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The Nanovic Institute’s Associate Director Anthony Monta captured this image while waiting for Pope Francis at the general audience on April 2, 2014. Dr. Monta was in Rome for the Nanovic Institute’s latest symposium (see page 9).

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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Univ Monastery, interior square, Ukraine. Photo by Anthony Monta.


FROM THE DIRECTOR Euromaidan. Over this past fall and early spring 2013-2014, this word

this meeting on “The Digital Future of World Heritage” brought

was on the lips of tens-of-thousands of Ukrainians who demonstrated

together leading scholars, scientists, and government officials (see

against their government’s refusal to support negotiations for a free-

page 9).

trade agreement with the European Union. Maidan means “square” and these demonstrations took place on central Kiev’s Maidan Nezalezhnosti, or “Independence Square.” Of course, in invoking the term, the protesters were thinking about something considerably more profound than a physical location. Their protests, which led to the election of a new Ukrainian president in May, were sustained by the conviction that people acting together in a common space can create something bigger than the accomplishments of any single individual. In a modest way, the Nanovic Institute aspires to be Notre Dame’s

I am also excited to share that the Nanovic Institute has joined Notre Dame’s five other international institutes as a constituent member of the University’s new School of Global Affairs (see page 35). The creation of the School represents a major step forward in Notre Dame’s aspirations to become a truly global university. In the words of the School’s founding dean, R. Scott Appleby, this initiative will directly serve the University’s mission “to place scholarship in service to the common good” and devise “effective responses to poverty, war, disease, political oppression, and other threats to human security and human dignity.” We look forward to contributing in many different

Euromaidan, an intellectual “square” in which a culture of European

ways to the School’s distinctive approach to public and international

studies flourishes. Our square is the meeting place where students,


faculty, and visitors congregate to discuss common interests, share interdisciplinary perspectives, and become inspired to pursue new areas of study and scholarship relating to Europe. You can find evidence of the fruits of these interactions during the 2013-2014 academic year everywhere you look on the following pages.

Finally, we will soon have a new home! Once again, Robert S. and Elizabeth Nanovic have demonstrated their extraordinary generosity by providing a leadership gift to Notre Dame for the construction of a major new building. When construction is completed in 2017, the Nanovic Institute will join the departments of Political Science,

I am pleased to announce that the Nanovic Institute is now on the

Economics, and Sociology in Nanovic Hall, as the building will be

road toward realizing an even broader conception of its European

known (see page 35). Our new space will be far more than a physical

square. Over the past year, we have fully embraced the challenge

location. In the spirit that we have sought to embody, it will be

of building a visible presence in Europe. In April, we organized a

a common square where the entire Notre Dame community can

significant international conference held at Notre Dame’s beautiful

celebrate the richness and diversity of European studies.

new Global Gateway in Rome. In concert with NASA, UNESCO, the Italian Ministry of Culture, and Notre Dame’s School of Architecture,

A. JAMES McADAMS William M. Scholl Professor of International Affairs Director, Nanovic Institute for European Studies


“People don’t listen to teachers, they listen to witnesses. If they listen to teachers, it’s because they are also witnesses.” 4


THE KEELEY VATICAN LECTURE The Role of the Church in Contemporary Society The Institute was honored to welcome Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella back to Notre Dame to deliver the Terrence R. Keeley Vatican Lecture for 2014. Born in Italy, Fisichella was educated at St. Francis College and the Pontifical Gregorian University before being ordained in 1976. After years of teaching and consulting, he was ordained a Bishop and went on to lead the Pontifical Lateran University, the Pontifical Academy for Life, and several interfaith commissions. In 2008, he was appointed by Benedict XVI to lead a new Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. Welcomed by University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the Archbishop reflected on the role of the church in the contemporary world. Observing the primacy of the solitary individual over the community, the loss of credibility in public institutions, the growing reluctance and indifference toward civic responsibility, and the progressive loss of religious sense, the Archbishop defined the PHOTOS BY MATT CASHORE

contemporary moment as “the conclusion of an age.” According to the Archbishop, a confident Church open to dialogue and cooperation must help society recover “a long-range vision” that will restore “trust and responsibility for the promotion of the common good.” Archbishop Fisichella stayed true to Keeley Lecture form by referring to sources as diverse as de Tocqueville, Heidegger, Gaudium et Spes, Paul VI, Facebook, and Wikipedia, and engaging

University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Archbishop Fisichella, and Nanovic Institute Director A. James McAdams

students in lively dialogue.


