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Notre Dame Student-Alumni Lectures


Live Digital Media Production: The Wild West of the Internet

Register now for this talk by Claire Elise Stephens ('13) on October 4. Claire discusses her experience in the exciting and constantly changing world of live and social media video. What does it look like for publishers and users when more video content is consumed online, when hosting platforms are creating original content, and when live videos give you access to feedback in real time? Claire talks about what it's like to work in production today when the final product fits in your pocket.

Claire Elise Stephens ('13) is a freelance producer and presenter. She is currently producing and hosting Facebook Live for Guinness World Records, where she is also an official adjudicator. Based in New York, she is social media coordinator for the Notre Dame Club of New York and Notre Dame Women Connect's NYC chapter.

Catholic: Paradoxical Identities

Philip McCosker, Director of Cambridge University’s Von Hügel Institute for Critical Catholic Inquiry, explored what it means to describe oneself as "Catholic" today. 

Superficially banal, this question has been answered in many different ways through history. Postmodernity’s apparent overcoming of many of the certainties of modernity encourages us to think of Catholic identity in paradoxical ways; reflecting on these paradoxical forms is helpful in a time when identities of many kinds, religious and other, are becoming increasingly tribal, fundamentalist, and mutually exclusive.

McCosker's lecture argued for an understanding of catholicity which is relatively thin and plural yet anchored in the identity of Christ and the Church’s tradition, in dialogue with recent philosophy, sociology, and theology.


What will Brexit mean for the future of U.K. trade?

We discussed with experts: 

  • Roger Alford, London Global Gateway
  • Lorand Bartels, University of Cambridge
  • Meredith Crowley, University of Cambridge
  • Piet Eeckhout, University College London
  • Jennifer Hillman, Georgetown University
  • Rob Howse, New York University
  • Simon Lester, Cato Institute
  • Sophie Robin-Olivier, Paris II-Sorbonne



Mark H Robson (Head of Statistics and Regulatory Data Division, Bank of England): What's New at the Bank of England? How its new strategic plan reflects global financial developments

Robson joined the Bank of England in 1995. He is a board member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, honorary treasurer of the Royal Economic Society, and a member of the governing councils of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation and the Science Council. Mr Robson’s previous roles include HM inspector of taxes, government economic adviser, IMF expert adviser to the Royal Thai Finance Ministry, and senior manager with KPMG. He has also held various positions at British academic institutions, most recently vice chairman of London Metropolitan University.


Tobias Boes (Associate Professor of German, University of Notre Dame and Visiting Professor of History, London Global Gateway): What Do We Remember When We Remember The Great War?

Boes teaches German language and culture at Notre Dame, and takes a special interest in the literature of the early 20th century. This semester, he is teaching a course called Remembering the Great War in Britain and Germany at the London Global Gateway.

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Scott Malpass (Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, University of Notre Dame): The Notre Dame Endowment - The Challenges of Being a Global Investor in an Uncertain World

The Notre Dame investment management group is one of the most respected and global investors in the world, pioneering international and emerging markets investment strategies and partnering with the best investment firms in the world. Approaching $10 billion in value, the Notre Dame Endowment supports 30% of the University's operating budget each year and provides a major source of financial support for student financial aid, endowed professorships and academic programs. Malpass will discuss his investment philosophy and the challenges and opportunities in the capital markets today around the world.

Malpass is a Notre Dame graduate (1984 and 1986) and has been chief investment officer for the University since 1989. He is responsible for the University’s endowment, working capital, pension, and life income assets. He works with the investment committee of the University’s Board of Trustees and ensures the continuous success of the high-performing Notre Dame Endowment.

Malpass’s achievements include Large Endowment Manager of the Year Award from Institutional Investor magazine in 2011 and the James E. Armstrong Award for distinguished service to the University in 2000.



Daniel Pelino (General Manager, Global Public Sector, IBM Corporation): A Smarter Approach to Economic Vitality
Len Rinaldi (Managing Director, Apple, Western Europe): Breaking All The Rules

Len is currently the managing director for Western Europe which includes 13 countries geographically spread from Iceland to Italy.

For the previous 5 years he was the CFO for Apple’s EMEIA (Europe, Middle East, India, Asia) – presiding over the successful launch of amazing and magical products such as the iPhone and iPad. He has previously worked with AT&T and Lucent Technologies in a series of sales and finance roles and has lived in Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Paris and London. Len holds an MBA in finance and was born in New York City. Len and his family currently reside in London.


Dr. Kenneth Dye (Notre Dame Professor of Music and Leader of Bands): Music and the Olympics: A Soundtrack for Competition, Ceremony, and Celebration
Chris Renner (President, Helios Partners Europe): London and the Olympic Games: An Historic Journey


Cmdr. Joseph Carrigan (USS Russell): China: A New Red Storm Rising


Stryker McGuire (Contributing Editor, Newsweek): The New Media Landscape: Is reporting Dead?


James Turk (Founder and Chairman of GoldMoney): Gold and the Collapse of the Dollar