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. The series furthers the mission of the Alumni Association to provide meaningful continuing education opportunities to Notre Dame alumni and friends.
A special message to all clubs from Dolly Duffy '84 Executive Director, Alumni Association.
For a club to host a Hesburgh lecture, the cost is $300 to cover the faculty honorarium. If a club has never sponsored a Hesburgh lecture, the Alumni Association waives the $300 honorarium for the first lecture. Failure to pay the honorarium will affect the club’s eligibility for football tickets.
The Alumni Association covers the cost of travel, including airfare, up to two night’s lodging, and up to two day’s meals for each lecture. Clubs are responsible for all costs associated with the lecture and surrounding events, including invitations, marketing materials, room and equipment rentals, reception, and meals if necessary. Many of these expenses may be reduced by co-sponsoring the lecture with local organizations.
The lecture must be free and open to the public. All promotional materials must clearly state this. However, a club may charge a fee for a meal or reception that is associated with the event, as long as a person has the option of attending the lecture without attending the associated event.
A club may work with the faculty and request an additional lecture or event during the trip. In these cases, the club
is responsible for the event coordination with the faculty directly. Any additional expenses associated with the added events are also the responsibility of the club. Extra costs may include an honorarium, accommodations, or meals.
By expanding the Hesburgh Lecture Series internationally, the Alumni Association is furthering Fr. Hesburgh’s vision to engage the Notre Dame family around the world in the lifelong pursuit of learning. International Hesburgh Lectures are unique in format, but must be:
If your club is interested in hosting an International Hesburgh Lecture, please contact the International Alumni Relations Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All lecture requests must be submitted through the online booking form, which is easy-to-use and expedites the scheduling process.
Club leaders: Use this planning guide, which includes a suggested timeline, program format and helpful tips.
Download a pdf version of the 2017 Hesburgh Lecture Series Catalog.
The Academic Programs team at email@example.com
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