2012-13 Year in Review

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Students roam the cliffs of Innishark, an island off the coast of Ireland with Nanovic fellow Ian Kuijt (Anthropology). Photo by senior university photographer Matt Cashore ‘94.

The Nanovic Institute for European Studies is committed to enriching the intellectual culture of Notre Dame by creating an integrated, interdisciplinary home for students and faculty to explore the evolving ideas, cultures, beliefs, and institutions that shape Europe today.

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From the Director As I conclude my sojourn as interim director, I am pleased to report that the Nanovic Institute enjoyed many successes this year, as the following pages illustrate. Our primary activity, as always, was supporting student discoveries great and small. We received 270 applications and funded 166 (61%). The students traveled far and wide across Europe: internships at Cannes, an orphanage in Romania, and a laboratory in Armenia, to name just a few locations. This range is possible because Notre Dame faculty members teach, encourage, advise, and ultimately grade the students’ work. The efforts of Nanovic fellows and of the superb staff members supported the Institute’s mission of introducing Notre Dame students and faculty to their European counterparts, enhancing awareness of current and historic Europe, and involving us more directly as scholars in the European scene. The year has been a tumultuous one overseas. Some countries are experiencing the worst unemployment since WWII and a ‘lost generation’ of unemployed youth. Sporadic manifestations of social unrest and the rise of new nationalists bring back disturbing

memories of old scenarios. Parts of Europe are selling themselves off to the highest bidders through privatization programs. (Want to buy the Romanian freight rail system or its postal service? A couple of Polish film studios? Turkey’s bridges?) This significant time is ideal and critical for dispassionate study from a perspective outside the turmoil, for transatlantic networking, and for collegial discussions at home and abroad. It is important also to understand events in their broadest cultural and historical contexts. What happens in the European Union does not stay in the European Union; the ramifications are already affecting the United States and other world markets. A framework for exchanges sponsored by the Nanovic Institute encourages dialogue on European unification and division, religion and secularization, the movement of peoples, social and political geographies, and patterns of European integration. While the countries they have chosen to study may be depressed, those who have benefited from Nanovic support this year have no cause to be downhearted.

Other top achievements this year include: •

A growth in programs soaring beyond expectations, even in this interim year. The staff members facilitated this growth while maintaining superb quality, which the university recognized with a Presidential Values Award.

The Institute added several grant programs and now provides comprehensive offerings that support Notre Dame students at every stage. These grants are also increasingly competitive.

The Institute obtained significant grants from external funding sources, which we expect to continue with additional grant applications forthcoming.

The Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies continued to see strong increases in the number of book submissions from publishers and authors. Several Nanovic fellows have organized lively and productive ongoing research groups with the Institute’s support.

The Institute ramped up video production (making two student videos and another featuring the Catholic Universities Partnership, which are available at nanovic.nd.edu/videos). We also placed our first television ad with underwriting spots on the local PBS station during Downton Abbey.

We launched what we expect to be a continuing partnership with the Gene Siskel Film Center (affiliated with the Art Institute of Chicago) and their European Union Film Festival, and sent a representative to the Premiers Plans film festival (for first-time European directors) held in Angers, France.

Several new annual events have been installed in the Nanovic calendar, including a collective book launch for the faculty fellows and events in observance of Europe Day (May 9, in case it momentarily has slipped your mind).

Truly, it has been my privilege to serve as interim director. I am confident Jim McAdams will be welcomed back heartily after his sabbatical, and will continue to realize his extraordinary vision for the Institute and for the Notre Dame connection to Europe. Farewell. And my thanks to all of the past, present, and future benefactors of the Nanovic Institute.

Donald crafton Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Film, Television, and Theatre Interim Director, Nanovic Institute for European Studies

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Higher Education and Entrepreneurship in Germany How should European universities combine scholarship and practice to serve their societies most effectively? To answer that question, the Institute brought one of the most prominent leaders and reformers in European higher education to Notre Dame. Awarded “President of the Year” in 2012 by the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Herrmann, President of the Technical University of Munich (TUM), has twice led that institution to official state recognition as a German University of Excellence. He has doubled its enrollment, bolstered faculty endowments, added a humanistic institute to the university’s well-known programs in science and engineering, and forged close ties between TUM and its surrounding industries in Bavaria. He also led the recent effort to make TUM the first university in Germany to adopt an American-style system of academic tenure.

(Dean of the College of Engineering), David Murphy (Associate Dean for Entrepreneurship), Wolfgang Porod (Director of the Center for Nano Science and Technology), Mark Roche (Professor of German and Philosophy), as well as other faculty members, administrators, and students, including those in the Engineering, Science, and Technology Entrepreneurship (ESTEEM) program. Also an accomplished organist, Dr. Herrmann played the Fritts organ in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center through the hospitality of Nanovic fellow Craig Cramer (Professor of Music).

