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Theologian Describes Pope Francis’ South American Journey as Renewal of Acquaintances

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Peter Casarella

Pope Francis’ July 5-13 journey to South America will take him through countries and among people who already knew him well before he became the leader of all the world’s Catholics, according to Peter J. Casarella, an associate professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame who just returned from a year sabbatical in Chile at the Pontifical Catholic University of Santiago.

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Fraga and Matovina to Co-Direct Institute for Latino Studies

Author: Kate Garry

ILS logo

Luis Ricardo Fraga, a pioneer in the field of Latino politics, and Timothy Matovina, a leading expert on Latino Catholicism, have been appointed co-directors of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, effective July 1, 2015. “The combination of skills that they bring to the institute is spectacular,” said John McGreevy, I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, where ILS is housed.

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Anthropologist Focuses on Cultural Poetics

Author: Aaron Smith

Alex Chavez

Furiously strumming his jarana into the early morning hours of a stranger’s backyard birthday party in Austin, Texas, Alex Chavez was having fun with the hired musicians who had brought him along as an impromptu guest. He was also doing fieldwork. Chavez, who joined Notre Dame’s Department of Anthropology in 2014 as an assistant professor, studies “the aesthetic dimensions of contemporary lived politics”— sometimes referred to as cultural poetics. He focuses on the unfolding of this expressive grammar among Latino migrant communities in the United States.

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Video: Latino Politics and the Role of Latino Studies at Notre Dame

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

"Notre Dame made a committment to have an Institute for Latino Studies in 1999 out of a sense of its central mission as a Catholic institution to provide opportunities for predominantly Catholic immigrant communities. I knew that the University was unquestionably serious about doing everything it could to make Notre Dame the best place in the country to understand these communities and their future role in the United States. That is an exciting opportunity." says Luis Fraga.…

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Video: Political Scientist on Latino Civic Engagement in America

Author: Todd Boruff

Luis Fraga

“I want to do research that provides some hints to both major political parties as to how they might be able to make effective appeals to Latino communities, and through Latino communities, to many other communities across the United States,” said Luis Fraga, the Arthur Foundation Endowed Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership and professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame.

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Political Scientist Luis Fraga Joins Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies

Author: Aaron Smith

Luis Fraga

Luis Ricardo Fraga, a heralded scholar and pioneer in the field of Latino politics, joined the faculty of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters this fall. Fraga has been named the Arthur Foundation Endowed Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership in the Institute of Latino Studies and a professor in the Department of Political Science.

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Marisel Moreno Reflects on Teaching Latina/o Literature in the Midwest

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

ILS affiliated faculty member Marisel Moreno, associate professor of US Latina/o Literature in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Notre Dame, recently made a special contribution to La Respuesta: A Magazine to (Re)Imagine the Boricua Diaspora. The piece titled Reflections of a Puerto Rican Teaching US Latina/o Literature in the Midwest

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Notre Dame hosts parenting conference for local parents and practitioners

Author: Jane Murphy

Darcia Narvaez

On Sept. 27 (Saturday), the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Children and Families and the Department of Psychology will partner with Attachment Parenting International to host a day-long parenting conference, Nourishing Parents for Child Well-Being, bringing together scholars, practitioners and professionals who work with children and families. As part of the Pathways to Child Flourishing symposium, presenters at the workshop will address a variety of topics, including birth, breastfeeding, sleep, discipline and adult-child relationships.

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Father Gutierrez to receive 2014 Gittler Prize

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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Rev. Gustavo Gutierrez, O.P., John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, will receive the 2014 Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize from Brandeis University.

Established in 2007, the Gittler Prize is annually awarded to a person whose body of published work reflects scholarly excellence and makes a lasting contribution to racial, ethnic or religious relations. It will be formally presented to Father Gutierrez in a ceremony and talk on Sunday, Oct. 5.

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Theology Professor Awarded for Social Justice Work

Author: Emily Hammock

Professor Timothy Matovina was awarded the 2014 William A. Toohey, CSC Award for Social Justice. The award, coordinated by Notre Dame Campus Ministry, was established in 1980 to honor the memory of a Holy Cross priest who served as director of Campus Ministry. It is granted annually to the member of the Notre Dame community whose preaching or writing emphasizes the social justice dimension of the Gospel in an exemplary way. Professor Matovina serves as the Executive Director of the Institute for Latino Studies, in addition to his work in the Theology Department.…

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Theology Professors Receive Catholic Press Association awards

Author: Michael O. Garvey

“The Preferential Option for the Poor beyond Theology,” edited by Rev. Daniel G. Groody, C.S.C., associate professor of theology at Notre Dame, and Rev. Gustavo Gutierrez, O.P., John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Theology at Notre Dame, received the second-place award in the social teaching category of the 2014 Book Awards from the Catholic Press Association.

