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Ansari Institute hosts roundtable on global Islamism

Rebekah Go

in late October, the Ansari Institute hosted over 20 scholars and practitioners from the United States and abroad to discuss the future of Islamism globally. The convening was the culmination of a multi-year project of the Hollings Center for International Dialogue funded by the Henry Luce Foundation whereby conversations were held to discuss the future of Islamism in a changing...

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Notre Dame Law School event highlights the need to protect the Jewish community amid the rise of antisemitism on U.S. college campuses

Notre Dame Law School

On November 30, Notre Dame Law School’s Religious Liberty Initiative hosted the event, "The Rising Tide of Antisemitism on American Campuses and Beyond" at the McCartan Courtroom. The event, co-organized by Notre Dame Law School Professors Avishalom Tor…

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Senior Kendra Lyimo named 2024 Marshall Scholar

Erin Blasko

University of Notre Dame senior Kendra Lyimo will study in the United Kingdom next year as a member of the Marshall Scholars class of 2024. Lyimo is the 11th Marshall Scholar in Notre Dame’s history. With the award, she will continue her education in London, with a focus on the art of the African diaspora.

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Rare Books and Special Collections exhibit explores emancipation during the 19th century

Becky Malewitz

Making and Unmaking Emancipation in Cuba and the United States explores the fraught, circuitous and unfinished course of emancipation over the 19th century in Cuba and the United States. It will remain on display in 102 Hesburgh Library, Rare Books and Special Collections through December 15.

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Former ND-GAIN research associate brings food systems into focus at UN climate summit

Renée LaReau

Later this month, more than 70,000 participants will attend the UN climate summit in Dubai. In the months leading up to the summit, known as COP28, Mohammed Farrae, a Master of Global Affairs graduate (2022) from the Keough School of Global Affairs and former ND-GAIN research associate, has been preparing to convene key groups that will showcase climate-smart strategies for...

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MSM voice student wins first place in upper advanced classical category at National Association of Teachers of Singing student auditions


Soprano Uche Aghulor, a first-year student in the MSM voice studio, won first place in the Upper Advanced Classical category at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) student auditions. The auditions took place at Butler University in Indianapolis on November 4, 2023. Assisted by Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano Dror Baitel, Uche’s competition repertoire included works by Mozart,...

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Abercrumbie and Morrow recognized as ACC UNITE Award recipients


JP Abercrumbie, executive associate athletics director of culture and engagement in the Athletics Department, and Justin Morrow, a 2009 Notre Dame alum and former Fighting Irish men’s soccer standout, are recent recipients of the 2023 ACC Unite Award, which was created to honor individuals affiliated with the league’s member institutions who have made an impact in the areas of racial and social...

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Long-run decline in US poverty continued in recent years despite pandemic, new report shows

Kathryn Desai and Tracy DeStazio

Using consumption poverty instead of income poverty as their measurement tool, researchers from the University of Notre Dame, the University of Chicago and Baylor University found that poverty rates declined steadily between 2020 and 2022, a period when income-based poverty fluctuated noticeably. These findings were recently released in the Annual Report on U.S. Consumption Poverty: 2022, co-authored by James Sullivan, professor...

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Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Spotlight: Cherrin Song

Luke Van de Walle

South Korea, a vibrant country defined by harmony of tradition and innovation, stands as a testament to the co-existence of the past, present, and future. The nation boasts a rich heritage while simultaneously embracing modernity. From the mesmerizing hues of traditional hanboks to the high-energy of K-pop, South Korea is a kaleidoscope of cultural wonders, where age-old rituals dance alongside...

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Aprahamian appointed to Armenia Prime Minister's advisory council

Janet Weikel

Ani Aprahamian, Freimann Professor of Physics and concurrent Professor of Chemistry and BioChemistry at the University of Notre Dame has been appointed to the advisory council of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia focusing on the formulation of strategies for the advancement of science and technologies. The council will be chaired by the Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan. It...

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For Ashlee Bird, digital culture scholar and Native American video game designer, better representation on screen fosters brighter future

Beth Staples

For decades, video game players have sat in front of TV and computer screens and used controllers and keyboards to kill Indigenous characters, regardless of their objective or importance to the story. While horrifying, it’s not surprising to Ashlee Bird, an assistant professor of American studies at Notre Dame. Indigenous characters have historically been represented throughout popular culture as a bloodthirsty...

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ND Journey: Sophia Ochoa ’25 expresses creativity, builds community

Shannon Rooney

Sophia Ochoa first heard about Notre Dame when she was a senior in high school. Her uncle talked up Notre Dame so much that, since Ochoa couldn’t get to the States from her hometown of Manila in the Philippines due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, she decided to attend an online information session hosted by the director of international recruitment.

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Envisioning greater accessibility

Jack Rooney

By the time Danny Fritz ’22 M.S. and Riley Ellingsen ’22 M.S. graduated from the 11-month ESTEEM master’s program at Notre Dame, they had co-founded a start-up, earned seed money to start developing their innovative product, and now dedicate themselves to expanding accessibility options for people who are deaf and hard-of-hearing.

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ND professor organizes conference on early American disability history

Suzanne Spear

Professor Laurel Daen is shown above speaking at the Disability in the Vast Early Americas conference. Just this last month, Professor Laurel Daen organized the Disability in the Vast Early Americas conference alongside co-organizer Stefanie Hunt-Kennedy from the University of Brunswick. The conference took place on campus from October 21-22 and was sponsored by the Institute for Scholarship in the...

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The DEI Podcast with Max Gaston Season 2 Episode 2: Perspectives of Black Men in Law School Part 1

Jonathan Bailey

Black men make up less than 5% of lawyers in the United States. Though drastically underrepresented in the legal profession, Black men are overrepresented in the number of incarcerated people in the US, where one out of every three Black boys born today can expect to go to prison in his lifetime. It’s rare that we get a chance to...

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Celebrating Native American Heritage Month


In honor and celebration of Native American Heritage Month, the Notre Dame Initiative on Race and Resilience, in collaboration with its artist-in-residence, David Martin, hosted a Native American dance and drum performance in DeBartolo Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 8. The program featured songs and dance styles of Potawatomi and other Great Lakes region tribes to share culture, celebrate heritage and...

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Foreign Language Teaching Assistant spotlight: Dayana Velasquez

Luke Van de Walle

Located north of Ecuador’s capital Quito, the region of Otavalo is home to rich indigenous cultures that are recognized globally for their iconic clothing, textiles, and handcrafts. Dayana Velasquez, 2023–2024 Quechua FLTA, is proud to represent her home and Otavaleña culture in South Bend, as it has held a deep significance throughout her life.

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Notre Dame workshop explores the connection between names and identity

Mary Hendriksen

FLTA Stuti Benal “Names are a very good beginning in efforts for inclusivity.” When Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Stuti Benal taught and took classes on Notre Dame’s campus last year, she found that administrators and her fellow FLTAs at the Center for Languages and Cultures, her academic home and a frequent collaborator with Notre Dame International, took time...

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