Saturday Scholar Series

A different game plan for autumn weekends

Fall 2013 Schedule

Saturday Scholars 2013

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.

8.31.13 (vs. Temple University)

“From Pope Benedict to Pope Francis: Contrasts and Continuities”

Rev. Brian E. Daley, S.J., The Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology
Cyril O’Regan, The Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology
Kathleen Sprows Cummings, associate professor, Department of American Studies; director, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism

9.21.13 (vs. Michigan State University)

“Letting Go: From Ancient to Modern Perspectives on Relinquishing Personal Control”

Thomas Merluzzi, professor, Department of Psychology; director, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts

9.28.13 (vs. University of Oklahoma)

“Dante and the Birth of Modern Literature”

Zygmunt Baranski, The Notre Dame Professor of Dante and Italian Studies, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

10.19.13 (vs. University of Southern California)

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

“Implementing Social Change: A Collaborative Design Project in South Africa”

Robert Sedlack, associate professor, director of graduate studies, associate chair, Department of Art, Art History, and Design

11.2.13 (vs. United States Naval Academy)

“The Chapels of Notre Dame”

Lawrence Cunningham, John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology Emeritus

11.23.13 (vs. Brigham Young University)

“Did Mitt Romney’s Mormonism Cost Him the White House?: Stained Glass Ceilings and American Politics”

David Campbell, professor, Department of Political Science; director, Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy
Vincent Phillip Muñoz, associate professor, Department of Political Science; concurrent associate professor of law; director, Tocqueville Program for Inquiry Into Religion and American Public Life; director, David Potenziani Program in Constitutional Studies
Matthew S. Holland, president, Utah Valley University

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  • ILS Launches Distinguished Visiting Professorship

    Anthropologist Arlene Dávila will visit the University of Notre Dame next week as the inaugural recipient of the Institute for Latino Studies’ Virgilio Elizondo Distinguished Visiting Professorship. A professor of anthropology and American studies at New York University, Dávila, “is one of the country’s leading Latino studies cultural anthropologists,” says ILS Director José Limón, the Notre Dame Professor of American Literature and Julian Samora Professor of Latino Studies. Read More >

  • In Memoriam: Remie Constable, Director of Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute

    Olivia Remie Constable, Robert M. Conway Director of the Medieval Institute and professor of history at the University of Notre Dame, died of cancer at home Wednesday (April 16). A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1995, Constable had directed the Medieval Institute since 2009. Read More >

  • Notre Dame Student Researches Medical Partnerships in Rwanda

    Rwanda is one of the few countries to have met the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals—which include reducing childhood mortality, improving maternal health, and combatting HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases. In her research, Notre Dame senior Catherine Cichon explores how Rwanda’s success may be repeated in other developing countries. Read More >