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Ernesto Verdeja, associate professor of political science and peace studies, to receive 2018 Sheedy Award

September 13, 2018, Carrie Gates

Ernesto Verdeja, an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, will receive the 2018 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award. The highest teaching honor in the College of Arts and Letters, the Sheedy Award was created in 1970 to honor the Rev. Charles E. Sheedy, C.S.C., who served as dean of Arts and Letters from 1951 to 1969. Verdeja will receive the award at a reception in his honor in May 2019.

Political Science Junior joins St. Joseph County Cyber Crimes unit in new on-campus location

September 13, 2018, Sue Ryan

The unit recently relocated to Hammes Mowbray Hall, home of the Notre Dame Security Police department, to provide the county with expanded working space and greater access to a larger group of student interns. The Notre Dame students chosen this year are studying in a variety disciplines including economics, political science, and film, television and theater, as well as computer science and information technology management. Four of the students also have a minor in the Arts and Letters interdisciplinary Idzik Computing and Digital Technologies Program.

Upcoming Events

Pathways to Inclusive Societies: Opportunities and Challenges for International and Local Peacemaking and Peacebuilding in a Turbulent World

Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:30PM - 2:00PM • C103 Hesburgh Center • Calendars: Main

A lecture featuring Thania Paffenholz, Director of the Inclusive Peace and Transition Initiative.

Lecture by Stanley Rosen, "China's Pursuit of 'Soft Power' in the Era of Xi Jinping and Donald Trump"

Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:30PM - 1:30PM • 1030 Jenkins Nanovic Halls • Calendars: Main

The Chinese government spends well over $10 billion a year on soft power projection, but has not been as successful as the U.S., which spends very little.  Given the steep decline in favorability ratings for the U.S. around the world under the Trump administration, has China been able to close the soft power gap? I will suggest that, given the methodologies for measuring soft power, liberal democracies will always rank at the top of soft power indices. Moreover, in China’s hierarchy of values, influencing the behavior of other countries – and punishing them for “anti-China policies” – is more important than soft power, which has been sacrificed when it conflicts with more important values. In addition, Chinese soft power is focused more on the domestic audience since political and social stability at home are China’s paramount values.  This in turn requires state control of civil society. American soft power has been most successful when it is separated from government – e.g., Hollywood films – while the pursuit of Chinese soft power has been inseparable from government initiatives.

“This is America: Dana Chandler, Art, and the Popular/Political Divide" Lecture by Carmenita Higginbotham, University of Virginia

Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:30PM - 6:30PM • Annenberg Auditorium • Calendars: Main

This lecture explores the art of Dana Chandler from the 1960s and ’70s. Through an examination of his activist imagery, her talk considers how Chandler negotiated intersections of popular culture and political action, and the ways in which such issues resonate in African American art today.

Carmenita Higginbotham is an associate professor of American art and culture at the University of Virginia. Read more about her scholarship here

Soul and Barbed Wire: Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of Solzhenitsyn’s "The Gulag Archipelago"

Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:30PM - 5:00PM • 1050 Jenkins Nanovic Halls • Calendars: Main

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"Soul and Barbed Wire: Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of Solzhenitsyn’s 'The Gulag Archipelago'", will take place at 4:00 p.m., Friday, September 21 at 1050 Jenkins and Nanovic Halls. 

The lecture will be delivered by Daniel J. Mahoney, Augustine Chair in Distinguished Scholarship at Assumption College. The lecture is free and open to the public.