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

  • Medieval History Graduate Student Awarded Rome Prize

    Rome skyline

    David Morris, a Ph.D. candidate in Notre Dame’s Department of History, has been awarded a prestigious Samuel H. Kress Rome Prize fellowship in medieval studies by the American Academy in Rome for the 2014-15 academic year. Established in 1896, the Rome Prize is awarded annually to approximately 30 emerging artists and scholars who represent the “highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities.” Read More >

  • Video: Meet Irish Major Rae Moors

    Rae Moors, Irish language and literature major

    “I tell everyone that I meet that they should take an Irish language course,” said Rae Moors, a senior Irish language and literature major. In the first program of its kind in North America, Notre Dame Irish majors learn the indigenous language of Ireland and engage with a wide range of literature, from medieval sagas to contemporary poetry and prose. “There are so many angles you can take while studying Ireland,” said Moors. Read More >

  • Political Scientist Victoria Hui to Testify Before Congressional Executive Commission on China

    Victoria Hui

    Victoria Hui, an associate professor of political science and faculty fellow of the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies at the University of Notre Dame, will testify Thursday, November 20, before a Congressional Executive Commission on China hearing titled “The Future of Democracy in Hong Kong.” The hearing will examine China’s commitments to Hong Kong and the international community in light of recent pro-democracy protests. It will assess whether an increasingly polarized Hong Kong will be able to find a mutually acceptable plan for electoral reform and how the protests taking will place will continue to shape that debate. It also will focus on what the protests mean for the future of human rights and democracy in Hong Kong and China. Read More >

  • Political Scientist Luis Fraga Joins Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies

    Luis Fraga

    Luis Ricardo Fraga, a heralded scholar and pioneer in the field of Latino politics, joined the faculty of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters this fall. Fraga has been named the Arthur Foundation Endowed Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership in the Institute of Latino Studies and a professor in the Department of Political Science. Read More >