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Six New History Faculty Bring Transnational Research and Teaching Interests to Department

Author: Josh Weinhold

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They bring expertise in subjects that span physical borders and chronological boundaries. They bring passion to their research and energy to their classrooms. And the six new faculty members joining the Department of History this fall bring additional prestige to an already elite group of academics. “For a long period of time, we’ve been working to assemble a group of scholars that could work across national boundaries, redefining the department and what it does," said Patrick Griffin, chair of the department. Read More

Historian’s Award-Winning Book Offers New View of Turbulent Times for Mexico

Author: John Slott

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Notre Dame historian Jaime M. Pensado has been awarded the Conference on Latin American History’s 2014 Mexican History Book Prize for his first book, Rebel Mexico: Student Unrest and Authoritarian Political Culture During the Long Sixties. An unprecedented look at student activism in 1960s Mexico, the book was judged to be the most significant work on the history of Mexico published in 2014. Read More

History Ph.D. Students Win Major Fellowships and Grants

Author: Josh Weinhold

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The projects took them them to Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and England. The research offers new insights into the Renaissance, Protestantism, immigrant religiousness, monks, and begging practices. Eight graduate students from Notre Dame’s Department of History received competitive fellowships or grants in support of their research—awards including a Rome Prize, a Fulbright, and Louisville Institute, Newcombe, and Schallek fellowships. Read More

History Graduate Honored for Research and Peace Activism

Author: Arts and Letters

Brenna Gautam ’15

Notre Dame history and peace studies major Brenna Gautam ’15 received the Kroc Institute’s 2015 Yarrow Award, given annually to a student who demonstrates academic excellence and a commitment to service in peace and justice. Read More

History alumnus Patrick Burke advocates for safety and inclusion in sports

Author: Mary Kate Martin

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Soon after graduating from Notre Dame, Patrick Burke ’06 found himself juggling three roles—scout for the Philadelphia Flyers, law student, and co-founder of a nonprofit organization. If ever there was a time when he needed to communicate well and quickly, this was it. Whether the topic was hockey or law or diversity, Burke has found himself calling upon skills honed during his time as a history major. Burke is now president of the nonprofit organization You Can Play and director of player safety for the NHL. Read More

Prof. Linda Przybyszewski Receives Grant Award

Author: Lisa Gallagher

WASHINGTON (July 29, 2015) — The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced $1.7 million in grants to enable the publication of 36 nonfiction books that will bring important humanities scholarship into book clubs and onto best-seller lists.

These are the first awards made under NEH’s new Public Scholar grant program, which was created in December 2014 as part of The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square Read More

New Book Sheds Light on Education of Muslim Youth

Author: Renée LaReau

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A new book by Notre Dame professor Ebrahim Moosa offers an expansive introduction to madrasas, the most common kind of religious schools in the Islamic world. “I wrote this book for those who are curious and eager to know what exactly transpires in these institutions,” said Moosa, professor of Islamic Studies and author of What Is a Madrasa?, recently published by the University of North Carolina Press.“I see myself as a translator between the world inside the walls of the madrasa and those on the outside. Read More

Professor Strives to Build World-Class Islamic Studies Program

Author: William Gilroy and Josh Weinhold

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For Ebrahim Moosa, the chance to develop an elite Islamic studies program at a Catholic university is full of opportunity. “Catholics and Muslims can potentially embark on a series of meaningful conversations on common concerns,” he said. “There are challenges both Catholics and Muslims face on gender issues, science, evolution, and values. How do strong religious values survive in the midst of formidable social and political challenges? Read More

Video: French and History Major Researches Diderot in Paris

Author: Todd Boruff

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Anne Seul ’15, a history and French major, spent the summer of 2014 conducting research at the Bibliotheque Historique de la Ville de Paris, the French capital’s historical library. Her research focused on perceptions of Denis Diderot, the 18th-century French philosopher best known as the chief editor of Encyclopédie and a key figure influencing the French Revolution. “It’s a new challenge. I’ve never done anything remotely like this by myself—living on my own and being in charge of this big project,” she said. Read More

Video: Arts and Letters Students Intern at Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin

Author: Todd Boruff

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During the summer of 2014, Patrick Butler and Patrick Valencia interned at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Dublin, Ireland. Both internships were sponsored by the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Without that support, Valencia said, he wouldn’t have been able to “have this wonderful experience living abroad.” Read More

History Department Essay Awards

Author: Morgan Lee

We are pleased to announce the Department of History's annual prize competition for the best essays by History majors.  We encourage you to think seriously about entering this year's contest, and we also urge you to discuss with your professors the ways you might improve class papers before submitting them for consideration. Below are the award opportunities: Read More

Ph.D. Alumna Maria Rogacheva Awarded Dissertation Prize

Author: Carrie Gates

Maria Rogacheva

Maria Rogacheva, who received her Ph.D. from Notre Dame’s Department of History in 2013, has been awarded the 2014 Robert C. Tucker/Stephen F. Cohen Dissertation Prize from the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES). Read More

IT’S HISTORY, MAN: Majors screen Easy Rider at the Browning Cinema

Author: Alex Wimberly

As part of their History Workshop class last fall, Notre Dame history majors gathered to see the counterculture classic Easy Rider. After viewing the film at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Browning Cinema, the students—all taking the introductory course for new majors, HIST 33000/History Workshop—headed to dinner for a chance to discuss the film with Professor Dan Graff. Read More