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FROM THE DIRECTOR Among Pope Francis’s memorable observations in Laudato Si', there is one that seems especially relevant to the work of the Nanovic Institute. “The human person,” the Pope writes, “grows more, matures more, and is sanctified more to the extent that he or she enters into relationships.” Since its founding, the Institute has been dedicated to forging deep and lasting relationships among students, faculty, alumni, and European universities that will increase the impact of our mission. At the inauguration of the Barrett Family Lecture in Dublin this past March, I was struck by the depth of our relationships with our past visitors. One of our guests at the lecture, the former Prime Minister of Poland, Hanna Suchocka, took part in the Nanovic Forum in October. Another guest, Archbishop Charles J. Brown (’81), Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, delivered the Terrence R. Keeley Vatican Lecture in January in South Bend. Our speaker at the Barrett Lecture, Peter D. Sutherland, S.C., will take part in the Nanovic Forum in the near future. We are also proud of the close mentoring relationships that we foster between our Nanovic fellows and Notre Dame undergraduates. To share just one example, Julia Douthwaite (French) helped Anne Seul (’16) develop a project, funded by the Institute, in the archives of the Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville in Paris, that was so successful it has been featured as a model project in a film by the College of Arts & Letters. Alumni also facilitated connections in the United States and Europe: Maggie McDowell (’16) was able to use a grant to work at the prestigious Newberry Library, thanks to a relationship developed with the help of advisory board member Katie Murphy-McMahon (’96). Another grant supported Liana Cramer (’16), who worked

with US Army Colonel (retired) Peter Herrly (‘68) on a NATO conference on strategizing the decision to deploy troops on the ground. Col. Herrly also invited Nanovic fellow Daniel Lindley (Political Science) and another Notre Dame faculty member, Michael Desch (Political Science), to participate. This relationship has drawn the NATO community’s attention to Notre Dame’s strengths in security studies. Meanwhile, the Institute has continued to build deep ties among the best Catholic universities in Europe. This year we convened an international conference with our partners at the Notre Dame Global Gateway in Rome. The gathering focused on the unique role of Catholic universities in cultivating values central to flourishing civic life. The participants included many veterans of the Institute’s Catholic Universities Partnership visiting scholar program, which includes universities from Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Croatia, Slovakia, Italy, and France. Through the conference, we generated important contacts with policymakers and scholars from across Europe, including the Council of Europe. These ties have presented valuable opportunities for our faculty fellows to conduct research with our European colleagues. You can read about one of these relationships, between Nanovic fellow Francesca Aran Murphy (Theology) and a philosopher from the Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest, on page ten. Now that we have joined the new Keough School for Global Affairs at Notre Dame, I am excited about the many new opportunities for building relationships that lie before us.

A. JAMES M C ADAMS William M. Scholl Professor of International Affairs


FROM THE ADVISORY BOARD The mission of a great research university in a global community is to equip each student to make the best contribution she or he can make to that community. The Nanovic Institute for European Studies fulfills that mission across campus and across Europe every single day. At the Notre Dame Rome Global Gateway, I witnessed eastern European scholars, who are striving to develop open, moral, democratic institutions, gather to discuss their future. Students heard them talk about their struggles today in a part of the world yet again subject to tension and conflict. At the Notre Dame Dublin Global Gateway, I also witnessed the United Nations’ Special Representative on Migration, Peter D. Sutherland, S.C., lecture on perhaps the most divisive EU issue of today, the rise of nationalism in Greece, across central Europe, to the United Kingdom itself. Students spent over an hour with him, inspired by the breadth of his experience in European integration. Hanna Suchocka, the first female Prime Minister of Poland, came to Notre Dame’s main campus in South Bend. She recounted her personal view of major personalities of postwar Poland and her role in the events at the heart of the end of Soviet Bloc rule. Students were visibly inspired. In addition, 185 Nanovic grants were awarded to Notre Dame students this year for independent research on a wide array of issues both historical and current, conducted on site in almost every country of Europe. For many, their transformative European experience enabled them to make life-long commitments to their most passionate endeavors. Each was made possible by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. I have cherished the opportunities over the past year to participate in the mission.

JANE HEIDEN Chair, Advisory Board

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.


