Past Events

Through the Looking Glass: Daguerreotype Masterworks from the Dawn of Photography

October 22 - December 31, 2016
South Bend Museum of Art

The South Bend Museum of Art continues its popular Robert C. Shields American Series with the exhibition, Through the Looking Glass: Daguerreotype Masterworks from the Dawn of Photography. The exhibition features a selection of 145 photographs, mostly made in America, but also demonstrating work from France, England, and the Mideast. All the major collecting genres are represented, including portraiture, landscapes, erotic stereos, post-mortems, and slavery subjects.

Related programming features events for all ages and interest levels, including a bi-weekly call for theme-based photograph submissions via the SBMA's Instagram account. Beginning with the opening of the exhibition, a new selection of images will be installed every two weeks centering on one of five themes inspired by the subjects of daguerreotypes in the show: Portraits, Still Life, Work, Landscape, and Pets.

For more information, visit the SBMA website.


Finals Study Space

December 9, 12-16, 2016
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
204 McKenna Hall - Julian Samora Library

Need finals study space? Come to the 2nd floor of McKenna Hall for a relaxing and quiet place to study at the Institute for Latino Studies' Julian Samora Library.



Spring 2017 Social Concerns Seminars Information Sessions

December 7 and 8, 2016
4:00 PM
Geddes Hall McNeill Library

Social Concerns Seminars are academic courses that create opportunities for students to engage in social analysis, work with community partners around the country, and reflect on their experience and its impact on individuals and communities. 

Students examine social issues from various perspectives, read relevant texts, study the role of Catholic social tradition, share in the life of the communities they work with, and participate in creating active learning communities during the entire course of the seminar. Come to an information session to learn more.


Carlos Silva: "Porto Novo: An Afro-Atlantic Port in the Age of the Slave Trades"

December 6, 2016
5:00 PM
317 DeBartolo Hall

Proudly presented by the Department of History and the Kellogg Institute's Africa Working Group.


Latinos in the 2016 Election Conference

December 2, 2016
9:00AM - 5:00PM 
100-104 McKenna Hall 
Notre Dame Conference Center 

This is a free and open to the public event, but registration is required. 

Register TODAY, see you there! 


Higgins Labor Cafe: Laboring under Climate Change

December 2, 2016
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Geddes Coffeehouse

Drew Marcantonio, Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology and Peace Studies, will be facilitating the discussion.

Resources to get the discussion going:

​Labor Curious? Come to the Labor Cafe, where the ND Community Convenes for Caffeine and Conversation to Explore Contemporary Questions about Work, Workers, and Workplaces. 


Cushwa Center Lecture: Colm Tóibín, Brooklyn

December 2, 2016
6:30PM - 10:00PM
Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Author Colm Tóibín will speak about the story behind Brooklyn, his 2009 novel that was adapted into a film in 2015. The focus of his talk will be 20th-century Irish immigration to the United States, and the experience of exile and return to Ireland. After a screening of the film, Tóibín will answer questions from the audience. 

  • 6:30 p.m. - Lecture

  • 7:00 p.m. - Film Screening

  • 9:00 p.m. - Question & Answer

This is a free but ticketed event.

Ticket reservations will be available beginning Tuesday, November 1, through the Debartolo Performing Arts Center Ticket Office ( Two ticket limit per person.

Reserved tickets may only be picked up at the ticket office from 5:30 - 6:15 p.m. on​ the day of the event. Tickets must be claimed 15 minutes prior to the start of the event or your tickets may be redistributed to other patrons.

More event information available at

Colm Tóibín is the author of eight novels, including The Blackwater Lightship, The Master, and The Testament of Mary, all three shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and most recently of Nora Webster. His nonfiction includes The Sign of the Cross and On Elizabeth Bishop. His novel Brooklyn won the 2009 Costa Novel Award. His books have been translated into more than 30 languages. 


"Drinks on Us" with American Studies

December 1, 2016
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Hammes Student Lounge, 104 Coleman-Morse Hall

The First Year of Studies is starting a new event this year called "Drinks on Us." FYS will provide beverages and snacks for students and faculty in the Hammes Student Lounge, 104 Coleman-Morse, from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm every Thursday.

On December 1, the Department of American Studies will be at the "Drinks on Us" event to meet first year students and upper-class students and get to know each other in an informal setting. You don't want to miss it! 


What Went Wrong with the World? "Redeeming Sin" amidst Ecological Destruction

December 1, 2016
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Carey Auditorium in the Hesburgh Library

In an age of ecological destruction, collaborative efforts are crucial for describing the many rotten 'fruits' of this destruction, as well as uncovering its 'roots' and finding more sustainable alternatives. What is the role of Christian theology in this multi-disciplinary task? One contribution is that of social diagnostics or understanding what has gone wrong with the world. In this lecture Ernst Conradie will explore the plausibility of 'redeeming' sin-talk amidst ecological destruction.

Ernst M. Conradie is Senior Professor in the Department of Religion and Theology at the University of Western Cape in South Africa.

Free and open to the public


Bob Dylan's Protean Style

November 30, 2016
7:00 PM
225 DeBartolo Hall

AMST Professor Ben Giamo will be speaking about Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan and his "protean style." The event is presented by the American Studies Club. All are welcome!

Proteanism is the quest for authenticity, meaning and value that relies upon openness, fluidity, change, and multiplicity. Identity is not fixed but, instead, malleable. When applied to Dylan, we see the various undertakings by this "musical expeditionary" over the course of a long creative life, moving forward by virtue of reinvention, that is, by overtaking himself with respect to both persona and music (integration of sound, voice, and lyric). Throughout, Dylan has made a career out of confounding expectations. Like Proteus, the ancient Greek sea god, you can't pin him down. Just recently awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature, Dylan has shown time and again that "an artist is always in a state of becoming."


Chinese Art Sale at the Morris Inn Holiday Market

November 30, 2016
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Morris Inn

Notre Dame student Joshua Pine will be selling handmade artwork made by indigenous artists from Guizhou, China. This past summer, Joshua travelled to Guizhou through the International Summer Service Learning Program, where he worked with the Guizhou Rural Tourism Development Center to promote ethnic minority handicraft art. He will be selling these artifacts at the Morris Inn Holiday Market, and the proceeds will support minority ethnic women artisans. 


Flash Panel: "The Implications of the 2016 Election for International Development, Peace, and Human Rights"

November 21, 2016
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
C100 Hesburgh Center Auditorium

The impact of the recent US election goes well beyond its domestic significance. Come engage in a dialogue with a diverse group of faculty experts exploring the implications of the election for international development, peace, and human rights.

Panelists: Maurizio Albahari, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Kellogg Institute Faculty Fellow, Perin Gurel, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Concurrent Assistant Professor of Gender Studies, George Lopez, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, Professor of Peace Studies Emeritus, Professor of Political Science Emeritus and Kellogg Institute Faculty Fellow, Jennifer Mason McAward, Associate Professor of Law and Director, Center for Civil and Human Rights, and Sara Sievers Associate Dean for Policy and Practice, Keough School of Global Affairs and Kellogg Institute Faculty Fellow


Higgins Labor Cafe: Greg, Brittany, and Jamal walk into an interview: Diversity, the Labor Market, and Pay in the USA

November 18, 2016
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Geddes Coffeehouse

This Friday, the Labor Cafe confronts enduring problems of labor market discrimination by race and gender with a discussion facilitated by Cindy Lee (Accounting & Poverty Studies '18) & Dan Graff, Director, Higgins Labor Program.

Resources to get the discussion going:


















Rape, Culture and Post-Racial America

November 14, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
141 DeBartolo Hall

What is the relationship between race and sexual violence in our “post-racial” era? By looking at recent high-profile cases, pop music videos, film, feminist and legal scholarship, this lecture discusses how old racial stereotypes continue to shape public perceptions of sexual assault victims and assailants. Presented by Dr. Salamishah Tillet, Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies at University of Pennsylvania, and co-founder of A Long Walk Home, a national non-profit that uses art to educate, inspire, and mobilize young people to end violence.

If you would like to attend dinner with Dr. Tillet at Legends before the presentation, please email Jason Ruiz by Monday, November 14, at 12:00 p.m. to reserve your spot.

Co-sponsored by the Department of American Studies.


Chinese Indigenous Artwork Sale

November 11, 2016
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Geddes Coffee House

All proceeds from this art sale go directly to the Guizhou Rural Tourism Development Center, a partner organization of the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies as well as an International Summer Service Learning Program (ISSLP) site for the Center for Social Concerns. This organization is dedicated to supporting ethnic minority women artisans by providing a bridge to the market so that they can preserve their cultural heritage and make a living at the same time.

If you are interested in purchasing any items please contact Joshua Pine at or at 574-440-4106. Pick up location at 310 Alumni Hall or if you would like to meet somewhere else please contact Joshua. 


You Are Beauty: Exploring the Catholic Imagination

November 10-12, 2016

Each year on the campus of Notre Dame, the Center for Ethics and Culture hosts its interdisciplinary Fall Conference, the most important venue for truly fruitful dialogue and exchange among the world's leading Catholic thinkers, as well as those from other traditions, on pressing and vexed questions of ethics, culture, and public policy. The Conference annually attracts more than six hundred participants and features more than one hundred paper presentations in disciplines ranging from philosophy, theology, political theory, and law to history, economics, science, and the arts.

The Center's 17th annual Fall Conference, "You are Beauty: Exploring the Catholic Imagination," will consider “aesthetic contemplation sublimated in faith” (“Letter to Artists,” Pope St. John Paul II), exploring the relationship between the imagination, beauty, truth, and religion in a variety of contexts, particularly the arts, music, architecture, literature, philosophy, theology, political theory, and the sciences.

Featured speakers at this year's conference include:

  • Etsuro Sotoo, sculptor of the Nativity Façade of the Sagrada Família Basilica, Barcelona, Spain
  • Alasdair MacIntyre, Senior Distinguished Research Fellow, Center for Ethics and Culture, University of Notre Dame
  • Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law, Harvard University, and former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See
  • Sir Roger Scruton, philosopher of aesthetics and author of more than 40 books
  • Elizabeth Lev, art historian, Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome, Italy
  • Monsignor Timothy Verdon, Director, Diocesan Office of Sacred Art and Church Cultural Heritage and the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, Florence, Italy

The 17th annual Fall Conference will take place November 10 - 12, 2016 at the University of Notre Dame. Register here for the conference.

More information and a full schedule of events can be found here.


Processing the Presidential Election

November 10, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Geddes Coffeehouse

This event is for anybody who would like to join the CSC to process the presidential election. The CSC has no agenda for this gathering beyond providing space for those who would like to talk and listen in a welcoming environment. All ND community members are welcome. Come and go as you like, and feel free to bring your own lunch. 


Local Language Choices as Part of Broader Social Change: A Talk by Anne Curzan

November 10, 2016
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Morris Inn Private Dining Room

Politically correct (or "PC") language has acquired negative connotations over the years: it is sometimes dismissed as "silly" or as "threatening" or as not really addressing the underlying social issues. Yet, we probably all agree that tat the most fundamental level, language matters. Words may not break out bones, but they have great power and can do real harm. So does that mean that every language choice we make, no matter how small and how local, matters? This talk will focus on words we use every day that have been the focus of conscious language reform efforts to promote a more inclusive and equitable language (e.g., "he" vs. "he or she" vs. "they"; "gay" vs. "homosexual"). To what extent do social attitudes shape language-- or is it that language has the power to change social attituted? It's a difficult question but an important one for all of us to consider as speakers and writers.

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of English at the University of Michigan, Anne Curzan also holds appointments in the Department of Linguistics and the School of Education. Widely published on historical and contemporary linguistics, especially gender and language, Curzan currently is completing a popular guide to English usage and sering as a regular contributor to blogs and public radio.

The talk has been made possible by support from the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, the Department of English, the Gender Studies Program, the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures, and the Medieval Institute.

Reception to follow.


New Faculty Forum with Korey Garibaldi

November 9, 2016
5:00PM - 6:15PM
Oak Room, South Dining Hall

The Department of Africana Studies is holding a New Faculty Forum on Wednesday, November 9, from 5:00 - 6:15 p.m. in the Oak Room in South Dining Hall.  Korey Garibaldi, David Hooked and Jarvis McInnis will be offering brief introductions of their research and teaching interests, followed by questions and discussion with the audience.  All are welcome.  


Can We Eat Enough?

November 9, 2016
5:15 PM - 6:45 PM
McKenna Hall Auditorium

In this age of maladaptive eating, deprivation, malnutrition and excess are common experiences. In profound ways, we are eating ourselves to death. Some point to structural issues or certain industries as the culprit, while others identify manufactured foodstuffs as the ultimate cause. Others focus more on our wallets, encouraging us to consider labor, environmental, or animal welfare issues among others when purchasing food; or they urge us to buy into a diet that is backed by smiling celebrities and supposed scientific claims. Such efforts, while helpful, orient our attention to laws, foodstuffs, and brand allegiance, that is, to things external to us. This talk proposes a different approach that reclaims persons as eaters and attends to internal cues. Resources for this counter-cultural perspective are as old and as sophisticated as our religions and philosophies, and as intimate as our bodies. Appreciating ourselves as eaters of the world may be a powerful start to learning how to eat (just) enough.


Student Activism Workshop

November 6, 2016
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Geddes Hall

For students who are interested in putting feet and action to the passions of their heart in relation to racial and social justice. In this 3 hour workshop we will consider our role in student advocacy, activism, and engagement on campus and in our communities. We will consider the roots of these desires within us as well as some of the skills necessary to participate in and work for social change. Lunch is included!

RSVP link: Here


Treasures from the Archives: Print Sale

November 4-5, 2016
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Notre Dame Center for Arts & Culture

You are invited to attend a flash sale of works from the Segura Arts Studio on November 4th & 5th All inventory will be 30 -75% off.

Cash, check, and credit card will be accepted. For more information, please call 574/631.3082. 

Be sure to stop in to meet the Segura Staff, to see the amazing artworks produced here and to take one or several home yourself.


Seminar in American Religion: History and Presence

November 5, 2016
9:00AM - 12:00PM
Oak Room, South Dining Hall

Robert A. Orsi of Northwestern University will discuss his new book History and Presence (Harvard University Press, 2016). Commentators are R. Scott Appleby, University of Notre Dame, and Mary Dunn, Saint Louis University.

More information is available here.

From the publisher: 

Beginning with metaphysical debates in the sixteenth century over the nature of Christ’s presence in the host, the distinguished historian and scholar of religion Robert Orsi imagines an alternative to the future of religion that early moderns proclaimed was inevitable.

The question of “real presence”—the Catholic doctrine of the literal, physical, embodied presence of Christ in the host—coincided with early modern global conquest and commerce and shaped how Europeans encountered the religions of others. The gods really present, in the Catholic sense, were translated into metaphors and symptoms, and into functions of the social and political. Presence became evidence of superstition, of magical thinking, of the infantile and irrational, the primitive and the savage. History and Presence radically confronts this intellectual heritage, proposing instead a model for the study of religion that begins with humans and gods present to each other in the circumstances of everyday life. Orsi then asks what it would mean to write history with the real presence of special beings restored. With reference to Marian apparitions, the cult of the saints, relations with the dead, and other Catholic instances of encounters with the gods really present, Orsi elaborates a theory of presence for the study of both contemporary religion and history.


Digital TV and Nationhood: Toward a Parliamentary Theory of Television Culture

November 4, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
1024 Flanner Hall

Michael Kackman teaches courses in the history and criticism of US television, film and tv genres, Cold War American culture, nationhood and political culture, and history and memory practices in everyday life. His work has been featured in Cinema Journal,, and other publications, and he is the author of Citizen Spy: Television, Espionage, and Cold War Culture (University of Minnesota Press, 2005), and co-edited Flow TV: Television in the Age of Media Convergence (Routledge, 2010). With Mary Celeste Kearney, he’s currently editing The Craft of Criticism: Critical Media Studies in Practice, to be published by Routledge.

Michael is also the co-host (with Christine Becker) of Aca-Media, the official podcast of Cinema Journal and the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.

This event is for faculty and graduate students only.


Labor Issues in the Presidential Campaign, Part 2

November 4, 2016
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Geddes Hall Coffeehouse

AMST major Julie Mardini will be facilitating the Labor Cafe conversation about the labor issues surrounding the 2016 presidential campaign.

Resources to get the discussion going:

Last time we looked at the candidates through the eyes of news reporters and analysts; this time we'll focus on the candidates' positions offered on their own campaign websites.

Hilary Clinton's Official Website:


Donald Trump's Official Website:


Reframing Human Trafficking

November 3, 2016
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
1130 Eck Hall of Law

Young women who have been trafficked for sexual exploitation have unique perceptions about their lives and the significance of having been trafficked. Angela Reed will share aspects of her research with formerly trafficked Filipino women. Grounded in an ethical, transformative and critical feminist methodology she will highlight the importance of gaining knowledge about human trafficking from those who have experienced it firsthand. Dr. Reed will illustrate how her findings from the research subvert stereotypes of a homogenous sex trafficking experience and point to the need for a life course, rights-based approach to anti-trafficking policy and prevention.


Civil Society, Peace, and Power

November 3, 2016
1:00 PM
Hesburgh Center Auditorium

Featuring David Cortright, Director of Policy Studies, Kroc Institute, Melanie Greenberg, President and CEO, Alliance for Peacebuilding, Peter van Tuijl, Senior Advisor, Partnership for Governance Reform in Indonesia, Sharon Bhagwan Rolls, Executive Director and cofounder, FemLINKPACIFIC, Darynell Rodriguez Torres, Program Manager for Policy and Advocacy, GPPAC, and Laurel Stone Program Manager of Policy Studies, Kroc Institute

Civil society plays an increasingly powerful role in the global landscape. It has emerged as a key actor in preventing and managing conflicts and building more peaceful and sustainable societies. The panelists are all authors of the new book Civil Society, Peace, and Power published by Rowman & Littlefield (October 2016). Together, they will discuss their involvement in working on peacebuilding policy in national, regional, and international levels. The experiences of these peacebuilders illustrates how the involvement of civil society can result in better informed, more inclusive, more accountable government decision making and more effective peacebuilding policies.

The focus of the edited volume is on multi-stakeholder, systems-based approaches to peacebuilding and human security that involve diverse civil society groups (NGOs, religious organizations, media, etc.), government agencies, intergovernmental organizations, and security forces. This unique comprehensive approach encompasses diverse stakeholders seeking to understand the drivers of conflict and the possibilities for working together to build peace. Importantly, a number of the case studies provide a gender perspective on peacebuilding and civil society issues, voicing and giving attention to women’s perspectives without being focused only on gender issues. Further, authors from the Global South offer the perspectives of those directly immersed in ongoing struggles for justice and peace.

Free and open to public


Angela Reed: "A Conversation on Reframing Human Trafficking"

November 3, 2016
3:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Hesburgh Center Auditorium

Angela Reed, in conversation with Chris Cervenak, will discuss aspects of her research with formerly trafficked Filipino women. Grounded in an ethical, transformative and critical feminist methodology the dicussion will focus on the importance of gaining knowledge about human trafficking from those who have experienced it firsthand.

The Asia Working Group series is a collaboration with the Kellogg Institute for International Studies.  This talk is cosponsored by the Center for Civil and Human Rights.


Making a Space for Catholic Studies in the University: The Case for US Religious History

November 3, 2016
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Daley Library, Conference Room 1-470, University of Illinois at Chicago

In this lecture, American Studies professor Tom Tweed will argue that there are two primary ways to make space for Catholic Studies in public and non-religiously affiliated private universities: 1) to add distinct courses that focus on Catholicism, and 2) to reimagine work in the humanities, arts, and social sciences to allow for Catholic actors, things, institutions, and practices to come into view more clearly. Taking up the second task, Tweed will offer some suggestions about how we might change scholarly stories of US religious history in a way that would allow Catholicism to enter more fully into these narratives.


Does the Body Politic Need a New Body?

November 3, 2016
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
McKenna Hall Auditorium

Co-Sponsored by the Department of American Studies

The English Department is pleased to announce that our 2016 Yusko Ward-Phillips lecturer is Bruno Latour. Professor Latour will speak at 6:30 pm Thursday, November 3, on "Does the Body Politic Need a New Body?" in the McKenna Hall Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public, no tickets required.

Bruno Latour is a French philosopher, anthropologist, and sociologist, who is especially known for his work in science and technology studies and considered a central figure in contemporary discourse. He is a professor at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) de Paris, France, and part-time Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics.

Professor Latour is well known for developing new lines of inquiry about materiality, modernity, ecological crises, scientific practices, religious practices, and numerous other subjects. His work provokes collaborative interactions between social scientists and bench scientists, literary critics and scholars of cutting-edge technology, archaeologists, and ecologists. His work in actor-network theory (ANT)—an approach to social theory, which explores objects as social networks—concentrates on empirically-based analyses of connections, embracing the contributions of all participants to the makings of institutions, events, and histories.

Recent books include On the Modern Cult of the Factish Gods (2009); Reassembling the Social: An introduction to Actor-Network Theory (2005); and Politics of Nature: How to Bring the Sciences into Democracy (2004). He has a particular gift for framing the complex in trenchant terms that clarify them for a broad audience. Professor Latour’s efforts to reach others have transported him outside the academy—involving him in the production of numerous art installations, re-enactments, MOOC’s, and digital humanities projects.

Bruno Latour is the recipient of the Holberg Memorial Prize for 2013 and the Siegfried Unseld Prize in 2008. He is Doctor Honoris Causa of five prominent universities (Lund, Montreal, Lausanne, Goteborg, and Warwick) and an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Professor Latour's appearance is funded by the Yusko Endowment for Excellence in English. Additional sponsors include the American Studies Department; the Anthropology Department; the History Department; the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies; the Program of Liberal Studies; the Romance Languages and Literatures Department; and the Theology Department.


Latino Studies Seminar with Ricardo Ramirez

November 2, 2016
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Joyce/Carmichael Private Dining Room, Morris Inn

The Institute for Latino Studies continues its Fall 2016 Latino Studies Seminar series with Ricardo Ramírez, Associate Professor of Political Science. His presentation is titled "Conditional Incorportation: Party Competition, Minority Legislators, and their Constituencies."

This series provides a venue for ILS colleagues to share their research with one another.  Lunch is provided at all sessions. Please RSVP to Idalia Maldonado at


Campaign 2016: A View from Abroad

November 2, 2016
3:45 PM
Geddes Hall Auditorium

Join the Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy as they welcome George Hook, Irish broadcaster and radio host for a discussion about the impact of the 2016 US Presidential election in Ireland.


How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Flannery O’Connor: The Politics of Catholic Fiction Today

November 2, 2016
4:00 PM
138 DeBartolo Hall

In this lecture, Professor Randy Boyagoda of the University of Toronto will draw upon his current work, a novel addressing the question of how to live out one’s faith in the world as it is today, as he explores the challenges and opportunities related to writing fiction as both a committed Catholic and a serious writer. Professor Boyagoda will also address the combined burden and ambition to write “beyond Flannery O’Connor” and the challenge to read beyond the same.

