Saturday Scholar Archive

2015 Lectures

“The Changing American Voter in 2016 and Beyond”

9.5.15 (vs. University of Texas)

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



“Sparkle: Contemporary Girls’ Media Culture”

9.19.15 (vs. Georgia Institute of Technology)

Mary Celeste Kearney, Associate Professor, Department of Film, Television, and Theatre; Director, Gender Studies Program



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

9.26.15 (vs. University of Massachusetts)

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



“Father Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., Among the Notre Dame Presidents”

10.10.15 (vs. U.S. Naval Academy)

Father Thomas Blantz, C.S.C., Professor Emeritus, Department of History
Dr. Nancy Haegel, Materials Science Center Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Father Edward A. “Monk” Malloy, C.S.C., President Emeritus

Timothy Matovina, Professor, Department of Theology; Co-Director, Institute for Latino Studies



“How Our Siblings Shape Us: Evidence from Economics”

10.17.15 (vs. University of Southern California)

Kasey Buckles, Brian and Jeannelle Brady Associate Professor of Economics



“1916: Screening the Irish Rebellion”

11.14.15 (vs. Wake Forest University)

Bríona Nic Dhiarmada, Thomas J. and Kathleen M. O’Donnell Professor of Irish Studies, Department of Irish Language and Literature; Concurrent Professor, Department of Film, Television, and Theatre.



2014 Lectures

“Jerusalem’s Future: Peace or Apocalypse”

8.30.14 (vs. Rice University)

Atalia Omer, Associate Professor of Religion, Conflict, and Peace Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies



“The Empty Chair by the Hearth: Archaeological Insights into Irish-America”

9.6.14 (vs. University of Michigan)

Ian Kuijt, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Anthropology



“Online Learning and the Future of Higher Education”

10.4.14 (vs. Stanford University)

Elliott Visconsi, Chief Academic Digital Officer, Office of the Provost; Associate Professor, Department of English; Concurrent Associate Professor of Law



“Evolution, Humans, and Other Animals: Theology and Anthropology in Dialogue”

10.11.14 (vs. University of North Carolina)

Celia Deane-Drummond, Professor, Department of Theology



“What’s All the Fuss about Digital Humanities?”

11.15.14 (vs. Northwestern University)

Matthew Wilkens, Assistant Professor, Department of English



“Beyond Civility: Addressing the Crisis in American Public Discourse”

11.22.14 (vs. University of Louisville)

John Duffy, The O’Malley Director of the University Writing Program; Associate Professor, Department of English



2013 Lectures

“From Pope Benedict to Pope Francis: Contrasts and Continuities”

8.31.13 (vs. Temple University)

Rev. Brian E. Daley, S.J., The Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology
Cyril O’Regan, The Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology
Kathleen Sprows Cummings, associate professor, Department of American Studies; director, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism



“Letting Go: From Ancient to Modern Perspectives on Relinquishing Personal Control”

9.21.13 (vs. Michigan State University)

Thomas Merluzzi, professor, Department of Psychology; director, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts



“Dante and the Birth of Modern Literature”

9.28.13 (vs. University of Oklahoma)

Zygmunt Baranski, The Notre Dame Professor of Dante and Italian Studies, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures



“Implementing Social Change: A Collaborative Design Project in South Africa”

10.19.13 (vs. University of Southern California)

Robert Sedlack, associate professor, director of graduate studies, associate chair, Department of Art, Art History, and Design



“The Chapels of Notre Dame”

11.2.13 (vs. United States Naval Academy)

Lawrence Cunningham, John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology Emeritus



“Did Mitt Romney’s Mormonism Cost Him the White House?: Stained Glass Ceilings and American Politics”

11.23.13 (vs. Brigham Young University)

David Campbell, professor, Department of Political Science; director, Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy
Vincent Phillip Muñoz, associate professor, Department of Political Science; concurrent associate professor of law; director, Tocqueville Program for Inquiry Into Religion and American Public Life; director, David Potenziani Program in Constitutional Studies
Matthew S. Holland, president, Utah Valley University



