Rev. Greg Boyle, S.J., founder of Homeboy Industries, to deliver Annual Rev. Bernie Clark, C.S.C. Lecture on Catholic Social Tradition

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Rev. Greg Boyle, S.J., founder of Homeboy Industries, will deliver the Annual Rev. Bernie Clark, C.S.C. Lecture entitled “Joy & Hope in the Hood” at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 (Tues.) in Room 101, DeBartolo Hall on the University of Notre Dame campus. “Joy & Hope” is the theme for the Center for Social Concerns for the 2014–15 academic year in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vatican II document, Gaudium et Spes, regarded as one of the most significant documents of Catholic social teaching in the twentieth century. This event is free and open to the public.

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Graduating seniors honored for commitment to postgraduate service

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From left, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Annie Selak, Terry Fitzgibbons, Rev. Ray Hammond, M.D., and Rev. Paul V. Kollman, C.S.C., join hands in prayer at the closing of the Center for Social Concerns’ Seniors Send-Off Ceremony

One hundred fifty-two University of Notre Dame graduating seniors embarking on a year or more of service in this country and abroad were honored during the University’s annual Service Send-Off ceremony on May 17 (Saturday) in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Leighton Concert Hall.

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, commended the seniors for their commitment to service.

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Howard Zehr, 'grandfather of restorative justice,' to speak at Notre Dame

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Howard Zehr

Howard Zehr, Distinguished Professor of Restorative Justice at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University who is widely known as “the grandfather of restorative justice,” will speak at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday (April 8) in the Geddes Hall Coffee House. His presentation is titled, “Dream or vision? Restorative justice in the decade ahead.” The talk is free and open to the public.

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Nitesh Chawla receives 2014 Rodney F. Ganey, Ph.D., Community-Based Research Award

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Nitesh Chawla

Nitesh Chawla, Frank Freimann Collegiate Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications (iCeNSA) at the University of Notre Dame, is the recipient of the 2014 Rodney F. Ganey, Ph.D., Faculty Community-Based Research Award, which is given annually by the Notre Dame Center for Social Concerns.

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Peter Woo named recipient of Indiana Campus Compact student community commitment award

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Peter Woo speaks at the 2014 TEDxUND event

Senior Peter Woo, Class of 2014, a Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar and a finance and philosophy major with a minor in Chinese at the University of Notre Dame, has been named the recipient of the Indiana Campus Compact (ICC) 2014 Richard J. Wood Student Community Commitment Award. The annual award recognizes the efforts of students from an Indiana college or university for the impact they have in their communities and on the citizens of Indiana.

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Notre Dame community of faith responds to call for peace in Syria

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Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in Syria, the Middle East and the World

The University of Notre Dame community of faith will join Pope Francis and people of faith around the world for a Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in Syria, the Middle East and the World on Saturday (Sept. 7). Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns, Campus Ministry, Student Government Association, Peace Fellowship, Militia of the Immaculata and other student organizations have planned a series of events and liturgies to mark the day of fasting and prayer, and they welcome participation in person or in spirit.

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Center for Social Concerns launches series on hyper-incarceration

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Center for Social Concerns "Hyper-Incarceration" series

1963 was a pivotal year in this country’s civil rights movement. In April of that year, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” On June 12, civil rights activist Medgar Evers was assassinated. On Aug. 28, 50 years ago Wednesday, King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. And on Sept. 15, the Ku Klux Klan bombed the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., killing four young girls.

Fifty years past that tumultuous time, there is growing recognition of a significant civil rights challenge in our midst: hyper-incarceration, which disproportionately targets minorities.

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Center for Social Concerns institute helps faculty integrate community engagement into scholarly portfolio

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Center for Social Concerns Community Engagement Faculty Institute

The second annual Center for Social Concerns Community Engagement Faculty Institute, held May 29 through May 31 (Wednesday through Friday) at the University of Notre Dame, was designed to help faculty deepen their understanding of the theory and practice of academic community engagement. Eighteen faculty and graduate students from numerous University organizations participated in the Faculty Institute. More than 40 campus and community experts presented over the three-day institute, augmenting daily readings on the scholarship of engagement, service learning, the pedagogy of reflective writing and community-based research.

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Graduating seniors honored for commitment to postgraduate service

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2013 Center for Social Concerns Service Send-Off Ceremony

One hundred sixty-nine University of Notre Dame graduating seniors embarking on a year or more of service in this country and abroad were honored during the University’s annual Service Send-Off ceremony on May 18 (Saturday) in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Leighton Concert Hall.

