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Mass dedicated to immigrants and refugees

Author: Evelyn Gonzalez

In the midst of troubling decisions by our government leaders surrounding immigrants and refugees, Campus ministry in collaboration with the Office of the President and Student Government, held a mass yesterday afternoon. The mass held at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart was celebrated by ILS faculty fellow, Fr. Daniel Groody.…

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University community urged to consider ‘What’s Your Next Step?’ at second annual Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon

Author: William G. Gilroy

Judge Ann Williams And Erin McGinley

Three thousand members of the University community gathered Monday (Jan. 23) to reflect on the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and what they mean for America today in the midst of national division. The luncheon program featured a conversation with U.S Court of Appeals Judge Ann Claire Williams, a Notre Dame alumna and trustee.

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ILS Co-Director Luis Fraga quoted in Observer regarding Sanctuary Status

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

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A panel co-sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns and the Institute for Latino Studies discussed what it means for a city, state, university or faith-based organization to be declared a sanctuary, and what the implications of using the “sanctuary” designation might be. The moderator, director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights Jennifer Mason McAward, led the panelists, who included co-director of the Institute for Latino Studies Luis Fraga, professor of law Rick Garnett, graduate student Leo Guardado and professor of law Lisa Koop.…

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Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing

Author: Richman, Karen

Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing
Society for Humanistic Anthropology
AAA Meetings, Minneapolis, MN
November 19, 2016

Karen Richman, Committee Chair’s Remarks

On behalf of the Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing committee, it is has been an enormous pleasure to read this embarrassment of riches. The committee, including Lucas Bessire and Mustafa Mirzeler, received 62 ethnographies of the highest quality.  Having to reduce the winners to three and two honorable mentions was a challenge.  We made our selections for the prizes based on the following criteria: originality, innovative methods, experience-near approach, quality of writing, presentation and engagement with humanistic anthropology and to anthropological literature and theory in general.  We chose the ethnographies that we found to be exemplars of the best ethnographic writing, the ones destined to make a significant impact on the doing and writing of ethnography. …

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Institute for Latino Studies Co-Director Timothy Matovina Awarded the 2016 Richard Cardinal Cushing Medal for the Advancement of Church Research

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

Timothy Matovina

October 24, 2016 (Notre Dame, Ind.)—– Timothy Matovina, Co-Director of the Institute for Latino Studies and Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, has been selected to receive the 2016 Richard Cardinal Cushing Medal for the Advancement of Church Research. The Cushing Medal is intended to recognize the work of Church leaders, who, like Cardinal Cushing, have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of the Catholic Church’s needs through research.…

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Cuba: Crossroads of the Americas

Author: Evelyn Gonzalez

Havana, Cuba—Following the visit of Pope Francis to Cuba, a theology class takes part in a conference convened by the Institute for Latino Studies and LANACC. The class professor and Cuban expert  Peter Casarella, director of Latin American/North American Church Concerns at Notre Dame. Casarella joined the University’s Institute for Latino Studies to host the first intercontinental conference examining the significance of Pope Francis’ visits to the Americas. 

 

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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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