2012 Lectures

“Gregori and Washington Hall”

9.8.12 (vs. Purdue University)

Mark C. Pilkinton, Professor, Department of Film, Television, and Theatre



“Caesar’s Legacy at Butrint: Archaeological Discoveries From Current Excavations in the Heart of the Ancient City”

9.22.12 (vs. University of Michigan)

David Hernandez, Assistant Professor and Director of the Butrint Archaeological Research Project, Department of Classics



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

10.13.12 (vs. Stanford University)

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



“Sleep on It! There’s More to It Than Just the Old Adage”

10.20.12 (vs. Brigham Young University)

Jessica Payne, Assistant Professor, Nancy O’Neill Collegiate Chair in Psychology; Director of the Sleep, Stress, and Memory Lab, Department of Psychology



“The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society”

11.3.12 (vs. University of Pittsburgh)

Brad S. Gregory, Professor, Department of History



“What’s So Funny About a Joke?”

11.17.12 (vs. Wake Forest University)

Mark W. Roche, Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Professor of German Language and Literature, Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures



2011 Lectures

“Missal Alert: Preparation and Implementation of the New Translation of the Roman Missal”

9.3.11 (vs. University of South Florida)

Fr. Michael Driscoll, Associate Professor, Department of Theology


“Bridging the Atlantic: The Struggles of an Abandoned 19th Century Irish Village”

9.17.11 (vs. Michigan State University)

Ian Kuijt, Professor, Department of Anthropology


“Building Peace in a Violent World: What I’ve Learned in Five Decades as a Peace Scholar”

10.8.11 (vs. United States Air Force Academy)

Robert C. Johansen, Senior Fellow, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies; Professor, Department of Political Science


“The Poetic Curve of Nature: Connecting Literature and Science”

10.22.11 (vs. University of Southern California)

Laura Dassow Walls, Professor, Department of English


“The Apartment Plot: Fantasies of Urban Living in American Movies”

10.29.11 (vs. United States Naval Academy)

Pamela Wojcik, Professor, Department of Film, Television, and Theatre


“Change: Why It Happens, Why It Accelerates, and What Might Happen Next”

11.19.11 (vs. Boston College)

Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Professor, Department of History


2010 Lectures

“Plagiarism and College Culture”

9.4.10 (vs. Purdue University)

Susan Blum, Professor, Department of Anthropology


“Religion and American Public Life: The 50th Anniversary of JFK’s Houston Speech on the Separation of Church and State”

9.11.10 (vs. University of Michigan)

Richard Garnett, Professor, Law School
Cathleen Kaveny, John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law, Law School
John McGreevy, Professor, Department of History; Dean, College of Arts and Letters
Vincent Phillip Munoz, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Michael Zuckert, Nancy Reeves Dreux Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science


“Mercifully Eradicating the Irish: The Strange Case of Lord Macaulay”

9.25.10 (vs. Stanford University)

Robert Sullivan, Associate Professor, Department of History


“American Politics at the Breaking Point”

10.9.10 (vs. University of Pittsburgh)

Robert Schmuhl, Walter H. Annenberg-Edmund P. Joyce Professor of American Studies and Journalism, Department of American Studies


“The Rise of the Ku Klux Klan: Enduring Consequences of Extremism”

10.16.10 (vs. Western Michigan University)

Rory McVeigh, Professor and Chairperson, Department of Sociology


“Tradition and Identity in Contemporary Church Music: Three Case Studies”

10.30.10 (vs. University of Tulsa)

Margot Fassler, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy, Department of Theology


“What Race Is, and What It Is Not: Why This Is Important”

11.13.10 (vs. University of Utah)

Agustín Fuentes, Professor, Department of Anthropology


2009 Lectures

“Memorial Mania: Public Art and Public Feelings in America Today”

9.5.09 (vs. University of Nevada)

Erika Doss, Professor and Chair, Department of American Studies


“International Security Studies: What the Eggheads Can Teach the Generals”

9.19.09 (vs. Michigan State University)

Michael Desch, Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science


“Images That Matter: The U.S. as Seen through Latin American Eyes”

