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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

Rome Summer Program 2018 is Doubling

Author: Costanza Montanari

Mentis Magnitudine Rome 2017 Rome Summer ProgrambisNDI Rome Summer 2017 group

For the third year in a row, this summer the Rome Global Gateway will host the Rome Summer Program, an exciting opportunity for undergraduate students in all fields of study to live and learn in one of the oldest and most international cities in the world. Read More

Biotechnology, Human Nature, and Christian Ethics | Gerald McKenny

Author: Allison Collins


In public debates over biotechnology, theologians, philosophers, and political theorists have proposed that biotechnology could have significant implications for human nature. They argue that ethical evaluations of biotechnologies that might affect human nature must take these implications into account. In this book, Gerald McKenny examines these important yet controversial arguments, which have in turn been criticized by many moral philosophers and professional bioethicists. He argues that Christian ethics is, in principle, committed to some version of the claim that human nature has normative status in relation to biotechnology. Showing how both criticisms and defences of this claim have often been facile, he identifies, develops, and critically evaluates three versions of the claim, and contributes a fourth, distinctively Christian version to the debate. Focusing on Christian ethics in conversation with secular ethics, McKenny's book is the first thorough analysis of a controversial contemporary issue. Read More

John Cavadini Receives Monika K. Hellwig Award

Author: Allison Collins

John Cavadini, Professor of Theology; McGrath-Cavadini Director of the Institute for Church Life, University of Notre Dame, is the 2018 recipient of the Monika K. Hellwig Award from the ACCU (Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities).

The Monika K. Hellwig Award for Outstanding Contributions to Catholic Intellectual Life honors an individual who has significantly advanced Catholic intellectual life. Read More

McGrath Institute receives Lilly Endowment grant for parish ministry enrichment programs

Author: Meg Mirshak

The McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame has been awarded $1 million by Lilly Endowment Inc. to expand programs for ordained and lay pastoral leaders in a shifting ministry landscape. As recipient of planning funds for the Thriving in Ministry Initiative, the McGrath Institute will expand its summer program for diocesan priests and initiate a program that supports the professional and pastoral leadership development of lay ministers early in their careers. Read More

Arts and Letters students awarded funding for summer internships in medicine, law, finance, and art education

Author: Teagan Dillon

With skills forged in the classroom, Arts and Letters students are well prepared to tackle new opportunities and gain valuable real-world experience through summer internships.

The Arts and Letters Summer Internship Program makes these experiences possible by offering students funding to offset travel and cost-of-living expenses for internships in any industry or location. Read More

Anticipating the 2018 Synod of Bishops

Author: Allison Collins

Leonard J. DeLorenzo, concurrent professor of Theology and Director of Notre Dame Vision in the McGrath Institute for Church Life, writes about the 2018 Synod of Bishops for OSV Newsweekly:

The gathering in Rome in October will focus on young people, the Faith and vocational discernment 

In October 2018, bishops from around the world will gather at the Vatican to discuss the pastoral issues and pressing needs of young people, with a special eye toward how they are being prepared (or not) for the demanding task of “vocational discernment.” The upcoming synod assembly follows naturally from the previous one in 2015 that focused on marriage and the family, prompting Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia

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