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Video: The Rome Seminar

Author: Todd Boruff

Notre Dame’s annual Rome Seminar brings together graduate students and junior faculty members from around the world to learn from top scholars and interact with peers at the University’s Rome Global Gateway. Sponsored by the Italian Studies at Notre Dame program and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the seminar’s interdisciplinary topic changes each year.

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Notre Dame undergraduate, graduate students win national awards for essays on Dante

Author: Megan Valley

 A Notre Dame undergraduate and a master’s degree student have been awarded the Dante Society of America’s two top student essay awards, which the Society has been presenting annually since 1887.  Dale Lobo ’16, a science pre-professional major and theology minor, won the Dante Prize for best undergraduate essay related to the life or works of Dante, the renowned Italian poet. Thomas Graff, who received his master’s in Italian studies at Notre Dame this spring, won the Charles Hall Grandgent Award for best essay on Dante by a graduate student. 

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Arts and Letters alumni offer advice for students entering job market

Author: Josh Weinhold

Every year, the Notre Dame Career Center hosts Arts and Letters Career Conversations, an event offering students the chance to network with and receive career advice from alumni in a wide variety of industries. Sixteen alumni—including leaders in the management consulting, communications, nonprofit, and health care fields—attended the 2016 event and shared their experiences with current students. Here is some advice from three of them.

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Art in Motion: Guayasamin's Ecuador Unframed in Geneva, Switzerland

Author: Maurcia Marschke

This past October 2016 was the opening of the traveling exhibit of Art in Motion: Guayasamin's Ecuador Unframed in Geneva, Switzerland.  Carlos A. Jáuregui, Associate Professor of Latin American Literature and Anthropology and Tatiana Botero, Associate Teaching Professor of Spanish, traveled to participate in the opening exhibit and its accompanying conference and teacher workshop planned and organized by Valeria Wagner, Dolores Phillipps-López and Aline Helg. Sylvie Fournier curated the beautiful, dynamic and modern exhibit. On October 12th

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Video: Learning Italian and expanding horizons in Rome

Author: Todd Boruff

“Rome is just amazing. There’s no other city like it,” said Andrew Guinan, a senior Italian and accounting major at the University of Notre Dame. Guinan spent the 2016 spring semester in Notre Dame International’s Rome study abroad program, and he stayed through the summer to intern with the Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Commission. A student of Italian since his first year at Notre Dame, Guinan found himself supported by Notre Dame's extensive resources in the city, based at the Rome Global Gateway.

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History and Romance languages professor wins prize for research on colonial Latin America

Author: Shaun Zinck

Karen Graubart loves a good puzzle. In a Peruvian archive this summer, the Notre Dame associate professor of history and Romance languages and literatures found a piece of a puzzle that reshaped how many scholars view colonial Latin American rule. Her research discovery supports arguments she recently made in her article in Hispanic American Historical Review, which won the Conference on Latin American History’s 2015 James Alexander Robertson Memorial Prize.

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Romance languages and literatures associate professor to receive Sheedy Award

Author: Carrie Gates

Marisel Moreno, an associate professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, has been selected to receive the 2016 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award, the highest teaching honor in the College of Arts and Letters. Moreno, whose research and teaching focus on Latino literature and culture, helped launch a community-based learning program in her department in 2010. Students in her classes enhance traditional literature study by volunteering at La Casa de Amistad, a local Latino community organization.

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French professor to write a ‘capitalist’ history of literature with support from NEH fellowship

Author: Carrie Gates

French literature has received a lot of attention lately from an unexpected source—economists. Julia Douthwaite, a professor of French in Notre Dame’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, wants to evaluate their interpretations and delve deeper into literary representations of money. Douthwaite has received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities—her second—for her book project on the topic, tentatively titled Financiers We Have Known: A Capitalist History of Literature.

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Argentine Writer Samanta Schweblin Visits Campus

Author: Vanesa Miseres

On the week of October 3-7, we had the visit of Argentine writer Samanta Schweblin. 

On Tuesday, October 4th, the author offered an interview in Spanish and a public reading in English and Spanish for an audience of more than 80 people in each section of the event. It was a great success among students and faculty from different departments. It also attracted the Latin American community at Notre Dame. Several Spanish language and literature courses were involved in these activities and worked in class with Schweblin’s short stories. …

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Notre Dame launches new Ph.D. programs in Italian and Spanish

Author: Josh Weinhold

The University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters has launched two rigorous new doctoral programs in Italian and Spanish designed to train world-class literary scholars in the languages and literatures of Italy, the Iberian Peninsula, and Latin America. As the first new graduate degrees formed since the creation of the College’s innovative 5+1 Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, the curriculum and structure has been designed to incentivize and facilitate timely degree completion.

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Spanish major uses Fulbright grant to develop youth program for at-risk teens in Chile

Author: Brian Wallheimer

After spending part of an undergraduate study abroad trip working with struggling teen mothers in Chile, Lauren Antosz ’16 left with the nagging feeling there was more she could do. She’ll get the chance with a grant from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, helping to develop a program that supports at-risk youth achieve higher outcomes. Antosz, who majored in Spanish, is one of a record 29 Notre Dame Fulbright Scholars for the 2016-17 year.

