Research elevating marginalized voices, profs pivot during pandemic + more!
Research elevating marginalized voices, profs pivot during pandemic + more!

20 A&L students and alumni win Fulbright grants

Twenty Notre Dame students and alumni from the College of Arts and Letters have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants to teach or study abroad during the 2020-21 academic year. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program, offering grants to undergraduate and graduate students and alumni to research, study, or teach abroad. 
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FTT professor’s research highlights African American women in theatre history, elevating marginalized and overlooked voices

La Donna Forsgren (right, with the late American playwright Ntozake Shange) writes because she has something to say — and because the people she writes about had something to say, too. An associate professor in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre, Forsgren’s research shines a light on the essential role African American women have played in theatre history. “No matter where my work takes me, the throughline is African American women and marginalized voices,” she said.
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History alumna follows her curiosity and ‘growth mindset’ to a career in publishing, AI, and podcasts

Michelle Gaseor ’11 doesn’t meet many other history majors in the tech world. But in her career, which has taken her from educational publishing and user experience design to the forefront of conversational artificial intelligence, she continually builds upon the foundation she established in the College of Arts and Letters. 
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Understand and fight: A&L faculty among the Notre Dame researchers responding to COVID-19

As Notre Dame classrooms and laboratories went into hibernation in March, many researchers from various fields across the University — including political science, psychology, and economics — looked for ways to pivot their own work toward furthering knowledge into how our world can cope with the unexpected pandemic crisis. They decided to jump into the research at different times, but for the same reason: They knew they could help.
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Acclaimed theologian and church historian enhances Department of Theology’s strength in post-Reformation Catholicism

Ulrich L. Lehner knows that many see studying the Catholic Church in the 16th through 18th centuries as “dry, lifeless scholasticism.” But he sees a rich history that is overflowing with wisdom about how to meet a host of modern challenges. Lehner is the author of 10 books and editor of 17 volumes, including The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theology, though his work is not only focused on historical topics. His 2017 book, God is Not Nice: Rejecting Pop Culture Theology and Discovering the God Worth Living For, is focused on the problems many modern believers encounter.
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Kylemore Abbey Global Centre, campus partners launch new program — open to students and alumni — on literary works and films during pandemics

The Kylemore Abbey Global Centre, along with six partners from across the University of Notre Dame campus, has launched the Kylemore Book Club, an open, multimedia, educational enrichment program featuring Notre Dame’s expert faculty. The debut program, “Literature and Film in Lockdown,” is led by Barry McCrea, professor of English and the Donald R. Keough Family Professor of Irish Studies. 
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Anthropology Ph.D. candidate named Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellow in Women’s Studies

Maryam Rokhideh, a Notre Dame doctoral candidate in peace studies and anthropology, has been named a 2020 Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellow in Women’s Studies. Ten highly selective fellowships are awarded annually to humanities and social science Ph.D. candidates whose work addresses women’s and gender issues in interdisciplinary and original ways.
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