Saturday Scholar Series
A different game plan for autumn weekends
Fall 2015 Schedule
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.
9.5.15 (vs. University of Texas)
Game at 7:30 p.m.; lecture at 4 p.m.
“The Changing American Voter in 2016 and Beyond”
Luis Fraga, Arthur Foundation Endowed Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership; Professor, Department of Political Science; Co-Director, Institute for Latino Studies
9.19.15 (vs. Georgia Institute of Technology)
“Sparkle: Contemporary Girls’ Media Culture”
Mary Celeste Kearney, Associate Professor, Department of Film, Television, and Theatre; Director, Gender Studies Program
9.26.15 (vs. University of Massachusetts)
“What’s Posterity Ever Done for Us?: Literature and the Future”
John Sitter, Mary Lee Duda Professor of Literature, Department of English
10.10.15 (vs. U.S. Naval Academy)
“Father Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., Among the Notre Dame Presidents”
Father Thomas Blantz, C.S.C., Professor Emeritus, Department of History; Nancy Haegel, Distinguished Professor, Department of Physics, Naval Postgraduate School; Father Edward A. “Monk” Malloy, C.S.C., President Emeritus; Timothy Matovina, Professor, Department of Theology; Co-Director, Institute for Latino Studies
10.17.15 (vs. University of Southern California)
Game at 7:30 p.m.; lecture at 4 p.m.
“How Our Siblings Shape Us: Evidence from Economics”
Kasey Buckles, Brian and Jeannelle Brady Associate Professor of Economics
11.14.15 (vs. Wake Forest University)
“1916: Screening the Irish Revolution”
Briona Nic Dhiarmada, Thomas J. and Kathleen M. O’Donnell Professor of Irish Language, Department of Irish Language and Literature
Arts and Letters News
Two recent Notre Dame graduates are tackling global health issues with support from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. French and Francophone studies major Claire Donovan will work with UNICEF in Togo to examine women’s adherence to micronutrient supplement programs. Christina Gutierrez, who majored in Romance languages and literatures and political science, will pursue a master’s degree at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy and conduct research on and pilot a food co-op concept there. Read More >
When Jack Blakey was studying theatre at Notre Dame in the 1980s, he never dreamed he would one day be hearing legal disputes on the federal bench. But his liberal arts courses were preparing him for it nonetheless. Blakey was formally installed this spring as a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, following his nomination by President Barack Obama and confirmation by the U.S. Senate last year. Read More >
Notre Dame’s Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities has received a $435,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health for a two-year study of Stay the Course, a program designed to keep low-income community college students on the path to academic success. Participants are paired with a case manager who offers guidance and support on how to stay on track to graduate or transfer to a four-year college. They are also directed to affordable child care or other social services that will aid them in their pursuit of an education. Read More >
A team of researchers in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters has been awarded a $3.1 million grant from the Templeton Religion Trust to examine how the concrete practices of science relate to something more abstract—what theologians and philosophers consider “virtues”—and how that connects with other areas of scientists’ lives, including their religious beliefs. The endeavor is a key component of Notre Dame’s new Center for Theology, Science, and Human Flourishing, which will serve as a hub for transdisciplinary research at the University. Read More >