For further details, please visit


Media and Gender Politics in the 2016 Election: A Faculty Roundtable

November 2, 2016
5:00 PM
Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Join Notre Dame faculty panelists Susan Ohmer (Department of Film, Television, and Theatre), Jason Ruiz (American Studies), and Christina Wolbrecht (Political Science) for an interactive discussion of the impact of gender on the 2016 presidential campaign, from how the candidates present themselves to how they are covered in the media. Through video clips and discussion, we will consider how gender shapes this historic election.

This event is free, but ticketed. For tickets, visit

Co-sponsored by the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy, the Gender Studies program, and The Department of Film, Television, and Theatre.


Open Organizing Meeting

November 1, 2016
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Geddes Hall

Join us as we continue conversation on the campaign ask and what is helpful and necessary to change campus culture,  all are welcome to attend this meeting.

RSVP link: Here


Asia and the US Elections

November 1, 2016
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Carey Auditorium

Join the Rooney Center for American Democracy as they host a panel discussion on the impact of Asia on the United States elections. 


African American Political Leadership: Aaron Henry & Lessons from the Mississippi Civil Rights

October 31, 2016
12:30 PM
119 O'Shaugnessy Hall

Join Dr. K.C. Morrison for a discussion of African American Political Leadership in the Civil Rights movement. Lunch will be provided and books will be available for purchase. Contact Gayl Wilson for more information.


American Studies Alumni/Major Reception

October 29, 2016
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Geddes Hall Coffee House

NDAMST majors and alumni are invited to attend our second annual Alumni/Major Reception on Saturday, October 29 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. during the Miami vs. Notre Dame football weekend.  This event will be held in the Geddes Hall coffee house, next to the Hesburgh Library.  Enjoy refreshments while reconnecting with other alums and getting to know some of our majors.  

In conjunction with this reception, two American Studies professors will be giving talks over the weekend:

Friday, 2:00PM: Robert Schmuhl discusses his newest book, Fifty Years with Father Hesburgh: On and Off the Record, as part of the Alumni Association's "On the Sidelines" lecture series during  Football Fridays at the Eck.

Saturday, 12:00PM-1:30PM: Join us for an intimate discussion with one of Notre Dame's most engaging faculty speakers: Jason Ruiz.  Dr. Ruiz will discuss "Representing Latinos in Televison's New Golden Age" in the Snite Museum's Annenberg Auditorium.  All are welcome for this dynamic lecture.

Also on Friday, Nancy Brenner Sinnott, a '76 American Studies graduate, will be at the Hammes Bookstore demonstrating the hand-weaving of the officially licensed Notre Dame Tartan design into scarves and wraps which are being sold at the bookstore.


Saturday Scholar Series: Representing Latinos in Television's New Golden Age

October 29, 2016
12:00 PM
Annenberg Auditorium, Snite Museum of Art

American Studies professor Jason Ruiz will give a lecture on Latinos on television before the Notre Dame football game against Miami. Although television have narratives become more complex and innovative in this so-called “new golden age” of the medium, representations of Latinos on TV have largely remained relegated to tired but familiar stereotypes. This talk interrogates how and why the creators of otherwise imaginative cultural texts continue to propagate these stereotypical visions of Latinos and Latinas and challenges viewers to consider the deeper meanings of popular series like Breaking Bad and Orange is the New Black.


Arts and Letters Career Conversations

October 28, 2016
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
LaFortune Ballroom

Connect with Arts & Letters Alumni about Careers, Advice, and Being an A&L Major!

Lunch will be provided. Come for the whole time or drop by when you can! RSVP through Go IRISH > Events > Career Development > search Career Conversations. 

Majors, Minors, and Programs respresented include: Sociology, Journalism; Political Science; Psychology; History; Computing and Digital Technologies; English; Latin; Education, Schooling and Society; FTT; Hesburgh Public Policy; Economics; Chinese; Italian


Liberal Education in the Digital Age

October 28, 2016

With the support of the Provost’s Office and the President’s Office, a small group of college and university leaders will convene at Notre Dame on Friday, October 28, 2016. The aim of this event is to begin a shared public conversation about residential liberal education-- its goals, values, and its future embodiments-- as higher education comes under increasing pressure in the digital age. The tone of the event is forward-looking but not techno-utopian. We will explore the ways in which digital learning can extend and sustain the model of liberal education, including faculty-led and inter-institutional collaborations and new formats for instruction and curriculum design in a global context. We plan to give voice to the underlying principles and goals of liberal education and articulate a path forward. This event will also include a public discussion of campus speech and free expression-- a topic of urgency and wide relevance to students and faculty that speaks to a vision of intellectual community our institutions hope to create. In addition to Notre Dame, we will welcome administrative leadership from Yale, Middlebury College, Emory University, Yale-NUS, the University of Edinburgh, and St. Stephen’s College (Delhi). We welcome an audience of faculty, staff, students, and the general public for what should be engaging and urgent discussions of broad interest.

The Future of the Liberal Education in the Digital Age:

A Summit at Notre Dame

Format and Guests

The format is focused on roundtable discussion and shared reflection rather than formal presentation; guests will make only brief remarks before we proceed to robust and open discussion. Notre Dame leaders and faculty will also participate in the roundtables.  We expect a small but engaged audience of faculty, students, and perhaps the public.

Our distinguished guests include :

• Susan Baldridge, Provost of Middlebury College

• Frank Cogliano, International Dean for North America, University of Edinburgh

• Pericles Lewis, President, Yale-NUS College & incoming Vice President for Global Strategy & Deputy Provost for International Affairs, Yale University.

• John Varghese, Principal of St. Stephen's College (Delhi)

• Lynn Zimmermann, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Emory University


The summit is supported by the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost,

and organized by Elliott Visconsi, Chief Academic Digital Officer in the Provost’s Office.


Schedule of Events

10:00-11:45 am. Campus Speech and Free Expression in the Digital Age: Roundtable Discussion. Center for Digital Scholarship, Hesburgh Libraries.

A roundtable that explores contemporary questions about the relationship between campus speech, intellectual inquiry, academic freedom, and inclusion. We expect animated discussion. Some preliminary questions to be addressed by participants:

• how should campus speech and free expression policy and practice be aligned with the norms and principles of liberal education?

• What values or characteristics of your institution structure your approach to campus speech?

• How do the features of the digital media ecosystem (social media, web 2.0, high-velocity viral sharing, extra-campus visibility) shape those principles?

• what are the local factors, concerns, and approaches that shape a campus' particular experience of free expression / campus speech questions?

• how have free expression issues/conflicts emerged on your campus, and how have you addressed them?

12:00pm-1:30 pm Lunch for Visiting Participants. McCourtney Hall Room 303.

2:00pm- 3:30 pm Liberal Education in the Digital Age. A Roundtable Discussion. Morris Common A, Stayer Center.

A roundtable, with remarks by distinguished guests and open conversation for all, exploring the future of liberal education in the digital age. We think of liberal education as a methodology and set of intellectual values reflected in institutional and curricular commitments, rather than a concrete set of institutional characteristics. Some questions participants may address:

• how should liberal education be positioned in regards to the current and future landscape of higher education?

• what are the core questions, domains, and habits that liberal education should foster in the upcoming century?

• what are the structures and programs that most effectively support liberal education?

• How should the residential model, global study, institutional collaboration and internationalization challenge and extend liberal education?

• what are the specific challenges and opportunities of digital learning?

• what are some new or proven ideas for institutional creativity, innovation, or collaboration that may enhance the model?

• what does higher education look like in ten years' time?


"On the Sidelines" with Bob Schmuhl

October 28, 2016
Eck Center

Keep the Notre Dame tradition of lifelong learning alive with On The Sidelines, part of the Notre Dame Alumni Association's Football Fridays at the Eck. The series is free and open to the public.

On Friday afternoons of home football games, faculty will share their insights and experiences about Notre Dame and its place in the world at On The Sidelines. An hour-long lecture series geared for a general audience, speakers share their expertise on a topic of interest as well as take your questions — all in just one hour. 

Fifty Years On and Off the Record with Father Hesburgh (Oct 28)

Join us for a conversation about former Notre Dame President Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., with Professor Robert Schmuhl, author of the new book Fifty Years with Father Hesburgh: On and Off the Record. A Notre Dame alumnus and University faculty member since 1980, Schmuhl will talk about the Father Hesburgh he knew and often interviewed during a discussion with Mandy Kinnucan, Academic Programs Director of the Alumni Association.


Screwball Regionalism: Grant Wood and Humor During the Great Depression

October 28, 2016
7:30 PM
University of Iowa, Art Building West

Prof. Erika Doss will be giving the keynote address at the 2016 Grant Wood Symposium on October 28 at the University of Iowa. 

Address Abstract: That Grant Wood was an engaged humorist is obvious in his now iconic 1930 painting American Gothic, seemingly a straightforward portrait of a midwestern farm couple that, on closer scrutiny, reveals the artist’s talent for aesthetic caricature.  Focusing on the decade of the Great Depression, this talk looks at the social and popular culture sources for Wood’s deprecating sense of humor, from Hollywood’s screwball comedies and the deadpan wit of “cowboy philosopher” Will Rogers, to the insights of writer Constance Rourke, whose landmark 1931 book American Humor: A Study of the American Character synthesized the “vagaries” of national folklore.  Aiming to defuse Depression era anxieties, and his own, Wood employed humor to foreground issues of difference in the American heartland.

Can't make it? The Symposium will be live streamed and available here.


John Affleck Luncheon

October 28, 2016
12:00 PM

John Affleck--author; Knight Chair in Sports Journalism and Society, and Director of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism at Penn State University; former national editor at the Associated Press; and NDAMST alum ('86)--will be on campus on Friday, October 28, and would like to have lunch with a group of majors. If you are interested in journalism, sports, or career paths available to American Studies graduates, and would like to attend the luncheon, please contact Professor Jason Ruiz as soon as possible. 

If you're interested, here’s a taste of Affleck's work. 


Racial Relations Week

October 24 - 28, 2016

As part of the goal to foster meaningful dialogue on the topic of race relations on campus and in the community, University of Notre Dame students are hosting Race Relations Week 2016. Led by Notre Dame Student Government and supported by a number of campus organizations, the purpose of Race Relations Week is to offer a variety of opportunities to promote meaningful discourse on racial justice at Notre Dame and in South Bend from a wide range of perspectives.

Race Relations Week begins Oct. 24 (Monday) with a solo drama titled “The Cop,” written by Rev. Harry Cronin, C.S.C., about a police officer who explores his own racism and bias in his professional and personal lives when faced with the unexpected challenge of raising his bi-racial grandchild. The play will be performed by actor Brad Erickson of Theatre Bay Area from San Francisco, the largest regional theater service organization in North America. The play begins at 7 p.m. and will be performed at Legends. The event is co-sponsored by Campus Ministry and the Center for Social Concerns.

On Oct. 26 (Wednesday), a panel discussion will focus on areas of opportunity within the context of racial justice. Speakers will include David Robinson, former NBA star; David Krashna, Notre Dame’s first African-American student body president; Christina Brooks, City of South Bend diversity and inclusion officer; and Maria and Gabby Muñoz, twins who have experienced life as undocumented students at Notre Dame. The panel conversation will be held in Leighton Concert Hall of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, beginning at 7 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the Office of the President. Tickets are free, but advanced registration is required.

“We want participants to think critically about the intersection of race, faith, community relations and education during these events,” said Corey Robinson, student body president. “We hope that these events will move the conversation forward with real solutions here on campus and in the broader South Bend community.”

Race Relations Week events are free and open to students, faculty, staff and community members. Additional sponsors of Race Relations Week include the Multicultural Student Programs and Services and the Diversity Council of Notre Dame.

Article by Sue Lister, originally posted here.


Beyond Liberalism? Lessons on Pluralism from Indonesia and the United States

October 27, 2016
12:30 PM
C103 - Hesburgh Center for International Studies

Featuring Robert W. Hefner
Director of the Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs (CURA) and Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Boston University; Kroc Institute Visiting Fellow

The challenge of formulating ideals and practices for a pluralist co-existence has "gone global" over the past generation. Migration, globalization, and the rise of deeply anti-liberal social movements and populist political currents have destabilized once secure models of liberal citizenship, and raised questions as to whether modern liberalism and citizenship are themselves in crisis. Hefner examines the ideals and practices of pluralist co-existence in Muslim-majority Indonesia and an ostensibly secular liberal United States. He suggests that the best and worst practices of citizenship in these two diverse societies offer important lessons as to how to live together in a deep plural and qualifiedly "post-secular" age.

Hefner's appointment is supported by the Luce Foundation.


Book Launch: The Fornes Frame: Contemporary Latina Playwrights and the Legacy of María Irene Fornes

October 27, 2016
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Philbin Studio Theatre, DPAC

Join us for Prof. Anne García-Romero's book launch: The Fornes Frame: Contemporary Latina Playwrights and the Legacy of María Irene Fornes.

Reception to follow; book will be available for purchase courtesy of Hammes Bookstore. 


Staged reading: IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE

October 27, 2016
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Philbin Studio Theatre, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center


Adapted by Tony Taccone and Bennett S. Cohen from the novel by Sinclair Lewis

Part of A Nationwide Reading led by Berkeley Repertory Theatre

In 1935, Sinclair Lewis wrote It Can’t Happen Here, a novel that imagines the rise of fascism in America. Concerned about race riots, a huge income gap between the rich and the poor, the stigmatizing of immigrants, global terror, and a right-wing extremist running for president, the novel reads like it was ripped out of today’s headlines. Whether he’s describing Buzz Windrip, the demagogue who wins the presidency based on the promise of making our country great again, or Doremus Jessup, a liberal newspaper editor who simply waits too long to take Windrip seriously, Lewis’ understanding of our political system was precise and far-reaching.

In 1936, the novel was adapted into a play and theatres across the country opened productions on the same night - October 27, 1936. To commemorate the 80th anniversary of those productions, FTT joins regional theatres, universities, and communities across the country in presenting a staged reading of a new adaptation by Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s Artistic Director Tony Taccone and screenwriter Bennett S. Cohen.

This new adaptation of Lewis’s classic had its world premiere performance at Berkeley Rep on September 30, 2016. FTT’s reading will be directed by Aaron Nichols and feature a cast of both Notre Dame students and members of the South Bend community. 

A Nationwide Reading is made possible thanks to the generous support of Barbara and Rodgin Cohen and Orin Kramer and is presented in cooperation with the Sinclair Lewis Estate. FTT's reading is sponsored by Notre Dame Film, Television, and Theatre, the Notre Dame Debate Team, and Notre Dame's Department of American Studies.

Free and open to the public; tickets required.  Reserve tickets


Campaign Concerns: 2016 Election Film Series

All films begin at 8:00 PM
Screenings will be held in the Browning Cinema in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
*All events are free, but ticketed. Contact the DPAC Box Office for ticket information*

Don't Tell Anyone (2015)
October 26, 2016

Introduced by Ricardo Ramirez, Department of Political Science

Angy Rivera arrives with her mother in the United States, fleeing violence, poverty and civil war in their native Colombia. For twenty years they battle a complex and inequitable immigration system until Angy, facing an uncertain future, joins the youth-led New York State Youth Leadership Council (YLC) and becomes an activist for undocumented youth.


American Lectures in the History of Religions feat. Fatemeh Keshavarz

"Speaking Truth to Power: Candid Conversations with the Divine"

October 24, 2016
4:00 PM
Hesburgh Center for International Studies

Within Islamic poetic traditions, the conversations addressed to God have at times been less than smooth agreements. In classical Persian literature, the daring/blasphemous assertions of Omar Khayyam (d. 1131) are well-known.  This presentation suggests that candid conversations with the Divine were not limited to skeptics. Nor did they neatly fit into the “rebellion versus obedience” binary. Believing mystics often used the dynamics of ambivalence, doubt, inquiry and sarcasm to open up a fresh poetic arena in which to redefine popular perceptions of the sacred presence. In the process, they demanded divine justice – and by extension the attention of the political and religious authorities – to marginalized issues and classes. 

Chair of American Studies and former AAR President, Thomas Tweed, will provide introductory remarks on the history of the AAR and ALHR.

"Echoes in the Cosmic Chamber: Love’s Voice in the Poems of Hafez"

October 25, 2016
4:00 PM
Hesburgh Center for International Studies

Known as the “tongue of the unseen,” Hafez of Shiraz (d. 1390) is to this day popularly believed to be speaking with a knowledge nourished by the divine and inaccessible to ordinary mortals. Scholars such as Annemarie Schimmel have compared his lyrics to perfectly polished diamonds. This presentation lays out the geography – and the poetic cosmology - of the seamlessly connected spaces within which our poet moved.  It demonstrates that in their poetic and multilayered constructions of cosmic chambers and dilapidated wine shops, the ghazals of Hafez put the voice of the Divine and that of the ordinary fellow in an elegant and meaningful conversation with far reaching echoes. Over the centuries, these conversations have excited as much literary/religious debate as they have fired up the imagination of a vast popular readership.

Both lectures are free and open to the public.


Global Cafe: Oktoberfest

October 24, 2016
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Remick Commons

Notre Dame International Student & Scholar Affairs will be hosting Global Cafe: Oktoberfest on Monday, October 24th, 4:00-5:30pm in Remick Comons behind the Main Building. We will have berriespretzelsspecialty coffee, and tea from the American Expresso Coffee Cart, and decorate German Lebkuchen heart cookies. Please join us as we celebrate Oktoberfest! All are welcome to attend.


Peace Science Society Annual Meeting

October 21-22, 2016
McKenna Hall

The annual meeting of the Peace Science Society will take place at Notre Dame on Oct 21-22. The Peace Science Society (International), or PSS(I), encourages the development of peace analysis and conflict management. 

Open panels will run on Friday and Saturday. The complete program can be found on the conference website.

For more information visit the conference website or contact Pat Regan at


Struggling Hoosiers: New Data on Poverty and Income, New Ideas on the Economic Challenges Facing Area Residents

October 18, 2016
7:00 PM
LaSalle Branch Library, 3232 W. Ardmore Trail

The Community Forum for Economic Justice presents a panel discussion, "Struggling Hoosiers: New Data on Poverty and Income, New Ideas on the Economic Challenges Facing Area Residents." 

The program will discuss new data from both federal and state sources about poverty and income, followed by a discussion of current economic challenges faced by residents of St. Joseph County. Opening remarks by Marty Wolfson, a retired economist from the University of Notre Dame, who will analyze the recent reports from the U.S. Census Bureau, and Tony Flora, President of the North Central Indiana AFL-CIO Council and a member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of St. Joseph County, who will review the 2016 A.L.I.C.E. Report, focusing on local conditions, will be followed by responses by two guest community leaders sharing the ways that their organizations address the economic challenges in St. Joseph County: Debie Coble, President and General Manager of Goodwill Industries of Michiana, and LeRoy King III, Executive Director of St. Joseph County Bridges Out of Poverty Initiative.

Need a ride or want to carpool from or near Notre Dame campus? Please email Dan Graff at to make arrangements.


Arts & Letters Business Boot Camp

October 17-20, 2016
Chicago, IL

The Career Center and the College of Arts & Letters would like to make you aware of an exciting program just for Arts & Letters students that will take place this coming fall – the Arts & Letters Business Boot Camp!  


This unique program offers Arts & Letters students a four-day seminar on various aspects of business operations, understanding and using financial analysis, and solving key management problems through case study analysis. The program takes place in Chicago, IL over fall break. Students will be working as teams to develop and present solutions to a business problem while engaging in employer discussions and presentations.  This is a great opportunity to explore careers in business and learn more about your interests while developing new skills!

Throughout the seminar, meals and lodging will be provided with students covering a portion of their expenses. Networking events with employers and Chicago alumni will be an integral part of the program.

To learn more about this program go to:


·         Pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree (The College of Arts and Letters must be your primary college - you cannot be double majoring with another college)

·         Sophomore or Junior standing as of Fall 2016

·         Enrolled full-time & attending class on campus during Fall 2016

·         A genuine interest in exploring a career in business


·         Apply on Go IRISH with resume and cover letter - keyword "Boot Camp"

·         The application will go live in early August and will be due on September 1, 2016

Questions?  Please email Maureen Baska (  


Prayer as Action: Expanding the Boundaries of Religious Practice

October 13, 2016
12:30 PM
C103 - Hesburgh Center for International Studies

Featuring Tanya Schwarz
Kroc Institute Visiting Research Fellow

What are the meanings and roles of prayer for transnational faith-based organizations working in areas of peacebuilding, broadly defined? In international relations, and political science, more broadly, religious expression and practice are often assumed to be outside the realm of consequential and legitimate political action. In analyzing the meanings and roles of prayer for three faith-based peacebuilding organizations—Religions for Peace, International Justice Mission, and the Taizé Community—Schwarz uncovers how and why religious practices are included in the internal everyday activities of such organizations as well as in their transnational projects with local communities, other organizations, and governments. She demonstrates that, contrary to dominant assumptions about religious practice, prayer has a range of meanings and roles that are political, public, and part of peacebuilding “work.” Schwarz argues that practices like prayer cannot easily be categorized according to common analytical dichotomies of religious-secular, private-public, life-work, primary-peripheral, rational-emotional, and spiritual-physical, which are often relied on in international relations and development scholarship, as well as in governmental funding requirements for NGOs. Moreover, her examination of prayer shows how such dichotomous frameworks can neglect the critical roles that prayer and other practices can play in, among other areas, post-conflict reintegration projects, inter-religious bridge building, and psychological health.


The Economic Stakes of the 2016 Election

October 12, 2016
5:00 PM

101 DeBartolo Hall

Binyamin Appelbaum, a correspondent and economist for the New York Times will be discussing the impact of the 2016 election on the economic sphere.

Here's a sampling of Applebaum's articles.
Sponsored by ND Student Government and c​osponsored by NDVotes


Higher Education in the Digital Age

October 10, 2016
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Eck Visitors Center Auditorium

In order to showcase inspiring digital projects, share news of emerging opportunities, and convene a campus-wide conversation on the wise use of digital learning systems, tools, and strategies, we are pleased to announce Digital Learning Day 2016. Please join us for a full day of presentation, events, and workshops, including a talk by Carol Quillen, the President of Davidson College, titled, "Higher Education in the Digital Age."

The event is free and open to the public.


Shaping or Shaped by the Land: Native American Ecology

October 10, 2016
4:00 PM
Rare Books and Special Collections, Hesburgh Library

Dr. Gary Belovsky will be leading a discussion of Native American ecology as a part of the Hesburgh Libraries' "Native Voices" series.


We Shall Overcome: Inalienable Rights and Civil Rights Protections for LGBT Workers

October 7, 2016
12:30 PM
Geddes Coffeehouse

A labor and human rights lawyer, Professor Tom Kellenberg teaches courses in law, public policy and human rights. He also serves as Executive Director of International Human Rights Advocates in Washington, DC. His talk will address the recent history and current efforts to extend nondiscrimination protections to LGBT workers. RSVP here.

Higgins Lunchtime Labor RAPS (Research, Advocacy, and Policy Series) feature experts -- scholars, activists, and policymakers -- exploring the past, present, and future of work and those who perform it, in the U.S. and beyond. All are welcome, and lunch is provided for those who RSVP.


