University of Notre Dame:
The Fabric of a Global University
February 12, 2022 - May 28, 2023
Ernestine M. Raclin Gallery of Notre Dame History

The History Museum is proud to collaborate with Notre Dame International to present University of Notre Dame: The Fabric of a Global University, on view February 12, 2022–May 28, 2023, on view in The History Museum’s Ernestine M. Raclin Gallery of Notre Dame History. The exhibit explores the sprawling global network of the University of Notre Dame, one that offers countless opportunities for research, collaboration, and education through its numerous partnerships and programs.


Photographs, artifacts, and videos provide a compelling look at the University’s rich diversity of students, faculty, staff, and scholars from all the world. A centerpiece of the exhibit is a creation of art by Nancy Sinnott, one that conjures comparisons of the University’s broad international dedication to a beautiful fabric of woven fiber and twisted thread.


States Michael Pippenger, Notre Dame International’s vice president and associate provost for internationalization: “The value international students, faculty, visiting scholars and staff bring to campus is immeasurable. Their impact on our community extends far beyond the Golden Dome into South Bend, St. Joseph County and all of Michiana. At Notre Dame International, we are excited to tell stories that connect and inspire us, that help us learn from one another so that we may be a force for good in the world. We encourage visitors to immerse themselves into these stories and celebrate the flourishing diversity that enriches our community.”


The Fabric of a Global University includes representation from all over the world. On view is a traditional Nigerian dress, Batik stoles from Guizhou, China, and the trophy from the 1979 Mirage Bowl in Japan, Notre Dame’s first international football game. Photographs range from the observatory in Chile to Notre Dame’s historic location in Kylemore Abbey, and villas of Rome. Other countries represented by artifacts and photographs are Brazil, India, Israel, Kenya, and Mexico. Local resources are also highlighted, including a traveling trunk that is available to educators who want to expose students to culture, music, and artifacts from countries around the world.


According to Brian Harding, The History Museum’s executive director, “It is indeed a privilege to partner with the University of Notre Dame and Notre Dame International on an exhibit of this stature. The University’s global connections are highly respected and extraordinarily diverse. These reflect our museum’s mission to tell the stories of not only our community but the ways in which we welcome and reach out to the world. The Fabric of a Global University is an outstanding reflection of the University of Notre Dame.”

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