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Conference on Archbishop Romero to convene at Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

An international conference to explore the significance of the life and martyrdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador will be held at the University of Notre Dame Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 25-27, in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies Auditorium.

The conference, Archbishop Oscar Romero: A Bishop for the New Millennium sponsored by Latin American/North American Church Concerns and Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies, is the 18th such event annually hosted by the University since Archbishop Romero’s death 24 years ago.

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Notre Dame hosts parenting conference for local parents and practitioners

Author: Jane Murphy

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On Sept. 27 (Saturday), the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Children and Families and the Department of Psychology will partner with Attachment Parenting International to host a day-long parenting conference, Nourishing Parents for Child Well-Being, bringing together scholars, practitioners and professionals who work with children and families. As part of the Pathways to Child Flourishing symposium, presenters at the workshop will address a variety of topics, including birth, breastfeeding, sleep, discipline and adult-child relationships.

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Notre Dame reports highest level of research funding in a non-stimulus year

Author: Joanne Fahey

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The University of Notre Dame received $113 million in research awards for fiscal year 2014, the highest ever recorded at the University in a non-stimulus year and a $17 million increase over the previous year.

Notre Dame received $119 million in 2010, but approximately $30 million was from government stimulus grants through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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Former drug czar Walters to speak on marijuana legalization

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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John P. Walters, former director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, will give a lecture titled “Pot: Hot or Not? The Young, American Democracy and the Drug Problem” Sept. 25 (Thursday) at 7 p.m. in DeBartolo Hall Room 129, on the University of Notre Dame campus.

Now executive vice president of the Hudson Institute, Walters served as former President George W. Bush’s drug czar from 2001 to 2009, overseeing all aspects of federal drug control programs and spending. An outspoken opponent of marijuana legalization, he has argued that there is a nationwide drug problem which particularly affects young people but which is not insurmountable in a democracy.

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Campus Crossroads Project. Anthropology: An Audacious Plan

Author: Brendan O'Shaughnessy

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In one section of the Lithic Lab in the basement of Flanner Hall, a half-dozen piles of chipped rock litter the floor from students learning to make obsidian tools from the Neanderthal Age. In another area, students study life during the Irish Famine through examination of pottery, coins and clay pipes unearthed last summer beside an abandoned home on an Irish island.

This lab space is the fourth that archaeologist Ian Kuijt has used in 14 years at Notre Dame – and the first in the same building as his sixth-floor office.

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Notre Dame receives $10 million gift to support mental health services for students

Author: Dennis Brown

Mark Gallogly and Lise Strickler

University of Notre Dame graduate Mark Gallogly and his wife, Lise Strickler, have made a $10 million gift to the University to endow the Rev. James E. McDonald, C.S.C., Center for Student Well-Being.

“The health of our students is an utmost priority, and the McDonald Center will enable us to more effectively and comprehensively support their mental and other health needs,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “I am grateful to Lise and Mark for their extraordinary generosity and their decision to honor my brother in Holy Cross, Father Jim McDonald."

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Father Jenkins to give keynote address at King’s College conference on Catholic education

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., will give the keynote address at a conference on the mission of Catholic colleges and universities in higher education Sept. 19 (Friday) at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

The two-day conference, entitled “The Idea of a Catholic College: Charism, Curricula, and Community,” will include speakers from Boston University, St. Mary’s College of California, the University of Portland, Gonzaga University, St. Edwards University and the University of Scranton. In addition members of the King’s College King’s faculty, administration, and board of directors, the event will bring together more than 100 faculty members and administrators from Catholic institutions of higher education nationwide. Its proceedings will be published in the Journal of Catholic Higher Education.

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Letting Asia in on a musical secret

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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Peter Smith, professor and chair of music at the University of Notre Dame, wryly confesses a suspicion that the University’s Department of Music might be “a bit too well-kept a secret.” He notes with satisfaction, even pride, that the students who come here to study music learn very quickly of the department’s excellence both in performance and in musical theory and scholarship, and he would like to see that excellence even better known.

Next month, Smith and two of his Notre Dame colleagues are going to do something about that. Smith, violin professor Tricia Park, and piano professor John Blacklow will tour three major cities in Asia, performing and teaching music and inviting Asian high school students and their families to think about studying music at Notre Dame.

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Father Gutierrez to receive 2014 Gittler Prize

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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Rev. Gustavo Gutierrez, O.P., John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, will receive the 2014 Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize from Brandeis University.

Established in 2007, the Gittler Prize is annually awarded to a person whose body of published work reflects scholarly excellence and makes a lasting contribution to racial, ethnic or religious relations. It will be formally presented to Father Gutierrez in a ceremony and talk on Sunday, Oct. 5.

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