Conferences & Seminars

Jack Kelly and Gail Weiss Lecture Series

Jack Kelly And Gail Weiss Feature

Reflecting their life-long professional commitment to service in the U.S. Government and Military, as founding funders, Jack Kelly '74 and Gail Weiss support three programs in NDISC that aim to prepare Notre Dame students to follow in their foot-steps to our nation's Capitol.  

Finally, the Kelly/Weiss Lecture Series makes it possible for NDISC to continue to bring current or former national security practitioners to campus to enrich the Notre Dame community's discussion and engagement with national security issues.

James P. Reilly, Jr. Notre Dame National Security Lecture Series

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The James P. Reilly Jr. Annual International Security Lecture is named in honor of the father of Sean M. Reilly, '90, a man who emigrated to the United States in 1950 and two years later went to war to fight for his new country.  The individuals who deliver this prestigious lecture address the vital international security issues facing this nation.  They represent and embody the best of what it means to be an American.  James P. Reilly Jr. is a man of great faith, a committed husband and father, and a person who deeply understands the role education and intellectual discourse play in advancing and protecting this great nation.  James Reilly, and this lecture series, truly epitomize the motto God, Country, Notre Dame.


Emerging Scholars in Grand Strategy Conference


Each year, the Notre Dame International Security Center (NDISC) selects outstanding candidates (advanced ABD students or pre/post doctoral fellows) to present their work at the Emerging Scholars in Grand Strategy Conference.

The three-day conference will consist of 6 workshops, one for each successful nominee. Each workshop will include a research presentation by the Emerging Scholar, a response by a senior scholar in the field, and a general discussion. 

By grand strategy, we mean some aspect of where, when, and how states (as well as armed groups) consider using military force among other instruments of statecraft to achieve foreign policy goals, broadly defined.

We select nominees whose work applies the very best scholarship to the most pressing issues facing the United States in the 21st Century and does so in a way that broadens the intellectual and practical discussion of these issues in innovative ways. In addition to having first-rate scholarly credentials, the ideal nominee will also have an interest in applying their scholarly work to some aspect of the formulation and implementation of foreign policy goals.