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Notre Dame Law Review’s annual symposium to examine ‘Dignitatis Humanae’

Author: Brittany Collins

Chapel in the Eck Hall of Law

The Notre Dame Law Review will host a symposium that celebrates and examines the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on Religious Freedom on Thursday and Friday (Nov. 5 and 6).

Titled “Religious Liberty and the Free Society: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Dignitatis Humanae,” the symposium will open Thursday with an address from Bishop Daniel E. Flores, bishop of Brownsville, Texas.

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John Brennan elected chair of Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees

Author: Dennis Brown

John J. Brennan

John J. Brennan, chairman emeritus and former chief executive officer of the Vanguard Group, was elected Friday (Oct. 16) chairman of the University of Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees, effective July 1.

Brennan will succeed Richard C. Notebaert, who has served as a member of the Board of Trustees since 1997 and as chairman for the past nine years. Both serve as Fellows of the University — the 12-member body of lay people and priests from the Congregation of Holy Cross who elect the Trustees, adopt and amend the bylaws and are specifically charged with maintaining Notre Dame’s Catholic character.

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Father Jenkins to receive Spirit of Francis Award from Catholic Extension

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., has been named the 2015 recipient of the Spirit of Francis National Award by Catholic Extension for his role in supporting and encouraging future leaders of the Catholic Church throughout his career at Notre Dame.

Father Jenkins will receive the honor at a dinner and ceremony at the Metropolitan Club in New York on Oct. 22.

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Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, to speak at Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Fouad Twal, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Patriarch Fouad Twal

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Fouad Twal, will speak on the increasingly desperate plight of Christians in the Middle East at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 29 (Tuesday) in the auditorium of the Hesburgh Center Auditorium.

The lecture, “Middle East Christians’ Future: In Whose Hands?” will be introduced by University of Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

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Rev. Jenkins: Pope Francis calls Americans to 'live up to the highest ideals of our nation'

Author: Brittany Collins

President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., shakes hands with Pope Francis in Rome. Photo courtesy Vatican Photo Office

During his historic visit to the United States, on Thursday morning (Sept. 24) Pope Francis delivered the first-ever papal address to members of Congress and an audience that included Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame.

Father Jenkins, who traveled to Washington, D.C., to greet Pope Francis at the White House, said that the pontiff called on Americans to challenge themselves to live up to their ideals.

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Notre Dame goal: No coal

Author: Dennis Brown

Notre Dame Power Plant

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, announced Monday (Sept. 21) that the University will cease burning coal entirely within five years, and cut its carbon footprint by more than half by 2030.

“In recognition of both Pope Francis’ encyclical and his visit this week to the United States, Notre Dame is recommitting to make the world a greener place, beginning in our own backyard,” Father Jenkins said. “Of greater importance, however, are the contributions our faculty and students are making across disciplines to find sustainability answers, especially for poor countries in most need of development and the most vulnerable to climate change.”

Father Jenkins also said Notre Dame was planning the investment of $113 million in renewable energy sources and projects, including a hydroelectric project, solar power and geothermal fields both on and off campus, which collectively will reduce CO2 emissions by 47,500 tons.

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Introducing Mary Galvin, dean of the College of Science

Author: Andy Fuller

Mary Galvin, dean of the College of Science

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Mary Galvin, the William K. Warren Foundation Dean of the College of Science, sat down for a brief question-and-answer session about her experience, her passion for scientific research and her new role at the University of Notre Dame.

When asked what drew her to Notre Dame, Galvin is quick to answer: alignment with the University’s mission, and the chance to work with students again.

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A conversation with Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Author: Michael O. Garvey

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor talks about her career with NBC News correspondent Anne Thompson in the Leighton Concert Hall

A two-hour public conversation Wednesday night (Sept. 2) with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor drew a crowd that filled the 840-seat Leighton Concert Hall and overflowed the adjacent Decio Theatre of the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

With Notre Dame alumnae and trustees Anne Thompson, chief environmental affairs correspondent for NBC News, and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Ann Claire Williams as her interlocutors — and with remarkable candor and warmth — the first Latina Supreme Court Justice discussed a wide range of legal, intellectual, cultural and even personal issues arising from her life and career. She also roamed the aisles of Leighton Hall, mingling affectionately and posing for photographs with audience members, and taking questions from 10 Notre Dame students.

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New York Times columnist Ross Douthat to speak in Notre Dame Forum

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Ross Douthat

Ross Douthat, author, blogger and New York Times columnist, will speak on “Catholic Freedom and Secular Power: How the Religious Liberty Debate Has Changed Since Vatican II,” at 4 p.m. Sept. 16 (Wednesday) in the Decio Theatre of the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

Douthat’s lecture is a keynote event in the 2015-16 Notre Dame Forum on “Faith, Freedom and the Modern World: 50 Years After Vatican II,” which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the publication of pivotal documents of the Second Vatican Council that have particular significance today.

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Notre Dame Class of 2019: Passionate, dedicated and diverse

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Class of 2019

The University of Notre Dame’s Class of 2019 arrives on campus this week impressively equipped with intellectual promise, creativity, leadership and commitment to service of others.

“This year’s ‘yield rate,’ the number of students who enroll after being admitted to Notre Dame, was 56 percent, which places Notre Dame among the top 10 private national research universities for yield success,” Don Bishop, associate vice president of undergraduate enrollment, said. “Notre Dame continues to be an extremely popular choice. Our students truly want to be here.”

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor to speak at Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Update: The release has been updated with a change in venue.

A public conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be held from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Sept. 2 (Wednesday) in the Leighton Concert Hall of the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, the University’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., announced Wednesday (Aug. 12). She will discuss a wide range of issues with NBC News correspondent Anne Thompson, and the discussion will be moderated by U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Ann Claire Williams. Both Thompson and Williams are Notre Dame alumnae and Trustees.

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Notre Dame architecture graduate designs a sanctuary for Pope Francis

Author: Michael O. Garvey

James Lenahan

In Philadelphia this September, when Pope Francis celebrates an outdoor Sunday Mass with some 1,500 priests and an estimated 1.5 million lay people, he will be standing in a sanctuary designed by James Lenahan, a Glen Ellyn, Illinois, native who recently graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Master of Architecture degree.

On his first visit to the United States, Pope Francis will be in Philadelphia for the eighth annual World Meeting of Families. The Sept. 27 Mass in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be the gathering’s main event.

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Father Jenkins to appear on public affairs program 'The Open Mind'

Author: Dennis Brown

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

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Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, will be the guest on the 2015-16 season premiere of “The Open Mind,” the longest-running public affairs program in public television history.

A member of the Commission on Presidential Debates, Father Jenkins will speak with host Alexander Heffner about moral education and the cure for incivility in an age of entrenched partisanship.

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A letter from Father Jenkins to the Emanuel AME Church of Charleston

Author: Dennis Brown

Seal

On behalf of the University of Notre Dame, I extend our deepest condolences to the faithful of Emanuel AME Church on the tragic deaths of your pastor, Rev. Clementa Pickney, and your fellow congregants. You welcomed a stranger into your midst to join you in prayer and reflection on the word of God. It is hard to find words to describe our shock and sadness in learning that it was precisely this one you welcomed as a brother who senselessly killed your pastor and your sisters and brothers. We struggle to comprehend that darkness.

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