Notre Dame Law Fair

October 6, 2016
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Rockne Memorial Gymnasium

The Notre Dame Law Fair will take place on Thursday, October 6, from noon to 4 p.m. in Rockne Memorial Gymnasium. It is free and open to the Notre Dame community and no registration is required.

More than 90 schools from across the nation will be in attendance. Students of all levels considering law in the near or distant future are invited to attend the event. There is no need to bring resumes or dress up, as is is not a formal event. The representatives want to provide information on their schools and hear about students' interest in the law.

Currently enrolled ND students, as well as alumni of any College or School, considering a law degree are encouraged to contact Assistant Dean Ava Preacher for prelaw advising.


The Poet Laureate @ Notre Dame: Juan Felipe Herrera


October 5, 2016
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Decio Theatre, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

The Institute for Latino Studies, in collaboration with the Office of the President, is proud to host the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, Juan Felipe Herrera, at the University of Notre Dame.

Mr. Herrera will be presenting a public reading of his work, followed by a Q & A session, on Wednesday, October 5th, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Patricia George Decio Theatre, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC). There will also be a special student presentation by the Department of Film, Television and Theatre. Reception and book signing will follow. 

His two-day visit will conclude with a Despedida reception on Thursday, October 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. in McKenna Hall Atrium. There will be a special presentation at 6:30 p.m., in honor of the Poet Laureate.

Both events are free and open to the public but tickets will be required for the main event on Wednesday, October 5th. Tickets can be reserved by calling the DPAC ticket office at 574-631-2800 or online at performingarts.nd.eduTo guarantee your reservation, please pick up your will call tickets at least 15 minutes before the event. In the event of a sell out, unclaimed will call tickets will be used to seat patrons on standby.


Co-sponsors: the Henkels Lecture Fund (ISLA); Department of Romance Languages and Literatures/The José E. Férnandez Hispanic Studies Initiative; the Graduate School; the Creative Writing Program; Department of English; Department of American Studies; Multicultural Student Programs and Services; Department of Film, Television and Theatre.


Framing Los Angeles 1960: Case Study House #22 and the Architecture of Whiteness

October 5, 2016
5:30 PM
104 Bond Hall

Dianne Harris, a distinguished historian of art and architecture, will be giving a lecture on October 5, 2016 at 5:30. Her talk will be "Framing Los Angeles, 1960: Case Study House #22 and the Architecture of Whiteness."  Among her publications are her recent book, Little White Houses (2012).  She is a past president of the Society of Architectural Historians, the guiding force behind the Mellon-funded Humanities Without Walls initiative, and a dean at the University of Utah.

Co-sponsored by the Department of American Studies.


Vice Presidential Debate Watch

October 4, 2016
9:00 PM - 10:30 PM
LaFortune Ballroom

Join the 2016 Election Forum for a watch party of the first and only vice presidential debate in the 2016 election. Free Chick-Fil-A will be served.

From Longwood University in Farmville, VA, this is the first and only vice presidential debate, between Senator Tim Kaine and Governor Mike Pence, of the 2016 campaign. The debate will be divided into nine time segments of approximately 10 minutes each. The moderator will ask an opening question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a deeper discussion of the topic.


Truman Scholarship Information Session

October 4, 2016
5:00 - 6:00 PM
110 Brownson Hall, Think Tank

The Truman Scholarship supports juniors interested in graduate school who have demonstrated that they will enter public service careers and become "change agents" by exhibiting efficacious leadership in the service of a cause and a commitment to public service. The Truman Scholarship includes a monetary award for graduate education, leadership training, and access to exclusive internship and networking opportunities. We'll discuss eligibility requirements, how to apply, and what makes for a competitive application.

Visit for additional information. Contact with any questions.


Blood on the Mountain

October 3, 2016
7:00 PM
101 DeBartolo Hall

The Higgins Labor Program is proud to cosponsor the upcoming campus screening of Blood on the Mountain, the new, hard-hitting, award-winning documentary exploring the history of King Coal in West Virginia. Filmmaker Mari-Lynn Evans will present the film and lead a discussion on Monday, October 3, at 7 pm, in 101 DeBartolo Classroom Building.


Time and the Paradox of Blackness

October 3, 2016
4:30 PM
214 DeBartolo Hall

The Department of History and Kellogg Institute's Africa Working Group Proudly Present: 

Carina Ray, Professor of History
"Time and the Paradox of Blackness"

3 October 2016 at 4:30pm in 214 DeBartolo Hall

Professor Ray is member of the Department of Afro-American and African Studies at Brandeis University

The poster image is "Escape to New Lagos" by Vigilism and Ikire Jones.


Special Boren Scholarship Presentation

October 3, 2016
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Montgomery Auditorium, LaFortune Hall

The Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement would like to invite you to a presentation on the Boren Scholarship at 3:30 pm on October 3rd! 

The Boren Scholarship provides undergraduate students with a unique opportunity to fund long-term, language-focused study and research abroad, and to launch careers in international affairs with the federal government.

If you are interested in studying abroad in a non-Western country next year while deepening your language skills, we encourage you to learn more. 

This is a rare opportunity to hear from an official Boren representative, who will be giving a special presentation on the awards. The event will be held from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in Montgomery Auditorium in LaFortune. 


Lunch Lecture with Roberta Ricucci (University of Turin)

October 3, 2016
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Geddes Hall Coffee House

This lecture, “Religious capital in the current economic hard times among migrants and asylum seekers in the Mediterranean area," will explore immigration, Islam, and Christianity in the Mediterranean.

Evidence from some contemporary ethnic groups suggests that ethnic religion may play a strong role in the lives of both first- and second-generation migrants. This is evident in recent studies on Muslims living in Europe. But Europe's immigrant population is not just Muslim in origin. Migratory flows from Latin America, the Philippines and Eastern Europe (i.e. Romania or Ukraine) bring people from Catholic and Christian countries to Europe. And – as in various European countries (Portugal, Spain, Italy) – these groups are now the majority among the whole immigrant population. Consequently, the almost exclusive focus on the Islamic component has allowed little investigation of the increase of the Christian/Catholic component. The seminar discusses and compares the religious paths of immigrants’ from various countries in the Mediterranean area, according both quantitative and qualitative data.


Mental Illness Awareness Week:
September 30 - October 8

Co-sponsored by the Department of American Studies.

The Notre Dame chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-ND) is pleased to celebrate Mental Illness Awareness Week 2016, co-sponsored by the Department of American Studies.  Kickoff on Friday night, September 30, with events to come over the week.

Friday, 9/30: Kickoff - 7:00 PM - Carey Auditorium
Kick off Irish State of MiND with a brief speech from Lisa Anderson, a prayer from Fr. Pete, and a green Touchdown Jesus! Light (green) desserts provided.

Monday, 10/3: MiND over Matter - 6:00 PM - LaFortune Ballroom
Dinner and discussion about mental health at ND. Maureen Lafferty from the UCC and Mara Trionfero from McWell will give a talk. Registration required.

Tuesday, 10/4: Healing Mass - 7:45 PM - The Grotto
Pray with the Notre Dame student body in a evening of reflection and remembrance for those whose lives have been touched by mental illness.

Wednesday, 10/5: In Our Own Words - 7:00 PM - LaFortune Ballroom
ND students will share their stories and express the ways in which mental illness has affected their lives. Chocolate-covered strawberries will be served.

Keep up with the latest details on Facebook and Twitter, and visit the NAMI-ND website.  Monday dinner requires registration.


Intersectional Inquiries and Collaborative Action: Gender and Race - Call for Papers

Paper Submission Deadline: October 1, 2016
Conference Dates: March 2-4, 2017

The Intersectional Inquiries conference will offer a platform for scholars from various fields to interrogate the intersections of race and gender--as manifested materially and discursively--from a broad range of historical, global, and contemporary contexts. We call on scholars, activists, and students to attend rigorously to the ways that race structures gender, sexualities, class, and dis/ability and the dominating matrices of biopolitical violence and imperialism, as well as to trace how racialized subjectivities and non-normative embodiments challenge and radically fracture hierarchy. With this conference, our hope is to inspire impactful intellectual dialogue and assist in building ties that might lead to scholarly- and social justice-focused collaborations.

The Organizing Committee invites proposals for individual papers, pre-constituted panels, pre-constituted roundtables, and creative works that address one or more of the following topics, or other topics aligned with the conference theme:

  • immigration
  • globalism
  • coloniality and imperialism
  • violence, terror, and war
  • social movements and activism
  • electoral politics
  • neoliberalism
  • sexualities
  • disability
  • religion and spirituality
  • education
  • environment, climate change, and sustainability
  • space, place, and geography
  • labor and economics
  • family and marriage
  • literature, visual culture, and performance
  • popular culture (social media, film, television, music, sports, gaming, etc.)
  • digitization and technicity
  • theory and/or methodology
  • feminist jurisprudence.

Submission Guidelines

The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM (US Eastern Daylight Time) on Saturday, October 1, 2016.

Please submit your proposal here:   You will first need to become a member of Submittable (which is easy and free).

To allow for as many voices as possible at the conference, proposers may apply for only two of the following roles: paper presenter, creative works presenter, panel chair, roundtable coordinator, or roundtable participant.  

We welcome submissions from scholars, activists, artists, and students, including those at the undergraduate level.

More Information

Please direct any questions about the conference and the submission process to:


Solidarity for Racial Justice Book Reading Group

Register by October 1, 2016

Join us as we read Claudia Rankine's book Citizen: An American Lyric. Sign up for your copy of the book and to join a book discussion meeting night this fall. Registration Link


Native American Literature Before 1924

Exhibition runs through the end of September
Rare Books and Special Collections, 102 Hesburgh Library

Robert Walls, Teaching Professor of Native American Studies in the Department of American Studies and Professor Laura Dassow Walls are pleased to announce a new Spotlight Exhibit in the Hesburgh Library Rare Book Room: “Native American Literature Before 1924.” The exhibit will run through September of 2017.

The exhibit features rare copies of print literature from notable Native American authors and communities published before the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924. There are works of fiction, autobiography, boarding school literature, ethnography, and religion, including a proof signature from a Cherokee Bible in Sequoyah’s syllabary and Simon Pokagon’s Pottawattamie Book of Genesis (1901), printed on birch bark.

The exhibit will be of appeal to anyone interested in Native American studies, American Studies, American literature and history, anthropology, book history, and material culture. Please enjoy the opportunity to visit this unique display!

Find more information here.


Higgins Labor Cafe

September 30, 2016
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Geddes Coffeehouse

Join us at the Higgins Labor Program's Labor Cafe for a discussion of the labor issues surrounding the 2016 presidential campaign! Undergraduates Sofia Carozza and Abby Ferguson will lead the discussion; click here for a list of short articles to help you get thinking about the conversation.​ The discussion is co-sponsored by NDVotes.


Beinecke Scholarship Information Session

September 28, 2016
5:00 PM
110 Brownson Hall, Think Tank

The Beinecke Scholarship provides funding ($30,000 for graduate school, $4,000 immediately) for exceptional juniors pursuing MFA or PhD degrees in the arts, humanities, or social sciences.
We'll discuss eligibility requirements, how to apply, and what makes for a competitive application. Visit for additional information.

Contact with any questions.


Sons of Vulcan: Industrial Relations and Attitudes towards Work among German and American Iron and Steel Workers in the 20th Century

September 28, 2016
5:30 PM
Andrews Auditorium, Geddes Hall

On September 28 at 5:30 PM, please attend the lecture, "Sons of Vulcan: Industrial Relations and Attitudes towards Work among German and American Iron and Steel Workers in the 20th Century," by Thomas Welskopp (Bielefeld University) in Andrews Auditorium, Geddes Hall. 


Beyond Study Abroad: Opportunities and Success Stories from Students in the Institutes

September 28, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Hesburgh Center Auditorium

For the first time, four of the University's International Institutes are hosting an event for undergraduate students to learn about opportunities available to them. On Wednesday, September 28 students of the Kellogg, Kroc, Liu and Nanovic Institutes will talk about their work and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs will share information about the new School of Global Affairs. Find out what you can do through the international institutes... from research to internships to conferences to academic programs.


Solidarity for Racial Justice Open Campaign Organizing Meeting

September 27, 2016
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
135 Geddes Hall

Interested in student activism or organizing? Interested in seeing how things come about in a campaign for Racial Justice?

Curious as to who's involved in this thing and what it's all about? Faculty, students, and staff are invited to our open organizing meetings. 

Join us for our first meeting - Geddes Hall Room 135, Tuesday, September 27th from 1:30-2:45pm. Registration Link to RSVP

Can't join us? Use the RSVP link to share with us what you care about and how you might want to participate in this work this fall.


The 'Savage Sounds' of Christian Translations: How Missionaries Confronted the Limits of Universalism in Early America

September 27, 2016
3:30 PM
Hospitality Room, South Dining Hall

This lecture by Professor Sarah Rivett of Princeton University is sponsored by the Early Modern Group, Department of English, by Early American Literature, and by the Department of History. Discussion and conviviality to follow lecture. 


Writing a Strong Grant Proposal Workshop

September 26, 2016
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
110 Brownson Hall, Think Tank

Do you need funds to undertake a research project, conference presentation, unpaid internship, or service project? This workshop will introduce you to the array of ND grants designed to support undergraduate intellectual and creative endeavors outside the classroom. The workshop will review the various components of a grant application and provide guided instruction to help you craft a compelling project proposal.  Appropriate for all undergraduates from all colleges applying to all Notre Dame funding sources. No RSVP necessary.


Kennedy Scholars London Seminar Information Session

Monday, September 26, 2016
6:30 PM
127 Hayes-Healy

Notre Dame International and the College of Arts and Letters are currently accepting applications for the 2018 Kennedy Scholars London Seminar. Selected scholars will participate in a research seminar during the spring semester of their junior year as part of their study abroad experience at the London Global Gateway, and will complete their senior thesis proposal by the end of the semester. On a weekly basis, scholars will visit and be introduced to nine world-class institutions located in London, including the British Library, the London Metropolitan Archives, the Wellcome Library, and the Westminster Diocesan Archives.

The Kennedy Scholars London Research Seminar will help students prepare for senior thesis work—particularly thesis topics relating to London or the United Kingdom, but not necessarily limited to these. Taught by permanent London faculty or Notre Dame faculty in residence at the London Global Gateway, the seminar will familiarize students with research resources available in the UK and introduce students to advanced research methods and academic writing techniques. Students will also have the opportunity to collaborate with top faculty and each other as they navigate research topics.

Students selected as Kennedy Scholars and who successfully complete the seminar will be eligible to apply for a Kennedy Family Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) grant,which awards up to $6,000 to conduct research in the UK after their semester abroad. 

Eligibility: Arts and Letters majors with a minimum GPA of 3.7 and who are interested in studying abroad in the London Undergraduate Program during the spring 2018 semester.

To learn more, join us for a general information session on Monday, September 26 at 6:30 pm in 127 Hayes-Healy. For more information or to schedule an individual appointment, please contact Dr. Geraldine Meehan at Notre Dame International, 631-1138.


Diane Guerrero Lecture

September 26, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
102 DeBartolo Hall

Come hear actress Diane Guerrero of Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin speak about her immigration reform advocacy work and her own experiences growing up in the United States with undocumented, and later deported, parents. 

Sponsored by the Institute for Latino StudiesGender Relations CenterCreative Writing, and Film, Television, and Theatre.


2016 Presidential Debate Watch

September 26, 2016
8:30 PM
South Quad

Enjoy free food from local food trucks. 

Immediately following debate: Debate Debrief in South Dining Hall. Student panelists will discuss take-aways from the debate, moderated by NDVotes.


Fifty Years with Father Hesburgh Book Signing

September 24, 2016
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore

Prof. Bob Schmuhl will be at the Hammes Notre Dame bookstore on Saturday morning to sign copies of his latest book, Fifty Years with Father Hesburgh. An interview with Prof. Schmuhl and more information about the event can be found here.


Bagels and Coffee with Kurt Peterson

September 24, 2016
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
208 Geddes Hall

​Talk labor rights, organizing, ​and combining a career with a conscience with Kurt Petersen, Organizing Director for UNITE HERE!, the hospitality workers' union, an alum who once walked in your shoes.


What Has the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Done For You? Assessing the Promise and Prospects of the CFPB On Its Fifth-Year Anniversary

September 23, 2016
12:30 PM
Geddes Coffeehouse

Professor Judy Fox of the Law School runs the Notre Dame Economic Justice Clinic and serves on the CFPB’s Consumer Advisory Board. RSVP here.

Higgins Lunchtime Labor RAPS (Research, Advocacy, and Policy Series) feature experts -- scholars, activists, and policymakers -- exploring the past, present, and future of work and those who perform it, in the U.S. and beyond. All are welcome, and lunch is provided for those who RSVP.


Father Badin and Notre Dame's Early History with the Potawatomi

September 23, 2016
4:00 PM
Fish Bowl, Hesburgh Library

Dr. Ben Secunda will be leading a discussion about the early history of Notre Dame's interactions with the Potawatomi, who lived in South Bend and the surrounding area. The discussion is an event in the Hesburgh Libraries' "Native Voices" Series.


Questing for God: Honoring Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J.

September 22, 2016
4:00 PM
Special Collections, Hesburgh Library (102 Hesburgh)

Please join us at Rare Books and Special Collections (102 Hesburgh Library) thisThursday, September 22, to celebrate two recent events: the acquisition of the papers of Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J., by the Notre Dame Archives and the publication of Heidi Schlumpf's biography, Elizabeth Johnson: Questing for God (Liturgical Press, 2016). A panel discussion will begin at 4:00 p.m., with a light reception and book sale to follow. This event is free and open to the public.

More information at


Pembroke: A Rural, Black Community on the Illinois Dunes - Reading and Discussion with the Author

September 22, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore

The Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore hosts author Dave Baron (ND '06) for a reading, discussion, and signing of his new book, Pembroke: A Rural, Black Community on the Illinois Dunes.

About the Book:  Pembroke Township, one of the largest rural, black communities north of the Mason-Dixon Line, sits only sixty-five miles south of Chicago. Many black farmers from the South came to this area during the Great Migration; finding Chicago to be overcrowded and inhospitable, they were able to buy land in the township at low prices. The poor soil made it nearly impossible to establish profitable farms, however, and economic prosperity has unfortunately eluded the region ever since. 

Baron's Pembroke chronicles the history of this inimitable township and shows the author’s personal transformation through his experiences with Pembroke and its people. A native of nearby Kankakee, author Dave Baron first traveled to Pembroke on a week-long service trip at age fifteen where the group stayed in the basement of Sacred Heart, a small, African-American, Catholic church.  That week, he saw real poverty firsthand, but he also discovered a community possessing grace and purpose.  Based on research, interviews with residents, and the author’s own experiences during many return trips to Pembroke, this book—part social, cultural, legal, environmental,religious, and political history and part memoir—profiles a number of the colorful, longtime residents and considers what has enabled Pembroke to survive despite a lack of economic opportunities. Although Pembroke has a reputation for violence and vice, Baron reveals a township with a rich and varied history and a vibrant culture.

About the Author:  Dave Baron is a constitutional litigator in the City of Chicago’s Law Department. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 2009 and the University of Notre Dame in 2006, where he served on the university’s board of trustees and as student body president his senior year. Baron now chairs the board of advisors of Old St. Patrick’s Church in Chicago and lives in the city’s Logan Square neighborhood.


Women and the Church: An Inter-Tradition Dialogue

September 22, 2016
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Notre Dame Conference Center

Is Christianity Bad for Women?

Christianity teaches that men and women equally bear the image of God. In many quarters of Christendom, however, the roles assigned to men and women fall far short of equality. In contemporary American society, women have enjoyed increasingly greater opportunities for leadership, and greater protections under the law from gender-based harassment and violence. But Christianity has often been seen as an obstacle to such progress. What do the diverse traditions within Christendom really teach about the place and treatment of women in the church, family, and society? Do the church's actual practices match that teaching?

A panel featuring Sister Simone CampbellRachel Held Evans, and Mary Rice Hasson, moderated by Rev. Amy Peeler, will discuss these and other questions.

Admission is free. Tickets are not required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis until the auditorium is full.

Event webpage:


Campaign Concerns: 2016 Election Film Series

All films begin at 8:00 PM
Screenings will be held in the Browning Cinema in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
*All events are free, but ticketed. Contact the DPAC Box Office for ticket information*

Freedom Summer (2014)
September 21, 2016

Introduced by Jennifer Mason McAward, Director of The Center for Civil and Human Rights

Over 10 memorable weeks known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in one of the nation's most segregated states—even in the face of intimidation, physical violence and death.


We All We Got - A Short Documentary by Carlos Javier Ortiz

September 21, 2016
7:00 PM
Annenberg Auditorium

Filmmaker and documentary photographer Carlos Javier Ortiz will screen his short documentary We All We Got, followed by a conversation with the artist.

We All We Got captures the poetic language of the streets: police helicopters flying over the city, music popping out of cars, people talking shit on the street corners, ambulances on the run, and preachers hollering for the violence to stop after another young man is senselessly gunned down in the streets of Chicago.

In the context of the Black Lives Matter movement, and the country’s recent focus on youth violence, police brutality, poverty and marginalized communities, We All We Got is an elegy of urban America. The film is an intimate portrait of people affected by violence: including community activists, kids, and cops. It navigates the tragedy and persistence of families impacted by violence, the perseverance of affected families, and the outpouring support of local leaders and residents who highlight these social issues in Chicago.

Learn more about the documentary and Carlos Javier Ortiz here.

Sponsored by the Snite Museum of Art, the Civil Rights Heritage Center, Africana Studies, and American Studies.


Roy Scranton Reading

September 21, 2016
7:30 PM
Hospitality Room, Reckers

Roy Scranton will be reading from his debut novel, War Porn, on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at the Hospitality Room of Reckers on Notre Dame’s Campus. The reading begins at 7:30 PM. It is free and open to the public.

Roy Scranton is the author of Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization (City Lights, 2015) and the novel War Porn (Soho Press, 2016). His essays, journalism, short fiction, and reviews have appeared widely. In addition, he co-edited Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War (Da Capo, 2013). Scranton’s New York Times essay “Learning How to Die in the Anthropocene” was selected for The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014, and his essay “The Terror of the New” was selected as a notable essay in Best American Essays 2015. He was the recipient of a Mrs. Giles G. Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities (2014–2015), won the Theresa A. White Literary Award for short fiction (2009), and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences at Rice University (2016). Scranton’s current project, The Politics of Trauma: World War II and American Literature, is a critical genealogy of American World War II literature, tracing how a complex array of texts exploring the problem of the hero in industrial capitalism was obscured and displaced, during and after the Vietnam War, by a literary canon centered on narratives of American trauma.

War Porn is a metaphor for the experience of war in the age of the War on Terror, the fracturing and fragmentation of perspective, time, and self that afflicts soldiers and civilians alike, and the global networks and face-to-face moments that suture our fragmented lives together. 


Prof. John McGreevy Book Launch

September 20, 2016
6:00 PM
McKenna Auditorium and Atrium

Prof. John McGreevy's book launch will take place Tuesday, September 20 at 5:00 PM in McKenna Auditorium.  Jon Butler (emeritus, Yale University) will give remarks.  A reception will follow in McKenna Atrium.