In the Jordan Hall of Science, Dr. Herrmann delivered a lecture entitled “The Entrepreneurial University,” taking the TUM as a case study in how universities can combine basic research and entrepreneurship. During his visit, he met with Reverend John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. (President), John Affleck-Graves (Executive Vice President), Robert Bernhard (Vice President for Research), Nicholas Entrikin (Vice President and Associate Provost for Internationalization), Peter Kilpatrick

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The Church that leans to the social mainstream becomes ambivalent in the literal sense of the word and in the end, superfluous. walter cardinal kasper 6

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the Keeley Vatican Lecture The Origins of Vatican II The Institute was honored to welcome Walter Cardinal Kasper to Notre Dame this year to deliver the Keeley Vatican Lecture. Born in Germany, Kasper served as Professor of Dogmatic Theology at the University of Tübingen. He was appointed by John Paul II to lead the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity in 2001, a post he held until his retirement in 2010. Entitled “The Origins of Vatican II,” his lecture was presented in association with an international scholarly conference organized by Nanovic fellow Robert Krieg (Theology) about Kasper’s work and contributions to the Church. The Cardinal also reflected on what it was like to be in Tübingen when the announcement of the new Council struck “like lightning from a blue sky.” Kasper described how its participants sought to create a new synthesis of old and new. Noting that postconciliar circumstances have always been turbulent, Kasper reflected on three phases of the Council’s reception, concluding that the Council’s agenda is subject to interpretation, is “still a long way from being completely worked through,” and now faces rapidly changing cultural circumstances. True to the breadth and range that Keeley Lectures have brought to Notre Dame, Kasper delivered a far-ranging survey of the contemporary Church, praising the positive aspects of the Council that have shaped parish life and identifying major trends that affect the Church not only in Europe, but in the world.

Top: Cardinal Kasper shakes hands with Terrence Keeley and his father, Richard Keeley. Bottom: Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., speaks with Elizabeth and Robert Nanovic. Nanovic Institute for European Studies


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The Laura Shannon Prize humanities Jury Caryl Emerson

A. Watson Armour III University Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Princeton University

Don Howard

Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values, University of Notre Dame

Suzanne L. Marchand

Professor of History, Louisiana State University

Mark W. Roche

Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C. Professor of German Language and Literature, University of Notre Dame

Paul Woodruff

Professor of Philosophy and Inaugural Dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies, University of Texas at Austin 8

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The Laura Shannon Prize Promoting Contemporary European Studies

Eric Nelson (Professor of Government, Harvard University) received the Laura Shannon Prize for his book, The Hebrew Republic: Jewish Sources and the Transformation of European Political Thought, published by Harvard University Press. In this startlingly original work, Nelson argues that an engagement with Jewish political thought was central to the development of modern European notions of republican government, redistribution of wealth, and religious tolerance. The jury of scholars offered effusive praise for how Nelson’s book represents “a transformative work in political and intellectual history that makes a significant contribution to European studies.”

Nelson visited campus to present the Laura Shannon Prize Lecture, “‘The Lord Alone Shall be King of America’: European Hebraism and the Republican Turn of 1776.” His visit included meeting undergraduate history students, leading a graduate student seminar, and conversing with faculty members from across the university. At a critical time for the publishing industry, the Laura Shannon Prize continues to gain nominations, distinguished jurors, and national visibility as a significant award recognizing scholarship in the humanities, history, and social sciences.

Carrying a prize of $10,000, the Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies annually recognizes the author of the best book in European studies that transcends a focus on any one country, state, or people to stimulate new ways of thinking about Europe as a whole. For an in-depth look at the winning books and their authors, visit nanovic.nd.edu/shannon-prize.




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a year for the arts Led by interim director Donald Crafton, the Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Film, Television, and Theatre, the Nanovic Institute hosted a range of remarkable figures in contemporary European music, theatre, and film. James MacMillan One of the preeminent composers of European choral music, James MacMillan came to Notre Dame in September to conduct three days of workshops, panels, and performances with students, faculty, and visiting ensembles. Organized by Nanovic fellow Margot Fassler (Theology) along with Carmen-Helena Téllez (Music), the conference turned into a major showcase of contemporary sacred music and featured the world premiere of MacMillan’s new choral motet. The performance and conference assembled the talents of local, regional and international singers and composers. The event was a partnership between Sacred Music at Notre Dame, the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, the Nanovic Institute, and the College of Arts and Letters. Barbara Sukowa Legendary German screen actress Barbara Sukowa presented Hannah Arendt (2012), a new film about the famous political theorist’s personal and professional struggles while covering the trial of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem. As the film’s lead, Sukowa spoke with students, faculty, and the community about her experience bringing Arendt, a 1972 Notre Dame honorary degree recipient, to life on screen. The following day, the Institute hosted Sukowa at a private reception and screening at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago. Area alumni, dignitaries,


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and European consuls general gathered for the event. The screening was the film’s Chicago premiere and part of the Siskel Center’s annual European Union Film Festival. Claire Denis Award-winning director and activist Claire Denis presented her famous film, Beau Travail (1999), as part of the Institute’s fall film series. During her stay, Denis engaged the students in an undergraduate course on contemporary European cinema and conversed over meals with students and faculty members. European Film Series As the financial crisis deepened in Europe, the fall film series included explorations of the fragility of power with Coriolanus (dir. Ralph Fiennes), Habemus Papam (dir. Nanni Moretti), My Perestroika (dir. Robin Hessman, who introduced her film), and Beau Travail (dir. Denis). The spring series kept the campus abreast of recent European cinema, featuring The Turin Horse (dir. Béla Tarr), Barbara (dir. Christian Petzold), Hannah Arendt (dir. Margarethe von Trotta), Rust and Bone (dir. Jacques Audiard), and A Burning Hot Summer (dir. Philippe Garrel). The Institute also initiated a new partnership with the Premiers Plans festival in Angers, France, through the efforts Nanovic fellow Olivier Morel (Romance Languages and Literatures).

