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How an international economics and peace studies major found his mission — conducting research that helps refugees and Italian locals

Author: Katie Boruff

When Francesco Tassi arrived at Notre Dame, he was sure he would major in finance. But a lecture on refugees set him on a different path — one that led him to travel through Italy for three months to study refugee integration firsthand. Tassi, who was born in Italy and moved to the United States in third grade, traveled widely in high school and spent time living with host families in several countries. Those experiences sparked a passion for learning about and understanding cultures.

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Junior Edwina King selected for Gilman Scholarship to study abroad

Author: Erin Blasko

Notre Dame student Edwina King, a junior accountancy major with a supplementary major in Spanish, has been selected for the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship on the early summer application cycle. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Gilman Scholarship provides financial support for American undergraduate students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad.

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Cardinal Onaiyekan and Bishop Farrell to headline Notre Dame conference on interreligious and ecumenical dialogue

Author: Amanda Skofstad

The conference titled “The Whole is Greater than its Parts: Christian Unity and Interreligious Encounter Today” will be held at the University’s Rome Global Gateway Jan. 8-10. This is the second such international gathering hosted by Notre Dame’s World Religions World Church program.

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Remembering the ND Villa During Fascism - A testimony from Giacometta Limentani, a former student of the Jewish school

Author: Costanza Montanari

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“Fra queste mura allievi e maestri ebrei italiani espulsi dalle scuole pubbliche dalle leggi razziali del 1938 trovarono accoglienza e crearono una scuola di eccezionale livello culturale e umano” (“Within these walls, Italian Jewish students and teachers, expelled from public schools by the racial laws of 1938, found a shelter and created a school of exceptional cultural and human level”), reads the plaque located at the entrance of the garden surrounding the Notre Dame Villa in Rome. The commemorative plaque was placed on November 24, 2008, 70 years after Italian racial laws during Fascism were promulgated.…

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Update on events in Jerusalem

Author: Joya Helmuth

We are currently monitoring events in Jerusalem and the surrounding region, following the announcement by President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital during a White House speech on December 6. U.S. officials have indicated their plan to reinforce security at multiple American embassies across the Middle East and North Africa region, as well as in other areas around the world. Indications of protest and unrest have already been recorded and we expect they will continue for some time.…

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Notre Dame awards Luksburg Foundation Collaboration Grants

Author: Joya Helmuth

Eight Notre Dame faculty members have been awarded Luksburg Foundation Collaboration Grants for projects with Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) faculty in Santiago, Chile.

 

Through a generous gift, the Luksburg Foundation began this grant program in 2013 with Notre Dame International and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies to encourage collaboration between Notre Dame and PUC faculty to further their research. Grants have been awarded over the years to more than 40 projects in 20 disciplines.

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Sydney Schneider searching for her family roots in Southern Italy

Author: Costanza Montanari

Sydney Schneider is a slender and gentle study abroad student from Laingsburg, Michigan. She is a Theology and History major at the University of Notre Dame, spending her Fall 2017 semester in Rome as part of the General Education program.

She came to Rome to immerse herself in the culture, improve her knowledge of Italian, but also to search for her family roots.…

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Notre Dame moves up to #3 in the nation for study abroad participation

Author: Joya Helmuth

The Institute for International Education ranked the University of Notre Dame third among doctorate-granting universities for undergraduate participation in study abroad during the academic year 2015-16. This represents an increase from the University’s ranking of #4 last year in the annual Open Doors report.

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