10.3.09 (vs. University of Washington)

Thomas F. Anderson, Associate Professor, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures


“Shakespeare in the 21st Century”

10.17.09 (vs. University of Southern California)

Peter D. Holland, McMeel Family Professor in Shakespeare Studies, Department of Film, Television, and Theatre
Scott Jackson, Executive Director, Shakespeare at Notre Dame


“The French Revolution, or How to Keep Your Head in Turbulent Times”

10.24.09 (vs. Boston College)

Julia V. Douthwaite, Professor, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures


“Latinos and the Renewal of American Catholicism”

10.31.09 (vs. Washington State University)

Virgilio P. Elizondo, Notre Dame Professor of Pastoral and Hispanic Theology, Department of Theology
Daniel G. Groody, CSC, Assistant Professor, Department of Theology
Timothy M. Matovina, Professor, Department of Theology


“Going Global: Medical Ethics in the Age of AIDS”

11.7.09 (vs. United States Naval Academy)

Maura Ryan, John Cardinal O’Hara Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Department of Theology


“Understanding the Cultural, Religious, and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults”

11.21.09 (vs. University of Connecticut)

Christian Smith, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology


2008 Lectures

Faith Taking Shape: Early Christianity and the Arts”

9.06.08 (vs. San Diego State University)

Thomas F. Noble, Professor and Chairperson, History



“Peter Pan as Cultural Icon”

9.13.08 (vs. University of Michigan)

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



“Election 2008: Race, Gender, and Faith”

9.27.08 (vs. Purdue University)

David E. Campbell, John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C., Associate Professor, Political Science
Darren W. Davis, Professor, Political Science
Christina K. Wolbrecht, Associate Professor, Political Science



“The Sub-Prime Mortgage Mess and Federal Reserve Policy”

10.04.08 (vs. Stanford University)

Christopher J. Waller, Gilbert F. Schaefer Professor of Economics



“Catholics and Evolution: Old Tensions and New Directions”

11.01.08 (vs. University of Pittsburgh)

Phillip R. Sloan, Professor, Program of Liberal Studies


“Before and Beyond Modernism: Icons as Art”

11.22.08 (vs. Syracuse University)

Charles E. Barber



2007 Lectures

“Why is Goethe’s Faust the Greatest Work of German Literature?”

9.01.07 (vs. Georgia Institute of Technology)

Vittorio Hösle, Paul G. Kimball Professor of Arts and Letters


“Health Care Reforms: An Economist’s Assessment”

9.22.07 (vs. Michigan State University)

William Evans, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Economics


“Global Ireland: From Celtic Twilight to Celtic Tiger”

10.13.07 (vs. Boston College)

Luke Gibbons, Professor of English


“Combating Extremism: Democratic Virtues and Pluralism in Islam”

10.20.07 (vs. University of Southern California)

Asma Afsaruddin, Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies


“Cops, Protest, and Rioting”

11.03.07 (vs. United States Naval Academy)

Daniel Myers, Professor of Sociology


“Theological But Not Religious: The Case of John Milton”

11.10.07 (vs. United States Air Force Academy)

Stephen Fallon, Professor, Program of Liberal Studies


“Words and Music, Music and Words: The Songs of Franz Schubert”

11.17.07 (vs. Duke University)

Susan Youens, J.W. Van Gorkom Professor of Music


2006 Lectures

“More Than a Movie? Assessing The Da Vinci Code”

9.9.06 (vs. Penn State University)

James Collins, Professor of Film, Television, and Theatre
Mary Rose D’Angelo, Associate Professor of Theology
Charles Barber, Associate Professor of Art, Art History, and Design


“The Impact of the Dead Sea Scrolls on Our Bible”

9.16.06 (vs. University of Michigan)

Eugene Ulrich, Rev. John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology


“Successful Aging”

9.30.06 (vs. Purdue University)

Cindy Bergeman, Chair and Professor of Psychology


“The Bone Collector”

10.7.06 (vs. Stanford University)