Composer James MacMillan

Photo courtesy by Philip Gatward/Intermusica

Director Claire Denis with students

Actress Barbara Sukowa (center) with Kathleen Bracke ‘13 and Javi Zubizaretta ‘11 Nanovic grant winners and recipients of the Princess Grace Award for film

Director Robin Hessman

Thomas Elsaesser

The Stradivari Quartet

Thomas Elsaesser (University of Amsterdam) introduced Béla Tarr’s enigmatic yet masterful film, The Turin Horse, as part of the Institute’s film series. He also delivered a lecture entitled “European Cinema and the Postheroic European Narrative of Nationhood,” using Claire Denis’s Beau Travail as a basis for wider reflection. A major voice in European film studies, a founder of multiple schools for cultural studies in Europe, and a leader of an international research project on “Cinema Europe,” Elsaesser engaged faculty members and students of every level at Notre Dame in classes and conversation.

Bringing four instruments made by Antonio Stradivari to Notre Dame, the members of The Stradivari Quartet offered a public performance under the Dome in the Main Building prior to performing at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Based in Zürich, the quartet performs on instruments lent to it by the Swiss Stradivari Foundation Habisreutinger. One of the violins was owned by King George III of England and was present at the battle of Waterloo in the saddle bags of an English officer. The other instruments had equally storied histories. Listeners filled the lower rotunda as groups of prospective students and their parents looked on, smiling.

Sir Nicholas Hytner Artistic Director of the National Theatre, Sir Nicholas Hytner, delivered a lecture about Shakespeare at Notre Dame’s Global Gateway in London. According to Nanovic fellow Peter Holland, Hytner explored with refreshing honesty and deep perspicacity the ways in which actors and directors approach a play-text, “unfolding” it for themselves and the audience. Cosponsored by the Nanovic Institute, Shakespeare at Notre Dame, the Shakespeare Institute, and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in the United Kingdom, the lecture was streamed live on the web to South Bend and can be found at shakespeare.nd.edu/events/stanley-wells-lecture.


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Stéphane Wrembel and His Band The Institute packed the campus nightclub at Legends on Mardi Gras by featuring Stéphane Wrembel and his band. Their acoustic music represented a boisterous integration of musical styles, blending virtuosic jazz manouche (“gypsy jazz”) with delicate French musette, driving two-beat rock with eastern polyrhythms, the elegance of Django Reinhardt with the epic sensibility of Pink Floyd. His lunchtime conversation with students, faculty, and the local jazz community was as far-ranging and interesting as his music.

Thomas Elsaesser

Sir Nicholas Hytner

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Stéphane Wrembel


The Stradivari Quartet plays under the Dome of the Main Building.

This symposium will have an impact. Almost a third of the academics in attendance were graduate students or young professors, indicating that these topics will be studied for years to come. Patrick E. Murphy (Professor of Marketing)

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Symposium in London

Corporate Social Responsibility in Europe Leading Notre Dame in staging events at the university’s Global

United States) to consider a range of emerging issues in the fields of

Gateways, the Institute sponsored “Challenges to International

marketing ethics and corporate social responsibility, which includes

Marketing Ethics and Corporate Responsibility,” an international

such topics as privacy, bribery, obesity, sustainability, consumer

symposium held in April at Notre Dame’s London Centre near

ethics, and the responsibilities of retailers. Participants considered

Trafalgar Square. Organized by Nanovic fellow Patrick E. Murphy (Professor of Marketing), the symposium gathered scholars from business schools across Europe (only three of thirty-two participants were from the

such questions as whether the project of European unification has led to less bribery and corruption by marketing organizations, and the extent to which multinational companies and their marketing practices can be considered to be forces for positive developments. Participants also considered how corporate social responsibility and marketing practices vary by nation, whether codes of ethics are moving to a single market model, and how marketing in secular societies are affected by the rise and fall of religious customs. Paul Polman (CEO, Unilever) delivered the keynote address. The symposium was attended by forty-eight of Murphy’s students and was preceded by a workshop on marketing ethics for graduate students, among whom were Ph.D. candidates from Croatia and Italy. The Nanovic Institute also ensured that a summer visiting scholar with related expertise from the Catholic Universities Partnership was able to attend the symposium. Due to European demand, Murphy is considering a follow-up conference in Cork, Ireland, next year.

