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The University of Notre Dame has long been committed to the advancement of human dignity. It was the vision of Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., then president of the university, to establish in 1973 a center for the study of civil rights so that Notre Dame might become a leader in research and education around these pressing issues.

This timeline charts the history of the Klau Institute from its founding to the present day. Use it to learn about key figures in its development, follow its evolving mission, and read samples of Institute research.

Begin: Founding a Civil Rights Center