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Signature Seminars



University Leaders Forum

Friday, June 2
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Washington Hall, Auditorium

Interested in learning more about the University’s key initiatives and future plans from top leaders at Notre Dame? Please join Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves and Provost Thomas Burish ’72 as they offer insights on the University’s strategic initiatives, share their own perspectives, and answer your questions.

Dolly Duffy ’84, executive director of the Notre Dame Alumni Association, will moderate the session.

Notre Dame Perspectives


Notre Dame and the Vatican: A Look Inside the Holy See
Friday, June 2
10:00 am

Washington Hall, Auditorium

A decade ago, upon his first visit to the Vatican, Fr. John Jenkins, C.S.C., said, “We need to work together so the Church can be enriched by Notre Dame’s work, and that Notre Dame can be enriched by its connection to the universal Church.” Take a look inside this unique, longstanding relationship between the Church and University, including a one-of-a-kind agreement with the Vatican Library, invitations to Pontifical Commissions, and much more. A panel of experts will examine the ties between Notre Dame and the Vatican, providing an insider’s view into the Holy See.

Panelists: John Cavadini, McGrath-Cavadini Director of the McGrath Institute for Church Life and Professor of Theology; Fr. Joe Corpora C.S.C., ’76, ’83 M.Div., Missionary of Mercy and ACE Director of Catholic School Advantage Campaign; Kathleen Cummings ’95 M.A., ’99 Ph.D., Associate Professor of American Studies and William W. and Anna Jean Cushwa Director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism; Chuck Lamphier ’03, ’05 M.Ed., ’10 M.N.A., Director of Church Affairs; Msgr. Tom Powers ’87, Vicar General of the Diocese of Bridgeport and former official of the Congregation for Bishops, Vatican City.

175 Years of Notre Dame Heritage and History
Saturday, June 3
10:00 am

Washington Hall, Auditorium

In 1842, Father Sorin arrived in the woods of Northern Indiana with a bold vision. Now, as the University prepares to celebrate its 175th anniversary, celebrate this milestone with a glimpse into the University’s fabled history and rich heritage with Father “Monk” Malloy, Notre Dame’s president emeritus, and other entertaining speakers and experts. From a swath of land where Father Sorin foresaw a great university to the vibrant campus that it is today, come learn about Notre Dame’s great leaders and iconic campus from those that know it best.

Moderator:
Diane Daniels, WSBT weekend anchor
Presenters: Matt Goodrich '09, Actor, and Patrick Vassel '07, Producer, Sorin: A Notre Dame Story; Elizabeth Hogan '99, Archivist, University Archives; Fr. Edward "Monk" Malloy, C.S.C., '63, '67 M.A., '69 M.Th., President Emeritus

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Academic Seminars


Friday

Behind the Storm of Shakespeare’s The Tempest
Friday, June 2
2:30 – 3:30 pm

DeBartolo Classroom Hall Room 140

Go behind the scenes of Shakespeare’s The Tempest and discover how air, lights, and colors collide to create a mystical adventure. The award-winning lighting and scenic designers will discuss the process for the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival’s latest performance of the Bard’s final play, with a sneak peek to this summer’s Much Ado About Nothing.

Presenters: Kevin Dreyer, Associate Professor of Theater; Marcus Stephens, Professor of the Practice of Scenic Design

Career Transitions: Advance Your Career in the Direction of Your Dreams

Friday, June 2
2:30 – 3:30 pm
DeBartolo Classroom Hall, Room 131

Whether you are contemplating the next phase of your career or knee deep in a job search, this workshop is for you. Explore your strengths and passions and learn tactical tips to move your search forward. As a participant, you will leave the session with a draft of a compelling “elevator speech” to establish your brand and enhance your networking efforts; tips for developing a custom recruiter-friendly résumé; and the “best kept secret” of effective networking. Join us for an engaging and interactive session.

Presenter: Aileen Baxter ’96, Career & Transition Coach

Christian-Muslim Relations in History: Three Things Everyone Should Know

Friday, June 2
2:30 – 3:30 pm
DeBartolo Classroom Hall, Room 136

Christianity and Islam grow out of the same Jewish monotheism, but this presentation will focus on three crucial but even less widely known matters: 1) that they are also joined at the hip in other ways too, with the same philosophical tradition and theological language; 2) that, while there has often been violent conflict, there has also been continuous, amiable interaction and cultural borrowing between Christians and Muslims; 3) that much of the modern tension between the Christian and Muslim worlds is the result of non-religious factors.

