During the 2017–2018 academic year, the University of Notre Dame celebrates the 175th anniversary of its founding. Father Thomas Blantz, C.S.C., will deliver the 2017 Cushwa Center Lecture on Father John Zahm, C.S.C., and his significance for the University's history.
John A. Zahm (1851–1921) graduated from Notre Dame in 1871. He became professor of chemistry and physics and served Notre Dame as co-director of the science department, director of the library, and a member of the board of trustees. At age 25, he was ordained a priest and appointed vice president of the University. His interests and accomplishments ranged broadly. Zahm studied literature—especially Dante—and travelled extensively in South America, writing a three-volume study of the continent's landscape, history, and culture. As a scientist, he was particularly interested in reconciling religion and science on the topic of evolution. Zahm's intellectual dynamism and visionary leadership have had a lasting impact at Notre Dame.
Father Blantz is emeritus professor of history at Notre Dame. His research and teaching focus on U.S. history and diplomatic and political history. He received the James E. Armstrong Award in 1997 for distinguished service to the University, as well as a 2001 Kaneb Award and 2010 Joyce Award—both for teaching excellence. He is currently working on a book-length history of the University of Notre Dame.
Father Edward A. "Monk" Malloy, C.S.C., president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, will introduce Father Blantz.
The lecture is free and open to the public and will be followed by a light reception.