Truman Scholar, alumnus writing shows for Netflix, virtuoso organist + more
Truman Scholar, alumnus writing shows for Netflix, virtuoso organist + more

Political science and Arabic major Patrick McCabe named 2020 Truman Scholar

Arts and Letters junior Patrick Hidalgo McCabe has been named a 2020 Truman Scholar, becoming the ninth Arts and Letters student selected for the award since 2010. McCabe is a political science and Arabic major with a minor in peace studies from Vienna, Virginia. He is a Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar, a Kellogg International Scholar, a Glynn Family Honors Scholar, and a Boren Scholar. 
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Two A&L faculty members win ACLS fellowships

Jon Coleman, professor and chair of the Department of History, and Emily Wang, assistant professor of Russian, have been named fellows in the 2020 cohort of American Council of Learned Societies. An expert in American environmental history, Coleman will use his yearlong fellowship to advance his research on the Kankakee River in Illinois and northern Indiana, writing a history of the river in reverse chronology. Wang is pursuing a project showing how literature shaped the Decembrists, a group of liberal young Russian conspirators who staged a revolt against Tsar Nicholas I in 1825.
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Majoring in FTT helped give Conor Hanney ’14 the opportunity to build a career as a TV writer

By the time Conor Hanney ’14 sat down to start his senior thesis for his film, television, and theatre major, he knew exactly what he wanted to do for a living — write for live-action TV targeting the kids and family demographic. And within 16 months of graduation, that’s exactly what he started doing. Hanney, a writer, lyricist, and composer for Netflix, works on various family programming, including the live-action comedy series The Expanding Universe of Ashley GarciaThe Healing Powers of Dude, and Prince of Peoria. He is currently working on the upcoming Kenny Ortega musical series Julie and The Phantoms.
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Virtuoso organist and scholar Kola Owolabi to join Notre Dame music and sacred music faculty

Acclaimed organist Kola Owolabi will join the faculty of the Department of Music and Sacred Music at Notre Dame this fall as professor of music and head of the Graduate Organ Studio. Owolabi — whose expertise includes a broad range of organ repertoire, composition, choral conducting, church music, and improvisation — will replace Craig Cramer, who is retiring at the end of the academic year.
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Alumna Nikole Hannah-Jones wins Pulitzer Prize

Nikole Hannah-Jones, a 1998 University of Notre Dame alumna and an investigative reporter for The New York Times Magazine, has won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for criticism, journalism’s highest honor. Hannah-Jones was recognized for her introductory essay to the newspaper’s landmark The 1619 Project, an ongoing and interactive series she created that focuses on the 400th anniversary of when enslaved Africans were first brought to what would become the United States. A&L graduates have now won Pulitzer Prizes two years in a row, following political science and economics alumnus Carlos Lozada’s win in 2019.
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American studies professor’s research on slaves’ courtroom testimony garners multiple book awards

Sophie White, an associate professor in the Department of American Studies, offered an exceptional glimpse into the lives of the enslaved — through their own words — in her latest book, Voices of the Enslaved: Love, Labor, and Longing in French Louisiana. She recently won two awards for the work — the Kemper and Leila Williams Book Prize and the 2020 Summerlee Book Prize. White also received an honorable mention for the Merle Curti Award for best book in American social history from the Organization of American Historians.
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Good Morning America head writer Adriana Pratt ’12 on how to get started in broadcast journalism

Adriana Pratt ’12, head writer and a senior producer for Good Morning America on ABC, majored in political science and minored in the Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy. Multiple newspaper, magazine, and broadcast internships helped her land an assistant position at ABC News when she graduated, and she has been at that network ever since. Internships are the primary qualification she looks for when hiring — for the skills students gain from those experiences and the insight it gives them into working in broadcast TV.
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