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ND Expert: Open more, safer legal ways into the EU to deal with refugee crisis

Author: William G. Gilroy

Maurizio Albahari

Each day seems to bring a troubling new chapter as Europe confronts a staggering refugee crisis. On Thursday (Aug. 27), 71 refugees were found dead in the back of an abandoned freezer truck in Austria. On Friday (Aug. 28), Libya discovered the bodies of 200 immigrants off its coast after their overcrowded boat sank on its way to Europe.

Maurizio Albahari, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame, believes it is critical to open safe, legal ways into the European Union to curb the number of refugee deaths.

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Chilean, Guatemalan ambassadors to speak at Notre Dame in September

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

José María Argueta, left, and Juan Gabriel Valdés

UPDATE Sept. 3: Due to last-minute political developments in Guatemala, Jose Maria Argueta is unable to present his Kellogg Institute lecture scheduled for Sept. 3.

Two prominent public figures from Latin America, both scholars as well as statesmen, will speak at the University of Notre Dame in September, hosted by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. Their lectures, to focus on Latin American policy and global affairs, are free and open to the public.

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New York Times columnist Ross Douthat to speak in Notre Dame Forum

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Ross Douthat

Ross Douthat, author, blogger and New York Times columnist, will speak on “Catholic Freedom and Secular Power: How the Religious Liberty Debate Has Changed Since Vatican II,” at 4 p.m. Sept. 16 (Wednesday) in the Decio Theatre of the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

Douthat’s lecture is a keynote event in the 2015-16 Notre Dame Forum on “Faith, Freedom and the Modern World: 50 Years After Vatican II,” which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the publication of pivotal documents of the Second Vatican Council that have particular significance today.

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Saturdays With the Saints: A foretaste of eternity on game day

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Statue of St. Thomas More on the west entrance to Biolchini Hall

As is true of any great festival, a University of Notre Dame home football game weekend is much more than its central event. The roughly 61,000 people who travel to the University’s campus for each home game can expect to attend a splendid and storied athletic contest, but they can also expect a unique experience that blends merry-making, feasting, community and even worship.

For six years, one of these peripheral game-day offerings, “Saturdays With the Saints,” has attracted increasing numbers of enthusiastic participants and now seems sure to become as indispensable a feature of a football weekend as the marching band’s pre-game departure from the steps of the Main Building.

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Notre Dame offers new digital marketing program in Chicago

Author: Carol Elliott

Notre Dame building on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago

The University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business is launching an accelerated certificate program in digital marketing for marketing and media professionals. The Digital Marketing Certificate Program, offered by Mendoza’s Stayer Center for Executive Education in partnership with Rutgers Business School Executive Education, will take place Sept. 28 through Oct. 2 at the Notre Dame Chicago campus, located in the historic Railway Exchange Building, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Faculty lectures add to options for football weekend activities

Author: Brittany Collins

Football Fridays at the Eck

Visitors who want a break from tailgating on football weekends have a variety of options for public lectures and talks around campus this fall. From science to the humanities to faith, these events will explore a range of topics of interest to the University of Notre Dame community.

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Notre Dame Class of 2019: Passionate, dedicated and diverse

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Class of 2019

The University of Notre Dame’s Class of 2019 arrives on campus this week impressively equipped with intellectual promise, creativity, leadership and commitment to service of others.

“This year’s ‘yield rate,’ the number of students who enroll after being admitted to Notre Dame, was 56 percent, which places Notre Dame among the top 10 private national research universities for yield success,” Don Bishop, associate vice president of undergraduate enrollment, said. “Notre Dame continues to be an extremely popular choice. Our students truly want to be here.”

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Law professor appointed as consultant in Colombia peace talks

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Douglass Cassel

Douglass Cassel, professor of law and adviser to the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights (CCHR), has been appointed by Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos to a bilateral working group in the peace talks between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

The Colombian government and FARC, the country’s largest rebel group, resumed peace talks in 2012 to negotiate an end to the country’s half-century-long civil war, the longest such conflict in the world’s history. Colombia’s low-intensity war has caused more than 250,000 deaths and the displacement of more than 5 million people within its borders.