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Video: Joshua Lund, associate professor of Spanish, on the poetics of paramilitarism

Author: Todd Boruff

“When we think about paramilitarism, we tend to think about a rather contemporary history around counterinsurgency warfare, but that moment is actually linked to a much longer history that goes back to the very formation of modern American states,” said Joshua Lund, associate professor of Spanish at the University of Notre Dame. Lund studies Latin American film, literature, and cultural politics. His published works include two books, The Mestizo State (2012) and The Impure Imagination (2006), a co-edited volume of scholarship on Gilberto Freyre, and essays on a range of cultural topics.

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Ten Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants

Author: Lauren Anderson

"Ten Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs) from countries ranging from France to Egypt have been awarded grants to teach and take courses at the University of Notre Dame for academic year 2016-17.   While in the United States, they will share their language and culture with U.S. communities to inspire Americans to travel and study overseas and to make U.S. citizens better prepared to engage with businesses, governments, and organizations abroad. The FLTAS at Notre Dame for 2016-2017 are:…

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Scholar of Portuguese language, Brazilian culture joins Arts and Letters faculty

Author: Brian Wallheimer

Marcio Bahia is coming to Notre Dame’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures with his eyes focused squarely on Brazil. A scholar of Brazilian culture and language, Bahia will join the College of Arts and Letters faculty this fall with a focus on accelerating the growth of the Portuguese program.

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New Course! ROSP 40892

Author: Lauren Anderson

Are you interested in learning how do borders affect our local South Bend Latino community? Are you looking for a course that allows you to connect what you learn in the classroom to the real world? Do you want to build brides between Notre Dame and the local community? If so, this is the course for you.

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Studying Spanish prepares graduate for career in education

Author: Tessa Bangs

Notre Dame alumna Ray’Von Jones ’16 wants to make a difference in the world of education. And her sociology and Spanish majors are going to help her get there. “Education doesn’t only happen inside schools,” Jones said. “It happens in communities and in neighborhoods. So it’s important for me to have a larger understanding of what’s going on in our country in terms of racial climate, what different communities look like, and how they interact.

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Video: Meet Spanish major Nick Nissen

Author: Todd Boruff

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“The focus of your education should be on trying to open your doors to a more international understanding of the world, and I think the Spanish major does an amazing job in preparing us for that,” said Nick Nissen ’16, a Spanish major in the College of Arts and Letters. Studying Spanish at Notre Dame provides students with the skills needed to fully experience the Spanish-speaking world. Students learn the language while also studying literature and culture to better understand the historical and social contexts of the 400 million native Spanish speakers around the world.

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Intensitalia: An Evening with Mina

Author: Lauren Anderson

 On Monday April 4, 2016, Italian Studies at Notre Dame invited Italian students, scholars and enthusiasts to share a unique experience: an evening of live performances of songs made famous by the iconic Italian singer, Mina. 

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A Transformative Journey: Notre Dame Experiences Life at the Border

Author: Brendan O'Shaughnessy

Faculty from ROLL -Marisel Moreno, Elena Mangione-Lora and Tatiana Botero, participated in the Faculty Border Issues trip in Arizona this past January 2016 sponsored by the CSC.  A Transformative Journey: Notre Dame Experiences Life at the Border by Brendan O'shaughnessy and photography by Barbara Johnson. 

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"Los secretos de Santa Monica"

Author: Lauren Anderson

This past February 20th, Professor Botero and Mangione-Lora’s students went to Chicago to see a bilingual play called “Los secretos de Santa Monica”. This play is based on the fictional multicultural town from the popular radio soap opera (radionovela) ¡Qué Gente. Mi Gente! The residents of this small town experience adventures, romance, and conflicts typical of Latino soap operas. Students enjoyed the live performance full of drama, beautiful original music, and a comical and very entertaining script in English, Spanish and even Spanglish. After the performance the group was able to have a Q&A with the producers, directors, and the cast. Later we walked to ¡Qué Rico!,

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Speak French in Peace Corps

Author: Lauren Anderson

Bonjour ND French professors and friends!

Recruiter for Peace Corps and Notre Dame alum class of 2010, Meghan Costello, is hosting an online event Wednesday at 12pm CST that should be pretty interesting focusing on using French in the Peace Corps. They will be video conferencing with the Country Director of Peace Corps Guinea, along with Guinea's Director of Training and the Placement Officer and Country Desk officer supporting our programs there. 

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Mexican Tamales in From Texts to Table class

Author: Vanesa Miseres

On Monday, February 22, we had the visit of cook, Adriana Mojica Haslam, in the Spanish literature class From Texts to Table: Food, Literature, and Culture in Latin America.

Adriana cooks for the farm "Molten Family Orchards" in Benton Harbor, Michigan and writes on food for the magazine Edible Michiana. She came to the class to offer a demonstration in Spanish on how to prepare tamales (a long tradition in her own Mexican family) and brought tamales for the whole class! …

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Big Career Events Coming Up!

Author: Lauren Anderson

There are some big career events coming up shortly and whatever your plans for summer or post-graduate experiences, we'd like to help!
Take advantage of more than 131 Employers at the Winter Career & Internship Fair! 
Be prepared and confident to manage the Career Fair and your career pursuits throughout the semester!! 

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