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
Construction on Campus Crossroads, a $400 million project that will use the University of Notre Dame’s iconic football stadium as a hub for new facilities supporting academic and student life initiatives, will begin in November, after the final home game of the season. “We announced this project in January with the hope—though not necessarily the expectation—that we could begin in November,” Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., said. “Thanks to the tireless work of many, plans have been finalized and funds have been raised so that we can, indeed, commence construction on facilities that will unite and inspire every member of our campus community for decades to come.” Read More >
A new book coauthored by Scott Mainwaring, Eugene and Helen Conley Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, and Aníbal Pérez-Liñán, an alumnus of the University, presents a striking new theory of democratization that has earned it two major prizes in comparative politics. Mainwaring, a faculty fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and Pérez Liñán, a Notre Dame Ph.D. who is now an associate professor of political science at the University of Pittsburgh, spent a decade thinking about theories of regime change and analyzing political regimes in Latin America. Read More >
Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will speak at the University of Notre Dame on September 6—the morning of the home football game against the University of Michigan. Dempsey will deliver the Jack Kelly and Gail Weiss Lecture in National Security. He will speak on “America’s National Security Challenges: The View from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.” Read More >
The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University have been awarded a grant from the Templeton Religion Trust to study and report on the persecution of Christian communities around the world. Read More >