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Climate change through the lens of impact investing

Author: Carol Elliott

Earth

Climate change presents daunting challenges along myriad fronts, including environmental effects, government policies, human services — and business investment. In just the next two decades, an estimated investment of $53 trillion will be required to limit the rise in global temperature to less than 2 degrees Celsius, according to the International Energy Agency. Even at that level, the agency puts the odds at just 50 percent.

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor to speak at Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Update: The release has been updated with a change in venue.

A public conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be held from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Sept. 2 (Wednesday) in the Leighton Concert Hall of the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, the University’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., announced Wednesday (Aug. 12). She will discuss a wide range of issues with NBC News correspondent Anne Thompson, and the discussion will be moderated by U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Ann Claire Williams. Both Thompson and Williams are Notre Dame alumnae and Trustees.

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Research on charter schools needs to go beyond test scores

Author: William G. Schmitt

Elementary school

A comprehensive review of the research assessing charter schools as the fastest growing area of school choice reforms has uncovered a need for studies that take a different tack, according to University of Notre Dame sociologist Mark Berends.

Berends, director of Notre Dame’s Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO), notes that the explosive growth of charter schools in the past decade, with total enrollment now exceeding 2.5 million children, has benefited from claims in the public arena that are not thoroughly examined.

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Center for Civil and Human Rights co-hosts International Conference on Christian Response to Persecution

Author: Michael O. Garvey

'Under Caesar's Sword' International Conference on Christian Response to Persecution

The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights, in partnership with Georgetown University’s Religious Freedom Project, is co-hosting the International Conference on Christian Response to Persecution. The conference, a major component of the first systematic global investigation of the persecution of Christians, will take place at the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome on Dec. 10-12.

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Origami-inspired shelters could serve military, disaster relief efforts

Author: Notre Dame News

Ashley Thrall with the origami shelter in the Ave Maria Press building

Most people are familiar with origami, the ancient paper-folding art form that creates unique patterns and shapes. Less familiar is the fact that origami has inspired the design of engineering devices and structures.

Ashley P. Thrall, Myron and Rosemary Noble Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, is developing origami-inspired shelters that have many potential uses from military applications to humanitarian assistance. Through funding from the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, Thrall, faculty in aerospace and mechanical and also electrical engineering and their team of students and postdoctoral research associates are developing an origami-inspired deployable shelter with integrated planning and management.

The origami shelter created by Thrall and her team would reduce energy consumption, would be deployable by a few soldiers in about half an hour, and could be transported by plane, ship or truck on a standard military pallet. It also holds great promise as an environmentally friendly shelter for disaster relief efforts around the world.

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Three questions with Gabriel Said Reynolds, Quran scholar

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Gabriel Said Reynolds

University of Notre Dame theologian Gabriel Reynolds studies the Quran and the interactions between Christians and Muslims. Academic courses taught by Reynolds include “Foundations of Theology,” “Islam and Christian Theology,” “The Qur’an and Its Relation to the Bible,” “The Holy Land” and “Islamic Origins.” He is the author of the forthcoming book “The Qurʾan in Conversation with the Bible: The Qurʾan Translation of Ali Quli Qaraʾi Annotated with Biblical Texts and Commentary.”

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Accounting errors by nonprofits occur relatively frequently, new study reveals

Author: William G. Gilroy

Ledger

Nonprofit organizations often cite the high percentage of their incoming donations that go directly to the cause they support, not to administrative costs. However, a new study by Jeffrey Burks, associate professor of accountancy at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, found that nonprofits make accounting errors at a relatively high rate, most likely because they don’t devote many resources to administrative costs.

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Notre Dame architecture graduate designs a sanctuary for Pope Francis

Author: Michael O. Garvey

James Lenahan

In Philadelphia this September, when Pope Francis celebrates an outdoor Sunday Mass with some 1,500 priests and an estimated 1.5 million lay people, he will be standing in a sanctuary designed by James Lenahan, a Glen Ellyn, Illinois, native who recently graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Master of Architecture degree.

On his first visit to the United States, Pope Francis will be in Philadelphia for the eighth annual World Meeting of Families. The Sept. 27 Mass in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be the gathering’s main event.

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