Archive for May, 2012

Nanovic to Fulbright

Posted on May 18, 2012 in Students

Congratulations to Mark Kettler (’12) and Michael Fedynsky (’12), two graduating seniors this year who have been received Research and Study Grants from the Fulbright Scholarship Board. Both young men have been Nanovic Scholars recently, each receiving grants to study and conduct research in Europe.

Mark Kettler won the Institute’s Barrett Prize last year (’11) for the best undergraduate research proposal. His research in German archives provided the basis for his senior honors thesis this year on the development of German nationalism during the Second Reich. Kettler has declined the Fulbright offer in favor of pursuing graduate studies at the University of California–Berkeley, where he will be well supported.

Michael Fedynsky accepted the Fulbright grant and will be studying the political and social effects of the Ukrainian Helsinki Group, a human rights monitoring organization that was active in Ukraine until 1981, when all its members were jailed by the Soviet regime.  Michael studied Ukrainian intensively in 2009 with the help of the ND Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures and the Nanovic Institute. This year, he also completed the Minor in European Studies, writing a capstone essay on national identity in the Alsace.

The Nanovic Institute is proud to have assisted these young men in their studies and wishes them all the best as they pursue their professional ambitions.

NI Visiting Scholar Appointed Rector

Posted on May 14, 2012 in Partners

We are very pleased to learn that one of our former Visiting Scholars, Fr. prof. Antoni Debinski (2009), has been appointed Rector of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. In this position (analogous to President and Provost), Fr. Debinski succeeds Rev. prof. Stanislaw Wilk, who had been Rector of the university since 2004. Our warmest congratulations to Fr. Debinski, and our sincere best wishes and prayers to him and the university.

Universities and the Great Game

Posted on May 2, 2012 in Events

At the reception and dinner following his lecture, Lord Patten of Barnes made some gracious remarks about the character of our university and its financial health. About the former, he referred to Notre Dame as

another great university, a university which has, despite some of the pressures of the modern world and contemporary politics of every sort, managed still to provide a Catholic education in the most serious, enduring, value-laden sense.

There are other examples of this kind of education in Europe as well, as Lord Patten may well know. Like many other higher educational institutions these days, in the US as well as Europe, these universities are facing significant financial challenges. Lord Patten expressed a wish then to return to Notre Dame not only in a scholarly capacity, but to understand better

this extraordinarily exotic game in which you’ve excelled over the years, drawing on I guess your Irish roots, in order to play a great game with perhaps more civility but no less success than others.

The allusion to the Great Game in central Asia was not lost on his listeners. There was a clear sense in Lord Patten’s lecture earlier that evening that strategies for  dealing with the world’s evolving distribution of power must include serious a consideration India and China — again, it seems.