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Author: Notre Dame News

In the wake of political polarization, a global pandemic, emerging technologies, misinformation and a rapidly changing climate, humanity faces extraordinary challenges on an unprecedented scale.

We’ve witnessed dramatic shifts in views on work/life balance, education, health care and faith. Students and faculty at the University of Notre Dame meet these challenges head-on through research, teaching, scholarship and service.

Through the month of October, Notre Dame News will highlight stories that look to the future — and how the Fighting Irish are fighting to solve the problems of tomorrow.


Dan Graff

The future of the labor market and the economy: A conversation with Dan Graff

Daniel Graff, director of the University of Notre Dame’s Higgins Labor Program, and expert on contemporary labor issues, labor and economic history, and issues related to gender, race and labor, explores the resurgence of unionization efforts, the future of the U.S. labor market and its impact on the economy. Read more here.


Fall color on St. Mary’s Lake, 2022 (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

Bridging knowledge with action: Notre Dame climate experts discuss the future of our planet

At the University of Notre Dame, climate change researchers and their students are bringing real-world solutions to communities worldwide, providing perspective on policy issues and encouraging shifts in human behavior to face that uncertainty with resilience. Read more here.


Paul Blaschko (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

The future of work: A conversation with Paul Blaschko

Paul Blaschko is an assistant teaching professor in the Department of Philosophy and director of the Sheedy Family Program in Economy, Enterprise, and Society at the University of Notre Dame. One aspect of his research and teaching focuses on how philosophy can help us find meaning and purpose at work.Blaschko discusses our changing relationship with work — how we have developed an achievement mentality in the workplace, the causes and dangers of burnout and how the pandemic has upended our assumptions about work. Read more here.


Supreme Court

The future of the Supreme Court: A conversation with law professor Richard W. Garnett

Richard W. Garnett is the University of Notre Dame’s Paul J. Schierl/Fort Howard Corporation Professor of Law, director of the Law School’s Program on Church, State & Society and a concurrent professor of political science. Garnett discusses the future of the Supreme Court. Read more here


Mary Ellen O’Connell

The future of US drone policy: A conversation with International Law Professor Mary Ellen O’Connell

Mary Ellen O’Connell, the University of Notre Dame’s Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law and Research Professor of International Dispute Resolution in the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, is a longtime outspoken critic of drone strikes, calling them a grave violation of international law.  O’Connell discusses the history and future of U.S. drone policy. Read more here


Pokagon Flag

The future of cancer research

A developing partnership between the Pokagon Band and the University of Notre Dame's Harper Cancer Research Institute (HCRI) hopes to help raise awareness of the importance of screening and early detection to address measurable disparities in cancer treatment outcomes involving Native Americans. Read more here


Tech Ethics Feature

Notre Dame Stories: The Future of Tech Ethics and Notre Dame's Technology Ethics Center

Kirsten Martin, director of the Notre Dame Technology Ethics Center, discusses how the center is helping to shape the future of our relationship with technology. Listen here