Lectures and 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.


Event Calendar

15 January, 2015

Thursday 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

2015 Keely Vatican Lecture with Archbishop Charles BrownJordan Auditorium, Mendoza College of Business

The Most Reverend Charles J. Brown, Apostolic Nuncio to Irleand and Titular Archbishop of Aquileia, returns to celebrate the 10th annual Keeley Vatican Lecture on January 15th at 5:30 p.m. in Jordan Auditorium of Mendoza College of Business.  Archbishop Brown served as the first Keeley Vatican Lecturer in 2005.

A native of New York, Archbishop Brown studied history at the University of Notre Dame before going on to study theology at Oxford and medieval studies at the University of Toronto. He received a doctorate in sacramental theology from the Pontifical University of Saint Anselm in Rome.  He has been an official at the Congregation for the Doctrine for the Faith where he worked closely with Cardinal Ratzinger—Pope Benedict XVI—up until 2005. Pope Benedict appointed him to the post of Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland in 2011. … More +

26 January, 2015

Monday, All Day

Grant Deadline: Spring Break Travel and Research (All Students)Nanovic Institute (211 Brownson Hall)

Grant Deadline

Spring Break Travel and Research grants during are due today for all undergraduate and graduate students. Please review grant guidelines prior to starting the application process.

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28 January, 2015

Wednesday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Film: Walking the CaminoBrowning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

7:00 p.m. in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Introduced by Anthony Monta, Associate Director of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.

Walking the Camino is an up-close look at one of humanity’s most time-honored traditions. By following pilgrims from all walks of life as they attempt to cross an entire country on foot with only a backpack, a pair of boots and an open mind, we witness the Camino’s magnetic and miraculous power to change lives. Driven by an inexplicable calling and a grand sense of adventure, each pilgrim throws themselves heart-and-soul into their physical trek to Santiago and, most importantly, their personal journey to themselves. … More +

1 February, 2015

Sunday, All Day

Exhbit: Natalia Goncharova’s Mystical Images of War, 1914Snite Museum of Art


Natalia Goncharova (Russian,1881–1962), The Christian Host, no. 9 from the series Mystical Images of War [Voina: misticheskie obrazy voiny], 1914, lithograph, 10 x 13 inches. University of Notre Dame, Hesburgh Library, The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections

Natalia Goncharova’s Mystical Images of War, 1914

February 1–March 22, 2015 in the Scholz Family Works on Paper Gallery

This exhibition presents a dramatic portfolio of fourteen lithographs by the Russian avant-garde artist Natalia Goncharova (1881–1962) from the Hesburgh Libraries Collection. Published in the fall of 1914, the lithographs represent one of the earliest and most profound artistic responses to the outbreak of the Great War. They tell an epic and "mystical" story about the eternal struggle between good and evil, destruction and redemption, in which national, traditional, religious, apocalyptic, and contemporary images are intertwined.

Co-sponsored by the Hesburgh Libraries, Snite Museum of Art, and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, and organized by Russian and East European Studies Librarian Natasha Lyandres, the presentation is part of a year-long series of lectures, courses, performances, exhibitions, and other events commemorating the First World War.

The Museum's Annenberg Auditorium is the venue for the related lecture series on WWI organized by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. The fall dates are October 8, November 5, November 19, and December 3. For more information on the guest speakers and topics of each lecture visit the Upcoming Events Calendar.  … More +

27 March, 2015

Friday, All Day

Conference: The Bible, Narrative, and ModernityNotre Dame Conference Center (McKenna Hall)

The Bible, Narrative, and Modernity

March 27 - 28, 2014
Notre Dame Conference Center

'The Bible, Narrative, and Modernity' seeks to shift the terms of an interdisciplinary conversation, which has tended to emphasize secularization over faith and religiosity. The presiding critical commonplace holds that Asiatic archaeological research, widespread developments in geology across the continent that culminated in Darwinian evolutionary biology, and, perhaps most importantly, the importation of German biblical criticism precipitated a crisis of faith that rapidly transformed European society—particularly in Britain—into a primarily secular body. Favoring a secular narrative of middle-class emergence, nationalism, and the aesthetics of realism, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literary scholars have embraced and reasserted this dominant narrative. By examining the Bible as narrative and the role it plays in shaping eighteenth- and nineteenth-century narratives, this symposium will challenge the common narrative of secularization, while exploring a range of religion and literature methodologies in this historical period.
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