Irish in Arizona

Notre Dame's recent projects in the Grand Canyon State

December 27, 2021

The Fighting Irish football team takes the field in Glendale, Arizona, on New Year's Day.

Yet long before new Coach Marcus Freeman's team knew its bowl destination, Notre Dame faculty and students took to the research field in Arizona. Below are some selected projects that highlight the University's activities in and around Phoenix and Tucson, from searching for life on other planets to grappling with important questions about immigration and the dignity of human life.


First Light

Using a custom-built application, Notre Dame researchers use the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) in a remote part of Arizona to search for life on other planets.

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A Native American stands outside a log house looking up at the night sky.
Fighting For

Fighting to Build on Tradition

Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education and School of Architecture are working to build a campus for St. Michael Indian School that meets its modern needs and honors its tradition as part of Navajo nation.

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A Transformative Journey

Notre Dame Experiences Life at the Border

An immersion experience brings Notre Dame faculty and staff, as well as members of the South Bend community, face-to-face with the realities of the immigration issue along the southern border.

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A table covered in white bread and lunch meats. People prepare sandwiches.
Faith & Service

Solidarity Through Sandwiches

A lesson in Catholic Social Teaching

A teacher at Santa Cruz school in Tuscon uses peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to provide a lesson in Catholic social teaching.

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