Presenter: Thomas E. Burman, Professor of History and Robert Conway Director of the Medieval Institute

Ethics of Future Technology: From Swarms of Drones to Brain Hacking

Friday, June 2
2:30 – 3:30 pm
Jordan Hall of Science, Auditorium, Room 101

Each year Notre Dame’s Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values releases a Top 10 List of Ethical Dilemmas and Policy Issues in Science and Technology. The list is designed to get non-experts to think about the implications of everything from neuroenhancement to lethal cyber weapons. Come hear some of the potential new technologies for next year’s list and discuss how Notre Dame can lead the way in the discussion of the ethics of future tech.

Presenter: Jessica Baron ’13 M.A., Ph.D., Outreach Coordinator, Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values; Director of Media and Engagement, History of Science Society; Concurrent Assistant Professor of History

Economic Engines: Notre Dame and the South Bend- Elkhart Region

Friday, June 2
2:30 – 3:30 pm
DeBartolo Classroom Hall, Room 155

Inspired by the University’s Catholic mission, Notre Dame’s world-class faculty and students are pursuing globally significant, solutions-oriented research, and becoming one of the preeminent research institutions in the world. But what kind of impact is the University having in its own back yard? From testing turbine engines in a new laboratory on the grounds where giant Studebaker factory plants once stood, to giving area students new skills and confidence through a Shakespeare performance program, come learn how an economic partnership between the University and its surrounding community is helping both grow and flourish together.

Presenters: South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg; Rich Carlton, President of Data Realty; Regina Emberton, President and CEO of Michiana Partnership; Bryan Ritchie, University of Notre Dame Vice President and Associate Provost for Innovation; Tim Sexton ’90, University of Notre Dame Associate Vice President for Public Affairs

Fighting to Cure Food and Drug Allergies

Friday, June 2
2:30 – 3:30 pm
DeBartolo Classroom Hall, Room 138

Food and drug allergies are increasing health concerns in developed nations. Depending on the severity of the allergic reaction, the results can vary from a simple itch to anaphylactic shock, which results in 1,500 deaths each year in the U.S. Despite all the clinical research, current diagnostic methods are still very primitive. More importantly, there are no drugs in the clinic that prevent the allergic reaction from taking place. Prof. Bilgicer’s research group has developed solutions to both pressing problems, and this talk will summarize their findings and next steps.

Presenter: Basar Bilgicer, Associate Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

The Story of the Universe and the Origins of Life

Friday, June 2
2:30 – 3:30 pm
Jordan Hall of Science, Digital Visualization Theater

Professor Beers tells the story of how the universe made the elements that make up your body, the earth, the sun, the Milky Way galaxy, and everything in them. From the caldrons of the massive first stars emerged the fundamental elements required for life as we know it—carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen—within the first few hundred million years after the Big Bang. Shortly thereafter, heavier elements that provide the “spice” of life were created in supernovae explosions and merging neutron stars. Come hear the exciting tale, details of which are being explored by researchers here at Notre Dame.

Presenter: Timothy C. Beers, Chair of Astrophysics

Saturday

’82 TALKS: Mini-Talks by Classmates of 1982
Saturday, June 3, 2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
DeBartolo Classroom Hall, Room 155

Responding to Bullying in Schools, the Workplace, and At Home
Dr. Theresa Diserio, Ph.D., ’82

We Are All Patients, Informed Decision Making in Healthcare Decisions
Dr. Kevin Gibbons, M.D., ’82, 

Blasting through Barriers: Depression Management From the School of Hard Knocks
Julie Hersh ’82, author of Struck By Living: From Depression to Hope

Identity Theft, Education and Safety
Linda Horning-Pitt ’82

Achieve Your Dreams
Brian McLaughlin ’82

How One Book, One Chapter, and One Man Changed My Life Forever

John Murphy, ’82, author of Half Full - Your Perception Becomes Your Reality

Sponsored by the Class of 1982.
College Search and Admission Process Overview

Saturday, June 3
1:30 – 2:30 pm
DeBartolo Classroom Hall, Room 129

Navigating the college admission process can be both an exciting and stressful time for a family. This session will give your family insight into the college search and admission process as well as course selection in high school, the role of standardized tests, how extracurricular activities are factored into the process, and what questions to ask as you consider colleges and universities. This presentation will also cover specific Notre Dame admissions information. Families will also be able to register their student to receive communications from Notre Dame.

Presenter: Bob Mundy ’76, ’81 M.A., Director of Admissions

Driverless Cars Driving Big Business Decisions

Saturday, June 3
1:30 – 2:30 pm
DeBartolo Classroom Hall, Room 131

Driverless cars are in our future whether we want them to be or not. The benefits could be great, including an order of magnitude in reduced traffic deaths and accidents. But changes to our lives and businesses will be felt, too. Automotive businesses will become less relevant and jobs will disappear. Come learn how the decisions we make now to implement these new technologies will impact our society for generations to come.

