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Three questions with Latino theologian Peter J. Casarella

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Peter Casarella

Peter Casarella, associate professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame and interim director of Latin American/North American Church Concerns (LANACC), is a scholar of Latino theology. Before joining the Notre Dame faculty in 2013, he served as professor of Catholic Studies at DePaul University where he was director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology. Books he has written or edited include “Jesus Christ: The New Face of Social Progress”; “A World for All? Global Civil Society in Political Theory and Trinitarian Theology”; “Cusanus: The Legacy of Learned Ignorance”; “The Hispanic Presence in the U.S. Catholic Church”; and “Christian Spirituality and the Culture of Modernity: The Thought of Louis Dupré.” He answers a few questions about Latin America and the Church.

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Two students named Gilman Scholars

Author: William G. Gilroy

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

University of Notre Dame students Stephen “Pete” Freeman and Gabriel Higuera have been selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, to study or intern abroad during the 2016-2017 academic year.

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Network physicist sheds light on Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia

Author: Gene Stowe

Long-tailed macaque

Researchers comparing mouse and macaque brains have found evidence of an evolutionary universal brain structure in mammals that enables comparisons of cortical networks between species. A new study from a researcher at the University of Notre Dame could provide insights into brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia.

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Master of Global Affairs degree now available from Notre Dame’s new Keough School of Global Affairs

Author: Joan Fallon

Keough School Master of Global Affairs

The University of Notre Dame’s new Donald R. Keough School of Global Affairs announces the opening of applications for its inaugural academic program, the two-year professional Master of Global Affairs. The program is designed to prepare new generations of leaders and agents of change in governments, nongovernmental and civil society organizations, and the private sector.

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Three questions with political philosopher Patrick Deneen

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Patrick Deneen

A member of the University of Notre Dame political science faculty since 2012, Patrick Deneen is the David A. Potenziani Memorial Associate Professor of Constitutional Studies. He teaches and writes about the history of political thought, American political thought, religion and politics, and literature and politics. Books he has published on these subjects include “The Odyssey of Political Theory,” “Democratic Faith,” “Democracy’s Literature,” “The Democratic Soul” and “Redeeming Democracy in America.” We asked him a few questions about Catholic social teaching in American politics.

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Global affairs scholar Tamara Kay to join Notre Dame’s new Keough School of Global Affairs

Author: Joan Fallon

Tamara Kay

Tamara Kay, a scholar with extensive experience in Latin America and Africa, will join the new Keough School of Global Affairs as associate professor of global affairs, according to Scott Appleby, Marilyn Keough Dean of the Keough School. Kay will hold a joint appointment in the Notre Dame Department of Sociology.

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New insideND launches August 1

Author: Lenette Votava

New Insidend

The new iteration of insideND will be available to all faculty, staff and students beginning Monday, August 1.
 Powered by One Campus, the new insideND provides access to many Notre Dame services without logging in with a netID and password. But logging in will allow access to more options, including the ability to mark favorites and to learn more about a service or application.


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In Memoriam: Emeritus Trustee John Brademas

Author: Dennis Brown

John Brademas

John Brademas, an Emeritus Trustee of the University of Notre Dame, an 11-term congressman and a former president of New York University, died July 11. He was 89.

A native of Mishawaka, Indiana, Brademas was elected to Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees in 1983 and served for 33 years, the last 19 as an emeritus member.

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Gurulé testifies before House committee on bill to allow 9/11 victims’ families to sue Saudi Arabia

Author: Shannon Roddel

Jimmy Gurulé

University of Notre Dame law professor Jimmy Gurulé, a terrorist financing expert, testified Thursday (July 14) before the House Judiciary Committee’s Constitution and Civil Justice Subcommittee at a hearing on the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), which would allow the surviving family members of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to sue Saudi Arabia for aiding and abetting the 15 Saudi hijackers that perpetrated the terror plot.

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Notre Dame launches new 5+1 Postdoctoral Fellowship Program backed by $1.5 million Mellon Foundation grant

Author: Josh Weinhold

Arts & Letters Graduate Students

The University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters has launched a new, guaranteed postdoctoral fellowship that will incentivize timely dissertation completion and prepare graduate students to launch their careers.

Funded in part by a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the 5+1 Postdoctoral Fellowship Program guarantees that students who finish their dissertations and complete degree requirements within five years of enrollment will receive a one-year postdoctoral fellowship.

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Robinson Community Learning Center AmeriCorps members are changing lives, including their own

Author: William G. Gilroy

RCLC AmeriCorps Members

Robinson Community Learning Center AmeriCorps members provide direct services to a variety of RCLC programs, including Youth Development, Shakespeare, Entrepreneurship, Take Ten, Literacy and adult programs. They support the goal of improving educational outcomes for those in poverty by coordinating a range of educational programs, recruiting volunteers, expanding outreach and developing curricula to respond to community needs.

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