Saint Martin’s Church in Warsaw, Poland / Dennis Jarvis (Flickr)

Hannah Suchocka and students / Matt Cashore


The Institute was honored to welcome Hanna Suchocka, the first female Prime Minister of Poland, to present the Nanovic Forum in October. In 1992, Suchocka instituted reforms that shaped Poland’s political and economic transition from communism. She began her career in Poznań, studying constitutional law. After teaching law at the Catholic University of Lublin, she joined the Polish parliament in 1980. Known both for her tough-mindedness and skills at building consensus, she was asked to serve as Prime Minister during the presidency of Lech Wałęsa and afterwards served as Poland’s Minister of Justice. She then spent over a decade in Rome as Poland’s Ambassador to the Holy See, building relationships with three popes. For her advocacy of human rights, she has received the Jean Monnet Foundation’s Gold Medal and currently serves as a member of the Council of Women World Leaders.

“In Poland, we had to propose a series of intermediate organizations to overcome public passivity . . . We would like to help Ukraine to build this kind of civic society, but it is not so easy when the oligarchic system is so strong.” Hanna Suchocka Former Prime Minister of Poland

Jordan Hall Auditorium was brimming with students for her lecture, “Democratic Poland: Twenty-Five Years After the Fall of Communism,” in which she described the origins and history of Poland’s emergence from communism. She met privately with university president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., shared insights with students of international affairs and the Polish Club, visited the comparative law class of Nanovic fellow Emilia Powell (Political Science), and dined with faculty members. After her campus visit, she offered candid remarks at a luncheon for European diplomats and local alumni hosted by the Institute at Notre Dame’s Chicago Commons and at a dinner hosted by Jane Heiden, chair of the Institute’s advisory board.

Ukraine, 2008


Garda Memorial Garden, Dublin Castle / William Murphy (Flickr)


Sphere within Sphere at Trinity College Dublin

Archbishop Charles J. Brown / Barbara Johnston

IRELAND, SPIRITUALITY, AND POPE FRANCIS The Terrence R. Keeley Vatican Lecture Through the generosity of Terrence R. Keeley (‘81), the Institute has strengthened relations between Notre Dame and the Holy See by providing a forum for leaders in the Vatican to think through major issues facing the Catholic church’s mission and the world. The series began in 2005 with an inaugural address by a young monsignor, Charles J. Brown (‘81). After an eventful decade that included the monsignor’s elevation to Archbishop and Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, the Institute invited Archbishop Brown to return and discuss the position of the Church in Ireland. His Excellency took the opportunity to focus on the impact of the papacy of Pope Francis. Surveying the history of the nunciature in Ireland, Archbishop Brown characterized Irish life today as devoid of Catholic nostalgia but nonetheless balanced between the powerful Catholicism of the past and “a growing dissatisfaction with the superficiality and emptiness of secularism.” In this cultural ambiguity, the Archbishop observed, Pope Francis is seen as “an attractive figure” who testifies that “Catholic faith is truly liberating, truly freeing. This message, basic as it is, has been extremely well-received in Ireland.” The Archbishop was eagerly welcomed by students, met with Rev. William M. Lies, C.S.C. (Vice President for Mission Engagement and Church Affairs), conversed with faculty members from multiple centers and institutes, and celebrated Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

Dublin, 2015

“The awareness of the spiritual dimension of reality is still present among Irish people.” Archbishop Charles J. Brown Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland


A. James McAdams and Peter D. Sutherland, S.C. / Andres Poveda


Chapel window and entrance (right), O’Connell House in Dublin, Ireland / Matt Cashore

A. James McAdams, Archbishop Charles J. Brown, and Hanna Suchocka / Andres Poveda


The Institute inaugurated the Barrett Family Lecture in Dublin to support high-level reflection about Ireland, the UK, and Europe, thanks to the generosity of R. Stephen (‘75) and Ruth Barrett.

Protesters in Kiev, Ukraine, 2014

Peter D. Sutherland, S.C., founding director of the World Trade Organization and currently the UN Special Representative for Migration and Development, offered the inaugural lecture, entitled “European Integration and the Rise of Nationalism.” His address called into question the principle and practice of Irish neutrality when the integrity of Europe and its allies was at stake. Given the provocative nature of these remarks and the number of politicians and diplomats in attendance, Mr. Sutherland’s lecture was the subject of an article the following morning in The Irish Times. Mr. Sutherland’s lecture was itself an occasion of European integration. In addition to the Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, the audience included the Most Reverend Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin, Hanna Suchocka, former Prime Minister of Poland; Pat Cox, former President of the European Parliament; leaders from the global business, educational, and arts communities in Dublin; and representatives from multiple departments of Ireland’s Taoiseach, Parliament, Supreme Court, and Department of Foreign Affairs. Preceding his lecture, Mr. Sutherland had an open, free-wheeling discussion with Notre Dame students at the Keough-Naughton Centre in O’Connell House. Welcomed by Kevin Whelan, its director, and moderated by A. James McAdams, Mr. Sutherland answered questions from students eager to learn how he had come to enter and navigate so many areas of economic, political, and cultural importance to Ireland, Europe, and the world.

