Lecture Discussion Series

Every year, the Dean's Fellows organize high-profile lectures and debates to promote intellectual curiosity and cultural inclusion. These events entertain subject matters that are truly contended at the school and are of particular interest to students, faculty, and all other members of the Notre Dame community.

In February 2016, the Dean's Fellows invited Dr. Reza Aslan to campust to discuss the suggested relationship between Islam and radical terrorism. The event, "Islam and ISIS", addressed religious radicalism and its connection to terrorism in front of an audience of approximately 800 students, faculty and South Bend community members.

In Spring 2015, the Fellows put on an event entitled "Stepping Away from the Ivory Tower" focused on opening discussion about issues that directly impact members of the Notre Dame community. This three-part lecture series included "Failures of the Elite Education System" by Dr. William Deresiewicz, "Making International Service More Meaningful" by Daniela Papi Thornton and "Cross-Cultural and Inner City Engagement" by Michael Wilder, Yafinceio Harris and Sam Bailey.

Previous events have included "For the Love of the Game: Big Time Sports at Big Time Universities" which examined the challenges and merits of big-time sports on university campuses and a series of debates fondly known as the "God Debates."

The following videos are clips from previous events: