Boston Shamrock Series to feature numerous events along with game

Author: Michael O. Garvey

2015 Shamrock Series

Much more than a football game will be on offer for University of Notre Dame fans traveling to Boston next month for the 2015 Shamrock Series.

Leading up to the off-site home football game between the Fighting Irish and the Boston College Eagles at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 (Saturday) in Fenway Park, a series of academic and service events will be held in Boston throughout the Shamrock Series weekend.

The Notre Dame Law School will present a commemoration titled “The Boston Massacre: Re-Imagining the Trial” at 6 p.m. Nov. 19 (Thursday) in Boston’s Old South Meeting House, 310 S. Washington St. Notre Dame law students will join Boston College law students in arguments that reenact the Boston Massacre Trial 245 years ago and celebrate the trial’s importance as an early and enduring example of the rule of law in America.

The Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies will present a panel discussion among Notre Dame and Boston College faculty on “Irish in America: Immigration, Religion, Politics” at 9 a.m. Nov. 20 (Friday) in Salon C-D of Boston Marriott Copley Place. Their discussion of the impact of the Irish on American religious and political structures and the role of the United States in the 1916 Easter Rising will include a preview of the Notre Dame-produced television documentary, “1916: The Irish Rebellion.”

The 350-member University of Notre Dame Marching Band will hold a public rehearsal at Boston’s Clemente Field at 10 a.m. Nov. 20 (Friday). Following the rehearsal, the band will hold a question-and-answer session with Boston high school students.

The School of Architecture will present a discussion titled The Future is Here: Boston as a Model for Sustainable Urbanism," at 11 a.m. Nov. 20 (Friday) in the Old South Meeting House. Architecture and law faculty will join colleagues from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California, Los Angeles, in exploring the potential sustainability and public health benefits of traditional urban design.

Volunteers from the Notre Dame Alumni Association in collaboration with Catholic Charities of Boston, Fenway Park and Aramark Food Services will gather at the Fenway Park Champion’s Club at 1 p.m. Nov. 20 (Friday) to pack and prepare some 1,500 Thanksgiving food bags for people in need.

Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters and its Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities will give a presentation on “Combining Research and Practice to Serve the Poor” at 3 p.m. Nov. 20 (Friday) in the Wellesley Meeting Room of Boston Marriott Copley Place. Notre Dame economists will join administrators from Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities in discussing Notre Dame research on the improvement of humanitarian services to poor people in this country and worldwide.

On Nov. 21 (Saturday), as many as 3,000 registered runners will compete in a 5-kilometer run through a scenic downtown course beginning at 8 a.m. in the Boston Common. The net proceeds from the race, which also ends in the Boston Common, will benefit graduate student research and teaching at Notre Dame, and the raceway will feature banners with a wide range of graduate work from chemistry to painting, rocket science and ancient history. To register, and for information about volunteering, visit

Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., will preside and preach at Mass in Boston’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross at 11 a.m. Nov. 21 (Saturday).

Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life will present a Saturdays With the Saints lecture Nov. 21 (Saturday) in the Suffolk Room of Boston Marriott Copley Place. Rev. Brian E. Daley, S.J., Notre Dame’s Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology, will speak on “Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Reformer: Speaking up for Catholic Tradition.”