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Discussion to Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Coeducation at Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

The 40th anniversary of coeducation at the University of Notre Dame will be celebrated in a panel discussion, Paving the Way: Reflections on the Early Years of Coeducation at Notre Dame, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 8 in the auditorium of the Eck Visitors Center. The discussion, sponsored by Notre Dame’s Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism with the Department of American Studies, the Gender Studies Program and Badin Hall, will include five people who experienced and shaped Notre Dame’s transition from an exclusively male to coeducational institution. Read More

Historian Brad Gregory wins inaugural book prize

Author: Kate Cohorst

Brad Gregory

University of Notre Dame historian Brad Gregory has been awarded the inaugural Aldersgate Prize for Christian Scholarship for his latest book, “The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society.”

Presented by Indiana Wesleyan University’s John Wesley Honors College (JWHC), the prize recognizes a published book’s ability to reflect the highest ideals of Christian scholarship.

“Gregory’s wide-ranging and synthetic study is a model of Christian scholarship that challenges reductionist tendencies among historians and illuminates the character and genealogies of some of the fundamental dysfunctions of contemporary society,” says David Riggs, JWHC executive director. Read More

History Department Launches History 20/20 Series: 20 Alumni/20 Stories to Share

Author: Daniel Graff

This fall the Department of History is proud to launch a new series bringing back History alumni to talk to our majors on home football weekends. History 20/20: Turning Hindsight into Foresight, will feature 20 alumni with 20 distinct career paths at various events this fall, primarily on the following home football Fridays from noon to 2 pm: Sep. 21 (Michigan), Oct. 12 (Stanford), Nov. 2 (Pitt), and Nov. 16 (Wake). At these events history majors will gather for pizza, hear presentations by two featured alumni, and have the opportunity to network with additional alumni.  For detailed information, see "Events" on this website. Read More

History Major Plus Internship a Powerful Combination

Author: Chris Milazzo

Think about the study of history, and you might conjure images of dusty books and timelines. But Notre Dame history majors John Karol and Christine Affleck, both Class of 2012, and senior Jordyn Smith demonstrate how the versatile skills they developed in the College of Arts and Letters can be applied to a wide array of challenging internships and career paths.

“Many students—and parents—mistakenly believe that history is not a practical major, but our graduates thrive in all fields, from finance to filmmaking, management to medicine, public policy to practicing law,” says Daniel Graff, director of undergraduate studies in Notre Dame’s Department of History. Read More

Revisiting America’s Revolutionary Myths and Realities

Author: Kevin Clarke

Most Americans are comfortable fixing a date (July 4) and an event (the signing of the Declaration of Independence) to a definitive moment when the United States separated itself from its colonial parent, Great Britain. But for University of Notre Dame historian Patrick Griffin, the revolution is better understood as a process—not an event.

And it was a process, he says, that was often far removed from the somber reasonableness of venerated historical moments such as the signing of the Declaration or writing of the Constitution.

These rational moments of the revolution provide “one of the central ways that American culture holds itself together,” says Griffin, chair of the Department of History in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. “This is our origin myth. We still live within these myths, and we neglect the various negotiated, nasty trade-offs we needed to bring the revolution’s uncertainty and violence to an end.

“I don’t want to get rid of the myth,” he adds. “I want to lay bare the myth.” Read More

History Students Expand Horizons in International Exchange

Author: Aaron Smith

Graduate students in Notre Dame’s Department of History are making invaluable connections with German and Russian scholars as part of a graduate-student workshop now in its third year.

The annual meeting provides a forum for beginning and advanced doctoral students to present papers and receive feedback from faculty and students at other universities around the world.

In the process, participants cultivate an international, interdisciplinary network of peers that strengthens and broadens their studies—and offers opportunities for publishing and funding their work, says organizer Semion Lyandres, associate professor in the Department of History and co-director of the Russian and East European Studies program in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. Read More

Medievalist Daniel Hobbins To Join Faculty

Author: Sara Burnett

Associate Professor Daniel Hobbins’s arrival at the University of Notre Dame this fall will be a homecoming of sorts.

A cultural and intellectual historian of the late middle ages, Hobbins received his Ph.D. in medieval history from Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute in 2002 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University in 2004.

Most recently an associate professor of history at The Ohio State University, Hobbins says his reasons for wanting to return to Notre Dame were both personal and professional. One of the most important factors, he says, is the University’s commitment to medieval studies. Read More

History Ph.D. Students Awarded Prestigious Fellowships

Author: Joanna Basile and Kate Cohorst

Graduate students in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of History attracted significant outside funding support over the last year, including a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship and four Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards.

Heath Carter, who joined the faculty at Valparaiso University in August, was one of just 21 Ph.D. students nationwide to receive a 2011–12 Newcombe fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The program supports students in the humanities and social sciences whose work has “significant potential for advancing academic scholarship related to ethics and/or religion.” Read More

History Major Explores Work of Missionaries in Colonial Peru

Author: Alex Kilpatrick

It is widely known that Spanish missionaries played a significant role in introducing Catholicism to the peoples of the Andes throughout the colonial period. Notre Dame senior history major Joseph VanderZee traveled to archives in Lima and Rome to dig a little deeper and find out what these early missionaries thought of the indigenous population—and how their attitudes affected the development of the Peruvian Church. Read More

Historian Jon Coleman explores a mountain man, a myth and the American West

Author: Mike Danahey

Notre Dame Professor Jon T. Coleman is interested in the truths that hide in lies. In his new book, “Here Lies Hugh Glass: A Mountain Man, A Bear and the Rise of the American Nation,” the historian uses a whopper of a story to explore not how the west was won but how its image was built. Read More

Notre Dame Magazine receives five medals in CASE awards


Notre Dame Magazine

Notre Dame Magazine, the University’s quarterly alumni publication, received five medals in the annual Circle of Excellence awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Notre Dame Magazine was awarded the silver medal in general excellence. This award is given in three circulation categories, and the Magazine competes in the largest category. The University of Chicago received the gold award in this class.

