Teaching with the Columbus Murals
Resources for instructors wishing to utilize the Columbus Murals for instruction can be found here.
History of campus dialogue involving the Columbus Murals
August 24, 2020: A Message from Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.
"Monuments and images commemorating individuals and events of the past have been a flashpoint in recent protests and discussions."
September 2019: President's Annual Address to the Faculty
"We need to acknowledge the tangledness and complexity of our history, and each of its many different threads. Some things that we now regard as evil were once regarded as good. Both interpretations are part of the history of Notre Dame."
July 2019: Report of the Columbus Murals Committee
February 14, 2019: Fr. Jenkins Announces the Columbus Murals Committee
In his letter to the University of Notre Dame community on January 20, 2019, regarding the Columbus murals in the Main Building, Fr. Jenkins indicated that he would form a committee to deliberate and advise on the display of the mural images in the appropriate context, as well as on related issues, in accord with the framework set out in his letter.
January 20, 2019: Fr. Jenkins' letter to the Campus Community
"We will, therefore, create a permanent display for high-quality, high-resolution images of the murals in a campus setting to be determined that will be conducive to such an informed and careful consideration. The murals on the walls of the Main Building will themselves be covered by woven material consistent with the décor of the space, though it will be possible to display the murals on occasion. I will establish a committee to decide on the place to display the images of the murals and the appropriate communication around the display."