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Book tells stories of African-Americans who integrated University of Notre Dame

NOTRE DAME, IN, May 10, 2017—Black Domers: African-American Students at Notre Dame in Their Own Words edited by Don Wycliff and David Krashna tells the compelling story of racial integration at the University of Notre Dame in the post–World War II era. In a series of seventy-five essays, beginning with the first African-American to graduate from Notre Dame in 1947 to a member of the class of 2017 who also served as student body president, we can trace the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of the African-American experience at Notre Dame through seven decades.

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Dianne M. Pinderhughes Honored with Mentorship Legacy Award

Dr. Dianne Pinderhughes

Dr. Dianne Pinderhughes was honored by the National Conference of Black Political Scientists last spring with the creation of the Dianne M. Pinderhughes Mentorship Legacy Award. This award will be given to a deserving undergraduate student attendee each year by the NCBPS to honor Dr. Pinderhughes' longstanding committment to mentoring of students and the discipline of Political Science.  She is an ardent supporter and past President of NCOBPS from 1988-1989, as well as the first African American female President of the American Political Science Association from 2007-2008. In 2016, she served as First Vice President of the International Political Science Association and Program Co-Chair for its 2016 World Congress in Poznan, Poland…

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Professor Stuart Greene on Equity in American Education

Professor Stuart Greene recently penned a thoughtful analysis of how we frame educational equity in the United States for Oxford University Press's Academic Insights for the Thinking World.  

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He notes, " To reinvigorate the notion of equity and re-imagine schools, it is important to underscore (a) the equitable distribution of material, emotional, and economic resources to ensure that children have the capacity to direct the course of their own lives in healthy, safe environments in and out of school; (b) the value of inclusion in making critical decisions about the processes underlying the distribution of these resources; (c) the importance of developing measures of assessment that account for what it means to teach for social justice and challenges the limits of assessment rooted in the nation’s economic well being; and (d) the need to leverage the law to center justice as a value in education.  In the end, education as a civil right acknowledges the power inherent in education, promotes inclusion, and values an asset-based approach to education that acknowledge the worth of all children.…

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Notre Dame community comes together to celebrate diversity

University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. and the President’s Oversight Committee on Diversity and Inclusion invited the Notre Dame community to take time on on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and in the week that followed—which we have come to call Walk the Walk Week—to both celebrate the diversity that currently exists on our campus and reflect on how might we each take an active role in making Notre Dame even more welcoming and inclusive

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Africana Studies Major on the Meaning of MLK Day

Michelle Mann

Notre Dame Magazine recently ran an inspiring piece by Senior Africana Studies major Michelle Mann on the meaning of Martin Luther King day. 

Notre Dame Magazine January 17, 2017

"A few months ago, I was driving from Toledo, Ohio, back home to the suburbs of Chicago. Before I left, I had found a CD box set of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches in the back corner of a used record shop and thought they would make for a good companion on my five-hour journey. I started listening to the different speeches and sermons and was in awe of the brilliance of this great man. From the beginning, he had a vision and a rhetoric that inspired hope and dedication for millions of people and future generations. I was so moved that about halfway through the drive I had to pull over because I was weeping.…

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Notre Dame gains scholarly resources for Black Catholic History Month and beyond

At the close of Black Catholic History Month, celebrated every November, Notre Dame is preparing major new resources for the ongoing study of religious experiences and social contexts highlighted during the month. Leaders from the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus (NBCCC) recently presented a unique historical collection to the University Archives of the University of Notre Dame. It promises to significantly augment the documentary record not only for African American Catholic studies, but also for broader scholarship in U.S. religious history.

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Notre Dame gains scholarly resources for Black Catholic History Month and beyond

At the close of Black Catholic History Month, celebrated every November, Notre Dame is preparing major new resources for the ongoing study of religious experiences and social contexts highlighted during the month. Leaders from the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus (NBCCC) recently presented a unique historical collection to the University Archives of the University of Notre Dame. It promises to significantly augment the documentary record not only for African American Catholic studies, but also for broader scholarship in U.S. religious history.

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Notre Dame, Holy Cross lead transformational liberal arts education program

Driven by a commitment to Catholic social teaching and a strong belief that a liberal arts education can transform lives, Notre Dame and Holy Cross College faculty—including some from the Department of Africana Studies—are teaching college-level courses for inmates at Indiana's Westville Correctional Facility. Since 2013, nearly 100 inmates have earned college credit and 11 have earned associate degrees as of this month. But developing a strong foundation in reading, writing, research, public speaking, and critical thinking offers benefits that go far beyond the professional opportunities a degree might one day provide.

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Notre Dame and Bisk release 'Business of Good: Young Africa Rising' documentary

The documentary follows young African leaders as they journey through leadership training and a cultural immersion of a lifetime at Notre Dame, a host institution for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders program. The University partners with IBM experts to provide 25 fellows from Africa with six weeks of training in the area of business and entrepreneurship. Courses are designed by IBM instructors and Notre Dame faculty and staff for the aspiring entrepreneurs who hope to assume leadership roles or start their own business ventures in Africa.

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Stuart Greene honored at annual President’s dinner

Nine University of Notre Dame educators were honored with awards at the University’s annual President’s Dinner held May 17, 2016 including Africana Studies professor Dr. Staurt Greene.

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2016 Presidential Award, Stuart Greene, Associate Professor of English

The Presidential Award recognizes distinguished service to the University over an extended period of time. Foremost among the many contributions this year’s winner makes to the Notre Dame community is his dedicated action toward enhancing educational outcomes for his students and others. Co-editor of the award-winning volume “Making Race Visible: Literacy Research for Cultural Understanding,” he co-founded and then spent 10 years directing the interdisciplinary minor in Education, Schooling, and Society, or ESS. His idea was to give undergraduates the opportunity to study education through the lens of the social, historical, psychological, cultural and economic influences that impact children and communities. Colleagues, students and alumni alike say he is the embodiment of kindness and the holistic, human approach to mentorship and learning that characterizes ESS. Whether helping first-generation students navigate the university landscape, traveling with students over break to explore difficult course material in real life, or hosting dinner for students who cannot go home for Thanksgiving, he is a tireless advocate for social justice who creates spaces where those who might otherwise feel at the margins are known and valued for precisely who they are. …

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Department of Africana Studies Accepting Nominations for Student Awards

The Department of Africana Studies invites all interested students to apply for the following awards presented annually by the Department.  

Hammon-Wheatley Creative Arts Award

Honoring the lives of Jupiter Hammon (1711- ca. 1806) and Phillis Wheatley (ca. 1753-1784), this Department of Africana Studies award seeks to recognize excellence in the literary, performing, media, industrial, and heritage arts. Hammon and Wheatley were two of this nation’s earliest poets of African American descent. Awards are open to graduating seniors and graduate students for an original creation in poetry, dance, music, film, theatre, graphic design, and/or folk art related to the Diaspora. 

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Department of Africana Studies Accepting Nominations for Student Awards

The Department of Africana Studies invites all interested students to apply for the following awards presented annually by the Department.  

Hammon-Wheatley Creative Arts Award

Honoring the lives of Jupiter Hammon (1711- ca. 1806) and Phillis Wheatley (ca. 1753-1784), this Department of Africana Studies award seeks to recognize excellence in the literary, performing, media, industrial, and heritage arts. Hammon and Wheatley were two of this nation’s earliest poets of African American descent. Awards are open to graduating seniors and graduate students for an original creation in poetry, dance, music, film, theatre, graphic design, and/or folk art related to the Diaspora. 

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