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.