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

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    Joan Aldous, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology Emerita at the University of Notre Dame, died Wednesday, October 29, in the Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Center in South Bend, Indiana. She was 88 years old. Aldous joined the Notre Dame sociology faculty as the first female holder of an endowed professorship at a time when there were few women on the faculty. From 1976 until her retirement in 2012, she taught, studied, and wrote about family sociology, family policy, gender, work and families, and intergenerational relationships. Read More >

  • Sarah Ann Wells Explores the Dialogue Between South American Literature and Media

    Sarah Ann Wells

    Sarah Ann Wells, assistant professor of Portuguese and Spanish in Notre Dame’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, has long been fascinated by film and media studies and by the modernist period. Her upcoming book, Media Laboratories: Late Modernism in South America, combines these two interests. Read More >

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    Richard Brodhead, president of Duke University, will explore “The Once and Future Liberal Arts” in a talk as part of the 2014-15 Notre Dame Forum from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 4 in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium on the University of Notre Dame’s campus. The 2014-15 Forum focuses on the question “What do Notre Dame graduates need to know?” Read More >

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    National Science Foundation (NSF)

    In recognition of their excellence in research, The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected eight University of Notre Dame faculty members from the Colleges of Arts and Letters, Engineering, and Science to participate in the Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER). The CAREER program, which was established by the NSF in 1995, recognizes and supports outstanding junior faculty who exhibit a commitment to stimulating research while also providing educational opportunities for students. It is the NSF’s most prestigious award given to junior faculty. Read More >