Irish1 Re-Carding Initiative 9:00am-4:00pm September 11th-15th, 2017 Hesburgh Library

Next week, the Irish1 re-carding initiative will come to the Hesburgh Library.  Re-carding stations will be set up in the west end of the Concourse, outside of the Fishbowl.  The stations will be open 9am – 4pmSeptember 11th – 15th.  Students, faculty and staff can all take advantage of this opportunity to exchange their current ID card for their new Irish1 Card.  You must bring your current ID card to exchange for your new Irish1 card.

For more information about the new Irish1 Card, please see:

Best Regards,
Kelly McNally, Executive Administrator-Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame

1967—On This Day: Thurgood Marshall confirmed as Supreme Court justice

On this day in 1967, Thurgood Marshall becomes the first African American to be confirmed as a Supreme Court justice. He would remain on the Supreme Court for 24 years before retiring for health reasons, leaving a legacy of upholding the rights of the individual as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

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From a young age, Marshall seemed destined for a place in the American justice system. His parents instilled in him an appreciation for the Constitution, a feeling that was reinforced by his schoolteachers, who forced him to read the document as punishment for his misbehavior. After graduating from Lincoln University in 1930, Marshall sought admission to the University of Maryland School of Law, but was turned away because of the school’s segregation policy, which effectively forbade blacks from studying with whites. Instead, Marshall attended Howard University Law School, from which he graduated magna cum laude in 1933. (Marshall later successfully sued Maryland School of Law for their unfair admissions policy). More Information

Hesburgh Libraries: CDS Workshop: Introduction to Text Mining (Wed. Aug. 30, 2017 12:00pm-1:00pm)

Center for Digital Scholarship Workshops
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Introduction to Text Mining
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Eric Lease Morgan
This hands-on class affords participants to learn the benefits of using computers to analyze textual corpora such as a collection of books or journal articles. Sometimes called “distant” or “scalable” reading, text mining – a form of digital humanities research – is a way to literally count & tabulate the frequency of words (or phrases) in a text in order to find patterns & anomalies within it. Based on the resulting analysis, it is possible to more quickly learn what a corpus is about when compared to reading the corpus without the use of a computer. There are no prerequisites, but participants may want to bring their own laptop to the session.

Unless otherwise noted, all CDS workshops take place in the CDS Classroom (Room 129), Hesburgh Library 1st Floor Northeast.

Hesburgh Libraries: Bringing Classes to Special Collections

Teaching a class at Notre Dame? We invite you to bring your students to Special Collections: freshmen, undergraduates of all levels, grad students, or fellow faculty for that matter.

Teaching a class elsewhere in the Michiana area? We invite you to bring your students—of any age level—to Special Collections, too.

Special Collections offers a wide range of instruction from show-and-tell sessions that introduce students to materials from 2400 BC to present to specialized instruction tailored to course syllabi and assignments. Our staff is more than happy to work with instructors to tailor sessions to meet their needs.

READ ON for additional Information……..

Learning Opportunity: Hesburgh Libraries-Rare Books and Special Collections

The Rare Books/Special Collections(RBSC) within the Hesburgh Library gave my Librarian colleagues and I an overview of what is available for students and faculty in this area.  I want to encourage all of my Africana Studies Faculty to consider bringing their students over for a session on doing research using their resources.
The last couple of years, Dr. Julie and Colleagues have made tremendous strides in engaging undergraduates in all fields of study to engage our RBSC you consider the value of using such resources for information and research. She mentioned that last academic year, she did presentations for a couple of Moreau courses, and a number of undergraduate courses in the College of Arts & Letters.
Some possibilities for Africana Studies Courses this Academic year (2017-2018):
  • History of the Book (We have rare books from literally the beginning of time to present)
  • Our extensive Sports Collections that include information of African Americans Men & Women in Sports (We have a Baseball Uniform from the Negroe Leagues)
  • Re: Theology: We have an original Coptic Bible; historical artifacts of the Catholic Church..i.e. Huge collection Catholic Pamphlets that are searchable via our library catalog.
  • The Dante Collection (Manuscripts) as well as post-war artist’s interpretations of his written works
  • They have various types of Broadsides of American History; I was able to put my hands on a beautiful broadside that announced the Emanicipation Proclamation to end American Slavery during President Lincoln’s Presidency.
  • Julie mentioned that there is a map of the Continent of Africa available; the Map Collections are extraordinary tools for students to consider research topical ideas. One such map she let us put our hands on is a map of the United States to which they had California as physically separate from the rest of the U.S.
Additionally, RBSC can purchase some rare finds regarding Africana Studies courses and research interests of faculty and students as well as “tailor” a RBSC session for you and your students in Africana Studies.
Please consider this as you plan in class and out of class engagement with your students!
Best regards, Leslie

