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Prayer Service to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 17, 2014Scott Palmer

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. invites all students ,faculty, staff, and their families to attend a prayer service to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The service will be held Monday, January 20 at 11:45 a.m. in the rotunda of the main building.  A reception will follow.

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President's Oversight Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

September 10, 2013Deidra Sterling

On September 10, 2013 President John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. announced the creation of a President's Oversight Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. Read More

Notre Dame Forum events to explore women in leadership

September 05, 2013Michael O. Garvey

2013 ND Forum

The 2013-14 Notre Dame Forum, titled “Women in Leadership,” will include a variety of events focusing on the roles and realities of women who are leaders in their fields, beginning with an event this month featuring two leaders in the U.S. Department of Defense.

“The goal of this year’s forum is to spotlight over the course of the academic year the extraordinary contributions and achievements of women across a range of fields, creating opportunities for the Notre Dame community to learn from the personal accounts of women who have risen to the top of their professions,” said University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. Read More

Community events will celebrate Africa, the African diaspora

August 26, 2013Brittany Collins

The Africana World

The University of Notre Dame’s Department of Africana Studies and Office of Community Relations are working together to present a yearlong community celebration of Africa and the African diaspora. The series of programs, lectures and events, called “The Africana World,” is a collaboration between local higher education institutes and community organizations.

The series begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 28) at the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture with an artist talk by Claudia Bernardi called “Walls of Hope: African American Elders Share Memories of Integration during the Civil Rights Movement in the ’60s.” Read More

Notre Dame will admit undocumented students

August 22, 2013Dennis Brown

University of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame has adopted changes in its admission policies that will make possible the admission of undocumented students who successfully compete for a place in its first-year and transfer classes.

“In making the decision to admit academically qualified men and women who are undocumented,” said Don Bishop, associate vice president for undergraduate enrollment, “we will strengthen our incoming class and give deserving young people the chance for a Notre Dame education.” Read More

Robinson Center and Notre Dame students create children's book

May 14, 2013Brittany Collins

RCLC students work on "Every Child Has a Story"

With the help of a group of University of Notre Dame undergraduate students, children from the Robinson Community Learning Center worked together to publish a book of their stories and artwork.

Called “Every Child Has a Story,” the self-published children’s book features three stories and drawings that were created by the RCLC students, all between the ages of 7 and 11.

In spring 2011, a group of about 10 undergraduates from Notre Dame’s Student International Business Council decided to create and market a book with the students from the RCLC that could provide continued income to the center. Many of the Notre Dame students in the group, working as the Global Development section of the SIBC, volunteered at the Robinson Center and saw an opportunity to help develop the children’s literacy and creativity skills. Read More

Father Jenkins calls for reform of immigration policies

April 19, 2013Michael O. Garvey

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, joined other national leaders of higher education calling for reforms in United States immigration policies on Friday (April 19), the National Immigration Forum Campus Day of Action for Immigration Reform.

“Notre Dame is proud of a long history of educating immigrant communities,” Father Jenkins said, “and our Catholic tradition urges us to provide welcome to the stranger among us. While recognizing the complex legal, economic, social and political questions surrounding immigration in our nation, we join others in calling for just and effective immigration reform. We urge particular attention to reform that will allow deserving, academically qualified young men and women who were brought to the United States as children to have access to higher education in the United States and opportunities following from educational achievement. By educating these young people, we will improve their lives, enrich our nation and live up to our values.” Read More

Abdolkarim Soroush, Muslim intellectual and reformer, to address Notre Dame’s Qur’an Seminar

April 08, 2013Michael O. Garvey

Abdolkarim Soroush

Abdolkarim Soroush, the Iranian scholar, human rights advocate and religious reformer, will give a lecture on “The Qur’an, Philosophy and Law” Thursday (April 11) at 7:30 p.m. in Room 1140 of the Eck Hall of Law at the University of Notre Dame.

Soroush’s lecture is the last of a series sponsored by the Qur’an Seminar, an academic project hosted by Notre Dame to advance Qur’anic scholarship, encourage collaboration among international scholars and present public lectures by leading Muslim intellectuals.

Soroush, a former professor of the University of Tehran and now a visiting scholar at Yale, Princeton, Harvard and the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin, is widely considered the most influential figure in religious intellectual movements in Iran. He was named by Time magazine in 2005 as one of the world’s 100 most influential people, and both his supporters and critics have compared his role in arguing for the reform of Islam with that of Martin Luther in reforming Christianity. Read More

Founders of SPRED, religious education network for people with developmental disabilities, to receive 2013 Laetare Medal

March 10, 2013Michael O. Garvey

laetaremedal Laetare Medal

Sister Susanne Gallagher, S.P.; Sister Mary Therese Harrington, S.H.; and Rev. James H. McCarthy, founders of the Special Religious Education Development Network (SPRED), will receive the University of Notre Dame’s 2013 Laetare Medal, the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics, at Notre Dame’s 168th University Commencement ceremony May 19 (Sunday).

“Sisters Gallagher and Harrington and Father McCarthy have summoned the Church to a crucial and too often overlooked ministry,” said Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. “Insisting that a developmental disability neither tempers Christ’s invitation nor restricts one’s right to respond, they have ushered countless people to their rightful place at the Eucharistic table.” Read More

Notre Dame to host 2013 conference of the Africa Faith and Justice Network

February 28, 2013Michael O. Garvey

Africa Faith & Justice Network

The 2013 conference of the Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN) will be hosted by the University of Notre Dame this weekend (March 1-3).

The 30th annual AFJN conference, “Justice for Africa: Justice for the World,” will bring together some 200 scholars, religious and social workers, and policymakers to discuss and reflect on issues of peacebuilding, human rights and social justice in African countries and communities.

Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and reputed papabile, or plausible candidate for election as Pope, had planned to attend and give the keynote address at the conference, but was unable to do so due to the upcoming conclave in Rome for the election of Pope Benedict’s successor. Read More