Newman University will host University of Notre Dame professor Stephan Fallon, Ph.D. as he presents “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 Newman’s campus.
Fallon is a professor of humanities and English and is chairperson of the Program of Liberal Studies at Notre Dame’s Great Books Department. His lecture, part of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Lecture Series that aims to bring Notre Dame lectures to the hometowns of the university’s graduates, is free and open to the public.
Fallon joined with fellow professor Clark Power in 1998 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 as well as the lessons learned over the past 11 years.
Fallon is the Cavanaugh professor of the humanities and a scholar of John Milton, the Renaissance, and early modern literature and intellectual history. His work on Milton includes two award-winning books, Milton among the Philosophers and Milton’s Peculiar Grace: Self-Representation and Authority, as well as 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.