Public Intellectual Initiative

Each fall semester the Higgins Labor Program invites a select group of intellectually inquisitive undergraduates to participate in the Public Intellectual Initiative. The format is simple. In the spring semester, the participants gather three times over dinner to discuss a book, with the titles suggested and voted on by the group. The goals are straightforward:

To encourage student participation in important public policy and cultural debates through engagement with timely texts.

To enrich undergraduate intellectual culture by sponsoring reading, reflection, and dialogue beyond ​course​ work.

To challenge the false binary separating college work from "real life."

To promote Notre Dame's mission to foster among students "a sense of human solidarity and concern for the common good."

Drawing together a diverse group of students from a variety of majors and life experiences, the Public Intellectual Initiative fosters intellectual inquiry, community engagement, and an expansive appreciation for the multiplicity of perspectives necessary to generate thoughtful answers to pressing problems.
 

The Higgins Labor Program provides the books and covers the dinners, with additional, generous support from Notre Dame's College of Art & Letters (a Teaching Beyond the Classroom grant).

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Upcoming Events

January 2019

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2019 Social Concerns Fair
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

February 2019

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Higgins Lunchtime Labor RAPS
Friday, February 1, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Labor Café
Friday, February 22, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

March 2019

01
Higgins Lunchtime Labor RAPS
Friday, March 1, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
21
Pre-Conference Workshop: Restorative Justice on Catholic Campuses
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 12:30pm to 4:00pm
21
2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
Friday, March 22, 2019 - 7:30am to 9:30pm
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2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:30pm
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Labor Café
Friday, March 29, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

April 2019

05
Been & Seen Series
Friday, April 5, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
12
Higgins Lunchtime Labor RAPS
Friday, April 12, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Labor Café
Friday, April 26, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

June 2019

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Community Engagement Faculty Institute
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 (All day) to Thursday, June 6, 2019 (All day)