Carrying a prize of $10,000, the Laura Shannon Prize 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 Michael Meng with Laura Shannon


THE LAURA SHANNON PRIZE Promoting Contemporary European Studies The 2013 Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies honored Michael Meng (Assistant Professor of History at Clemson University) for his book, Shattered Spaces: Encountering Jewish Ruins in Postwar Germany and Poland, published by Harvard University Press. The jury praised Meng for demonstrating how the development of Europe as a whole intersects with the problem of dealing with the physical remnants of Central European Jewish civilization. Meng visited campus in the fall and offered a lecture entitled, “Why Do We Remember? On the Ambiguities of Cosmopolitan Memory in Contemporary Central Europe.” He engaged with faculty members, led a seminar class of first-year students, and met for lunch with undergraduate students majoring in history. The Nanovic Institute also announced the 2014 winner: Jerrold Seigel (William J. Kenan, Jr., Professor of History Emeritus, New York University) for his book, Modernity and Bourgeois Life: Society, Politics and Culture in England, France and Germany since 1750, published by Cambridge University Press. Seigel will visit Notre Dame to lecture and accept the Laura Shannon Prize in November 2014. The Laura Shannon Prize continues to increase its nominations and recognition and serves as an encouragement to scholars and presses at this volatile time for the publishing industry.


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OPENING THE GATES IN ROME The Digital Future of World Heritage Symposium The Institute organized and presented the first major academic symposium at the new Notre Dame Rome Global Gateway, “The Digital Future of World Heritage,” on April 2-4, 2014. Occasioned by the recent digitization of the Roman Forum with an unprecedented level of accuracy by Nanovic fellow Krupali Krusche (Architecture) and her colleagues at the Center for Digital Historic Architectural Research and Material KRUPALI KRUSCHE

Analysis (DHARMA), the conference featured presentations by major scholars in classics, architecture, engineering, and material science, and workshops run by leading professionals in preservation studies and world heritage management. Participants explored the implications of new digital technologies for the study, preservation, interpretation, and care of physical sites of world historical importance and aimed to change the way new generations will perceive, know, and understand the cultural heritage of Europe. A concurrent exhibit in the Roman Forum, which featured student work, was sponsored by Notre Dame’s Office of Research and School of Architecture, UNESCO, NASA, Leica Geosystems, Indissoluble Inc., INTBAU, the Soprintendenza ASHLEY JOHNSTON

Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma, and the United States Embassy to Italy.

Notre Dame architecture students have been working with Krusche for several years on the Roman Forum and their work was on display during the symposium.




BUILDING BRIDGES IN LONDON The Nanovic Institute was proud to support a variety of initiatives in the Notre Dame London Global Gateway. ANGLOPHILIA AND THE BRITISH CONSTITUTION IN CENTRAL EUROPE, 1700-2000 Reflecting the Institute’s interest in ideas that shape Europe as a whole, Nanovic fellow John Deak (History) joined former Visiting Scholars Ferenc Hörcher (Hungarian Academy of Sciences) and Kálmán Pócza (Pázmány Péter Catholic University) in convening an international conference on the influence of the British constitution in central Europe from the eighteenth century to the present. As post-communist governments in east central Europe continued to grapple with constitutional challenges, the conference was a chance for scholars to reflect on constitutional cultures from a variety of

“Our conference was successful not only for the scholarship and fellowship it inspired, but for bringing scholars together from all sorts of institutions.”

national and transnational perspectives. It also included a reception at the Hungarian Embassy in London hosted by Ambassador János Csák.




Beginning a series of Institute events focused on the catastrophe

In collaboration with the John Thelwall Society, Nanovic fellow

of World War I, Nanovic fellows Robert Norton (German) and

Yasmin Solomonescu (English) worked with colleagues in the U.K.

Carsten Dutt (German), along with Helmuth Kiesel (University

to explore the intersection of medical, literary, and political cultures

of Heidelberg), convened an interdisciplinary symposium to explore

in late eighteenth century Britain. Topics included quackery and

new perspectives about the cultural and intellectual effects of the

vivisection, early science of the mind and brain, and their relation to

war on historiography, neutrality, law, literature, the visual arts,

political radicalism and emergent discussions of human rights. Thelwall,

and music. The conference was supported by the Fritz Thyssen

a remarkable and well-traveled polymath, was part of an international

Foundation, Notre Dame’s Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal

circle engaged in bringing radical thought across the British channel.

Arts, the Nanovic Institute, and other Notre Dame centers.


Place Saint-Germain des Prés, Paris, France. Photo by Anthony Monta.




