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Jenkins announces committee to advise future of Columbus murals

| Thursday, February 14, 2019

University President Fr. John Jenkins announced the members that will make up his Columbus murals advising committee in a press release Thursday. The committee will advise the University on how to display the murals “in the appropriate context, as well as on related issues,” the release said.

Jenkins announced his intent to form the committee in his Jan. 20 letter to the Notre Dame community, when he first declared the murals would be covered.

“I will establish a committee to decide on the place to display the images of the murals and the appropriate communication around the display,” Jenkins said in the letter. “We will begin soon the making of covers for the murals.”

People who wish to contribute or advise the committee may send their comments to [email protected], the release said.

Jenkins appointed Theodore Cachey, professor of Italian and director of Italian and Dante studies, as committee chair. Ann Firth, vice president and chief of staff to the president, will serve as the vice chair.

Jenkins also named six faculty members, four University staff members, one rector and two undergraduate students to the committee, listed below.

Committee members:


Theodore Cachey, Jr., Department of Dante and Italian Studies, College of Arts and Letters

Richard Garnett, Notre Dame Law School

Patrick Griffin, Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, College of Arts and Letters

Marisel Moreno, Department of Romance Languages, College of Arts and Letters

Michael Shreffler, Department of Art, College of Arts and Letters

Maria Tomasula, Department of Art, College of Arts and Letters


Joseph Becherer, Snite Museum of Art

Julie Boynton, Facilities Design and Operations

Anne Firth, Office of the President

Douglas Marsh, Facilities Design and Operations

Residential Life:

Elaine DeBassige, rector of Farley Hall


Yvette Pino, freshman

James Ryan, junior

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