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October 24, 2016 (Notre Dame, Ind.)—– Timothy Matovina, Co-Director of the Institute for Latino Studies and Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, has been selected to receive the 2016 Richard Cardinal Cushing Medal for the Advancement of Church Research. The Cushing Medal is intended to recognize the work of Church leaders, who, like Cardinal Cushing, have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of the Catholic Church’s needs through research.…
Havana, Cuba—Following the visit of Pope Francis to Cuba, a theology class takes part in a conference convened by the Institute for Latino Studies and LANACC. The class professor and Cuban expert Peter Casarella, director of Latin American/North American Church Concerns at Notre Dame. Casarella joined the University’s Institute for Latino Studies to host the first intercontinental conference examining the significance of Pope Francis’ visits to the Americas.
Robert Vargas, an urban sociologist whose research focuses on violence and health care, is joining Notre Dame’s Department of Sociology this fall as an assistant professor. Vargas, who will also be a faculty affiliate in the Institute for Latino Studies at Notre Dame, was previously on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at Harvard University. Vargas’ first book, Wounded City: Violent Turf Wars in a Chicago Barrio (Oxford University Press), will be released May 1. In it, Vargas argues that competition among political groups contributes to the persistence of violence just as much as the competition among street gangs.
Jennifer Jones, an assistant professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Sociology, has received the Presidential Authority Award grant from the Russell Sage Foundation for her study of interracial coalitions and their effect on immigration policy in Mississippi and Alabama. Combining archival and media sources with interviews, “Enforcement or Embrace? The Determinants of State-Level Immigration Policy in New Immigrant Destinations” emerged from unexpected patterns Jones identified while researching race relations and immigration in North Carolina.
Marisel C. Moreno, Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and fellow of the Institute for Latino Studies, is the recipient of the 2016 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award. This award, bestowed annually on a faculty member in the College of Arts and Letters, is named for the Rev. Charles E. Sheedy, C.S.C., a much-beloved former dean of the College. It recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated sustained excellence in teaching, informed by research, over a wide range of courses while employing innovative and creative teaching methods. For more information on this prestigious award, including a list of former winners, see: http://al.nd.edu/about/the-faculty/sheedy-award…
Rev. Virgilio P. Elizondo, the University of Notre Dame Professor of Pastoral and Hispanic Theology, died Monday (March 14). He was 80 years old.
A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 2000, Father Elizondo was a native of San Antonio, Texas, where his Mexican immigrant parents owned a grocery store and where he himself spent many years as the pastor of San Fernando Cathedral. The Sunday Spanish Mass at which he presided was televised and carried via satellite from San Fernando Cathedral to more than 1 million households.
ILS faculty members Tatiana Botero, Marisel Moreno, and Karen Richman participated in this Border immersion experience in January of 2016. We are proud to share this story produced by the Notre Dame Office of Public Affairs and Communications. The original story authored by Brendan O'Shaughnessy, along with accompanying videos and photographs can be seen at https://www.nd.edu/features/a-transformative-journey/…
This essay by ILS faculty fellow Marisel Moreno was published in Notre Dame Magazine on March 14, 2016. To see the original publication along with accompanying photos please visit http://magazine.nd.edu/news/65288-crossing-the-border/…
Notre Dame psychologist Darcia Narvaez has been named a fellow of the American Educational Research Association, an honor bestowed on academics with notable and sustained research achievements. Narvaez, a professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Letters, is one of 22 scholars who will be inducted as fellows at the AERA’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on April 9.
Karen Richman led an interdisciplinary research team’s investigation of The Significance of Gender for Latinos’ Savings for Retirement. She will be presenting study findings at Financial Security Day, a multi-disciplinary workshop sponsored by University of Notre Dame and the local United Way, which will bring national experts from the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the financial wellness industry to campus on February 25. Richman, a cultural anthropologist, collaborated in the research with economist Wei Sun, political scientist Justin Sena and sociologist Sung David Chun to conduct statistical analysis of national survey data and a qualitative, case study of in 2012-2014 of Mexican immigrants and (native-born) Mexican-Americans’ in metropolitan Chicago. The project was sponsored by the National Endowment for Financial Education.
