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Notre Dame Students Win Scholarships to Study Abroad

December 18, 2013, Ben Horvath

University of Notre Dame juniors Breanna Thomas and Brianna Leon have been named winners of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, a nationally competitive award that will provide funding for them to study abroad during the spring 2014 semester.

Mentoring Program Links Notre Dame Political Interns with Alumni

December 11, 2013, Ben Horvath

Breaking into the political world of Washington, D.C. brings its own set of challenges. “How do you talk to someone who is not of the same political slant you are?” asks Anita Rees, a career exploration specialist in Notre Dame’s Career Center. “What do students need to know to find a job in D.C.? How is the protocol there different from other cities?” Thanks to the Notre Dame D.C. Mentoring Program, students can find answers to these questions and get valuable career advice from successful Notre Dame graduates who were once in their shoes.

From the Golden Dome to the White House

December 11, 2013,

It’s no secret that Notre Dame alumni go extraordinary places with their degrees. A select few have even made it to the highest echelons of the United States government—working within the White House to support the president himself. Graduates of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters work in the Situation Room, with the Department of Justice, on national security, and as the deputy chief of staff to President Barack Obama.

Timothy Roemer, Former Ambassador to India, to Give Liu Institute Lecture

November 08, 2013, Michael O. Garvey

Timothy J. Roemer, former U.S. ambassador to India, will give a lecture titled “Twitter, Buffett, and Darwin: India and the United States Relationship,” at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13 in the Jordan Auditorium of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. The event is free and open to the public. The lecture, which is co-sponsored by the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, is part of the Liu Institute’s Distinguished Speaker Series and Notre Dame International’s International Education Week.

International Collaboration to Receive $5.8 Million for Democracy Research

November 04, 2013, Elizabeth Rankin

An ambitious international research effort to illuminate why democracies around the world succeed or fail has been awarded approximately $5.8 million over six years by the Swedish foundation Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. The Varieties of Democracy project, based in the U.S. at the University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies and in Europe at the University of Gothenburg’s Varieties of Democracy Institute, promises to make entirely new kinds of democracy research and policy assessment possible by quantifying democracy in all countries from 1900 to the present.

Arts and Letters Professor Vittorio Hösle Appointed to Pontifical Academy

October 31, 2013, Carrie Gates

Vittorio Hösle, Paul Kimball Professor of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed by Pope Francis to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. “We were very gratified to learn of Professor Hösle’s appointment to this truly distinguished body,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president.

Rev. Tim Scully, Founder of Notre Dame’s ACE Program, to Receive Manhattan Institute’s William E. Simon Prize

October 29, 2013, Michael O. Garvey

Rev. Timothy R. Scully, C.S.C., Hackett Family Director of the Institute for Educational Initiatives and professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, will be awarded the $100,000 William E. Simon Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Social Entrepreneurship by the Manhattan Institute for founding and leading the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE).

Two Arts and Letters Professors Win Fulbright Awards

October 15, 2013, Ben Horvath

Two professors in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters—medievalist Tim Machan and political scientist Benjamin Radcliff—recently received grants from the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, which will allow them to travel to Europe to study their respective topics of interest.

Video: Fighting For Equal Education

October 07, 2013, Arts and Letters

It’s no secret that students in the United States lag behind their global peers in math. Nicole McNeil, ACE Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame, believes the problem starts with basic arithmetic, where students develop a misunderstanding of the equal sign.

Video: Meet Political Science Major Monica Torres

October 01, 2013, Todd Boruff

“The thing that I like the most about political science is to be able to analyze things that are going on in our world right now and that are really relevant to our lives and what’s going to happen in future generations,” says Monica Torres ’14, a political science and Arabic major from Winter Springs, Fla.

Nanovics Make Leadership Gift for Social Sciences Building at Notre Dame

September 23, 2013, 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.

Notre Dame Philosopher Vittorio Hösle Appointed to Vatican Academy by Pope Francis

September 17, 2013, Michael O. Garvey

Vittorio G. Hösle, Paul Kimball Professor of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences by Pope Francis. “We were very gratified to learn of Professor Hösle’s appointment to this truly distinguished body,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “On behalf of the University, I congratulate Professor Hösle for this well-deserved and important recognition, and thank him for helping Notre Dame fulfill its mission of serving the Church through scholarship.”

Video: Patrick Deneen on the Constitution and the American Way of Life

September 16, 2013, Arts and Letters

“When we think about a constitution, we ought to think more comprehensively,” says Patrick Deneen, the David A. Potenziani Memorial Associate Professor of Constitutional Studies in Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science.

Notre Dame community of faith responds to call for peace in Syria

September 09, 2013, John Guimond

Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in Syria, the Middle East and the World

The University of Notre Dame community of faith will join Pope Francis and people of faith around the world for a Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in Syria, the Middle East and the World on Saturday (Sept. 7). Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns, Campus Ministry, Student Government Association, Peace Fellowship, Militia of the Immaculata and other student organizations have planned a series of events and liturgies to mark the day of fasting and prayer, and they welcome participation in person or in spirit.