“It seems that ‘neutrality’ (even without a full understanding of what we mean by it) has become Holy Writ in Ireland. This may have inhibited real debate here on the responses to current perceived external threats to Member States.” Peter D. Sutherland, S.C. UN Special Representative for Migration and Development 7


Jerrold Seigel / Matt Cashore


The 2014 Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies was awarded to Modernity and Bourgeois Life: Society, Politics and Culture in England, France, and Germany since 1750, by Jerrold Seigel, William J. Kenan, Jr., Professor of History, emeritus, at New York University. Published by Cambridge University Press, Seigel’s work is a richly-detailed account of the development of networks in economic, political, and aesthetic life in Europe. These “networks of means” in England, France, and Germany linked distant energies and resources in ways that amplified the power of individuals and groups. The jury of eminent scholars in the humanities described the book as “a work of erudite detail and stunning originality” and commended it as “a compulsively readable, impressively cross-cultural account of constitutive features of European modernity.” Professor Seigel delivered his acceptance lecture in the fall, speaking on “Louis Massignon’s Islamic Catholicism: A Life Between Cultures in Twentieth-Century France.” During his visit, he joined a graduate seminar called “The Historian’s Craft,” met faculty members, administrators, and students for meals, and held a special discussion with talented undergraduates majoring in history. Seigel’s wife, the musician Jayn Rosenfeld, taught a masterclass to two undergraduate flutists. The Laura Shannon Prize continues to receive increasing numbers of nominations from authors and publishers across Europe and North America.



Walter A. Haas Professor

Gilbert L. Stark Professor

in the Humanities

of Christian Ethics

Stanford University

Yale Divinity School



Professor of Film and Television

McMeel Family Chair

Studies Emeritus

in Shakespeare Studies

University of Amsterdam

University of Notre Dame

ALASDAIR M ACINTYRE Professor of Philosophy Emeritus University of Notre Dame



Forming Communities of Scholars for International Research RELIGION AND SECULARISM Led by Nanovic fellow Francesca Aran Murphy (Theology), the Illuminating Modernity group worked to locate the beginnings of modern secularism in the collision of theology and philosophy. With Balázs Mezei (Pázmány Péter Catholic University) and Kenneth Oakes (University of Tübingen). The group conducted a weekly seminar of graduate students led by faculty at the Institute to discuss two new works by Nanovic fellows from the Department of Theology: Cyril O’Regan’s Anatomy of Misremembering (2014) and John R. Betz’s translation of Erich Przywara’s Analogia Entis (2014). They also worked on translating Przywara’s commentary on the Gospel of John, which was originally in German and not yet published in English. The group also secured a book series with Bloomsbury Academic, staged two conferences, established annual postdoctoral and Fulbright fellowships, and worked on two book publications: Illuminating Faith: An Invitation to Theology (2014) and Begetting the Secular: Telling the Story of Atheism (forthcoming).


Faculty discussion group led by Francesca Aran Murphy in the Nanovic Institute's lounge / Peter Ringenberg

“The exchange of rich experiences of older professors and young academics who seek new ideas and better understanding was a perfect combination.” Professor Ružica Brecic University of Zagreb, Croatia

International Marketing Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility symposium in Rome / Patrick Murphy

PATTERNS OF INTEGRATION The ethical dimensions of marketing in business drew thirty scholars to Notre Dame’s Global Gateway in Rome to examine a wide range of approaches to marketing and corporate social responsibility in Europe and America. Led by Nanovic fellow Patrick Murphy (Marketing) and co-sponsored by the Mendoza College of Business, the group included many young scholars in Europe, from Ireland to Sweden to Ukraine, who presented and discussed case studies. Following previous conferences in London (2013) and Cork (2014), each supported by the Institute, Murphy and his group of scholars shed light on how business communities across Europe can pursue an ethical common purpose together. This group published its work as Ethics in Marketing: International Cases and Perspectives (2012) and Marketing and the Common Good: Essays from Notre Dame on Societal Impact (2014).

SOCIAL AND POLITICAL GEOGRAPHIES Given the importance of Russia to conversations about Europe and the wider world this year, the Institute began to explore, with Notre Dame’s program in Russian and East European Studies (REES) in the College of Arts & Letters, new ways in which the program and the Institute can work together. Thanks to the efforts of Nanovic fellows Natasha Lyandres (Hesburgh Library) and Semion Lyandres (History), Hesburgh Library’s Special Collections now owns more than a dozen

original manuscript collections documenting the lives and work of major figures in late twentieth-century Russian history and culture. To support their study and to make them known to a global community of scholars, the Institute helped to support short-term fellowships for visiting scholars and graduate students to work on these archives.

