Virtual Series: “Thinking with Newman: Educating with Intention Today”

- (part of a series)

Location: Online

Interior of Newman University Church in Dublin. Photo by David Iliff. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0.

The University of Notre Dame Dublin Global Gateway and the Notre Dame-Newman Centre for Faith and Reason invite you to join our new, virtual series of international conversations, launching Wednesday 07 October, exploring Saint John Henry Cardinal Newman’s seminal work, The Idea of a University, and its contemporary relevance to educational challenges faced today in the teeth of the COVID-19 crisis.

 The “Thinking with Newman: Educating with Intention Today” series coincides with the one year anniversary of St. Newman’s canonization, offering a suitable moment to reflect on the inspiration we can take from his writings.

“Thinking with Newman” is open to all and offers participants a space to explore the existential questions, through the lens of Newman’s educational philosophy, that Universities are faced with today.  This series is exclusively offered through ThinkND, Notre Dame’s open online learning community. Registration is required for access to asynchronous content on the ThinkND platform, our LinkedIn community, and 3 interactive, live Zoom sessions.

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"Thinking with Newman" is hosted by our expert Notre Dame faculty and Directors of the Gateway and Newman Centre in Dublin, Ireland. Over three weekly live sessions, Professor Kevin Whelan and Rev. Gary Chamberland, C.S.C. will lead participants as they dive into questions such as:

  • Why is Newman’s work still relevant today?
  • What is the value of a University education?
  • What is the enduring legacy of Newman’s education insights?
  • How can we live Newman’s vision of a University as a diverse learning community in our conflicted and coronavirus-afflicted world?


Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. EDT / 6:00 p.m. IST

October 7, 2020 – The Contemporary Relevance of The Idea of a University
Guests: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin (Archiocese of Dublin) • Professor Emerita Mary Katherine Tillman (Program of Liberal Studies, Notre Dame) • Adam Kronk (Head of School, La Lumiere)

October 14, 2020 – The Values of a University
Guests: President Rev. Dave Tyson, C.S.C. (Holy Cross College) • Professor Kathleen Sprows Cummings (Director, Cushwa Center) • Aisling MacRunnels (Chief Business and Growth Officer, Synack)

October 21, 2020 – Realizing the University Today
Guests: Dr. Thomas Greene (Provost Emeritus, University of Portland) • President Dáire Keogh (Dublin City University) • Rachel Ingal (Student Body President, Notre Dame)

Each week, our faculty moderators will be joined by guest panelists who will bring a variety of expertise and experience to the conversation. In the spirit of Newman’s dedication to an intellectually rigorous and diverse civil engagement, speakers will include frontline leaders in the Church, education and business; lay people and clerics; university students and presidents, from Ireland to the United States — all challenged to thoroughly examine the overarching questions of the series, “What defines a university and how do we educate with intention today?”

Partners of the “Thinking with Newman” series include the Office of the President, the College of Arts and Letters, the Office of Mission Engagement and Church AffairsNotre Dame International, the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the Institute for Educational Initiatives/Alliance for Catholic Education, the Cushwa Center for the Study of American CatholicismND LearningESTEEM and the Notre Dame Alumni Association.