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Fr. Bill Lies, Fr. Ted Hesburgh, Fr. Don McNeill, Fr. Paul Kollman, 2012.

Fr. Hesburgh and the Center for Social Concerns

Mary Meg McCarthy ’80

Father Hesburgh’s leadership, compassion and commitment to justice provided the impetus for the creation of Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns. In the spring of 1980, Father Don McNeill, Sister Judith Anne Beattie, and Notre Dame students met with Father Hesburgh to propose the creation of a center that would combine Notre Dame’s volunteer and human rights programs under one roof. The center, named the Center for Social Concerns, sought to link experiential learning with classroom learning and scholars in diverse fields while providing students and graduates with a continuum of opportunities to work in the field of human rights. Read more.



> WASHINGTON, D.C., March 4, 2015 – 

Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet today released the following statement on the passing of Father Theodore Hesburgh.

“The entire Peace Corps community is deeply saddened by the passing of Father Theodore Hesburgh, a past president of the University of Notre Dame and one of Peace Corps’ earliest and most faithful champions.” Read more

> Notre Dame earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings., February 18, 2015

> Spanish Community-Based Learning Program Continues to Gain Recognition—Students Receive 2014 Indiana Outstanding College Student of Spanish Award

In the News Archive



Connie Snyder Mick, Ph.D., associate director for Community-Based Learning at the Center for Social Concerns and codirector of the Poverty Studies Interdisciplinary Minor, has just published Poverty/Privilege: A Reader for Writers, with Oxford University Press. more



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Phone: 574-631-5293


Catholic Social

Tradition Conference


50th Anniversary of

Gaudium et Spes

March 22–24, 2015





Fri. | Mar. 6 | 11:45 AM–1:45 PM

The Language and Methods of Community Research

led by: Jim Frabutt, Ph.D.

Geddes Hall | Coffee House 

Lunch will be provided.

Register here  More information

Wed. | Mar. 18 | 6:30 & 8:30 PM

Film: Sewing Hope

DPAC | Browning Cinema

Free admission to the screening and discussion of the film Sewing Hope with Sr. Rosemary Nyirumbe. more


Thu. | Mar. 19 | 6:30–7:30 PM
Information Session:

Catholic Social Tradition Minor
Geddes Hall | Room 234






Fall 2015 Rethinking Crime and Justice:

Exploration from the Inside Out
This three-credit course brings Notre Dame students together with incarcerated students at Westville Correctional Facility to explore the causes and costs of crime, consider myths and realities related to punishment, and develop ideas for responding more effectively to crime in our communities.


Application deadline: Thursday, April 2


Two-Year Postdoctoral Research Fellow

in Community Engagement

The Center for Social Concerns is seeking a full-time, two-year postdoctoral research fellow who can begin work in August 2015 or before. Click here for more information.


CRS Rice Bowl is Catholic Relief Services’ Lenten faith-in-action program. It is a way for Catholics to live Lent.


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