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Nanovic Institute Awards Laura Shannon Prize to Max Bergholz

The Nanovic Institute has awarded the 2019 Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies to Max Bergholz.     

Alumni Spotlight: From Student to Teacher

Currently a postdoctoral research associate, Mark Kettler now advises undergraduate students on their research questions and methodology at the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. He received the Barrett Prize for...

Spotlight on 17-18 Undergraduate Students

Our director, William Collins Donahue, says that "One of the most gratifying things about teaching at Notre Dame is the opportunity to observe the intellectual and spiritual growth of our...

Laura Shannon Prize Announces 2019 Shortlist

The Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame is proud to announce the 2019 shortlist for the Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies.

How a study abroad experience changed Mathew Morico’s course of study

If anyone would have asked Mathew Morico when he was a child, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” He would have answered “an engineer.” So when...

Spotlight on 17-18 Graduate Students

Our director, William Collins Donahue, says that "One of the most gratifying things about teaching at Notre Dame is the opportunity to observe the intellectual and spiritual growth of our...

Renowned Film Director Visits the Nanovic

Internationally acclaimed filmmaker and photographer Wim Wenders screened his most recent film, “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word,” in the Leighton Concert Hall of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center...

Rapper Turned Novelist: Gaël Faye Visiting European Artist at the Nanovic Institute

Gaël Faye, an award-winning rap and hip-hop artist, visited Notre Dame on October 22, 2018, to discuss his first novel, "Small Country."  The novel follows Gabriel, a young boy and...

The Nanovic Goes to Washington

Thursday, October 4, 2018 -- At the inaugural European event at the Keough School of Global Affairs office in Washington, DC, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States, David O'Sullivan,...

Migration Matters

In his address to an international forum on migration and peace in 2017, Pope Francis reminded us that our principal response to migrants could be summarized in four simple verbs: “to...

Top Diplomat at the Vatican to Deliver 2018 Keeley Vatican Lecture

Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States at the Holy See, will deliver the 2018 Keeley Vatican Lecture on Tuesday, October 2nd, at 5:30 p.m. in the Eck...

Prof. David Mayernik contributes to the Oxford Handbook of the Baroque

Nanovic Fellow David Mayernik is a practicing architect and artist, and Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame Rome Program. 

Video: Fighting For Freedom of Thought

In 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed and Ukraine declared itself an independent state. But political independence didn’t rid the country of Soviet or communist influence. Democracy was fragile. Corruption ruled...

Freedom and Its Legacies

Elly Bleier ('20), from "Freedom of Thought," is the daughter of Robert "Rocky" Bleier ('68), captain of the Notre Dame football team in 1967. She recently spent a few minutes...

Visiting Scholars: Fall 2018

Visiting scholars from Ukraine and Poland will be hosted by the Nanovic Institute for fall 2018.

Former State Secretary of Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to deliver 2018 Nanovic Forum Lecture

Janne Haaland Matláry, former State Secretary of Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will deliver the 2018 Nanovic Forum Lecture on September 6th (Thursday) at 5:00 p.m. in Carey Auditorium of the...

Student Spotlight: Laura Qi

Laura Qi '19, an international economics major with a minor in European Studies, investigates France outside of Paris through a Nanovic research and travel grant.…

Developing Linguistic, Cultural, and Research Groundwork in Cologne, Germany

During a four-week summer intensive German course in Cologne, Germany, Paul Wheatley, a doctoral student in Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity developed crucial proficiency in German language and cultural understanding....

Graduate Student Spotlight: Daniel Contreras

What does Thomas Aquinas have to do with Greece? With Nanovic Institute support, Daniel Contreras (PhD student, Medieval Studies) recently traveled to Athens to participate in the annual Symposium Thomisticum,...

Student Spotlight: Adam Kulam

As the Barrett Family Endowment awardee for top undergraduate grant proposal, Adam ('19, Economics and English) received funding to conduct research this summer in Reykjavik, Iceland. He is interested in learning more about how the...

Historian John Deak receives Austrian State Prize for research on pre-World War I empire

Deak, an associate professor in the Department of History and fellow of the Nanovic Institute, was awarded the 2018 Austrian State Prize in History for his book, Forging a Multinational...