Making Informed Choices in the 2016 Presidential Election Panel Discussion

September 20, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
St. Augustine's Church, South Bend

This is the final event in a series of four nonpartisan forums sponsored by the Community Forum for Economic Justice. The panel will address three issues:

  • Dan Graff, Director of the Higgins Labor Program at the University of Notre Dame, on labor and the economy
  • Ricky Herbst, Assistant Director for Public Interest Law, Notre Dame Law School, on the justice system
  • Mohammad Sirajuddin, Imam of the Islamic Society of Michiana, on American Muslims

More details here.​


How French was the Early Modern Atlantic World (and How Atlantic was Early Modern France)?

September 19, 2016
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
119 DeBartolo Hall

The Department of History presents a lecture from Professor Brett Rushforth on French influence in the early modern Atlantic world, co-organized by American Studies Professor Sophie White.

Brett Rushforth is Assistant Professor of history at the University of Oregon and Book Review Editor of the William and Mary Quarterly. He is the co-editor, with Paul Mapp, of Colonial North America and the Atlantic World: A History in Documents, and the author of Bonds of Alliance: Indigenous and Atlantic Slaveries in New France, which was awarded the Merle Curti prize in social history by the Organization of American historians. He is currently writing, with Christopher Hodson, a history of the French Atlantic world titled Discovering Empire: France and the Atlantic World from the Age of Discovery to the Age of Revolutions.


The Labor Cafe: The Hours Question

September 16, 2016
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Geddes Coffeehouse

​Labor Curious? Come to the Labor Cafe, where the ND Community Convenes for Caffeine and Conversation to Explore Contemporary Questions about Work, Workers, and Workplaces.

Topic: The Hours Question: Are Americans overworked? Underworked? Unpredictably worked? Debating workers’ rights to full-time, predictable jobs.

Resources to get the discussion going:


AFERIM! (WELL DONE!)​, a 2015 film directed by Radu Jude​

September 16, 2016
7:00 PM
Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

A feature in the Nanovic Institute for European Studies Film Series, this award winner from Romania follows a father and son in 1835 Eastern Europe as they cross a barren landscape searching for a gypsy slave who has run away from his nobleman master and is suspected of having an affair with the noble's wife. On their odyssey they encounter people of different nationalities and beliefs: Turks and Russians, Christians and Jews, Romanians and Hungarians. Each harbors prejudices against the others which have been passed down from generation to generation. Radu Jude’s third feature is a moving parable about late-feudal Europe, its power structures and hierarchies. Here for details; there for tickets.


3rd Thursdays @ the Snite: A Feast for the Senses

September 15, 2016
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Snite Museum of Art

Use all your senses to experience the photographs of Paulette Tavormina in the exhibition Seizing Beauty.  Smell and touch luscious blooms in a floral masterpiece inspired by the Botanicals series, savor the complex flavors of foods appearing in many of the photographs through small bites created especially for the exhibition, and surround yourself with the music of the 17th century played on violin.

All 3rd Thursdays are free, open to all, include refreshments, exciting programs, interesting people, amazing works of art, and are a great way to connect with art in new ways. All of the exhibitions will be on view.

A free shuttle bus will run from the Compton Family Ice Arena lot to the museum. Or park free of charge after 4:45 p.m. in the south B1 and C1 lots and then walk to the Museum. For more information and a campus parking lot map visit our Parking Information page.


Book Signing: Kenneth Woodward

September 15, 2016
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Hammes Bookstore

Join Kenneth Woodward, former religion editor of Newsweek, at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore on Thursday, September 15, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for a brief lecture and signing of his latest book, Getting Religion: Faith, Culture, and Politics from the Age of Eisenhower to the Era of Obama.

This event is free and open to the public. Woodward will also sign books at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore on Friday, September 16, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Notre Dame Forum - Tension City: The Televised Presidential Debates

September 14, 2016
7:00 PM
Leighton Concert Hall

The first Forum event will feature a conversation among the Executive Director of the Commission on Presidential Debates Janet Brown, past debate moderators Jim Lehrer and Bob Schieffer, as well as Dorothy Ridings, former president of the League of Women Voters and, like Lehrer, a member of the Commission on Presidential Debates. Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., also a member of the Commission on Presidential Debates, will serve as convener.

This is a free but ticketed event. Tickets will be distributed one hour prior. This is only an RSVP for this event. It does not guarantee a ticket. Your seating will be assigned the day of the show. In the event of a sellout, all RSVPs may be forefeited at 6:45pm.

OVERFLOW VENUE AVAILABLE: The live event has reached RSVP capacity. The LIVE event will be streamed to an overflow venue in the Patricia George Decio Theatre. Tickets for the OVERFLOW will be available beginning at 6:00pm the night of the event. 

RSVP PATRONS: Your seating will be assigned the day of the event. Your ticket can only be picked up from 6:00pm-6:45pm the day of the event. All RSVPs will be forfeited at 6:45pm. 

STANDBY FOR LIVE EVENT: At 6:45pm, all unclaimed tickets for the LIVE event will be used to seat any patrons waiting in standby.

In preparation for the forum, please enjoy this series of videos highlighting memorable presidential debate moments over the last half century.  Bob Schmuhl provides the commentary.

Strategery: a classic Saturday Night Live parody from the 2000 debate

Kennedy-Nixon: the first presidential debate and the power of television


Exhibition Opening Event: “Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness”

September 13, 2016
7:00 PM
Entrance Gallery, Hesburgh Library

The exhibition officially opens with remarks from special guest Bethany Moody, RN, who will discuss challenges and opportunities of using traditional medicine ways and Western medicine. American History Librarian Rachel Bohlmann will introduce the exhibit and invite guests to explore its interactive features. Note: The Sustainable Wisdom Conference Keynote Address will follow at 8 p.m. in the William J. Carey Auditorium. Download flyer for the exhibit opening and other related events.


Luncheon with Paul Baumann, editor of Commonweal Magazine

September 13, 2016
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
119 O'Shaughnessy Hall

Paul Baumann, editor of Commonweal Magazine, will be on campus September 13, and will be hosting a pizza luncheon for students who are interested or might be interested in writing for the magazine.

Interested students must RSVP to Prof. Jason Ruiz by Monday, September 12 if interested in attending.


Sustainable Wisdom: Integrating Indigenous Knowhow for Global Flourishing

September 11-15, 2016

How can we integrate the best of modern technology and capacities with the wisdom of first nations? The conference brings together an interdisciplinary set of scholars and artists ready to integrate first-nation and mainstream contemporary understandings to move toward a flourishing planet. The symposium looks deeply into the mindsets, practices and wisdom of first nation peoples across multiple disciplines. 

The goals of the symposium are to (a) Increase understanding of “first” ways; (b) Demonstrate how indigenous cultures foster wisdom, morality and flourishing; (c) Find commonalities among different indigenous societies in fostering these outcomes; (d) Develop synergistic approaches to shifting human imagination towards “first ways.” We expect that the symposium will help us envision ways to educate about how we can move toward integrating helpful modern advances with first ways into a new encompassing viewpoint --where the greater community of life (diverse human and nonhuman entities) are included in conceptions of wellbeing and practices that lead to flourishing. 

For more information about the program, schedule and registration, see website: 


America after the Fall - Painting in the 1930s

September 10, 2016
10:30 AM - 4:45 PM CDT
The Art Institute of Chicago

Multiple Moderns: American Art and Artists During the Great Depression

American Studies professor Erika Doss will be presenting in a symposium at the Art Institute of Chicago about American art during the Great Depression.

This talk considers the impressive stylistic, geographic, and narrative diversity of American painting in the 1930s, from Regionalist scenes of midwestern farms and Surrealist visions of urban apocalypse to Social Realist indictments of national failures, abstract experiments in composition and color, and symbolic portraits of American laborers and landscapes. If deeply dissimilar and often at odds, American painters of the 1930s shared interests in shaping the course of modern art and cultivating new understandings of cultural identity. Their multiple directions, differences, and disputes speak to the contested terms of cultural pluralism during a decade of national and global crisis.


Fall Colloquium Series in Sociology: "Culling the Masses"

September 9, 2016
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Lower Level Grace Hall

Professor David Scott Fitzgerald from the University of California, San Diego will be giving a lecture in the Department of Sociology's Fall Colloquium Series, titled "Culling the Masses: The Democratic Origins of Racist Immigration Policy in the Americas." The event will run from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM, and a light lunch will be provided.


American Area Seminar: "A House is not a Home: New Negro Women & Homemaking Anxiety"

September 9, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
312 Debartolo Hall

This lecture draws from the book-in-progress "From Slave Cabins to the White House: Homemaking Anxiety in African American Culture." Homemaking anxiety is the palpable tension that emerges when African Americans, especially women, continue to invest in traditional domesticity even while seeing the signs that it will not yield for them the respectability and safety it should. In the early 1900s, the community conversation on black success and citizenship centered on "race motherhood," the idea that women could best contribute to racial uplift by supporting men. Black women could not escape the influence of race motherhood, and questioning its expectations made them vulnerable to harsh criticism and possible ostracism. Nevertheless, black women's fiction of the 1920s and 1930s reveals the degree to which race motherhood was interrogated. Indeed, black women authors seem to suggest that the figure of the race mother emerged to rein them in, guiding them to make choices that advanced a male-centered agenda. Zora Neale Hurston's most famous novel Their Eyes Were Watching God exemplifies the determination to place in the archive evidence of the New Negro woman, best identified by her resistance to becoming a race mother. In doing so, Hurston insisted that the community conversation on black success and citizenship was incomplete without this figure precisely because her experiences with various homemaking practices demonstrate that adhering to mainstream standards will not yield what the nation promises.

Koritha Mitchell is a literary historian and cultural critic. Her research centers on African American literature, racial violence in US literature and contemporary culture, and ​Black drama & performance. She examines how texts, both written and performed, have helped terrorized families and communities survive and thrive. Her study Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890 -1930 (University of Illinois Press, 2011) won book awards from the American Theatre and Drama Society and from the Society for the Study of American Women Writers. Currently an associate professor of English at Ohio State University, Mitchell's scholarly articles include "James Baldwin, Performance Theorist, Sings the Blues for Mister Charlie," which appears in American Quarterly, and "Love in Action," which draws parallels between racial violence at the last turn of the century and anti-LGBT violence today (published byCallaloo). In March 2014, Koritha spoke at the Library of Congress and was presented with a Certificate of Congressional Recognition. The lecture aired on C-Span’s BookTV and is part of their online video library.​ For access to this and other resources, please visit​

The Notre Dame American Area Seminar is a collective of faculty and graduate students from English and affiliated departments meeting monthly to discuss the most exciting new work in the field. For more information, contact Matt Wilkens (


Vigil Friday: Solidarity for Racial Justice

September 9, 2016
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
Outside Geddes Hall

On July 21, 2016 the US Bishops announced the commissioning of a new task force to address the race relations brought into public consciousness following a series of summertime shootings. The role of this group will be to, "Nurture an open, honest and civil dialogue on issues of race relations, restorative justice, mental health, economic opportunity and addressing the question of pervasive gun violence," Additionally, the Bishops have called for a day of prayer to kick-off the work of the task force, to be held Friday, September 9th on the feast day of St. Peter Claver. 

*Join us as we stand in Solidarity for Racial Justice on the feast of St. Peter Claver, September 9th, and throughout the semester with the CSC/ MSPS Campaign: Solidarity for Racial Justice. Standing Vigil with candles for those lost to police shootings and to honor the collective work of our campus, the Bishops, and the newly commissioned task force


Shoulder & Shovelwork: Dead Poets and Eschatologies

September 9, 2016
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Hesburgh Center Auditorium

Author and poet Thomas Lynch will present the annual Hibernian Lecture. His lecture will center around the poetry and recent deaths of Dennis O'Driscoll and Seamus Heaney.

Lynch, a funeral director, is the author of five collections of poems and four books of essays. His work has been the subject of two film documentaries: PBS Frontline's The Undertaking (2007) and Learning Gravity (aka the Undertaking) (2008). 

He has taught with the Department of Mortuary Science at Wayne State University in Detroit, with the graduate program in writing at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta. He is a charter member of the faculty of the Bear River Writers Conference at Walloon Lake in Michigan.  

Thomas Lynch's essays, poems and stories have appeared in The Atlantic and Granta, the New York Times, the New Yorker,Poetry, the Paris Review, and elsewhere. Learn more at


The CSC's Annual Rev. Bernie Clark, C.S.C. Lecture
"Catholic Health Care's Role in Integral Human Development"

September 7, 2016
7:00 PM
Andrews Auditorium, Geddes Hall

This lecture will be given by Sister Carol Keehan, DC, who is the ninth president and chief executive officer of the Catholic Health Association of the United States. Lecture begins at 7:00 PM in Geddes Hall.


Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

Tuesday, September 6
4:00 - 5:00 PM
110 Brownson Hall

In this workshop we will explore why and how to get started on a research project or creative endeavor at Notre Dame. We will discuss strategies for discovering your scholarly interests and passions, formulating a research question, finding a faculty mentor, and planning your research trajectory. All are welcome. No RSVP necessary.


Modernism in the Streets: Joyce, Pearse and Stephens in 1916

September 2, 2016
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
The Morris Inn

Declan Kiberd, the Donald and Marilyn Keough Professor of Irish Studies, Professor of English and Irish Language and Literature, will deliver the Keough-Naughton Institute's annual Seamus Heaney lecture.

His topic: “Modernism in the Streets: Joyce, Pearse and Stephens in 1916."

Free and open to the public.  Reception to follow.


Forming Identities of Grace: Cognitive and Neural Models of a Self-for-Others in Communities of Dedicated Forgiveness and Reconciliation

September 2, 2016
5:15 PM - 6:45 PM
210-214 McKenna Hall

Popular talk and scholarly reflections on how to live a moral life often offer thin accounts of human moral agency in community. For example, moral theories using the concept of “altruism” presume a view of the self as egoistic, individualistic, and atomistic. This talk will suggest new ways of approaching the science of the moral life within a deeply interdisciplinary engagement of real-world relationships and action. Close listening to and with communities with a longstanding commitment to love, compassion, and care, forms a phenomenal turn within the science of the moral life. Insights arising from this turn include a new awareness of the importance of grace informing morally dedicated communities. Grace grounds the acts and intentions of empathy, compassion, and justice, as well as daily contemplative practices (e.g., prayer and ritual) in these communities. Collaborative work with these communities suggests new ways of understanding grace, character, and hope, along with new models of self-formation that expand our vision of the self beyond utility maximization and self-determination and toward becoming a self for others.

Responses will be given by Dr. Mark Fox, IU School of Medicine, and Dr. William Mattison, Notre Dame.


"An Unfinished Reformation and its Critics: The Origins and Development of 'Puritanism' in Early Modern England"

September 1, 2016
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
119 O'Shaughnessy Hall

Professor David D. Hall of the Harvard Divinity School has written extensively on religion and society, as well as the history of the book, in seventeenth-century New England and England.  His books include The Faithful Shepherd: A History of the New England Ministry in the Seventeenth Century (1972); Worlds of Wonder, Days of Judgment: Popular Religious Belief in Early New England (1990); Ways of Writing: The Practice and Politics of Text-Making in Seventeenth-Century New England (2008); and A Reforming People: Puritanism and the Transformation of Public Life in New England (2011).  He has edited key collections of documents on Antinomianism and on witch-hunting in early New England.  He edited, with Hugh Amory, The Colonial Book in the Atlantic World (2007), the first volume in a five-part series on the history of the book in America, of which he was general editor.


Making Informed Choices in the 2016 Presidential Election Panel Discussion

August 30, 2016
7:00 PM
Near Northwest Neighborhood Community Center, 1007 Portage, South Bend

This is the third in a series of four nonpartisan forums sponsored by the Community Forum for Economic Justice. A panel will address three issues: Kathy Schuth, the Director of NNN, on decent housing; Diana Hess, Director of the Neighborhood Resources Connection, on stable neighborhoods, and Judy Fox, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Economic Justice Clinic at the University of Notre Dame on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. More details here.


American Studies Club Meet-and-Greet with Faculty

August 29, 2016
5:30PM - 7:00 PM
Morris Inn Patio

Interested in learning more about American Studies? Come to the Morris Inn Patio and meet American Studies faculty, majors, and prospective majors to hear from the people who know it best. Light refreshments will be provided.


CUSE Undergraduate Research Workshop: Writing a Strong Grant Proposal

August 29, 2016
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
110 Brownson Hall

Do you need funds to undertake a research project, conference presentation, unpaid internship, or service project? Workshop B will introduce you to the array of ND grants designed to support undergraduate intellectual and creative endeavors outside the classroom. The workshop will review the various components of a grant application and provide guided instruction to help you craft a compelling project proposal.  Appropriate for all undergraduates from all colleges applying to all Notre Dame funding sources. No RSVP necessary.


Leadership Training for Social Change Workshop

August 28-29 and September 5-6, 2016
Geddes Hall

This workshop is for all students who are involved in campus activism and want to advance their skills to more effectively pursue social change. The program will include break-outs in which participants will be grouped by club/interest area.

The workshop will be led by Dr. David Cortright of the Kroc Institute, Jay Caponigro of Community Engagement, and Mike Hebbeler of the CSC. Topics include strategic approaches to coalition-building, nonviolent social action, principles of effective strategy, media communications, building power, and the art of 1:1 conversations. This will also be a great opportunity to build coalitions with members of other activist groups on campus.

The workshop will take place on August 28, August 29, September 5, and September 6 from 7 to 9 PM in the basement of Geddes Hall.Registrants need to commit to attending all four sessions. Please register by August 22nd as space is limited. Please email Carolyn ( with any questions.

Click here to register!


LGBTQ Welcome Back Picnic

Thursday, August 25, 2016
5:00PM - 7:00PM
Fieldhouse Mall

Gender Relations Center invites you to the annual LGBTQ Welcome Back Picnic.  Everyone welcome.


New Errands: The Undergraduate Journal of American Studies

Peruse the latest issue of the New Errands: The Undergraduate Journal of American Studies from the Eastern American Studies Association.


Open Discussion on Pulse Nightclub Massacre

Thursday, June 16
McKenna Hall, Rooms 100-104

 In response to the horrific events of this past weekend in Orlando, the organizers of the Console-ing Passions Conference (see below) are now planning to hold an open discussion for attendees and anyone else who is interested in sharing their thoughts.

Registration for the conference is not required to attend this single event.  Feel free to bring a brownbag lunch and to bring friends

The discussion will be facilitated by Recent Notre Dame graduate Angel Matos and American Studies Associate Professor Jason Ruiz. 


Console-ing Passions at Notre Dame

An international conference on television, video, audio, new media, and feminism

June 16-18, 2016
McKenna Hall 

Console-ing Passions was founded in 1989 by a group of feminist media scholars and artists looking to create a space to present work and foster scholarship on issues of television, culture, and identity, with an emphasis on gender and sexuality.  The first Console-ing Passions conference was held at the University of Iowa in 1992, and the University of Notre Dame hosted the event in 2000.  The Department of Film, Television, and Theatre and the Gender Studies Program are delighted to bring this important conference back to our community.

The conference is free and open to all Notre Dame students, faculty, and staff.

More information

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AMST Alumni Open House

Friday, June 3, 2016
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1047 Flanner Hall

As a part of reunion weekend, the Department of American Studies will be hosting a gathering of all American Studies alumni.

Please join us to say hello to a favorite professor, enjoy some refreshments, and see what's happening in American Studies today!













2016 Senior Reception

Friday, May 13, 2016
Great Hall of O'Shaughnessy

Graduating seniors and their families are cordially invited to a reception honoring the 2016 graduates of the Department of American Studies and the John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics & Democracy.

Please join us in celebrating the many accomplishments of the Class of 2016.

Please RSVP to Katie Schlotfeldt at or by phone at (574) 631-4260 with the total number of your party that will be in attendance.


Native American Literature Before 1924

February 21, 2016 through end of spring semester.

Rare Books and Special Collections, 102 Hesburgh Library

Robert Walls, Teaching Professor of Native American Studies in the Department of American Studies and Professor Laura Dassow Walls are pleased to announce a new Spotlight Exhibit in the Hesburgh Library Rare Book Room: “Native American Literature Before 1924.” The exhibit will run through March of 2016.

The exhibit features rare copies of print literature from notable Native American authors and communities published before the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924. There are works of fiction, autobiography, boarding school literature, ethnography, and religion, including a proof signature from a Cherokee Bible in Sequoyah’s syllabary and Simon Pokagon’s Pottawattamie Book of Genesis (1901), printed on birch bark.

The exhibit will be of appeal to anyone interested in Native American studies, American Studies, American literature and history, anthropology, book history, and material culture. Please enjoy the opportunity to visit this unique display!

Find more information here.


Let’s Talk 2016 : Language and Identity

May 5 - 6, 2016
200 McKenna Hall

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The relationship between language and identity has been investigated in many disciplines such as anthropology, education, linguistics and literature. Language use reveals speaker's’ social identity, and membership. For the language learners, language learning experience reconstruct their identities. There are many theories about language and identity from traditional model (identity being static) and postmodernism model (identity is a site of struggle power).  Despite the research interests in language and identity, it seems that scholars seldom have an opportunity to have an academic discussion on this topic. Let’s Talk 2016 will bring the scholars from different disciplines and redefine the role of language in social identity construction.   

To attend Let's Talk 2016, please RSVP at the following web address below:

More information here.


The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

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Sunday, May 1, 2016
2:00 PM
DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

The American Studies Department is cosponsoring the 5th Annual Notre Dame May Day Movie: The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (2015; Stanley Nelson, dir.), the first feature length documentary to explore the controversial Black Panther Party.

Cosponsored by the Departments of Africana Studies, American Studies, and History, as well as the Center for Social Concerns and the IUSB Civil Rights Heritage Center.

Join us for this free event (including complimentary popcorn and soft drinks!), then stick around for the post-film panel discussion connecting past to present, black politics from the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter, and the links between race, gender, and economic opportunity in the USA.

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Darryl Heller, Director, Civil Rights Heritage Center at IUSB
  • Richard Pierce, Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies
  • Dianne Pinderhughes, Professor of Political Science and Chair of Africana Studies
  • Amber Thomas, undergraduate (HIST '16)

To reserve your ticket(s), email Dan Graff to get on the Higgins Labor Program guest list or contact the Debartolo Performing Arts Center box office.


April is Sexual Violence Awareness Month

Events Ongoing throughout the month:
Campus Community Forum on Wednesday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. at DeBart 102
Take Back the Night on April 21 at SMC/ND (see announcement below)

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The Gender Relations Center and other campus partners have planned several events in recognition of Sexual Violence Awareness Month.  It is important that all of us within the campus community send a message that violence is not tolerated on our campus, and there are many events where we can demonstrate our commitment. Involvement ranges from simply wearing denim on April 8 to attending a six-hour GreeNDot bystander training on April 10. Perhaps the most visible sign of solidarity would be attendance at Take Back the Night on April 21.

Please note that there will be a Campus Community Forum on Wednesday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. at DeBartolo Hall 102. This forum will be an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to come together to discuss the topic of sexual violence and its impact on our community. 


