The Program of Liberal Studies strongly affirms that Black Lives Matter. We stand in solidarity with activists protesting police brutality against Black lives, including in our own South Bend and Notre Dame communities. Read More
With a Side of Knowledge is a podcast produced by the Office of the Provost at the University of Notre Dame. The 10th episode of the show’s third season, “On Democracy and Difficult Questions,” was released Thursday, Dec. 5, and features Chris Beem, managing director of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State University. Read More
Katie Bugyis, who received a bachelor's degree in history and a Ph.D. in medieval studies from Notre Dame, recently joined the faculty as an assistant professor in the Program of Liberal Studies, concurrent assistant professor in the Department of Theology, and faculty fellow of the Medieval Institute. In this Q&A, she discusses her return to Notre Dame, how she became interested in medieval studies, and why the Program of Liberal Studies is the best home for her teaching and research. Read More
The Hesburgh Libraries recently acquired an extraordinary 11-century Greek codex containing a collection of excerpts on moral and religious topics. Read More
A special event was hosted on Friday, September 20, at Innovation Park to recognize the growing relationship between the University of Notre Dame and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. The day started with the first Notre Dame/Leuven international collaborative workshop in ancient, medieval, and renaissance philosophy. Following the workshop, a reception celebrated the successful efforts of Gretchen Reydams-Schils, a professor in the Program of Liberal Studies, who helped develop Notre Dame International’s first formal faculty exchange agreement. Read More
Students too often conceive of education simply as an information transfer or a means to burnish credentials, but Thomas Stapleford sees a richer model — a life-changing encounter that prompts questioning, reflection, and personal growth. That’s what Stapleford, associate professor and chair of the Program of Liberal Studies, witnesses each week when he leads a Great Books seminar for Inspired Leadership Initiative fellows — an experience that allows participants to explore classic texts and grapple with perennial questions.
On Oct. 24, the National Institute for Newman Studies (Pittsburgh) will honor Program of Liberal Studies Professor Emerita M. Katherine Tillman with the 2019 Gailliot Award "for lifetime achievement in Newman Studies."
Professor Tillman has taught and lectured in academic venues nationally and internationally primarily on the thought of Blessed (“Saint” as of Oct. 13, 2019) John Henry Cardinal Newman with particular interest in his educational theory and his views on the faith/reason relation. Her work on Newman’s life and writings appears in academic journals, scholarly books and electronic publications. She has published introductory monographs for reprints of three of Newman's works, Rise and Progress of Universities Read More
What is the Program of Liberal Studies major like at Notre Dame? "We read the original texts that have shaped the way that the world has thought for the last 2,000 years," said PLS major Zach Huber. PLS majors pursue their passions while developing skills such as interpersonal communication, critical reading, thoughtful articulation of arguments, and problem-solving. Read More