Newman University will host “Beyond Notre Dame’s Walls: Reading Great Books with the Homeless,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14 in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center on the Newman campus. The lecture will be presented by Stephan Fallon, Ph.D., chairperson of the Program of Liberal Studies at Notre Dame’s Great Books Department. The lecture, part of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Lecture Series, is free and open to the public.
In 1998 Fallon, Cavanaugh professor of the humanities and professor of English at Notre Dame University, joined with fellow professor Clark Power to offer a Great Books seminar, carrying Notre Dame credit, at the South Bend Center for the Homeless. Fallon’s lecture tells the story of the inspiration and progress of the department’s World Masterpieces Seminar, and explores the program’s goals and lessons learned over the past 11 years.
Fallon is a scholar of John Milton, the Renaissance, and early modern literature and intellectual history. He is the author of two award-winning books, Milton among the Philosophers and Milton’s Peculiar Grace: Self-Representation and Authority. His work on Milton also includes articles in major journals and essay collections. Fallon currently sits on the editorial board of the Yale Milton encyclopedia. He has been a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, won two National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, and received the Charles Sheedy Award for Teaching in the College of Arts and Letters in 2001.
Fallon’s lecture is co-sponsored by the Notre Dame Club of Wichita and Newman University. “Reading Great Books with the Homeless” is part of Notre Dame University’s Hesburgh Lecture Series, which is designed to bring Notre Dame lectures to the hometowns of the university’s graduates.