The University of Notre Dame football team’s first game is quickly approaching on August 31 and campus is sure to be abuzz with activity. With kick-off not until 3:30 p.m., attendees have plenty of time to tailgate, enjoy the Notre Dame Band on the steps of Bond Hall, grab a burger from one of the many vendors, or take a classic picture in front of the dome. However, the University also offers more intellectual events designed to engage and enrich.
2013 marks the 13th annual Saturday Scholar Series, sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. The series consists of lectures given by leading faculty members that occur on each home football game weekend. The lectures cover a variety of issues and give an incredible opportunity to engage with some of the University’s faculty. The first lecture on August 31 is entitled “From Pope Benedict to Pope Francis: Contrasts and Continuities.” The talks begin at noon in the Annenberg Auditorium of the Snite Museum of Art. The full schedule is listed online. The Saturday Scholar Series is free and open to the public.
The Dr. Tom Dooley Society, an organization for the medical alumni of Notre Dame, offers a similar Fall Program Series. Lectures are also given every home football Saturday. Topics are health-related and given by various health care professionals. The first lecture, also on August 31, will feature reports from 2013 Medical Mission Stipend Winners. The full schedule can be found online. Lectures typically begin at 11:00 a.m. in the Jordan Hall of Science’s Digital Visualization Theater (the Planetarium). The lectures are designed for members of the Dooley Society but are free and guests are welcome.
Notre Dame football games are a special, one-of-a-kind experience for students and fans alike and these lectures are sure to enhance the magic of game day.