Hesburgh Lecture Series

A special message to all clubs from Dolly Duffy '84 Executive Director, Alumni Association

Inspired by the late Father Hesburgh’s example of lifelong learning, the Hesburgh Lecture Series has brought University faculty to Notre Dame clubs and their local communities since 1986. The lectures, presented by mostly tenured faculty, showcase the depth and breadth of Notre Dame’s academic expertise in research and teaching through an accessible format suitable for a general audience. The Hesburgh Lecture Series furthers the mission of the Alumni Association to provide meaningful continuing education opportunities to Notre Dame alumni and friends.

From seven lectures in the first year, the portfolio of topics has expanded to 245 lectures, presented by 112 faculty members on topics related to Arts/ Architecture, Business/Economics, Catholicism/World Religions/Spirituality, Communications, Current Affairs, Education, Environment, Ethics/Social Concerns, Family, Globalization/Intercultural, Government/Law/Politics, Health, History, Human Behavior, Notre Dame, Science/Engineering, Sports, and Technology/Social Media. Annually, approximately 6,700 alumni and friends attend Hesburgh Lectures.

Program Objectives

  • The Hesburgh Lecture Series brings the Notre Dame campus to its alumni and friends across the country
  • The program encourages intellectual dialogue between alumni, community members, and distinguished Notre Dame faculty
  • Lectures address issues reflective of the unique strengths of the University in an effort to stimulate the intellectual engagement of our graduates and others

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Benefits of Sponsoring a Lecture

  • Serves as an opportunity to showcase Notre Dame and the ND club to the community
  • Generates community support by inviting a local organization to co-sponsor
  • Appeals to Notre Dame alumni and friends who are interested in intellectual engagement

For more information on upcoming Hesburgh Lectures, check with your local Notre Dame club or browse our Learn calendar.


Notre Dame Club of Greater Boston Hesburgh Lecture

Mon, September 26, 2016

SEPT. 26, 2016 | TBD | Boston, MA

Speaker:  Richard Garnett, Paul J. Schierl / Fort Howard Corporation Professor of Law; Concurrent Professor, Political Science; Fellow, Institute for Educational Initiatives

Lecture: "A Guided Tour of the Constitution of the United States"


Notre Dame Club of Chattanooga Hesburgh Lecture

Mon, September 26, 2016

SEPT. 26, 2016 | TBD | Chattanooga, TN

Speaker: Stephen Fallon, Rev. John J. Cavanaugh, C.S.C., Professor of the Humanities; Professor, Program of Liberal Studies; Professor, English

Lecture: "Genesis and Gender: Milton’s Adam and Eve and the Birth of Modern Marriage"

Location: University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

Co-sponsor: University of Tennessee Chattanooga, Department of Psychology


Notre Dame Club of Wichita Hesburgh Lecture

Wed, September 28, 2016

SEPT. 28, 2016 | TBD | Wichita, KS

Speaker:Gary Lamberti, Professor, Biological Sciences

Lecture:  "The Global Freshwater Crisis-Challenges and Solutions"


Notre Dame Club of Mobile Hesburgh Lecture

Thu, September 29, 2016

SEPT. 29 , 2016 | TBD | Mobile, AL

Speaker: Charles Rosenberg, Professor Emeritus, Art History

Lecture: "Leonardo da Vinci: Painter of Mysteries"


Notre Dame Club of Lehigh Valley Hesburgh Lecture

Thu, September 29, 2016

SEPT. 29, 2016 | TBD | Allentown, PA

Speaker: Luis Fraga, Arthur Foundation Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership; Professor, Political Science

Lecture: "The Changing American Voter in 2016 and Beyond"


Notre Dame Club of Cincinnatti Hesburgh Lecture

Mon, October 3, 2016

OCT. 3, 2016 | TBD | Cincinnati, OH

Speaker: James McKenna, Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Chaired Professor in Anthropology; Director, Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory; Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Lecture: "Do Men and Women Speak in Two Different Tongues? If So, Why?"



Notre Dame Club of Greensburg/Uniontown Hesburgh

Wed, October 5, 2016

OCT. 5, 2016 | TBD | Greensburg, PA

Speaker: Mitchell Wayne, Professor, Department of Physics

Lecture: "Einstein: How One Mild-Mannered Physicist Changed the Way We Understand Our World"


Notre Dame Club of Central Illinois Hesburgh Lecture

Thu, October 13, 2016

OCT. 13, 2016 | TBD | University of Illinois-Springfield

Speaker: Patrick Griffin, Madden-Hennebry Professor and Chair of History

Lecture: "How Two Brothers Started an Age of Revolution."


Notre Dame Club of Phoenix Hesburgh Lecture

Tue, October 18, 2016

OCT. 18, 2016 | TBD | Phoenix, AZ

Speaker: Ed Edmonds, Associate Dean, Director, Kresge Law Library

Lecture: "The Current State of Intercollegiate Athletics"


Notre Dame Club of Fairfield County Hesburgh Lecture

Tue, October 18, 2016

OCT. 18, 2016 | TBD | Fairfield, CT

Speaker: Dominic Vachon, Director, Ruth M. Hillebrand Center for Compassionate Care in Medicine

Lecture: "What is Science Saying About Compassion and What Difference Does It Make in Our Daily Lives?"


Notre Dame Club of Southwest Indiana Hesburgh Lecture

Wed, October 19, 2016

OCT. 19, 2016 | TBD| Jasper, IN

Speaker: Michael Driscoll, Associate Professor, Theology

Lecture: "The Eucharist as the Embodiment of Love"



Notre Dame Club of Denver Hesburgh Lecture

Wed, October 19, 2016

OCT. 19, 2016 | TBD | Denver, CO

Speaker: Carter Snead, Professor, Law; W.P. and H.B. White Director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture

Lecture: "The Law, Ethics, and Policy of Stem Cell Research and Human Cloning"

Location: Regis University


Notre Dame Club of Lake County Hesburgh Lecture

Tue, October 25, 2016

OCT. 25, 2016 | TBD | Lake Bluff, IL

Speaker:  Matthew Ashley, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology; Chair, Department of  Theology; Fellow, Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values

Lecture: "A Pope on the Margins: Pope Francis's Vision for the Church"


Notre Dame Club of Maryland Hesburgh Lecture

Thu, November 3, 2016

NOV. 3, 2016 | TBD | Baltimore, MD

Speaker:  Paolo Carozza, Director, Kellogg Institute for International Studies; Professor, Law; Concurrent Professor, Political Science

Lecture: "Human Rights and the Catholic Church, from Saint Francis to Pope Francis"

Location: Loyola University


Notre Dame Club of Canton Hesburgh Lecture

Thu, November 17, 2016

NOV. 17, 2016 | TBD | Canton, OH

Speaker:Gilberto Cardenas, Director, Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture; Professor, Sociology; Fellow, Institute for Latino Studies; Fellow, Kellogg Institute for International Studies; Fellow, American Studies Program

Lecture: "Immigration"

Location: Hamilton Forum of Canton Ohio


Notre Dame Club of Reading Hesburgh Lecture

Thu, April 6, 2017

APR. 06, 2017 | TBD | Reading, PA 

Speaker: Paolo Carozza, Director, Kellogg Institute for International Studies; Professor, Law School; Concurrent Professor, Political Science

Lecture: "Human Rights and the Catholic Church, From Saint Francis to Pope Francis"

Location: Alvernia University, 400 St Bernardine St, Reading, PA 19607