Nanovic fellow Semion Lyandres (History) led Notre Dame’s

Led by Nanovic fellow Francesca Murphy (Theology), the

acquisition of major new archives in modern Russian and eastern

“Illuminating Modernity” research group continued to re-evaluate

European history, which shed light on literature and human rights

common intellectual histories of modernity with a focus on how

activities in the Soviet Union from the 1960s onward. With the

such histories can be re-told as conceptual shifts in theology and

Institute’s support, Lyandres flew to Vienna to arrange for the

philosophy. The group finished its first book in a series, Illuminating

acquisition of a substantial collection owned by one of the daughters

Faith: An Invitation to Theology, forthcoming in fall 2014 from

of Elizabeth Markstein, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s translator,

Bloomsbury Academic Press and is working on the second volume,

publishing liaison, and confidante before his emigration to the West.

Begetting the Secular: Telling the Story of Atheism. In addition

Lyandres also secured a large collection from Soviet dissident Arina

to extensive grantsmanship and translation projects, the group

Sergeevna Zholkovskaya-Ginzburg (b. 1937) related to her activities

established a website to publish original essays and translations. The

and those of her husband, Aleksandr Ginzburg.

“These new acquisitions provide extraordinary research opportunities for Notre Dame scholars and students and help establish Notre Dame as a major destination for researchers from all over the world.” LOUIS JORDA N (H ESBU RGH LIB R A RY )

group also received funding from the Nanovic Institute to produce video interviews with key contributors. THE MOVEMENT OF PEOPLES Nanovic fellow Ian Kuijt (Anthropology), Meredith Chesson (Anthropology), and Bill Donaruma (Film, Television, and Theatre) dug into the remains of coastal village communities in western Ireland and southern Calabria respectively, reconstructing the histories of their collision with social and economic forces that brought about their dissolution. Kuijt’s project has led to an innovative video book entitled Island Places, Island Lives, which documents how islanders dealt with those upheavals. In southern Italy, Chesson and her colleagues revealed how everyday people in southern Calabria confronted similar pressures during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Interested in issues of hunger, abandonment, and migration, both groups also attended to what once made these communities viable. 13




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The Impact of Idealism: The Legacy of Post-Kantian German Thought; Volume 1: Philosophy and Natural Sciences

By Anne García-Romero (Film, Television, and Theatre)

God as Reason: Essays in Philosophical Theology by Vittorio Hösle (German)

The Challenge of Emulation in Art and Architecture: Between Imitation and Invention by David Mayernik (Architecture)

Metapoetry in Euripides by Isabelle Torrance (Classics) CO-AUTHORED

Erfahrene Geschichte: Zwei Gespräche by Carsten Dutt (German) and Reinhart Koselleck

Edited by Karl Ameriks (Philosophy), Nicholas Boyle, and Liz Disley

Zwishcen Sprache und Geschichte: Zum Werk Reinhart Kosellecks Edited by Carsten Dutt (German) and Reinhard Laube

Reinhart Koselleck: Vom Sinn und Unsinn der Geschichte Edited and afterword by Carsten Dutt (German)

The Essential Prose of John Milton Edited by Stephen M. Fallon (Program of Liberal Studies), William Kerrigan, and John Rumrich

Marketing and the Common Good: Essays from Notre Dame on Societal Impact Edited by Patrick E. Murphy (Marketing) and John F. Sherry, Jr.









CONNECTING EUROPE AND NOTRE DAME A. James McAdams (Director, William M. Scholl Professor

Susannah Monta (English) brought senior literary

of International Affairs), Yury Avvakumov (Theology), and

scholars Anne Lake Prescott (Barnard College, Columbia

Michael Gekhtman (Mathematics) discussed the ongoing

University), Roger Kuin (York University), and Arthur

turmoil in Ukraine with faculty and students, drawing on their

Marotti (Wayne State University) to work with graduate

personal ties with the Ukrainian Catholic University in the

students and faculty on the intersections of religion, literature,

western city of Lviv in “Euromaidan: Revolution in Ukraine.”

and international circles in early modern Europe.

John O’Callahan (Philosophy) convened a conference that

Mary Celeste Kearney (Film, Television, and Theatre) included

included Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of

three participants from universities in the U.K. in a conference

Chicago, to focus closely on how contemporary Catholic philosophers

on “The Craft of Criticism.” The symposium focused in part on

can engage effectively with secular interpretations of the legal

the contributions of European thinkers to media studies.

concepts of intention and double effect, particularly as these

Emine Sevgi Özdamar, one of the most celebrated living

concepts relate to issues of guilt, punishment, and justice.

novelists in Germany, read from her work and engaged faculty

Wyatt Brooks (Economics) took graduate students to an

and students. Özdamar is featured in a new film for ARTE TV in

international workshop on dynamic macroeconomics in Vigo,

France directed by Nanovic fellow Olivier Morel (Literature).

