Dear Alumni, Parents, and Friends,

I exercised my right as a U.S. citizen this week and voted. I did so with my opinions, my beliefs, and my family in mind. As frustrated as I get with our political system and the political gorges that divide us in the United States and beyond, I have one solace I often turn to — the Notre Dame family. 

I meet a lot of Notre Dame alumni, parents, and friends in my role. And while we can disagree across many topics, I always look for — and often see — the goodness in them. Regardless of a position someone takes, I believe he or she inherently cares and wants what’s best. And often I can learn something from those conversations. At Notre Dame, we know what it means to embrace different opinions and beliefs. During our time as students on campus, we challenged each other, but as our mission statement echoes, we also saw the University as a forum for free inquiry and open discussion. As we learned from others, I would dare say we grew as much outside the classroom as inside it.

As we finish the political season and as the holidays approach, I invite each of us to remember to embrace civil discourse in our lives and with our families and look for the good in others we meet.

Yours in Notre Dame,

Dolly Duffy ’84
Executive Director
Notre Dame Alumni Association

Join us for this virtual weekly pre-game show, featuring interviews with Vagas Ferguson ’80 and Glenn and Stacey Murphy Head Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Brey, fan features, student performances and more!


Join us as we virtually gather as a Notre Dame family to celebrate the unique character of the University we all love.


A pioneer in many ways, Ben Finley ’60 will again break new ground as one of the first Black inductees into the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame.


Father Hesburgh called voting a civic sacrament. Robert Schmul ’70, an expert observer of the American political scene, offers a catechism for exercising the franchise.


The application is now open for the Keough School's Master of Global Affairs. Learn about degree options, financial aid, and career support at a virtual info session at 10 a.m. ET, Oct. 29. Registration is required.



Rosary at the Grotto: Friday, Oct. 16 | 12:30 p.m. ET

Rev. John Herman, C.S.C., ’94 M.Div. will lead this week’s Rosary service from the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, available live or on-demand. » STREAM 

Football Fridays: Louisville Week: Friday, Oct. 16 | 1 p.m. ET

Join the NDAA for this virtual weekly pre-game show, then stick around to break down the X’s and O’s in Chalk Talk with Bill and Bill. » FACEBOOK LIVE

Black Domers Shared Read: Ongoing

Join the Alumni Association’s Affinity Groups in unpacking Black Domers: African-American Students at Notre Dame in Their Own Words. » NATIONAL FACEBOOK DISCUSSION | THINKND REGISTRATION | RESOURCES

Consider This! COVID-19: Monday, Oct. 19 | 6 p.m. ET

Professors Dr. Heidi Beidinger-Burnett and Dr. Mary Ann McDowell will host Dr. Mark Fox of the St. Joseph County Health Department and professors David Leighton and Dr. Mark McCready to discuss “Masks, Distancing and Public Health.” » REGISTER

Inspiring Conversations: Tuesday, Oct. 20 | 1 p.m. ET

Hubert Joly (former executive chairman, Best Buy) and Hortense Gentile (executive leadership coach and author) are the next guests to discuss mission, empathy, courage, and adaptability in leadership. » REGISTER

Bridging the Divide: Wednesday, Oct. 21 | 8:15 p.m. ET

Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg will join this speaker series, moderated by Anne Thompson '79 and sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights, and the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy, to discuss “Rebuilding Trust in Our Nation’s Institutions.” » REGISTER

Where We’re Going: Sports: Thursday, Oct. 22 | 1 p.m. ET

Hear from Raul Fernandez (CEO, Monumental Sports), Allison Barber (President and COO, Indiana Fever), and Stan Wilcox ’81 (EVP Regulatory Affairs, NCAA) discuss the national viewpoint in this series exploring this point in history and the future through the lens of sports. » REGISTER

ND Family Wines Virtual Tasting: Wednesday, Oct. 28 | 7 p.m. ET

Presented by Rohr’s and featuring Paul Hobbs Winery with owner and winemaker Paul Hobbs ’75 » LEARN MORE




Brave Voices

In this new podcast from Fighting Irish Media, Indi Jackson ’18 explores the experiences of Black student-athletes at Notre Dame.


Fighting to Repair the Body

When Evan Nichols ’19 was four years old, his brother suffered a brachial plexus injury at birth, resulting in limited use of his left arm. Years later, Nichols’ desire to help patients like his brother led to a scientific breakthrough in biology professor Cody Smith’s lab.


There Will Be Singing

As the coronavirus pandemic has encouraged adaptability, Notre Dame choral groups are taking rehearsals out of the studio — to the concourses of Notre Dame Stadium.


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