Faculty Stories

Notre Dame launches interdisciplinary Initiative on Race and Resilience

Josh Weinhold

The University of Notre Dame has launched the Initiative on Race and Resilience, a new interdisciplinary program focused on the redress of systemic racism and the support of communities of color both within and beyond the Notre Dame campus. Led by the College of Arts & Letters with additional support from the Office of the Provost, the initiative will bring...

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VIDEO: "Peace in Absentia" panel discussion

Christine Cox

The Liu Institute cosponsored the panel discussion "Peace in Absentia: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Voices on Arab-Israeli Normalization" on December 1, 2020. Presented by the Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion, the event featured panelists Laila El-Haddad, the Rev. Mitri Raheb, Rabbi Brant Rosen, and Hatem Bazian. The discussion was moderated by Charles Powell.…

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American studies professor wins Frederick Douglass Book Prize — the seventh book award for her research on slaves’ courtroom testimony

Carrie Gates

Sophie White, a professor in the Department of American Studies, has won the prestigious 2020 Frederick Douglass Book Prize for her work, Voices of the Enslaved: Love, Labor, and Longing in French Louisiana. The prize, sponsored by Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, recognizes the best...

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A conversation with Provost Marie Lynn Miranda

Cidni Sanders

Marie Lynn Miranda has many insights to share about her life, career path and leadership style. She’s also known for sharing her delicious home-baked treats with colleagues in the Main Building. Miranda, the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost of the University of Notre Dame, touched on these topics and more during an interactive conversation…

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Assistant dean's family has welcomed dozens for Thanksgiving each year

New York Times

Dr. Jan Sanders was the first Black pediatrician to have her own practice here. Her husband, Leo McWilliams, is an assistant dean in the University of Notre Dame engineering department and a “quadruple Domer.” For decades, the couple have been the unofficial parents for many Black students at Notre Dame. This year, that family is scattered, reflecting on the year’s crises.

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FTT professor wins theatre society prize for essay on adaptations of The Wiz and is appointed associate editor of prestigious journal

Arts and Letters

La Donna Forsgren, an associate professor in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre, has won the American Society for Theatre Research's Oscar G. Brockett Essay Prize. The award, given annually to the best essay of theatre research in a scholarly English-language publication, honored Forsgren’s “The Wiz Redux; or Why Queer Black Feminist Spectatorship and Politically Engaged Popular Entertainment Continue...

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Dean Galvin’s impact and legacy

Tammi Freehling

Mary E. Galvin, the William K. Warren Foundation Dean of the College of Science at the University of Notre Dame since 2015, recently announced she will step down from the position effective December 31, 2020. Notably, Galvin is the first woman to serve as dean in the college’s 155-year history.

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Social design professor receives grant to mitigate youth violence in South Bend through access to arts programming and community engagement

Carrie Gates

Neeta Verma’s teaching and research examines a range of social inequities facing the local community — including homelessness, poverty, and the digital divide. But the issue she finds most pressing is youth violence — and she believes that art and design can play a key role in breaking its vicious cycle. With a grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, she is launching a...

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United Way in need of support, now more than ever

Gwen O'Brien, NDWorks

The COVID-19 pandemic has made 2020 a rough year for everybody. For some of our Michiana neighbors, it’s been unbearable.  “Our food bank and pantries are getting slammed. People are lining up at 8:30 a.m. for a 4:30 p.m. food distribution, and we haven’t yet hit the peak of this crisis. How can you wrap your head around that?” said…

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Having Coffee with Dianne Pinderhughes

Notre Dame Magazine

Dianne Pinderhughes has been observing protests and marches for racial and social justice since her childhood in segregated Washington, D.C. In 2020, after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police and the growth of the Black Lives Matter movement, things seem different.

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