Archives » February 2018

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