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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