Ukraine 2018: Thoughts for Young Researchers

Reflections from a recent trip to western Ukraine to inspire new student proposals for research, internship, and service through the Nanovic Institute.

Seven Visiting Scholars to Join Nanovic Institute this Summer

The Nanovic Institute is pleased to welcome seven visiting scholars this summer, from Catholic universities in Poland, Hungary, and Georgia.

A. James McAdams Awarded Honorary Degree from Ukrainian Catholic University

Since his first visit to Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) in 2004, A. James McAdams has been a faithful advocate of the institution. In recognition of his sustained commitment to the...

Jacob Vila Wins 2018 Wegs Prize

Vila with his faculty advisor, Rory Rapple The Nanovic Institute is pleased to announce that Jacob Vila has won the 2018 J. Robert Wegs Prize for Best Minor in European Studies...

Student Spotlight: Joan Becker

Joan Becker (class of '19, PLS major) traveled to France, Germany, and Belgium to conduct research for the hand-bound, illustrated book she plans to craft for her senior project.

Grad Student Spotlight: Lucia Manzi

Lucia Manzi (Ph.D. candidate, Political Science) presented her paper, “New Convictions: Italian Judicial Networks, Mafias, and Corruption Trials,” at the 25th International Conference of Europeanists in Chicago.

Nanovic Director and Three Faculty Fellows Win Joyce Teaching Awards

Nanovic Institute Director, A. James McAdams, and three Nanovic faculty fellows, Brian Krostenko, Anre Vanter, and Henry Weinfiled are among the twenty Notre Dame faculty members to receive the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce,...

2018-19 Winners of Tobin and Annese Dissertation Fellowships

Matteo Bianchetti, Ashely Foster, and Charles Yost have been awarded the 2018-19 Tobin Dissertation Fellowship. Raymond Drause and Heather Stanfiel have been granted the 2018-19 Annese Fellowship in Graduate Studies.

William Donahue, scholar of German literature and film, to lead Nanovic Institute for European Studies

A fellow of the Nanovic Institute since 2015, Donahue is co-director of the Notre Dame Berlin Seminar, which brings American scholars of German literary and cultural studies together with experts...

McDowell Untangles a Cold-War Litigation Saga

During the 1950s, the U.S. made the highly unusual decision to sue the Soviet Union six times in international court. With a Nanovic research grant, Steven McDowell (Ph.D. candidate, Political Science)...

Schlöndorff and Walker to give distinguished lectures at 1968 conference

Volker Schlöndorff and Ignacio Walker, two eminent figures from the 1968 era, will deliver public lectures at the upcoming conference at Notre Dame, “1968 in Europe and Latin America,” jointly...

Perfecting Medieval Chant in Paris

Two of the best teachers of medieval music and chant currently work at the Sorbonne University in Paris. With the support of the Nanovic Institute, Victoria Fraser had the opportunity...

Student Spotlight: Cornelius McGrath

Cornelius McGrath, class of 2017, talks about his experience with the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. Continue watching Cornelius McGrath on his entrepreneurial path on his YouTube, LinkedIn, or Twitter…

Student Spotlight: Alexandra Tatarian

Alexandra Tatarian is a junior pre-med student with a passion for poetry.  She traveled to Ireland to learn how to use poetry to better inform the public about science and...

Student Spotlight: Maria Ines Aranguren

María Inés Aranguren, a senior computer science major, competed in a Vatican City "hackathon" aimed at solving global problems with technological innovation.

Notre Dame Law Students Win Moot Court Competition in Bologna

How should the law balance the principle of religious liberty with the principle of non-discrimination? With the support of the Nanovic Institute, second-year Notre Dame Law School students Megan Ball,...

Manifesto destiny

A professor's new book traces the history of the Communist Party.

Catherine Day to Give Barrett Family Lecture in Dublin, Ireland

Catherine Day, former Secretary-General of the European Commission, will deliver the Barrett Family Lecture in Dublin, Ireland on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018. She will present her lecture, entitled “Will the...

Student Spotlight: Michaela Mahon

Over Spring Break, Michaela Mahon (’19) visited Freetown Christiania, a 50-year-old communal settlement in downtown Copenhagen, to learn what happens when people have complete architectural freedom.  Click below to learn...

