Saturday Scholar Series

A different game plan for autumn weekends

Fall 2014 Schedule

Saturday Scholars 2014

Come back to campus! You are invited to experience an intimate discussion with Notre Dame’s most engaging faculty speakers on some of the most pressing and fascinating issues of our times.

Each lecture and Q&A is presented in the Snite Museum’s Annenberg Auditorium at noon (unless otherwise noted) on a “home game” Saturday. All lectures are free and open to the public.

More information about other “home game” events on campus is available on the GameDay website.

8.30.14 (vs. Rice University)

“Jerusalem’s Future: Peace or Apocalypse”

Atalia Omer, Associate Professor of Religion, Conflict, and Peace Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

9.6.14 (vs. University of Michigan)

Game at 7:30 p.m.; lecture at 4 p.m.

“The Empty Chair by the Hearth: Archaeological Insights into Irish-America”

Ian Kuijt, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Anthropology

10.4.14 (vs. Stanford University)

“Online Learning and the Future of Higher Education”

Elliott Visconsi, Chief Academic Digital Officer, Office of the Provost; Associate Professor, Department of English; Concurrent Associate Professor of Law

10.11.14 (vs. University of North Carolina)

“Evolution, Humans, and Other Animals: Theology and Anthropology in Dialogue”

Celia Deane-Drummond, Professor, Department of Theology

11.15.14 (vs. Northwestern University)

“What’s All the Fuss about Digital Humanities?”

Matthew Wilkens, Assistant Professor, Department of English

11.22.14 (vs. University of Louisville)

“Beyond Civility: Addressing the Crisis in American Public Discourse”

John Duffy, The O’Malley Director of the University Writing Program; Associate Professor, Department of English

Arts and Letters News

  • Video: Arts and Letters Alumnus Bob Conway, Senior Director, Goldman Sachs

    Bob Conway ’66

    “The breadth of studies that I had at Notre Dame, whether it was in philosophy, or theology, or economics, or history, all developed a context for me and will for any liberal arts student,” said Bob Conway ’66. Conway is senior director for The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., in London, England. He feels that the writing and communication skills he gained as a government major were critical to his success and are essential in any career. Read More >

  • Sociologist Jennifer Jones to Convene Afro-Latino Conference

    Jennifer Jones

    Jennifer Jones, Institute for Latino Studies faculty fellow and assistant professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Sociology, will convene a conference on Afro-Latinos in Movement: Critical Approaches to Blackness and Transnationalism in the Americas on October 31, 2014. The conference and an accompanying volume, for which Professor Jones will serve as co-editor, explore broad questions of black identity and representation, transnationalism and diaspora, with a particular interest in research on Afro-Latinos in the United States. Read More >

  • Notre Dame Sociologist Explores Enduring Influence of Ku Klux Klan in Contemporary Political Polarization

    Rory McVeigh

    The notorious activities of the Ku Klux Klan nearly a half-century ago continue to exert an influence on contemporary American politics, according to Rory McVeigh, professor and chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame. Read More >

  • FTT Students Shine at National Auditions

    Zuri Eshun '14

    “Imagine a kind of live, national GRE exam where students audition in open competition against one another, evaluated by representatives from the best graduate theatre programs,” said Professor Jim Collins, chair of the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT). Notre Dame had record success in 2014 at the national auditions organized by the University/Resident Theatre organization (URTA), with six of the seven FTT students who auditioned receiving offers from graduate programs in attendance. Read More >