Top row: Cláudia Simões (Open University Business School, UK), Roberta Sebastiani (Catholic University of Milan), Rev. Kevin Grove, C.S.C. (Cambridge University), and Kate Murphy. Bottom row: Gene R. Laczniak (Marquette University), Paul Polman (Unilever), and Patrick E. Murphy (Notre Dame).

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Research groups With the Nanovic Institute’s support, Notre Dame faculty members examine European issues that correlate with the Institute’s research priorities. religion and secularism

social and Political Geographies

Patterns of integration

Led by Francesca Murphy (Theology), an international group of scholars in philosophy and theology has established a multi-year program focused on works by nineteenthand twentieth-century theologians and philosophers that have never been translated into English. During its first year, the group conducted seminars and workshops, began its translation work, secured a publishing contract for a book series, and submitted applications to three major external granting agencies. The group plans to host its first international conference at Notre Dame in fall 2013.

Nanovic fellow Pierpaolo Polzonetti (Liberal Studies) and Robert Kendrick (University of Chicago) organized a symposium in Notre Dame’s Chicago building to explore how the religious and political geographies of early modern Europe created opportunities for the development of new European identities. The symposium addressed such topics as Muslim movements in Europe, the role of Catholic composers in the Enlightenment, and liturgical and devotional cultures. The Callipygian Players, a scholarly chamber ensemble in Chicago, gave superb illustrative performances.

To what extent have European literary cultures in translation represented a form of cultural integration? Carsten Dutt (German) and faculty members from diverse departments organized a program of activities focused on questions of translation and interpretation. The group will produce new works, reflect on practical and theoretical questions, and aim to publish an annual e-book series. The group also plans to establish student seminars and exchanges with key cultural institutions in Europe, starting in Germany.

We are especially interested in those attempts which have used phenomenology and hermeneutics to apply Catholic traditional thought in a modern, postChristian situation. It is this kind of thinking which most clearly responds to secularization. Francesca Murphy (Theology)


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The Institute has shown once more how deeply it cares about well-informed and open dialogue on issues ingrained in our past but enormously relevant in our present and future.

Poetic translation deepens and enhances the mutual understanding of human beings across national and linguistic borders, enriching their range of poetic expressiveness, and creating new, productive avenues for poetic thought and activity.

Pierpaolo Polzonetti (Liberal Studies)

Carsten Dutt (German)

Lectures and WORKSHOPS Mary Hanafin, who spent eleven years as a senior minister in the Irish government, met with students for a lunchtime talk and discussion of the social, cultural, economic, and political crises Ireland is facing as a member state in the European Union. Engaging students across campus, Hanafin drew on her seventeen years of teaching experience in the Humanities before her entry into public service. Dr. Rémi Brague, professor emeritus at the Sorbonne, Guardini chair at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, and winner of the 2012 Ratzinger Prize in Theology, delivered a public lecture entitled “There is No Such Thing as a Secular Society” to an audience in the Hesburgh Library. During his stay, Dr. Brague met with faculty and graduate students in political theory, philosophy, and the Interdisciplinary Workshop on Secularization.


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Pat Cox, former President of the European Movement International of the European Parliament, gave a timely lecture entitled “The European Union: Getting Beyond the Crisis.” A veteran European insider, Cox emphasized the complexity of factors constraining the financial and political integration of Europe. The challenge of finding “legitimacy and accountability in a multi-level system” is enormous, he said. During his stay, Cox visited classes taught by Nanovic fellows Andrew Gould (Political Science) and Maurizio Albahari (Anthropology) and shared meals with a broad range of faculty members and students. Archduke Rudolf of Austria visited campus to lecture about his grandparents, Emperor Charles and Empress Zita. Sharing rarely-seen photographs of his Hapsburg relatives, he discussed the life and virtues of Emperor Charles, who was beatified by Pope John Paul II, as well as Empress Zita, whom the Church recognizes as a Servant

of God. Relics of Emperor Charles were also present at the lecture and at a Mass celebrated on campus during his visit. The Archduke rendered European history with deep humanity and answered questions about his family’s history with grace and aplomb. The visit was facilitated by student Louis-Victor Douville de Franssu ‘14 and received additional support from the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture. John Blacklow (Music), pianist, accompanied violinist Jennifer Frautschi during a concert of violin sonatas by Robert Schumann. Peter Smith (Music) provided interpretive analysis. Nicholas Cook, Professor of Music at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of the British Academy, delivered “Western Music as World Music,” the first of a promising new series of lectures in ethnomusicology at Notre Dame organized by Tala Jarjour (Music).

Mary Hanafin with students

Pat Cox

Students dine with Rémi Brague

Archduke Rudolph of Austria

Nanovic fellow Semion Lyandres (History) organized a special series of lectures by an eminent group of scholars in Russian and East European history to focus on the significance of Notre Dame’s Polievktov-Nikoladze Family Papers in Special Collections. Nanovic fellow Alexander Martin (History) convened the annual Midwest Russian History Workshop, bringing scholars from American and Canadian universities for a two-day meeting that focused on the group’s working papers and wider issues in the field of Russian and Soviet history. Rev. Anzelm Szuromi, professor and rector of the Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Hungary, gave a lecture on “Medieval Manuscripts Lost After the Napoleonic Wars: A Tale of Rediscovery.” He met with graduate students at the Medieval Institute and discussed ongoing and future collaborations between Pázmány Péter Catholic University and the University of Notre Dame with Peter Kilpatrick, Dean of the College of Engineering, among others.