Student Spotlight: Erica Machulak

At the end of a long period of study, research, and teaching, graduate students writing dissertations need time to sit down and write.

Eyes on Europe: The Italian Elections

Lucia Manzi answers questions about populism and party politics in Italy today. A Ph.D. candidate in Political Science, and currently a Graduate Fellow at the Institute (17/18), Manzi's dissertation focuses...

Student Spotlight: Daniel DeToro

The British brutally suppressed insurgencies in Kenya and Malaya during the disintegration of the empire, Dan DeToro (’17), investigates the economic rationale behind the counterinsurgency campaigns in both territories.

Grad Student Spotlight: Colleen Mitchell

Is the best life the life of charity? According to Colleen Mitchell (Ph.D. candidate, Political Science), Augustine thought so. She presented her research on this idea at a conference in Rome

Student Spotlight: Shinkyu (James) Lee

Shinkyu (James) Lee presented his paper entitled “Defiant Realism: Arendtian Reflections on Peace” at the American Political Science Association.

Student Spotlight: Benjamin Gallucci-Wright

Benjamin Gallucci-Wright (doctoral candidate in Medieval Studies) visited the archives of the Vatican Library in Rome and the Royal Library in Brussels.

Notre Dame senior Brittany Ebeling named Michel David-Weill Laureate

An international economics major with a concentration in French and a supplementary major in peace studies, Brittany Ebeling has been named the 2018 Michel David-Weill Laureate, allowing her to pursue...

Irish language and literature professor wins ACLS fellowship for research on bardic poetry

Sarah McKibben, an associate professor of Irish language and literature, has won a prestigious fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies for her book project, “Tradition Transformed: Bardic Poetry and...

Student Spotlight: Jelena Jankovic-Rankovic

With a Nanovic Institute grant, Jelena Jankovic-Rankovic gained first-hand knowledge of the refugee crisis in Belgrade, Serbia.

Student Spotlight: Madeline Fairman

Over Winter Break, junior architecture student Madeline Fairman traveled to Vienna, Milan, and Brussels on a Nanovic Institute grant to study the Art Nouveau movement.

Student Spotlight: Allison Bartoszewicz

As part of an educational institution focused on developing the whole person, the Nanovic Institute makes a certain number of grants available to students committed to service and spiritual discernment....

Student Spotlight: Fintech in Finland

Seniors Nick Courtney, Michael McRoskey, and Soren Kyhl travelled to Finland to investigate a new technology called blockchain, which has the potential to revolutionize refugee resettlement, banking, and much more....

Graduate Conference Q&A: Human Nature

In anticipation of their upcoming graduate conference, "Theorizing Human Nature: Bridge or Barrier in Contemporary Discourse," the organizers answer a few informational questions about it below.…

Student Spotlight: Francesco Tassi

A lecture on refugees at Notre Dame set Francesco Tassi on a different path — one that led him to travel through Italy for three months to study refugee integration...

Student Spotlight: Matthew Hayes

Matthew Hayes, a senior with a major in Architecture and Concentration in Furniture Design, traveled on a Break Travel and Research Grant from the Nanovic Institute to compile research for his...

Juniors: Reaching Depths

Students in their junior year can discover the depth and complexity of European topics or questions that, if explored more fully, could spur them to undertake a substantial senior thesis...

Exploration and Next Steps

The Institute supports Notre Dame students at every stage of their academic careers, but first experiences abroad can often be tentative and as students settle into major courses of study as...

Keough family's gift expands the Snite Museum’s Irish art collection

The Snite Museum of Art announced a gift from the Donald and Marilyn Keough family of 19 modern and contemporary paintings by Irish artists. 

Students Meet Pope, Discuss Nuclear Disarmament

With the support of the Nanovic Institute, four Notre Dame students traveled to Vatican City to meet the Pope and attend a conference on nuclear disarmament.

Student Spotlight: Joe DeLuca '17

Joe DeLuca ’17, a double major in history and economics, discusses the impact of his Nanovic Institute travel and research grant to Vienna, Austria to work on his senior honors thesis and...