Listening to Puerto Rico, Spanish major valedictorian, new faculty + more!
Listening to Puerto Rico, Spanish major valedictorian, new faculty + more!

Service experience abroad helps Spanish major discover her post-graduation path

Juliana Ison has always had a passion for service. Even before coming to Notre Dame, she had already spent 1,000 hours volunteering. It wasn’t until a service trip to Chile this summer, however, that the senior saw how her majors — psychology and Spanish — could blend with a career path that involves helping others.
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With ‘Listening to Puerto Rico,’ faculty tell the stories of hurricane recovery efforts

Notre Dame faculty members Marisel Moreno and Thomas F. Anderson, along with University of Michigan colleague Will Potter, visited Puerto Rico this summer and conducted more than 30 interviews with Puerto Rican community members. These stories are combined with articles, documentaries, and other learning materials to provide learners with a deeper knowledge of the island and its people. A free, open online course attracted nearly 1,100 unique visitors, and 198 users completed the entire course by watching more than 20 hours of interviews, reading articles, taking quizzes, and more. 
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Spanish major named 2018 valedictorian

A native of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Andrew Grose was an early inductee into Phi Beta Kappa and a four-year member of the Notre Dame Marching Band drumline. He worked with a social services nonprofit in El Salvador through the Center for Social Concerns‘ International Summer Service Learning Program and tutored children at South Bend‘s La Casa de Amistad as part of a community-based learning Spanish course. He is now pursuing a master‘s degree in Iberian and Latin American studies at Notre Dame before going to medical school.
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Scholars of Italian and Spanish culture and literature join department faculty

The department added expertise in modern Spanish and Italian culture and literature this year with two new faculty hires — Pedro Aguilera-Mellado and Charles Leavitt IV. Aguilera-Mellado, who comes to Notre Dame from the University of Michigan, focuses on modern and contemporary Spain. Leavitt, who received a Ph.D. from Notre Dame in 2010, returns to the University after teaching Italian studies at the University of Reading.
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How a French painter and a knowledge of violins prepared a French major to work at Sotheby's

Growing up in South Bend, Carly Murphy ’01 always admired Marc Chagall’s Le Grand Cirque when she saw it in the Snite Museum of Art at Notre Dame. This piece of art sparked a love of French culture in Murphy, who went on to major in French and art history in the College of Arts and Letters. Murphy also earned a master of arts in French at Notre Dame before getting her foot in the door at the Sotheby's international art auction house, where she is now vice president of global client development.
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2018 alumna named Michel David-Weill Laureate

Brittany Ebeling has been named the 2018 Michel David-Weill Laureate, allowing her to pursue a fully funded two-year master’s degree program at the prestigious Paris Institute of Political Studies, or “Sciences Po.” Valued at $80,000, the scholarship is awarded each year to one American who exemplifies the core values of Sciences Po alumnus Michel David-Weill, namely, academic excellence, leadership, multiculturalism, tolerance, and high achievement.
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Professor wins book prize for research on Latin American female travel writers

Vanesa Miseres, an assistant professor of Spanish, has won a prize from the International Institute of Latin American Literature for her book Mujeres en tránsito: viaje, identidad y escritura en Sudamérica. The 2018 Premio Roggiano para la Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana recognizes the best book of Latin American literary criticism published in 2016 or 2017.
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