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

  • Alex Coccia Named Rhodes Scholar

    Alex Coccia

    Alex Coccia, a 2014 University of Notre Dame graduate, has been selected to the American Rhodes Scholar Class of 2015. A Columbus, Ohio native, Coccia was selected from a pool of 877 candidates who had been nominated by their colleges and universities. He is Notre Dame’s 15th Rhodes Scholar and first since 2002. This year’s 32 Rhodes Scholars will commence their studies at Oxford in October 2015. Read More >

  • Four College of Arts and Letters Graduate Students Receive NSF Fellowships

    National Science Foundation (NSF)

    Eleven Notre Dame graduate students—including four from the University’s College of Arts and Letters—have been awarded graduate research fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the 2014-15 academic year. Katie Condit, Danielle Fulmer, and Nicole Perez from the Department of Sociology and Charlotte Cunningham from the Department of Psychology were among this year’s winners. Read More >

  • Nicole Sganga: Going Global in Search of Stories

    Nicole Sganga

    Senior Nicole Sganga spent part of summer 2014 traveling in Myanmar and reporting with New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof after winning the “Win a Trip with Nick” contest. While in Myanmar, she wrote and video-d her way through encounters with Rohingya Muslims living under protracted persecution in internment camps. What you might not know is what Sganga learned—and where she hopes her adventures as a global citizen will take her next. Read More >

  • Notre Dame's Graduate School and Reilly Center Win NSF Grant to Evaluate Ethical Leadership Programs

    Laura Carlson

    The University of Notre Dame’s Graduate School and John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values have won a National Science Foundation grant in the amount of $410,340 for a project that will study what training content and methods most successfully help STEM students become ethical leaders. “The literature tells us that ethical leaders are role models to their peers, colleagues, mentees, and students,” says Principal Investigator Laura Carlson, professor of psychology and vice president, associate provost, and dean of the Graduate School. Read More >