Wednesday, September 17, 2014

CCL 2014 roll-up

Our eighth annual Christian Culture Lecture with Reza Aslan was a tremendous success. Aslan's dynamic talk--certainly no mere lecture--was riveting, entertaining, and deeply thought-provoking. And we packed the house, selling out O'Laughlin auditorium.

The South Bend Tribune had this to say this morning, and the Observer included a short news article as well. For the complete photo album, go here. Professional photos here and information about access to a video of the talk coming soon!

meet & greet

table talk

pre-talk dinner

the talk

book signing


Reza & the students 

National Advisory Council

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Reza Aslan - CCL 2014

  • In Beyond Fundamentalism: Introduction (3-12), Ch. 1 (15-21), Ch. 2 (34-57), Ch. 3 (61-77), Ch. 4 (86-95), Ch.7 (176).
  • In Zealot: Author's Note (xvii-xxi), Introduction (xxii-xxxi), Prologue (3-9), Ch. 1 (10-16) 
  • Listen to this 9-minute interview on NPR

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

New memoir

We are proud to announce that Professor Emerita, Gail Mandell, has recently published her memoir, Angel Creek. It is available now in paperback and for Kindle on June 30th. Get your copy now!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

We have a photos! And a Facebook page!

Two exciting announcements:

  • Check out our new photo gallery page, which includes albums from 2009 to the present. Please feel free to contact us if you have more photos to share. 
  • Search for "HUST @ SMC" under Facebook's Groups. We are "Closed," but we regularly check the page to approve new members. The page is designed to extend our digital community among HUST students, faculty, alumnae and wannabees...I mean, enthusiasts :).

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

New Book Honors Life of Bruno Schlesinger

A new book pays tribute to one of Saint Mary’s most beloved professors, Dr. Bruno P. Schlesinger, who died in 2010 at the age of 99. Bruno Schlesinger: A Life in Learning & Letters, edited by Rick Regan, was published in August and available at

Schlesinger founded the Program for Christian Culture in 1956 and served as the long-time chair of the department, later renamed Humanistic Studies. In 1957, he inaugurated a lecture series that eventually brought over one hundred distinguished scholars to campus, and in 2006 the series was revived in his honor as the Christian Culture Lecture. During his 60-year teaching career, he received many honors, including an honorary doctorate from Saint Mary’s in 1994.

“This little book is a delightful, moving remembrance of Bruno,” says Professor Philip Hicks, department chair of Humanistic Studies. “It belongs on the bookshelf of every Christian Culture/Humanistic Studies graduate—anyone interested in Saint Mary’s, for that matter.”

The nucleus of the book is a chapter by Notre Dame historian Philip Gleason, “From Vienna to South Bend: A Refugee Professor’s Story.” Based on new interviews and research in the Saint Mary’s archives, Gleason’s essay provides the fullest account yet of Schlesinger’s public and private life, including his harrowing flight from Nazism, interrogation by the Gestapo, and month spent in a French jail.

Other contributors to the volume include Schlesinger’s son, Tom, his former colleague, Professor Gail Porter Mandell (Bruno P. Schlesinger Chair in Humanistic Studies Emerita), his friend Father Marvin R. O’Connell (another Notre Dame historian), and alumnae Patricia Ferris McGinn and Mary Griffin Burns. Also featured is a letter to Schlesinger written by the noted spiritual writer, Thomas Merton.

The book is illustrated with several black and white photographs, including childhood and wedding photos. Schlesinger was married for 70 years to Alice Teweles, a book illustrator and portrait artist who died in 2012. Several of Mrs. Schlesinger’s paintings are displayed on the Saint Mary’s campus. Her portrait of former Saint Mary’s president Sister Madeleva is now showcased on the ground floor of Madeleva Hall. It was Sister Madeleva who gave final approval for the Program for Christian Culture, after months of lobbying by Bruno Schlesinger for this experimental curriculum.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Field Trip to Chicago's Field Museum

The History Club at Saint Mary's is sponsoring a field trip into Chicago to see an exhibit on the World's Fair of 1893 at the Field Museum. They have kindly invited us along!

Chicago Field Museum
Saturday, February 8th
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Ticket & transportation covered by Department

RSVP to Prof. Williamson Ambrose