Spain where they presented original research. Focused on current

Daniel Picouly, a noted novelist and host of cultural

issues in Europe and America’s credit and currency markets, the group interacted with Nobel laureates and distinguished faculty. Former Paris Bureau Chief of The New York Times, Elaine Sciolino, lectured on campus about economic and public policy differences between France and the U.S.

TV programs in France, came to Notre Dame through the efforts of Catherine Perry (French) to lecture on creativity and perform his latest one-man play. Barry McCrea (English) hosted Alexander Beecroft (University of South Carolina), who spoke with faculty and

Tim Machan (English) arranged for thirteen international scholars

students about literary ecology and literary form.

to work closely on campus with graduate students in medieval

Sabrina Ferri (Italian) brought Joseph Luzzi (Bard

studies on the sociolinguistic and theoretical concepts that have framed the study of medieval English as a language. Their essays will be published as a volume by Cambridge University Press.

College) to lecture on international systems and literary form in the works of Giacomo Leopardi. She also organized the visit of Massimo Lollini (University of Oregon), who spoke on Italian literature and poetic geography.


At the invitation of Alison Rice (French), the young ANTON WÜRTH WORKSHOP / SNITE MUSEUM OF ART

French writer Bessora presented her latest novel, Cyr@no, and spoke about literature in the digital age. Tobias Boes (German) hosted the Midwest German Symposium in German Studies, bringing together leading regional scholars to focus on the scholarly status of translations and their important role in the contemporary academy. Anne García-Romero (Film, Television, and Theatre) organized a spring symposium entitled “Fascism, War, and Historical Schism in Contemporary Europe” in conjunction with a production of Gabriel García Lorca’s play, Blood Wedding. Directed by Notre Dame’s Anton Juan (Film, Television, and Theatre), the play included a performance by contemporary flamenco artist Nino de los Reyes.

Anton Würth, a master engraver from Offenbach am Main, led a workshop on Old Master intaglio techniques

Alyssa Dinega Gillespie (Russian) organized a lecture

and challenged participants to approach engraving

series in Russian and East European studies which included

as more than a representational medium.

David Bethea (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Diane Radycki (Moravian College) spoke about the pioneering

and Donald Loewen (Binghamton University).

direction of German modernist artist Paula Modersohn Becker.

On the occasion of Notre Dame’s major new acquisition of

Ellen Rosand (Yale University), one of the world’s leading

an archive related to the dissident poet Joseph Brodsky,

musicologists, gave a talk about Monteverdi’s opera, L’Incoronazione

Semion Lyandres (History) brought in Samuel Ramer

di Poppea, before its performance by Opera Notre Dame.

(Tulane University) to lecture on Brodsky and his work. Noted film historian Yuri Tsivian (University of Chicago) explored

Caryl Emerson (Princeton University) lectured on how Russian literature has moved into opera, and on how

Notre Dame’s new archives in Russian history and lectured on

Russian emigré composers were inspired by Catholic

Charlie Chaplin and the Soviet avant-garde of the 1920s.

philosophers like Arthur Lourié and Jacques Maritain.

Kirk Anderson (Wheaton College) lectured on

Paris Combo, led by chanteuse Belle du Berry, blended French

imitation and appropriation in French pop music.

pop, cabaret, jazz gitan, chanson, and Middle Eastern rhythms in Notre Dame’s Leighton Hall, where the audience danced in the aisles.


“Of course, Notre Dame and Notre Dame — it’s natural!” Olivier Latry, organiste titulaire at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris and Professor of Organ at the Paris Conservatory, gave two private concerts in Reyes Hall. He concluded both with improvisations, the first on the famous “Notre Dame Victory March,” the second on an ancient Syriac melody presented to him by Tala Jarjour (Music). Latry also taught a masterclass for students under the direction of Nanovic fellow Craig Cramer (Music). The relationship between the two Notre Dames began in 2011. The Institute’s Associate Director, Anthony Monta, met Latry in Paris on the recommendation of Emmanuel Morlet (French Cultural Services, New York). Seeing a natural opportunity, Latry introduced Monta to Sylvain Dieudonné, one of the leading choral directors at Notre Dame de Paris. Since then, Notre Dame’s own Sacred Music program has grown to include renowned conductor and Nanovic fellow Carmen-Helena Téllez. Excited by the possibilities, Téllez visited Dieudonné at the cathedral and is working out an exchange whereby students at Notre Dame can work alongside their peers in Paris and faculty on both sides can develop joint projects in European sacred music. Attending Latry’s concerts was Joseph Vitacco ’90 of JAV Recordings, the premier pipe organ recording label in the United States.





The Institute’s fall series featured films that dealt with the human

The spring series presented films that pushed the boundaries of their

circumstances of youth unemployment in Scotland, Russia, Switzerland,

genres of social realism, film noir, or docudrama. The films were all

and Germany.

directed by women.