THE MOVEMENT OF PEOPLES Issues of migration and asylum made headlines in Europe and all over the world this past year. The Institute supported three faculty-led projects in this area. Ian Kuijt (Anthropology) continued his video ethnography of coastal migrations in western Ireland. Lucien Steil (Architecture) and Anre Venter (Psychology) started an interdisciplinary design studio focused on the Plaza de la Cebada in Madrid, which is being reimagined by the group of students and faculty as a place where the inhabitants can work to overcome segregation. The project is a collaboration with INTBAU, CIAT, the Polytechnic University of Madrid, and the Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio. A third multidisciplinary group in this area, which included Nanovic fellows from theology and literature, met to strategize how Notre Dame can make significant contributions to the study of migration narratives.



Photos / Matt Cashore



Carsten Dutt, editor, with Eike Wolgast


Margot Fassler


Vittorio Hösle


Robert A. Krieg, editor, with Kristin M. Cohlberg


Ian Kuijt, editor, with Colin P. Quinn and Gabriel Cooney



Francesca Aran Murphy, Balázs M. Mezei, and Kenneth Oakes



Mark Roche


John Blacklow (piano) and Jennifer Frautschi (violin)


Robert Randolph Coleman, contributor


David Mayernik, design for the Chicago Haymarket Opera Company’s production of Charpentier’s Actéon and fresco, the Church of San Cresci Valcava, Italy


Olivier Morel, graphic novel with Maël and Kris


Georgine Resick (soprano) and John Blacklow (piano)



Andrew C. Gould, editor, with Anthony M. Messina


Sean D. McGraw, C.S.C.


Yasmin Solomonescu


Isabelle C. Torrance and Alan H. Sommerstein


Michael P. Zuckert and Catherine H. Zuckert


Alexander Hahn, editor, with Thomas Banchoff, Fred Crosson, and R. Catesby Taliaferro 13


Building Up Scholarly Communities Beyond Notre Dame Hrvoje Kekez, assistant professor of history at the new Catholic University of Croatia, joined the Institute in the fall. Kekez’s research focused on medieval Croatian and Slavonian nobility, the history of urbanism, and archival science. During his stay, he pursued his latest research projects and offered a lecture at the Institute on the relationship between war and Croatian national identity.

Francesco Pitassio, associate professor at the Universitá di Udine, was the Institute’s guest in the spring as Notre Dame’s Italian Fulbright Scholar. An expert in modern Italian film history and theory who also pursues a strong interest in Czech cinema, Pitassio interacted with a wide range of students and faculty during his stay. In addition to writing articles, he taught a course on postwar Italian cinema for the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre, and lectured at the Institute on new approaches to Italian neo-realism.


Jan Hrkút, vice-dean of the faculty and arts and letters and assistant professor of philosophy at the Catholic University in Ružomberok, Slovakia, also joined the Institute for the fall semester. Working in bioethics, contemporary philosophical theology, and aesthetics, Hrkút used his stay at Notre Dame to work out how Christian philosophy can be defined and promoted in secular, post-communist culture.

Rev. Władysław Zuziak joined the Institute in the spring from the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow, Poland, where he recently served as rector (provost) from 2010-14 and dean of its faculty of philosophy. With strong ties to France, French philosophy, and the leadership of the Federation of European Catholic Universities, Fr. Zuziak pursued his research at Notre Dame into the relationship between values and civic life.

Hrvoje Kekez with Robert and Elizabeth Nanovic / Barbara Johnston

Summer Scholars 2015 POL AND REV. MIŁOSZ HOŁDA (PHILOSOPHY) Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow

PIOTR T. NOWAKOWSKI (SOCIAL SCIENCES) The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin

REV. ALFRED WIERZBICKI (ETHICS) The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin

UKRAINE REV. STEPAN PETRO BALOH, O.P. (THEOLOGY) St. Thomas Aquinas Institute of Religious Studies

ITALY NICOLETTA SCOTTI MUTH (PHILOSOPHY) Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

