2015 Nanovic Forum Lecture: "Strategies of Life: How to Have Your Cake and Eat It Too"


Location: Eck Visitors Center Auditorium

Krzysztof Zanussi, a leading figure in contemporary European cinema, will deliver the 2015 Nanovic Forum Lecture, titled “Strategies of Life: How to Have Your Cake and Eat It Too.”

Born in 1939, Zanussi studied physics and philosophy before turning to cinema in 1966. Making his first film shortly thereafter, he became the artistic director, producer and eventually president of TOR Film Production. A key figure in Poland’s post-war cinema, and particularly known for his “cinema of moral anxiety,” Zanussi has won major film prizes at Cannes, Venice and Leipzig, as well as prizes in Russia and international festivals outside the west. He has also directed theatrical plays from Euripides to Stoppard in theaters across Europe and has directed the staging of operas in Poland, Italy and Switzerland. He serves as a member of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

The Nanovic Institute for European Studies, through the generosity of Robert and Elizabeth Nanovic, established the Nanovic Forum to deepen Notre Dame’s rich tradition of connections to Europe by bringing prominent figures to campus in a wide range of fields to explore, discuss and debate the most pressing questions about Europe today.

This event is free and open to the public. More information on Zanussi’s visit and an archive of past Forum lectures is available at