Notre Dame’s VP and Chief Investment Officer gives Seventh Annual Alumni-Student London Lecture

Scott-MalpassScott Malpass, Vice President and Chief Investment Officer for the University of Notre Dame, presented the seventh annual Notre Dame Alumni-Student London Lecture at the London Global Gateway on April 3, 2014. The events was cosponsored by Notre Dame International and the Notre Dame Club of United Kingdom – London to bring together Notre Dame students, alumni, and leaders in academia and business from around the world.

In his talk entitled The Notre Dame Endowment – The Challenges of Being a Global Investor in an Uncertain World, Malpass discussed his interest in the importance of endowments to universities, as well as Notre Dame’s endowment mission and the important activities and initiatives it supports. He also examined the changing economy over the past few decades and its impact on endowment returns, stating that currently it is “the most challenging time for investors in history so far”.

The lecture was followed by a Q&A session in which Malpass was asked about partnerships and future investment opportunities, the process of investing and allocation, and investment rules for Catholic institutions.

Bob Conway, a Trustee at Notre Dame, and Conrad Engelhardt, lecture coordinator for the alumni club, attended the lecture along with other members of the alumni club and Notre Dame students. Engelhardt commented, “it was insightful to see how an institution like Notre Dame balances the responsibilities of being a Catholic University and a globally significant investor through its endowment to deliver consistent investment returns. It was amazing to see how Scott and his team have been so successful for 25 years.”

Contact: Emily Grassby, Communications and Planning Specialist for London Global Gateway,
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Casta Paintings: Embodying Race by Rebecca Earle

DSC_0589 copyThe Sabine McCormack Lectures honor the memory of one of Notre Dame’s most famous and unusual scholars.  Sabine combined unsurpassed knowledge of late antique and early modern history, focussing on Rome and the Andes, and using her exceptional gifts as a humanistic prober of texts and a sensitive wielder of documentary and material evidence to enrich and enliven our understanding of both topics with daring comparisons and startling insights.  It’s a hard act to follow, but Rebecca Earle, in her contribution to the series, on “Casta Paintings: Embodying Race”, showed that she evinces many of the same qualities and belongs in the same tradition.  

Professor Earle delivered the lecture on March 24, 2014, in Fischer Hall at the Notre Dame London Global Gateway, next door to the National Gallery, while an appreciative audience at the university’s home campus was able to enjoy the event by simulcast and take part in the discussion.  Professor Ted Beatty of the History Department introduced the lecture to an audience drawn from Notre Dame and various British universities and research institutes.  The lecturer paid tribute to the honorand’s memory, before turning to her intriguing theme.  

DSC_0593 copyShowing many images of Spanish American families of mixed ethnicities, Rebecca offered an entirely fresh perspective on the hundreds of puzzling paintings from colonial New Spain and Peru that display the diversity of colonial society.  Because no sources tell us whom or what the paintings were for, or anything significant about the processes of commissioning or executing them, scholars’ judgement alone can locate them in contexts that make sense.  Usually, experts either indict the paintings as representative of the pedantic racism of colonial elites, or extol them as celebrations of colonials’ pride in the pluralism of their worlds.  Professor Earle, however, argued that it may be misleading to see them as attempts to represent any version of reality.  They unfold, she suggested, conscious fictions and inventive, romantic stories about ideal ethnic types that rarely existed outside the painters’ and patrons’ imaginations: colonial society not as it was, but as it ought to have been, according to Enlightenment science, in which every pregnancy had a predictable outcome.   

– Felipe Fernandez-Armesto (William P. Reynolds Chair for Mission in Arts and Letters, Fellow, Nanovic Institute for European Studies, and Professor of History)

Contact: Emily Grassby, Communications and Planning Specialist for London Global Gateway,

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London Archaeology Class Visits The Rose Theatre, Bankside

The London Archaeology class recently visited the Rose Theatre, Bankside to explore the archaeological finds at the location.  There were also performances that involved impromptu student participation!  Professor Fay Stevens writes:

‘Our London Archaeology field trips continue with an informative and entertaining visit to the extraordinary remains of the Rose Playhouse, Bankside’s first theatre dating to 1587.  Here, we were fortunate to have the expertise of Suzanne Marie (Honorary Artistic Associate) and Marica Gambina (Actress).  Through the experienced eye of Suzanne, we learnt about the history and significance of the theatre, its archaeological finds and the exciting plans for future development.’

Read more by clicking on the extract above.

Elise Fernandez wins the March Student Blog Competition!

Fountain of Color by sunsurfrMany congratulations to Elise Fernandez who is the first ever winner of the Student Blog of the Month Competition!  The London Undergraduate Program Staff, including Director Warren von Eschenbach and Director of Student Affairs Judy Hutchinson, judged the blogs.

The aim of the competition is for students to give each other and future London undergraduates advise, encourage them to go out and explore the city, and make their time abroad unforgettable!  In her blog post Tupperware Makes me Happy… or the Adventures of Living on a Budget, Elise talks about her newfound self-confidence and self-sufficiency in a city with a rather complicated transportation system, her cooking feats, and success of living on a budget.

Judy Hutchinson said:

“While I really enjoyed reading all of the blogs, I thought Elise’s blog captured, quite humorously, some of the things that make up a good part of the daily life of students who come here to London.  While they all do amazing things and visit unbelievable sites, much of their time is spent learning how, for the first time, to live on a budget, how to cook, and how to navigate the transportation system and get around in a big city.  These are things they often mention on their initial applications to the program, and I think that many students take a large measure of satisfaction in learning how to accomplish these tasks while living here in London.  I think many students would say that living here, above all, was a huge boost to their self-confidence and Elise’s blog clearly conveys that sentiment.”

Take another look at Elise’s blog post.

Well done to the other applicants Colby Hoyer and Caitlin Schlehuber!

– Emily

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