American Latino Experience Building Curatorial Excellence Pre-Doctoral Fellowships

American Latino Experience Building Curatorial Excellence Pre-Doctoral Fellowships

Armed Forces History

The Division of Armed Forces History is currently accepting applications for a one year Pre-Doctoral fellowship of $37,700 total (includes $5000 from Museum for travel and expenses) that would offer an opportunity for a fellow to conduct independent research or study focused on the experiences of Latino Americans relating to the United States military. This includes the history of Latino participation in the military, its link to citizenship, and the impact of military service on Latinos, their families, and their communities. The Fellow will have an opportunity to receive training in interpreting the existing collections through documenting American Latino stories in the collection and learning how to build new collections in the Armed Forces Division. Just as critically the Fellow will gain personal skills in collections curation, preservation, and exhibition production.

As part of this project, the Fellow will also have an opportunity to conduct independent research on a project of his or her own choosing, which relates to the history of Latino military history. A possible topic, for example, might entail the exploration of the 65th Infantry Division “Borinqueneers” history particularly during the Korean War (recent recipients of the Congressional Gold Medal, which is in our collections).Over the course of a year, the Fellow may learn about pinpointing potential objects for collection and documenting this story; this may entail collecting and researching objects, and also conducting oral histories.

Photograph of members of the 65th Infantry Regiment during the Korean War.
Members of the 65th Infantry Regiment pose for a photo after a firefight during the Korean War. The regiment consisted primarily of Puerto Rican soldiers who spoke mainly Spanish and prided themselves on having mustaches. By 1953, the regiment’s soldiers had earned 14 Silver Stars, 23 Bronze Stars for valor and 67 Purple Hearts. 

C.L.R. Fellowship – Apply Now!

C.L.R. James Research Fellowship


Application Deadline–January 15, 2018

The African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) is pleased to announce the 2018 C.L.R. James Research Fellowship to support research towards the completion of a dissertation or publication of a book. Named after Afro-Trinidadian theorist C.L.R. James, the research fellowships are intended to promote research in black intellectual history by graduate students, independent scholars, and faculty members at any rank. Three fellowships of $2000 will be awarded this year to help cover the costs of domestic or international travel necessary to conduct research. One of these awards will be reserved for a scholar who is currently working or studying at an HBCU. The award will be announced formally at the AAIHS Conference. Membership in AAIHS is required.

All application materials should be received by January 15, 2018. Please send the following documents in a single PDF document: short c.v. (no more than 3 pages), 3-5 page project proposal, budget, and arrange to have one letter of recommendation sent to AAIHS (

Applicants will be notified in March 2018. Funds must be used by December 30, 2018. Recipients will be required to submit a detailed report to the conference chair. Graduate student applicants must have passed their qualifying exams.

2017-2018 Prize Committee

Dr. Christopher CameronUniversity of North Carolina at Charlotte (chair)

Dr. Devyn BensonDavidson College 

Dr. Ashley D. FarmerBoston University 

*Please do not email submissions to the committee–send all submissions and inquires directly to AAIHS (

Previous Recipients
  • Crystal EddinsMichigan State University
  • Garrett FelberUniversity of Michigan
  • Brian LefresneUniversity of Guelph
  • Merve FejzulaUniversity of Cambridge

Grant Opportunity!

The Kapor Center for Social Impact is seeking proposals to design and implement research projects that illuminate biases and innovative interventions to ameliorate barriers faced by underrepresented populations throughout the tech pipeline. For an overview of the grants program, including currently funded projects, please see this link. To apply for funds, please see the attached RFP (also available at this link).
Proposals are due by August 31, 2017.  Three awards of $15,000 per award will be made. Let me know if you have any questions, and please feel free to forward to your networks!
Many thanks,
Alexis Martin, Ph.D.
Director of Research