NDIAS The Public Conference

Join current and former fellows of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study for an interdisciplinary conference celebrating a year of research on The Public, the 2022-2023 research theme of the Institute.

The conference is headlined by writer Henry Grabar, author of Paved Paradise: How Parking Explains the World, who will deliver a keynote address about the nation’s parking crisis and how cities can pave a brighter future. Panel sessions focus on topics such as public safety, public discourse, and how the public pursues civil rights. The full conference schedule is listed below. The event is free and open to all.

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Day 1: Tuesday, April 25

8:30-9:00 a.m.: Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:15: Welcome

Meghan Sullivan (Director, NDIAS)

9:15-10:45: Public Safety

Debra Javeline (Notre Dame, Political Science)
Bob Latiff (U.S. Air Force, Political Science)
Theresa Rocha Beardall (University of Washington, Sociology)
Moderator: Keri Kei Shibata (Notre Dame Police Chief)

10:45-11:00: Coffee Break

11:00-12:30 p.m.: Collisions of the Public

Eliza Gettel (Villanova, Classics)
Fr. Greg Haake (Notre Dame, French Studies)
Arpit Kumar (Notre Dame, English)
Moderator: Eileen Morgan (Notre Dame, Medieval Institute)

12:30-1:45 Lunch

1:45-3:15: Teaching Lab Demo - Global Asia

Karrie Koesel (Notre Dame, Political Science)
Elisabeth Köll (Notre Dame, History)

3:15-3:30: Coffee Break

3:30-5:00: Public Pursuit of Civil Rights

Emmalon Davis (University of Michigan, Philosophy)
Brett Gadsden (Northwestern, History)
Darryl Heller (Indiana University South Bend, Director of Civil Rights Heritage Center)
Moderator: Dory Mitros Durham (Klau Institute for Civil and Human Rights)

5:00-6:00: Reception

Day 2: Wednesday, April 26

8:30-9:00 a.m.: Continental Breakfast

9:00-10:00: Undergraduate Research

Aidan Creeron (Economics, History)
Michelle Cho (Psychology, Economics)
Jonathan Gilman (Environmental Science)
Moderator: Jeff Tolly (NDIAS, Assistant Director)

10:00-10:15: Coffee Break

10:15-11:45: Public Theology

Robin Jensen (Notre Dame, Theology)
CJ Jones (Notre Dame, German Studies)
Jake Kildoo (Notre Dame, Theology)
Moderator: Fr. Kevin Grove (Notre Dame, Theology)

11:45-1:15 p.m.: Lunch

1:15-2:45: Public Discourse

Jennifer Dudley (Notre Dame, Sociology)
Carlos Lozada (New York Times, Book Critic)
Mechtild Widrich (Art Institute of Chicago, Art History)
Moderator: Greg Wurm (Notre Dame, Sociology)

2:45-3:00: Coffee Break

3:00-4:30: Keynote Lecture: "Parking Fight!"

Henry Grabar (Journalist, Slate)
Respondent: Scott Ford (Executive Director of iNDustry Labs)

4:30-5:30: Reception

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