Confirmed Speakers

Plenary Speakers

Theodore Ziolkowski

Professor Emeritus of Germanic Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature, Princeton University

“Academic Freedom in the German University: Past and Present”

Respondent: Carsten Dutt, Department of German and Russian Literature,
University of Notre Dame

Chair: Claire Jones, Department of German and Russian Languages & Literatures, University of Notre Dame

 

Douglas V. Porpora

Professor of Sociology, Drexel Unveristy

“Academic Freedom, Religion, and Social Science: Stories from the Front”

Respondent: Mary Ellen Konieczny, Department of Sociology, University of Notre Dame

Chair: Mary Keys, Department of Political Science, University of Notre Dame

 

Debora Shuger

 
Distinguished Professor of English, University of California, Los Angeles

“Religion, Literature, and Censorship”

Respondent: Susannah Monta, Department of English, University of Notre Dame

Chair: Vittorio Montemaggi, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures,
University of Notre Dame

 

Tom McLeish

Professor of Physics, Durham University

“Academic Freedom, Transcendence, and the Natural Sciences”

Respondent: Don Howard, Department of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame

Chair: Kathrine Brading, History and Philosophy of Science, University of Notre Dame

 

Reinhard Huetter

Professor of Christian Theology, Duke Divinity School

“The Transcending Orthodoxy: Divine Revelation and Academic Freedom”

Respondent: David Bentley Hart, Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study

Chair: Jennifer Newsome Martin, Program of Liberal Studies, University of Notre Dame

 

Fr. James Heft

Alton M. Brooks Professor of Religion, University of Southern California

“Academic Freedom, Religion, and Institutional Diversity”

Respondent: John D. Inazu, School of Law, Washington University School of Law

Chair: Susan Collins, Department of Political Science, University of Notre Dame

 

Concluding Forum: "The Challenge of Bridging Secular Academic Disciplines and Theology"

Bernard Brady, Chair, Department of Theology, University of St. Thomas

Kenneth Garcia, Associate Director, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts,
University of Notre Dame

Peter Steinfels, Fordham Center on Religion and Culture, Fordham University

 

Concurrent Sessions

 

Religion and Science Track:   

  • Fr. John Braverman, S.J., St. Joseph University, 'God and Evolution”

  • Barbara Sain, University of St. Thomas, "Academic Freedom, the Unity of Truth, and the Sensus Fidei”

  • Chair: Philip Sloan, Professor Emertius, University of Notre Dame

Philosophical Track: Academic Freedom: What Went Wrong?

  • Patrick Deneen, University of Notre Dame, "The Myth of Academic Freedom”

  • Emanuele Colombo, DePaul University, "Freedom From or Freedom To? Suggestions from the Experience of  a Scholar-Teacher"

  • Chair: Richard Garnett, Notre Dame Law School

Transcending Orthodoxies in Academic Departments: A Concrete Work in Progress at Villanova University

  • Thomas Smith, Villanova

  • Anna Moreland, Villanova

  • James Matthew Wilson, Villanova

  • Mary Hirschfeld, Villanova

  • Chair: Kenneth Garcia, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts,
    University of Notre Dame

Religion and Literature Track:

  • Paul Contino, Department of English, Pepperdine University

  • Angela Alaimo O’Donnell, Fordham University

  • Michael McGregor, Portland State University

  • Chair: Kenneth Garcia, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberial Arts,
    University of Notre Dame

      

For more information, please contact: Ken Garcia, Associate Director, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, University of Notre Dame.