Signature Events

With the help of its fellows and staff, the Institute offers a broad range of events and programming every year to advance its mission of creating an interdisciplinary, integrated, and international home for European studies.

Notre Dame

To promote the study of contemporary Europe, the Nanovic Forum brings prominent Europeans in a wide range of fields to Notre Dame for two or three days in order to explore in a way they find most congenial the most pressing questions about Europe today.

Thanks to the generosity of Terrence R. Keeley, the Institute’s annual Vatican Lecture gives students and faculty the opportunity to explore questions involving Notre Dame’s Catholic mission with distinguished representatives from the Holy See.

The Shannon Prize is awarded annually to the author of the best book in European studies that transcends a focus on any one country, state, or people to stimulate new ways of thinking about contemporary Europe as a whole. Upon receiving the prize, the winner delivers an original lecture to the campus community.

Sponsored Symposia and supported symposia are designed to advance the Institute’s research mission along four general themes: religion and secularization; the movement of peoples; social and political geographies; and patterns of European integration.

Scholarly Lectures, Debates, Conversations, and Seminars are offered regularly throughout the academic year by visiting scholars, dignitaries, and professionals on a variety of topics of interest to students and faculty. Standard offerings include an EU Lecture, Visiting European Artist, and a new series on European Sports & Society. Please see our event calendar.

Nanovic Fellows convene for a plenary meeting and luncheon each semester to hear their colleagues engage in a panel discussion on especially timely or important issues in Europe.

Each semester the Institute organizes a European Film Series to bring the best of European cinema to Notre Dame. Screenings are prefaced with a short introduction and followed by discussion with scholars, producers, filmmakers, and actors. Visitors engage closely with the campus community.

From time to time the Institute is able to organize special events, typically performances, that intersect closely with its interests and priorities.

Chicago, London, Rome, and Abroad

An annual Institute Special Event at Notre Dame’s facility on Michigan Avenue in Chicago aims to build bridges between Notre Dame and the European constituencies of our international city ‘next door.’

Leaders of Catholic higher education in Europe are organized by the Institute each year to discuss practical challenges and collaborative opportunities between our faculty and students as part of the Catholic University Partnership. Meetings typically occur at partner universities in Europe.

The Institute promotes a range of activities at Notre Dame’s facility in London near Trafalgar Square, from symposia to student events. All events are designed to integrate the facility more closely with London and European life.

The Institute is in the process of planning a similar range of connected activities in Notre Dame’s new building in Rome, a few blocks from the Colosseum.