The Angels’ Share

The Selfish Giant

A young man in Scotland haunted by past choices discovers an

Set in the outskirts of Bradford, England, the story follows two lads

economical talent that might help him escape with his new family intact.

coming of age in their local scrapyard economy. The film was directed

Anthony Monta (Nanovic Institute) introduced this film directed by

by Clio Barnard and introduced by Nanovic fellow Ted Barron (Film,

Ken Loach.

Television, and Theatre).


The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology

Directed by Andre Zvyagintsev, this film won a Special Jury Prize at

In an amusing and provocative filmed lecture, Slavoj Žižek interprets

Cannes for its unflinching portrayal of the moral atmosphere and

contemporary visual culture in psychological and Marxist terms. Kate

contradictions of contemporary Moscow. The screening was introduced

Marshall (English) introduced this film directed by Sophie Fiennes.

by Nanovic fellow Semion Lyandres (History).



Les Salauds (Bastards) An official selection at the Cannes and Toronto film festivals, this stylish

A young boy takes on responsibility for providing for his sister by

contemporary film noir makes its wary way around the private lives

thieving at a luxury ski resort. Directed by Ursula Meier, the film was

of the global financial elite, with heartbreaking results. The film was

introduced by Nanovic fellow Olivier Morel (Film, Television, and

directed by Claire Denis, who visited campus in 2012. This screening was


introduced by Joyelle McSweeney (English).

Oh Boy

Pour Une Femme (For A Woman)

A postmodern picaresque, Jan-Ole Gerster’s first film swept

A beautiful historical reminiscence of what the narrator describes as “my

the German Film Awards in 2013, despite its being a low-budget

mom’s suitcase of secrets,” the film explores how complex, surprising,

production that was Gerster’s thesis at the German Film and Television

and influential the past can be in Parisian life after the Second World

Academy. Gerster came to Notre Dame to meet with students and

War. Introduced by the film’s director, Diane Kurys, this was the first

faculty, participate in a film-making class, and answer audience

public screening in the United States. After her visit at Notre Dame, she

questions after the screening. The following day, he introduced

went on to present the film at the Siskel Film Center in Chicago.

the film at its screening at the Siskel Film Center in Chicago.





Renée Roden ‘14 and Thomas Graff ‘14 went to Le Mans, France to study Blessed Basil Moreau and French spirituality



during spring break through the Nanovic Institute’s senior travel and research grant.

TRANSFORMING UNDERGRADUATES THE R. STEPHEN AND RUTH BARRETT FAMILY GRANT This year, the Institute awarded the Barrett Family Grant for the best undergraduate summer research proposal to Curran Cross ‘16 for his in French and History, Cross proposed to study the sympathetic attitudes of French society toward immigrants of African and multiracial ancestry by examining political pamphlets and other archival materials at Les Archives d’Outre Mer in Aix-en-Provence and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. His proposal to examine the phenomenon of “passing” for another race in France impressed the committee with its thoroughness of preparation and lucidity. THE WEGS PRIZE


project “What is Whiteness? Race in Nineteenth-Century France.” Majoring

The J. Robert Wegs Prize, named after the founding director of the Institute, minor in European studies. Marielle Hampe ‘14 won the award for her original research, guided by Matthew Capdevielle (University Writing Program), into the ideas and practices of 150 university writing centers in the U.K. FIRST YEAR RESEARCH The First Year of Studies Spring Break Travel & Research Grant allowed five students in the First Year of Studies to conduct research in Europe: Khaoula Morchid ‘17 studied immigrants’ contributions to Europe’s economy in Germany, Erin Thomassen ‘17 explored Catholicism at Notre-Dame de Paris,


is awarded annually to the student who writes the best capstone essay for the

and Rachel Thompson ‘17 studied Parisian society during the Second World War. Peter Fink ‘17 and Benjamin Fouch ‘17 explored urban planning along the Río Túria’s riverbed in Valencia, Spain.





Students at Notre Dame are transformed by their research experiences in Europe.

IMPACT, IN THEIR OWN WORDS “I set out to analyze the relationship between

“Vernazza, Italy, is a wine-making village in

“I spent a week at the Russian Center for

native Europeans and Muslim immigrant

northwest Italy that suffered severe storm

Policy Studies in Moscow researching

populations in their midst. Over fall break, I

damage in 2011. I was able to assess the area

current thinking and practices in nuclear

explored the French-Algerian experience via

for my senior project in Architecture, but I

disarmament. This project significantly

the Arab World Institute, the Algerian Cultural

soon found that architectural problems were

nuanced my views on the role of the U.S. in

Institute of Paris, the Grand Mosque of Paris,

related to other deeply-rooted issues. A local

this process and on this issue from a long-term

and the city’s Museum of Immigration History.

official thought my project would be a great

perspective. My time in Moscow will serve

I left with more questions than when I arrived

way to bring more sensible and sustainable

as an excellent foundation upon which I will

and an even greater motivation to pursue this

tourism to Vernazza. My visit inspired me to

continue to build through additional research

topic further.”

tackle my thesis with greater attention and

and the dialogue generated by a collaborative

Liana Cramer ‘15

care so that I can ultimately do some good for

report I am writing with my colleagues.”