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Jeffrey Bergstrand (Finance), Robert Fishman (Sociology), and Alexandra Guisinger (Political Science) gathered as a faculty panel to discuss the financial, political, and sociological dimensions of the crisis of the Euro. As usual for the Institute’s series of discussions on the Euro, attendance was high and questions were pointed. Archbishop Roland Minnerath of Dijon, France gave the keynote address at a conference on the fiftieth anniversary of Pope John XXIII’s encyclical, “Pacem in Terris,” at the University of Chicago. Over two hundred were in attendance with Francis Cardinal George and distinguished respondents. The conference was organized by the Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Lumen Christi Foundation in Chicago with support by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.

visiting scholar lectures Taras Dobko (Professor of Philosophy and Senior Vice-Rector, Ukrainian Catholic University), one of the Nanovic Institute’s visiting scholars, delivered a lecture entitled “The Post-Soviet Legacy in Ukrainian Higher Education.” Luca Marcozzi, Notre Dame’s Italian Fulbright scholar, delivered a lecture on “Italian Nationality Through Literature.” Rev. Sławomir Nowosad (Professor of Theology and Vice-Rector for Research and International Relations, John Paul II Catholic University), one of the Nanovic Institute’s visiting scholars, gave a lunchtime lecture, “Man as the Primary Way for the University.” Julia López, Professor of Labor Law and Social Security Law at the Pompeu Fabra University Law School in Barcelona, offered a lunchtime lecture on “Unemployment and Corruption: Fears and Hope in Spain Today.”

Semion Lyandres (History) and Dean John McGreevy (Arts and Letters) review the Polievktov-Nikoladze Family Papers exhibit

Panel on the Euro with Jeffrey Bergstrand (Finance), Robert Fishman (Sociology), Alexandra Guisinger (Political Science), Anthony Monta (Nanovic)

A lecture in Special Collections by Rex Wade (George Mason University)

Rev. Anzelm Szuromi

I hope that my work at Oxford will provide a creative and compelling synthesis of my studies, a capstone to finish my work at Our Lady’s university. Thomas Graff ‘14 (Philosophy and Theology)

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Transforming Undergraduates The R. Stephen and Ruth Barrett family grant This year, the Nanovic Institute awarded the R. Stephen and Ruth Barrett Family Grant for the best undergraduate summer research proposal to Thomas Graff ‘14. A joint major in philosophy and theology, Graff traveled to the University of Oxford for intensive archival work on the thought of John Cardinal Newman. Interested in how Newman’s concept of philosophical certitude compares to that of Ludwig Wittgenstein, Graff’s proposal engaged the interest of Ian Ker, whom Graff’s advisor, Cyril O’Regan, calls “the best Newman scholar in the world.” As a result, Graff will work closely on his research with Ker at Oxford, spending his days in private tutorials and the Bodleian Library. This work will culminate in a senior honors thesis, out of which Graff hopes to publish an article in the international Newman Studies Journal. New grant programs The Institute piloted two new grant programs for Notre Dame undergraduates this year. The first allowed four students in the First Year of Studies, who were previously ineligible for travel and research grants during breaks, to conduct research in Europe. Ellen Dahlby ‘16 worked in the House of Maria Petković in Satu Mare, Romania in order to understand the culture and challenges of Romanian orphans. Steven Fisher ‘16 conducted research in the United Nations Office at Geneva Library, exploring the humanitarian policy actions of France and various U.N. human rights bodies. Kenzell Huggins ‘16 conducted social science research on literary tourism in the UK Clare Welch ‘16 researched the Parisian Vichy Regime at the Bibliothéque de la Ville de Paris. The second pilot, the Nanovic Dublin Internship Grant, was developed in partnership with Notre Dame’s Dublin Summer Programme to place two students in internships in Dublin. Brendan Bell ‘15 has been placed in the Irish Senate (An Seanad), and David Murphy ‘14 has been placed with the Irish Episcopal Conference in Education.

New connections with Saint Mary’s College Thanks to the generosity of the Judy Rauenhorst Endowment for Collaboration between the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College, the Institute awarded a pilot Saint Mary’s College Summer Travel and Research Grant to Bethany Tabor ‘14 for research in London and Surrey. Tabor’s project, entitled “Dancing Off-Stage: Dance’s Movement from Performing Arts to Performance Art,” seeks to determine how dance is establishing a place for itself within the realm of institutional art. Her research took her to England’s National Resource Centre for Dance and to the Labanotation Institute at the University of Surrey, to the Barbican Centre, to the Victoria and Albert Museum, and to the Tate Modern in London. The endowment and the grant have significantly increased communication and collaboration between the Nanovic Institute and the Saint Mary’s College community. Excellence in Undergraduate Research Matthew Cook ‘14 traveled to Vernazza, Italy, to analyze the architectural damage wrought by severe storms and flooding in October 2011. His visit introduced him to wider problems, such as that of affordable housing and sustainable agriculture, which broadened his research interests. Alison Podlaski ‘13 and Kelly McRaven ‘13 spent two years traveling during academic breaks to France, Spain, and the United Kingdom, exploring counter-terrorism measures in these countries and integrating their respective majors in anthropology and political science. Deanna Kolberg ‘14 continued a research project that she began last year, entitled “A Dragon on the Moor,” which analyzes investment policies directed at China in Ireland and Scotland.


