Annie Rhodes ’14 had her first study abroad experience at age eight—in a village elementary school in Ancient Corinth when her family moved to Greece. While she remembers being apprehensive in a classroom where she could not speak or understand the language, she said she quickly made friends, learned passing Greek, and discovered a passion for travel and language.
As a Notre Dame undergraduate, Thomas Mann ’14 was not always sure what career path he wanted to follow. That’s why his liberal arts education was so valuable, he said, because it gave him the freedom to explore different disciplines and find his niche. Mann, who was a scholar in the Glynn Family Honors Program, majored in Spanish, Arts and Letters Pre-Health, and sociology. It was in his Spanish coursework, he said, that he found his passion.
During the summer of 2014, Notre Dame Spanish and pre-health major Nick Nissen traveled to Spain with finance and philosophy major Paul Grima to study the varied rates of cesarean sections across autonomous communities there.
The University of Notre Dame’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures offers majors in French, Italian, and Spanish, and a minor in Portuguese, but students also have access to the less widely studied languages of Creole, Quechua, and Catalan. The ability to communicate in these languages is crucial to understanding the cultures, histories, and modern-day complexities of the societies in which they are spoken, said Thomas Anderson, department chair and professor of Spanish.
Notre Dame undergraduate students interested in studying Italian now have more flexibility than ever before. The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures successfully launched a series of computer-enhanced Italian courses over the last year, combining a traditional classroom environment with online instruction. The department also offered an online-only beginning Italian class during the summer of 2014.
“Everyone has a story, and some people aren’t given the opportunity to share theirs—whether it’s because they don’t have the language ability or because social circumstances don’t give them a chance,” said Liz Young ’11. Young came to Notre Dame knowing she wanted to major in Spanish, but also wanting to explore and better understand human behavior. Through community-based learning coursework, she found her calling in a career in service.
Haitian Studies Association 26th Annual Conference
Migration, Crossing Boundaries, Paths Forward
November 6-8, 2014
Professor Marisel Moreno, Professor Alison Rice, and Professor Elena Mangione-Lora will present on several topics listed here:
November 7, 2014, 10:55am - 12:10pm
Session 1-A: Transnational Haitian Identities: The Exotic and the Erotic in the Work of Dany Laferrière…
The Kellogg Institute for International Studies held a University-wide photo contest to discover compelling photographs of contemporary Haiti. Open to University of Notre Dame students, alumni, faculty, and staff, the contest focused on the HSA conference theme: “Migration, Crossing Boundaries, Paths Forward.”…
Sarah Ann Wells, assistant professor of Portuguese and Spanish in Notre Dame’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, has long been fascinated by film and media studies and by the modernist period. Her upcoming book, Media Laboratories: Late Modernism in South America, combines these two interests.
Visionary music educator José Antonio Abreu was awarded the final Notre Dame Prize for Distinguished Public Service in Latin America at a private campus ceremony on Sept. 22 in recognition of his extraordinary work fighting poverty and violence and developing whole, successful young people through classical music.
For Ukrainian scholars attending this week’s conference at Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway, the topics to be discussed became lived realities over the past year—realities that led to civil disobedience, public protests, and the loss of a colleague who was killed by a sniper while protesting in February 2014. Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., issued a statement of support for these protesters in December 2013.
Theodore J. Cachey Jr., the Albert J. and Helen M. Ravarino Family Director of Dante and Italian Studies at the University of Notre Dame, has been named the inaugural director of the University’s Global Gateway in Rome. The appointment, effective July 1, was announced by J. Nicholas Entrikin, vice president and associate provost for internationalization.
Rev. Dr. Ray Hammond, founder of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston, will deliver the principal address at the University of Notre Dame’s 169th University Commencement Ceremony on May 18 (Sunday), replacing the previously announced speaker, Christopher Patten, chancellor of Oxford and chair of the BBC Trust.
Patten informed the University this week that he is withdrawing from several engagements for health reasons.
“I’ve really learned a lot this summer: finding ways to make Shakespeare … really relevant, and understanding the work that goes into putting a production on stage,” says senior Samuel Evola, an English and Spanish major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters.
San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro will visit the University of Notre Dame campus at 7 p.m. April 7 (Monday) in DeBartolo Hall, Room 101, for an event titled “American Politics in the 21st Century: Latino Civic Engagement.” Joining the mayor on stage will be his former Stanford faculty mentor Luis Fraga. The two will discuss the mayor’s journey into the world of politics.
This is the third collaborative event of the American Politics series between Multicultural Student Programs and Services’ Building Bridges Lecture Series, the Institute for Latino Studies Transformative Latino Leadership Lecture Series and the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy.
The University of Notre Dame’s new facility in Rome aims higher than an expansion of traditional study abroad. The new Global Gateway, in a renovated building a block from the Colosseum, will extend the University’s reach into the heart of Catholicism and create space for worldwide cultural and intellectual exchange.
“I knew I wanted to do something with French, and I liked solving problems and taking different strategies to solve them, and so I chose the international economics major,” says senior Natalie Boll from Grosse Pointe, Mich. Notre Dame’s international economics major combines coursework in the Department of Economics with advanced instruction in one of eight languages. This cross-disciplinary approach allows students to develop both the analytical and cultural skills needed by today’s business leaders and global citizens.
Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, appeared on a segment of “Charlie Rose” on PBS on Wednesday (March 12). Father Jenkins discussed Pope Francis’ first year in office with Rose; Rev. James Martin, editor-at-large at America magazine; and Miguel Diaz, professor of faith and culture at the University of Dayton.
In a letter to parents and guardians of students returning for the next academic year, Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., thanked them for their investment in Notre Dame and the sacrifices they make to pay for “an educational experience that is second to none.” Father Jenkins said the University is honored that parents and guardians have sent their sons and daughters to Notre Dame to learn, discover and grow in their academic, social, emotional and spiritual lives.
The University of Notre Dame is seeking comments from the public in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency.
Notre Dame will host an evaluation visit from a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association from March 31 through April 2.
The University of Notre Dame will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of its founder, Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., on Feb. 6 (Thursday) with a Mass at 5:15 p.m. in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.
The University of Notre Dame announced Wednesday (Jan. 29) the largest building project in its 172-year history, integrating the academy, student life and athletics with the construction of more than 750,000 square feet in three new buildings attached to the west, east and south sides of the University’s iconic football stadium, at a projected cost of $400 million.
Three of the nation’s leading scholars on Latino voting patterns will participate in a panel discussion titled “American Politics in the 21st Century: The Latino Vote and the 2014 Elections” at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 5) at the University of Notre Dame’s McKenna Hall Auditorium. The event is sponsored by Multicultural Student Programs and Services’ Building Bridges Lecture Series, the Institute for Latino Studies and the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy. The event is free and open to the public.
At its winter Board meetings in Rome later this month, the University of Notre Dame will confer honorary degrees on leaders of ecumenical dialogue and engagement of the laity.
Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and Maria Voce, president of the Focolare Movement and the only woman to lead a major lay movement within the Catholic Church, will receive honorary doctor of laws degrees during an academic convocation Jan. 27 (Monday) at Notre Dame’s new center in Rome’s San Giovanni neighborhood.
“I started questioning the idea of ‘What do art and literature give to philosophy?’ at the same time as ‘What does philosophy give to the arts?’” says James Martell de la Torre, a sixth-year student in Notre Dame’s Ph.D. in Literature program. He chose to explore those ideas within the Ph.D. in Literature program because of its broad scope. “I was really thrilled by the interdisciplinary approach,” Martell de la Torre says, “and also by all the opportunities with different institutes to travel and to learn languages and to just keep enriching my whole experience.”