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Historian Asher Kaufman To Lead Peace Studies Ph.D. Program

Author: Kate Cohorst

Asher Kaufman, associate professor of history and peace studies, has been appointed director of doctoral studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies, effective January 1, 2011. The Kroc Institute offers a Ph.D. in peace studies in partnership with Notre Dame’s departments of history, political science, psychology, sociology, and theology. Read More

Department of History Hires Three Scholars

Author: Kate Cohorst

Catherine Cangany, Deborah Tor, and Gil-li Vardi joined the Department of History this year. Although the three women share a passion for teaching and research, their areas of expertise vary widely, from military history to the colonial Midwest to medieval Islamic history. Read More

Department of History Hires Three Scholars

Author: Gene Stowe

Catherine Cangany, Deborah Tor, and Gil-li Vardi joined the Department of History this year. Although the three women share a passion for teaching and research, their areas of expertise vary widely, from military history to the colonial Midwest to medieval Islamic history. Read More

History Faculty Earn Two More NEH Fellowships

Author: Kate Cohorst

Two Department of History professors received research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) this year, bringing to 42 the number of NEH fellowships awarded to Notre Dame since 1999—more than any other university in the nation during that period. Read More

History Undergraduates Explore New York City

Author: Joanna Basile

Seniors Sam Fisher and Justine Murnane from the Department of History were among 30 students selected nationwide to participate in an intensive week of study this summer at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in New York City. Read More

Graduate Students Win Fellowships and Research Grants

Author: Mike Weiler

Four doctoral students in the Department of History won external awards this year—including a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship and a Fulbright grant—that will allow them to advance their research while traveling to countries such as Peru, Ukraine, France, and Switzerland. Read More

Making Connections Beyond the History Classroom

Author: Joanna Basile

Students in the Department of History aren’t leaving their learning to chance. Through a program called History Beyond the Classroom (HBC), undergraduates like Carly Anderson are signing up to immerse themselves more fully in the rich intellectual life at Notre Dame. Read More

History Professor's Book Wins Three Major Prizes

Author: Lisa Walenceus and Joanna Basile

John Van Engen, Andrew V. Tackes Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, garnered three major book prizes for his latest work: Sisters and Brothers of the Common Life: The Devotio Moderna and the World of the Later Middle Ages. The volume won the John Gilmary Shea and Philip Schaff prizes in 2009, as well as the 2010 Otto Gründler Book Prize. Read More

Historian Scott Appleby Addresses Islamic Backlash

Author: Shannon Chapla

R. Scott Appleby, Notre Dame history professor and John M. Regan, Jr., Director of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, dispels misconceptions spread by people caught up in a wave of suspicion fueled by the mosque controversy in New York City, a Florida church’s plan to burn copies of the Qu’ran, and Muslims’ worries over the 9/11 anniversary coinciding with Ramadan celebrations. Read More

In memoriam: Notre Dame historian J. Robert Wegs

Author: Michael O. Garvey

James Robert “Bob” Wegs

James Robert “Bob” Wegs, professor emeritus of history at the University of Notre Dame, died Wednesday (July 14). He was 73.

A native of Quincy, Ill., Wegs was graduated from Western Illinois University in Macomb in 1963. As an undergraduate there, he studied for a year overseas at the University of Vienna. He earned a master’s degree in German history from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb in 1966 and a doctoral degree in Central European history from the University of Illinois in Urbana in 1969.

Specializing in modern European social and economic history, especially in Germany and Austria, he taught at New York University from 1969 to 1976 and for a year at Vanderbilt University for a year before joining the Notre Dame faculty in 1977. Read More

Two Notre Dame undergraduates to study American history in NYC

Author: Jennifer Laiber

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Two University of Notre Dame students with a passion for history are taking to the streets this summer: Rising seniors Justine Murnane and Sam Fisher have been accepted into an educational program hosted by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and are headed to New York City this month to get first-hand experience investigating the history of the United States.

Each year, the institute selects approximately 30 sophomore and junior American history students across the country to participate in its Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Program. Candidates must have demonstrated excellence in the subject matter and plan to concentrate in American history or American studies. In addition to their primary majors in history, Murnane is studying for a supplemental major in French and Fisher is working toward a minor in Irish Language and Literature. Read More

ND historian Father Marvin O’Connell to give commencement address at the University of St. Thomas

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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Rev. Marvin O’Connell, professor emeritus of history at the University of Notre Dame, will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary degree May 22 (Saturday) at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.

Father O’Connell, a member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1972, is a Minneapolis native who studied at the St. Paul Seminary and was ordained a priest for the archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis before receiving a doctoral degree in history from Notre Dame in 1959. He taught history at St. Thomas from 1958 until he came to Notre Dame, where he chaired the history department from 1974 to 1980. He also directed Notre Dame’s undergraduate program in London from 1993 to 1995. Read More