Jospeh Blenkinsopp, the John A. O’Brien Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies, recieved the third place prize in the Scripture category for his book, David Remembered: Kingship and National identity in Ancient Israel.

The awards were announced during the association’s annual June meeting in Charlotte, N.C. Congratulations to all!

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Video: Peter Casarella on the Future of Latino Theology

Author: Todd Boruff

Peter Casarella

“I want to try a new step forward in Mestizo Christianity, looking at cultural dialogue and cultural difference that brings the traditions from the past … into conversation with Latino theology,” said Peter Casarella, associate professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame and a fellow at the University’s Institute for Latino Studies.

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Notre Dame Psychologist Darcia Narvaez to Co-Direct $2.6 Million Virtue Project

Author: Kate Garry

Darcia Narvaez, a professor of psychology in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, and Nancy Snow, a professor of philosophy at Marquette University, are co-directing a new, interdisciplinary research initiative on virtue, character, and the development of the moral self. The three-year project is supported by a $2.6 million grant from the Templeton Religion Trust, which funds “discoveries relating to the big questions of human purpose and ultimate reality.”

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Father Gustavo Gutierrez receives welcome in Rome

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. Gustavo Gutierrez, O.P.

Rev. Gustavo Gutierrez, O.P., John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame and widely acknowledged founder of the “liberation theology” movement, was in Rome earlier this week, the surprise speaker at a Vatican book launch.

Father Gutierrez was helping to launch a book, “Poor for the Poor: The Mission of the Church,” edited by Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, who directs the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Two of the book’s chapters were written by Father Gutierrez, and its introduction was written by Pope Francis.

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Panel discussion to feature three leading scholars on Latino voting patterns

Author: Arnel Bulaoro

Clockwise from top left: Michael Jones-Correa, Valerie Martinez-Ebers, Christina Wolbrecht and Ricardo Ramirez

Three of the nation’s leading scholars on Latino voting patterns will participate in a panel discussion titled “American Politics in the 21st Century: The Latino Vote and the 2014 Elections” at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 5) at the University of Notre Dame’s McKenna Hall Auditorium. The event is sponsored by Multicultural Student Programs and Services’ Building Bridges Lecture Series, the Institute for Latino Studies and the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy. The event is free and open to the public.

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Four ILS Faculty Fellows Publish First Books

Author: Arts and Letters

Four faculty fellows from Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies have recently published their first books. The Institute will host a book launch and reception on Monday, February 3, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in McKenna Hall, honoring affiliated faculty members Jaime Pensado, Yael Prizant, Ricardo Ramírez, and Jason Ruiz. There will be a brief presentation at 5 p.m.

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ND Experts: Pope Francis and the new cardinals

Author: Michael O. Garvey

John C. Cavadini

On Sunday (Jan. 12), when Pope Francis announced the names of the 19 men he will soon make cardinals, he also gave some University of Notre Dame theologians an inkling of his vision of the Catholic Church.

“Pope Benedict represented a ‘back to basics’ move theologically, and Francis interprets and represents the same move pastorally,” according to John C. Cavadini, professor of theology and McGrath-Cavadini Director of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life.

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Paul Farmer, Rev. Gustavo Gutiérrez to launch 'In the Company of the Poor' book

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

Paul Farmer, left, and Rev. Gustavo Gutiérrez

A pioneer in global health and a path-breaking theologian explore their common option for the poor in a new book drawn from their respective writings, using as a springboard public and private conversations hosted by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

In the Company of the Poor: Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gutiérrez” (Orbis Press, 2013) will have its public launch at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 (Tuesday) in McKenna Hall Auditorium on the Notre Dame campus.

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Father Gustavo Gutiérrez to Speak on Poverty and Human Dignity

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. Gustavo Gutiérrez, O.P., the University of Notre Dame’s John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Theology, will deliver the 2013 Annual Human Dignity Lecture on “Poverty and Human Dignity” Wednesday (Oct. 30) at 7:30 p.m. in the McKenna Hall auditorium. “Gustavo Gutiérrez’ influence on the last 40 years of Catholic theology has been profound and fundamental,” said John C. Cavadini, director of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life (ICL).

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Historian Studies Impact of Mexican Immigrants in Chicago

Author: Mike Danahey

Growing up in Los Angeles, Mike Amezcua heard stories about how his great-grandparents emigrated from Michoacán, Mexico to find work in Chicago during the 1920s. Such stories influenced Amezcua’s academic path, inspiring him to focus on how Mexicans helped shaped Chicago’s mid-20th century history. His journey will bring him to South Bend in fall 2014 as an assistant professor of history and faculty fellow in the College of Arts and Letters’ Institute for Latino Studies.

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