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Video: "The Senior Thesis: Independent Research, Student-Inspired"

Author: Arts and Letters

Researching and completing a senior thesis can be one of the most fulfilling experiences of your college career. It is challenging—but ultimately satisfying because it starts and ends with you and your ideas. Each year, 30% of seniors in the College of Arts and Letters complete a yearlong thesis project, working one-on-one with a faculty member or graduate student to make an intellectual contribution to their chosen field of study. Read More

Senior Takes Advantage of International Research Opportunities

Author: Nancy Joyce

What do Sierra Leone, Croatia, and Ireland have in common? All are the subject of University of Notre Dame senior Catherine Reidy’s undergraduate research. Reidy, a psychology major and anthropology minor in the College of Arts and Letters, spent the past two summers collecting ethnographic research data in Makeni, Sierra Leone. Read More

Notre Dame hosts conference to launch international study consortium

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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Notre Dame International hosted the inaugural meeting of a new consortium of private research universities Oct. 24 and 25 to explore ways to strengthen the academic quality of study abroad programs and to develop standards by which to measure their effectiveness.

The 2012 Symposium on Study Abroad Assessment brought together scholars and administrators of study abroad programs from Princeton, Georgetown, Yale, Duke, Rice and Columbia universities, the University of Tulsa and Boston College. Also participating were more than 60 faculty members and administrators from academic departments at Notre Dame. Read More

Students Find Summer Language Abroad Program Transformative


Whether they camped with Bedouins in the Jordanian desert, visited ancient temples in Japan, hiked around the Black Forest of Germany, or took a road trip to the beaches of Ecuador, the alumni of the University of Notre Dame’s Summer Language Abroad (SLA) grant program agree on one thing: their experience was completely transformative. Read More

Notre Dame to celebrate International Education Week Nov. 9-16

Author: Megan Zagger

International Education Week 2012

Each year, the University of Notre Dame’s International Student Services and Activities, in conjunction with other campus departments and organizations, hosts International Education Week (IEW). IEW is a national event coordinated by the U.S. Department of State and Department of Education to celebrate and promote international education and global exchange. International Education Week 2012 will take place at Notre Dame from Nov. 9 through Nov. 16.

Events include a Diwali celebration, film screenings, a celebration of Asian heritage and culture, discussions, the International Taste of South Bend, and more. Read More

Professor From Notre Dame Translates Nobel Winner’s Novels

Author: Kate Cohorst

Novelist Mo Yan today became the first Chinese writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. If you have ever read any of his work in English, you probably have Howard Goldblatt to thank. Big Breasts and Wide Hips, Red Sorghum, The Republic of Wine, The Garlic Ballads, Shifu, You’ll Do Anything for a Laugh, and Selected Stories by Mo Yan are among the author’s works translated by Goldblatt, a professor of Chinese in Notre Dame’s Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures from 2002-2011. Read More

On the Path to the Foreign Service

Author: Mary Kate Malone

While working as a national sales planner at Univision Television Group in 2009, Melissa Fisher ’07 began to feel restless. She wasn’t sure what direction to take next but knew she had to think more about what she wanted to do with her life, even if that meant taking a leap into the unknown. And so that’s exactly what she did: She quit her job and bought a one-way ticket to Cambodia. “I wanted to challenge myself and live in a developing country where I didn’t know the language,” says the former political science and Spanish double major. “I felt like I needed to do something challenging, to grow up and be on my own.” Read More

College of Arts and Letters Launches International Economics Major

Author: Joanna Basile

Linguistic and cultural fluency is an increasingly important asset in business. And to address the growing demand for professionals who can both understand and help shape the world market, Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters has created a new major in international economics. The major combines substantial coursework in the Department of Economics with advanced training in language and culture, starting with French, Italian, or Spanish. It will also provide students with the potential for overseas internships and specialized research projects. “This program will be an attractive option for ambitious, sophisticated, and savvy Notre Dame undergraduates seeking to prepare themselves for successful international careers,” says Richard Jensen, Gilbert F. Schaefer Professor of Economics and chair of the Department of Economics. Read More

Experience the Sounds of Minyoo


Award-winning singer Molly Adkins Jeon gave a very moving performance and talk, “Experience the Sounds of Minyoo,” the evening of April 26th, in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium for students in the Japanese program and members of the University community. Read More

Chinese Speech Contest

Author: Jessica Green

The Fifth Annual Chinese Speech contest was held Friday April 13th.   In celebrating the accomplishments of learning Chinese in the year of the Dragon over twenty skits were written and performed by EALC students.  Over 150 students attended the event in addition to faculty, staff and community support.  The skits were judged by Ms, han Dou, Professor Li Guo, Ms. Hye-jin Juhn, and Dr. Hong Zhu. While there were many great performances only three could claim first place in their category. In the First Year Chinese contest the winners were Dominique Higgins, Ivana Tong, and Lance Mulcahey who portrayed a skit mimicking the Real World China.  A fantastic skit by Eric Brumleve, Peter Woo, and Peter Baxter entitled Our Girlfriend claimed first place for Second Year Chinese.  Rounding out the top winners were Melissa Woo, James Simonse, and Megan Hsu who took home the prize for Third Year Chinese with their skit A Colorful Journey.  In addition to all the student participants special thanks go to the Liu Family Endowment for Asian Studies, Dean's Office, College of Arts and Letters, Center for the Study of Languages & Cultures, and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. Read More

China Expert Lionel Jensen Addresses Disappearance of Activists


The recent detention of Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, along with several other government critics—including Ai’s accountant and driver—are signs that the Chinese government is becoming increasingly insecure, according to Lionel Jensen, associate professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Notre Dame. Read More