Though isolated acts of violence rarely can be attributed to a single cause, there is one trait common to many perpetrators, according to University of Notre Dame Psychology Professor Darcia Narvaez: as children, often they were neglected or exposed to traumatic violence, both of which raise the risk for the development of schizophrenia or other psychotic symptoms later in life.
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The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments this week from some 12 states, urging it to uphold a law that bans the sale of violent video games to children younger than 18. The states, including California and Texas, say that banning sales to minors would provide moral and psychological protection. University of Notre Dame Psychology Professor Darcia Narvaez agrees.
Ever meet a kindergartener who seemed naturally compassionate and cared about others’ feelings? Who was cooperative and didn’t demand his own way? Chances are, his parents held, carried, and cuddled him a lot; he most likely was breastfed; he probably routinely slept with his parents; and he likely was encouraged to play outdoors with other children, according to new research findings Notre Dame Psychology Professor Darcia F. Narvaez.
Jorge Bustamante, Eugene Conley Professor of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame, has received the Mexican Bar Association’s National Jurisprudence Award in honor of his lifelong work in defense of the human rights of migrants.
The Ford Foundation recently named American Studies professor Jason Ruiz a 2010 Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow.
The Center for Migration and Border Studies in the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies has received a $125,000 grant from the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) to investigate how social and cultural factors impact Mexican immigrants’ savings for retirement.
Titled “Understanding and Increasing Mexican Immigrants’ Financial and Retirement Security,” the study will examine how Mexican immigrants prepare, or do not prepare, for retirement. The research applies a novel, interdisciplinary approach to the study of retirement, combining anthropological and economic theories and methods.
“Latino” is not an ethnic label. According to census officials it designates “a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race.”
But whatever their multiple ethnicities, Latino people have been present in America longer than any other people aside from Native Americans. They number some 50 million in the United States today, and it is reliably estimated that their population will be doubled by the middle of this century.
Researching how the threat of censorship affects playwrights, Yael Prizant, assistant professor of film, television and theatre, found examples from Cuban theatre in many of the case studies. “Once I read a few plays from the island, I was hooked,” she says.
Jason Ruiz won the Latin American Studies Association’s Best Dissertation in Latino Studies Award for his dissertation, “Americans in the Treasure House: Travel to Mexico in the Popular Imagination of the United States, 1876-1920”
Gotta Get Out , a short film shot, directed, and produced by Associate Professional Specialist William Donaruma, will be screened at Short Film Corner, a special exhibition of short films at the 2009 Festival de Cannes.
Jorge A. Bustamante, Eugene P. and Helen Conley Professor of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame, has been nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize byMexico’s Congress. p. Bustamante, a native ofTijuanawho earned his masters and doctoral degrees from Notre Dame in 1970 and 1975, respectively, has been…