God and the Good Life: The first European Hesburgh Lecture to take place at the London Global Gateway

Author: Joanna Byrne

Meghan Sullivan InterviewMeghan Sullivan will be leading the discussion

On May 13 at 6:15 pm, the London Global Gateway will host the first ever European Hesburgh Lecture, titled "God and the Good Life."

Organized by the University of Notre Dame London Alumni Club, the discussion will be led by Meghan Sullivan, O'Brien Collegiate Chair in Philosophy and Founder of the God and the Good Life program at Notre Dame.

The lecture will touch on some of the larger issues covered by the God and the Good Life course on campus, such as what makes a life moral? What makes it meaningful? Sullivan will go on to focus on one of the major class debates: is it ever rational to take a leap of faith?

Notre Dame is leading the way in modern teachings on old philosophical questions, providing innovative courses where students contemplate and constructively debate life’s big questions surrounding faith, morality and meaning. In Europe’s first Hesburgh Lecture, Sullivan will provide attendees an insight into how these debates come to life in the classroom. Notre Dame London alumni club leader, Jack Byrnes, is excited to bring the first Hesburgh Lecture to Europe.

"Hesburgh Lectures form an important part of a domestic club’s activities and it is great that we are able to offer this wonderful program for continuing education in London this year,” says Byrnes.

The Hesburgh Lecture Series was inspired by Father Hesburgh’s legacy of lifelong learning, and aims to bring University faculty to Notre Dame clubs and their local communities. The series furthers the mission of the Alumni Association to provide meaningful continuing education opportunities to Notre Dame alumni and friends all across the globe.

"The leadership team in London has been talking about sponsoring a Hesburgh lecture for some time and now it is becoming a reality,” says Byrnes. “The lecture will bring a part of campus to London.”