Notre Dame ReSources

Author: Dennis Brown

The following Notre Dame faculty are available for additional comment on these people and events in the news:

Kosovo : “Any U.S. operation in Kosovo must be organized and executed as a policing operation to halt crimes against humanity, and not as a military campaign to defeat Milosevic or his Yugoslav forces,” says Garth Meintjes , associate director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights at Notre Dame. “Unfortunately, it will at this point in the conflict be very difficult to distinguish between combat activities and enforcement operations. For example, if Yugoslav forces are found to have committed atrocities or massacres, it will be difficult for U.S. forces to act directly against the responsible soldiers. Instead, they likely will simply retaliate with air strikes against strategic Yugoslav military targets. Nonetheless, it is essential that these targets be demonstrably linked to the actions of the offending forces if the punitive air strikes are to have any legitimacy in the eyes of the international community.” For more information, contact Meintjes at Notre Dame Press, (219) 631-8544 or at p. Y2K and the Apocalypse : With the turn of the millennium in sight, apocalyptic fervor is growing among some Christian fundamentalists, but it’s nothing compared to the late 18th century, according to Nathan Hatch , provost and professor of history at Notre Dame. “Particularly in times of social and political insecurity, apocalyptic thinking tends to expand,” Hatch, one of the world’s leading scholars of American religious history, told the Baltimore Sun. “In the 1790s going into 1800, in the wake of the American and French revolutions, the underpinning of society did seem to be shaken. Particularly in the Northeastern United States, there was a huge outpouring of millenarian and apocalyptic work.” For further comment, contact Professor Hatch at (219) 631-6631. p. Religion, Politics and Peace : The contradicting relationships between religious faith, the American political process and peace are explored in a new book published by Notre Dame Press. In “Religion, Politics, and Peace,” leading scholars examine a two-fold paradox: First, while American political life always has operated with a separation of church and state, religion has been a critical resource for the nation’s moral foundation. In the same way, religion likely has been the single most significant cause of warfare in human history, and yet it also has been the most significant force for peace. The book’s essays do not untangle these paradoxes, but instead recognize the contradictions and focus on the ways in which religion can both enhance political life and serve the cause of peace. For more information, contact Julie Dudrick at Notre Dame Press, (219) 631-6346 or at p. Boeing : Large layoffs such as those at Boeing obviously are difficult for the employees who lose their jobs, but they also cause considerable stress for the workers who remain employed, according to a management professor at Notre Dame. “Layoffs tend to cause remaining employees to reconsider their relationship with the company,” said Edward Conlon , the Edward Frederick Sorin Society Professor of Management. “Their specific reactions depend a great deal on the process and procedures used to conduct the layoffs, including the reasons for the decision and the company’s history with regard to layoffs. In the case of Boeing, where the stated reason was a decline in the demand for commercial aircraft caused largely by the Asian financial turmoil, it is likely that the employees will at least to some extent accept the legitimacy of the action.” *For further comment, contact Professor Conlon at (219) 631-7685 or at

  • p. South Africa : The almost certain election in June of Thabo Mbecki to succeed Nelson Mandela as president of South Africa will keep the country on a stable course, according to Rev. Oliver F. Williams, C.S.C. , associate professor of management at Notre Dame and an expert on South African politics and economics. “Thabo Mbecki is a skilled diplomat and a brilliant public policy thinker who in many ways is more talented than Mandela,” says Father Williams. “Of course, he does not possess the almost saint-like status of Mandela, who has kept relative peace in spite of the fact that there is a 30-percent unemployment rate and that many live in dire poverty. Mbecki will be under great pressure to deliver jobs and increased services for the poor. If anyone can do it, he can. The challenge is great, however.” *For further comment, contact Father Williams at (219) 631-5761 or at
  • Note : Video and photos are available of Mbecki addressing a landmark conference at Notre Dame in October 1991 involving representatives of the African National Congress, Inkatha, the Azanian People’s Organization, the National Party, the U.S. government and American corporate leaders. Contact Dennis Brown in Public Relations and Information at (219) 631-7367. p. Comparative law : West Publishing has released the second edition of “Comparative Legal Traditions in a Nutshell,” coauthored by Paolo G. Carozza , associate professor of law at Notre Dame. The book provides a variety of methods for looking at comparative law, including examinations of civil law tradition, common law, court structures, and civil and criminal procedure. Carozza’s contributions include analysis of continental European legal systems and supranational European law. His coauthors are Mary Ann Glendon of Harvard University and Michael Wallace Gordon of the University of Florida. For further comment, contact Professor Carozza at (219) 631-4128. p. Notre Dame News : Edward J. Conlon , the Edward Frederick Sorin Society Professor of Management, has been appointed editor of The Academy of Management Review … Finance scholars from around the world will meet April 8-9 for the 1999 Nasdaq-Notre Dame Microstructure Conference at McKenna Hall … Barry McCaffrey , director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, will present the 1999 U.S. National Drug Control Strategy April 6 at McKenna Hall … The University has established a Marital Therapy and Research Clinic under the direction of David A. Smith, assistant professor of psychology … The business ethics curriculum at Notre Dame is the best in the nation, according to a new book, the Business Week Guide to the Best Business Schools (6th edition, 1999) … Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich will lecture on “Living in the Age of Possibilities” at 7:30 p.m. April 13 at Notre Dame’s Stepan Center.

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