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Notre Dame concludes comprehensive review of GLBTQ student services and support

December 05, 2012 • Categories: Students and Alumni

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After a five-month review process, University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., has accepted recommendations from the Office of Student Affairs to expand and enhance the support of and services for students who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning (GLBTQ), including the creation of a University recognized student organization.

The recommendations are part of a comprehensive pastoral plan that includes an array of initiatives grounded in the Catholic mission of the University.

“I appreciate the careful and thoughtful work of this review that considered both the needs of our students and the teachings of the Catholic Church,” Father Jenkins said. “As articulated in the University’s ‘Spirit of Inclusion’ statement, Notre Dame’s goal remains to create and sustain a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students, and I am confident that this multi-faceted, pastoral approach represents the next step in advancing our efforts toward this aspiration for our GLBTQ students.”

Professor Kasey Buckles Brings Economics Home

November 14, 2012 • Categories: Students and Alumni

Kasey Buckles, an assistant professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Economics, challenges undergraduates to take the theories, statistics, and modeling tools they learn in their core courses and apply them to universal life experiences like birth, marriage, divorce, and other family dynamics. In her research-focused seminar called Economics of the Family, Buckles and her students explore questions such as “What is the effect of birth order on prenatal investment in children?” and “How does a mother’s age at first birth affect the academic achievement of her children?”

Bringing the Unknown to Light: Faculty Research Overlooked French Writing

November 14, 2012 • Categories: Students and Alumni

Two professors of French and Francophone studies in Notre Dame’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures are bringing recognition to little-known literature of the past and present. Through individual and joint research projects, Professor Julia Douthwaite, a specialist in 18th and 19th century French literature, and Associate Professor Alison Rice, an expert in French-language texts from the 20th and 21st centuries, are working toward this common goal.

Discussion to Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Coeducation at Notre Dame

November 07, 2012 • Categories: Students and Alumni

The 40th anniversary of coeducation at the University of Notre Dame will be celebrated in a panel discussion, Paving the Way: Reflections on the Early Years of Coeducation at Notre Dame, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 8 in the auditorium of the Eck Visitors Center. The discussion, sponsored by Notre Dame’s Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism with the Department of American Studies, the Gender Studies Program and Badin Hall, will include five people who experienced and shaped Notre Dame’s transition from an exclusively male to coeducational institution.

We’re more passive than we predict when sexually harassed, new study shows

November 07, 2012 • Categories: Students and Alumni

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Sexual harassment is devastating in and of itself for its victims, but new research shows there can be an even more insidious and troubling consequence that goes along with it.

When confronted with sexual harassment, we don’t stand up for ourselves to the extent we believe we will, and because we use false predictions as a benchmark, we condemn others who are passive in the face of sexual harassment, according to a new study co-authored by Ann Tenbrunsel, professor of business ethics at the University of Notre Dame.

Political Scientist Eileen Hunt Botting Wins Book Award

October 16, 2012 • Categories: Students and Alumni

Eileen Hunt Botting, an associate professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science, and one of her former Ph.D. students, Sarah L. Houser, recently won the Society for the Study of American Women Writers Edition Award for their book Hannah Mather Crocker’s Reminiscences and Traditions of Boston. The triennial prize recognizes excellence in the recovery of American women writers.

Fathers biologically attuned to their children when sleeping nearby, research reveals

September 26, 2012 • Categories: Students and Alumni

Mothers aren’t the only ones who are biologically adapted to respond to children. New research from the University of Notre Dame shows that dads who sleep near their children experience a drop in testosterone. Previous research from humans and other species suggests this decrease might make men more responsive to their children’s needs and help them focus on the demands of parenthood.

In a recent study, anthropologist Lee Gettler shows that close sleep proximity between fathers and their children (on the same sleeping surface) results in lower testosterone compared to fathers who sleep alone.

