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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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Notre Dame faculty read and react to new encyclical on climate change

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Pope Francis

University of Notre Dame faculty members continue to comment on the new encyclical Laudato Si’, issued by Pope Francis in Rome on Thursday (June 18).

In an op-ed essay in Wednesday’s edition of the Chicago Tribune, Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., writes that, “It is characteristic of this pope to speak as the Catholic leader but to seek to build bridges to all people who promote friendship and cooperation serving the good of all.

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Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.: Charge to the Class of 2015

Author: Notre Dame News

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

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Class of 2015, you leave Notre Dame with many great achievements and memorable moments. One that will always remain is that you will always be the class that helped us send Father Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., to his final rest with God. As long as I live, I will cherish the memory of many of you standing shoulder to shoulder, quietly and reverently on a very cold day, along the path from the Basilica to Holy Cross cemetery, to pay tribute on Father Ted’s final journey across campus.

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Class of 2015, 'Father Ted’s last class,' leaves Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Anna Kottkamp delivers the 2015 Valedictory Address

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“You leave Notre Dame with many great achievements and memorable moments,” Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., told the graduates in his charge to the Class of 2015. “One is that you will always be the class that helped us send Father Theodore Hesburgh to his final rest with God.” Inviting Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne/South Bend to give a blessing to the seniors, Father Jenkins said, “I know Father Ted will join him in blessing the class of 2015 — in another way, his last class at Notre Dame.”

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Noted scholar of Quran and early Islamic history to deliver the Graduate School Commencement address

Author: William G. Gilroy

Jane Dammen McAuliffe

Jane McAuliffe, a scholar of the Quran and early Islamic history, and director of the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, will deliver the Commencement address on May 16 (Saturday) at the Commencement ceremony for the University of Notre Dame Graduate School.

The Graduate School ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. at the Compton Family Ice Arena and will honor the University’s new doctoral and master’s degree recipients.

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Archbishop Fitzgerald to speak on Christianity and Islam 50 years after 'Nostra Aetate'

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald

Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald will give a public lecture commemorating the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Second Vatican Council document “Nostra Aetate” at 5 p.m. Thursday (April 23) in Geddes Hall’s Andrews Auditorium at the University of Notre Dame.

Archbishop Fitzgerald’s lecture, “The Church and Islam 50 Years after Nostra Aetate,” will focus on the influence “Nostra Aetate,” the Council’s pivotal declaration on non-Christian religions, has had on relations between Christians and Muslims.

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