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.
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.
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.…
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 email@example.com. Full Consideration will be given to applications received by October 17, 2014.
“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!
Peter Casarella, associate professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Theology, has been awarded two prestigious grants for a book project that will explore the idea of God from the perspective of Latino Catholicism, including the complex challenges of “translating” God in a modern world.
“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.
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.
The genocide in Rwanda, whose 20th anniversary is being observed worldwide this month, began only a few days after Easter. That the hatred that cost the lives of a million people in this overwhelmingly Christian country could be unleashed so near to Holy Week seems paradoxical, ironic or even blasphemous.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thomas Tweed, the W. Harold and Martha Welch Professor of American Studies in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, has been selected to lead the American Academy of Religion. Currently president-elect of the academy, he will serve as president in 2015.
José Limón, the Notre Dame Professor of American Literature and Julian Samora Professor of Latino Studies, has been elected to the Fellows of the American Folklore Society in recognition of his outstanding work in the field of folklore studies.