Susan Sheridan, Associate Professor of Anthropology


“Completing the Constitution: The 14th Amendment”

10.21.06 (vs. University of California, Los Angeles)

Michael Zuckert, Nancy Reeves Dreux Professor of Political Science


“The Role of Religion in Peacebuilding”

11.4.06 (vs. University of North Carolina)

R. Scott Appleby, Professor of History, John M. Regan Jr. Director of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
John Paul Lederach, Professional Specialist, Kroc Institute
A. Rashied Omar, Assistant Professional Specialist, Kroc Institute


“Seeds of Change: A Musical Performance”

11.18.06 (vs. United States Military Academy at West Point)

Georgine Resick, Professor of Music
John Blacklow, Assistant Professor of Music


2005 Lectures

“Catholics, Concubines, and the Constitution: 19th Century Battles over Church and State”


Linda Przybyszewski, Department of History


“Exploring Lewis and Clark”


Thomas Slaughter, Department of History


“Caring for Babies, Caring for Parents: What Human Infants Really Need and Why”


James McKenna, Department of Anthropology


“Understanding Personality and Emotional Development in Babies and Children”


Julia Braungart-Rieker, Department of Psychology


“A Change at the Top: Pope Benedict XVI”


R. Scott Appleby, Department of History
Lawrence Cunningham, Department of Theology
Rev. Richard McBrien, Department of Theology


“Vast: The Art of Maria Tomasula”


Maria Tomasula, Department of Art, Art History, and Design


2004 Lectures

“The Dead Sea Scrolls and Christian Origins”


James VanderKam, Department of Theology


“The Da Vinci Code: An Assessment”


Robert Coleman, Department of Art, Art History, and Design
Rev. Richard McBrien, Department of Theology
Valerie Sayers, Department of English


“The Movie Mogul: Joseph P. Kennedy’s Film Career”


Donald Crafton, Department of Film, Television, and Theatre


“Another Kind of Founding Father: Jonathan Edwards and the American Heritage”


George Marsden, Department of History


“America’s Largest Private School System: A Look Inside Catholic Schools "


Maureen Hallinan, Department of Sociology


“Children and Marital Conflict”


E. Mark Cummings, Department of Psychology


2003 Lectures

“Liberation Theology for the 21st Century”


Gustavo Gutierrez, Department of Theology


“From Page to Stage: An Interactive Audience Performance Experience”


Actors From the London Stage


“Catholicism and American Freedom”


John McGreevy, Department of History


“Living on the Front Lines: An Anthropologist Looks at the Realities of War”


Carolyn Nordstrom, Department of Anthropology


“Big Browser: Are We Being Watched?”


Jim McAdams, Department of Political Science


“Truth Telling and Lying”


Alasdair MacIntyre, Department of Philosophy


2002 Lectures

“Secrecy in Everyday Life”


Anita Kelly, Department of Psychology


“The Crisis Facing the Roman Catholic Church”


John Cavadini, , Department of Theology
Rev. Richard McBrien, Department of Theology
Carol Mooney, Notre Dame Law School


“Shakespeare in Film”


Peter Holland, Department of Film, Television, and Theatre


“The Historical Jesus”


John Meier, Department of Theology


“The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”


Alan Dowty, Department of Political Science.


“Art and the Religious Imagination”


Meredith Gill, Department of Art, Art History, and Design


2001 Lectures

“Responses to Terrorism: Perspectives on the September 11 Tragedy”


R. Scott Appleby, Department of History
Cynthia Mahmood, Department of Anthropology
Robert Schmuhl, Department of American Studies.


“How Parents Can Help Their Children Achieve in a Changing World”


John Borkowski, Department of Psychology


“I’m Spiritual but not Religious: What is Christian Spirituality?”


Lawrence Cunningham, Department of Theology


“Social Security Reform: The Potential and Pitfalls of Private Accounts”


Teresa Ghilarducci, Department of Economics


“Newman and Ireland: Converting the Empire”


Seamus Deane, Department of English


“Moral Education at the Crossroads”


F. Clark Power, Program of Liberal Studies