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Notre Dame Voices

Notre Dame Voices

The following letters are from leading members of the faculty: Dr. John Cavadini, Chair of the Theology Department; Rev. Wilson Miscamble, C.S.C., of the History Department and former Rector of Moreau Seminary; Dr. David Solomon, of the Philosophy Department and Director of the Center for Ethics and Culture; and Rev. John J. Coughin, O.F.M. and Charles Rice, both of the Law School.

The Observer (04.19.06) Open letter to the University community by John C. Cavadini read article

The Observer (04.11.06) An open letter to Father John Jenkins Letter to the Editor by Bill Miscamble, C.S.C read article

The Observer (04.20.06) A response to Father Jenkins by Rev. John J. Coughlin, O.F.M. read article

The Wall Street Journal (04.14.06) A President’s Retreat: The Vagina Monologues continue at Notre Dame by David Solomon  read article

The Observer (04.25.06) Jenkins’s closing statement a serious misstep by Charles Rice, Emeritus Professor of Law  read article

The following are three especially noteworthy contributions by women alumni. Two are from organizers of Project Sycamore and members of the Alumni Weekend panel discussing these issues, Dr. Susan Shearer of the faculty of Valparaiso University and Ms. Amelia Marcum, a 2004 graduate. The third is by another experienced educator, Dr. Mary Beth Klee.

The Observer (04.26.06) “Monologues” produce confusion, not good by Amelia Marcum read article

The Observer (04.24.06) One loyal daughter’s dissent by Mary Beth Klee read article

Unpublished (02.00.05) Reflections of an Alumna Regarding Recent Events at the University of Notre Dame by Susan Biddle Shearer Ph.D. read article

The following are two campus publications’ accounts respecting Father Jenkins’s decision. The first relates how “faculty members from all corners of campus expressed virtually unanimous approval,” while the second discusses whether Father Jenkins “cave[d] in to faculty pressure.” This article examines reports of threats of resignations as well as the impact of faculty secularization. As one professor put it: “The real problem is that the hiring policies of the last thirty years have given us a faculty, especially in the humanities and sciences, that is more and more devoid of Catholic sensibilities….Fr. Jenkins sincerely wants to do something about it. The question is whether he will be able to. There is no group of people harder to deal with than entrenched university faculty.

The Observer (04.06.06) Jenkins decision prompts campus approval by Mary Kate Malone read article

The Irish Rover (04.20.06) Did Jenkins Cave in To Faculty Pressure? by Tommy Forr read article

Other viewpoints from the Notre Dame family expressed in the Observer.

The Observer (02.15.06) An Ideal Worth Striving For by Paulo Carroza read article

The Observer (04.19.06) ‘Monologues’ not compatible with goals by Brian MacMichael read article

The Observer (03.21.06) The real academic freedom debate by James Rakowski read article

The Observer (02.22.05) Vagina Monologues do not focus on violence by William Dempsey read article

The Observer (02.07.05) Controversy a blessing in disguise by Meagham Garvey read article

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