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ND historian Father Robert Sullivan reassesses a Victorian icon

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. Robert E. Sullivan

“Macaulay: The Tragedy of Power,” by Rev. Robert E. Sullivan, associate professor of history and associate vice president for academic mission support at the University of Notre Dame, recently was published by Harvard University Press. Since his death 150 years ago, English historian, politician, public intellectual and Victorian icon Thomas Babington Macaulay has been remembered as the author of the influential “History of England,” as an imperial administrator who made English the common language of India and gave that country a system of criminal law which survives to this day, and as a pioneering and effective apologist for English nationalism. The sales of his popular books on both sides of the Atlantic often rivaled those of Charles Dickens. But it was principally Macaulay’s erudition that drew Father Sullivan’s interest. Read More

Historian Jan Gross to speak on Holocaust in Poland

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Jan Tomasz Gross

Jan Tomasz Gross, Norman B. Tomlinson ’16 and ’48 Professor of War and Society and professor of history at Princeton University, will give a lecture titled “On Holocaust’s Periphery: Poles and Their Jewish Neighbors” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 27) in the University of Notre Dame’s McKenna Hall auditorium.

Gross, a native of Warsaw, was born shortly after World War II. His mother had fought in the Polish resistance, risking her life to ensure the survival of his father, a Polish Jew and a member of the underground Polish Socialist Party. Read More

Notre Dame historian moonlights as consultant for video game

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Margaret Meserve

It isn’t exactly the type of scholarly work Margaret Meserve had in mind when she chose to pursue an academic career in the field of modern European history.

But it was her expertise in the Italian Renaissance and the urban histories of Florence and Rome that landed her in the somewhat unlikely position of advising a group of video game developers in the creation of Assassin’s Creed 2, an adventure game set in Renaissance Italy, where assassins, nobles and merchants battle it out for land and fortunes, all the while navigating a world of conspiracies, secrets and hidden code books. Read More

ND Expert: A Catholic historian’s predictions on the Vatican investigation of American religious women

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Kathleen Cummings

The Vatican’s investigation, or “apostolic visitation,” of American communities of religious women is more than just a friendly visit, according to Kathleen Sprows Cummings, assistant professor of American studies and associate director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame.

Noting that the investigation was ordered by Cardinal Franc Rodé, who directs the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Cummings, author of “New Women of the Old Faith: Gender and American Catholicism in the Progressive Era,” said that Cardinal Rodé observed last year that “all is not well with religious life in America” and more recently criticized nuns who “have opted for ways that take them outside communion with Christ in the Catholic Church.” Read More

History Professor Elected Fellow of Medieval Academy of America

Author: Arts and Letters

Olivia Remie Constable, professor of history and acting director of the Medieval Institute, has been elected a fellow of the Medieval Academy of America (MAA), which is the largest professional organization in the world devoted to medieval studies. Read More