Saturday Scholars

These discussions feature 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.

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Art and History

Total Mobilization: World War II and American Literature

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...

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Health and Society

Healing Words, Healing Works: Supporting Recovery from Child Abuse and Neglect

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...

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Art and History

Rembrandt’s Etchings: Intimate Objects of Beauty and Faith

In 1991, the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame received a gift of 70 original Rembrandt etchings. For the first time in many years this entire group of prints,...

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Religion and Philosophy

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

Philosophy has always been a core component of Catholic education. This lecture looks at how Notre Dame is developing an innovative new curriculum to immerse students in the Big...

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Health and Society

The Power of Evidence: Transforming the Fight Against Poverty Through Research

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...

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Religion and Philosophy

A Rabbi, a Priest, and an Imam Walk into a Coffee Shop

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’...

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Religion and Philosophy

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

How did modern Catholicism become global? This 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,...

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Health and Society

NARCOMEDIA: Latinidad, Drug Economies, and the Cultural Politics of the Kingpin

This talk features Jason Ruiz, an associate professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Ruiz covers his research which includes discussing...

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Art and History

Broadcasting the Bicentennial Birthday Bash: History, Myth, and Ideology in Television’s Celebration of 1776

Accompanied by rare clips from the prestigious Peabody Awards Collection, this presentation analyzes how television programming from across the United States in 1976 celebrated...

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Law and Politics

What Judges Want: Goals and Personalities on the U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court justices are often viewed as rational actors who strategically pursue multiple goals, including policy influence, collegiality, and leisure. Yet these models...

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Religion and Philosophy

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

Notre Dame’s 17 presidents, from Father Edward Sorin to Father John I. Jenkins, have advanced what was initially a regional preparatory school into an internationally recognized...

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