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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What it's like to be a DREAMer on campus

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

IILS faculty and staff have been actively involved with the University's efforts to admit and support "DREAMer" students to pursue their aspirations through a Notre Dame education. We are very proud of all our students, including the authors of the following editorial that recently appeared in The Washington Post.

May 19, 2015

We were high school valedictorians, but we weren’t sure we’d make it to college because we’re also undocumented immigrants

What it's like to be a DREAMer on campus.



By Brizzia Munoz Robles and Maria Munoz Robles

Brizzia Munoz Robles and her identical twin sister Maria Munoz Robles are completing their first year at the University of Notre Dame.

Maria Muñoz Robles

Brizzia Muñoz Robles



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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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Institute for Latino Studies Hosts IUPLR Siglo XXI Conference

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

Conference reflects on the history, future of Latino research

Brian Flood
April 15, 2015

The Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR), a University of Illinois at Chicago-based national Latino research consortium, will host its fifth biennial conference, Siglo XXI: Intra-Latinos/as: Entre Latinos/as: Reconceptualizing Nations, Regions and Disciplines.…

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Institute for Latino Studies announces participants for the 2015 Young Scholars Symposium

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

The Institute for Latino Studies is pleased to announce the participants for our 2015 Young Scholars Symposium, to be convened April 8-10 on the University of Notre Dame campus. These scholars will present a dissertation chapter or essay draft for discussion with ILS faculty fellows and our 2015 Virgilio Elizondo Distinguished Visiting Professor, Davíd Carrasco. Congratulations to our 2015 honorees:

Lloyd Barba, University of Michigan
Kiku Huckle, University of Washington
Marzia Milazzo, Vanderbilt University
Aida I. Ramos, University of Texas at San Antonio
Javier Ramirez, Indiana University
Sujey Vega, Arizona State University

Read the full press release and participant bios here.

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Congratulations to John Phillip Santos '79

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

ILS congratulates John Phillip Santos on his reception of The Anthony J. Lauck Award from the Notre Dame Alumni Association. John Phillip has been a favorite among our students during his various visits to campus for ILS events, and we are grateful he has received this prestigious recognition.

John Phillip Santos

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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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