Saturday Scholar Series

A different game plan for autumn weekends.

You are invited to join in discussion with Notre Dame’s most engaging faculty 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 football game Saturday. All lectures are free and open to the public. An archive of previous lectures (including video for many) can be found here.

More information about other home game events on campus is available on the GameDay website.


Fall 2019 Schedule

9.14.19 (vs. New Mexico)

Lecture at 11:30 a.m.; game at 2:30 p.m.

Listening to Puerto Rico: 'The Importance of Engaged Digital Scholarship in Times of Crisis'

Thomas F. Anderson, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures
Marisel Moreno, Rev. John A. O'Brien Associate Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures

Listening to Puerto Rico, an engaged digital learning project launched by the Universities of Notre Dame and Michigan, has been raising awareness and promoting action in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. This lecture will cover how the project empowered Puerto Ricans from diverse backgrounds to tell their own stories, helped faculty understand the disaster via an immersion trip, and how relationships are continuing to be built.

9.28.19 (vs. Virginia)

Lecture at 12:30 p.m.; game at 3:30 p.m.

Becoming Dads: How Evolution Helps Us Understand Men's Hormones, Behavior, and Health as Fathers

Lee Gettler, Assistant Professor, Anthropology

Human fathers shape their children’s well-being through a range of parenting behaviors. While common for humans, this is rare for mammals. This talk will shed light on how thinking about dads evolutionarily and across cultures helps us understand fathers’ roles, biology as parents, and health.

10.5.19 (vs. Bowling Green)

Lecture at 12:30 p.m.; game at 3:30 p.m.

Optics and 'Natural Magic' in the Renaissance

Robert Goulding, Director, John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values
Director, History and Philosophy of Science Program

Most people know the story of Galileo and the telescope, but his marvelous new instrument was only one of many optical oddities and inventions that delighted and puzzled the Renaissance public. This lecture will examine the mirrors, lenses, and other wonderful objects that fascinated this famously visual age.

10.12.19 (vs. USC)

Lecture at 4:00 p.m.; game at 7:30 p.m.

The Oregon Trail and the Rise and Fall of Educational Software

Matthew Payne, Associate Professor of Film, Television, and Theatre

Manifest destiny, hunting, and death by dysentery: The Oregon Trail hooked generations of students with the promise of action and adventure. This presentation uses this beloved computer game to narrate the birth and death of the educational software industry.

11.2.19 (vs. Virginia Tech)

Lecture at 11:30 a.m.; game at 2:30 p.m.

Signal Jammer: 'Recent Paintings'”

Jason Lahr, Associate Professor of Art, Art History, and Design

Featuring paintings that combine darkly comedic text with pop-culture images, Lahr forms a narrative about working-class identity and the shaping of gender norms through mass culture. His painting style explores the question of how the visual language of digital culture can be co-opted through the practice of painting by integrating technology as a method to produce his work, impacting his use of color, saturation, and design.

11.16.19 (vs. Navy)

Lecture at 11:30 a.m.; game at 2:30 p.m.

Treasures of the Sinai Desert: The History and Marvels of the Ancient Monastery of St. Catherine

Nina Glibetić, Assistant Professor of Theology

The biblical importance of Mt. Sinai led to the creation of one of the world’s oldest monasteries, St. Catherine’s in Egypt. Today, this monastery houses some of the finest examples of early Christian art and the world’s oldest continuously operating library. This talk features personal knowledge and scholarly insights about the history of the monastery, its cultural treasures, and the Christian monastic life it continues to preserve in the Middle East today.

11.23.19 (vs. Boston College)

Lecture at 11:30 a.m.; game at 2:30 p.m.

A Shoppers' Paradise: How Women Shaped Chicago's Loop

Emily Remus, Assistant Professor of History

Popular culture assumes that women are born to shop and that cities welcome their trade. But for a long time, America’s downtowns were hardly welcoming to women. This talk examines how female shoppers transformed the cultural and physical landscape of Chicago’s Loop a century ago, laying the foundation for a mass consumer economy supported by women.