CROATIA LUKA ŠEŠO (SOCIOLOGY) Catholic University of Croatia 15

Lviv, Ukraine, 2008


Rome, Italy

Jean-Christophe Bas and Reverend Sławomir Nowosad

HIGHER EDUCATION AND SOURCES OF THE CIVIC The Catholic Universities Partnership In September, the Institute brought together its Catholic university partners in Europe for a conference focused on “Sources of the Civic: Catholic Higher Education and Democracy in Europe.” Held in the Notre Dame Rome Global Gateway, the twoday gathering of more than thirty scholars from sixteen institutions in ten countries ended with a distinguished closing panel that included Jean-Christophe Bas, Director-General of Democratic Citizenship and Participation at the Council of Europe; Myroslav Marynovych, vice-rector at the Ukrainian Catholic University; and Reverend Željko Tanjić, rector of the Catholic University of Croatia in Zagreb, Europe’s newest Catholic university. Participants in the conference reflected on the merits and deficiencies of current, secularist approaches to civic education, on Catholic alternatives and their emotional, spiritual, and intellectual bases, and the way civic education is related to spiritual problems and practical politics. The conference was covered in two newspapers, Avvenire and L’Osservatore Romano, and has led to further faculty collaborations on this topic. Proceedings of the September conference are expected to be published in a forthcoming volume by Pázmány Péter Catholic University (PPKE) in Budapest. Former Nanovic visiting scholar Ferenc Hörcher, director of PPKE’s Institute for Philosophy, is serving as editor.

Reverend Željko Tanjić, Reverend Paul V. Kollman, C.S.C., Michael Driessen, Ph.D., and Jean-Christophe Bas. Driessen received the Nanovic Institute’s Paul G. Tobin Dissertation Fellowship in 2007-08. He is now assistant professor of political science at John Cabot University in Rome.

“I would very much like to see how these gatherings could serve as a kind of sounding board, or consultative body, for new policy orientations that the Council of Europe or other organizations are developing.” Jean-Christophe Bas Director-General of Democratic Citizenship and Participation at the Council of Europe 17

UNDERGRADUATE EXCELLENCE IN EUROPEAN STUDIES Award-Winning Research and Publications UNDERGRADUATE PUBLICATIONS Nanovic grant recipients frequently go on to publish their findings. Catherine Reidy (’13) received a grant during her senior year to study the political socialization of youth in Croatia and published her results in the International Journal of Intercultural Relations. She currently works as a researcher with the Eurasia Group. Madelynn Green (’15) received multiple grants to study graffiti culture in England and Spain and has published her research as “A Beautiful Mess: The Evolution of Political Graffiti in the Contemporary City” in the Cornell International Affairs Review. She is now in the New York City Urban Fellows Program. Timothy Siegler (’14) received funding to work at the Ludwig Maximilian

Madelynn Green


Institute in Munich; following his work there, he has been listed as second author on an article published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry C and is now in the doctoral program in Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.

THE J. ROBERT WEGS PRIZE Named after the founding director of the Institute, J. Robert Wegs, the prize is awarded annually for the best capstone essay from the minor in European studies. Accounting major Julia Banasikowski (‘15) won the award this year for “Slaughter, Suit, and Sorrow: The Experience of Witomiła Wołk-Jezierska and the Katyń Massacre.” Guided by Nanovic fellow Alexander Martin (History), Banasikowski’s research led her to Poland, where she interviewed

Minors in European studies Julia Banasikowski, Eleanor Harding, and Megan McCormick with Professor A. James McAdams

the subject of her biography in Polish and pursued the legal dimensions of the Katyń massacre across Poland.

THE R. STEPHEN AND RUTH BARRETT FAMILY GRANT The Institute awarded this grant for the best undergraduate research proposal to Caitlin O’Connor (’16) for her project “Tradition, Innovation, and Critique: Visual Representation of World War I in Britain.” A major in history with minors in business economics and European studies, O’Connor proposed to investigate and analyze the trends in British visual imagery of the Great War by examining images and documents in the Imperial War Museum, the Archive of Modern Conflict, the Tate Britain, the Tate Modern, and the National Portrait Gallery.

Caitlin O’Connor

Paulina Luna

Agustin Garcia

From 42 majors Out of 205 applications Thomas Behrens



Notre Dame Students in Europe

“The Institute’s grant was a catalyst that has enabled me to explore my interests in Europe to a greater extent than I would have ever anticipated. I was able to travel to Valencia, Spain, to study unique approaches to urban development. The trip opened my eyes to the huge potential that the built environment of a community has on economic development. Building off my work in Valencia, I applied to the Fulbright Summer Institute in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where I further studied the theme of urban space and its effect on community identity. Without the Institute’s help, I would have never had the experience in Valencia that enabled me to articulate my interests to the Fulbright Commission.” Benjamin Fouch ‘17 Finance and Political Science


