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

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    Suicide Disease filmmakers at Sunset Film Festival

    A heart-wrenching film from three 2014 University of Notre Dame graduates took top honors in the short documentary category at this year’s Sunset Film Festival in Los Angeles. In The Suicide Disease, Katie Mattie, Vincent Moore, and William Neal tell the story of Frances Shavers, who worked at Notre Dame as chief-of-staff and special assistant to University President Father John Jenkins, C.S.C., before she was diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia. Read More >

  • Father Gutierrez to Receive 2014 Gittler Prize

    Rev. Gustavo Gutierrez, O.P.

    Rev. Gustavo Gutierrez, O.P., John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, will receive the 2014 Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize from Brandeis University. Established in 2007, the Gittler Prize is annually awarded to a person whose body of published work reflects scholarly excellence and makes a lasting contribution to racial, ethnic, or religious relations. It will be formally presented to Father Gutierrez in a ceremony and talk on Sunday, October 5. Read More >

  • Alumnus Jeff Spoonhower Brings Digital Media Expertise to FTT

    Jeff Spoonhower ’99

    Jeff Spoonhower ’99 has been appointed assistant professor of film and digital media production in Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television and Theatre (FTT). A 12-year veteran of the video game and animation industries, Spoonhower shares with students the very same production techniques and tools he uses in his award-winning professional work. Read More >

  • Video: Economics Alumnus Credits Success in International Finance to Liberal Arts Education

    Bill Kennedy

    “Arts and Letters forces you to go and think beyond what is traditionally and conventionally accepted,” said Bill Kennedy ’90. Kennedy, who majored in economics at Notre Dame, is a portfolio manager for Fidelity Investments in London, where he runs Fidelity’s International Discovery Fund. Read More >