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Theology student wins Graduate School's Shaheen Award

Author: Nora Kenney

The Graduate School honored four graduating doctoral students with Shaheen Awards at its commencement ceremony — including two from the College of Arts and Letters. This year’s winners boast cutting-edge research accomplishments in their fields, as well as notable publication records, national recognition, talent for teaching and mentorship, and dedication to the community. Read More

Connections between Quran and Bible illuminated in new commentary

Author: Amanda Skofstad

Gabriel Said Reynolds — University of Notre Dame professor of Islamic studies and theology — shows in his newest publication, The Qur’an & the Bible: Text and Commentary, that the connections between the sacred texts of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism run deep. Read More

The Very Reverend Fr. Daniel Findikyan new Diocesan Primate

Author: Melody Kesler

The Very Reverend Fr. Daniel Findikyan elected as the new Diocesan Primate for the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America. Fr. Findikyan was an adjunct professor for the Department of Theology teaching Eastern Liturgies from 2001 until 2015. Additional information on Fr. Findikyan's election can be found here. Read More

Margaret Pfeil chosen to receive the Rev. William A. Toohey, C.S.C. Award for Social Justice

Author: Melody Kesler

Margaret (Margie) Pfeil has been chosen to receive the Rev. William A. Toohey, C.S.C. Award for Social Justice. The award was established to honor the memory of a Holy Cross Priest who served as director of Campus Ministry. The Rev. William A. Toohey, C.S.C. Award for Social Justice is given to a member of the Notre Dame faculty who has dedicated himself or herself to teaching and research that emphasize the social justice dimension of the Gospel in an exemplary way. Dr. Pfeil will be recognized at the President's Dinner for faculty on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Read More

Todd Walatka chosen for Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Author: Melody Kesler

Todd Walatka has been chosen to receive one of the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. The award established in 2007 honors faculty members who have had a profound influence on undergraduate students through sustained exemplary teaching at Notre Dame. Dr. Walatka will be recognized at the 2018 Commencement Exercises. Read More

1968 Olympian and humanitarian to kick off Staff Diversity Speaker Series

Author: Cidni Sanders

Carlos, who won bronze in the 200-meter sprint, stood on the Olympic podium that night in Mexico City, Mexico, with purpose in his heart. As the U.S. national anthem played, he bowed his head and thrust a gloved fist into the air.

Carlos will talk about life before and after his iconic protest during the inaugural Staff Diversity Speaker Series, presented by the Office of Human Resources and Eric Love, staff director of diversity and inclusion. All Notre Dame non-exempt and exempt staff are invited to attend. Read More

Why I study women religious

Author: Marie Marmo Mullaney

For the forthcoming spring issue of the American Catholic Studies Newsletter, Marie Mullaney (professor of history at Caldwell University) reflects on her research and teaching on American Catholic women religious. Read More

Liturgy Outside Liturgy | David W. Fagerberg

Author: Allison Collins

In 2017 David Fagerberg gave lectures in Sweden: three at the ecumenical center of Bjarka-Saby on Alexander Schmemann, two at the University of Lund on my own material. Those five lectures have been published simultaneously this month in Swedish and in English. Read More

Margot E. Fassler will give the presidential address at the Medieval Academy of America meeting

Author: Janet Rudasics

Margot E. Fassler, Director of SMND, will give the presidential address at the Medieval Academy of America meeting in Atlanta (March 2-4). The title of the presentation is “Women and Sequences,” and in this work Fassler tells the story of the genre in women’s institutions from the twelfth century, beginning with Heloise and Hildegard, through to the Dominicans of Soest in the fourteenth century, and ending with reformed houses of Dominicans and Franciscans in the fifteenth century. Read More

College of Arts and Letters to expand café in O’Shaughnessy Hall

Author: College of Arts and Letters

The College of Arts and Letters is planning renovations in O’Shaughnessy Hall that will open up the café and gallery areas to create a welcoming space with double the current seating of Waddick’s, more natural light, and extensive views onto South Quad. New tables and counter seating will be added, along with couches and comfortable chairs, and multiple outlets for charging phones, computers, and other electronic devices. Unlike at present, the entire space will be open whenever the building is open, morning till night. Read More

In memoriam: Mary Ellen Konieczny, Henkels Family Associate Professor of Sociology

Author: Kate Garry

Mary Ellen Konieczny, the Henkels Family Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame, died Feb. 24 as a result of complications from cancer. She was 58. A faculty fellow of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, she studied religion and conflict, the family and public politics. Read More

Notre Dame among top producers of Fulbright students for fourth straight year

Author: Erin Blasko

Twenty-nine University of Notre Dame students and alumni were awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants during the 2017-18 academic year, second among all research institutions in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Of the 29 students to receive Fulbrights last year, 22 were Arts and Letters students — which would place the College eighth in the nation among all doctoral institutions. Arts and Letters alone produced more Fulbright winners than the University of California at Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, Cornell University, and Johns Hopkins. Read More

Why theology and Arts and Letters pre-health is the perfect combination for aspiring doctor Michael Feijoo

Author: Teagan Dillon

Michael Feijoo loves finding ways his everyday life relates to big-picture questions. That’s one of the many reasons the junior finds value in majoring in theology and Arts and Letters pre-health. His combination of academic passions also brought him twice to Ecuador, where served with Timmy Global Health, a nonprofit organization that provides sustainable medical care to South American countries.  Read More

New travel grant program launched supporting research projects that seek to feature Catholic women more prominently in historical narratives; open to scholars of any academic discipline

Author: Shane Ulbrich

Mother Theodore Guerin Feature

Following an initial announcement in the fall 2017 issue of the American Catholic Studies Newsletter, the University of Notre Dame’s Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism has officially launched the Mother Theodore Guerin Research Travel Grant Program, an initiative supporting research projects that seek to feature Catholic women more prominently in historical narratives. Open to scholars of any academic discipline, this new funding opportunity will help defray travel and lodging expenses for scholars visiting research repositories in or outside the United States or conducting oral interviews, especially of women religious. The deadline for the first round of applications is May 1, 2018. Read More

Notre Dame theologian John Cavadini receives Monika K. Hellwig Award for Catholic intellectual life

Author: Meg Mirshak

“At the heart of the mission of a Catholic university is service to the Church,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of Notre Dame.  “John Cavadini, whether through his leadership of the McGrath Institute for Church Life or his work as a theologian, has been tireless in seeking ways in which Notre Dame can better serve the Church.” Read More

God Visible: Patristic Christology Reconsidered | Brian E. Daley, SJ

Author: Allison Collins

God Visible

God Visible: Patristic Christology Reconsidered considers the early development and reception of what is today the most widely professed Christian conception of Christ. The development of this doctrine admits of wide variations in expression and understanding, varying emphases in interpretation that are as striking in authors of the first millennium as they are among modern writers. The seven early ecumenical councils and their dogmatic formulations are crucial way-stations in defining the shape of this study. Brian E. Daley argues that the scope of previous enquiries, which focused on the declaration of the Council of Chalcedon in AD 451 that Christ was one Person in two natures, the Divine of the same substance as the Father, and the human of the same substance as us, now seems excessively narrow and distorts our understanding. Daley sets aside the Chalcedonian formula and instead considers what some major Church Fathers--from Irenaeus to John Damascene--say about the person of Christ. Read More