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Robert Vargas joins ND Faculty in Sociology and ILS

Author: Brian Wallheimer

Robert Vargas

Robert Vargas, an urban sociologist whose research focuses on violence and health care, is joining Notre Dame’s Department of Sociology this fall as an assistant professor. Vargas, who will also be a faculty affiliate in the Institute for Latino Studies at Notre Dame, was previously on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at Harvard University. Vargas’ first book, Wounded City: Violent Turf Wars in a Chicago Barrio (Oxford University Press), will be released May 1. In it, Vargas argues that competition among political groups contributes to the persistence of violence just as much as the competition among street gangs.

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Sociologist Focuses Research on Immigration Policy in the South

Author: Aaron Smith

Jennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones, an assistant professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Sociology, has received the Presidential Authority Award grant from the Russell Sage Foundation for her study of interracial coalitions and their effect on immigration policy in Mississippi and Alabama. Combining archival and media sources with interviews, “Enforcement or Embrace? The Determinants of State-Level Immigration Policy in New Immigrant Destinations” emerged from unexpected patterns Jones identified while researching race relations and immigration in North Carolina.

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Marisel Moreno awarded The Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

Professor Marisel Moreno

Marisel C. Moreno, Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and fellow of the Institute for Latino Studies, is the recipient of the 2016 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award. This award, bestowed annually on a faculty member in the College of Arts and Letters, is named for the Rev. Charles E. Sheedy, C.S.C., a much-beloved former dean of the College. It recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated sustained excellence in teaching, informed by research, over a wide range of courses while employing innovative and creative teaching methods. For more information on this prestigious award, including a list of former winners, see:  http://al.nd.edu/about/the-faculty/sheedy-award

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In Memoriam: Rev. Virgilio P. Elizondo, Notre Dame Professor of Pastoral and Hispanic Theology

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. Virgilio P. Elizondo

Rev. Virgilio P. Elizondo, the University of Notre Dame Professor of Pastoral and Hispanic Theology, died Monday (March 14). He was 80 years old.

A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 2000, Father Elizondo was a native of San Antonio, Texas, where his Mexican immigrant parents owned a grocery store and where he himself spent many years as the pastor of San Fernando Cathedral. The Sunday Spanish Mass at which he presided was televised and carried via satellite from San Fernando Cathedral to more than 1 million households.

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ILS Faculty Member Kraig Beyerlein Leads ND Border Experience

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

ILS faculty members Tatiana Botero, Marisel Moreno, and Karen Richman participated in this Border immersion experience in January of 2016. We are proud to share this story produced by the Notre Dame Office of Public Affairs and Communications. The original story authored by Brendan O'Shaughnessy, along with accompanying videos and photographs can be seen at https://www.nd.edu/features/a-transformative-journey/

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Psychologist Named Fellow of American Educational Research Association

Author: Josh Weinhold

Darcia Narvaez

Notre Dame psychologist Darcia Narvaez has been named a fellow of the American Educational Research Association, an honor bestowed on academics with notable and sustained research achievements. Narvaez, a professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Letters, is one of 22 scholars who will be inducted as fellows at the AERA’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on April 9.

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Karen Richman publishes new study on the Significance of Gender for Latino Retirement

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

Karen Richman

Karen Richman led an interdisciplinary research team’s investigation of The Significance of Gender for Latinos’ Savings for Retirement. She will be presenting study findings at Financial Security Day, a multi-disciplinary workshop sponsored by University of Notre Dame and the local United Way, which will bring national experts from the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the financial wellness industry to campus on February 25. Richman, a cultural anthropologist, collaborated in the research with economist Wei Sun, political scientist Justin Sena and sociologist Sung David Chun to conduct statistical analysis of national survey data and a qualitative, case study of in 2012-2014 of Mexican immigrants and (native-born) Mexican-Americans’ in metropolitan Chicago. The project was sponsored by the National Endowment for Financial Education.

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Notre Dame scholars address challenges for Latino Catholic education

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Luis Fraga

Luis Ricardo Fraga, Arthur Foundation Endowed Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership, Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Political Science and co-director of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, served as co-editor of a special issue of the Journal of Catholic Education, its first issue ever to focus specifically on Latinos and Catholic education.

According to Fraga, the Jan. 28 special issue, titled “Latinos, Education, and the Church,” concerns the opportunities and challenges confronting the Catholic Church in providing educational opportunities for the children of Latino families.

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ILS Co-Directors and Faculty Discuss Papal Visit to Mexico

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Pope Francis

When Pope Francis travels to Mexico Feb. 12-17, he will visit six cities — including two in the state of Chiapas, Mexico’s poorest state — and will celebrate a Mass in Ciudad Juárez across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas. The first pope from Latin America, where 40 percent of the world’s Catholics live, he will be touring the country that’s home to the second largest Catholic population in the world.

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ILS Co-Director Luis Fraga participates in MLK Remembrance panel at Notre Dame

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

ILS Co-Director Luis R. Fraga was invited to participate in a panel discussion at the first ever university-wide Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration luncheon hosted by University President Fr. John Jenkins. The luncheon was held on Monday, January 18th at the Joyce Center.

The full luncheon video can be seen here or at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oK5LadSbpFA&feature=youtu.be

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ILS Collaborator Joseph Corpora, CSC to Receive Papal Recognition

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. Joseph Corpora, C.S.C.

ILS congratulates our dear friend and frequent collaborator, Father Joseph Corpora, CSC, on his selection as a Missionary of Mercy by Pope Francis. Read the full story by Michael O. Garvey below.

Rev. Joseph Corpora, C.S.C., director of university-school partnerships for the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), has received a mandate from Pope Francis to be a Missionary of Mercy.

The Missionaries are some 800 priests worldwide selected by the pope to be special confessors and “living signs” of God’s forgiveness during the Holy Year of Mercy officially proclaimed in his letter, Misericordiae Vultus (The Face of Mercy), last year.

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Documenting the Border: A Photo Essay by Marisel Moreno

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

Professor Marisel Moreno

Latino Studies faculty fellow Marisel Moreno shares her recent southern Arizona border experience after attending a faculty immersion seminar to learn about border issues. Her essay was posted online on January 12, 2016 to the Huffington Post blog and can be read at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marisel-moreno/documenting-the-border_b_8958508.html

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