“I went to Paris last summer to explore an aspect of Denis Diderot’s career and then again over Christmas break to work on Émilie Du Châtelet. I found some really exciting things and was invited to present this research at a conference focused on Châtelet at the University of Oxford. This was such an incredible experience for an undergraduate. There is absolutely no way that I could have conducted this sort of research without the help of Nanovic. This was by far my greatest academic experience at Notre Dame and was only possible because of Nanovic’s generosity. “ Anne Seul ‘15 History and French Watch her video interview at

Rome, Italy


Kristine Nugent ‘09: From Notre Dame to Ukraine Kristine Nugent (‘09) in Ukraine

Thanks to the Nanovic Institute, Ukraine has become a central part of my academic and professional life. On summer research grants, I traveled there in 2006 and 2007 and began building a relationship with Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) in Lviv. I then received Nanovic funding to study at the Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute. When I graduated in 2009, the connections I had made at UCU led to a teaching position in its Department of Modern Foreign Languages. After two wonderful years, I returned to the US to complete an MS in Applied Linguistics at Georgetown University. When I graduated from Georgetown, I relocated to Ukraine again. This time I was based in Luhansk, a few miles from the Russian border, as an English Language Fellow for the US State Department. My fellowship period coincided with the Euromaidan revolution and the invasion of parts of eastern Ukraine, including Luhansk. By the time the real violence began, I had already moved back to Lviv, where I finished my language fellowship working with its local universities, including UCU.

“Looking back at my years at Notre Dame, it’s clear to me that the support I received from the Nanovic Institute was the defining piece of my undergraduate experience.”

I feel fortunate to have experienced such a pivotal period in Ukrainian history first-hand and remain deeply inspired by the struggle of Ukrainians to build a new country after the revolution. As the years go by, my continued interest in Ukraine, particularly in education reform, has a crucial link to the experiences I had as a Notre Dame student. For that, I will remain forever indebted to the generosity and vision of the Institute. 21

GRADUATE FELLOWS THE PAUL G. TOBIN DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIPS Laura Bland (History & Philosophy of Science) presented part of her research at Columbia University’s History of Science group, where she received its prize for best paper given at its annual conference. She presented other parts of her dissertation, which ties together the history of Europe’s scientific revolution and experiences of missionaries, settlers, and slaves, at four additional conferences this year.

Anna Siebach Larsen (Medieval Institute) drafted several chapters of her dissertation, which she is on track to defend in the fall. She presented part of her work on thirteenth-century manuscripts produced in England at the annual International Congress on Medieval Studies. She published her first article for an English press and has been invited to present more of her research at upcoming conferences in Italy and the United States.

Bretton Rodriguez (Ph.D. in Literature) completed his dissertation on how historical narratives legitimized political power and medieval Iberian identities. He also placed his first article in the Journal for Medieval Iberian Studies, presented his research at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, and completed a paper highlighting the wider European influences of fourteenth-century Castilian historiography, which he will present at an upcoming conference in Lisbon.

Writing on law and society in medieval Iberia, Belén Vicéns-Sáis (History) published her first article from this research, which won the Philip Gleason Prize in History at Notre Dame and was designated the best first article in Iberian history from the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies. Belén also organized two sessions at the Medieval Academy of America and participated in a roundtable at the International Congress on Medieval Studies.




Through the generosity of Paul Tobin and Dominica and Frank Annese, the Institute will welcome six graduate fellows for 2015/16:

Monica Bykowski (History)

Michael Hahn (Theology)

Andrew Klein (English)

Erin Kraus (History)

Kathrin Kranz (Peace Studies)

Linlin Liu (Economics)

James Strasburg

Katarzyna Przybyla

Jordan Corwin

Lauren LaMore

From 17 academic departments Out of 111 applications 23


Excellence in Literature and Modern European History LITERATURE Jessica Hughes and Meagan Simpson, doctoral candidates in the Department of English, organized a national symposium at Notre Dame entitled “The Bible, Narrative, and Modernity.” With over seventy-five attendees, the symposium sought to re-imagine the relationship between religion and literature in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by challenging the assumption that the historical direction of these centuries was inevitably secular. The symposium began with a beautiful reading of poems by Brett Foster (Wheaton College), featured keynote lectures by Misty Anderson (University of Tennessee) and Timothy Larsen (Wheaton College), and included a graduate student workshop on nineteenth-century spiritual autobiographies. Faculty roundtables focused on historical methods, research findings, and pedagogy. Several Nanovic fellows participated in the symposium: Margaret Doody, Romana Huk, Susannah Monta, and Henry Weinfield, all from the Department of English.