Notre Dame Undergraduate Scholars Conference

Friday, April 29
Hesburgh Library and Jordan Hall of Science
9:00AM - 5:00PM

American Studies is proud to have two seniors presenting papers at this conference.  Sarah Morris will present The Haight & the Hierarchy: Church, City, and Culture in San Francisco, 1967-2008 at 9:00 a.m. in Room 222 of the Hesburgh Library as part of the "Theology & Secularism Through the Ages" session. Jack Rooney will discuss Where Have All the Manly Journalists Gone?: Gender and Masculinity in Representations of Journalists on American Prestige Television in Room 129 of the Hesburgh Library at 12:00 p.m. as part of the "Media in the Political Realm" session.

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Each year, on the Friday of reading days, the University of Notre Dame provides several venues to showcase and celebrate the depth and breadth of the research being conducted by undergraduates in all disciplines across campus. To participate in research and scholarship is to contribute to important conversations taking place in a range of academic and creative fields. 

The 2016 Undergraduate Scholars Conference sessions will be held on Friday, April 29, 2016 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm in the Hesburgh Library. More information can be found here as it becomes available.

The 2016 COS-JAM sessions will be held Friday, April 29, 2016 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm in the Jordan Hall of Science. More information can be found here as it becomes available:

The full conference schedule and abstract listing can be found at  


"Beyond the Catholic Ghetto: Integrating Catholicism and Modern American History" Cushwa Center Lecture by Thomas J. Sugrue, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History at New York University

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Geddes Hall, Andrews Auditorium

(NOTE: This is the make-up date for the lecture that was originally scheduled for February 25, 2016.)


Sugrue specializes in 20th-century American politics, urban history, civil rights, and race. He is author of Not Even Past: Barack Obama and the Burden of Race (Princeton, 2010), and Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North (Random House, 2008), a Main Selection of the History Book Club and a finalist for the 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His first book, The Origins of the Urban Crisis (Princeton, 1996), won the Bancroft Prize in American History, the Philip Taft Prize in Labor History, the President's Book Award of the Social Science History Association, and the Urban History Association Award for Best Book in North American Urban History. In 2005, Princeton University Press selected The Origins of the Urban Crisis as one of its 100 most influential books of the past 100 years and published a new edition of The Origins of the Urban Crisis as a Princeton Classic. A new edition of the book, covering the Detroit bankruptcy, was published by Princeton in 2014.

Sugrue's newest book, co-authored with Glenda Gilmore of Yale University, isThese United States: A Nation in the Making, 1890 to the Present (W.W. Norton, 2015).  He is currently engaged in a research project on race, ethnicity, and citizenship in France and the United States. His long-term research project is a history of the rise and travails of the modern American real estate industry, from the late nineteenth century to the current economic crisis. Sugrue has just finished editing a book with Domenic Vitiello on immigration and metropolitian revitalization, and is collaborating with Alice M. O’Connor on a collection of essays on the War on Poverty and its legacy.

Sugrue's other books include W.E.B. DuBois, Race, and the City: The Philadelphia Negro and its Legacy (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998), co-edited with Michael B. Katz and The New Suburban History (University of Chicago Press, 2006) with Kevin Kruse. He is currently co-editing a collection of essays on immigration and metropolitan revitalization, and another on the legacy of the War on Poverty. With Michael Kazin, Margot Canaday, Steven Pitti, and Glenda Gilmore, he is co-editor of the book series Politics and Culture in Modern America at the University of Pennsylvania Press. Sugrue also serves on a number of other editorial boards. 


Doing Outcomes Assessment: A Practical Approach to Assessing Cultural Dispositions

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Thursday, April 28, 2016
125 DeBartolo Hall

Judith Liskin Gasparro is Associate Professor Emerita in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at the University of Iowa. 

Co-sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, Iberian and Latin-America Studies – Community-Based Learning, Italian Studies at Notre Dame, The Center for Social Concerns, The Center for the Study of Languages & Cultures, and The Kaneb Center.



Easter 1916:  The Irish Rebellion

February 12 - April 28, 2016


The Easter Rising of 1916 was one of the most important events in Irish history. Though the rebellion lasted only six days, it led to the formation of an independent Irish State.

When most of the leaders were executed, sympathy for the rebellion spread throughout the world. The poem by W. B. Yeats, Easter, 1916, written in the aftermath, describes how a military failure carried out by unlikely people became transformative.

The Hesburgh Libraries Rare Books and Special Collections includes a rare copy of this poem, in addition to documents and books by and about the leaders of the Rising. The exhibit features items from our Easter Rising Ephemera collection, from our Irish Manuscript collection, and from our book and newspaper collections. In addition, material from the Notre Dame Archives helps us to see the international aspect of the Easter Rising.

This exhibit is curated by Aedín Clements (Irish Studies Librarian).


"This Changes Everything"


Wednesday, April 27, 2016
7:00-8:30 PM
Civil Rights Heritage Center 
1040 West Washington St.
South Bend, IN 46601

Filmed over 211 days in nine countries and seven continents, “This Changes Everything” is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.

Inspired by Naomi Klein’s international bestseller, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

Unlike many works about the climate crisis, this is not a film that tries to scare the audience into action: it aims to empower. Provocative, compelling, and accessible to even the most climate-fatigued viewers, “This Changes Everything” will leave you refreshed and inspired.

This event is free, and public participation is encouraged. 

More information on the film can be found at


Reflections  & Meditations: A Retrosective of Photography by John Pinderhughes

March 1 - April 27, 2016
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Notre Dame Center for Arts & Culture
1045 W. Washington Street
South Bend, IN

Reflections & Meditations, a selection of photographs by the successful African American photographer, John Pinderhughes. Pinderhughes, who describes himself as “primarily self taught” has pursued both a commercial and fine art career during his more than 30 year tenure as a photographer. His striking images have garnered the recognition of both commercial art directors and gallery/museum curators, as well as satisfying the interests of their diverse and separate audiences. Although Pinderhughes’ fine art photography and commercial work developed quite separately all convey his deep understanding of light, shape, and form. His list of clients, museum exhibitions, and awards are extensive and range from Anheuser Busch to The Museum of Modern Art.

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The exhibition is composed of selections from four series that Pinderhughes continues to revisit regularly. Each provide visitors with Pinderhughes’ iconic style that embodies expansive landscapes and pictures that explore the relationship between people and their environment, traditions, and points of view. Images include: sweeping landscapes from Majestic Vistas; abstract natural moments from Quiet Scriptures and Wavelines; significant memories from insignificant objects from Burnt Offerings.

This exhibition and surrounding events are made possible in part by support from:
The Henkels Lecture Fund, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame. Additional support from Southwest Airlines, Cardinal Buses, the University of Notre Dame Office of Community Relations, Africana Studies Department of the College of Arts & Letters, and the Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame.


Notre Dame Day

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Sunday and Monday, April 24-25, 2016

On Sunday at 6:42 PM, the third annual Notre Dame Day will begin its live broadcast. ND Day is a University-wide fundraising effort for all departments, clubs, and residence halls at ND. Donors make a gift (minimum of $10), and then receive five votes, which are cast toward individual departments, clubs, and residence halls to determine shares of the $1 Million Challenge Fund. The more votes we receive, the more money we receive from the Challenge Fund.

The donations we receive from ND Day go toward funding activities for the club, such as trips to South Bend Cubs games, and departmental events that help recruit new majors, such as the meet and greet at the Morris Inn, and more. Voting and donating on ND Day help the department grow the major, support current majors, and foster interest in American Studies across campus. 

If you're interested in making the American Studies Department stronger, you can vote and donate here.

More information about voting, donating, and the mission of ND Day can be found here.

Thank you for your help in making American Studies the best department on campus! 


Generations of Women Historians, University of Cincinnati

Friday and Saturday, April 22-23, 2016
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Exploring the lives, struggles and scholarship of the pioneering women who laid the foundation for contemporaries to enter the profession

Place: Charles Phelps Taft Research Center, Edwards Building, 47 Corry Blvd, Suite 1100, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45221; parking is available in the Corry garage.

Dates:  Sessions begin at 10:30 on Friday, April 22nd, lunch and afternoon reception are included; follow-up discussions on Saturday morning, April 23rd.

Speakers:  Bonnie Smith, Rutgers University; Amy Erickson, University of Cambridge; Hilda Smith, Willard Sunderland, and Tracy Teslow, University of Cincinnati; Lois Schwoerer, George Washington University; Whitney Walton and Melinda Zook, Purdue University

This conference is supported by the Charles Phelps Taft Memorial Fund, the Departments of History at the University of Cincinnati & Purdue University as well as the Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program at Purdue University.



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Friday, April 22, 2016
1:00-2:00 PM
230 McKenna Hall

How did Latino prisoners resist mass incarceration? Through paño arte, handkerchief art.  

Come see ARTE PAÑO CONTEMPORANEO: A TRADITION REVIVED. This national art exhibit program is curated by Jesús Macarena-Ávila, of the Instituto de Nuestro Cultura (INC). The outsider genre is being explored and revitalized by contemporary midwestern Latin@ artists including Tina Medina, Rudy "Link" Gonzales, Jesús Macarena-Ávila, Star Padilla, Fabio Rodriguez and his students at De Soto High School.  

Jesús Macarena-Ávila will speak about how “these miniatures offer intrinsic glimpses of marginalized Latinos’ illustrated life” and his workshops with current incarcerated youth at the gallery talk and reception on Friday, April 22, from 1:00-2:00 P.M. in Galería América of the Institute for Latino Studies, 230 McKenna Hall.  This gallery show will continue through Monday, May 16, 2016.

Come make your own handkerchief art, materials will be provided at the show.

More information available here:


Earth Day Activities, Presented by the Office of Sustainability

Friday, April 22, 2016

Earth Day

On Friday, April 22, the University of Notre Dame will celebrate the 46th anniversary of Earth Day with events and activities to engage the campus community in celebrating the natural world and being good stewards of our common home.

The Office of Sustainability has activities planned throughout the day, as follows:

Seed Packet Giveaway-

The celebration starts early with seed packet giveaways on all campus shuttle routes. Each shuttle will have flower seed packets that riders are invited to take home and plant. The flowers that bloom will help support natural pollinators across Michiana.

Campus Dining food specials-

Throughout the day Campus Dining will be offering Earth Day food and drink specials in campus eateries and dining halls. Specials will feature local and veg-centric options, including roasted squash strudel, vegan carrot cake, and bison burgers.

  • Dining Halls (both) will offer Vegan Carrot Cake, Roasted Squash Strudel on the Carving Stations for lunch, "Earth Day" special salad at the action station.
  • Reckers  will offer a Bison Burger as an option
  • Cafe de Grasta and Decio will offer their daily hot vegetarian option  
  • Jordan, Kitz, Poche, Reckers, Cafe De Grasta, and Decio will offer double cup reuse discount (that's $0.50 off your drink if you BYOB!)
  • Corby Hall  will offer a Fruit Breakfast Smoothie for Breakfast utilizing frozen ripe bananas that were saved from the trash, a Vegan Black Bean Burger for lunch, and a Veg Centric Black and Bleu salad for dinner featuring a local Amish Bleu Cheese and local meat.

Yoga on the dock

A free yoga class will be offered at the St. Joseph Beach dock from 12-1pm. Led by Megan Smedley from the McDonald Center for Student Wellness, the class is an opportunity for employees to enjoy the beauty of Notre Dame’s campus while also firmly planting themselves both mentally and spiritually. Yoga mats will be provided. 

Tree Tour-

A guided walking tour of some of campus' best known, award winning, and interesting trees is also offered from 12-1pm and will meet in front of Main Building's steps. The tour will be led by Barbara Hellenthal, curator of the Museum of Biodiversity and Greene-Nieuland Herbarium, and author of Trees, Shrubs, and Vines on Notre Dame’s Campus

The tree tour is limited to 15 people so that all have the opportunity to hear. If there is enough demand, a second tree tour will be added. To sign up for the tree tour, please fill out this form

Announcement of winners of the Children's Sustainability Art Contest-

Earth Day will also include the announcement of the winners of the Children’s Sustainability Artwork Contest. Open to all young family members of Notre Dame’s faculty, staff, and students, the contest invites children to portray what sustainability means to them by submitting original artwork that focuses on the theme of “planting it for the planet”.

VOTE for your favorite artwork here


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Friday, April 22, 2016
North Quad

GreeND is organizing a very special celebration for Earth Day this Friday in collaboration with several student clubs and campus institutes.  Everyone is welcome, including families!


Take Back the Night 2016


Thursday, April 21, 2016
4:45-9:00 PM
Kick Off at SMC, end at Grotto

Take Back the Night is an annual event when Notre Dame and Saint Mary's campus communities stand together with survivors of sexual violence, and show their commitment to working to end harm. 

4:45pm - Kick Off at Saint Mary's College, Lake Marian, walkover to ND

5:30pm - Dinner and Speak Out, Legends of Notre Dame (ND/SMC/HCC students welcome)

7:45pm - March around ND campus

8:15pm - Candlelight Prayer Vigil, Grotto (Rain Loc - Lewis Hall)

For more information, visit the event's Facebook and Twitter pages.


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Lecture: Barbara Mundy, Fordham University, "The Death of Aztech Tenochtitlan, The Life of Mexico City"

Thursday, April 21, 2016
Carey Auditorium 
107 Hesburgh Library


2016 Duffy Lecture: Virginia Jackson

Thursday, April 21, 2016
5:00PM - 6:30PM
Oak Room - South Dining Hall

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The English Department is pleased to announce that our 2016 Joseph M. Duffy Lecturer is Virginia Jackson of the University of California, Irvine. Professor Jackson's lecture, "American Poetry in Public," will take place at 5:00 pm in the Oak Room of the South Dining Hall. A reception will follow.

Is poetry good for the American Public?  Our national humanities and arts organizations (the NEA and the NEH), the Library of Congress, and the Chicago-based Poetry Foundation all seem to think so.  The Metropolitan Transit Authority seems to think so.  The New York Public Library seems to think so.  In fact, most people seem to think so. Most of those organizations and people also think that the American public does not read much poetry.  How do those two ideas about poetry work together?  Is it possible that thinking that poetry is good for the collective and thinking that we do not feel collectively addressed by poetry are two sides of the same idea of what poetry (and what a public) is or should be?

The Duffy Lecture Series honors the great teacher-scholar Joseph M. Duffy (1924-1988), who taught at the University of Notre Dame from 1954 to 1988.


"When 'The Family' is Not Enough: The Social Surround of Black Evangelical Religious Solidarity, Lecture by Todne Thomas Chipumuro

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Geddes Hall B034

Todne Thomas Chipumuro is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion at the University of Vermont and a core faculty member for UVM’s Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Program.  Trained as a cultural anthropologist, Chipumuro combines specializations in religion, kinship, and ethnic studies to examine the im/mobilities of contemporary Christianity that are conditioned by contemporary racial formations in the United States.  

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Her ethnographic research explores the interpersonal, institutional, and diasporic modes of religious belonging mediated by black Atlantic Christianities located in the U.S. South.  Chipumuro is the co-editor of a forthcoming volume published by Palgrave Macmillan’s Contemporary Anthropology of Religion Series titled New Directions in Spiritual Kinship: Sacred Ties Across the Abrahamic Religions which explores how shared ideas of spiritual kinship mediate contemporary modes of ethical and sacred belonging that have immanent intersubjective, institutional, and trans/national implications.  She is also completing a single-authored ethnographic manuscript titled Family Beyond “The Family”: The Social Context of Black Evangelical Faith which investigates how Afro-Caribbean and African American evangelicals in Atlanta, Georgia mobilize discourses and practices of relatedness as a counter-hegemonic discourse of family that refutes the enclosures of the heteropatriarchal family esteemed by evangelical religious culture as well as ethno-racial and institutional boundaries.  For her newest research project, Chipumuro is undertaking an exploration of the lived conditions of contemporary anti-black violence weathered by black religious practitioners of the U.S. South.  To that end, she is currently conducting an ethnographic investigation of black church burning in Knoxville, Tennessee, and investigating the intersections of neoliberalism, racism, and the displacement of black sacred space and sociality. 



Mark Noll: In The Beginning Was The Word

April 20, 2016
109 O'Shaughnessy Hall

Faculty and students are invited to join Mark Noll for a thirty-minute talk on his new book, In the Beginning was the Word: The Bible in American Public Life, 1492-1783.


Creative Writing MFA Thesis Reading

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Regis Philbin Studio Theatre, DPAC


Second year students of the Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Notre Dame will be reading from their final theses at the Regis Philbin Studio Theater in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on April 20th, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

This event is free, but you will need a ticket to attend. You can get your ticket at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center or here.

The event will include 5-minute readings from five poets and five fiction writers:

Katy Cousino is from Clay, West Virginia. She likes horror movies, her two cats, community involvement, and writing poetry. She also has a turtle named Morla. Her work can be found at DelugeTagvverk, and Seven Corners, and is forthcoming at glitterMOB.

Evan Harris writes essays and fiction. His thesis is a novel, Emma.

Chris Holdaway is a poet / editor / linguist / amateur cosmologist from New Zealand. He directs Compound Press, & previously received an MA(Hons) in linguistics from the University of Auckland, where he also studied some astrophysics. He published work this year in Cream City ReviewDeluge,PreludeThe Seattle Review, & Whiskey Island.

Ae Hee Lee is South Korean by birth and Peruvian by memory. She writes trilingual, and her poetry seeks to go beyond the cross-cultural and back to the mythical and personal. Her work can be found in ChaSpark: A Creative AnthologyRuminateDay OneDuendeSilver Birch Press, and The Margins, among others.

Anthony Rocco Messina's work has appeared in Rose Red Review, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, the anthology Taiwan Tales: A Multicultural Perspective (Lone Wolf Press), and elsewhere. An excerpt from his nonfiction project, For J____, has been nominated for the 2015 AWP Intro Journals Project.

Kyle Muntz is the author of Scary People (Eraserhead Press, 2015), and Green Lights (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2014). His short fiction has appeared in Fiction International, Mayday Magazine, and others. He is also the writer and developer of The Pale City, an independently produced roleplaying game in development for PC.

Bret Nye is a writer of fiction and nonfiction from northwestern Ohio whose work has been published in Notre Dame ReviewMidwestern Gothic, and Paper Tape, amongst other places. After receiving his MFA in Prose from the program here at Notre Dame, he plans to continue working on his first book, The Yearning Sessions. He will live with his very-soon-to-be-wife somewhere out in the great blue yonder.

Matt Pelkey was born in Washington, D.C. He studied philosophy at Vassar College and has written professionally as a policy analyst and journalist. His master’s thesis, a collection of short stories titled Sad Young Men on Bikes,explores contemporary artistic subcultures in Chicago and other American cities.

Nichole Riggs grew up in Tucson, Arizona. She currently teaches creative writing, holds an editorial position with Action Books, and periodically works with Spork Press. She has poetry published most recently in Smoking Glue Gun Magazine, and has poetry forthcoming in THE FEM and Witch Craft Magazine. Her chapbook, Aluminum Necropolis, is forthcoming from horse less press this November. Some of her other interests include pie-making, book-making, Buffy the Vampire SlayerSupernatural, as well as dance and performance.

Alethea Magdalena Tusher takes the quotidian and makes it weird by excavating the inherent violence in domestic spaces with a language that's totes female and fashionable just like her.


Campus Community Forum

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
7:30-8:30 PM
102 DeBartolo Hall

This forum is an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to come together to discuss the topic of sexual violence and its impact on our community.  The event is a part of the Gender Relations Center's Sexual VIolence Awareness Week. More information about the GRC and Sexual Violence Awareness Week can be found at


Virtual Career Fair

APRIL 19-20

2016 ND Career Center Virtual Career & Internship Fair

Students seeking summer internship opportunities or full-time jobs or service opportunities can network with a variety of organizations seeking to hire right now.  Each employer has posted times on April 19 & 20 when they will be available to live chat online and many organizations have listed job opportunities in Go IRISH. 

Students can access registration information and job postings through their Go IRISH account:  The fair is accessible under the "Events" tab and searching for the keyword "VF16" on the Jobs tab will bring up a list of opportunities.  On the days of the fair, a student simply needs to access the fair under events and a "chat" bubble will be clickable if the employer is online.  

Anyone can view the employer registration information at this link:


'The Curious Character of the Scientist: Preliminary Results of a National Study of the Scientific Virtues'


Tuesday April 19, 2016
4:15PM - 6:00PM
DeBartolo Hall 207

Prof. Robert Pennock, Michigan State University, will discuss preliminary results from the Scientific Virtues Project, a national survey exploring the values that define what it means to be a scientist.  Learn more here.


Sober—Inebriated: The Epistolary Friendship of John C. H. Wu & Thomas Merton


Tuesday April 19, 2016
4:30 – 6:00 PM
McKenna Hall 106

From 1961 until Thomas Merton's death in 1968, the famous American author and monk Merton and Chinese Catholic author and scholar of law and philosophy, John C. H. Wu (吳經熊, Wu Jingxiong) corresponded often, forming a deep friendship around their common interest in Christian spirituality and Chinese humanism. In this talk John C. H. Wu's son, John Wu, Jr., will share his unique expertise on the Wu-Merton friendship, as well as his own friendship with Merton in 1967–68. This is a rare opportunity to learn about an important East-West spiritual friendship. Learn more [here].



Latino Studies Seminar Series: Prof. Marisel Moreno 


Monday, April 18, 2016
 Room 100-104 McKenna Hall

The Institute for Latino Studies' Spring 2016 Latino Studies Seminar series concludes with Marisel Moreno, Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, presenting "Undocumented Migration in the Hispanic Caribbean: Insular and Diaspora Literary Perspectives."

This series provides a venue for ILS colleagues to share their research with one another.  Lunch is provided at all sessions. Please RSVP to Idalia Maldonado at or by called 574-631-3672.


April 11-15 is Worker Appreciation Week

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April 11-15 is Worker Appreciation Week, a week dedicated to fueling conversation about workers' rights and to fostering connections between students and ND workers.

Sponsored by the Progressive Student Alliance, these events promote appreciation of on-campus workers and knowledge of worker's rights issues. (PSA will be in LaFortune from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Monday through Wednesday.)
• Documentary: “The Hand that Feeds”
The story of undocumented immigrant workers who united to fight for their livelihood at the risk of deportation. Casual discussion will follow.
Tuesday, April 12; 7 p.m. in Room 240, DeBartolo Hall
• Labor Round Table
A casual conversation with campus workers on the past, present and future of working conditions at Notre Dame.
Wednesday, April 13; 3 p.m. in Room 120, DeBartolo Hall
• Picnic
Free pizza and fellowship with on-campus workers.
Thursday, April 14; 3 p.m. on Fieldhouse Mall
• Labor Café
Join the Higgins Labor Program for caffeine and conversation on the topic of labor on campus (ND and beyond) facilitated by members of the Progressive Student Alliance. We provide the caffeine and treats to boost your energy; you bring the questions and concerns to inform the discussions.
Friday, April 15; 5 p.m. at the Coffee House, Geddes Hall

If you or your organization has any questions about Worker Appreciation Week, Progressive Student Alliance, or worker-related issues in general, feel free to contact Hannah Petersen or visit the Progressive Student Alliance website here. Notre Dame is a place where people of all interests can come together and become a force of good, and Worker Appreciation Week gives students an opportunity to form relationships, start dialogue, and ultimately make a change in the work environment at ND that will change workers' lives for the better.  Remember: ND workers' rights are human rights!