GSA Decision Postponed

September 20, 2012 • Categories: Students and Alumni

GSA Decision Postponed - 4 to 5 movement raises awareness and support for LGBT rights at Notre Dame

By Clara Ritger

The University of Notre Dame announced on May 1 that it would postpone its decision on whether it would formally recognize the Gay-Straight Alliance as a university club. The announcement followed months of protest and awareness activities led by the 4 to 5 Movement and the Progressive Student Alliance. It marks the first time that the university has deferred, rather than denied, the request for a GSA.…

Polygraphies: Francophone Women Writing Algeria

September 20, 2012 • Categories: Students and Alumni

Polygraphies: Francophone Women Writing Algeria

Polygraphies: Francophone Women Writing Algeria by Alison Rice

Associate Professor
Romance Languages and Literatures

University of Virginia Press

Essaka Joshua Honored by Society for Disability Studies

September 20, 2012 • Categories: Students and Alumni

The Society for Disability Studies recently presented its Tyler Rigg Award to Essaka Joshua, a teaching professor in Notre Dame’s Department of English and the Joseph Morahan Director of the College Seminar program in the University’s College of Arts and Letters. Joshua received the accolade—given annually to the best paper in literature and literary analysis published in Disability Studies Quarterly—for “The Drifting Language of Architectural Accessibility in Victor Hugo’s Notre-Dame de Paris.”

A Life of Poems, Poems of a Life

September 18, 2012

A Life of Poems, Poems of a Life

A Life of Poems, Poems of a Life

Edited by Catherine Perry

Associate Professor
Romance Languages and Literatures

Black Widow Press
2012

Originally published by Arts and Letters at al.nd.edu

Augusta National OKs First Female Members

August 20, 2012

Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters tournament, admitted the first female members in its 80-year history Monday: former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore.

"This is a joyous occasion," Augusta National chairman Billy Payne told the Associated Press. "These accomplished women share our passion for the game of golf and both are well known and respected by our membership. It will be a proud moment when we present Condoleezza and Darla their green jackets when the club opens this fall.…

Hesburgh Library Display - Fall 2012

August 16, 2012 • Categories: Students and Alumni

Be sure to stop by and view the Gender Studies Hesburgh Library display this Fall and "Learn what she said."

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Kroc Institute publishes updated research on women in Afghanistan

August 03, 2012 • Categories: Students and Alumni

Three Afghan women meet to discuss plans for social services

After more than a decade of war, U.S. troops will begin returning home from Afghanistan. What will this mean for Afghan women? Will their modest but important gains be lost?

A newly updated edition of the report “Afghan Women Speak: Enhancing Security and Human Rights in Afghanistan,” just published by the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, reflects the complex situation of women and girls in Afghanistan.

Race, Monogamy, and Other Lies They Told You: Busting Myths About Human Nature

August 03, 2012 • Categories: Students and Alumni

Race, Monogamy, and Other Lies They Told You: Busting Myths About Human Nature

Race, Monogamy, and Other Lies They Told You: Busting Myths About Human Nature by Agustín Fuentes

Professor
Anthropology

University of California Press

Graduating Seniors Receive National Fellowships

May 21, 2012 • Categories: Students and Alumni

The Fulbright Exchange Program, National Science Foundation, and other national and international organizations have awarded postgraduate scholarships and fellowships to 13 members of the University of Notre Dame’s Class of 2012, 10 of whom are students in the College of Arts and Letters. Two Arts and Letters graduates of earlier classes also received prestigious fellowships and scholarships this year.

Fourteen seniors receive national fellowships and scholarships

May 21, 2012 • Categories: Students and Alumni

Fulbright International Exchange Program

Fourteen members of the Class of 2012 have been awarded nationally-competitive scholarships from organizations such as the Fulbright Exchange Program and the National Science Foundation.

Additionally, two graduates of earlier classes also received prestigious fellowships and scholarships.

Jessica Collett's Promotion

May 08, 2012 • Categories: Students and Alumni

Jessica Collett

Congratulations to Jessica Collett on her promotion to Associate Professor. Professor Collett is a valuable member of the Gender Studies community, as affiliated faculty, research faculty and a member of our Steering Committee. Professor Collett’s research interests are Social Psychology, Social Inequality, Family & Childhood, Research Methods, and Religion. Jessica Collett joined the Notre Dame faculty in fall 2006. Her current work focuses on how exchange contexts – that is the conditions under which social exchanges occur – affect the relational outcomes of exchange including perceptions of fairness, affective reactions, and levels of commitment, cohesion, and trust. Recent research appears in the American Journal of Sociology, Social Psychology Quarterly, and Social Forces. Currently, Professor Collett serves on the Gender Studies Steering Committee as one of the Social Sciences representatives.…

Theologian Jean Porter elected to AAAS

May 01, 2012 • Categories: Students and Alumni

Notre Dame theologian Jean Porter has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies. Porter, the Rev. John A. O’Brien Professor of Theological Ethics, specializes in Christian ethics and the history and interpretation of the natural law tradition in Catholic ethical reflection, particularly the moral theology of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Teaching awards honor exemplary work with undergraduates

May 01, 2012 • Categories: Students and Alumni

Joyce and Dockweiler awards

The 20 winners of Joyce teaching excellence awards represent faculty who have had a profound influence on undergraduate students through sustained exemplary teaching. Faculty committees in each of seven disciplinary areas review the peer and student nominations.

