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Peace for Ukraine?

Peace for Ukraine?

Dmytro Sherengovsky, the Nanovic Institute's visiting scholar, answers a few questions about his work and his home country of Ukraine.

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Student Spotlight: Paweł Figurski

Student Spotlight: Paweł Figurski

A famous twelfth-century manuscript stolen during WWII was retrieved in 2015 to the place of its origin in Płock (Poland). Paweł Figurski, a master's candidate in Theology, received a Graduate Break Travel and Research Grant to investigate the mysteries of the medieval book that served to sacralize political power in the forgotten...

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Student Spotlight: Marissa Geiser

Student Spotlight: Marissa Geiser

Marissa Geiser (‘16) is an Architecture major who received a Senior Travel and Research Grant to travel to the United Kingdom. While there, she retraced the roots of the Victorian movement in England and Scotland to better understand its underlying design principles and the way this beloved architectural character responded to the political and...

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Student Spotlight: Alexander Preudhomme

Student Spotlight: Alexander Preudhomme

In a hostile environment such as Reykjavík, Iceland, traditional and sustainable architecture used to be an essential aspect of building designs. Through a trip to Iceland courtesy of a Break Travel and Research Grant for Sophomores and Juniors, Alexander Preudhomme (’18) from the School of Architecture sought out when and why the capital...

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Student Spotlight: Kelly Marous

Student Spotlight: Kelly Marous

How can national embarrassment result in renowned cultural institutions? Kelly Marous (’16), a double-major in Political Science and French & Francophone Studies, received a Senior Travel and Research Grant to explore the German Occupation’s role as a catalyst in promoting French cinematic cultural exception. Kelly recently wrote to us about her...

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Sara Abdel-Rahim

Sara Abdel-Rahim

When Sara Abdel-Rahim ('17), a double-major in Political Science and Arabic, received a Break Travel and Research Grant for Sophomores and Juniors to travel to Italy over winter break, she hoped to gain an understanding of immigration in Italy. During the course of her research, she also gained perspective, emotional as well as...

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Cultural Transformations

Cultural Transformations

An interdisciplinary group focused on cultural revolutions in Europe has a proven track record of award-winning publications and national awards.

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Maria Fahs

Maria Fahs

"Cobblestoned streets, cozy common rooms, students with black robes, twisting spires, gothic architecture, a great hall—at first glance it seemed as though I had stepped into the pages of Harry Potter as I wound my way through Oxford. But alas, I was not at Hogwarts; no amounting of tapping on...

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Monika Spalinski

Monika Spalinski

There are many differences between German and American universities, yet both educational systems have the potential to learn and benefit greatly from each another. Monika Spalinski (’16), a double-major in Spanish and German, received a Senior Travel and Research Grant to explore this topic further through her research in Germany. Monika recently...

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Nanovic Institute awards Laura Shannon Prize to ‘Birth Certificate’

Nanovic Institute awards Laura Shannon Prize to ‘Birth Certificate’

The Nanovic Institute for European Studies has awarded the 2016 Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies to Mark Thompson for his book, Birth Certificate: The Story of Danilo Kiš, published by Cornell University Press.  A. James McAdams, director of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, praised the book as...

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Caitlin O'Connor

Caitlin O'Connor

Good research begets good research. Caitlin O'Connor ('16), a History major, received a Summer Travel and Research Grant from the Nanovic Institute to conduct thesis research in London last summer. Her summer trip created further questions and areas for exploration for Caitlin, though, and so she applied for and received...

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Innovative Multimedia Book on Irish Islands

Innovative Multimedia Book on Irish Islands

The abandoned island of Inishark off the coast of western Ireland is coming to life again thanks to new technology—a multimedia book project by Notre Dame anthropologist Ian Kuijt and filmmaker William Donaruma ’89. Through an innovative collaboration, they’ve created Island Places, Island Lives, a guidebook detailing the heritage and...

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Caleb Wenzel

Caleb Wenzel

When Caleb Wenzel, a graduate student in Sacred Music, received a Graduate Travel and Research Grant to conduct research in Germany, he expected a routine examination of manuscripts for a critical edition.  Instead, he ventured into a series of archival discoveries that took him to a church library in a small German town to...

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Greg Young

Greg Young

Many people did and do believe that the expressive capacity of the classical tradition in all arts has been exhausted. Greg Young ('16), an Architecture major, received a Senior Travel and Research Grant to research the confluence of meaning--primarily around ecclesiastical architecture in Sicily--in preparation for his thesis. Greg recently wrote to us...

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