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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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Law School veterans reflect on God, Country, Notre Dame

Libbey Detcher

Notre Dame Law School extends heartfelt gratitude to our faculty, staff, and students who have dedicated themselves in service to our country. In honor of Veterans Day, we are honored to showcase profiles of a few of these remarkable individuals. Each was invited to share their reflections on what "God, Country, Notre Dame" means to them.…

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Answering why: For Laura Burdick ’10, the question is not what you may think

Notre Dame Magazine

Considering everything that had already gone wrong that day, no one would have blamed Laura Burdick ’10 if she hadn’t followed through on her plans — particularly the risk she wanted to take.   This was Burdick’s first appearance in public in her motorized wheelchair, 10 months after the horrific accident that nearly killed her and left her mostly paralyzed....

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Kellogg PhD affiliates develop program of Catholic leadership and service in Africa

Kellogg Institute for International Studies

“We have heard the long-expressed hope – spoken with great passion by popes, bishops, and other Church leaders, especially in the West – that the future of the Catholic Church is in Africa,” said Rev. Kenneth Amadi, a Kellogg doctoral student affiliate. “And so we started thinking about what we could do today to secure that future.”…

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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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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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Law School launches experiential learning program to serve parents of children with disabilities

Denise Wager

Notre Dame Law School is launching a new experiential learning program aimed at supporting parents in the wider South Bend, Indiana area as they advocate for services, accessibility, and accommodations required for their children diagnosed with physical and mental disabilities The program will also provide ND Law students the opportunity to work with families to ensure their child’s access to...

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Notre Dame computer scientists receive NSF award to reduce opioid misuse through improved nutrition

Grashorn, Christine

University of Notre Dame computer scientists within the Lucy Family Institute for Data & Society and the College of Engineering have received an award of $300,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support the development of a new machine learning framework used to offer personalized dietary recommendations to address the national opioid epidemic.…

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