Upcoming Events

3rd Annual Sorin Scholar Lecture: "Some Thoughts on the Undergraduate Research Experience and Current Society"

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 
Carey Auditorium, Hesburgh Library

Dr. Xavier Creary, Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Notre Dame, will present the 3rd Annual Sorin Scholar Lecture titled "Some Thoughts on the Undergraduate Research Experience and Current Society" for the campus community. Dr. Creary will discuss the importance of undergraduate engagement outside of the classroom in today's world.

Dr. Creary received his B.S. from Seton Hall University in 1968 and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1973. After a year as a postdoctoral fellow with J.F. Bunnett at the University of California, Santa Cruz, he joined the faculty at Notre Dame in 1974. Professor Creary's research interests are a blend of synthetic and mechanistic organic chemistry directed toward the study of novel reaction mechanisms and reactive intermediates.

Students, faculty, and staff are all welcome to attend, although the event may be of particular interest to FYS students applying to the CUSE Sorin Scholar Program.

Students interested in learning more about the Sorin Scholars should visit http://cuse.nd.edu/sorin-scholars/.


The Labor Cafe: Conversation and Caffeine

Friday, February 24, 2017
Geddes Hall Coffee House

Facilitated by representatives from the Student Worker Participation Committee, this week's labor cafe will focus on Notre Dame's labor licensing code, and what it will look like moving forward.

The University is in the midst of a pilot project with factories in China to determine whether to modify the code of conduct, which prohibits licensed goods from countries that do not allow workers freedom of association (the right to unionize). After a two year process, Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves's Worker Participation Committee is expected to make a final recommendation to President Jenkins in the coming weeks. Join the Higgins Labor Program to get an update from representatives from the Student Worker Participation Committee and discuss the best ways to promote workers' rights and conditions in ND's global supply chains. Check out these resources to help get the conversation started.


Daniel Karpowitz Talk: College in Prison — Reading in an Age of Mass Incarceration

College In Prison

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
McKenna Hall Auditorium

The Bard College Prison Consortium offers liberal arts education to men and women in prisons in New York and around the country, including in Notre Dame's and Holy Cross College's Westville Prison degree program.

Daniel Karpowitz's College in Prison makes a powerful case for why liberal arts education is still vital to the future of democracy in the United States — and why elite institutions must reach beyond their walls.

Co-sponsored by multiple departments and centers on Notre Dame's campus as well as Holy Cross College, Daniel Karpowitz, lecturer in Law and the Humanities at Bard College, New York and Director of Policy and Academics for the Bard Prison Initative (BPI), will present on the aforementioned topics.


Show Some Skin Poster

Show Some Skin 2017

Thursday, March 2, 2017: 7:30PM
Friday, March 3, 2017: 7:30PM
Saturday, March 4, 2017: 2:00PM and 7:30PM

Annenberg Auditorium, Snite Museum

Tickets for Show Some Skin: Break the Silence will be available for  purchase on Wednesday, February 22, at the LaFortune Box Office. Tickets are $5 for students, $7 for faculty and staff. Group tickets are limited to a maximum of 25 tickets per faculty and staff.

Show Some Skin is comprised of approximately 25 monologues and focuses on facets of personal identity, including race, ethnicity, mental health, sexuality, gender, and socio-economic status. It is a student-led project that gives voice to marginalized stories about identity and difference. Through the performance of monologues submitted anonymously by members of the Notre Dame community, the project tries to initiate and sustain meaningful and respectful dialogue about dimensions of identity. Show Some Skin also strives to effect concrete change in policies and practices in order to bring about social justice.

Show Some Skin: Break the Silence is co-sponsored by the Department of American Studies.


Intersectional Inquiries and Collaborative Action: Gender and Race Conference 

March 2-4, 2017

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Questions of race and gender continue to undergird broad sections of inquiry in the academy and beyond. The ongoing legacies and current manifestations of racism and sexism continue to demand intellectual analysis, institutional recognition, and collective intervention. Reaching a critical crescendo during the political upheavals of the 1960s’ civil rights/anti-colonial era and the responding cultural turn in the humanities, Black feminists have discussed the ways in which both race and gender are co-constitutive and rely on intersecting paradigms of power and constructions of difference. Indeed, the concept of “intersectionality,” coined by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, has become a key mode of framing how identities and sites of contestation around identity are multiple and complex. Furthermore, critics and activists from a myriad of socio-political milieus have underscored the importance of intersectional approaches in struggles for social justice and in the making of inclusive public spaces. From feminist scholarship to human rights policy to commentary via Twitter memes, intersectionality as a theoretical concept, method of analysis, and mode of collaborative action circulates in both grassroots and intellectual discourse.

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.

