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Student Spotlight: Lorenzo Dell’Oso

Author: Notre Dame News

Lorenzo Dell'Oso

At the Nanovic Institute, we know that networking is vital for graduate students who will one day be applying for jobs or for further graduate studies, and we’re proud of the fact that we help ambitious graduate students make vital connections. Lorenzo Dell’Oso is a good example of this. We awarded Lorenzo, who is working on a Master of Arts in Italian Studies, a Graduate Professional Development Grant to present his research at a conference in Lucca, Italy. Here is what he has to say about his experience.

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International Experiences Inspire Student's Passion for Languages

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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.

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Alumnus Finds Inspiration in Spanish Major

Author: Carrie Gates

Thomas Mann

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.

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Working with Latino Communities Leads to Fulfilling Career

Author: Mary Kate Martin

Liz Young ’11

“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.

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Department of Romance Languages and Literatures Offers Computer-Enhanced and Online Italian Courses

Author: Carrie Gates

Alessia Blad

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.

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Creole, Quechua, Catalan Courses Provide Foundation for Research, Service

Author: Aaron Smith

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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.

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Haitian Studies Association 26th Annual Conference Migration, Crossing Boundaries, Paths Forward

Author: Sara Nunley

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

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Kellogg Institute Photo Contest

Author: Sara Nunley

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.”

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Sarah Ann Wells Explores the Dialogue Between South American Literature and Media

Author: Carrie Gates

Sarah Ann Wells

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.

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Scholars at Rome Global Gateway to Debate Role of Catholic Universities During Times of Political Unrest

Author: Amanda Skofstad

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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.

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Theodore J. Cachey Jr. Named Director of Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway

Author: Notre Dame News

Theodore Cachey

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.

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Rev. Ray Hammond to replace Patten as Notre Dame’s commencement speaker

Author: Dennis Brown

Ray Hammond

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.

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Video: Arts and Letters Major Interns at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Author: Todd Boruff

“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.

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San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro to address Latino civic engagement

Author: Arnel Bulaoro

Julián Castro

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.

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Notre Dame to bless new Global Gateway in Rome

Author: Brendan O’Shaughnessy

Rome Global Gateway

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.

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Video: Meet International Economics Major Natalie Boll

Author: Todd Boruff

“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.

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Notre Dame tuition increase same as previous year’s

Author: Brendan O’Shaughnessy

Blue and gold academic seal

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.

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Biggest Notre Dame project ever a 'crossroads' of academics, student life and athletics

Author: Dennis Brown

Campus Crossroads Project

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.

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Panel discussion to feature three leading scholars on Latino voting patterns

Author: Arnel Bulaoro

Clockwise from top left: Michael Jones-Correa, Valerie Martinez-Ebers, Christina Wolbrecht and Ricardo Ramirez

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.

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Notre Dame to confer two honorary degrees at Rome meeting

Author: Brendan O’Shaugnessy and Michael O. Garvey

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, left, and Maria Voce

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.

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