Organizers and participants from “The Bible, Narrative, and Modernity”

“The support of the Institute, from conception to execution, was crucial to the success of the event.” Jessica Hughes and Meagan Simpson


VISITING SPEAKERS The Institute co-sponsored the following visitors to Notre Dame and their integration into undergraduate and graduate-level classes and campus life. MARIJETA BOZOVIC Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Yale University “Joseph Brodsky: Digital Humanities Lab”

PHILIPPE DUBOIS Professor of French, Bucknell University “Commensality and Conflict: Politics of Conviviality at the Gastronomic Table”

ZOFIA GOŁĄB-MEYER Jagiellonian University, Poland Photo by Bielefeld University in Germany

HISTORY Since 2010, Notre Dame’s Department of History has held an annual student workshop jointly with the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology, one of Germany’s premier graduate programs, with the support of the Nanovic Institute. This year, the funding from the Institute made it possible to host the workshop at Notre Dame. Doctoral students from both universities presented research on topics ranging from the politics of healthcare to Cold War propaganda to frontier exploration. Ten students from Bielefeld presented their research or served as discussants, as did eleven graduate students from Notre Dame. For students and accompanying faculty members from both sides, the workshop was an opportunity to compare historical methods, share the results of research, and develop professional relationships across national lines. Participants shared meals, took a bus excursion to Michigan, and attended a South Bend Cubs baseball game. With a strong collaborative spirit, the group is already looking forward to the next workshop in Bielefeld in 2016.

“Doing and Teaching Physics Under Nazi and Soviet Oppression”

HELEN FINCH Associate Professor of German, University of Leeds “W. G. Sebald’s Literary Capital: The Sebald Effect in Holocaust Literature”

JONATHAN LONG Professor of German, University of Durham “The Photographic Legacy of the First World War: Memory Contests in Weimar Germany”

PHILIPPE RAYNAUD Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris II “Civility and Politeness: Modern Democracy and the Legacy of the Enlightenment”

SHUMONA SINHA Winner of the 2014 Prix du Rayonnement de la langue et de la littérature françaises from the Académie française “The Consequences of Representing the Impoverished Immigrant Other in France”

MICHAEL SUBIALKA St Hugh College, University of Oxford “Modernism at War: Pirandello and the Crisis of Collective Identity”




French guitarist and composer Stephane Wrembel, who learned his craft among the Sinti at campsites in France, returned with his band to Notre Dame for a concert that blended influences from Django Reinhardt to Pink Floyd. A composer for Woody Allen, a headliner at New York’s Lincoln Center, and a virtuosic blender of styles, Wrembel was raised in Fontainebleau, the home of French impressionism. While on campus, he had lunch with faculty members and students in French and Francophone studies, engaged students on stage in an interdisciplinary college seminar called “Sound,” led by Tala Jarjour (Anthropology), and lectured on impressionism and music for students in art and design. Before his performance at Notre Dame, he conducted a masterclass with student guitarists. He also played locally for jazz fans at Merrimans' Playhouse. Inspired by the demand for more musical events like this, the Institute may develop a new series to showcase the most interesting musical cultures in Europe today.

The fall film series commemorated the centenary of the First World War with five quite different treatments of the subject: A Farewell to Arms (1932), Paths of Glory (1957), La Grande Guerra (1959), A Very Long Engagement (2004), and Joyeux Noël (2005). The films were introduced by Anthony Monta (Nanovic Institute) and Nanovic fellows John Welle (Italian), Olivier Morel (Film, Television, and Theatre), and Alison Rice (French). The Institute also supported the centennial commemoration of the Armenian genocide of 1915 with a screening of The Lark Farm (2007) by Paolo Taviani.

In partnership with the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, the Institute sponsored the visit of the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields. The soloist, MacArthur Foundation fellow Jeremy Denk (piano), presented a suavely-played program of Suk, Bach, and Dvořák. Under the direction of Nanovic fellow John Blacklow (Music), two talented undergraduates worked with Mr. Denk on piano sonatas by Beethoven in a masterclass.