Our confirmed keynote speaker is Professor Patricia Hill Collins, Distinguished University Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park.  Professor Collins recently co-authored Intersectionality (Polity 2016) with Sirma Bilge.  Her first book, Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment(Routledge 1990), won the Jessie Bernard Award of the American Sociological Association for significant scholarship in gender, and the C. Wright Mills Award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.  Professor Collins is also the author and editor of several books dealing with race, gender, education, and politics, including On Intellectual Activism(Temple 2012); Another Kind of Public Education: Race, the Media, Schools, and Democratic Possibilities (Beacon 2009); and From Black Power to Hip Hop: Racism, Nationalism, and Feminism (Temple 2006).  

The conference will also include two plenary sessions, each of which will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to reflect on how gender and race serve as sites of struggle in the academy and at the nexus of many intellectual, political, and geographic borders that mark our everyday lives. Kanisha D. Bond (University of Maryland, College Park), Roderick Ferguson (University of Chicago-Illinois), and Zethu Matebeni (University of Cape Town) will be discussing "Intersectionality or Diversity? Transforming the Neoliberal Academy in the Era of Black Lives Matter."  Nicole M. Guidotti-Hernández (University of Texas at Austin), Atalia Omer (University of Notre Dame), and Gina Athena Ulysse (Wesleyan University) will be discussing "Biopolitics and Borders: Intersectional Bodies and the Globalizing of Nation."

Registration is free for Notre Dame faculty, students, and staff.  Click HERE to register.

Please direct any questions about the conference to: NDIntersectional@gmail.com.

The Department of American Studies is co-sponsoring this event with the Department of Gender Studies.


A Broader Version of Reality: Integral Ecology within the Great Lakes Watershed — A Lecture Series

Lecture 1 (Theological Anthropology: Identity and Mission): Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Lecture 2 (Biodiversity and Invasive Species): March 7, 2017
Lecture 3 (Water Refreshment, Resource, and Waste): March 21, 2017
Lecture 4 (Agriculture: Feeding the Human Family): April 11, 2017
Lecture 5 (Energy: The Power to Do Good): April 18, 2017
Lecture 6 (Liturgy and Ecology): May 2, 2017

Andrews Auditorium, Geddes Hall

This lecture series is hosted by the Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing and co-sponsored by the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative. It is hosted by Terrence P. Ehrman, C.S.C., the Assistant Director - Life Sciences Research and Outreach at the Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing.

The six-part lecture series is based upon the call of Pope Francis for a "broader vision of reality" that demands an "integral ecology." This series will explore how to live out that very vision within the Great Lakes watershed.


Higgins Labor Program's RAPS: "Racial Justice as a Business Issue: What firms are doing, can do, and should do to advance racial equity and inclusiveness."

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Geddes Hall Coffeehouse

The evening features Charlice Hurst, Assistant Professor of Management, who will address "Racial Justice as a Business Issue: What firms are doing, can do, and should do to advance racial equity and inclusiveness." We will also hold small-group discussions over dinner.
This event is part of the Higgins Labor Program's RAPS (Research, Advocacy, and Policy Series), and we will provide dinner to all who RSVP here. All ND community members are welcome (room permitting).


Enduring Trends and New Directions: A Conference on the History of American Christianity in Honor of Mark Noll

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March 30-April 1, 2017
Morris Inn Ballroom

Hosted by the History Department of the University of Notre Dame, "Enduring Trends and New Directions" honors the career of Mark Noll by reflecting on his work in the history of American Christianity while also looking forward to new directions in the field.

This will be held in conjunction with the spring Seminar in American Religion.


Seminar in American Religion: American Jesuits and the World: How an Embattled Religious Order Made Modern Catholicism Global

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April 1, 2017
Morris Inn Ballroom

In conjunction with the Noll Conference, the spring Seminar in American Religion will have Dean John T. McGreevy of the University of Notre Dame speak on his book, American Jesuits and the World: How an Embattled Religious Order Made Modern Catholicism Global. He will be accompanied by commentators Thomas Bender of New York University and Lauri Maffly-Kipp of Washington University in St. Louis


2017 Notre Dame Student Peace Conference: "Pathways to Peace"

March 31 - April 1, 2017

The 2017 Notre Dame Student Peace Conference Committee announces "Pathways to Peace,” scheduled for March 31-April 1, 2017, at the University of Notre Dame. This event is sponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

In its 25th year, this peace conference, organized by students for students, provides a place to engage in important dialogue on issues related to peacebuilding, global issues, and social justice.

As more complex issues of violence and injustice confront the world, peace is often perceived to be unattainable and peacebuilders are considered idealistic. This year’s “Pathways to Peace” conference aims to demonstrate that through interactive dialogue, sustainable peace can be achieved by altering the underlying structures that produce conflict.


"Too Small a World": Catholic Sisters as Global Missionaries

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April 6, 2017
McKenna Hall
Registration Deadline is March 1, 2017.

About the Conference​

It is a remarkable story: over the course of the last four centuries, hundreds of thousands of vowed Catholic women left their home countries to travel to all corners of the world, where they built and served schools, hospitals, and other institutions, and where they encountered local situations often far different than what they had imagined—experiences that in turn shaped the futures of their orders both at home and abroad. 

