Video: Cross-Cultural Leadership Program Immerses Students in Latino Communities

Author: Todd Boruff

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The Cross-Cultural Leadership Program (CCLP) is a three-credit, eight-week summer course administered by Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies. This service learning experience immerses students in organizations serving Latino communities in either Chicago, Los Angeles, or Washington, D.C. All living expenses are covered for the students during the program. “We’re able to go out into the community, speak Spanish, and really relate to the people on the ground level. I couldn’t have asked for anything better,” said Gregory Jenn, a junior political science and Romance languages major.

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ILS-Affiliated Faculty Offer Community-Based Learning Classes

Author: Josh Weinhold

Community-based learning with Spanish majors at Notre Dame

Through a series of new community-based learning Spanish courses at Notre Dame, undergraduates are improving their language skills both inside and outside the classroom. The learning model is based on the idea that a faculty member and local organization leader are co-educators—the experience is designed to be mutually beneficial to both the class and the community group. Spanish students in intermediate-level and community-based learning classes now average about 3,000 hours of service per year in South Bend.

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Theatre Professor’s Play Explores Nuances of Interfaith Love

Author: Aaron Smith

Anne García-Romero

Disheartened by anti-Muslim rhetoric that followed the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Anne García-Romero resolved to write a play that explored the intricacies and nuances of interfaith love, tolerance, and peaceful coexistence. After years in the making, that work has become a reality. Paloma—which received its West Coast premiere and ran for a month this summer at the Los Angeles Theatre Center—focuses on a romance between a Muslim man and a Christian woman.

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Three Questions with Theologian Timothy Matovina

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Timothy Matovina

Pope Francis is due to arrive in America Sept. 22, his first trip to North America. He’s expected to address the growing influx of Latinos in the U.S. Catholic church while he’s here, including delivering several talks in Spanish. Timothy Matovina, professor of theology and co-director of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, says Latinos have much to offer in the Church. Matovina teaches and studies Latino theology and Catholic history in America.

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A conversation with Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Author: Michael O. Garvey

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor talks about her career with NBC News correspondent Anne Thompson in the Leighton Concert Hall

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A two-hour public conversation Wednesday night (Sept. 2) with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor drew a crowd that filled the 840-seat Leighton Concert Hall and overflowed the adjacent Decio Theatre of the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

With Notre Dame alumnae and trustees Anne Thompson, chief environmental affairs correspondent for NBC News, and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Ann Claire Williams as her interlocutors — and with remarkable candor and warmth — the first Latina Supreme Court Justice discussed a wide range of legal, intellectual, cultural and even personal issues arising from her life and career. She also roamed the aisles of Leighton Hall, mingling affectionately and posing for photographs with audience members, and taking questions from 10 Notre Dame students.

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor to speak at Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Update: The release has been updated with a change in venue.

A public conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be held from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Sept. 2 (Wednesday) in the Leighton Concert Hall of the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, the University’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., announced Wednesday (Aug. 12). She will discuss a wide range of issues with NBC News correspondent Anne Thompson, and the discussion will be moderated by U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Ann Claire Williams. Both Thompson and Williams are Notre Dame alumnae and Trustees.

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ILS and the Department of Political Science Announce New Faculty Search

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

Latino Politics

The Department of Political Science and the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame seeks a tenure-track assistant professor with interests in Latino politics.  The area of focus can be institutions, behavior, or policy and the methodological approach can be quantitative, qualitative, or mixed.  We are especially interested in scholars whose work places Latinos in comparative context with other ethnic/racial groups, addresses issues of intersectionality by gender, social class, generation, or immigration status, and those whose work focuses on social movements or transnational politics. …

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Video: Meet Latino Studies Major Juan Rangel

Author: Todd Boruff

Juan Rangel

Latino studies is an interdisciplinary field engaged in understanding the fastest-growing population in the United States. Students explore the latest Latino-focused research in fields such as anthropology, history, literature, and theology. “Latino studies is for anyone and for everything,” said Juan Rangel ’15.

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Psychologist Darcia Narvaez Receives William James Book Award

Author: Carrie Gates

Darcia Narvaez

Notre Dame psychologist Darcia Narvaez has received the 2015 William James Book Award from the American Psychological Association for her latest book, Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom. The award recognizes a recent book that attempts to bring together diverse subfields of psychology and related disciplines and demonstrates an essential underlying set of themes that serve to unify or integrate the field.

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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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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

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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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