The awards are presented by the Office of the Provost, but recipients are selected through a process that includes peer and student nominations.

Dockweiler Award winners are: Ramzi K. Bualuan, associate professional specialist, computer science and engineering; Joshua B. Kaplan, associate professional specialist, political science; and Holly E. Martin, assistant dean, First Year of Studies.

The 20 winners of Joyce teaching excellence awards represent faculty who have had a profound influence on undergraduate students through sustained exemplary teaching. Faculty committees in each of seven disciplinary areas review the peer and student nominations.

End of Year Recognition 2012 Pictures

April 27, 2012 • Categories: Students and Alumni

Congratulations again to all of our End of Year award recipients.  Pictures of the event can be viewed at End of Year Ceremony 2012

That's what she said!

April 27, 2012 • Categories: Students and Alumni

In commemoration of 40 years of women on the campus of Notre Dame, Gender Studies Program reveals their NEW T-Shirt.  Stop by the Gender Studies to get yours - $5 each.

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Notre Dame enhances support for gay and lesbian students

April 25, 2012 • Categories: Students and Alumni

In response to student suggestions, the University of Notre Dame has taken several new steps to better support gay, lesbian, bisexual and questioning members of its community.

The result of meetings between student leaders and members of the University’s administration, the initiatives include improving awareness of existing non-discrimination practices and protections as articulated in Notre Dame’s discriminatory harassment policies and “Spirit of Inclusion” statement, and enhancing the structure and functions of the Core Council for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Students.

Award Recipients 2012

April 25, 2012 • Categories: Students and Alumni

Congratulations to all! Click the link below to view the recipients.

Notre Dame political theorist charts early global thinking on women’s rights

April 25, 2012 • Categories: Students and Alumni

Eileen Hunt Botting

Surprisingly soon after it was published in England in 1869, John Stuart Mill’s essay on women’s rights, “Subjection of Women,” was embraced by intellectuals around the world, according to University of Notre Dame political theorist Eileen Hunt Botting.

“I was really struck by its acceptance in non-Western cultures almost immediately,” said Botting, an associate professor of political science, who noted that an earlier feminist work, Mary Wollstonecraft’s “Vindication of the Rights of Woman” (1792), received scant attention outside of Britain, Europe and the United States.

Genevieve D. Willis Senior Thesis Prize Competition

March 03, 2012 • Categories: Students and Alumni

Genevieve D. Willis Senior Thesis Prize for the best thesis written by an undergraduate at Notre Dame on a topic related to Gender Studies ($150). This prize is named in honor of Genevieve D. Willis, whose family has provided an endowment for the Gender Studies Program.

Hesburgh Library Concourse Exhibit

February 08, 2012 • Categories: Students and Alumni

The Gender Studies Program invites you to visit our Hesburgh Library concourse exhibit (in the wall display case opposite the auditorium doors), featuring the work of Nicole Kenney (BFA ’03) and Kamilah Campbell (MFA, gender studies minor ’13). And after spring break, the Introduction to Gender Studies course (under the supervision of the graduate Teaching Apprentices, Lourdes Hurtado and Keelin Burke) will install an exhibit in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Notre Dame becoming co-ed.…

University hosts conference on gender and foodways

January 31, 2012 • Categories: Students and Alumni

Food and gender everywhere, but never a bite to link … or is there?

The conference, "Food Networks: Gender and Foodways," hosted by the Notre Dame gender studies program, explored the link between food and gender this past weekend.

Pamela Wojcik, director of the Gender Studies Program, said the conference allowed for a dialogue that focused on a popular topic. 

"I started thinking about food just because it is clearly a dominant topic in the culture," she said. "We're talking about food at levels and ways across the board … Newt Gingrich is [attacking] Obama as the food stamp president … Michelle Obama is launching anti-obesity campaigns [and] everyone is excessively watching the Food Network. There is just so much stuff right now."