Kerry Prugh, the Magazine’s art director, received a bronze medal in editorial design for her layout of Gary Gaffney’s poem “Mil Preguntas” in the Summer 2011 issue. Staff members were awarded three of 13 medals given in CASE’s Best Articles of the Year: Higher Education category. Read More

In Memoriam: Sabine MacCormack, Hesburgh Professor of Arts and Letters

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Sabine MacCormack, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Professor of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame, died Saturday (June 16) after suffering a heart attack while gardening at her home in South Bend. She was 71. MacCormack, a historian and classicist who taught and wrote about religion and culture in ancient Rome and colonial Latin America, was unusual among her international colleagues for the prominence of her scholarship in those two very different areas. She also was among Notre Dame’s most popular and affectionately regarded teachers. Read More

Recent Graduate Honored by Gilder Lehrman Institute

Author: Kate Cohorst

Carly Anderson, a recent graduate of University of Notre Dame, has been named one of 15 winners of the 2012 Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award. The new award recognizes outstanding graduating college seniors from across the country who have demonstrated academic and extracurricular excellence in American history or American studies. Read More

Senior Mary Atwood Illuminates Andean Legends

Author: Mark Shuman

As a linguist, artist, semiotician, and interdisciplinary scholar committed to social action, graduating senior Mary Atwood is a Notre Dame original. Drawing on seven weeks of research in Peru, the theology major recently completed a senior thesis that included original oil paintings and English translations of three Inca legends gleaned from interviews with Quechua speakers in Cusco’s central market. Read More

Examining Christian Perceptions and Muslim Identity

Author: Joanna Basile

Notre Dame historian Olivia Remie Constable has been awarded a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for her book project Christian Perceptions of Muslim Identity in Medieval Spain. Among other things, her work will examine Christian attitudes toward Muslim dress and appearance and whether Muslims could engage in public religious expressions, teach Arabic to their children, and maintain bathhouses, schools, cemeteries, and other separate spaces important to the continuity of their culture and religion. Read More

Graduate School Honors Two Arts and Letters Professors

Author: Kevin Zeise

Theologian James VanderKam and historian John Van Engen have been named co-recipients of the University of Notre Dame Graduate School’s annual James A. Burns, C.S.C., Award. Named after the first Notre Dame president with an advanced degree, the award recognizes exemplary contributions to graduate education. The two College of Arts and Letters faculty members will be presented with their awards during the Graduate School’s Awards Dinner on May 18, 2012. Read More

Exemplary Undergraduate Research Showcased

Author: Kate Cohorst

College of Arts and Letters students made a strong showing at Notre Dame’s 5th annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference, which showcased more than 250 research, scholarship, and creative projects from across the University. At the May 4, 2012, event, senior art history honors student Caroline Maloney won first prize in the Undergraduate Library Research Awards sponsored by Hesburgh Libraries and the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement. Read More

Exemplary Undergraduate Teachers and Advisers

Author: Shannon Chapla

Twelve College of Arts and Letters faculty members have received 2012 Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and one was honored with a Dockweiler Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. Read More

Historian Mark Noll Wins Christian Biography Prize

Author: Chris Milazzo

Mark A. Noll, the Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, and his co-writer Carolyn Nystrom, a Chicago-based freelance writer, have won the 2012 John Pollock Award for Christian Biography for their book, Clouds of Witnesses: Christian Voices from Asia and Africa. Read More

Byzantine Studies at Notre Dame Expands Research Resources

Author: Joanna Basile

In preserving and developing the intellectual and literary traditions of the Greco-Roman world, in fashioning eastern orthodox Christianity, and in defining the notion of a Christian empire that was a center of intellectual and commercial trade, the Byzantine Empire was one of the great formative cultures in European history. Although its rule ended in 1453 C.E., Byzantium’s influence was far from over, and the University’s Byzantine Studies at Notre Dame initiative continues to explore this influential period in medieval history. Read More

Historian Brad Gregory's New Book Explores “The Unintended Reformation”


How did our world come to be as it is? Examining why and how the West was propelled into its current pluralism and polarization over the long term, The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society (Harvard University Press, 2012), offers new insight into how life in North America and Europe has been shaped over the past five centuries by the Protestant Reformation. Author Brad Gregory, University of Notre Dame historian, traces the relationships among religion, science, politics, morality, capitalism and consumerism, and higher education from the Middle Ages through the Reformation era to the present. Read More

The Medieval Institute: A Community of Medievalists

Author: Carol Bradley

The Medieval Institute, located on the seventh floor of the Hesburgh Library, is a scholarly and academic unit of the University that promotes research and teaching on the cultures, languages, and religions of the medieval period (from roughly the fifth through 15th centuries). Its faculty come from more than a dozen different departments in the College of Arts and Letters Read More