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, commended the seniors for their commitment to service. Nearly a quarter of the graduates will join the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) or programs that share its model to serve as educators in the nation’s Catholic schools. Others will serve in the Peace Corps and Teach for America. Still others will mentor AIDS orphans in South Africa, cultivate sustainable agriculture in the South Pacific islands, foster spiritual formation in the nation’s parishes, or provide a host of other services that match the mission of Notre Dame.

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Indiana Campus Compact recognizes Center for Social Concerns

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Representatives from the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns (CSC) swept three of the four 2013 Service Engagement Awards given at the Indiana Campus Compact 20th anniversary dinner held recently in Indianapolis .

Annie Cahill Kelly, director of community partnerships, received the Community Service Director Award. Jon Schommer, a member of the CSC Student Advisory Council, VOICE, received the Richard J. Wood Student Community Commitment Award. La Casa de Amistad, a CSC community partner, received the Outstanding Community Partner Award.

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Center for Social Concerns to celebrate 30th anniversary with open house

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Center for Social Concerns

The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns (CSC), founded in 1983, is celebrating its 30th anniversary with an open house on Monday (April 29) from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Geddes Hall Coffee House. The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 5 p.m.

The CSC is Notre Dame’s community-based learning, research and service center, a place where faith and action, service and learning, research and resolve intersect. Over the past 30 years, the CSC has grown to offer hundreds of community-based courses, community-based research, and service opportunities that allow students and faculty to better understand—and respond to—poverty and injustice grounded in the 2,000 year-old Catholic social tradition. A recent study conducted by the Center showed that nearly 70 percent of Notre Dame’s undergraduate alumni are engaged in some form of service 10 years after graduation, a testament to the lasting influence of the Center’s programs

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Judith L. Fox receives 2013 Rodney F. Ganey, Ph.D., Community-Based Research Award

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Judith L. Fox, clinical professor of law at the University of Notre Dame Law School, is the recipient of the 2013 Rodney F. Ganey, Ph.D., Faculty Community-Based Research Award, which is given annually by the Notre Dame Center for Social Concerns. The award, in the amount of $5,000, honors a Notre Dame faculty member whose research has made a contribution in collaboration with local community organizations. Fox has practiced consumer law for 20 years and has an extensive record of scholarship and community-based work in foreclosure law and debt collection.

Fox has worked with both undergraduate and law students from Notre Dame in collaboration with the United Way of St. Joseph County and other community partners to address the issues of foreclosures, debt collection and predatory lending in St. Joseph County.

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Inside-Out: Rethinking crime and justice

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Rethinking Crime and Justice

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In spring 2012, the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns added a new course, “Rethinking Crime and Justice,” as part of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, a national program based in Philadelphia that creates a dynamic partnership between an institution of higher learning and a correctional facility.

Many Inside-Out practitioners see the program as a creative link between two of the largest and most highly funded institutional and social structures in our country: universities and prisons, structures oriented respectively toward the most privileged and underprivileged people in our society. Through their classes, they attempt to deepen the conversation about those structures and transform student thought and attitude regarding crime and justice issues.

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Center For Social Concerns to host international experts on peace and justice

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Peace Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Celebrating 50 Years of "Pacem In Terris"

The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns will host leading international scholars in the Catholic Social Tradition on campus March 21-23 (Thursday-Saturday) for a conference titled “Peace Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Celebrating 50 Years of ’Pacem In Terris.’” The conference will kick off with a viewing of the film “Monseñor: The Last Journey of Oscar Romero” at 7 p.m. March 20.

The conference will explore the thematic peace and justice issues that have been addressed by modern Catholic social thought, especially those within Pope John XXIII’s encyclical “Pacem In Terris” including human rights, political structures, ecumenism and environmentalism. Speakers from around the world, who represent the international and interfaith approach to peacemaking and promotion of human rights that has profoundly affected Catholic teaching and practice, will address the weaknesses or gaps that exist within “Pacem In Terris” as well as how the Church of today can move forward in the promotion of peace and justice in our pluralistic world.

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Notre Dame named with distinction to 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

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President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

The University of Notre Dame has been named with distinction to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in recognition of its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

“Notre Dame students and employees play a vital role in solving community problems and achieving meaningful, measurable outcomes in communities around the world,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “Community service is an integral component of our mission to educate the heart and the mind, which we see borne out in our record of placing students on a lifelong path of civic engagement.”

