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Saturday Scholars Series: Dante and the Birth of Modern Literature

Author: Julie Logue

Zyg Baranski, Notre Dame Professor of Dante and Italian Studies and Emeritus Serena Professor of Italian, University of Cambridge.  Dr. Baranski speaks to a crowd during a Saturday Scholars Series event held on September 28, 2013 before the Oklahoma vs. ND. football game.  "Dante and the Birth of Modern Literature"

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Matthew and Joyce Walsh make $27 million gift to Notre Dame

Author: Dennis Brown

Blue and gold academic seal

University of Notre Dame alumnus Matthew Walsh and his wife, Joyce, have made a $27 million gift to his alma mater. In recognition of the gift, the University will name in their honor a new building for the School of Architecture.

“Matt and Joyce have been tremendous leaders and generous supporters of architecture at Notre Dame, including a gift for the renovation of our new facility in Rome and chairing our advisory council,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the University’s president. “This gift is simply transformative in nature. It will allow the University to take what already is a remarkable architecture school and make it among the very best in the world. We are grateful beyond words.”

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Julia Douthwaite to Receive 2013 Sheedy Award

Author: Carrie Gates

Julia Douthwaite, professor of French and Francophone studies in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, has been selected to receive the 2013 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award. The highest teaching honor in the Arts and Letters, the Sheedy award was founded in 1970 in honor of Rev. Charles E. Sheedy, C.S.C., who served as dean of the College from 1951–69. The award ceremony will take place on December 12, 2013, at 3:30 p.m. in the Notre Dame Conference Center in McKenna Hall and is open to all faculty and students.

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Nanovics Make Leadership Gift for Social Sciences Building at Notre Dame

Author: Dennis Brown

Robert S. and Elizabeth Nanovic of North Yarmouth, Maine, have made a leadership gift to the University of Notre Dame for the construction of a new social sciences building in the College of Arts and Letters. Nanovic Hall will be built on Notre Dame Avenue, south of the Hesburgh Center for International Studies, and will house the Departments of Economics, Political Science, and Sociology. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2015 and be completed by August 2017, prior to the start of the academic year.

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Fall 2013 Letter from the Chair

Author: Thomas Anderson

This year’s annual welcome meeting and reception of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures—my first in my new capacity as chairperson—took place on August 28, the day on which the nation and world celebrated the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s delivery of his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

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Hesburgh Library to celebrate 50th anniversary

Author: Michael O. Garvey

"Word of Life" mural (aka "Touchdown Jesus")

The University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Library will mark its 50th anniversary with a slate of events during the 2013-14 academic year in celebration of the library’s enduring mission of connecting people to knowledge and the vital contributions the Hesburgh Libraries have made to the advancement of Notre Dame, its faculty, students and alumni.

A ceremony inaugurating the 50th anniversary celebration will be held Friday (Sept. 20) from 4 to 6 p.m. in the library’s Richard and Margaret Carey Courtyard.

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Video: Spanish Community-Based Learning at Notre Dame

Author: Center for Social Concerns

Since the fall of 2010, Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, through a joint faculty appointment, are extending student learning into the Latino community on South Bend’s west side. “Community-based learning brings the curriculum to life,” says Notre Dame senior Michael Thomas, a Spanish and finance major. “It’s an opportunity to put a face to the knowledge and the content that you gain in the classroom.”

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Instable Puente: La construcción del letrado criollo en la obra de Juan de Espinosa Medrano

Author: Julie Logue

Instable Puente by Juan Vitulli

Instable Puente: La construcción del letrado criollo en la obra de Juan de Espinosa Medrano is the first complete study of the life and works of this 17th century Peruvian priest who is considered today as the most significant letrado criollo (creole man of letters). In particular, the book focuses on how Juan de Espinosa Medrano composes an ensemble of texts (a treatise on poetry, theater, and several sermons) that demonstrates his ability to master the European literary code, while simultaneously undermining the supposed natural preeminence of Spanish intellectuals over the colonized. The book integrates Peninsular Spanish and Latin American cultures through the common field of the Baroque, without losing track of the explicit differences of each. Instable Puente undertakes a comprehensive analysis of the complete works of Espinosa Medrano in the context of the cultures, religious beliefs, economic structures, and political institutions of its day.…

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