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Video: Tim Brooks ’90 on the Importance of an International Education

Author: Todd Boruff

Tim Brooks

Col. Paul “Tim” Brooks ’90 graduated from Notre Dame’s Army ROTC program with a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the Department of Political Science. He was commissioned in 1990 as an armor officer and has served in the Army for nearly 25 years in a number of roles. He is currently an information operations officer stationed in Seoul, South Korea. Having spent much of his career overseas, Brooks believes strongly in the value of Notre Dame’s study abroad program. Read More

Marie Kissel ’83 on Study Abroad and the Liberal Arts as a Foundation for an International Career

Author: Todd Boruff

Marie Kissel

Marie Kissel ’83 traces much of her success back to one key point in her Notre Dame experience: going overseas to Tokyo as an undergraduate. “I’ve got this great job, I’m in a region that’s very exciting—that would not have happened without my opportunities at Notre Dame, especially through the study abroad programs,” she said. Kissel is now vice president for government affairs for Asia at Abbott Laboratories, a global pharmaceuticals and health care products company. Read More

Video: Economics Major Interns at Beijing Financial Media Outlet

Author: Todd Boruff

Kelsey Bebout

During the summer of 2015, Kelsey Bebout interned at Caixin Media, a financial news company in Beijing. She obtained the internship with the help of the Notre Dame Beijing Global Gateway, which reached out to the Notre Dame alumni network and connected her with Huang Shan, a Notre Dame alumnus employed at Caixin Media. “It’s definitely challenged me a lot and opened my eyes to different cultures and just seeing what it would be like to live and work abroad,” she said. Read More

Video: Meet Chinese Major Jack McKenna

Author: Todd Boruff


“If you want to set yourself apart in anything you do—whether it’s a job, whether it’s applying to graduate school, whether it’s meeting a new person—I say learn a language,” said Jack McKenna ’15, a Chinese major in the College of Arts and Letters. As a major in Chinese at Notre Dame, students learn the language of the world’s most populous country. In addition to language study, students engage with the culture and literature of China, with topics ranging from religious traditions to international relations. Read More

EALC Graduation

Author: Shinaola Atoro

The Department of East Asian Languages honored the fifty seniors graduating from the department with a ceremony on May 18th in DeBartolo Hall.  The ceremony included poem recitations and a PowerPoint presentation depicting the students work within the Department and their plans for the future. Read More

Midwest Regional "Chinese Bridge" Speech Contest Hosted by Notre Dame

Author: Cindy Zyniewicz

The 2015 U.S. Midwest "Chinese Bridge" Speech Contest was hosted by the University of Notre Dame and the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures Saturday, April 18. The event was sponsored by the Confucius Institute Headquarters and the Education Office of the Consulate General of the PRC in Chicago with support from Notre Dame's Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures, College of Arts and Letters Office for Undergraduate Studies, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, and Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies. Additional details at Read More

Notre Dame's 8th Anuual Speech Contest

Author: Shinaola Atoro

On Friday April 10, 2015, Notre Dame’s Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures Department successfully hosted its 8th Annual Chinese Speech Contest. The Chinese Speech Contest is an annual competition that allows our Chinese students from beginning to advanced levels to showcase their fluency and creativity. During the contest, students present an original piece written by them. The students are expected to memorize this piece, and present it to the audience. Winners are selected based on the student’s fluency, pronounciation, grammar, presentation and content of the speech. The contest was sponsored by Notre Dame’s Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures, College of Arts and Letters Office for Undergraduate Studies, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, and Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and was organized by Professor Chengxu Yin. Needless to say, the topics were amusing, creative and thought provoking. Here are the names of this year’s winners: Read More

Chinese civil rights activist to give Notre Dame’s 2015 Human Dignity Lecture

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Chen Guangcheng

Chinese civil rights activist and former political prisoner Chen Guangcheng will give the University of Notre Dame’s 2015 Human Dignity Lecture at 7:30 p.m. April 7 (Tuesday) in the McKenna Hall Auditorium.

Chen’s lecture, “Interpreting Reform: Human Dignity and Human Rights in Contemporary China,” is sponsored by Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life (ICL) as one of its Human Dignity Lecture series. Read More

Notre Dame Among Top Producers of Fulbright Students

Author: Michael O. Garvey


Ten University of Notre Dame students have been awarded Fulbright grants in the 2014-15 program, placing the University among the top-producing research institutions in the nation. Eight of Notre Dame’s 10 Fulbright students come from the College of Arts and Letters. The U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, Fulbright recently announced the complete list of colleges and universities that produced the most 2014-15 U.S. Fulbright students in Thursday’s edition (February 12) of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Read More

Father Theodore Hesburgh of Notre Dame dies at age 97

Author: Dennis Brown

Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., saying Mass

Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame from 1952 to 1987, a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross and one of the nation’s most influential figures in higher education, the Catholic Church and national and international affairs, died at 11:30 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 26) at Holy Cross House adjacent to the University. He was 97.

“We mourn today a great man and faithful priest who transformed the University of Notre Dame and touched the lives of many,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “With his leadership, charisma and vision, he turned a relatively small Catholic college known for football into one of the nation’s great institutions for higher learning." Read More