Political Science Alumnus Turns Peace Corps Service into Career

September 03, 2013, Renée LaReau

Notre Dame political science and peace studies alumnus Brian Klein ’08 not only served in the Peace Corps as a volunteer, he has made a career with the venerable service organization. In July 2013, Klein was appointed to a job as special assistant to Peace Corps Chief of Staff Stacy Rhodes.

Video: Political Scientist Patrick Regan on Modeling Peace

August 20, 2013, Arts and Letters

“We need to reinvent the way we think about studying war and peace,” says Patrick Regan, a professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

Graduating Senior Spotlight- Caitlin Glimco

May 09, 2013, Alicia LeRoy

Here is our very final Graduating Senior Spotlight for the school year! This one is from Caitlin Glimco.

Graduating Senior Spotlight- Christine D'Alessandro

May 08, 2013, Alicia LeRoy

This Graduating Senior Spotlight comes from Christine D'Alessandro, who gives some really fun advice about how to choose a major!

Editors Bring Arts and Letters Edge to Student Newspaper

May 08, 2013, Chris Milazzo

If you’re an early riser—4 a.m. or so—chances are good that you could find the dedicated staff of The Observer, Notre Dame’s student newspaper, still hard at work on the day’s paper. When those long nights turn into early mornings, Meghan Thomassen, an honors English major in the College of Arts and Letters and the newspaper’s managing editor, calls upon her experiences studying Japanese, cognitive psychology, and Mozart to get her through—and not just coffee, as you might expect.

Undergraduate Spotlight- Daniel Woods

May 06, 2013, Alicia LeRoy

We are finishing up this year's Undergraduate Student Spotlights with Daniel Woods, who spent last semester studying in DC and interned at the Pentagon in the Office of the Secretary Defense for Legislative Affairs.

Graduating Senior Spotlight- Brendan Melchiorri

May 03, 2013, Alicia LeRoy

This Graduating Senior Spotlight this week comes from Brendan Melchiorri!

Faculty awards honor exemplary work in undergraduate teaching and advising

May 02, 2013, Michael O. Garvey

Academic Mark

Eighteen University of Notre Dame faculty members have received Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and three faculty have been honored with Dockweiler Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising.

The awards are presented by the Office of the Provost, but recipients are selected through a process that includes peer and student nominations.

The undergraduate teaching award is supported by a gift from the late Father Joyce’s classmates in the Class of 1937. This is the seventh year that advisers and student mentors are being honored through an award supported by the Julia Stearns Dockweiler Charitable Foundation.

Undergraduate Spotlight- Katherine Gordon

April 29, 2013, Alicia LeRoy

Katherine Gordon has been involved in Beyond Politics, Pi Sigma Alpha, and has worked as a research assistant for Professor Richard Maass (she helped him present his paper at this year's MPSA conference). Katherine has also worked as an intern with a Member of British Parliament in London!

Graduating Senior Spotlight- Joseph Massad

April 25, 2013, Alicia LeRoy

Joseph Massad is heading to the Peace Corps!

Fighting for Democracy and Policy Change in Latin America

April 24, 2013, Mary Hendriksen

Just as the Zapatista uprising in Chiapas on January 1, 1994, was a turning point in Mexico’s history, it was a turning point for Guillermo Trejo, associate professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science and a faculty fellow in the Kellogg Institute for International Studies.

Undergraduate Spotlight- Erik Wang

April 22, 2013, Alicia LeRoy

This Undergraduate Student Spotlight comes from Erik Wang, who will be graduating after the Fall 2013 semester. He is the winner of this year's Guillermo O’Donnell Prize and was recently a presenter at MPSA.

Giving Voice to the Voiceless in Rural Mali

April 19, 2013, Mary Hendriksen

From the beginning of their joint research on political participation in rural Mali, Notre Dame political scientist Jaimie Bleck and Kellogg Institute for International Studies Visiting Fellow Kristin Michelitch were interested in the voices of voiceless citizens. Mali had experienced two decades of democratic rule but mass illiteracy, gender inequality, and elite control of political knowledge meant that many rural citizens, especially women, had little real role in the political process.

Graduating Senior Spotlight- Katie Rose

April 17, 2013, Alicia LeRoy

Here's another Graduating Senior Spotlight: Katie Rose!

Undergraduate Spotlight- James Brokaw

April 15, 2013, Alicia LeRoy

 Freshman James Brokaw just declared himself as a Political Science major!

Graduating Senior Spotlight- Kelsey Blais

April 10, 2013, Alicia LeRoy

Kelsey's is a unique perspective to consider! She's not pursuing what you might consider a typical Political Science career. The job field is wide open when you graduate with a PoliSci degree- you aren't limited in any way!