Hesburgh Lecture with Darren W. Davis

Date: April 9, 2015
Event: Hesburgh Lecture: Darren W. Davis
Place: McGlinn Conference Center
Time: 7 p.m.

"Race, Perseverance, and Catholicism" with Darren W. Davis, Ph.D., associate vice president for research and professor of political science

Photo: Dr. DavisEach spring, Alvernia hosts a Hesburgh Lecture that both embodies the university’s core values and brings attention to topics that are relevant to today’s local and global communities.

Considered a prolific scholar in political behavior, public opinion, political psychology and racial politics, Darren W. Davis is nationally recognized for his research on political tolerance, the support for democratic values, subtle racism and the concern for social desirability. His scholarly research has appeared in the most prestigious journals in political science.

Davis was part of a national committee that examined the reliability of polling results in the 2008 presidential primaries. During the 2008 election, Davis appeared as a polling expert on CNN, NBC, FOX, BBC and in numerous newspapers. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Lamar University, a master’s degree from Louisiana State University, and a doctorate from the University of Houston.

Since 1986, the Hesburgh Lecture Series has brought a taste of Notre Dame’s academic excellence to Alvernia’s campus courtesy of the Notre Dame Club of Reading, which supports the event. The lectures perpetuate the example of President Emeritus Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh as a lifelong learner and further the Alumni Association mission by providing meaningful opportunities to Notre Dame alumni, parents and friends.

Hesburgh lectures are presented by Notre Dame faculty members on topics related to art, architecture, business, communications, contemporary social issues, economics, environment, ethics, government, history, law, social concerns and many more. Annually, almost 5,000 alumni, parents and friends attend a Hesburgh Lecture.

Start Date: 4/9/2015 7:00 pm
End Date: 4/9/2015 9:00 pm
Location: McGlinn Conference Center
Price: Free and open to the public
Sponsor: Holleran Center for Community Engagement
  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
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  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
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