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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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