Majors in International Economics and

a place that is very close to my heart.”

Political Science

Chris Newton ‘15

Matthew D. Cook ‘14

Major in Political Science

Major in Architecture

Melissa Guinan ‘12 interned at the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul with a Nanovic grant, won a Fulbright, and is now a Program Officer at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Kelly McRaven ‘13, a multiple grant winner and minor in European studies, is an M.A. candidate in Security Studies at Georgetown and is currently a policy intern at the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Yichao Pan ‘12 won a grant to study control mechanisms at an engineering firm in Aachen, Germany, and is now a graduate student in biometrics at MIT.




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GR A DUAT E ACHI E V E M EN T Albertus Horsting

Michael Driessen

2010-11 Barrett Family Grant

2008-09 Tobin Fellow

College Fellow, Department of Classics,

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Harvard University

John Cabot University, Rome

Damiano Benvegnù

Lucrecia Garcia-Iommi

2012-13 Annese Fellow

2009-10 Tobin Fellow

Visiting Faculty

Assistant Professor of Politics

University of Virginia

Fairfield University, Connecticut

Charles Leavitt

Bradley Thames

2008-09 Annese Fellow

2008-09 Tobin Fellow

Lecturer, University of Reading

Assistant Professor, College of Liberal Arts

United Kingdom

Ashford University, San Diego

SUPPORTING GRADUATE FELLOWS THE DOMINICA AND FRANK ANNESE FELLOWSHIP IN GRADUATE STUDIES 2013-2014 Damiano Benvegnù (Literature) successfully defended his dissertation on animal imagery in the works of the Jewish-Italian writer Primo Levi (1919-1987). His work provides an original perspective on contemporary debates on the legacy of humanism and human-animal relationships. Thanks to the fellowship, Damiano was not only able to complete his degree, but also to submit two essays for publication in forthcoming volumes. He also presented his work at three major international conferences in Pennsylvania, France, and Italy. Sean Phillips (History) drafted chapters of his dissertation while continuing his research at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia in the fall semester and the Boston Medical Library in the spring. He presented part of his findings at the College of Physicians as well as the Midwest Junto for the History of Science and wrote a number of articles on topics of religion in France as part of a forthcoming encyclopedia. With the support afforded by his fellowship, he won a research grant from the American Catholic Historical Association to continue his research in France during the summer. THE PAUL G. TOBIN DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIP 2013-2014 Patrick Gamez (Philosophy) visited the archives of Michel Foucault in Normandy, studying his unpublished lectures, correspondence, and occasional writings. Patrick also had the opportunity to publish his first article in Études Ricoeuriennes (Ricoeur Studies), and to present his research at conferences in Oregon and Chicago, as well as at the University of Pittsburgh and twice at the New School for Social Research in New York. Patrick made considerable progress on his dissertation, which focuses on the intersection of philosophical ethics and intellectual history in the late 1960s and 1970s in France. James Martell de la Torre (Literature) lived in Paris for three months in order to complete his dissertation on Samuel Beckett and Jacques Derrida, which he defended successfully in March. While in France, he met with different scholars from Paris 8 to discuss future translation projects. At the beginning of the year, and thanks to the support from the fellowship, he was able to present part of his current research on Hungarian director Béla Tarr at the MLA annual conference. Later in April, he presented a paper on Second Person Narration in Modern Literature at NEMLA in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

NEW GRADUATE FELLOWS FOR 2014-2015 Thanks to the generosity of Paul Tobin and Dominica and Frank Annese, the Institute is pleased to welcome the next group of graduate fellows: Laura Bland (History & Philosophy of Science)

Anna Larsen (Medieval Institute)

Bretton Rodriguez (Literature)

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An interdisciplinary conference on medieval cultural geography, the symposium sought to challenge common notions about medieval Iberian culture by exploring alternative ways of writing its history. Testing the limits of such categories as convivencia and reconquista, conference participants asked how historians might move beyond them. The conference was also supported by the Mellon Foundation, the Medieval Institute, and the College of Arts & Letters. This conference has been a very fruitful learning experience for me. I am confident that the professional relations that I have established with some of the most renowned scholars in my field will last, if not a lifetime, surely a very long time. BELÉN VICÉNS-SÁIZ (Ph.D. Candidate in History)





October 12-13, 2013


Indiana Medieval Graduate Consortium February 28 - March 1, 2014

In early twentieth-century Europe, Jacques

Copeau instigated radical changes in how actors were trained for the theatre, laying

When the concept of “the nation” was still

the groundwork for “physical theatre,”

being formed, medieval peoples thought

theatrical improvisation, and much of what

about space and belonging differently,

characterizes actor training and community

such as in terms of regions or locales,

theatre today. This conference explored

sacred areas, and spaces of transgression.

