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History Professor and Fellow of the Medieval Institute Wins Urban History Association Book Award

Author: Arts and Letters

Alexander Martin

Alexander Martin, a Notre Dame professor of history and fellow of the Medieval Institute, has won the Urban History Association’s Best Book Award for a work of non-North American urban history published in 2013-14. His book, Enlightened Metropolis: Constructing Imperial Moscow, 1762–1855 also won the 2013 Marc Raeff Book Prize awarded by the Eighteenth-Century Russian Studies Association to the best book in any discipline or language on the history and culture of Russia during that time period. Read More

Notre Dame, Holy Cross Lead Transformational Liberal Arts Education Program at Indiana Prison

Author: Josh Weinhold

Driven by a commitment to Catholic social teaching and a strong belief that a liberal arts education can transform lives, Notre Dame and Holy Cross College faculty, one of whom is a fellow of the Medieval Institute, are teaching college-level courses for inmates at Indiana's Westville Correctional Facility. Since 2013, nearly 100 inmates have earned college credit and 11 have earned associate degrees as of this month. But developing a strong foundation in reading, writing, research, public speaking, and critical thinking offers benefits that go far beyond the professional opportunities a degree might one day provide. Read More

An Interview with Thomas E. Burman, the New Robert M. Conway Director of the Medieval Institute

Author: Brandon Cook

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Thomas E. Burman, professor of history at the University of Notre Dame, is a scholar of intellectual and religious history, Latin Christendom, and Arab Islam in the medieval and early modern periods. As of the new year, he is also the Robert M. Conway Director of the Medieval Institute. We sat down with Prof. Burman to talk about his new appointment at Notre Dame. Read More

Anthropologist and Film Professor Launch Innovative Multimedia Book on Irish Islands

Author: Carrie Gates

Ian Kuijt in Ireland

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 and fellow of the Medieval Institute Ian Kuijt and filmmaker William Donaruma ’89. Through an innovative collaboration, they’ve created Island Places, Island Lives, a guidebook detailing the heritage and history of Inishark and its neighboring island, Inishbofin. Along with text and photographs, the book incorporates short videos of the island that appear on a smartphone or tablet when readers, using a free companion app, hold their device over key images in the book. Read More

Medievalist Professor Illuminates Impact of English Language by Focusing on How It’s Used

Author: Fred Bauters

Tim Machan

Tim Machan believes the English language is far more than the order of letters and words. It’s the highly personal, situational expressions we use to convey our ideas and feelings. It’s how we connect with or distance ourselves from everyone around us. We use it to define ourselves. Machan, a professor in Notre Dame’s Department of English and fellow of the Medieval Institute, has spent 30 years researching and teaching English in its many forms and functions. His journey has pulled him further from grammatical conventions into how people around the world use English in their daily lives. Read More

Video: Theology Professor Khaled Anatolios on Studying the Origins of Christian Doctrines

Author: Todd Boruff

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“I tend to gravitate towards doctrines that seem inexplicable, and I try to understand what motivated the early Christians to formulate these doctrines in just these ways,” said Khaled Anatolios, professor of theology and fellow of the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame. Anatolios specializes in the theology of the early Church. As a Byzantine Catholic priest, he has a special interest in the doctrines of the Greek fathers as well as complementary ideas between the Eastern and Western traditions. His current research focuses on the doctrine of salvation, particularly the disconnect between classical sources and modern experience. Read More

Video: Theology Professor Robin Jensen on Understanding Early Christian Art and Architecture

Author: Todd Boruff

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“It’s my conviction that the best way to know about how early Christians worshipped — even what they believed — is to try to get as much information as we can about where they lived and what they saw, not just what they wrote and what they read,” said Robin Jensen, the Patrick O’Brien Professor of Theology and fellow of the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame. Jensen researches topics at the intersections of Christian art, architecture, liturgy, and theology. Her forthcoming book examines the history of the cross from a variety of liturgical and social perspectives, both in ancient times and in contemporary culture. Read More

With NEH and Fulbright Grants, Irish Language and Literature Assistant Professor and Medievalist Studies Poetics of Irish Places

Author: Carrie Gates

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Amy Mulligan, assistant professor of Irish language and literature and fellow of the Medieval Institute, has won a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities and a Fulbright U.S. Scholar award, to travel to Ireland as she conducts research for her book project, “A Landscape of Words: The Poetics of Irish Space.” Read More