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Sociologist studies progressive role of religious activism in immigration and Women’s March

Author: Katie Boruff

There are two sides to every story. And for Kraig Beyerlein, there's a side of the story about religious activism that has not been fully told. The associate professor of sociology studies protest movements and has been examining the role of progressive religious activism in the Women's March and along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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In memoriam: Mary Ellen Konieczny, Henkels Family Associate Professor of Sociology

Author: Kate Garry

Mary Ellen Konieczny, the Henkels Family Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame, died Feb. 24 as a result of complications from cancer. She was 58. A faculty fellow of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, she studied religion and conflict, the family and public politics.

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Jessica Collett, associate professor of sociology, to receive 2017 Sheedy Award

Author: Carrie Gates

Jessica Collett, an associate professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Sociology, has been chosen to receive the 2017 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award. The highest teaching honor in the College of Arts and Letters, the Sheedy Award was created in 1970 to honor Rev. Charles E. Sheedy, C.S.C., who served as dean of Arts and Letters from 1951 to 1969. Collett will accept the award at a reception in her honor in December.

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"Passing the Plate: Why American Christians Don't Give Away More Money" Mentioned in "Christianity Today."

Author: Rae Hoffman

Passing the Plate: Why American Christians Don't Give Away More Money  by Christian Smith, Michael O. Emerson, and Patricia Snell Herzog was mentioned the Christianity Today  article titled "The Only Bright Spot in American Giving."

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Ruth Braunstein to be guest speaker, March 26, 2018

Author: Rae Hoffman

Ruth Braunstein will be our guest speaker, March 26, 2018 at 12:30pm. Her talk is titled Prophets and Patriots: Faith in Democracy Across the Political Divide.

Ruth is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Connecticut. A cultural sociologist interested in the role of religion in American political life, her research explores the practices, discourses, narratives and ideals of activists across the political spectrum. Her research has been published in the American Sociological Review

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Shanna Corner and Justin Van Ness are Co-Winners of the Jeanine A. Becker Memorial Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Paper 2017

Author: Rae Hoffman

Jeanine A. Becker Memorial Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Paper 2017 Co-Winners:

“Global Secular Elites? Religious Identities, Context-Based Knowledge,and Meaning-Making Processes within UN Spaces” by Shanna Corner

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“Information Transmission in situ: Communication Pathways in Protest Situations” by Justin Van Ness…

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The Global Religion Research Initiative awards funding to 48 research proposals

Author: Olivia Hall

In this first round of competition, the GRRI received over 150 research proposals from scholars at 100 colleges and universities around the world. The submissions were reviewed by leading social science scholars and 48 of the proposals were awarded funding this 2017 round.

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If you went to Catholic school, you'll probably send your kids to Catholic school too

Author: Olivia Hall

Private Catholic or non-religious private school? Public school or homeschooled? With a variety of schooling options available, how do parents decide where to send their children for high school, and what is the most influential factor in this decision?

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Kevin Christiano is Recipient of the 2016 Prix-du-Québec Award

Author: Rae Hoffman

Kevin J. Christiano, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Notre Dame, is the recipient of the 2016 Prix-du-Québec, presented by the Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie of the Gouvernement du Québec in association with the American Council for Québec Studies.

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New book born from Notre Dame conference on polarization in the Catholic Church

Author: Olivia Hall

While universality—and unity amid diversity—is a fundamental characteristic of Roman Catholicism, all-too-familiar issues related to gender, sexuality, race, and authority have wrought the church with internal conflict and no clear path to finding middle ground.

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A new book co-edited by Mary Ellen Konieczny, Ph.D

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First-ever national catalog of protest data gives researchers more complete picture of events

Author: Brittany Collins Kaufman

Protests and demonstrations are an integral part of democracy, especially during election years. Data from these events give researchers insight into areas ranging from policy to social movements to religion. Historically, the best way to collect protest-event data has been to scour newspaper reports, a method that researchers have long admitted can lead to flawed or skewed information.…

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Polarization in the US Catholic Church Naming the Wounds, Beginning to Heal

Author: Rae Hoffman

Polarization in the US Catholic Church Naming the Wounds, Beginning to Heal. Edited by Mary Ellen Konieczny, Charles C. Camosy, and Tricia C. Bruce Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press. 

It is no secret: the body of Christ in the United States is broken. While universality-and unity amid diversity-is a fundamental characteristic of Roman Catholicism, all-too-familiar issues related to gender, sexuality, race, and authority have rent the church. Healthy debates, characteristic of a living tradition, suffer instead from an absence of genuine engagement and dialogue. But there is still much that binds American Catholics. In naming the wounds and exploring their social and religious underpinnings, Polarization in the US Catholic Church underscores how shared beliefs and aspirations can heal deep fissures and the hurts they have caused. Cutting across disciplinary and political lines, this volume brings essential commentary in the direction of reclaimed universality among American Catholics.…

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Global Religion Research Initiative

Author: Rae Hoffman

The Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame is pleased to announce the Global Religion Research Initiative (GRRI), directed by Christian Smith. The competitive research and writing grants and fellowship programs to be awarded over the next three years are intended to advance the social scientific study of religions around the globe.  Opportunities for funding are available to scholars at all stages of their careers.  Visit grri.nd.edu

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