April 11-15 is Ally Week 2016

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Several campus organizations have come together to sponsor Ally Week 2016.  The second annual Ally Week focuses on how members of the ND community can help make Notre Dame's campus one that is welcoming of all, regardless of difference. Allies are imperative in helping to create a safe and inclusive campus community, where all may flourish and feel welcome, one in which the human dignity of each person is valued.  

• LGBTQ Drop-In Discussion Group: “Allyship”
How does identifying as an ally align with other aspects of your personhood (i.e., race, religion, socioeconomic status, etc.)? All LGBTQ and ally ND/SMC/HCC undergraduate students welcome. (Dinner included.)
Tuesday, April 12; 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. in the Coalition Lounge (second floor), LaFortune Student Center
• Ally Keynote Speaker: Judy Shepard
In 1998, Judy Shepard lost her son, Matthew, to a murder motivated by anti-gay hate. Speaking from a mother's perspective, Judy Shepard has made the prevention of hate crimes the focus of her efforts, and urges her audiences to make their schools and communities safer for everyone, regardless of their race, sex, religion or gender identity and/or expression.
Tuesday, April 12; 7:30 p.m. in Room 105, Jordan Hall of Science
• Film: “Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine”
The murder of Matthew Shepard was a devastating tragedy that made countless headlines around the world. As people denounced the hatred and senseless violence that caused Matthew’s death, a much-needed dialogue about hate crimes and intolerance against the LGBT community began and continues to this day. The film follows director Michele Josue, a close friend of Matt's, as she travels to pivotal locations in Shepard’s life, interviewing other friends and family members and gaining insight into the beautiful life and devastating loss of Matthew Shepard.
Wednesday, April 13; 9 p.m. in Room 214 DeBartolo Hall
• Ally Dinner
A variety of ND faculty, staff and students will offer insight on what it means to them individually to be an ally for others; small group discussion over dinner will follow the different speakers.
Thursday, April 14; 6 p.m. at Legends of Notre Dame


NDFTT Presents "Pride and Prejudice"


April 13-17, 2016
Wednesday, April 13 - Saturday, April 16 at 7:30PM
Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17 at 2:30PM
Patricia George Decio Theatre,
DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

American Studies majors Lesley Stevenson and Tyrel London play Mr. and Mrs. Bennet in this adaptation of the beloved Austen classic.

Adapted by Jon Jory
From the novel by Jane Austen

Directed by Anton Juan
Dances by Saint Mary's professor Rosalind Clark
Live music by riverrun country dance band

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.

The opening night performance on April 13 will be followed by a Regency Ball modeled after those staged annually by Professor Clark as the culmination of her class in Jane Austen dance.

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Arte Paño Contemporaneo: A Tradition Revived

Free Workshop
Thursday, April 14, 2016
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Notre Dame Center for Arts & Culture
1045 W. Washington Street, South Bend 

Closing Reception  & Artist Talk
Saturday, April 16, 2016
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.  
Notre Dame Center for Arts & Culture
1045 W. Washington Street, South Bend 

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Arte Paño Contemporaneo: A Tradition Revived  is a national art exhibit program curated by and resulted out from a short residency with the Instituto De Nuestra Cultura (INC.) founded by Chicago artist, Jesús Macarena-Ávila. INC. means “our institute of culture” affirms the idea that culture is best served when is passed as a tradition from one generation to another. Work inspired by "arte paño" on themes such as art as activism, gender, immigration, multiculturalism, and popular culture.

The exhibit features contemporary work inspired by a marginalized Chicano tradition, "arte paño" or handkerchief art which is currently being explored and inspired other contemporary Latin@ artists. Program's title Arte Paño Contemporaneo: A Tradition Revived implies how this tradition has been revisited and affirmed by others into a contemporary expression from an art form which originated with Mexican-Americans in prison or "la pinta".

Guest artist & exhibition curator, Jesus Macarena-Avila will be giving an free workshop on Thursday, April 14 from 5:30 to 7:00PM. Materials will be provided. RSVP's to this link are appreciated, but not neccessary.

There will be a free public closing reception on Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 4:30 - 6:30PM.  Arist-in-residence and guest curator of the exhibition, INC.'s Jesús Macarena-Ávila, will be giving an artist talk about the works.


Cushwa Center Spring Seminar in American Religion


Saturday, April 16, 2016
9:00AM - 12:00PM
Morris Inn Ballroom

Please join the Cushwa Center for the Spring Seminar in American Religion on April 15-16, 2016.

Mark A. Noll of the University of Notre Dame will discuss his new book, In the Beginning Was the Word: The Bible in American Public Life, 1492-1783 (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Commentators for this seminar are Brendan J. McConville, Boston University, and Beth Schweiger, independent scholar.


"Creative Sacred Music" Lecture Series

Friday & Saturday, April 15-16, 2106
Crowley Hall

The lecture series "Creative Sacred Music " hosted by the Conducting Studio of Sacred Music at Notre Dame, with support from a Henkels Grant, invites you to two lectures by major American composers Augusta Read Thomas and Leonardo Balada.

Augusta Read Thomas, Professor  of Composition at the University of Chicago, will lecture on "The Power of Sacred Texts in the Concert Hall", and discuss her own compositions, some of which were commissioned by Notre Dame. Ms. Thomas has been praised by The New Yorker magazine as  a "true virtuoso composer," and she has been the recipient of many awards, homages and portrait concerts in the major cities of the US. 

Date and Place:  Friday, April 15, 12:15-1:30, Crowley 115

Leonardo Balada is the Professor of Composition Emeritus and former Chair of Composition at Carnegie Mellon  University. In that role he has been the teacher of some of the most active composers in the US today.  Professor Balada has been concerned with large topics in history and social justice.  He will lecture on "Las Moradas": Constructing the Large Scale Work on Religious Topics." This session will include an open seminar where students in the Sacred Music Program at Notre Dame will show their plans for large scale compositions. He will be the subject of a portrait concert performed by Ensemble Concept/21 at Indiana University South Bend.

Date and Place: Saturday, April 16, 10 am -12 noon, Crowley 122


The Revenant

Saturday, April 16, 2016
Browning Cinema, DPAC

Directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu
With Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson
Rated R, 150 minutes, DCP

Introduced by Jon Coleman, Professor of History, Author of “Here Lies Hugh Glass: a Bear, a Mountain Man, and the Rise of the American Nation.”  Also available for conversation after the movie.

Deep in the unchartered American wilderness, hunter Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is severely injured and left for dead by a traitorous member of his team, John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). With sheer will as his only weapon, Glass must navigate a hostile environment, a brutal winter and warring tribes in a relentless quest to survive and exact vengeance on Fitzgerald. Nominated for 12 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. 


Michiana's African Connection Series

Sunday, April 17, 2016
3:00PM - 5:00PM
Civil Rights Heritage Center
1040 W. Washington
South Bend, IN  46601

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Dr. Lamarr Shields Lecture, Reception, Book Signing

Thursday, April 14, 2016
Indiana University South Bend
Education and Arts Building, Room 1011
1700 W. Mishawaka Ave
South Bend, Indian 46615
















Creative Process Lecture by Vanessa German 


Thursday, April 14, 2016
Snite Museum of Art 

View White Rit, the Snite Museum's recent acquisition by German, and talk about process in 3D assemblage art. Feel free to come and go as your class/teaching schedule allows.

Vanessa German is an award winning multidisciplinary artist based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s historic Homewood neighborhood. Her sculptural work has been shown and exhibited in galleries and museums nationwide, including the Snite Museum of Art and is in several public and private collections.
This year the Huffington Post noted her, “One of 30 contemporary art makers under 40 that you should know about.”  The Snite Museum of Art recently acquired her sculpture White Rit, 2013 (below) which is on view in the Museum’s upper atrium.

German has pioneered a performance style called Spoken Word Opera; a dynamic hybrid of spoken word poetry infused with the theatrical elements of Opera, Hip Hop, and African Storytelling. She has written and performed several evening length Spoken Word Operas including, “root”, “testify”, “fire” and been featured performer at The Vineyard Playhouse, The August Wilson Center for African American Culture, Rochester University, TEDx Harvard, TEDx MIT, TED Women, and TED Education.
German is also the founder of, “Love Front Porch” and Homewood’s Art House, and the creator of the “STOP SHOOTING, WE LOVE YOU” yard signs.


Hmong Memory at the Crossroads—Three Generations, Three Continents, One Culture

Thursday, April 14, 2016
7:30PM - 10:30PM
Browning Cinema, DPAC
Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Protagonist Liachoua Lee, film co-director Professor Safoi Babana-Hampton (Michigan State University), Professor John Duffy (University of Notre Dame), and Professor Panivong Norindr (University of Southern California), will discuss the film after the screening.Hmong Memory at the Crossroads is a 2015 documentary that weaves the stories of three generations of Hmong refugees in the US Midwest and in France. Liachoua Lee, a Hmong-American, revisits his past as a former refugee and son of veterans of the First Indochina War and the Secret War in Laos. Beginning with his life in Detroit, Lee’s journey takes him to France, a place where he and his family sought asylum before immigrating to America, and an emotional return to his Laotian homeland.

This event is co-sponsored by the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the Henkels Lecture Series and the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Teaching Beyond the Classroom Grant, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.


Senior Thesis Research Presentations

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
188 DeBartolo Hall

Come hear what the seniors have been researching all year!

Senior Thesis Presentations Poster 2016


A Tale of Two Synods: What's Become of Catholic Marriage and What to Do About It

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Carey Auditorium, Hesburgh Library

Presented by Kent Lasnoski, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Theology, Wyoming Catholic College, this lecture is part of the Michael Mathis, C.S.C. Lecture Series, which promotes the study and practice of liturgy on the campus of Notre Dame during the academic year. 

The lecture is free and open to the public. 

Presented by the Notre Dame Institute for Church Life.


Bill McKibben to deliver 22nd annual Hesburgh Lecture in Ethics and Public Policy

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
McKenna Hall Auditorium

Bill McKibben, author, scholar and environmentalist, will deliver the 22nd annualHesburgh Lecture in Ethics and Public Policy at 4 p.m. April 12(Tuesday) in the McKenna Hall Auditorium at the University of Notre Dame.


McKibben’s lecture, “The Last Ditch Effort for a Working Climate: Report from the Front Lines,” will offer strategies and tactics for countering climate change in the context of the Paris climate accords, Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, and the hottest year ever measured on the planet, 2015. This lecture is free and open to the public.

McKibben is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a founder of, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement. McKibben’s 1989 book “The End of Nature” is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has been translated into 24 languages.

“Bill McKibben is at the forefront of environmental thinking and activism,” said Ruth Abbey, interim director of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. “We all will benefit immensely from hearing and learning from him on this vitally important topic.”

The Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, which is now an integral part of Notre Dame’s new Keough School of Global Affairs, established the Hesburgh lectures in 1995 in honor of the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., the late president emeritus. Each year, a distinguished scholar, policymaker and/or peace advocate is invited to deliver a major lecture on an issue related to ethics and public policy in the context of peace and justice.

Past Hesburgh lecturers have included Ebrahim Rasool (2014), South Africa’s ambassador to the United States; Amartya Sen (2012), 1998 winner of the Nobel Prize in economics, Lamont University professor and professor of economics and philosophy at Harvard University; Shirin Ebadi (2009), 2003 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, lawyer and human rights advocate in Iran; and Congressman Lee Hamilton (2005), former vice-chair of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks and former chairman/ranking member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

 Students who plan to attend are encouraged (but not required) to RSVP at greeND’s Facebook event.


CUSE Undergraduate Workshop C: Presenting and Publishing Basics

Monday, April 11, 2016
4:00PM - 5:00PM
CUSE, 110 Brownson Hall

This workshop will help you navigate the two most important venues for disseminating your research: academic conferences and publications. We discuss how to locate an appropriate conference or journal for your research, compose an abstract, and prepare and submit a manuscript.   Speaking to an audience can be daunting, but proper planning can reduce anxiety. This workshop will help you organize your research into a compelling oral or poster presentation, and offer you advice on delivering your presentation and fielding questions. All are welcome. There is no need to register in advance.


Asian and Pacific Islander Luncheon

Tuesday April 12, 2016
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
LaFortune Ballroom

Please Join Multicultural Student Programs and Services for its annual Asian and Pacific Islander Luncheon on Tuesday, April 12th from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM at LaFortune Ballroom.


OTHELLO Road Trip This Saturday with Shakespeare at Notre Dame


Saturday, April 9, 2016

Join SND for a day trip to the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Enjoy a matinee performance of Othello for only $40! Witness what the Chicago Sun-Times called, "an endlessly revelatory production."

To reserve your seat, contact Shakespeare at Notre Dame audience development manager Aaron Nichols at or 574.631.3777.

See the trip schedule, performance details, and more at theFacebook Event Page.


Agency, Persons & Kant Conference

April 8-9, 2016
210-214 McKenna Hall

The Department of Philosophy presents a conference in honor of Karl Ameriks.  Download the conference program here.



Loyal Daughters and Sons 2016 - What's Next?

April 6-9, 2016
Post-Show Panel Discussion on April 9 at 3:30 p.m.

Loyal Daughters and Sons, now in its 10th year, gathers anonymous stories from the Notre Dame and Saint Mary's communities about gender issues, gender identity, sexuality, and sexual assault. We then take those stories and adapt them for the stage, so that we can tell the stories that otherwise would not be heard. 

We want to build on the conversation about sexual violence that has been growing on campus over the past two years, so this year our theme is asking "What's Next?" This question is relevant when it comes to sexual assault, but it is also relevant to our community on addressing the other issues around gender, sexuality, and identity. On Saturday at 3:30, there will be a post-show panel of students and faculty discussing this theme. People are welcome to attend the panel without attending the performance.

More information here.



The Impact of Laughter and Humor in Our Past and Today's Digitized World

April 7-8, 2016 
200 McKenna Hall 

Led by: friend of the Institute for Latino Studies, Prof. Otto Santa Ana, a Templeton Fellow and visiting professor from University of California, Los Angeles 

A Templeton Colloquium at the *NDIAS

 See poster for schedule of events or visit:

Sponsored by John Templeton Foundation and *Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS)


Film Screening: Reembarque/Reshipment

Friday, April 8, 2016
7:00 pm, discussion to follow
Andrews Auditorium, Geddes Hall

The Haiti Working Group would like to invite you to a screening of Reembarque/Reshipment by acclaimed Cuban documentary filmmaker, Gloria Rolando.  “Reembarque/Reshipment” (58 min.  In Spanish, with English subtitles)   deals with a forgotten chapter in Cuban history when, in response to the 1930’s depression in sugar prices, thousands of Haitian laborers were forcefully repatriated (“reshipped”) to Haiti. The film combines the voices of historians and Haitian witnesses into a powerful tribute to the interwoven destinies of the peoples of Cuba and Haiti. This would be an excellent event to invite your friends and colleagues interested in Cuba and Haiti, migration and labor. For more information:


Film Screening: Mountains May Depart

Friday and Saturday, April 8-9, 2016
9:00 p.m.

This Friday and Saturday night at 9:00 pm, ​the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center screens Chinese master filmmaker Ji Zhangke's latest, Mountains May Depart (2015)​, what the DPAC's website calls "an intensely moving study of how China’s economic boom and the culture of materialism it has spawned has affected the bonds of family, tradition and love.

For more information and tickets, click here.


Notre Dame Gender Studies Program Offers Writing Awards Competition

Submissions due by NOON on Friday, April 8, 2016

Genevieve D. Willis Senior Thesis Prize Competition

Genevieve D. Willis Senior Thesis Prize for the best thesis written by an undergraduate at Notre Dame on a topic related to Gender Studies ($150). This prize is named in honor of Genevieve D. Willis, whose family has provided an endowment for the Gender Studies Program.

The winning submission should be a 25 or more page academic thesis addressing issues pertaining to Gender Studies. It must have been written during the academic year. As we mention on our home page, “Gender Studies analyzes the significance of gender—and the cognate subjects of sex, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, religion, and nationality—in all areas of human life, especially in the social formation of human identities, practices, and institutions.” The winning thesis will address gender, or gender plus any of these cognates. The winning thesis will demonstrate advanced, if not original, academic research in Gender Studies. Stylistically, the winning thesis will conform to the expectations of professional academic research and writing at the advanced undergraduate level.

Philip L. Quinn Essay Prize Competition

Philip L. Quinn Essay Prize for the best academic essay written by an undergraduate at Notre Dame on a topic related to Gender Studies ($100). This prize is named in honor of Professor Philip L. Quinn (1940-2004) who taught in the Notre Dame Philosophy Department for many years and was a generous supporter of the Gender Studies Program.  Philip Quinn joined the faculty of University of Notre Dame in 1985 as the John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophy.  A scholar who specialized in the philosophy of religion and the philosophy of science, Quinn was the author of more than 200 articles, reviews, and entries in major reference works and presented more than 180 papers or lectures for learned societies and universities.  He served as the editor of Faith and Philosophy from 1990-1995 and on the editorial boards of eight other journals, and was a significant force in the American Philosophical Association.  In 2003, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The winning submission should be an academic essay written by an undergraduate for a course taken at the University of Notre Dame. The academic essay may take the form of a research paper but cannot be a senior thesis. It must address issues of gender, or gender plus any of its cognates, as defined above. The winning essay will demonstrate advanced work in Gender Studies. It will also have a logical structure, clear language, and a well-supported argument.

Submissions for the thesis prize competition and the essay prize competition should be sent electronically to: on or by NOON on the Second Friday in April.

Submission Guidlines


Department of Africana Studies Accepting Nominations for Student Awards

Submission deadline for all awards is 5:00pm, FRIDAY, April 8, 2016


The Department of Africana Studies invites all interested students to apply for the following awards presented annually by the Department.  

Hammon-Wheatley Creative Arts Award

Honoring the lives of Jupiter Hammon (1711- ca. 1806) and Phillis Wheatley (ca. 1753-1784), this Department of Africana Studies award seeks to recognize excellence in the literary, performing, media, industrial, and heritage arts. Hammon and Wheatley were two of this nation’s earliest poets of African American descent. Awards are open to graduating seniors and graduate students for an original creation in poetry, dance, music, film, theatre, graphic design, and/or folk art related to the Diaspora. Faculty, staff, and students may nominate candidates from the Notre Dame student body by completing the nomination form found at the link below.

Wright, Flint-Hamilton & Mason Award

The Wright, Flint-Hamilton, and Mason Award, also known as the Directors’ Award, is open to graduating seniors and graduate students.  The award honors three prior directors of the African and African American Studies Program whose leadership enabled AFST to contribute substantially to the Notre Dame and greater Michiana communities. The award recognizes excellence in research on a topic exploring social, political, economic, and/or cultural aspects of the African and African American Diaspora.Submissions should be academic papers on a topic related to African, African American, or African Diaspora life, broadly construed of at least 10 pages in length.  Faculty, staff, and students may nominate candidates from the Notre Dame student body by completing the nomination form found at the link below.

Africana Studies Award for Community Spirit and Service

The Africana Studies Award for Community Spirit and Service honors outstanding academic achievement and community service by an undergraduate or graduate student.  Those nominated must have a grade point average of 3.0 or better and be currently enrolled as juniors, seniors, or graduate students.  Faculty, staff, and students may nominate candidates from the Notre Dame student body by completing the nomination form found at the link below.

Africana Studies Academic Freedom Award

The Academic Freedom Award recognizes the contribution of a student, faculty, staff member, and/or an organization that has gone above and beyond the call of duty to preserve the academic integrity and freedom of Our Lady’s University as noticed by a faculty member or affiliated faculty member of the Africana Studies Department. Nominations are complete by completing the nomination form found at the link below.   



Book Reading: "Come This Way, There Is An Exit"







Thursday, April 7, 2016
6:00PM - 7:30PM
Civil Rights Heritage Center
1040 West Washington
South Bend, IN 46601


Author Nimbilasha Cushing shares her story as someone who would not let herself be trapped by poverty, racism, or the odds. 

Come This Way, There Is An Exit tells the story of three generations of Cushing’s family, bringing to life the men, women, and children who shaped during her formative years. Having neither a college degree nor any formal writing training, her self-published memoir has proved to be a favorite among a wide variety of readers all across the country.  

Join us as Ms. Cushing, or “Nimbi” as she is known, shares her words and her life. 

This event is free, and we would love to welcome you and your friends to join! 



Celeste Doaks: "Cornrows and Cornfields"

Thursday, April 7, 2016
6:00 PM
Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture

This poetry reading presented by the Department of Africana Studies will be held at the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture at 1045 W. Washington Street in South Bend. Light refreshments will follow.







Agency, Persons & Kant Conference

April 8-9, 2016
210-214 McKenna Hall

The Department of Philosophy presents a conference in honor of Karl Ameriks.  Download the conference program here.


Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize Reading


Wednesday, April 6, 2016
7:30PM - 8:30PM
210-214 McKenna Hall

Letras Latinas and the Institute for Latino Studies welcome David Campos (winner of the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize) and Rhina P. Espaillat (judge) for a campus poetry reading on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. The 7:30 p.m. reading is preceded by a reception and book signing from 6:15 -7:15 p.m.

Rhina P. Espaillat, judge of the 2014 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize, describes Furious Dusk,David Campos’s winning collection, as "a work whose five parts trace a son’s efforts—only partially successful—to fulfill his father’s expectations and—perhaps even more difficult—understand those expectations enough to forgive them.” The poet’s reflections are catalyzed by learning of his father’s impending death, which, in turn, forces him to examine his father’s expectations against his own evolving concept of what it means to be a man.

This event is free and open to the public. 


Virtual Career Fair and Deloitte Office Hours


April 5-6, 2016

*Students & Alumni will Meet recruiters live online...It's easy & efficient!
*Full-time, Internship, & Co-op Jobs (all Majors invited)
* Chance to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card

Additionally, Deloitte is hosting Virtual Office Hours, Wednesday, April 6, at 4:00 pm - Open to ALL Majors!  This is a GREAT way to openly learn from ND alumni and other professionals in this industry about Professional Services (including consulting and sales) and gain insight into this career field. Sign up on GoIRISH, and you will be sent a link so that you can join the discussion from your own laptop or phone.


For the Planet and the Poor


April 4-6, 2016

Monday, April 4: Mendoza College of Business

Tuesday- Wednesday, April 5-6: Hesburgh Center for International Development

The Keough School of Global Affairs is hosting a three-day conference focused on the surpising convergence of Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si' and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. All are welcome to attend the whole conference or individual sessions. Visit for a complete list of more than 35 speakers from the academy and the worlds of development policy and practice, government, the church, and other religious bodies.

Dr. Tom Tweed of the American Studies department will be chairing the Ecological Conversion Panel at 4:15PM on Tuesday, April 5!