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Notre Dame ranks on Peace Corps’ annual list of top volunteer-producing schools

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Peace Corps volunteer Lisa Floran with her host family in Senegal

For the 13th year in a row, the University of Notre Dame has earned a spot on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing midsized colleges and universities across the country. With 23 alumni currently serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers, the University ranks No. 18 and remains a solid source of individuals committed to making a difference at home and abroad. Since the agency was created in 1961, 865 Notre Dame alumni have served as Peace Corps volunteers. Notre Dame is the only Indiana school to make the Peace Corps’ rankings this year.

“Every year, graduates of colleges and universities across the United States are making a difference in communities overseas through Peace Corps service,” says Acting Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet (Peace Corps volunteer, Western Samoa, 1981-83), who visited Notre Dame in 2011.

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Faculty Institute blends scholarship and community engagement

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Community Engagement Faculty Institute

The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns hosted its inaugural Community Engagement Faculty Institute May 30 through June 1 to help faculty deepen their understanding of the theory and practice of academic community engagement.

Sixteen faculty and graduate students from the Hesburgh Libraries, the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning, Mendoza College of Business, the Spanish program in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and the departments of anthropology, English, physics, political science, theology and sociology participated in the Faculty Institute.

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James Schmiedeler receives 2012 Ganey Award for community-based research

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James Schmiedeler

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James Schmiedeler, associate professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, is the recipient of the 2012 Rodney F. Ganey, Ph.D., Faculty Community-based Research Award, which is given annually by the University of Notre Dame Center for Social Concerns.

Schmiedeler has an extensive record of research and scholarship in several fields including robotic-assisted rehabilitation and the dynamics of bipedal walking motion. The award, in the amount of $5,000, honors a Notre Dame faculty member whose research has made a contribution in collaboration with a local community organization.

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Notre Dame named with distinction on 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

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2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

The University of Notre Dame has been named with distinction to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in recognition of the role it plays in solving community problems; achieving meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities it serves; and placing students on a lifelong path of civic engagement.

Notre Dame is one of four Indiana colleges and universities to be selected with distinction. The Corporation for National and Community Service releases the Community Service Honor Roll annually.

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Notre Dame reaches No. 10 on Peace Corps’ college rankings

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For the twelfth year in a row, the University of Notre Dame has placed on the Peace Corps’ list of top universities nationwide producing Peace Corps volunteers, and its rank is steadily rising.

This year, with 35 alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers, Notre Dame moves up to the No. 10 spot among medium-sized universities (with between 5,001 and 15,000 undergraduates), from last year’s No. 18 ranking with 25 volunteers in service. In 2011, Notre Dame moved up to No. 18 from the 2010 No. 23 spot. Since Peace Corps was founded in 1961, 858 Notre Dame alumni have served in Peace Corps.

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Series to bring attention to human trafficking and modern day slavery

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Students from the University of Notre Dame’s ND8 and Inspire student clubs together with students from Saint Mary’s College have collaborated to create a month-long series of lectures, films and other events to bring attention to the complex and pervasive problem of human trafficking and modern day slavery. The group also hopes to mobilize students around federal budget appropriations and to support passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2011, currently in discussion in the House of Representatives and the Senate.

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Notre Dame to celebrate 50th anniversary of Peace Corps this weekend

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Peace Corps

University of Notre Dame alumni volunteers to the Peace Corps will be recognized for their service by Peace Corps Deputy Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet, who will participate in campus events commemorating the organization’s 50th Anniversary on campus this weekend.

Hessler-Radelet will pay special tribute to University President Emeritus Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh for his significant role in Peace Corps history. She will also recognize Notre Dame as one of the top universities nationwide for alumni serving in the Peace Corps year after year.

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka to present annual McBride Lecture

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will deliver the 2011 McBride Lecture at the University of Notre Dame on Sept. 14 (Wednesday) at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Hesburgh Library.

A leader and tireless advocate in the struggle for workers’ rights and economic justice, Trumka will speak on the AFL-CIO’s America Wants to Work campaign to address the jobs crisis and put people back to work.

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Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J., to speak at Notre Dame Sept. 12

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Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J.

Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J., author and world-renowned advocate against the death penalty, will deliver the annual Rev. Bernie Clark, C.S.C., Lecture and participate in a book signing beginning at 7 p.m. on Sept. 12 (Monday) in the Andrews Auditorium of Geddes Hall at the University of Notre Dame.

Sister Prejean will present “Building Justice in the World: Confronting Evil,” speaking about her experiences of confronting evil with justice based in gospel values. Sponsored by the Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns, the event is free and open to the public.

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