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Catherine Reidy ‘13 conducted field research in Vukovar, Croatia, for her thesis project, “Political Socialization and Prospects for Reconciliation Among Youth in Croatia.” She also conducted data analysis with professors at the University of Zagreb. Charles Skinner ‘15 conducted research in Monte Senario, Italy, on the devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows. He will use his research in future senior thesis work as well as in his vocational discernment as a seminarian for the Congregation of Holy Cross. For a complete listing of Nanovic student grant recipients visit nanovic.nd.edu/recipients.

The Nanovic European Internship and Service Grant gave me the opportunity to spend last summer working for the Holy See Mission to the United Nations and this summer at the US Embassy to the Vatican. These internships have encouraged my research at the interface of religion and international relations, informing both my senior thesis and postgraduate plans. Nicholas Schilling ‘14 (Political Science)

Nicholas Schilling in Rome

Bethany Tabor

Timothy Siegler in Berlin, Germany

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Alison Podlaski and Kelly McRaven in Spain


Matthew Cook in Vernazza, Italy

strong demand for Internships and Service grants The Nanovic Institute supported a broad range of undergraduate student projects. Blake Avery ‘14, Sarah Connors ‘15, and Katherine Hoyer ‘15 were selected to intern at the Cannes Film Festival. Patrick Fasano ‘16 received an internship with the Cosmic Ray Division of the A.I. Alikhanyan National Laboratory near Yerevan, Armenia. Leo Hall ‘14 took part in a Schnupperpraktikum, a volunteer training internship, at the Charité: Universitätmedizin Berlin, Berlin’s premiere medical hospital. Shannon Kenny ‘15 worked on the islands of Innishark and Inishbofin with the Cultural Landscape of the Irish Coast project. Elise Murray ‘15 assisted at the New College Psychology Lab for Experimental Psychology at Oxford. Michelle Russoniello ‘14, winner of the Institute’s 2013 Palladio Prize for Best Internship Proposal in Architecture, developed her skills at the architecture firm ARCAS in Paris. James Schappler ‘14 was a research assistant at the Global Policy Institute, a London-based think-tank that studies economic policies and their impact on business. Nicholas Schilling ‘14, who completed an internship with the Holy See Mission to the United Nations


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last summer with Nanovic Institute support, worked this summer as an intern with US Embassy to the Holy See in Rome. Nicole Sganga ‘15 was an intern at CBS News in London. Timothy Siegler ‘14 participated in the DAAD RISE Internship Program by working in a chemistry lab at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. Sylvia Yong ‘14 gained more than lab skills at the Biochemistry of Macromolecular Interactions Unit at Institut Pasteur in Paris.

This opportunity has completely redefined my goals as a student and filmmaker of Notre Dame . . . . My time spent interning at the Cannes International Film Festival remains the utmost inspiring, insightful, and exciting experience of my education, and it would not have been possible without the help of the Nanovic Institute. Blake Avery ‘14 (Film, Television, and Theatre)

MINORS IN EUROPEAN STUDIES In addition to completing an interdisciplinary curriculum, students enrolled in the minor in European studies enjoyed a number of cultural opportunities, including Polish dinners and symphony tickets, as well as private meetings with visiting scholars and dignitaries. This year, ten students graduated with a minor in European studies, the first all-female class in the Institute’s history. Throughout their academic career at Notre Dame, the Nanovic Institute supported their research with 16 different grants, totaling $29,796. The J. Robert Wegs Prize, named after the founding director of the Institute, is presented annually to the minor authoring the best capstone essay. Lauren Dunn ‘13 received the 2013 prize for her essay entitled, “The Health Situation of the Roma in the EU and Its Underlying Factors: A Comparative Analysis of the Roma in France, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Romania.” Maurizio Albahari, a Nanovic fellow in Anthropology, directed her research. The minor in European studies is one of several initiatives at the Institute to transform undergraduate students through enriching and independent experiences that are designed to impact their education, careers, and personal development.

Nicole Sganga at CBS News London.

Blake Avery at the Cannes Film Festival in France.

Donald Crafton with the graduating minors in European studies.

Charles Skinner in Florence Italy.

Philip Lettieri worked on research on Innishark, Ireland last summer. Watch his story and other Nanovic videos attnanovic.nd.edu/videos.