CUSE Undergraduate Research Workshops

Workshop C: Presenting and Publishing Basics 

Tuesday April 5, 2016
4:00 - 5:00 pm
110 Brownson Hall

This workshop will help you navigate the two most important venues for disseminating your research: academic conferences and publications. We discuss how to locate an appropriate conference or journal for your research and compose an abstract for submission.  Speaking to an audience can be daunting, but proper planning can reduce anxiety. This workshop will help you organize your research into a compelling oral or poster presentation and offer you advice on delivering your presentation and fielding questions.

More information here.


Colonial Administration and Land Reform in East Asia

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

4:30 – 5:30 PM, reception following the talk

210 McKenna Hall

Prof. Cheung will discuss his work on East Asian land reform and colonial administration. Colonialism brought Western surveying techniques along with the concept of individualist (as opposed to collective) land ownership to indigenous societies; the resulting changes altered the relationship of the state to its citizens down to the very structure of local societies.

Professor Cheung is the director at the Research Centre for Ming-Qing Studies in the Research Institute for the Humanities, and an associate professor in the Department of History at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is the author of numerous books and arti- cles including The Price of Rice: Market Integration in Eighteenth-Century China (2008). More event information [here].


Wham! Bam! Poetry Slam! @ the Snite!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

5:00 PM

Snite Museum of Art

The University of Notre Dame Creative Writing Program, the Snite Museum of Art, and Spoken WordND will co-host the fourth annual Wham! Bam! Poetry Slam! on Tuesday April 5th. The event begins at 5:00 pm.

A poetry slam is a competitive event in which individual poets perform their work and are judged by random members of the audience. The rules for the competition are simple. Poems can be on any subject and in any style but must be original creations of the performers. Each poem must take less than three minutes to perform, and these performances may not use props, costumes, musical accompaniment, or memorization aids. Each poet will go through two rounds of performances. Judges are selected from the audience to rate each performed poem on the basis of the presentation of the poem and its content. In each of the two rounds of scoring, the highest and lowest of the judges’ scores are thrown out, and a tabulator calculates each contestant’s score.

An open mic session will kick the event off from 5 – 5:30 p.m., with the Slam starting at 5:30 p.m. 

The event is free and open to all. All Museum galleries will be open for viewing. Free parking is available in the B1 lot south of the football stadium after 4:00 p.m.


Exploring Laudato Si' and Sustainable Development

April 3-4, 2016

The United Nations Global Compact and the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame will convene a conference on April 3rd and 4th, 2016, designed to educate the community about the role of business and business schools in advancing the recently passed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to attract more companies to participate in the endeavor, and to assist in understanding how the Papal Encyclical on the Environment (Laudato Si', Our Care for Our Common Home) shares a common mission. Leading companies advancing the SDGs will address the meeting as well as scholars from around the world.

See the website for the agenda and registration information:

For a press release, see,

For further information, contact Oliver F. Williams.


Human Dignity Lecture and Conference 2016

April 3-5, 2016

McKenna Hall Auditorium

This interdisciplinary conference will be held in McKenna Hall Auditorium, Notre Dame on April 3-5, 2016 and will feature a range of scholars defending the concept of human dignity against recent philosophical attacks.

Cardinal Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja, Nigeria, will open the conference by delivering the 2016 Human Dignity Lecture at McKenna Hall on Sunday April 3 at 7:00p.m.. “The End of Human Dignity?” conference will feature noted philosophers and theologians including Cyril O’Regan, Leon Kass, Gustavo Gutiérrez and David Walsh, to name a few.

In recent years the concept of human dignity has come under intense scrutiny and has even been dismissed as “stupid” and “useless.” The erosion or outright dismissal of the concept of human dignity raises foundational questions, such as who is the human person and what kind of communities do we wish to inhabit? What would society look like if the language of human dignity were partly or entirely eliminated from public discourse? Such questions require that those who would assert the concept’s normativity must offer a philosophical and theological response that takes seriously the critique, renews the discourse, and offers new possibilities for how we may meaningfully engage the concept of human dignity.

The aim of this conference is threefold: 

  • to  clarify the philosophical and theological foundations of human dignity
  • to articulate a multivalent account of human dignity that is persuasive and appealing by considering the places and practices where the recognition of dignity of the human person cannot be so easily dismissed
  • to offer a vision of human dignity anchored in the logic of attending to weakness and vulnerability

Download the complete schedule here.

More information available here.


Reception to Celebrate New Minor in TESOL


Saturday, April 2, 2016

2:00PM - 5:00PM

LaFortune Student Center McNeill Room

The Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures recently began offering a Minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). To celebrate, we are holding a reception on Saturday, April 2 from 3 to 5pm. There will be food, live music, and short presentations from a variety of individuals discussing all the things you can do and the places you can go with a TESOL education. All are welcome!

A Minor in TESOL would have particular value for students pursuing graduate work in education, applied linguistics, or theoretical linguistics; prospective Peace Corps Volunteers, Teaching for America applicants, and Fulbright English Teaching Assistants, and English-language teaching positions while living abroad or studying another language outside of the United States. 

A Minor in TESOL is a great complement to any majors who are interested in other cultures and languages or plan to work with individuals for whom English is a second language. 

Learn more here.



Chi-Raq - Presented by the Notre Dame Africana Studies Film Series

Saturday, April 2, 2016

6:30 PM

Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center 

The latest "joint" from director Spike Lee is a modern-day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes. After the murder of a child by a stray bullet, a group of women led by Lysistrata organize against the ongoing violence in Chicago's South Side, creating a movement that challenges the nature of race, sex, and violence in American and around the world.


Indian Classical Music Concert

Saturday, April 2, 2016

7:00PM – 9:00PM

Carey Auditorium, Hesburgh Library

Featuring: Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (Mohan Veena), Vidushi Manju Mehta (Sitar), and Hindole Majumdar (Tabla). Tickets available at gate. General Admission: $10; AICMS Members and ND/SMC faculty: $5; Students: FREE


Fiestang Filipino

Saturday, April 2, 2016

7:00 PM

Washington Hall

Irish fans, get ready to be Filipino fans because It's Showtime! Inspired by a popular Filipino variety show, FASO will be hosting the 22nd annual Fiestang Filipino on Saturday, April 2 at 7PM at Washington Hall. Filipino food will be served at SDH prior to the show. Tickets are $3. Anyone is invited. Email for questions.


"Pie Your Professor" Challenge to benefit Camp Kesem  


Fundraising:  March 23 - April 1

Pie throwing:  5:00PM on Friday, April 1

Fieldhouse Mall (outside of LaFortune Student Center)

For the next two weeks, the Notre Dame campus is participating in the second annual Pie Your Professor challenge.  Camp Kesem Notre Dame is a student​-run organization that provides a free, one-week summer camp for the children of cancer patients, and all the money raised for this event ​will go to paying for camp this upcoming summer.

The event is a two​-​week competition between the Colleges of Arts and Letters, Science, and Business.  Each college has a team of three professors who spend two weeks raising as much money for their team as possible.  At the end of the event, the professors are pied in the face by our Camp Kesem campers.  Last year, the College of Science beat out a close battle with the College of Arts and Letters to come in first place, and the event as a whole raised over $3,000.

This year the Arts and Letters team is made up of ​Professors Anré Venter​ (​Psychology​)​, Paul Ocobock ​(​History​)​, and James McKenna ​(​Anthropology​)​.  Professors will be pied on Friday April 1 at 5pm in Fieldhouse Mall outside of Lafun.

If you want to show that the College of Arts and Letters can pull out the win this year and see Professors Venter, Ocobock, and McKenna pied by our campers​, please​ donate using this link

Learn who else you can pie and donate to the College of Science or College of Business here.

Get bragging rights over the other Colleges and see your favorite professors pied by donating now!


Technology Workshop: iMovie

Friday, April 1, 2016

4:30PM - 5:30PM

329 DeBartolo Hall MPR

Learn how to navigate the newest version of iMovie. iMovie basics from importing, editing, and publishing will be demonstrated. Other steps will be covered including adding titles, music, and effects. Please RSVP (here).


Undergraduate Julie Mardini (American Studies '19) will lead a discussion on "The Displaced Persons of Damascus: Syrian Refugees, Work, and International Politics."

Friday, April 1, 2016

5:00PM - 6:00PM

Geddes Hall Coffeehouse

All are welcome at the next Higgins Labor Cafe.  Please join fellow students, faculty and community members for a casual yet critical conversation about this relevant topic. As always, all perspectives and opinions are welcome.  Please click here for resources to get the conversation started.


Jellyfish Eyes (2015)

Friday April 1, 2016

9:30PM – 11:00PM

DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

The directorial debut from acclaimed artist Takashi Murakami, Jellyfish Eyes brings its creator’s endless imagination to the screen in a tale of family, friendship and loyalty, set in a world of fantasy that only Murakami could conjure. Having moved to a country town with his mother following the death of his father, young Masashi (Takuto Sueoka) immediately makes a most unlikely friend: a flying, jellyfish-like sprite that he nicknames Kurage-bo. Taking Kurage-bo under his wing and into the classroom, Masashi soon discovers that his schoolmates have similar friends—and that they, their creators, and the town itself are not all they seem to be. Free for kids 12 and under. More information [HERE]


"Making it in Africa: a History of the Matatu in Kenya"


Wednesday, March 30, 2016
4:30 PM
311 DeBartolo Hall

Professor Kenda Mutongi (Williams College) will give a lecture on the history of the Matatu transportation system in Kenya. Professor Mutongi is a professor of history at Williams College with a PhD in Africana studies from the University of Virginia. She teaches courses about various social, cultural, and religious issues in Africa. This lecture is presented by the Kellogg Institute Africa Working Group.



Hopi Runners and the Race to Modernity in the American West 1890-1930

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

5:00PM - 6:00PM

McGlinn Family Room (adjacent to Sandner Hall -- in the ACE building

University of Illinois Professor Matt Sakiestewa Gilbert (Hopi) will speak from his new work on Hopi Running.

This event is sponsored by the Native American Student Association of Notre Dame and Native Initiatives at Notre Dame.


Career Center Workshops

Backpack to Briefcase (for seniors)

Wednesday, March 30

6:00-7:00 pm

114 Flanner Hall

More here.

Seize the Summer! (for freshman, sophomores, juniors)

Make the MOST of your Summer Experience – Whatever and Wherever that may be!

Wednesday, March 30

6:00-7:00 pm

125 Debartolo

More here.



The Head of Joaquin Murrieta: Film Screening and Conversation with Filmmaker John J. Valadez

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

8:00 PM

Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Bring your friends, family and classes to this film screening and conversation sponsored by the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame. This is a FREE but ticketed event.  Tickets may be reserved by calling the DPAC ticket office at 574-631-2800; or, online at (please take note of caveat).

If you have any questions about the event, please contact the Institute for Latino Studies in 230 McKenna Hall, or at 574-631-4440.


American Studies and Gallivan Program Awards

Nominations Due March 30, 2016

American Studies & Gallivan Program JED Senior Awards

Please nominate yourself and/or a another student for the following American Studies and Gallivan Program JED Senior Awards.  The deadline for submission is March 30, 2016.  All nominations and submissions should be sent to Katie Schlotfeldt at the American Studies office - 1047 Flanner or  Names should be left off all writing samples. Please provide your contact info and associated titles to Katie separately.  For more information, visit here.

The J. Sinnott Meyers Award for outstanding service to the community - $500.00 Prize

J. Sinnott Meyers was to have graduated from Notre Dame in the spring of 1920. Unfortunately, he died in February of that year. Alonzo and Helen Meyers of Paducah, Kentucky, established the J. Sinnott Meyers "Burse" in memory of their beloved son. The Meyers Award is given for outstanding service to the community here at Notre Dame and beyond (i.e., local, state, and national levels of service).

This award is available to an American Studies Senior major.

Please nominate one of your classmates or yourself in writing for this award.

Nominations should be submitted in writing to support your candidate for this award.  State why you feel this person should receive the award.

The James E. and Barbara Murphy Award for exceptional journalism - $500.00 Prize

A 1947 graduate of Notre Dame, James E. Murphy entered the world of journalism while doing graduate work at the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University. He then joined ABC News Radio Network as a writer/editor. Murphy migrated to the field of public relations, returning to his alma mater as director of public information. From that day until his last assignment overseeing Notre Dame's 150th birthday commemoration, Murphy's influence was felt over the entire panoply of activities advancing the image of the University. After serving as the guiding hand of public relations for more than four decades, he retired as associate vice president for university relations. The Murphy award is given for exceptional journalistic writing.

This award is available to an American Studies Senior major or a Journalism Senior minor.

Please submit three articles, noting whether and where the articles were published.

The Paul Neville Award for excellence in journalism - $500.00 Prize

After graduating from Notre Dame in 1942, Paul Neville joined the South Bend Tribune as chief political reporter, then served as sports and managing editor. In 1957 he left to become managing editor of the Buffalo Evening News. Eventually, he was named executive editor of that paper. The Neville Award is for excellence in journalism.

This award is available to an American Studies Senior major or a Journalism Senior minor.

Please nominate one of your classmates or yourself for this award.

Nominations should be submitted in writing to support your candidate for this award.  State why you feel this person should receive the award.

The Professor James Withey Award for notable achievement in writing - $500.00 Prize

The Professor James Withey Award is given for notable achievement in writing. The department conducts a writing contest for seniors in honor of a legendary teacher of writing at Notre Dame. According to Thomas Stritch, a long-time professor at Notre Dame and a former student of Withey, "Withey was the best teacher I ever saw in action. He was not a prophet, like Frank O'Malley or Joe Evans, and he would not let a coterie or cult develop around him. He taught as a charity, God's work, and while he had the strongest likes and dislikes I ever saw, he gave each student his money's worth."

This award is available to an American Studies Senior major.

Please submit two samples of your writing, including academic papers, journalistic articles, or both.


Lecture: "Missionary Sisters in Ireland's Spiritual Empire"


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

4:30PM - 6:00PM

207 Debartolo Hall

Writing in 1963, Daniel Patrick Moynihan observed that creating the edifice of institutional Catholicism “is incomparably the most important thing [the Irish] have done in America. “ This is undoubtedly true, not only for the United States but for all the worlds the Irish settled in the long 19th century. But without religious women that institutional edifice could not have been built or sustained. Many thousands of Irish women chose exile in lands as diverse as Argentine and Australia, founding convents, asylums, refuges, schools, and hospitals in cities from Boston to Ballarat. Collectively, they made possible the creation of an Irish spiritual empire that has endured to nearly the present day, and helped to preserve a distinctively Irish Catholic identity across the English-speaking world.

Colin Barr is senior lecturer at the School of Divinity, History, and Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. His lecture will examine the recruitment, training, deployment, and impact of these Irish imperial women across the English-speaking world between 1830 and 1914.


"A Band of Sisters: Fighting for Employment Equality from the Assembly Line," featuring Kathy Jonas


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

6:30 -  8:30pm

Civil Rights Heritage Center
1040 West Washington
South Bend, IN 46601

Writer Kathy Jonas shares a story of courage that celebrates Women's History Month in South Bend.

“A Band of Sisters: Fighting for Employment Equality from the Assembly Line,” tells the story of a small group of blue-collar women who took on their employer – Uniroyal/Ball Band – in a class action lawsuit that uncovered endemic gender discrimination within Mishawaka, Indiana's largest workplace. Jonas tells the story through interviews conducted in the late 1990s as the company was in the process of closing its doors. 

This is a free event in partnership with the Women's and Gender Studies Program at IU South Bend and the Civil Rights Heritage Center. 

Public attendance is encouraged.  More information is available here.


The Semiotics of Spelling Bees: Sound, Temporality, Language and Materiality


Tuesday, March 29, 2016
5:00PM – 6:00 PM
329 DeBartolo Hall

Professor Shalini Shankar (Northwestern University) will give a special lecture at Notre Dame on March 29. Professor Shankar is a sociocultural and linguistic anthropologist whose central concerns include media, semiotics, race and ethnicity, youth culture, Asian America, and the South Asian diaspora. More information here.



Hoosier Women at Work


Saturday, March 26, 2016

8:30AM - 4:00PM

Indiana State Library, 315 W. Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204

This one-day conference will explore and expand knowledge of women’s contributions to Indiana through their labor via speakers, presentations, and panel discussions. The theme, “Hoosier Women at Work” is broadly defined but not limited to the following topics: volunteering for public welfare, contributing to Indiana’s agricultural heritage, caring for home and family, and wage earning occupations. Conference keynote speaker, Dr. Nancy Gabin, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Purdue University, will provide an overview and remarks at the luncheon.

Please find more information, including information regarding registration and the conference schedule, here.

The Higgins Labor Program at Notre Dame has agreed to sponsor some students wishing to attend this conference.  Please contact  Professor Dan Graff  at for more information.


Lecture: A House Divided - How Christians Accommodated and Resisted Early Muslim Rule


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

119 DeBartolo Hall

The Department of History presents a lecture by Dr. Christian Sahner, a historian of the Middle East and a Research Fellow at St. John’s College, University of Cambridge.


Japanese Video Game night

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

329 DeBartolo Hall MPR

Let's play some classic Nintendo games on the Japanese version of the Super Nintendo, the Super Famicom! How about some Super Mario, Zelda, Final Fantasy in its original 16 BIT glory? We even have an American Football game to play! This is a great and fun way to work on your Japanese vocabulary.




Wednesday,  March 23, 2016

8:00PM - 10:00PM

Browning Cinema, DPAC

Toxi-City is a Choose Your Own Adventure Novel in the form of a film: a movie that draws on a database of film clips about global warming. Every time the film is shown it has a different ending. It's also a great example of how writers are using new writing spaces to tell stories, to create hybrid works. More on this digital film and its creators here.

The creators, Scott Rettberg and Roderick Coover, will present. This event is free and open to the public.



2016 Symposium on St. Thomas Aquinas

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

7:00 - 8:00 p.m in the Rice Commons-Student Center on the campus of St. Mary's College

Speaker:  Fr. Brian Davies, O.P., Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Fordham University:  "Thomas Aquinas on God and Evil."  Discussion afterwards, reception immediately following event.

More information here.


Korea and Japan: Past, Present, and Future

Monday March 21

3:30 to 5:00 p.m. with reception to follow

202 Hesburgh Center

Dr. Jae Woong Lee, Vice Consul for the Republic of Korea, will discuss contemporary issues important to South Korea, peace and prosperity in Northeast Asia, and other global issues. Attendees will also gain insight into life as a diplomat.


Max and Emma Lecture series: Cécile Whiting


Monday, March 21, 2016

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Bond Hall Auditorium

The Department of Art, Art History & Design is pleased to announce that Prof. Cécile Whiting, Art History and Visual Studies, University of California at Irvine, will be this year’s featured speaker. 

Cécile will give a talk on the Pop artist Ed Ruscha titled "Ed Ruscha City Optics: Gunpowder Ribbon Drawings.” 

Co-sponsored by the Department of American Studies, this public lecture will take place on Monday, March 21st at 5:30 p.m.

Cécile will also meet with Art History majors the next day for a luncheon on the demands and rewards of the field.

More information here.


Tom Burman Lecture

Monday, March 21, 2016

4:30 p.m.

Eck Visitors Center Auditorium

Professor Tom Burman from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville,  will give a lecture on "“Ramon Martí and the Peoples of the Book: Judaism, Islam, and Scholastic Christian Identity”  Reception to follow.


CUSE Summer Funding Deadline

Friday, March 18, 2016

The deadline for students to submit grant proposals for summer projects (May - August) is March 18, 2016. 
All students should review the funding policies before submitting grant applications:


Undergraduate Scholars Conference- Abstract Submission

Abstract Submissions due Friday, March 18

The deadline for submitting an abstract for the USC and COS-JAM is Friday, March 18! Students can submit their abstracts at More information, including submissions instructions, can be found at


The Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance invites you to meet-connect-empower each other.   

Saturday, March 19

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Geddes Hall Cafe

"Creating light to ensure no one is left alone to stand in the Shadows" 

Because we all have a story to tell . . . 

RSVP here.



The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster 5 Years Later


Sunday March 20, 2016

2:00PM - 3:00PM

329 DeBartolo Hall

Kris and Akiko Gravender will give a talk titled "Reclaiming Fukushima" this Sunday (3/20) from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in Debartolo Hall Room 329. They will report on Fukushima Prefecture since the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. All are welcome to attend this special event!


Finding & Funding Your Internship - ND Career Center

Monday, March 21, 2016

5:00-6:00 p.m. in 114 Flanner Hall


Alumna Ally Brantley (HIST '09) Speaks on Academics and Activism

Thursday, March 17

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

208 Geddes Hall

The Higgins Labor Program welcomes back Ally Brantley (HIST '09) as part of the Higgins Friends and Alumni Network (HFAN) this Thursday, March 17, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm, in 208 Geddes. Ally will be on campus this week as an invited presenter at the Institute for Latino Studies' Young Scholars Symposium, and she is happy to make time to meet with students interested in the connections between academics and activism on issues such as migration, history, labor activism, and social justice. 

Ally Brantley (HIST '09)

Ally Brantley received her degree in History and the Hesburgh Program in Public Service from Notre Dame in 2009. During her time at Notre Dame, Ally was lucky enough to do an International Summer Service Learning Project (ISSLP) in Tijuana, Mexico, which led her to complete a senior honors thesis on the history of Tijuana during the Mexican Revolution of 1911. She went on to spend a year after graduation as an Americorps volunteer in El Paso, Texas, working with middle school students. In 2010, she started in the doctoral program in History at Yale, where she has taught courses on borderlands history and the history of beer in America, and -- just last week -- submitted her dissertation, which focuses on the boycott of Coors beer and its implications for social movements, labor activism, and the Chicana/o movement in the late 20th century United States. She is excited to be back at ND as part of the Institute for Latino Studies' Young Scholars Symposium. 

​The Higgins Friends and Alumni Network (​HFAN​)​ brings back to campus ND graduates who are actively working for social justice. Wondering about what to do after college? Hoping to connect your intellectual interests and social concerns with a career? Worried about making a living while also making a positive impact? Let us introduce you to ​alumni like ​Ally, who asked​ themselves​ similar questions ​not that long ago​.

Contact Daniel Graff, Director of the Higgins Labor Studies Program, for more information at or visit the Higgins Labor Studies Program website at


Undergraduate Research Workshops

Workshop B: Crafting a Strong Grant Proposal
Monday, March 14, 2016
4 - 5pm
CUSE (110 Brownson Hall)

Do you need funds to undertake a research project, conference presentation, unpaid internship, or service project? Workshop B will introduce you to the array of ND grants designed to support undergraduate intellectual and creative endeavors outside the classroom. The workshop will review the various components of a grant application and provide guided instruction to help you craft a compelling project proposal.  Appropriate for all undergraduates from all colleges applying to all Notre Dame funding sources.

Workshop C: Presenting and Publishing Basics
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
4 - 5pm
CUSE (110 Brownson Hall)

This workshop will help you navigate the two most important venues for disseminating your research: academic conferences and publications. We will discuss how to locate an appropriate conference or journal for your research and compose an abstract for submission.  Speaking to an audience can be daunting, but proper planning can reduce anxiety. This workshop will help you organize your research into a compelling oral or poster presentation and offer you advice on delivering your presentation and fielding questions.


