South Bend Tribune: Notre Dame hosts first military anti-war movement conference. “The University of Notre Dame wrapped up the first major conference nationally that specifically examined the opposition of war by members of the military during the Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The three-day conference brought together academics and activists to discuss veteran and military members’ opposition to U.S. interventions abroad, and the implications of their actions, while also kicking off a photo exhibit and heralding the launch of a new online project that archives anti-war newspapers printed by members of the military during the Vietnam War.” I could not find a link to the new online collection, but I did find it via a Google search.
Notre Dame: Notre Dame receives Mellon Foundation grant to develop software platform to help universities access library and museum holdings . “The University of Notre Dame has been awarded a $455,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create a Unified Preservation and Exhibition Platform — a software solution that will enable universities to access museum and library holdings through a single online portal.”
Notre Dame: Digital archive of historic Father Hesburgh works now available. “The University of Notre Dame Archives and the Hesburgh Libraries have launched a new research portal dedicated to preserving and increasing access to some of the most important works of former University President Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., including his work on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. The Hesburgh Portal…assembles some of the writings and images from throughout his life and makes the assets digitally available to the public.”
University of Notre Dame: English professor wins NEH grant to bolster major digital humanities research database. “Associate Professor of English Matthew Wilkens is fascinated by the use of geography in literature over time. How, for example, did the Civil War affect the importance of certain places in American literature, and what can literature tells us about Americans’ sense of place? The answer can be found in books written during that period — potentially thousands of them, many more than Wilkens could ever read and analyze himself. To consider the widest possible range of literary production, Wilkens turned to computation. He was recently awarded a $325,000 Digital Humanities Implementation Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to bolster Textual Geographies, a database and suite of tools he is developing that allow users to find, map, and analyze more than 14 billion place name mentions from books and journals in English, Spanish, German, and Chinese.”
Notre Dame: Theology professors archive the rise of the contemporary Latin American Catholic Church. “Starting in the 1950s, political upheaval began to intensify in various countries across Latin America, which sparked significant changes in the contemporary Latin American Catholic Church. Although these events have been recorded, the materials are spread throughout Latin America, which limits the capability of scholars to study these important moments. To preserve and share this history, Notre Dame researchers are collecting a variety of audio recordings, handwritten documents, and texts to develop a digital library of critical events that took place throughout Latin America over more than 60 years and ultimately changed the Catholic Church.”
University of Notre Dame: Center for Civil and Human Rights to publish first database examining intersection of Catholic social teaching and international human rights law. “The University of Notre Dame Center for Civil and Human Rights, in partnership with Hesburgh Libraries, will unveil Convocate — the first online research tool for simultaneous searching of Catholic social teaching documents and the instruments of international human rights law — on Friday (April 21). … Convocate is a free online database designed to help scholars, students, practitioners, advocates, public officials, diplomats, ministers, pastors and concerned citizens compare documents from Catholic social teaching and international human rights law for the purpose of investigating the convergences and divergences between the two fields.”
I have learned a new vocabulary word Snapchat Trap. “It’s Saturday night. Your friends have dragged you to a party when all you wanted was to Netflix Gilmore Girls in your bed. Like a three-year-old, you declare, ‘Fine, I’ll go, but I won’t have fun.’ And you mean it.”