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Graduate Fellows The Paul G. Tobin Dissertation fellowships 2012-2013

Shan-Yun Huang (English) completed and defended his dissertation on the changing representations of modern Irish identity by focusing on Ireland’s relations to immigrants and other Europeans. Mid-year, Huang delivered a paper at the twentieth annual conference of the English and American Literature Association in Taiwan. Jessica Lumsden (History) made substantial progress on her work on the secret society of Ribbonmen and the evolution of nationalism in 18th and 19th century Ireland. She began with summer research in London and Dublin and returned with newly-discovered materials. After translating several texts from Irish, she presented her findings at the American Conference of Irish Studies, the North American Labor History Conference, and at the graduate student history workshop at Bielefeld University. John McCormack (History) defended his dissertation in sixteenthcentury French history. His work explores the responses of French Catholics and Protestants to the violent deaths of their kings, the political effects of which are complicated and far-reaching. Spending the fall semester in residence at the Newberry Library in Chicago, McCormack wrote and revised several chapters. He presented his work at the Newberry Library, the American Historical Association, and in London.

the Paul G. tobin dissertation fellowship (continued) David Morris (History) had a productive year as he continued his ground-breaking work on an influential medieval text falsely attributed to Abbot Joachim of Fiore (c.1135-1202). The history of this text is complex and Morris has made new discoveries about its history and has uncovered entire new manuscripts. Transcribing, collating, editing, and writing a lengthy introduction to what will be a new critical edition of Fiore’s important work and its history, Morris is poised to make substantial contributions to medieval studies. On the basis of his research while supported by the Nanovic Institute, he won a major grant from the Medieval Academy of America and has been invited to publish his findings and present his research at multiple international scholarly gatherings. The Dominica and Frank Annese Fellowship in graduate studies 2012-2013 Karen Clausen-Brown (English) finished four chapters of her dissertation and spent her fall in libraries at the universities of Amsterdam, Leiden, and London. Clausen-Brown studied seventeenth-century debates about the sabbath exchanges between English and Dutch theologians, shedding light on how these debates were not just an English phenomenon but part of a larger European context. She also gave conference presentations in Tokyo, Cincinnati, and Leuven. Ana Velitchkova (Sociology and Peace Studies) spent the fall semester deep in first-hand testimonies of what people said it was like to try to live meaningful civic lives under the limitations imposed by socialism. Completing three chapters and two articles for publication, she continued to challenge basic scholarly assumptions about the form and meaning of social solidarity under socialist regimes. Velitchkova presented her work at conferences in Vancouver, Notre Dame, and a panel at the annual conference of the American Sociological Association.

NEW GRADUATE FELLOWS FOR 2013-2014 Thanks to the generosity of Paul Tobin and Dominica Annese, the Institute is pleased to welcome the next group of graduate fellows:

Damiano Benvegnu (Literature)


2012-2013 year in review

Patrick Gamez (Philosophy)

James Martell de la Torre (Literature)

Sean Phillips (History)

Graduate conference

Translating Realism: The Nature and Emergence of Contemporary French Thought Students gain practical and intellectual benefits from the experience of organizing scholarly gatherings. This year, the conference was organized by graduate students interested in the history of the present moment in French philosophy. Struck by the reemergence of questions from metaphysics, philosophical realism, ethics, and science, participants charted the issues at stake in French “speculative realism” and reflected on the material circumstances that gave rise to it. Seeking to identify and respond to current trends, scholars such as Michale Naas (DePaul University), Dorothea Olkowski (University of Colorado), and Adrian Johnston (University of New Mexico) delivered keynote addresses. Patrick Gamez, a graduate student in philosophy and a Nanovic Graduate Fellow for 2013-2014, was the principal organizer.

Let me simply testify to what an enjoyable, enlightening, and productive weekend I was able to spend this past spring at Notre Dame thanks to your organization and the generosity of the Nanovic Institute. The conference was a great success. Michael Naas, Keynote speaker Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department DePaul University

Under the sky of Paris / Sous le ciel de Paris (III)

Credit: José Luis Mieza Nanovic Institute for European Photo Studies 31 Photography on Flickr


2012-2013 year in review

Donald Crafton with visiting scholars in Budapest, Hungary, before the annual meeting of the Catholic Universities Partnership.

nanovic visiting scholars Taras Dobko, associate professor of philosophy and senior vice-rector at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine, continued his research in phenomenology and completed several articles for publication. A leading advocate for the recognition of theology as an academic discipline in post-Soviet Ukraine, Dobko has been part of the Consortium of Ukrainian Universities, promoting university autonomy for the development of civil society.

Summer Scholars

Syłwia Kuźma-Markowska, from the University of Warsaw, furthered her research in the history of feminism and public health while teaching a course in Notre Dame’s Department of American Studies. A social and cultural historian, Markowska specializes in the topics of motherhood, reproduction, and medicine in a comparative perspective.

Ildikó Limpár

Luca Marcozzi, from the University of Roma Tre, joined the Institute as the University’s Italian Fulbright scholar. A specialist in medieval and early modern Italian literature from Dante to Bembo, especially its role in developing an Italian cultural identity, Marcozzi lectured and taught a graduate course entitled “Books, Authors, and Readers in Italy from the Late Middle Ages to the Renaissance.” Reverend Sławomir Nowosad, head of the Department of Ecumenical Moral Theology at the John Paul II Catholic University in Lublin (KUL), Poland, continued his research in Christian moral theology, particularly in light of changing demographic patterns. The outgoing vice-rector for research and international relations at KUL, Nowosad played an important role in the development of the Institute’s Catholic Universities Partnership.