Presenter:
 Timothy Carone, Associate Teaching Professor, Mendoza College of Business

Father Ted at 100: A Conversation on His Life and Legacy

Saturday, June 3
1:30 – 2:30 pm
DeBartolo Classroom Hall, Room 141

Where would the world be without Father Ted? Now, a century after his birth, revisit his impact on the University in this conversation with Professor Robert Schmuhl ’70, a friend and confidant of Father Ted’s. As a Notre Dame alumnus and a University faculty member since 1980, Schmuhl will talk about the Father Hesburgh he knew and often interviewed during this discussion.

Presenters: Robert Schmuhl ’70, Walter H. Annenberg-Edmund P. Joyce Chair in American Studies and Journalism; Kevin Brennan ’07, Associate Director of Marketing Communications, Notre Dame Alumni Association

High-Speed Trains: Transforming Transportation and Development in China

Saturday, June 3
1:30 – 2:30 pm
DeBartolo Classroom Hall, Room 136

China has become a global leader in railroad development. Some 12,000 miles of high-speed rail span the nation, connecting faraway regions and reshaping landscapes and urban space. This development has occurred quickly; compared to the United States and other countries, China had a late start in developing railroad infrastructure, building a comprehensive network only after the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949. This talk will cover evolution of the Chinese rail system, exploring its role in advancing both China’s domestic development goals and its global economic and political interests.

Presenter: Elisabeth Köll, William Payden Associate Professor, Department of History

Notre Dame and the Fight Against Cancer

Saturday, June 3
1:30 – 2:30 pm
Jordan Hall of Science, Auditorium, Room 101

Cancer affects families and communities everywhere, but the Harper Cancer Research Institute (HCRI) is changing the way we fight cancer. The HCRI is a preeminent cancer research institute that successfully harnesses the strengths of Notre Dame’s basic sciences, social sciences, and engineering to bring together interdisciplinary research teams that confront the complex challenges cancer presents. Join Professor Sharon Stack, Director of the Harper Cancer Institute, as she describes exciting examples of how research cures cancer.

Presenter: Sharon Stack, Ann F. Dunne and Elizabeth Riley Director of the Harper Cancer Institute

Resiliency: The Art & Science of Bouncing Back

Saturday, June 3
1:30 – 2:30 pm
DeBartolo Classroom Hall, Room 140

Psychological resilience is the ability to recover readily from stress and adversity, including both major life events and chronic difficulties. Resilience is not a rare ability; in reality, it is found in the average individual and it can be learned and developed by virtually anyone. Join Professor of Psychology Cindy Bergeman to learn about an “ordinary magic” in human resiliency, plus research-backed attributes, habits, and practices resilient people possess.

Presenter: Cindy Bergeman, Professor of Psychology

The Future of Our Campus
Saturday, June 3
1:30 – 2:30 pm
DeBartolo Classroom Hall, Room 138

Notre Dame’s campus is consistently ranked among the most beautiful in America. We love the way it looks and makes us feel. And it’s growing. Come update yourself on the current construction projects and get a glimpse into future developments from the Office of Facilities, Design, & Operations. Mike Daly will give you an expert, insider’s look into the planning, design and construction, maintenance and long-term renewal of our campus.

Presenter: Mike Daly, Senior Director, Project Management, Office of Facilities, Design, & Operations

The Story of the Universe and the Origins of Life

Saturday, June 3
1:30 – 2:30 pm
Jordan Hall of Science, Digital Visualization Theater

Professor Beers tells the story of how the universe made the elements that make up your body, the earth, the sun, the Milky Way galaxy, and everything in them. From the caldrons of the massive first stars emerged the fundamental elements required for life as we know it — carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen — within the first few hundred million years after the Big Bang. Shortly thereafter, heavier elements that provide the “spice” of life were created in supernovae explosions and merging neutron stars. Come hear the exciting tale, details of which are being explored by researchers here at Notre Dame.

Presenter: Timothy C. Beers, Chair of Astrophysics

What’s Next for the Supreme Court
Saturday, June 3
1:30 – 2:30 pm
Law School, Patrick F. McCartan Courtroom

With a new justice recently appointed, and more changes possibly on the horizon, what’s next for the Supreme Court? Join Professor Richard Garnett, professor of Law and Political Science, and former clerk for Supreme Court Justice William H. Rehnquist, as he discusses recent rulings and future cases.

Presenter:
 Richard Garnett, Paul J. Schierl/Fort Howard Corporation Professor of Law and Concurrent Professor of Political Science

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