Saturday Scholar Series to kick off football weekends

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The third annual Saturday Scholar Series at the University of Notre Dame will feature six lectures by leading faculty members on each home football game weekend this fall.
Sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters, the lectures and will begin three and one-half hours before the games in the auditorium of the Hesburgh Center for International Studies.Mark A. Roche, I.A. OShaughnessy Dean of Arts and Letters, initiated the program to add a scholarly dimension to a weekend roster of athletics, pageantry and fine arts performances.
The scheduled lectures are as follows:

September 6 -Liberation Theology for the 21st Century,with Gustavo Gutierrez, John Cardinal OHara Professor of Theology and author of the foundational text for liberation theology,A Theology of Liberation.The movement launched by Gutierrezs work rapidly became one of the most influential in contemporary theology by calling attention to the Churchs vocation to resist the oppression of the poor.Gutierrez will consider an understanding of Christian doctrine from the viewpoint of the oppressed.
Gutierrez is the recipient of the 2003 Prince of Asturias Award for Communications and the Humanities, which honors scientific, cultural and social work conducted internationally by individuals, groups and institutions whose achievements represent an example for mankind.

September 20 -‘From Page to Stage: An Interactive Audience Performance Experience,with Actors from the London Stage. The actors will discuss their craft while addressing issues central to their performance style such as how five actors with no
director or scene designer create a full text production of a Shakespeare play in five weeks, how they interpret the text, and how Shakespeare directs them.The actors will also perform excerpts from their current production,Measure for Measure,and will discuss the acting process.
Actors from the London Stage is an international touring theatre based at Notre Dame. The group tours North American campuses twice yearly, blending Shakespeare productions with classroom workshops. They will performMeasure for Measurefrom Sept. 17-19 at Washington Hall on campus.

October 18 -Catholicism and American Freedom,with John McGreevy, chair and John A. OBrien Associate Professor of History.McGreevy will begin by examining one little-known event, the Eliot School Rebellion of 1859, in which a group of Boston Catholic boys refused to read from the King James Bible in a public school.The controversy over this episode sheds light on tensions and overlaps between Catholic and American ideas of freedom, from the 19th-century slavery debate through contemporary arguments about abortion.
McGreevy is the author of the recently published and critically acclaimed bookCatholicism and American Freedom: A Historyas well asParish Boundaries: The Catholic Encounter with Race in the Twentieth Century Urban North.

November 1 -Living on the Front Lines: An Anthropologist Looks at the Realities of War,with Carolyn Nordstrom, associate professor of anthropology. Based on more than a decade of research on the frontlines of wars across several continents, Nordstrom will examine topics ranging from the immediacy of war zone survival to the offices of power brokers to the vast extra-legal networks that fuel war and the international profiteering.She also will reveal the human face of war zoneswhere the frontlines are populated not only with the perpetrators and victims of war, but with scoundrels, silent heroes, and average families who live their lives in the midst of explosive violence.
Nordstrom studies the political anthropology of peace and conflict.She has undertaken extensive field research on the frontlines of wars in many regions around the world, including southern Africa, Southeast Asia and central Europe.Her current research examines post-war transformation, including its relationship to organized crime and extra-state patterns of
Nordstroms recent publications includeA Different Kind of War StoryandFieldwork Under Fire,co-edited with Antonius Robben.

November 8 -Big Browser: Are We Being Watched?with A. James McAdams, Dr. William M. Scholl Professor of International Politics.Little more than a decade after the fall of communism, experts are already equating the Internets invasive and all-encompassing reach with a new form of authoritarian control over private lives.McAdams will explore the revolutionary consequences theNet has had for the relationship between humans and their computers, the new generation of controllers and controlled, and our own conflicted feelings about the Internets purposes.
McAdams is a professor of political science and director of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.A long-time student of authoritarian politics who lived in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall, McAdams is now conducting research on the topic of Internet surveillance in the United States, Great Britain and Germany.

November 15 -Truth Telling and Lying,with Alasdair MacIntyre, professor of philosophy.Since many people tell lies frequently, yet resent when others lie to them, what rule should we have with regard to truth telling and lying?MacIntyre examines the practice of lying from a philosophical perspective: Kant thought that all lying is wrong.Aquinas thought that all lying is wrong, but that all lying is not equally bad.It is Talmudic teaching that a lie may be told to save a life, and many people think that lying is acceptable to avoid embarrassment.With whom should we agree?

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