Sr. Barbara Chyrowicz

John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (Poland)

Pázmány Péter Catholic University (Hungary)

Tamás Nyirkos

Pázmány Péter Catholic University (Hungary)

Roman Skakun

Ukrainian Catholic University (Ukraine)

Fr. Frantisek Trstensky

Catholic University in Ružomberok (Slovakia)

Adam Zadroga

John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (Poland)

Viktor Zhukovskyy

Ukrainian Catholic University (Ukraine)

Nanovic Institute for European Studies


South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg addresses the audience at the Future of Food conference, part of the Nanovic Institute’s celebration Day. 34of Europe2012-2013 year in review

Developing partnerships Europe Day Conference In partnership with the European Union Delegation to the United States, the Institute celebrated Europe Day (May 9) by hosting a conference on one of the subjects that most easily brings Europeans and Americans together: food. Given that the populations of both Europe and America are now predominately urban rather than rural, the Institute held a daylong interdisciplinary conversation about the most innovative ways of feeding cities entitled “The Future of Food: Urban Bio-Economies in Europe and America.” The conference was primarily aimed at putting innovative figures of our Midwestern food systems into direct contact with their counterparts in Europe, and then placing everyone into contact with the EU Delegation’s First Counselor for Agriculture, Giulio Menato. Participants included Will Allen, America’s best known urban farmer; Jean Joho, an American top chef from the Alsace and locavore pioneer in the Midwest; Pete Buttigieg, the Mayor of South Bend; Norman McCowan, CEO of a massive and sustainable aquaculture firm; Lucien Steil, an urban planner and Notre Dame professor from Luxembourg; Shaun Ferris, Senior Agricultural Advisor at Catholic Relief Services; and two extraordinary public urban gardeners from Berlin, Marco Clausen and Elizabeth Calderón-Lüning.

The conference included luncheon remarks by Donald Miller, Notre Dame’s executive chef, who spoke about the campus’s role in promoting local food. The lunch was sourced almost entirely from local producers. The conference also featured spirited remarks by Nanovic fellow, Felipe Fernández-Armesto, whose prize-winning book, Food: A History, placed the future of food on the menu for historical consideration. The audience included nearly one hundred members of the campus and wider community, including faculty and students from nearby universities and schools, journalists from regional cities such as Chicago, purveyors and producers of food in the region, and a wide variety of non-profit and civic groups dedicated to food security, cooperative production, and environmental stewardship. Catholic Universities Partnership (CUP) Now approaching its tenth year, the CUP group met in Esztergom, Hungary, while the Danube River flooded central Europe, to discuss the role Catholic universities play in fostering civil societies. Focusing equally on contributions to science, technology, and the humanities, the group reflected on best practices, brought itself up to date on partner activities and exchanges, and began planning a larger conference to be held in Rome on Catholic universities and civic cultures in Europe.

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A. James McAdams (On Leave) William M. Scholl Professor of International Affairs

Anthony Monta Associate Director

Ted Barron (Film)

John Federer (Chair)

John Blacklow (Music)

Dominica Annese

Catherine Cangany (History)

R. Stephen Barrett, Jr.

Sharon Konopka Business Associate

James Collins (Film, Television, and Theatre)

Joe Browder II, M.D.

Jennifer A.C. Fulton Student Coordinator

Carsten Dutt (German)

INTERIM DIRECTOR DONALD CRAFTON Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Film, Television, and Theatre

FACULTY COMMITTEE Christine Becker (Film, Television, and Theatre) Joseph Buttigieg (English) Margot Fassler (Theology) Alyssa Dinega Gillespie (Russian) Alexander Martin (History) Robin Rhodes (Art History) Alison Rice (French)* Michael Zuckert (Political Science)* *Substitute member


Monica Caro Assistant Director for Operations

Jennifer Lechtanski Communications Specialist Melanie Webb Event Coordinator Katy White Event Assistant

Anne GarcÍa-Romero (Film, Television, and Theatre)

Jane Heiden Anne Hurst-Nanovic Terrence Keeley

Claire Jones (German)

Katie Murphy-McMahon

Natasha Lyandres (Library)

Patrick Moran

Louis MacKenzie (French)

Elizabeth Nanovic

David Mayernik (Architecture)

Rob Nanovic

Barry McCrea (English)

Robert Nanovic

Vanesa Miseres (Spanish)

Laura Shannon

Julie Tanaka (Library)

Michael Snider

Gregory Timp (Electrical Engineering and Biological Studies)

Paul Tobin

Sophie White (American Studies)

Nanovic Institute for European Studies


Front cover: St. Stephen’s Coronation Statue with the Basilica of Esztergom, Hungary. Back cover: Cobblestones next to the Basilica of Esztergom, Hungary. Photo credit: Jennifer Lechtanski

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