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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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Art Exhibit Brings Notre Dame Literary Initiative to Sacramento, CA

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies (ILS), is pleased to announce its third “PINTURA : PALABRA” workshop, slated to take place on Saturday, October 11 and Sunday October 12 at the Crocker Art Museum. The two-day, ten-hour workshop is being held in tandem with the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s traveling exhibit, “Our America: the Latino Presence in American Art,” which opened on September 21 and will be on view through January 11, 2015. There will also be a reading, free and open to the public, on Sunday, October 12 at 5 PM at the Sacramento Poetry Center after the workshop concludes, featuring the workshop participants and their facilitator, the noted poet Francisco X. Alarcón.

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Notre Dame hosts parenting conference for local parents and practitioners

Author: Jane Murphy

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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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National Poetry Prize Winner to Read at Notre Dame

Author: College of Arts and Letters

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Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, presents an evening of poetry with Dan Vera, author of Speaking Wiri Wiri—winner of the inaugural Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize, a national award which supports the publication of a second or third book by a Latino/a poet residing in the United States.

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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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Faculty Recruitment: Latino Literatures and Cultures

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

The Department of English and the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame seek a specialist in Latino literatures and cultures at the rank of beginning or advanced Assistant Professor. The appointment will be housed in the Department of English with a close affiliation to the Institute as a Faculty Fellow. Please send a letter of application and CV to engljobs@nd.edu. Full Consideration will be given to applications received by October 17, 2014.

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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

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“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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The ministry of storytelling

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. Joseph V. Corpora, C.S.C.

The Catholic Church is the largest of the Christian churches in the nation, and more than half of the Catholics in the United States who are under the age of 25 are Latinos. Barring massive changes in birthrates and immigration, a majority of American Catholics will be Latinos by the year 2050. If the rise of Latino Catholics confronts the Catholic Church in America with a profound and tumultuous challenge, the University of Notre Dame’s Rev. Joseph V. Corpora, C.S.C., sees it as a blessing as well. “I think Latino Catholics might even be God’s last-ditch effort to keep the American Catholic Church truly catholic, sacramental and diverse,” he said.

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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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San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro to address Latino civic engagement

Author: Arnel Bulaoro

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San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro will visit the University of Notre Dame campus at 7 p.m. April 7 (Monday) in DeBartolo Hall, Room 101, for an event titled “American Politics in the 21st Century: Latino Civic Engagement.” Joining the mayor on stage will be his former Stanford faculty mentor Luis Fraga. The two will discuss the mayor’s journey into the world of politics.

This is the third collaborative event of the American Politics series between Multicultural Student Programs and Services’ Building Bridges Lecture Series, the Institute for Latino Studies Transformative Latino Leadership Lecture Series and the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy.

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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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Notre Dame hosts conference on the Catholic Church and immigration

Author: Michael O. Garvey

"The Church and Immigration"

Bishop Alvaro Ramazzini of Guatemala and University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., will be among the scholars, pastoral workers, church leaders, public policymakers and advocates for migrants and refugees who will gather at the University from March 2 to 5 for a conference on the role of the Catholic Church in the lives of migrants and refugees.

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