Saturday Scholar Series
A different game plan for autumn weekends
Fall 2014 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.
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
Matthew Wilkens, an assistant professor in Notre Dame’s Department of English, recently won a prestigious fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) for his groundbreaking digital humanities research. In naming Wilkens one of seven scholars to receive its 2014 Digital Innovation Fellowship, ACLS described his Literary Geography at Scale as “one of the largest humanities text-mining projects to date and the first truly large-scale study of 20th- and 21st-century literature.” Read More >
As a judicial intern at the Supreme Court of the United States last summer, Notre Dame senior Veronica Guerrero got a behind-the-scenes look at one of the nation’s most influential institutions. Guerrero, a political science and Chinese major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, worked in the Office of the Counselor to the Chief Justice, where she helped with tasks such as giving lectures within the courtroom, welcoming prestigious international visitors to the court, and creating a daily news summary for the court. Read More >
A series of three documentary films, directed by award-winning film directors who are also University of Notre Dame alumni, will be released on the WatchND app and the UND.com website during the last three weeks of this year. The series, “First Time Fans,” presents the excitement and wonder of some very different people as they experience a Notre Dame football game for the first time. Read More >
Notre Dame’s Department of History has significantly broadened and deepened its coverage of China with the appointments of Elisabeth Köll and Liang Cai, two scholars “who are doing extraordinarily exciting and complementary work,” said Madden-Hennebry Professor of History Patrick Griffin, chair of the department. “These two historians enjoy established reputations in their subfields,” Griffin said. “They are also committed to teaching, and they will fit in beautifully to a department that prides itself on its scholarly and teaching prowess.” Read More >