Lecture Series

Charles Edison Lecture Series

The Charles Edison Fund is an endowed philanthropic institution dedicated to the support of worthwhile endeavors generally within the areas of medical research, science education and historic preservation. The Fund is an extension of the benefactions and aspirations of its Founder, a man of discerning foresight, rare achievement and background.

The Edison Lecture Series was established by Paul Christensen, President of the Charles Edison Fund, in 1989. The lectures focus on topics arising from research in science and technology. Topics are intended to encourage students to seek careers in these disciplines and help teachers to pursue academic vocations and research in these areas.

Edison Lecture Series Schedule

Delahanty Family Endowment for Excellence in Mathematics

The Delahanty Family Endowment for Excellence in Mathematics was created in 2010 to catalyze new endeavors in the realm of actuarial science and statistical analysis. Because of new coursework and opportunities supported by the fund, Notre Dame students will be fully prepared to make informed decisions on pursing a variety of careers, particularly related to actuarial science and statistical analysis. The endowment will bring to campus distinguished guests who are experts both from the academic and business worlds who work at the quantitative frontiers of business, the social sciences, biology and medicine. 

Delahanty Lecture Schedule

John A. Lynch Lecture Series

The premiere lecture series in the College of Science was established by John A. Lynch, M.D., of Kansas, a 1951 Notre Dame graduate. He was a native of Iowa who earned his medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine in 1955, served in the U.S. Navy and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit before he moved to Topeka in 1963. As a founder of Kansas Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, he was an early leader in total joint replacement to treat arthritis. Lynch passed away Feb. 6, 2012 in Topeka, Kansas. 

Lynch Lecture Series Schedule

Nieuwland Lecture Series

The Nieuwland Lecture Series were established in 1943 by Rev. J. Hugh O’Donnell, C.S.C., then President of the University of Notre Dame, as a permanent memorial to the late Rev. Julius A. Nieuwland, C.S.C. Nieuwland was born in Hansbeke, Belgium in 1878, earned an A.B. at the University of Notre Dame in 1899, and after earning a Ph.D. in chemistry at Catholic University, joined the faculty of the University of Notre Dame in 1904 as a professor of botany, then later as a professor of organic chemistry from 1918 until his death in 1936. 

Nieuwland Lecture Series Schedule

IBM Corporate Lecture Series

The IBM Corporate Lecture Series was created to foster inclusion and increase awareness of women's achievements in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. IBM hired women as early as 1935, which included 25 college seniors who graduated from IBM's first women’s systems service class at the company's Endicott, New York, facility. IBM has developed several programs through the years that focus on inclusion and retention of women and other minorities in technology-based fields. 

IBM Corporate Lecture Series Schedule

Saturday Science Exploration Series

Come join us in the Jordan Hall of Science before every home football game. Our lecture series is sure to inspire a fascination with our world as visitors learn about our innovative approach to science.

Our Universe Revealed: STEM for Everyone

The Our Universe Revealed series aims to make science and research accessible to all; you don’t need a background in science or mathematics – it’s our job to explain the fundamentals of our universe in an easy to understand way. The series builds on the previous series from the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Notre Dame and is now a partnership between the University of Notre Dame College of ScienceIndiana University South Bend College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and St. Joseph County Public Library. It provides access to local experts through talks and events so that the public can explore topics in science and wider research topics in an accessible way.

Events are free and open to the public and are typically held on select Tuesday evenings at the Main Branch of the St. Joseph County Public Library in downtown South Bend. You can find a list of our upcoming events on the Our Universe Revealed website.