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 at 12:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) 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 2017 Schedule

9.2.17 (vs. Temple)

“The Ellsworth Outrage, 1854: Or How 19th Century Jesuits Built a Global Catholicism”

John T. McGreevy, I.A. O'Shaughnessy Dean, College of Arts and Letters
Professor of History

How did modern Catholicism become global? The talk uses a violent attack on a Swiss Jesuit in a Maine small town to tell a story about globalization in the world's largest, most multicultural and multilingual institution.

9.9.17 (vs. Georgia)

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

“A Rabbi, a Priest, and an Imam Walk into a Coffee Shop: Talking about Other People's Religions in the Middle Ages”

Tom Burman, Director, Medieval Institute
Professor of History

Jews, Christians, and Muslims lived side by side for centuries in the medieval Mediterranean world and, especially among the decently educated, knew a lot about each others' beliefs and practices. This lecture focuses on three medieval scholars - one rabbi, one priest, and one imam - who had a lot to say about their rival religions, arguing that there is much more going on when they did so than just ugly denunciation. Sometimes, for example, by attacking someone else's religion, such scholars were really attacking members of their own faith community, and often their attacks on a rival religion wound up partially validating its very existence.

9.30.17 (vs. Miami of Ohio)

Lecture at 2 p.m.; game at 5 p.m.

“The Power of Evidence: Transforming the Fight against Poverty through Research”

William Evans, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Economics
James Sullivan, Rev. Thomas J. McDonagh, C.S.C., Associate Professor of Economics
Co-founders, Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities

Come and hear how the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) is answering Fr. Sorin’s challenge to be a “powerful force for good” by using economic research and evaluation to reduce poverty and improve lives through evidence-based programs and policies.

10.21.17 (vs. USC)

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

“God and the Good Life: Notre Dame's Innovative New Way of Teaching the Big Questions”

Meghan Sullivan, Professor of Philosophy

Philosophy has always been a core component of Catholic education. We will look at how Notre Dame is developing an innovative new curriculum to immerse students in the Big Debates about what to believe, the value of faith, their moral obligations and the meaning(s) of their lives.

10.28.17 (vs. NC State)

“Rembrandt's Etchings: Intimate Objects of Beauty and Faith”

Charles Rosenberg, Professor Emeritus of Art History

In 1991, the Snite Museum of Art received a gift of 70 original Rembrandt etchings. For the first time in many years this entire group of prints, along with selected works by Albrecht Dürer, Lucas van Leyden, and Jacques Callot, are on display in the museum. Professor Rosenberg's talk will provide insights into these remarkable Renaissance and Baroque works on paper.

11.4.17 (vs. Wake Forest)

“Healing Words, Healing Work: Supporting Recovery from Child Abuse and Neglect”

Kristin Valentino, William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families Associate Professor of Psychology

Child abuse and neglect leads to destructive behavioral and physical health problems among millions of children each year. This talk will address how to support recovery from child abuse and neglect through the strengthening of parent-child relationships.

11.18.17 (vs. Navy)

“Total Mobilization: World War II and American Literature”

Roy Scranton, Assistant Professor, Department of English

World War II was a time of paradox: victory amidst catastrophe, democracy spread by violence, individualism drafted for propaganda. Looking at poetry and novels helps us see how American culture struggled to make sense of the war.