Copeau’s legacy, religious and secular,

This conference presented a selection of

through a series of lectures and practical

studies that explored different geographic


imaginations in the medieval world, shedding light on emerging (or re-emerging)

The Nanovic Institute helped me as a young,

geographical conceptions today.

aspiring scholar to dream big from the very beginning of my research career. What an

I received so many compliments from

amazing professional growth experience!

faculty and graduate students about our

And its echoes are being heard across the

conference. None of it would have been

Atlantic. Thank you, Nanovic!

possible without the Nanovic’s generous

MARGARET GARVEY (Ph.D. Candidate in Literature)

support. I learned so much about what goes on behind the scenes in planning something like this, and I feel much more confident now approaching similar ventures in the future. ANDREW KLEIN (Ph.D. Candidate in English)


Piazza Centrale, Gattinara, Italy. Photo by Anthony Monta.


HOSTING VISITING SCHOLARS Tamás Karáth is professor of medieval

Sr. Barbara Chyrowicz is professor

English literature at the Institute of English and

and chair of the Department of Applied

American Studies at Pázmány Péter Catholic

Ethics at John Paul II Catholic University

University in Hungary. He finished his doctoral

of Lublin, Poland. Her areas of research

studies at the Medieval English Literature

focus on argumentation, moral dilemmas,

Program of the Doctoral School of Literary Sciences at Eötvös Loránd

methods of contemporary ethics, the principle of double effect,

University. His research focuses on medieval drama and theatre,

bioethics, and metaethics. She is also a member of the Ethics

orthodoxy and heterodoxy in late medieval England, and Franciscan

Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Bioethical

spirituality in the Middle Ages. He is also a devoted chamber musician

Commission at the Ministry of Health (Poland), and the Pontifical

as the violoncellist of the Castellano Quartet.

Academy for Life.

Rev. Peter Volek is professor and head of the Department of Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy at the Catholic University of Ružomberok in Slovakia. Rev. Volek conducted research at the Nanovic Institute on the topic of free will in relation to the psychology and biology of the human body. Paola Moretti is an associate professor of Latin language and literature at the Università degli Studi in Milan, Italy. Her research mainly focuses on late Latin literature and culture: the interrelationships between pagan and Christian

Summer Scholars 2014 János Barcsák

Pázmány Péter Catholic University (Hungary)

Pavel Izrael

Catholic University in Ružomberok (Slovakia)

Nataliya Bordun

Ukrainian Catholic University (Ukraine)

Michael Petrowycz

culture, Ambrose of Milan’s commentaries on the Psalms and his letters,

Ukrainian Catholic University (Ukraine)

Jerome’s letters, Augustine’s prose, Christian poetry, and female gender

Sebastian Gałecki

models in the Latin Fathers. She was an Italian Fulbright scholar for the

Pontifical University of John Paul II in Kraków (Poland)

2014 spring semester.



Celebrating Ten Years of Growth

the Partnership is expanding its activities in important ways.

The Institute’s goal is to sustain this Catholic Universities Partnership – its regular meetings, visiting scholar programs, and future summer institutes – in perpetuity.

Over the first decade of the partnership’s existence, the rectors and

In the Partnership’s second decade, the universities’ representatives

faculty of the member universities have met on a regular basis to

will undertake a range of ambitious, collaborative research projects

reflect on the issues and challenges faced by Catholic institutions

involving issues of crucial interest to humanity: civic education, the

of higher education. Along the way, the Nanovic Institute has

natural environment, human development, business and ethics,

played an active role in identifying opportunities for scholarly

and biotechnology. On September 26-27, the Nanovic Institute

collaboration. It has also brought dozens of the brightest young

will host the Partnership’s first conference at the Notre Dame

faculty from these universities to Notre Dame for extended research

Rome Global Gateway. The conference is entitled: “Sources of the

visits. Coming primarily from formerly communist countries in

Civic: Catholic Higher Education and Democracy in Europe.”

