Saturday Scholar Series

Expand your mind. On demand.

Every fall, some of Notre Dame’s most engaging faculty discuss their research on the most pressing and fascinating issues of our times. 

In the hours before kickoff at home games, the Saturday Scholar Series offers an opportunity for intellectual engagement, sharing the experience in an audience of faculty, students, and alumni.

Due to COVID-19, there will be no live Saturday Scholar lectures in 2020. Instead, we invite you to join us in watching highlights from past seasons — on gameday, or any other time you want.

The full archive of previous lectures (including video for many) can be found here.

Fall 2020 Schedule

9.12.20 (vs. Duke)

View lecture anytime; game at 2:30 p.m.

“The Magic of the Mind: Illusion, Misdirection, and Deception in Our Everyday Lives”

James Brockmole, Associate Dean for Research,
Professor of Psychology, and Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Collegiate Chair


9.19.20 (vs. South Florida)

View lecture anytime; game at 2:30 p.m.

“'Phantom of the Opera' Is Not an Opera: What It Actually Means to Be an 'Opera Singer' in the 21st Century”

Kiera Duffy, Associate Professor of the Practice and Head of Undergraduate Voice Studies
Päivi Ekroth, Collaborative Pianist


10.10.20 (vs. Florida State)

View lecture anytime; game at 7:30 p.m.

“The Cross: When and Why It Became the Church's Central Symbol”

Robin Jensen, Patrick O'Brien Professor of Theology


10.17.20 (vs. Louisville)

View lecture anytime; game at 2:30 p.m.

“Presidential Campaign Commercials From ‘I Like Ike’ to Today”

Susan C. Ohmer, William T. and Helen Kuhn Carey Associate Professor in Modern Communication, Department of Film, Television, and Theatre


11.7.20 (vs. Clemson)

View lecture anytime; game at 7:30 p.m.

“Sleep On It! There's More to It Than Just the Old Adage”

Jessica Payne, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology


12.5.20 (vs. Syracuse)

View lecture anytime; game at TBA

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

Emily Remus, Assistant Professor of History