Keough’s magnificent seven

Author: John Nagy ’00M.A.

The Keough School of Global Affairs will house seven existing units active in international scholarship at Notre Dame.

The Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies is recognized worldwide as a leading center for analyzing the causes of violent conflict and strategies for peace. Many of its 30-plus faculty members hold a concurrent appointment in a department such as anthropology, history, political science, sociology or theology. Kroc offers degree programs at the doctoral, master’s and baccalaureate levels.

Known especially for its research and teaching focus on Latin America, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies has expanded to include work in Africa and Asia that sheds light on Kellogg’s themes of democracy and human development. Kellogg offers several academic programs for graduate and undergraduate students; more than 100 faculty fellows from nearly two dozen academic units at Notre Dame operate under Kellogg auspices.

The oldest of the seven, founded in 1973, the Center for Civil and Human Rights grew out of Father Ted Hesburgh’s work on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Some 300 legal scholars from 85 countries have trained in the center’s two degree programs in international human rights law.

More than 150 professors representing every ND college and school conduct research or organize events as faculty fellows of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. The institute promotes scholarship on all levels that explores “the evolving ideas, cultures, beliefs, and institutions that shape Europe today” and offers a minor in European Studies.

In its first 21 years, the Keough-Naughton Institute of Irish Studies established itself as the world’s leading interdisciplinary center for understanding Irish culture. More than two dozen professors affiliate as Keough-Naughton fellows. Graduate and undergraduate students may minor in Irish Studies.

Launched in 2010, the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies promotes scholarship on all aspects of society and culture in East, Southeast and South Asia. The institute offers a supplementary major and minor for undergraduate students.

The Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development was created in 2012 to connect Notre Dame scholars and their research with external partners and funds in support of projects that promote human dignity worldwide. Initiative staff members monitor and evaluate projects and provide training and strategic planning resources, among other services.

Several other ND programs such as the Eck Institute for Global Health and the Environmental Change Initiative are global in scope. They will remain separate but will inevitably contribute to and benefit from the growth of the new school. Keough will also work closely with Notre Dame International, an initiative of the provost’s office that oversees the Global Gateway buildings in Dublin, London, Rome, Jerusalem, Beijing and Chicago, as well as ND’s study abroad programs and other institutional partnerships.