Archive for November, 2012

AMS awards Nanovic Fellow

Posted on November 29, 2012 in Research

Pierpaolo Polzonetti, assistant professor in the Program of Liberal Studies and Nanovic Institute Faculty Fellow at the University of Notre Dame, has been awarded the 2012 Lewis Lockwood Award for his book, Italian Opera in the Age of the American Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2011). The book looks at how revolutionary America appeared to European audiences through the medium of opera.

Book by Pierpaolo Polzonetti

Italian Opera in the Age of the American Revolution

The Nanovic Institute for European Studies is mentioned in the acknowledgments for supporting the book’s research funds, and microfilm acquisition, and hosting of a faculty discussion group that participated heavily in the review of the book. The Institute also provided support in the acquisition of the copy of L’orfanella americana, a rare Italian opera manuscript from 1787 that scholars had believed lost, but resurfaced in 2008 in Genoa, Italy.

The Lewis Lockwood Award honors each year a musicological book of exceptional merit published during the previous year in any language and in any country by a scholar in the early stages of his or her career who is a member of the American Musicological Society or a permanent resident or citizen of the United States or Canada.

Nanovic students publish in film journal

Posted on November 26, 2012 in Students
Magazine Cover

Film Matters Magazine

Three Notre Dame students from the Department of Film, Theatre, and Television have published articles in the peer-reviewed magazine Film Matters, a quarterly magazine celebrating the work of undergraduate film scholars as well a prepares students for graduate study in the field and additional research. Javi Zubizarreta and Eleanor Huntington published in 2010 and now senior Kathleen Bracke, recent winner of the Princess Grace Foundation Award, will join them in 2012. Bracke’s article, “Understanding Defeat by Means of Jan Patocka: A Close Examination of Věra Chytilová’s Daisies“ is forthcoming in issue 3.1 (2012) of Film Matters. All three of these film students also received travel and research grants from the Nanovic Institute for European Studies during their undergraduate careers at the University of Notre Dame.

Nanovision in November

Posted on November 15, 2012 in News

Patterns of Integration

The eurozone is integrated by a common low growth forecast: the European Commission expects the eurozone economy to grow 0.1%, a “macroeconomic rebalancing and adjustment which will last for some time still.” Europe’s centralizers are trying to help: though Spain for example will miss its deficit targets, Ollie Rehn at the European Commission has granted Spain a few years of relief from mandatory budget cuts. Never letting a good crisis go to waste, high-level discussions of a centralized banking union are underway.

Social & Political Geographies

Former Prime Minister of Ukraine, Yulia Tymoshenko, is in prison on a hunger strike “until election abuses have been recognized.” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recognized the abuses, sharing the opinion of Tymoshenko and OSCE election monitors that “the election constituted a step backward for Ukrainian democracy.” President Viktor Yanukovych, whose allies are expected to dominate the Ukrainian parliament, would like Ukraine-US relations “to develop fruitfully, in a spirit of friendship,” during President Obama’s second term.

Religion & Secularization

Chancellor Angela Merkel called Christianity the most persecuted religion in the world. The Synod for the New Evangelization in Rome issued a series of propositions.

The Movement of Peoples

An independent group of Swiss environmentalists (ECOPOP) has joined the Swiss People’s Party in demanding a referendum to reduce the level of legal immigration into Switzerland. (The group is inspired by Paul Ehrlich’s famously wrong book, The Population Bomb.) Without any sort of referendum at all, local officials outside Madrid have demolished the homes of Spanish Roma. Reflecting on similar destructions, Chancellor Merkel and President Gauck opened a memorial to Roma murdered by the Nazis.