Hesburgh Lecture Series


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.

Program Objectives Club Benefits Program Costs International 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

Club Benefits

  • 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

Program Costs

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.

International Hesburgh Lectures

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:

  • Free and open to the public
  • Hosted by a Hesburgh Lecturer
  • A lecture topic that is listed within the Hesburgh Lecture Series catalog

If your club is interested in hosting an International Hesburgh Lecture, please contact the International Alumni Relations Program Director at intalumni@nd.edu.

Book Your Lecture

All lecture requests must be submitted through the online booking form, which is easy-to-use and expedites the scheduling process.

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Plan Your Lecture

Club leaders: Use this planning guide, which includes a suggested timeline, program format and helpful tips.

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2018 Catalog

Download a pdf version of the 2018 Hesburgh Lecture Series Catalog.


Questions? Please contact:

The Academic Programs team at alumaced@nd.edu