All of these films complemented the Institute’s fall lecture series that showcased new research and approaches to understanding the First World War. The series included Daniel Lindley and John Deak (Notre Dame), Tait Keller (Rhodes College), and Jonathan Gumz (University of Birmingham, UK). In the spring, the Institute focused on the best of recent European cinema. The series began with Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago (2013), a popular subject at Notre Dame. The pressures of fatherhood were vividly explored in Force Majeure (2014). Silence, trauma, and historical memory were the subject of the award-winning Ida (2013). And finally, existential questions facing Irish Catholicism were raised by Calvary (2014). The Nanovic Institute presented these films in partnership with the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

Stephane Wrembel masterclass / Barbara Johnston


Jeremy Denk with St Martin-in-the-Fields / Kirk Richard Smith


EUROPEAN ART FOR A NEW GENERATION World War I in the Graphic Novels

The graphic novel has emerged as an important new genre in European publishing. A powerful source of inspiration for this genre has been the First World War, particularly in France. How do these artists understand and represent this war for a new generation of readers? Through Nanovic fellow Olivier Morel (Film, Television, and Theatre), the Institute invited four extraordinary graphic novelists to Notre Dame to discuss and demonstrate their craft. In the black box Philbin Studio Theatre, before a live audience, the artists listened to dramatic texts read aloud by students and then illustrated these texts as they would if they were creating a graphic novel. Each artist took a turn describing all the considerations involved in their production. Their drawings came to life and were projected on a screen behind them. Morel, who has co-authored graphic novels himself, moderated the discussion. The artists were Chloé Cruchaudet, animator and graphic designer; Kris, known for his best-selling graphic novels and founder of La Revue Dessinée, which specializes in investigative comics journalism; Maël, a graphic novelist, musician, and collaborator with Kris; and Ivan Petrus, a film director and animator best known for his works about the First World War. This inspiring event was sponsored by the Institute with additional support from the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts in the College of Arts and Letters.

Poster / Maël Photos / Barbara Johnston




Breaking Ground on Nanovic Hall The university broke ground in June for the construction of Nanovic Hall, the Institute’s future home. Thanks to the generosity of Robert S. (54’) and Elizabeth Nanovic, Nanovic Hall will provide 4,425 square feet for the Institute on the building’s first floor, more than double the Institute’s current space in Brownson Hall. With an entrance on the building’s central atrium (pictured at left), the Institute will be perfectly positioned to make important contributions to campus life and culture. The new floorplan for the Institute is ideal. A short entry hall will be flanked by cabinets showcasing faculty and student work. A reception desk at the end will stand at the intersection of two short halls, one leading to a suite of six offices for visiting scholars, the other to an administrative suite for the director and the Institute’s staff members. Behind the reception desk in the heart of the Institute will be a large commons room with bay windows

Renderings of the Forum (left) and Jenkins and Nanovic Hall / Provided by Mike Daly

and state-of-the-art media technologies. The commons will offer a larger and more versatile space for the Institute than its current lounge, which is used steadily throughout the year. Nanovic Hall will be contiguous with a sister building, Jenkins Hall, which is planned to house other institutes within the new Keough School of Global Affairs. A new seminar room for the Institute will provide a dedicated space for Institute groups and events, and will serve as a space for building relationships with the School and its many constituents. The construction of Nanovic Hall represents a major milestone in the history of the Institute. This new home will enable the Institute to serve Notre Dame more powerfully as a means of integrating its students, faculty, and visitors with each other and with the larger world.

R. Scott Appleby, Marilyn Keough Dean of the Keough School of Global Affairs, with Elizabeth and Robert Nanovic / Barbara Johnston





SIMEON ALDER (Economics)




JOHN BETZ (Theology)



JAMES J. HUMMER Melanie Webb, Anthony Monta, Jenn Lechtanski, Elizabeth and Robert Nanovic, A. James McAdams, Sharon Konopka, and Monica Caro / Barbara Johnston



A. JAMES MC ADAMS William M. Scholl Professor of International Affairs

ANTHONY MONTA Associate Director



MONICA CARO Manager of Operations SHARON KONOPKA Business Associate JENNIFER FULTON Student Coordinator JENN LECHTANSKI Communications Specialist


MEREDITH CHESSON (Anthropology) AEDIN CLEMENTS (Hesburgh Library) KATHLEEN CUMMINGS (American Studies) THOMAS GRESIK (Economics) DIANA JORZA (Romance Languages & Literature)






VANESA MISERES (Romance Languages & Literature)


IAN NEWMAN (English)




MELANIE WEBB Events Program Manager

LOUIS-VICTOR DOUVILLE DE FRANSSU (Recent Alumni Representative)






This spring, the Nanovic Institute offered a study-day break for students in the Brownson Hall courtyard: Pups & Cups. Between enjoying free espresso beverages and canine companionship from the local Humane Society, Notre Dame students took a moment to express their appreciation. Join the conversation with #ThanksNanovic.

View of the Brownson Hall courtyard (front cover) and its entrance gate (back cover).

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