From the beginning, there’s an end in sight. For students in Notre Dame’s new Ph.D. in Italian and Ph.D. in Spanish programs — each of which launched in 2016 — the focus is on ensuring students complete their dissertations and earn their degrees within five years. The programs are attracting high-caliber students from around the world, helping to strengthen a flourishing community of scholars that includes students in successful master’s of arts programs already operating in each area.
In Notre Dame International's study abroad program in Puebla, Mexico, students can enroll in a unique pre-medicine track, taking classes on health-related topics at the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla. Participants in this track also shadow doctors twice per week in two Mexican public hospitals, learning about different specialties and gaining valuable clinical experience. They return with valuable language and cultural experience and a new perspective on health care, which they can apply to their future health professions at home or abroad.
In summer 2016, Notre Dame senior Andrew Grose studied abroad in Spain — taking a headfirst dive into a language and culture he loved and had studied for years. The experience confirmed for him that whatever path he takes after graduation, Spanish will be a part of it. Grose, a Spanish and preprofessional studies major, is planning a career in medicine and knows his language skills will be a valuable asset — a fact that was underscored in a course on Latin America he took last fall.
Building scholarly bridges between North/South and South/South was the goal of a recent conference organized by María Rosa Olivera-Williams, professor of Latin American Literature in Notre Dame’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and Javier Uriarte, an assistant professor in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature at Stony Brook University.
JoAnn DellaNeva, a professor of French in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, has been appointed academic director of the University of Notre Dame’s London Global Gateway, where her duties will include overseeing the London undergraduate program and efforts to enhance the University’s research profile in London and beyond.
Through Notre Dame International, the University also maintains Global Gateways in Beijing, Dublin, Jerusalem, and Rome, where another faculty member from the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures has played a vital role.
Theodore J. Cachey Jr., Ravarino Family Professor of Italian and director of the William and Katherine Devers Program in Dante Studies, recently completed a three-year term as the inaugural academic director of the University’s Rome Global Gateway, where he fostered collaborations with institutes of higher education and implemented the Rome Seminar and Rome International Scholars Program.
The French phrase extrême contemporain is the perfect description for what Sonja Stojanovic is most passionate about — the study of French literature written in the past decade or so. She waits with great anticipation for her favorite authors to release new books and enjoys talking with those writers because she is “right there as it is happening.” “Sometimes you are the first one to write on an author, which is very exciting,” she said. Stojanovic joins Notre Dame’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures this fall as an assistant professor of French.
DellaNeva, a professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, will hold full academic oversight of the Gateway during her two-year term, including the London undergraduate program and efforts to enhance the University’s research profile in London and beyond. A faculty member since 1982, DellaNeva also served as chair of her department from 1989-96 and as associate dean for undergraduate studies in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters from 2010-17.
Libby Hasse ’08 always knew she wanted to join the Peace Corps. She just didn’t realize what an impact it would have on her career. The experience still resonates today in her work as an attorney at the Tahirih Justice Center — a national nonprofit that provides pro bono legal services to immigrant women.
At the 172nd Commencement Ceremony, May 21, 2017, a number of outstanding faculty from the College of Arts and Letters were recognized for their contributions to the academy and their achievements in stimulating the learning environment and mentoring students in various disciplines.
A record 30 College of Arts and Letters students and alumni have been awarded grants by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program to study abroad in 2017-18. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, offering students grants to conduct research, study and teach abroad.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the National Science Foundation, the Rhodes Trust, and other organizations have awarded scholarships and fellowships to 23 members of the College of Arts and Letters’ Class of 2017.
Seniors Alexis Doyle and Leah Landry have won the Kroc Institute's Yarrow Award in Peace Studies. Doyle is a biological sciences major with a supplementary major in peace studies and a Glynn Family Honors Scholar. Landry is a political science major with supplementary majors in Spanish and peace studies and a minor in business economics. The Yarrow Award is given annually to peace studies undergraduates who demonstrate academic excellence and a commitment to service in peace and justice.
April 2nd, 2017 - Professor Botero's class Immigration and the Construction of Memory did a field trip on the West side of South Bend. We started the day visiting the beautiful home and art collection of Prof. Gilberto Cardenas and his wife Dolores Garcia and were delighted with a presentation from renown artist Scherezade Garcia and photographer William Vazquez. Then we continued to La Casa de Amistad where we were greeted by Humberto Delgado. Students had the opportunity to learn about the many projects that La Casa offers the community. We were able to use their facilities to do a hands-on workshop on creating I am Poems in Spanish. We finished the day with lunch from La Taqueria Chicago. …
On March 26, three Latino Studies Faculty, Tatiana Botero, Anne Garcia-Romero and Karen Richman took 45 of their students to Chicago to experience Latin American Street cuisine at the new theme restaurant, Latinicity, and to see a play by an award-winning Latina playwright at the Goodman Theatre. In Destiny of Desire, playwright Karen Zacarías and director José Luis Valenzuela comedically explore immigration, race, gender and class politics through the lens of the Latin American telenovela, one of the world’s most popular and seductive storytelling genres. Following the performance, the classes took part in a post-play discussion and Q & A with Roche Schulfer, Executive Director and Notre Dame ‘73 and Tanya Palmer, Director of New Play Development and five of the cast members.…
“Do what you feel naturally inclined to do, where your skills and abilities are taking you, what you're best at. It really has helped me to narrow down and find the right career,” said Elizabeth Simari ’08. An English and Italian major in the College of Arts and Letters, Simari studied abroad in Rome during her junior year. Her interest in the language, history, and culture of Italy developed into a passion, leading her to move to Sicily after graduation. After teaching English for a year and then earning a master's degree in literature, she wrote for L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s English-language newspaper, and now teaches at the University of Loyola Chicago's campus in Rome.
The power of economics, said Greg Duffy ’15, is that the intangible becomes tangible. Duffy, who majored in economics and sang in an a capella group at Notre Dame, now uses that power to help connect artists with new audiences as a research analyst at the music-streaming service Pandora.
Program Dates: June 15 - July 27, 2017
The Notre Dame Summer Spain program is located in Toledo at the Fundación Ortega- Marañón (FOM), which was founded by a private academic research institute from Madrid. FOM houses the International Program of Spanish Language, Latin American and European Studies and was inspired by the liberal spirit and intellectual legacy of two great Spanish humanists, Jose Ortega y Gasset and Gregorio Marañón. It promotes cross-cultural student and faculty exchanges.