Saturday Scholar Series

A different game plan for autumn weekends

Fall 2015 Schedule

Saturday Scholars 2015

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.

9.5.15 (vs. University of Texas)

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

“The Changing American Voter in 2016 and Beyond”

Luis Fraga, Arthur Foundation Endowed Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership; Professor, Department of Political Science; Co-Director, Institute for Latino Studies

9.19.15 (vs. Georgia Institute of Technology)

“Sparkle: Contemporary Girls’ Media Culture”

Mary Celeste Kearney, Associate Professor, Department of Film, Television, and Theatre

9.26.15 (vs. University of Massachusetts)

“What’s Posterity Ever Done for Us?: Literature and Sustainability”

John Sitter, Mary Lee Duda Professor of Literature, Department of English

10.10.15 (vs. U.S. Naval Academy)

“Father Ted Hesburgh Among the Notre Dame Presidents”

Father Thomas Blantz, C.S.C., Professor Emeritus, Department of History; Nancy Haegel, Distinguished Professor, Department of Physics, Naval Postgraduate School; Father Edward A. “Monk” Malloy, C.S.C., President Emeritus; Timothy Matovina, Professor, Department of Theology and Co-Director, Institute for Latino Studies

10.17.15 (vs. University of Southern California)

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

“How Our Siblings Shape Us: Evidence from Economics”

Kasey Buckles, Brian and Jeannelle Brady Associate Professor of Economics

11.14.15 (vs. Wake Forest University)

“1916: Screening the Irish Revolution”

Briona Nic Dhiarmada, Thomas J. & Kathleen O’Donnell Professor of Irish Language, Department of Irish Language and Literature

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