Notre Dame is proud to present a number of different weekly series exploring some of the topics and ideas of interest to our University’s professors.
Fall 2012 is the Season for Saints! Now you can spend one hour with the saints before the game on selected weekends this fall. Come nourish your Catholic faith and your mind at the same time with talks by distinguished members of the Notre Dame faculty.
In September, we will remember Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador and St. Hildegard of Bingen, who will be declared the 35th Doctor of the Church this fall. In October, we’ll celebrate the angels and Joan of Arc, and in November we’ll explore Benedict XVI and the saints.
If you’re a fan of intelligent conversation about subjects ranging from the arts to history, from global affairs to ethics, some of Notre Dame’s top scholars are happy to provide the food for thought. Every football season, the Saturday Scholar series offers free-of-charge lectures or panel discussions.
The Dr. Tom Dooley Society, an enthusiastic and fast-growing group of Notre Dame’s medical alumni, hosts lectures on most Game Days to encourage discussion of health-related topics and to bolster its ongoing work of mentoring Notre Dame students interested in the medical field. Usually held in Jordan Hall of Science.
Emil T. Hofman Lecture
Many Domers celebrate their admiration for Emil T. Hofman — legendary chemistry professor, mentor to many, and dean emeritus of the First Year of Studies — by visiting with him in person on campus and/or attending the annual Emil T. Hofman Lecture held in his honor on a Game Day. Details regarding the Hofman Lecture will be posted right here as soon as they are public.
Come join us in the Jordan Hall of Science as we explore the universe from the stars to the oceans. We will discuss green chemistry, adult stem cells, extraterrestrial life, imaginary numbers and much, much more. Before every home football game, our Saturday Science Exploration Series is sure to inspire a fascination with our world as visitors learn about our innovative approach to science.
Team Irish Awards and Salutes to the Faculty
The academic vigor of Notre Dame is integrated into Game Day, and into the excitement of Notre Dame Stadium, by relatively new traditions that make broad audiences aware of the influential work of faculty and staff members. Before or during the first half, or at halftime, the University’s administration will announce the names of the latest members of our community who deserve praise for noteworthy contributions. Provost Thomas Burish presents a signed football to a scholar who makes a difference on campus and beyond. The Office of Human Resources presents to an outstanding group of staff employees a “Team Irish Award” for their contribution to the University’s mission.
Snite Museum of Art
The Snite Museum of Art features collections that place it among the finest university art museums in the nation. It contains over 24,000 works representing many of the principal cultures and periods of world art history.Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Hours are:
- Tues-Wed 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
- Thurs-Sat 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
- Sunday 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Find more details at Snite Museum.
The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
This landmark facility with multiple venues, encouraging both the performance and the teaching of a range of arts, enriches the campus, the community, and Game Day visitors. A number of events, including concerts by outstanding performers and memorable films reflecting different times and cultures, will be presented on Game Day weekends. A ticket booth is located near the main entrance doors facing campus.
Campus Tours: Academic Highlights
Among the scores of buildings on the Notre Dame campus, many are stimulating homes for the life of the mind. Although tours do not typically occur on football Saturdays, consider a tour on Friday or Sunday, or design one yourself so you can experience some of the buildings that are central to Notre Dame’s reputation for an outstanding undergraduate education, for a growing amount of pre-eminent research, and for its commitment to integrated academic collaboration.
- Stinson-Remick Hall is the new home to the College of Engineering. Located on the east side of Notre Dame Avenue, it houses a nanotechnology research center, the University’s new Energy Center, an 11,800-square-foot semiconductor processing and device fabrication clean room, and an undergraduate interdisciplinary learning center.
- The Jordan Hall of Science is the largest building on campus dedicated to undergraduate studies and research in the sciences.
- The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center is another impressive building, containing five state-of-the-art theaters and performance spaces.
- The Eck Hall of Law is the stately addition to Notre Dame Law School, containing more space for specialized training inside and boasting external decorations that reflect the close kinship between faith and reason in today’s legal system.
- Geddes Hall is the new home of the Institute for Church Life and the Center for Social Concerns. Its location close to the center of campus and its design maximizing collaborative spaces will help to link interdisciplinary initiatives with service-learning and community involvement, in the light of Notre Dame’s Catholic identity.
- Geddes Hall is the new home of the Institute for Church Life, the Center for Social Concerns and Center for Ethics and Culture. Its location close to the center of campus and its design maximizing collaborative spaces will help to link interdisciplinary initiatives with service-learning and community involvement, in the light of Notre Dame’s Catholic identity.
The Main Building
This administrative heart of Notre Dame is a structure that will help you to get to know more about the school, its past, and its future trajectory. Consider visiting this building prior to the visit of the Band’s trumpet section at 4:00 p.m. on Friday or prior to the Band’s step-off from the building about 45 minutes before the football game, among other times.
Among the notable features in this 130-year-old building: Christopher Columbus murals in the main corridor; a mural on the interior of the Golden Dome honoring the liberal arts; a wall of plaques honoring people whose own efforts and attributes have made substantial donations to the life of the University; and a history of the Laetare Medal, the most prestigious medal given annually to an American Catholic.
The Hesburgh Libraries
Notre Dame’s main library bears the image of “Christ the Teacher,” more commonly known as “Touchdown Jesus.” Either way, this Word of Life is calling people to embrace truth and wisdom, to persevere in one’s disciplined pursuits of excellence, and to recognize that faith and reason are dual pathways to fully integrated human knowledge. All of the library units around campus, containing prodigious resources customized for such pursuits as chemistry, engineering, international affairs, or architecture, are now together called the Hesburgh Libraries, bearing the name of Notre Dame President Emeritus Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. This internationally renowned educator has championed the notion that libraries are for people who are moving deeper into their fields of knowledge and deeper into their vocations for engagement and problem-solving.