Year: 2021

Book Collects Influential Work of Notre Dame Political Philosopher Yves R. Simon

French Catholic (and then American) political philosopher Yves R. Simon was a student of Jacques Maritain and one of the most important figures in the revival of Thomism. In 1938, after earning international recognition as a Catholic thinker, the president of Notre Dame, Rev. John O’Hara, C.S.C., invited Simon to teach philosophy at Notre Dame. […]

An Excerpt from “Gay, Catholic, and American” by Greg Bourke

In this compelling and deeply affecting memoir, Greg Bourke recounts growing up in Louisville, Kentucky, and living as a gay Catholic. Gay, Catholic, and American describes Bourke’s early struggles for acceptance as an out gay man living in the South during the 1980s and ’90s, his unplanned transformation into an outspoken gay rights activist after […]

Congratulations to 2021 Catholic Media Association Book Award Winners

University of Notre Dame Press titles received seven Catholic Media Association Book Awards on June 10, 2021, during this year’s Virtual Catholic Media Conference, “Anchored in Hope.” The purpose of the Catholic Media Awards is to acknowledge the outstanding work of its publisher and communication members as they strive to further the mission of the Church. On a daily basis […]

Books Honoring African-American Activists are Important Reads for Juneteenth National Holiday

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States and celebrates African-American freedom. On June 19, 1865, Union general Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas with federal troops to inform enslaved African-Americans of their freedom and that the Civil War had ended. General Granger’s announcement put into effect […]

“Spiritual Exercises for a Secular Age” Receives the 2021 CTS Best Book Award

At its annual convention on June 3, the College Theology Society announced that Ryan G. Duns, S.J., assistant professor of theology at Marquette University, received the 2021 CTS Best Book Award for Spiritual Exercises for a Secular Age: Desmond and the Quest for God (University of Notre Dame Press, 2020). The award committee called Duns’s book a “work of high […]

Book by LGBTQ+ Rights Activist Greg Bourke Announced During Gay Pride Month

In September, the University of Notre Dame Press will publish Gay, Catholic, and American: My Legal Battle for Marriage Equality and Inclusion by University of Notre Dame alumnus Greg Bourke (ND MA ’82). In this compelling memoir, Bourke tells the inspiring story of how his family struggled to overcome antigay discrimination. He became an outspoken gay rights activist after […]

An Interview with Greg Bourke, author of “Gay, Catholic, and American”

In Gay, Catholic, and American, Greg Bourke tells his inspiring story of how the Bourke De Leon family struggled to overcome antigay discrimination and became one of the named defendants in the landmark United States Supreme Court decision Obergefell vs. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in 2015, all while remaining steadfast in his lifelong […]

An Excerpt from “Stories from Palestine” by Marda Dunsky

In Stories from Palestine: Narratives of Resilience, Marda Dunsky provides perspective on the Palestinian experience and context for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict currently in the headlines. Dunsky has interviewed women and men from cities, towns, villages, and refugee camps who are farmers, scientists, writers, cultural innovators, educators, and entrepreneurs. Using their own words, she illuminates their resourcefulness in navigating agriculture, education, and cultural […]

New Book Provides Perspective on Palestinian Experience and Context for Current Headlines

In the midst of President Biden’s restoration of aid for Palestinian refugees and economic development that was cut under the Trump Administration, and the first Palestinian elections since 2006 slated for May and July, and the most recent conflicts between Palestine and Israel, Stories from Palestine: Narratives of Resilience (March 2021) contains insight into Palestinian life under occupation. […]