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Theology graduate students travel to Germany, Jordan, and Israel with Fulbright Awards

Author: Carrie Gates

Four students in Notre Dame’s Ph.D. program in theology have received 2017-18 research grants from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Ashley Edewaard, Stephen Long, Andrew O’Connor, and Joseph Riordan, SJ, are among 30 students from the College of Arts and Letters to receive awards in another record-breaking year for the University and the College. Read More

Fassler Gives Three Plenary Lectures This Fall

Author: Matt Haines

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This fall, Margot Fassler, Director of SMND, and the Keough Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy, was invited to give three keynote presentations. These formal presentations include her lecture “Within/Without: The Liturgical Voices of Women Religious in the Later Middle Ages,” for the Reichenau-Tagung des Konstanzer Arbeitskreises für mittelalterliche Geschichte. The following week, Fassler presented a keynote on the liturgical practices of the Augustinian canons of St. Victor in the twelfth century at “A Sacrifice of Praise:  Liturgy, Prayer, and Hymnody at the Center of Faith and Life,” the 42nd Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance StudiesConference Read More

Crèches from Mexico featured in bilingual exhibit and pilgrimage

Author: Meg Mirshak

Christmas nativity scenes crafted by artists in Mexico are on display in six Notre Dame campus buildings Nov. 29 through Jan. 28. The fourth annual International Crèche Exhibit and Pilgrimage features 32 crèches on loan from the Marian Library at the University of Dayton. Read More

Arts and Letters faculty and students to participate in Vatican meeting on nuclear disarmament

Author: Amanda Skofstad

Working to advance the mission of the Church in service of development, peace, and disarmament, attendees will address such topics as the July 2017 United Nations treaty banning nuclear weapons, nuclear weapons and the environment, and the role of Church and civil society in promoting disarmament. The speakers and panelists include Nobel Prize winners, senior diplomats, and leaders from the United Nations and NATO, as well as academic experts and religious leaders. Read More

A Primer in Ecotheology: Theology for a Fragile Earth | Celia Deane-Drummond

Author: Allison Collins

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Celia Deane-Drummond, A Primer in Ecotheology: Theology for a Fragile Earth (Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2017). 

This book serves as an introduction to the burgeoning field of ecothology, illustrating both its variety and its commonality across different Christian theological divides. Some of the questions addressed in this short book include the following: How can the Bible still make sense in the context of climate change and biodiversity loss? Who on earth is Jesus Christ, and what does he mean for us in today's world? How can Christians be faithful to their traditions while responding to pressing calls to be engaged in environmental activism? What is the relationship between theory and practice, and local as well as global demands, and how is this relationship expressed in different ecclesial settings? How can we encourage each other to develop a sense of the earth as divine gift? Written in clear, accessible style, this book walks readers through difficult concepts and shows the way different sources in Christian theology have responded to one of the most significant cultural issues of our time. Read More

Land O’Lakes and its legacy: A lecture and panel on Catholic higher education

Author: Shane Ulbrich

Leaders of Catholic higher education became convinced in the late 1960s that the Catholic universities and colleges they oversaw had to change. Academic standards had to improve. Research needed a boost. But the traditions of Catholicism still had to be handed down to rising generations of the faithful. Read More

Video: William Mattison on virtue ethics, moral theology, and the Sermon on the Mount

Author: Todd Boruff

“What difference can faith make for morality when people today recognize that people of various or no faith can live a virtuous, honorable, moral life?” asked William Mattison, associate professor of theology in the College of Arts and Letters. Mattison is a Catholic moral theologian with particular interest in virtue. His latest book, The Sermon on the Mount and Moral Theology: A Virtue Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2017), examines the approach to morality that Jesus presents in Chapters 5-7 of the Gospel of St. Matthew and compares it to conceptions of happiness found in the works of classical philosophers such as Cicero and Aristotle. Read More