Join the Saturday Scholar Series


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 13th annual Saturday Scholar Series promises an intriguing lineup of lectures on each home football weekend this fall.

The lectures will begin at noon (unless otherwise noted) and take place in the Annenberg Auditorium of the Snite Museum of Art. All lectures are free an open to the public.


Aug. 31 “From Pope Benedict to Pope Francis: Contrasts and Continuities” with Rev. Brian E. Daley, S.J., The Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology;
Cyril O’Regan, The Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology;
and Kathleen Sprows Cummings, associate professor in the Department of American Studies, director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism.

Sept. 21 “Letting Go: From Ancient to Modern Perspectives on Relinquishing Personal Control” with Thomas Merluzzi, professor in the Department of Psychology, director of the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts.

Sept. 28 “Dante and the Birth of Modern Literature” with Zygmunt Baranski, The Notre Dame Professor of Dante and Italian Studies in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.

Oct. 19 “Implementing Social Change: A Collaborative Design Project in South Africa” with Robert Sedlack, associate professor, director of graduate studies, and associate chair in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design.

Nov. 2 “The Chapels of Notre Dame” with Lawrence Cunningham, John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology Emeritus.

Nov. 23 “Did Mitt Romney’s Mormonism Cost Him the White House?: Stained Glass Ceilings and American Politics” with David Campbell, professor in the Department of Political Science, director of the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy;
Vincent Phillip Muñoz, associate professor in the Department of Political Science, concurrent associate professor of law, director of the Tocqueville Program for Inquiry Into Religion and American Public Life, and director of the David Potenziani Program in Constitutional Studies; and
Matthew S. Holland, president, Utah Valley University.