tessa Bangs Named 2017-2018 Editor-in-Chief of Scholastic Magazine

March 09, 2017 Rebecca Corrente

The Department of American Studies congratulates major Tessa Bangs on her appointment as Editor-in-Chief of Scholastic magazine for the 2017-2018 term. Tessa, a junior from Montclair, New Jersey, has worked at Scholastic since arriving at Notre Dame in 2014. She previously served as News Editor and Managing Editor of the magazine. Read More >