Gabriel Said Reynolds will present the annual Hesburgh Lecture, “Islam, the Catholic Church, and the Future of the World,” on Wednesday, March 21, at 7:15 p.m., in Franz Hall room 120. The lecture is free and open to all. In his talk, Reynolds will examine how Islam challenges Christian beliefs, reflect on how the Catholic Church should respond to these challenges, and offer a vision of how Muslims and Christians might work together to counter religious extremism. Reynolds researches the Qur’ān and Muslim/Christian relations as professor of islamic studies and theology in the Department of Theology at Notre Dame. This event is co-sponsored by the Garaventa Center and the Notre Dame Club of Portland. For ADA accommodations or more information, visit the Garaventa Center events page or contact x7702 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark W. Roche will present the Annual Hesburgh Lecture, “What’s So Funny About a Joke?,” on Thursday, March 23, at 7:15 p.m., in Franz Hall 120. His talk will interlace humor with an analysis of the greatness and limits of Freud’s theory of jokes. Roche is Joyce Professor of German, concurrent professor of philosophy, and former dean of arts and letters at the University of Notre Dame.
This event is a collaboration by the Garaventa Center, the Notre Dame Club of Portland, and the Beckman Humor Project. For more info or ADA accommodations, contact the Garaventa Center at email@example.com or x7702.
Mitchell R. Wayne, a professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame, will present the 2016 Hesburgh Lecture, “Einstein: How One Mild-Mannered Physicist Changed the Way We Understand Our World,” on Monday, March 21, in Franz Hall Room 120, at 7:15 p.m. His talk is free and open to the public.
Wayne will explain some of Albert Einstein’s more significant discoveries, how they changed understanding of the laws of nature, and their relevance to today’s world. Einstein’s enormous influence is still being felt today with the exciting new discovery of gravitational waves.
Wayne has served as chair of the Notre Dame physics department and as associate dean of the College of Science. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from the University of California, and is the recipient of the Kaneb Teaching Award and the Shilts-Leonard Teaching Award.
The event is co-sponsored by the Notre Dame Club of Portland and the Garaventa Center. For ADA accommodations or further information contact the Garaventa Center at 7702 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the spirit of Pope Francis’s new encyclical Laudato Si, John Nagle, professor of law at the University of Notre Dame, will explore the challenges involved in the preservation and development of U.S. national parks when he delivers the 2015 Hesburgh Lecture on Tuesday, September 22, at 7:15 p.m., in Franz Hall room 120. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Nagle is the author of Law’s Environment: How the Law Shapes the Places We Live, and co-author of casebooks on “The Practice and Policy of Environmental Law” and “The Law of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management.” His writings have explored such topics as the relationship between environmental and cultural pollution, the role of religion in environmental law, and the scope of congressional power to protect endangered species. In addition to his teaching and scholarship at Notre Dame Law School as the John N. Matthews Chair in Law, Nagle has lectured on environmental, legislative, and property issues at numerous forums in the United States, Canada, China, Hungary, and Malaysia.
The event is co-sponsored by the Notre Dame Club of Portland and the Garaventa Center. For more information, contact Sarah Nuxoll, Garaventa Center, at 7702 or email@example.com.
Notre Dame law professor Mary Ellen O’Connell will speak on “Deadly Drones” when she delivers the 2013 Hesburgh Lecture on Monday, October 28, at 7 p.m., in Buckley Center Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public. O’Connell’s lecture looks at the legal, moral, and strategic challenges of America’s use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) to fire missiles and drop bombs in combat.
O’Connell is a research professor of international dispute resolution at the Notre Dame Kroc Institute. She is also the Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law, a position she has held since 2005. O’Connell’s research focuses on international legal theory and international law on the use of force. She has authored and edited numerous books and articles, most recently What is War? An Investigation in the Wake of 9/11 (2012). She testified recently (on May 22, 2013) before the House Judiciary Committee’s Hearing on Protecting U.S. Citizens’ Constitutional Rights During the War on Terrorism to clarify the basic fundamental human right to life, liberty, and to a fair trial during the war on terror, especially since 9/11.
The Hesburgh Lecture is co-sponsored by Notre Dame Alumni Club, Portland Chapter and the Garaventa Center. For more information, contact Jamie Powell, Garaventa Center, at 7702 or firstname.lastname@example.org.