Saturday Scholar Series

A different game plan for autumn weekends

Fall 2016 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 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.

9.10.16 (vs. Nevada)

Game at 3:30 p.m.; lecture at noon

“What Judges Want: Goals and Personality on the U.S. Supreme Court”

Matthew E.K. Hall, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

U.S. Supreme Court justices are often viewed as rational actors who strategically pursue multiple goals, including policy influence, collegiality, and leisure. Yet these models rarely account for the possibility that justices with different personalities prioritize different goals. In this study, I use an automated textual analysis program to estimate “Big Five” personality scores for U.S. Supreme Court justices. I find that the justices’ personality traits are associated with a variety of judicial behaviors.

9.17.16 (vs. Michigan State)

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

“How Stress Gets Under the Skin: Implications for Health and Well-Being”

Cindy Bergeman, Professor, Department of Psychology

Why do some individuals age more successfully than others? Professor Bergeman investigates the interplay among stress, resilience mechanisms, and health and well-being outcomes in young, middle-aged, and older adults. Her work is funded by multiple research grants from the National Institute of Aging.

9.24.16 (vs. Duke)

Game at 3:30 p.m.; lecture at noon

“Broadcasting the Bicentennial Birthday Bash: History, Myth, and Ideology in Television’s Celebration of 1776”

Christine Becker, Associate Professor, Department of Film, Television, and Theatre

Accompanied by rare clips from the prestigious Peabody Awards Collection, this presentation will analyze how television programming from across the United States in 1976 celebrated and interrogated the 200 years of history that followed July 4, 1776, and prompted reflection on the state of the nation’s past, present, and future through interwoven national, cultural, and religious symbols.

10.15.16 (vs. Stanford)

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

“Flooding the Desert: Faith-Based Mobilizing to Save Lives Along the Arizona-Sonora Border”

Kraig Beyerlein, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology

Drawing on a large number of original interviews and surveys, this talk focuses on the emergence and growth of the faith-based movement in Southern Arizona to save the lives of undocumented migrants crossing the Sonoran desert. Mainline Protestant and Catholic congregations led the way in both phases of this movement. Professor Beyerlein will also discuss resistance to humanitarian efforts along the border as well as how secular participants have been changed through their life-saving work with faith communities.

10.29.16 (vs. Miami)

Game at 3:30 p.m.; lecture at noon

“Representing Latinos in Television’s New Golden Age”

Jason Ruiz, Associate Professor, Department of American Studies

Although television have narratives become more complex and innovative in this so-called “new golden age” of the medium, representations of Latinos on TV have largely remained relegated to tired but familiar stereotypes. This talk interrogates how and why the creators of otherwise imaginative cultural texts continue to propagate these stereotypical visions of Latinos and Latinas and challenges viewers to consider the deeper meanings of popular series like Breaking Bad and Orange is the New Black.

11.19.16 (vs. Virginia Tech)

Game at 3:30 p.m.; lecture at noon

“Monk’s Tale: The Presidential Years”

Father Edward A. “Monk” Malloy, President Emeritus

Father Monk Malloy, C.S.C., will reflect back on his 18 years as Notre Dame’s 16th president, drawing on his recently published book. He will offer a highly personal account of both the challenges and the manifest achievements during his time as president.

Arts and Letters News

  • Historian Wins Phi Beta Kappa Award for Book on Philology

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    For his book pulling together the complex history of philology and how Western humanistic learning split into the modern humanities that we know today, Notre Dame historian James Turner has received the Phi Beta Kappa Christian Gauss Award. The honor is given for books in literary scholarship or criticism and is named for a distinguished Princeton University scholar, teacher, and dean. Turner’s book, Philology: The Forgotten Origins of the Modern Humanities, looks at how learned researchers once included languages, history, and texts in a single broad field of study that came to be known as philology. Read More >

  • Liberal Studies Professor and Medieval Institute Faculty Affiliate Wins Olivia Remie Constable Prize

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    Denis Robichaud, an assistant professor in the Program of Liberal Studies, has been awarded the 2016 Olivia Remie Constable Prize in Medieval Studies for study at the University of Oxford this summer. The prize was established last year by Robert M. Conway to honor Remie Constable, the former director of Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute, and was held last summer by Kent Emery Jr., a professor in the Program of Liberal Studies, who completed work for an ongoing multi-person Duns Scotus edition. Robichaud studies 15th-century history and philosophy, and particularly Marsilio Ficino. Read More >

  • Video: William Collins Donahue on the Resonance of Small Moments in Holocaust Literature

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    “Early literary encounters with the Holocaust tended to tell you about the whole event, but now when the Holocaust appears, generally speaking, it appears in small moments, in kind of passing glances,” said William Collins Donahue, the John J. Cavanaugh, C.S.C., Professor of the Humanities and chair of the Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures at the University of Notre Dame. Donahue has researched extensively in the areas of literary realism and modernism, especially the work of Elias Canetti. Now focusing primarily on Holocaust literature, Donahue is developing an analogy for how the Holocaust appears in contemporary narratives. These small episodes, Donahue said, are similar to the Stolpersteine, a worldwide movement of small pavement stones, each commemorating a victim in the Holocaust. Read More >

  • Video: Theology Professor Khaled Anatolios on Studying the Origins of Christian Doctrines

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    “I tend to gravitate towards doctrines that seem inexplicable, and I try to understand what motivated the early Christians to formulate these doctrines in just these ways,” said Khaled Anatolios, professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame. Anatolios specializes in the theology of the early Church. As a Byzantine Catholic priest, he has a special interest in the doctrines of the Greek fathers as well as complementary ideas between the Eastern and Western traditions. His current research focuses on the doctrine of salvation, particularly the disconnect between classical sources and modern experience. Read More >