Student success stories, faculty research awards, and more!
Student success stories, faculty research awards, and more!

Corey Robinson ’17 on how the liberal arts prepare students for lives of excellence and integrity

When he got to Notre Dame, Corey Robinson didn’t know what to major in — because he wanted to major in everything. He met with advisers in more than 20 departments, considering everything from Arts and Letters pre-health to Irish language and literature to aquatic biology. And he still wasn’t sure. That’s when his advising dean suggested the Program of Liberal Studies.
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For musicologist studying the ‘middlebrow,’ interdisciplinarity make PLS the perfect home

For Christopher Chowrimootoo, there’s nothing unusual about a musicologist teaching in the Great Books program. That’s because, like his research, the Program of Liberal Studies is fundamentally interdisciplinary. “My research is not just about music in a technical sense,” he said. “It’s about drawing connections between music, literature, and aesthetics.” Chowrimootoo primarily tries to bring music into wider conversations about the “middlebrow” in literature, film studies, and cultural history.
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Internships in the Middle East and Washington, D.C., shape PLS major’s career plan

Sarah Tomas Morgan ’18 has always had an interest in global issues. And the College of Arts and Letters has enabled her to explore that passion through her coursework and a variety of international and internship experiences. 
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PLS alumnus Sean Reardon ’86 uses big data to fight inequality in education

Sean Reardon seeks to use his passions — the humanities and quantitative research — to make a difference in the field of education. The Professor of Poverty and Inequality in Education at Stanford University and one of the nation's leading experts on education inequality, Reardon researches how opportunities and outcomes vary for American students of different racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic backgrounds.
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Professor wins Rome Prize, supporting research on 15th-century philosopher Marsilio Ficino

Denis Robichaud was one of 29 Rome Prize winners this year, chosen from among nearly 1,000 artists and scholars across the United States. The prize allows him to serve as a resident fellow at the American Academy in Rome for the 2018–19 academic year, where he will continue work on his book, the Marsilio Ficino Editions Project.
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Gretchen Reydams-Schils wins fellowships to explore early concepts of the self

The PLS professor spent 10 months in a fellowship at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies of Hebrew University in Jerusalem, as part of a multidisciplinary research project that studies expressions of the self among philosophers, lawmakers, representatives of religious traditions, and biographers in ancient Greece and Rome. She also received a fellowship from the European Institutes for Advanced Study, an organization that funds residencies in 19 cities across Europe.
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