Luis Ricardo Fraga, Arthur Foundation Endowed Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership, Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Political Science and co-director of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, served as co-editor of a special issue of the Journal of Catholic Education, its first issue ever to focus specifically on Latinos and Catholic education.
According to Fraga, the Jan. 28 special issue, titled “Latinos, Education, and the Church,” concerns the opportunities and challenges confronting the Catholic Church in providing educational opportunities for the children of Latino families.
When Pope Francis travels to Mexico Feb. 12-17, he will visit six cities — including two in the state of Chiapas, Mexico’s poorest state — and will celebrate a Mass in Ciudad Juárez across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas. The first pope from Latin America, where 40 percent of the world’s Catholics live, he will be touring the country that’s home to the second largest Catholic population in the world.
ILS Co-Director Luis R. Fraga was invited to participate in a panel discussion at the first ever university-wide Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration luncheon hosted by University President Fr. John Jenkins. The luncheon was held on Monday, January 18th at the Joyce Center.
The full luncheon video can be seen here or at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oK5LadSbpFA&feature=youtu.be.
ILS congratulates our dear friend and frequent collaborator, Father Joseph Corpora, CSC, on his selection as a Missionary of Mercy by Pope Francis. Read the full story by Michael O. Garvey below.
Rev. Joseph Corpora, C.S.C., director of university-school partnerships for the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), has received a mandate from Pope Francis to be a Missionary of Mercy.
The Missionaries are some 800 priests worldwide selected by the pope to be special confessors and “living signs” of God’s forgiveness during the Holy Year of Mercy officially proclaimed in his letter, Misericordiae Vultus (The Face of Mercy), last year.
Latino Studies faculty fellow Marisel Moreno shares her recent southern Arizona border experience after attending a faculty immersion seminar to learn about border issues. Her essay was posted online on January 12, 2016 to the Huffington Post blog and can be read at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marisel-moreno/documenting-the-border_b_8958508.html…
Alex E. Chávez, an assistant professor in anthropology and Fellow of the Institute for Latino Studies (ILS), sees parallels between longstanding Latino migration to the United States and the current crisis of Middle Eastern and North African migration to Europe. He was part of a group of ILS faculty fellows who met with Italian scholars to discuss immigration at Notre Dame’s Global Gateway Center in Rome in October.
Originally published in the December 2015 issue (page 6) of NDWorks.
BY JOSH WEINHOLD, COLLEGE OF ARTS AND LETTERS
Students ‘gain as much as they give’
Notre Dame student Colleen Wade watches as the Valero family reads a book chronicling multiple generations of their family history. Wade made the book as part of a community-based learning Spanish course in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.
Listen to Institute for Latino Studies fellow and Sociology professor Jennifer Jones comment on Black-Latino Coalitions in the South on NPR. The original interview by Laura Lee & Frank Stasio of WUNC 91.5 (North Carolina Public Radio) appeared on their website on November 20, 2015. See full story at http://wunc.org/post/black-latino-coalitions-south#stream/0…
Originally published in the November 2015 issue of NDWorks.
BY GENE STOWE, FOR NDWORKS
Her long-view historical perspective sees the current U.S. immigration debate as another in a long series of resistance followed by acceptance as newcomers contribute to an evolving society and economy.Karen Richman, director of undergraduate studies for the Institute for Latino Studies, was one of the first scholars who saw both sides of immigration as it created transnational interdependent communities in the late 20th century.
Notre Dame historian Jaime M. Pensado has been awarded the Conference on Latin American History’s 2014 Mexican History Book Prize for his first book, Rebel Mexico: Student Unrest and Authoritarian Political Culture During the Long Sixties. An unprecedented look at student activism in 1960s Mexico, the book was judged to be the most significant work on the history of Mexico published in 2014.
An interdisciplinary symposium hosted this week by the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies aims to facilitate conversation and collaboration between scholars from the United States and Italy who are researching issues related to immigration. “Transnational Migration in Comparative Perspective: Italy and the United States” offers the chance for academics to learn from one another about immigration experiences and discuss ways that research can better inform policymakers.
On October 10, 2015, prior to the Fighting Irish vs. U.S. Naval Academy football game, ILS Co-Director Timothy Matovina moderated the Saturday Scholar Series lecture titled “Father Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., Among the Notre Dame Presidents.” The lecture video can now be seen here in its entirety.…
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.
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.
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.