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Video: PLS Alumnus Brings the Great Books to Investment Banking

Author: Todd Boruff

“You can never go wrong having the Great Books of the Western world sort of in your hip pocket in terms of making decisions,” says Tom Franco ’74, a partner at Clayton, Dubilier, and Rice, LLC (CD&R), a private equity investment firm based in New York City. “A lot of business is making judgments and having the context to do that, so I would say that a liberal arts background is a welcome addition to the investment decision making process.” Read More

Video: Meet PLS Major Arnav Dutt

Author: Todd Boruff

“With the Program of Liberal Studies (PLS), you get to engage with the great books and have stimulating conversations every day,” says Arnav Dutt ’13, a PLS major from South Bend, Ind. At the core of the program’s undergraduate curriculum are six Great Books seminars, in which small classes study and discuss major texts from ancient Greek literature to the 20th century. Read More

PLS students as research assistants at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study

Author: Denis Robichaud

Three PLS students are serving as Templeton Research Assistants this year at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS): Iona Hughan, Sarah Lovejoy, and Jack Yusko.

The NDIAS supports research that is directed toward, or extends inquiry to include, ultimate questions and questions of value, especially as they engage the Catholic intellectual tradition. Read More

The Monteverdi Prize

Author: Debbie Kabzinski

As of the fall of 2013, the department will award annually the Monteverdi Prize for a current junior in the Program of Liberal Studies. This prize is underwritten by the Cioffi Family Endowment for Excellence. Read More

Notre Dame’s Pierpaolo Polzonetti Receives Book Award

Author: Joanna Basile

Pierpaolo Polzonetti, an associate professor in Notre Dame’s Program of Liberal Studies (PLS) and Sacred Music at Notre Dame program, has won the Lewis Lockwood Award for his book Italian Opera in the Age of the American Revolution (Cambridge University Press). Bestowed by the American Musicological Society, the annual prize recognizes a book of exceptional merit by a scholar in the early stages of his or her career. Read More

PLS Student Takes Senior Thesis Back in Time and Online

Author: Chris Milazzo

Writing a senior thesis can be an uphill climb—in Michael McHale’s case, quite literally. For his senior thesis, “A Journey Through the World of Petrarch’s Letters,” McHale, a Program of Liberal Studies major and 2012 graduate of the University of Notre Dame traveled across France and Italy to visit locations significant to Petrarch, the 14th century poet, philosopher, and “father of humanism.” Read More