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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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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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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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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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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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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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Notre Dame hosts parenting conference for local parents and practitioners

Author: Jane Murphy

Darcia Narvaez

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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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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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

Peter Casarella

“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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