Since 2004, the Nanovic Institute has been deeply involved in the Catholic Universities Partnership, a unique collaboration with eight leading Catholic universities in Europe. The European participants represent a wide array of countries, including Ukraine, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Croatia, Italy, and France. Now in its tenth year,

east central Europe, these young leaders have had the opportunity to write books and articles, lead special seminars, achieve tenure, and form lasting professional and personal relationships.

In addition to representatives of each partner university, the conference will include participants from the University of Florence, King’s College London, the Pontifical Lateran University, and the Catholic University of Eichstätt. Among the distinguished speakers, Jean-Christophe Bas (Council of Europe), Myroslav Marynovych (Amnesty International and Helsinki Group), and Rev. Željko Tanjić (Catholic University of Croatia) will offer responses and reflections at the conclusion of the meeting.

Meet the scholars and hear about the impact of the Catholic Universities Partnership in our video at



Rendering of Nanovic Hall. Provided by Mike Daly.


A New Home for the Institute and Its Partners Robert and Elizabeth Nanovic made a leadership gift to the

Participating in the building’s design from the beginning, the Director

University this year for the construction of a new building on Notre

and staff secured space sufficient to more than double the Institute’s

Dame Avenue that will be, starting in 2017, the Institute’s new home.

size. With a larger internal commons area, visiting scholar suite, and

Nanovic Hall will be built south of the Hesburgh Center for International Studies and will include the departments of Economics, Political Science, and Sociology. The building will be connected to Jenkins Hall, which will house the other international institutes at

seminar room, there will be significantly more space for students, faculty, visiting scholars, and guests. The Institute will also be adjacent to the building’s interior atrium, which is designed to serve as a large central lecture hall.

Notre Dame: the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the

The Institute’s close proximity to the new School of Global Affairs

Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Liu Institute for Asia

and the University’s other institutes of international studies will

and Asian Studies, and the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish

undoubtedly allow the Institute to work more closely alongside

Studies. Jenkins Hall will also contain the new School of Global

them. The Institute has already begun to explore ways of bringing


its programming into more explicit dialogue with the interests of the

“This gift from Bob and Liz is the latest manifestation of their extraordinary commitment to Notre Dame through the years,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the University’s president. “We are

School of Global Affairs, seeing obvious opportunities for engaging the departments of Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, and Political Science on issues of concern to contemporary Europe.

ever grateful for their vision, their tremendous generosity and their

The Institute also sees its relocation as an opportunity to bring its


strengths in the Humanities and Arts to bear more directly on the

John T. McGreevy, I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of Arts and Letters, added: “All of our social science departments have made great progress over the past decade, but the faculty and students remain scattered across the campus . . . . With this transformative gift, the Nanovics have ended much of this fragmentation.” The relocation of the Institute to Nanovic Hall represents a remarkable opportunity to expand its work and deepen its

study and practice of international affairs. It is common for policy schools to focus narrowly on detail and procedure. With the deep cultural knowledge of its faculty and visitors, the Nanovic Institute has the potential to demonstrate the power of the Arts and Humanities to promote, inform, and deepen international understanding. The Institute is also delighted to know that the physical nature of Nanovic Hall will be, in a word, spectacular.

relationships to other units on campus.



visiting scholars from europe

sponsored and cosponsored events

faculty fellows across campus

student grant awards





A. JAMES McADAMS William M. Scholl Professor of International Affairs

ANTHONY MONTA Associate Director

SELENA ANDERS (Architecture)





MONICA CARO Manager of Operations

CHRISTINE BECKER (Film, Television, and Theatre)

SHARON KONOPKA Business Associate


JENNIFER A.C. FULTON Student Coordinator


JENNIFER LECHTANSKI Communications Specialist MELANIE WEBB Events Program Manager ROSE DiTILLO Event Assistant




The Nanovic Institute for European Studies sent Notre Dame students to 23 countries for research projects, conference presentations, language


immersion, service, and internships based in European studies.

In memoriam: Olivia Remie Constable Our home at the Nanovic Institute is deeply saddened by the passing of Olivia Remie Constable, director of Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute on April 16, 2014. A fellow of the Institute, Remie took a group of students to Spain during fall break (October 19-27, 2013) with her colleague in Art History, Danielle Joyner, to study the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in its medieval and modern dimensions. She was deeply committed to providing a rich and engaging educational experience for her students. Remie did not just want to pass along knowledge to her students while abroad; she wanted the experience of international learning to transform them. The University has lost a leader of great historical imagination and erudition. The Nanovic Institute wishes to extend its deepest sympathies and prayers to Remie’s family and to all who have had the pleasure and honor of working with her.


Front Cover: Euromaidan in Kiev, Sunday, December 1, 2013. Watching Intently by Ivan Bandura / Flickr. Back Cover: Photo by Anthony Monta / Nanovic Institute.

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