In a unique and unpredictable election year, the University of Notre Dame will examine the presidential campaign through the lens of debates past and present in its 2016 Notre Dame Forum.
Nine University of Notre Dame educators were honored with awards at the University’s annual President’s Dinner held May 17.
The University strives to create a culture of appreciation and celebration through award and recognition programs. Recipients receive a cash award and a keepsake, and are acknowledged at the annual Service Recognition Dinner. Eight members of the staff were honored.
Jimmy and Susan Dunne of New York City and Jay and Mary Flaherty of Los Angeles have each made $20 million gifts to the University of Notre Dame for the construction of two new residence halls on campus. Dunne Hall for men and Flaherty Hall for women will open this August for the 2016 fall semester.
Remarks of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., upon conferring the 2016 Laetare Medals.
“Man is a political animal,” wrote Aristotle, and thus, as St. Thomas Aquinas noted, some are charged to combine practical reason with a concern for the community to fashion laws that serve their fellow citizens. Through the invitation of one of our Laetare awardees, Pope Francis became the first pontiff to address a joint meeting of Congress. As our awardees stood behind the Holy Father on that historic day, he reminded the assembled legislators that theirs is the call to “the tireless and demanding pursuit of the common good … the chief aim of politics.” No doubt today’s medalists had occasion to reflect on their long careers given to that pursuit.
Degrees will be conferred on 2,163 undergraduates at Notre Dame’s 171st University Commencement Ceremony on Sunday. Retired U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be the principal speaker and the recipient of an honorary degree. Vice President Joe Biden and former House Speaker John Boehner will receive the 2016 Laetare Medal (lay-TAH-ray), the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics.
The University and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, or Vatican Library, formalized a unique agreement of collaboration and exchange in a ceremony Monday (May 9) in the Hesburgh Room of the Morris Inn, where Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and Archbishop Jean-Louis Bruguès, O.P., archivist and librarian of the Holy Roman Church, together signed a memorandum of understanding.
The University of Notre Dame will inaugurate a new award during its 171st University Commencement Ceremony May 15.
As the University looks forward to the 50th anniversary of its Board of Trustees, it will award the Hesburgh-Stephan Medal, named in honor of the late Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s 15th president, under whose leadership the Board was established, and Edmund A. Stephan, first chairman of the Board.
The University of Notre Dame and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, or Vatican Library, will formalize a unique agreement of collaboration and exchange in a ceremony at 12:30 p.m. May 9 (Monday) in the Hesburgh Room of the Morris Inn, where Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and Archbishop Jean-Louis Bruguès, O.P., archivist and librarian of the Holy Roman Church, will sign a memorandum of understanding.
The only such collaboration between the Vatican Library and any North American academic institution, the agreement will develop visits and informal exchanges of faculty, scholars, librarians and administrators; organize joint conferences, lecture series, art exhibitions, and musical and theatrical performances; and explore the development of joint programs of research.
Rita Colwell, a molecular microbiologist whose research focuses on global infectious diseases, water and health, will receive a doctor of science honorary degree at the University of Notre Dame’s 171st University Commencement Ceremony on May 15 (Sunday). She joins six previously announced honorary degree recipients.
Currently a Distinguished University Professor at both the University of Maryland and at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, she has spent her career working as a researcher, educator and leader within the science sector.
Returning from Washington, D.C., this afternoon (March 15) where he helped commemorate bipartisan American efforts to end violence in Northern Ireland, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, said that “the bipartisan spirit employed to reach peace abroad is sorely needed now on our own soil to ameliorate discord and bring common decency to our political discourse.”
In a speech Friday (March 11) at the American Chamber of Commerce in São Paulo, Brazil, University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., discussed the importance of Catholic education in an era of corruption and injustice, the University’s vision for growth in the country and its research related to the Zika virus.
University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., in an interview with Nicolás Luco, columnist for one of Latin America’s leading dailies, El Mercurio of Chile, was asked about the “open gestures of dialogue” behind the selection of Vice President Joseph Biden and former Speaker John Boehner as the University’s Laetare medalists.
In recognition of their leadership, civility and dedication to our nation, the University of Notre Dame will present two Catholic officials from opposing political parties — Vice President Joe Biden and former Speaker of the House John Boehner — with its 2016 Laetare Medal, the oldest and most prestigious honor accorded to American Catholics. The award will be presented at Notre Dame’s 171st University Commencement Ceremony on May 15 (Sunday).
University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., will lead a University delegation on a week-long trip to three South American countries in order to strengthen relationships and grow Notre Dame’s presence in academic, Church and government sectors there.
The trip begins Sunday, March 6, in Santiago, Chile, where the delegation will spend three days meeting with government and academic leaders. Highlighting the trip will be audiences with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and with Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, archbishop of Santiago, who also serves as the great chancellor of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. He was appointed cardinal by Pope Francis in January 2014.
Five distinguished figures in the Catholic Church, civil rights, the arts, business and higher education will join principal speaker retired U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey as honorary degree recipients at the University of Notre Dame’s 171st University Commencement Ceremony on May 15 (Sunday).