Sorin Scholars

Application Deadline March 15, 2016

Sorin Scholar Class of 2019 Application Now Available

First year students interested in applying to the CUSE Sorin Scholar program should visit:

The Sorin Scholars program is an initiative of the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE). The Sorin Scholars program admits 15-20 first-year students annually who are selected through a competitive application process during the spring semester. We select a cohort of students who have excelled during their first year at the University in terms of scholarly engagement (e.g., research, creative endeavors, leadership) but are not part of an existing honors or scholars program on campus. Sorin Scholars are supported during their sophomore, junior, and senior years through specialized advising, unique programming, and priority funding consideration. Chosen from all undergraduate colleges and schools, our scholars represent a wide-ranging, dynamic, and interdisciplinary group.

Mind, Soul, World: Consciousness in Nature

March 14-15, 2016, in McKenna Hall, rooms 100-104

A Templeton Colloquium offered by Professor David Bentley Hart, Templeton Fellow at the NDIAS, March 14-15, 2016

In this two-day Templeton Colloquium, Professor David Hart will explore the mystery of consciousness (the entirety of mental life), posing critical questions such as the place of nature within mind, and probing more traditional assumptions about the physicalist emergentist accounts of the origins of consciousness. In dialogue with other scholars he will take up the idea that careful reflection on the nature of consciousness yields an understanding of consciousness to which certain classical understandings of the soul (Western and Eastern) may prove far better suited than more materialist reductionist approaches.

This colloquium brings together scholars from history, philosophy, and theology to examine critical topics about consciousness including whether consciousness can evolve or emerge from matter, intentionality and the transcendental ends of consciousness, classical metaphysics of the soul, Eastern contributions to the understanding of consciousness, and the soul and the whole of being. Presenters include: John Betz, Stephen R. L. Clark, William Desmond, Robert Gimello, Paul Griffiths, Michael Hanby, Gerald McKenny, John Milbank, Trent Pomplun, Cyril O'Regan, David C. Schindler, and Janet Soskice.

No registration is necessary. Panel sessions will be held March 14 and 15, 2016, in McKenna Hall, rooms 100-104. All sessions are open to the University community and the general public and will be simulcast live via the NDIAS website. For schedule and session information, a list of presenters, simulcast access, and a copy of the pre-circulated introductory paper, please visit the Colloquium website at: or contact Donald Stelluto, Associate Director of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, at


Distinguished Visiting Professor Lecture with Manuel Pastor

Wed Mar 16, 2016, 4:00PM - 5:30PM

202 McKenna Hall

As the ILS 2016 Distinguished Visiting Professor, Manuel Pastor will present a public lecture titled “Looking Forward: Demographic Change, Economic Uncertainty and the American Future.” Professor Pastor is a professor of Sociology and American Studies at the University of Southern California, as well as director of the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, and director of the Center for the Study of Immigration Integration. The lecture is being held in conjunction with his participation in the Young Scholars Symposium being convened March 15-17th by the Institute for Latino Studies.


Historian John Low

Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

108A Riley Hall

A reading & discussion from his recently released book Imprints: The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians & the City of Chicago 

Low’s work examines the ways some Pokagon Potawatomi tribal members have maintained a distinct Native identity, their rejection of assimilation into the mainstream, and their desire for inclusion in the larger contemporary society without forfeiting their Indianness.” 

Mindful that contact is never a one-way street, Low also examines the ways in which experiences in Chicago have influenced the Pokagon Potawatomi. Imprints continues the recent scholarship on the urban Indian experience before as well as after World War II.

Sponsored by the Native American Student Association of Notre Dame and Native American Initiatives.

The Creative Writing Program presents the third and event of the Spring 2016 MFA Graduate Reading Series.

This reading will feature first-year poets Zack Anderson and Chris Muravez, and first-year prose writer Sarah Snider. Come to Geddes Hall Café Wednesday, March 2, at 7: 30 PM to hear these talented writers read their creative works.

About the readers:

Zack Anderson's poems drizzle investigations of masculinity, pop culture, and embodied being with a syrupy glaze of dark snark and paralytic pessimism.

Chris Muravez heretically writes about War and Apocalypse with the audacity of fire and brimstone.

Sarah Snider’s work explores various types of fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, and personal essay, at times blending all styles together

This event is free and open to the public! 


World Religions Through Their Scriptures 
HarvardX Course created by Harvard Divinity School

Launches March 1st

What do scriptures of major religions really say? What interpretations rise to prominence in a given historical or cultural moment? Which decline, and why? Who gets to interpret what scriptures mean? How do communities of faith negotiate differences within their own traditions?

On March 1, Harvard Divinity School is launching a new edX course, “World Religions Through Their Scriptures,” a free open online course that introduces participants to some of the central texts of five major world traditions and examines common themes (gender, violence and peace, the arts, etc.) through the lens of their different scriptures. Registration is now open.

A panel of distinguished professors will discuss their new HDS/HarvardX online course “World Religions Through Their Scriptures" on March 1st at 5:30pm in the Sperry Room, Andover Hall. 

The course instructors and panelists are: Diane Moore, Senior Lecturer on Religious Studies and Education and director of the Religious Literacy Project; Karen King, Hollis Professor of Divinity; Charles Hallisey, Yehan Numata Senior Lecturer on Buddhist Literatures; Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures; Shaye Cohen, Nathan Littauer Professor of Hebrew Literature and Philosophy; and Neelima Shukla-Bhatt, Associate Professor of South Asian Studies, Wellesley College.

More information:


"Sustaining Religious-Secular Pluralism: Beyond the Discourse of Power"

Featuring Slavic Jakelic, assistant professor of humanities and social thought at Christ College, the honors college of Valparaiso University and Kroc Institute Visiting Research Fellow

Tuesday, March 1 at 4 p.m., room C103 Hesburgh Center for International Peace Studies

For more information, click on this link.


17th Annual Black Issues Conference

Bowling Green State University

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Registration deadline is February 12, 2016

Registration is $15.00 and includes lunch

Register and more information at

The conference features a wide range of research and creative presentations by students, faculty, and staff, including visual and performing arts and critical analyses of contemporary Black society and culture from across the academic spectrum. Special emphasis is placed on current social and political movements, such as #BlackLivesMatter, and the issues of importance to Black communities as we look ahead to the 2016 election cycle.  

Keynote: Rosa Clemente, “If I Was President”, Beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Rosa Clemente will deliver the keynote address at the Black Issues Conference luncheon. Clemente was the vice-presidential candidate of the Green Party in the 2008 elections, and has spoken widely on issues of Afro-Puerto Rican identity, feminism, and hip-hop activism. A graduate of SUNY-Albany and Cornell University, Clemente has studied and lectured across the country on nationalist movements, particularly those involving young people of color, and frequently speaks on youth participation in politics. Over the last twenty years, she has written for Clamor Magazine, The Final CallThe Black World Today, and The Ave., and been interviewed extensively by CNN, C-SPAN, Democracy Now!, and other media outlets. Clemente’s intersectional approach to Black identity and politics is well-suited to the current moment, and is sure to draw attention from a large and diverse group of constituencies here at BGSU and in the surrounding communities.


Lift Every Voice: Celebrating the African American Spirit

Saturday, February 27, 2016

7:00 p.m.

IUSB Campus Auditorium, Northside Hall

By Neil King.  The South Bend Symphonic Choir and the IU South Bend Gospel Choir will be joined by special guests this year to celebrate Black History Month in Lift Every Voice: Celebrating the African American Spirit on February 27 at 7 pm. This charge for this event is $3 for general public and free to students and children.

The Chicago Solisti String Quartet and Marques Garrett are both coming to the Raclin School of the Arts to perform at the concert.

The Chicago Solisti String Quartet is from Chicago and will be the first quartet to ever perform at the annual concert. The quartet is comprised of Kyle Dickson, violin; Renaudo Christiansen-Robinson, violin; Cierra Asmond, viola; and Victor Sotelo, cello.

Marques Garrett is a young composer is a young composer, 30 years old, who is pursuing his doctorate’s degree at Florida State University.

Garrett will have four of his compositions played at the concert to demonstrate a contrast in style with four of Dean Marvin Curtis’ compositions.

“We want to show the difference in composition styles from the older style to the newer,” Curtis says. “Bringing Garrett, a living young composer, to the stage is a great way to do that. He is a bright young mind that we are likely to see again in the music world somewhere down the road.”

More information here.



Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar: Hazel Carby

Thursday, February 25, 5:00- 6:00 p.m.

Mendoza College of Business, Jordan Auditorium

The English Department cordially invites you to a lecture by Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Hazel Carby of Yale University. Professor Carby will speak on "Black Futurities: Shape-shifting beyond the Limits of the Human” at 5:00 pm Thursday, February 25, in the Jordan Auditorium, Mendoza College of Business. A reception will follow.

Hazel Carby is the Charles C. and Dorathea S. Dilley Professor of African American Studies and American Studies and director of the Initiative on Race, Gender, and Globalization. Awarded the Modern Language Association’s 2014 Hubbell Medal for Lifetime Achievement in American Literary Studies, she is the author of, among others, Reconstructing Womanhood: The Emergence of the Afro-American Woman NovelistRace MenCultures in Babylon; and Imperial Intimacies (forthcoming), which deals with the intimate imperial entanglements of the islands of Britain and Jamaica from the anti-Napoleonic war to the anti-fascist war. Her new work in progress is entitled Treason-Workers. At Yale she teaches courses on the literature and art of the black Atlantic and the Caribbean; the transnational imaginaries of contemporary fiction; and science fiction in literature, visual culture and music.

Learn more here.


How Tolerant Can Religious Believers Really Be?

Thursday, February 25, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Coleman Morse, 1st Floor Lounge (Room 104)

It’s good to be tolerant of others’ religious views, right? Not only does it seem like the morally enlightened thing to do, but also helps keep peace in a diverse society like ours. But it looks like certain religious believers are forced to deny that tolerance of other religions is valuable. Christianity, for instance, claims that there is only one truth and one right way to live; and Christians are called to make disciples of non-believers, not sit back and let non-believers continue in their mistaken beliefs and lives of sin. Can members of exclusivist religions like this be genuine and coherent in tolerating non-believers? 

We will discuss these questions at this semster’s "Food for Thought," a dinner and discussion series open to undergraduates. Over a free catered dinner, participants will listen to Anne Jeffery, a postdoc at Notre Dame, give a brief talk about tolerance and exclusivism. Then, they will discuss the talk with their peers, and follow up with Anne in a Q & A session. The event will take place in the first floor lounge of Co-Mo (rm 104) at 6:30pm on Thursday, Feb 25th.

RSVP here or email if you would like to attend.

More information about the Food for Thought Lecture Series:



Emerging Poets of Color

Thursday, February 25, 7:30 p.m.

100 McKenna Hall

Reading followed by book signing.  Co-Sponsors include: Multicultural Student Programs and Services, Africana Studies, Graduate School, Gender Studies, American Studies, the English Department, Letras Latinas, and the Creative Writing Program.

Christopher Soto (aka Loma) is a queer latinx punk poet & prison abolitionist and author of the chapbook Sad Girl Poems (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2016). They cofounded The Undocupoets Campaign with Javier Zamora & Marcelo Hernandez Castillo in 2015, and together, the Undocupoets were awarded the Barnes and Noble Writer's Writer award, previously given to authors like Junot Diaz and Margaret Atwood. Loma has been named as an emerging poet to watch out for in articles such as 10 Up and Coming Latinx Poets You Need to Know by Remezcla. They edit Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color with the Lambda Literary Foundation. 

Nate Marshall’s first book, Wild Hundreds (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015), won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, was listed on several Top Poetry Books of 2015. Recently nominated for a 2015 NAACP Image Award, and he is a coeditor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (2015), he earned his MFA at the University of Michigan, where he served as a Zell postgraduate fellow. He is a founding member of the poetry collective Dark Noise. A Cave Canem fellow, the star of the award winning full-length documentary Louder Than a Bomb, he has been featured on the HBO original series Brave New Voices. Marshall received the 2014 Hurston/Wright Founding Members Award for College Writers and the 2013 Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award. In 2015, he was awarded a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation.


CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER:  American Studies Club Event: #oscarssowhite: Hollywood's Race Problem and the 2016 Award Season


Wednesday, February 24, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

LaFortune Student Center, Dooley Room

The American Studies Club is excited to be hosting its first event of 2016: a conversation with none other than Jason Ruiz surrounding the Oscars, race, boycotts, and the culture of Hollywood. Please see the poster, mark you calendars, and tell your friends! (Non-AMST people are more than welcome to attend!)

American Studies Major - Information Night

Tuesday, February 16 at 5:30 p.m.

119 O'Shaugnessy Hall

Please consider yourselves personally invited to the American Studies Major Information Night coming up on Tuesday Feb. 16 at 5:30 in 119 O'Shag.  We will have departmental faculty members as well as a large panel of current majors there for you to meet.  After a very short overview of the program, we'll introduce the group and open it up for questions.  Topics of conversation may include courses, internships, research, careers, senior theses, study abroad, and whatever else you'd like to know. Please join us and help spread the word - friends, classmates, and roommates are welcome!  In the meantime, feel free to check out our web page.  Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn too!



Midwest Undergraduate Conference in Gender Studies
New Directions in Gender Studies: 2016

February 12-13, 2016

The 2nd biennial Midwest Undergraduate Conference in Gender Studies

The Gender Studies Program will host the New Directions in Gender Studies: 2016 conference on February 12 and 13, 2016 with our colleagues in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at Saint Mary’s College and the Program of Women's and Gender Studies at Indiana University South Bend. We are eagerly looking forward to an extended, two-day conversation that is focused on gender issues and developed amongst the conference participants, who we anticipate will come from a variety of academic disciplines.

All panels are open to the public.

New Directions 2016 Schedule



Thoroughly Modern Millie

Thursday - Saturday,

February 11 - 13

7:00 p.m., Washington Hall

Tickets $7 or $10

Panel discussion Thursday, February 11 following 7:00 p.m. show.

American Studies major Rose Urankar stars as Millie in this musical comedy about life in the roaring '20s.  AMST Major Kesley Dool is stage manager, and major Lesley Stevenson is a producer for PEMCo.

Because Thoroughly Modern Millie deals explicitly with major 1920s tropes and issues of xenophobia in America, a conversation will be held after the production to discuss stock characters, stereotypes and satire in the theatre. The participants will be American Studies Professor Jason Ruiz, Lionel Jensen and Cecilia Lucero.


Colonial Caribbean in Context Conference

Monday, February 8, 2016

210-214 McKenna Hall

1:30 - 6:30 p.m.

The Department of History is pleased to announce “The Colonial Caribbean in Context,” a symposium sponsored by the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, Henkels Lecture Series. The symposium features a series of talks by visiting scholars, current Notre Dame faculty, and graduate students on a variety of topics pertaining to European colonialism in the Caribbean between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. 

On Monday, February 8, the symposium will bring together historians who have published extensively on various aspects of the slavery and empire in European Caribbean colonies and the wider Atlantic world.

At 1:30 in room 210-214Matthew Mulcahy, Professor of History at Loyola University Maryland will speak on “‘The Surest and Severest of Calamities: Drought and the Plantation Colonies of the Greater Caribbean.” 

Dr. Mulcahy’s talk will be followed by presentations by Notre Dame faculty, beginning with Sophie White, Associate Professor of American Studies, who will discuss "Labors of Love in Caribbean Louisiana." Mariana Candido, Associate Professor of History, will speak on “Status, Wealth, and Race in the South Atlantic World: The Circulation of Free African Women between West Central Africa and Brazil."

At 3:30pm, in McKenna Conference Center, room 210-214, Trevor Burnard, Professor of History and Head of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne, will speak on “The Atlantic American Revolution: Loyalism and Rebellion in British Plantation Societies.”


Exhibition Opening: "Joseph Sylvester Casey: At Home Along"

Friday, February 5, 2016

Civil Rights Heritage Center
1040 West Washington Street, South Bend

For the first time, through a partnership with renowned South Bend and Elkhart sculptor Jake Webster, guests of the Civil Rights Heritage Center will have an opportunity to view, purchase, and ask questions about Joe Casey’s work.

For more information, visit here.


Marching to the Freedom Dream: Artist Talk by Dan Budnik

Lecture by Civil Rights Photographer Dan Butnik

Thursday, September 25, 2015

Snite Museum of Art, 6:00 pm

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Sam Quinones: Book Signing and Public Lecture

Author of Dream Land: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic

Thursday, September 24, 2015

McKenna Hall, Rm 210-214

Book Signing/Reception: 4:30-5pm

Public Lecture: 5:00-6:15pm

For more information:


Labor and the Churches: A Lecture by Heath W. Carter

Author of Union Made: Working People and the Rise of Social Christianity in Chicago (Oxford University Press, 2015)

September 16, 7pm

Andrews Auditorium, Geddes Hall

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Outsider at the Vatican: Frederick Franck's Drawings from the Second Vatican Council

Reception & Gallery Talk

Wednesday, September 9, 5pm - 7:30pm

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Take AMST Out to the Ball Game!

To celebrate the last day of Spring 2015 classes, American Studies Club is heading to see the Notre Dame Baseball team face off against Sacramento State!

Anyone associated with the club will get a free hot dog and soda!

When: Wednesday, April 29 at 6:05pm

Where: Frank Eck Stadium

Wear your AMST Club T-shirt!!!


Congratulations to our graduating seniors! 

The Department of American Studies and the John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy will host a Senior Recognition and Graduation Reception on Friday, May 15, 4:00-5:30pm in O'Shaughnessy Great Hall


Congratulations to our Senior Thesis Writers!

Please join us for a presentation by our Senior Thesis writers 

April 16, 2015 at 5:00pm

119 O'Shaughnessy Hall

Come hear presentations from the following writers:

Meg Handelman - "Headlines and Hashtags: The Story of Michael Brown and Ferguson"
Ted Korolyshun - "The Catholic School Niche: English Language Learners and Vouchers in Milwaukee and South Bend"
Caroline Schuitema - "Literary Environmentalism in the Desert Southwest"
Bailey Stavetski - "Atomic America and Australia: The Emergence of American and Australian Discourses on the Atomic Bomb"
Kelsey Johnson - "Fashioning a Rape Culture: Glamourizing and Resisting Sexual Violence in the High Fashion Industry"


A Conversation with Wil Haygood

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 , 7:00 PM    

Hesburgh Center for International Studies  

An award-winning reporter for The Washington  Post, Wil Haygood is the author of six books, including The Butler: A Witness to History.  His articles about Eugene Allen, a White House butler, served as the basis for the screenplay of the popular film The Butler, which was released last year. 


Ferguson, MO: An Open Forum on Current Events

Hosted by Professor Diane Pinderhughes, Professor Jason Ruiz, and the Students of AMST 30153: Mixed Race America

Monday, September 8th, 3:30-4:45pm

Carey Auditorium, Hesburgh Library

All are welcome.


American Empire: The State of the Field

Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22

Hesburgh Center for International Studies and Browning Cinema, Maria P. Debartolo Performing Arts Center

You are warmly invited to attend "American Empire: The State of the Field," an exciting symposium to be held on March 21 and 22, 2014 on the University of Notre Dame campus. This interdisciplinary meeting will bring together scholars from across the United States and the Notre Dame campus to evaluate the past, present, and future of U.S. empire studies through a keynote lecture, panels, and a film screening and discussion. Below you will find a brief overview of the events, as well as our rationale and aims for what promise to be two days of fruitful and provocative conversation.

Please note that all events are free and open to the public, with refreshments provided throughout the meetings. All that is required to attend is an RSVP, by March 10, to You can also join our Facebook page for timely updates on the events at

Click here for an overview of the events.


American Ruins: Challenging Ideas of Progress

Scholz Family Works on Pape Gallery, Snite Museum of Art

February 9-April 6, 2014

Ruins typically signify failure, defeat, and the past. Why, then, in a nation that repeatedly has defined itself in terms of success and progress have visions of ruin captured the American imagination? This exhibition of 20 photographs considers American ruins in relation to the nation’s industrial history, domestic spaces, the American West, and the personal fascination of one artist – Camilo José Vergara – with ruined landscapes.

This exhibition opposes ruination with progress as the photographs trouble the myths of American exceptionalism and manifest destiny. By examining photographs of ruination across time and space, the viewers can begin to understand how confronting past or present ruins creates the opportunity to re-imagine national ideals and offers essential lessons for the future.

American Ruins: Challenging Ideas of Progress is organized by student curators Aubrey Butts ND '14, Maria Do ND '16, and Bethany Tabor SMC '14 and complements the online exhibition organized by students in the Fall 2013 American Studies course American Ruins, taught by Professor Erika Doss.


The Department of American Studies and The John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy present a public reading by John Jeremiah Sullivan

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

7:00pm Hesburgh Center Auditorium


American Studies Club Presents: TRIVIA NIGHT!

Thursday, October 3, 2013, 9:30PM at Legends


The Bronze Screen: 100 Years of the Latino Image in American Cinema

Followed by a discussion with Jason Ruiz, Assistant Professor of American Studies

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013, 6:30PM-9:00PM

Hesburgh Center Auditorium


Myth and Miracle from the King Years: A Lecture by Taylor Branch

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013, 7:00PM-8:00PM

Eck 1130-- Notre Dame Law School

In recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr's visit to South Bend in October of 1963, Pulitzer Prize winning author and public speaker Taylor Branch will speak on the Notre Dame campus.

Mr. Branch is best known for his landmark trilogy on the civil rights era, America in the King Years. He has returned to civil rights history in his latest book, The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement (2013). A book signing session will follow Mr. Branch's lecture.

This presentation is open to the public.


"Becoming the Fighting Irish: ND's Place in Football History and American Culture"

Michael Oriard

Michael Oriard (‘70) Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Culture (Emeritus) at Oregon State University, has authored a number of excellent cultural studies of football after playing for Notre Dame and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Friday, September 20, 2013, 3:30pm

Eck Center Auditorium


Hesburgh Library: 50th Anniversary Celebration and Program

Friday, September 20, 2013 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Hesburgh Library, Richard & Margaret Carey Courtyard

Celebrate 50 years of the Hesburgh Library!


Getting to the Top at the Pentagon

In the first event of this year’s Forum, we welcome the Honorable Michèle Flournoy, the highest ranking civilian woman in Pentagon history, and General Ann Dunwoody, the first woman to achieve the rank of four-star general. In a conversation moderated by Anne Thompson of NBC News, and titled “Getting to the Top at the Pentagon”, Flournoy and Dunwoody will share their experiences as leaders, as well as their insights about the challenges facing the Pentagon and the United States today. 

Monday September 16, 2013, 7:00PM - 8:30PM

Leighton Concert Hall at DeBartolo Performing Arts Center



The Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement offers Fall 2013 research workshops!

233 Geddes Hall, 4-5pm.

For dates, please see CUSE news.


"The End of History and the Return of the Repressed: The Landscapes of Catastrophe in the Virtual World"

Peter Hales

Peter Hales is Professor Emeriti in the Department of Art at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the author of multiple books on American photography including "Atomic Spaces: Living on the Manhattan Project" (1997).

September 12, 2013, 5:00-6:30pm

Debartolo Hall, Room 131