News » Archives: November 2010

Shattering Ceilings and Crossing Divides

November 15, 2010, Michael O. Garvey

The tensions inherent in being at once Catholic and American have been palpable and familiar features in the life of the University of Notre Dame from sporadic outbreaks of fisticuffs on campus in the years preceding the Civil War to the controversy which swirled about the 2009 Commencement ceremony at which President Obama received an honorary degree.

Political Scientist Benjamin Radcliff Studies Unions and Happiness

November 11, 2010,

It’s no coincidence that American workers have never been more dissatisfied with their jobs, and labor unions’ membership keeps dropping, according to a new study co-authored by University of Notre Dame political scientist Benjamin Radcliff. Based on a study of unions in 14 nations, Radcliffe found that people who live in countries in which labor union membership was robust were happier—regardless of whether or not they belonged to a labor union themselves.

Ph.D. Students Named Mullen Family Fellows

November 10, 2010, Joan Fallon

Two University of Notre Dame Ph.D. students studying peace studies and political science have been named Mullen Family Fellows.

Germany Honors Political Scientist Donald Kommers

November 10, 2010, Michael O. Garvey

Donald P. Kommers, Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Political Science emeritus and professor of law emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, received the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany Monday (November 8) at a ceremony in the office of the German Consulate in Chicago.

Rooney Center Hosts Panel on First Catholic President

November 01, 2010, Marie Blakey

In November 1960, John F. Kennedy defeated Richard M. Nixon in what is considered one of the closest elections of the 20th century. The election is also noted in the history books because it ushered into the White House the first Roman Catholic to hold the nation’s highest office. To look at what this meant—and still means today—to American politics, the University of Notre Dame’s Francis and Kathleen Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy has invited a group of leading political scholars and authors to join in a panel discussion titled Shattering the Stained Glass Ceiling: 50 Years After the Election of America’s First Catholic President.