In 1887, a future canonized saint, the Italian-born and American-naturalized Frances Xavier Cabrini summed up missionary sisters’ informal creed, writing that “the world is too small to limit ourselves to one point; I want to embrace it entirely and to reach all its parts.” Cabrini, who named herself after another great missionary saint, was the founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, a congregation that established missions in the United States, Europe, South America, and eventually Africa, Australia, and China. The study of missionary sisters embraces Cabrini’s boundless ambition as well as the practical and cultural constraints that shaped the outcomes of her and others’ journeys. In honor of the centenary of Cabrini’s death, an international group of scholars gathers to investigate the transnational work and shifting identities of Catholic sisters as global missionaries, asking how the study of these border-crossing women, organized into multinational structures, can help all historians enter into the global history of Catholicism.

Sessions begin​ at 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 6 with a plenary address in McKenna Hall, and the conference concludes​ on Saturday, April 8 with an optional bus trip to and from the National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini in Chicago (4:30 p.m. anticipated return to South Bend). All panels and keynotes, as well as ​a Friday ​banquet, will take place on Notre Dame’s campus.

Funding for this conference has been provided by the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Letters, Henkels Lecture Series, University of Notre Dame. 


View the latest draft of the symposium schedule here.


The general registration fee is $75. The fee for non-Notre Dame graduate students is $50. Registration is FREE for symposium presenters as well as faculty, staff, and students of Notre Dame, St. Mary's College, and Holy Cross College. Registration is required for anyone wishing to participate in meals or to visit the Shrine.

Continental breakfast will be provided Friday and Saturday morning at the Conference Center. Registrants will also have the opportunity to sign up for: 

  • meals from lunch on Thursday through lunch on Saturday (including Friday's banquet dinner at no additional charge);
  • reception on Friday at St. Mary's College;
  • transportation to and from the National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini in Chicago on Saturday.

Click here to register through the Notre Dame Conference Center. The registration deadline is March 1, 2017.


Institute for Latino Studies: Young Scholars Symposium and Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture

April 6-7, 2017

Professor Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado, Professor of Religious Studies and Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Education at the University of Miami, will lead the ILS Young Scholars Symposium on April 6-7, 2017.

Professor Maldonado will also give the Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 4:00PM in the Eck Center Auditorium.

All are welcome to attend!


Senior Thesis Celebration

Friday, April 7, 2017
Great Hall, O'Shaughnessy Hall

Dean McGreevy of the College of Arts and Letters would like to celebrate undergraduate students and their mentors by hosting a senior thesis celebration in the O'Shaughnessy Great Hall on Friday, April 7 from 3:30-4:40PM. All thesis writers and their directors/mentors are invited to the reception.


American Studies Senior Thesis Presentations

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Geddes Hall Auditorium

All are welcome to hear the graduating American Studies senior thesis writers present their research and work in the Geddes Hall auditorium.


The 10th Annual University of Notre Dame Undergraduate Scholars Conference

Friday, May 5, 2017
Hesburgh Library and Jordan Hall of Science

The University of Notre Dame will host the 10th annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference, including the College of Science Joint Annual Meeting, on the Friday of reading days: May 5, 2017. The conferences are an opportunity for undergraduate students to present their research, analyses and other projects or endeavors in a professional setting.

The Undergraduate Scholars Conference sessions will be held on May 5 from 9:00-2:00PM in theHesburgh Library. More information can be found here and further questions can be directed to Kati Schuler at kschule1@nd.edu.

The College of Science Joint Annual Meeting sessions will be held on that same Friday from 1:00-5:00PM in the Jordan Hall of Science. More infromation can be found here and further questions can be directed to Dominic Chaloner at chaloner.1@nd.edu.

Students are welcome to participate in both events. Students are encouraged to submit abstracts by March 24, 2017 at xur.library.nd.edu.


“Preserving the Steadfastness of Your Faith”: Catholics in the Early American Republic

January 16-August 11, 2017
Rare Books and Special Collections, Hesburgh Library

This exhibition displays examples of American Catholicism expressed through (mostly) printed texts from 1783 through the early 1840s. They include the earliest Catholic bibles published by Mathew Carey, and editions of Thomas à Kempis' The Imitation of Christ used and produced in the United States; polemical pamphlets with sexual and political subtexts that flew back and forth across the Atlantic; no-holds-barred dueling sectarian newspapers; books and pamphlets created in reaction to mob violence against the Ursuline convent school near Boston; and official reports that mapped the Church’s growth and growing pains.

The exhibition’s curators (Rachel Bohlmann and Jean McManus) will give guided tours of the show every Thursday at 12:30 pm, February through March, excluding March 16 (February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30). Tours will last up to an hour.

Group and class tours may also be arranged. Please contact Rachel Bohlmann at rbohlman @ nd.edu or (574) 631-1575 for scheduling.