Ancients, Moderns, and Postmoderns: A Conference in Honor of Catherine Zuckert

Ancients, Moderns, and Postmoderns:
A Conference in Honor of Catherine Zuckert
May 16-17, 2017
Notre Dame Conference Center at McKenna Hall

Please join us to commemorate the extraordinary career and scholarship of Catherine Zuckert, the Nancy Reeves Dreux Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, who is retiring from the university at the end of this academic year. 

The conference will celebrate Professor Zuckert’s contributions to three areas of political philosophy on which her scholarship has focused. Each panel will engage her major works in these areas, addressing the questions that those works raise and the ways in which they have facilitated and advanced the study of political philosophy. Panels will feature outside scholars, as well as colleagues from the University of Notre Dame and former graduate students. Professor Zuckert will offer a response to each panel.

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At the closing celebratory dinner of the conference, Professor Michael Zuckert will deliver a talk on the significance of her work in the area of politics and literature.

The conference will begin with an opening reception on the evening of May 16th. Panels will be held throughout the morning and afternoon of May 17th, and the closing reception, dinner, and talk will take place that evening. A more detailed preliminary schedule is available below.

We would like to extend our deep gratitude for the support of the conference’s sponsors, including the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, the College of Arts and Letters, the Department of Political Science, Notre Dame Political Theory (the John J. and Kathleen McMackin Endowment for Excellence in Political Science and Theory & the Raymond and Celeste Biagini Endowment for Excellence in Political Theory in honor of Gerhart Niemeyer), the Department of Philosophy, the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, the Notre Dame Workshop on Ancient Philosophy, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the Dr. William M. Scholl Chair in International Affairs, Review of Politics, Cambridge University Press, and University of Chicago Press.


Conference Schedule:

Tuesday, May 16th

6:00-7:00 p.m.             Conference Registration
                                         Prefunction Space, Morris Inn

7:00-9:00 p.m.             Opening Reception
                                          Hesburgh Room, Morris Inn

Wednesday, May 17th

8:00-12:00 p.m.           Continental Breakfast
                                          McKenna Hall Atrium

8:00-9:00 a.m.             Registration

9:00-10:30 a.m.           Panel: Plato’s Philosophers: The Coherence of the Dialogues
McKenna Hall Auditorium

  • Chair: Mary Keys, University of Notre Dame
    • Presenters:
    • Kevin Cherry, University of Richmond
    • Susan Collins, University of Notre Dame
    • Michael Davis, Sarah Lawrence College

10:30-11:00 a.m.         Break
                                          McKenna Hall Atrium

11:00-12:30 p.m.         Panel: Machiavelli’s Politics
McKenna Hall Auditorium

  • Chair: Eileen Hunt Botting, University of Notre Dame
    • Presenters:
    • Faisal Baluch, College of the Holy Cross
    • Alex Duff, College of the Holy Cross                                   
    • Vickie Sullivan, Tufts University                               

12:30-1:30 p.m.           Lunch
                                          William and Mary Ann Smith Ballroom -- Salons B & C, Morris Inn

4:00- 4:30 p.m.            Light Break
                                          McKenna Hall Atrium

4:30-6:00 p.m.             Panel: Postmodern Platos: Nietzsche, Heidegger, Gadamer, Strauss, Derrida
McKenna Hall Auditorium

  • Chair: Ernesto Verdeja, University of Notre Dame
    • Presenters:
    • Jeffrey Church, University of Houston                                 
    • Michael Gillespie, Duke University
    • David O’Connor, University of Notre Dame

6:30-7:15 p.m.             Reception
                                          Prefunction space, Morris Inn

7:15-7:30 p.m.             Opening Toasts
                                          Ballroom -- Salons B & C, Morris Inn

7:30-8:30 p.m.             Dinner
                                          Ballroom -- Salons B & C, Morris Inn

8:30-9:30 p.m.             Talk by Michael Zuckert on Literature and Politics  
                                          Ballroom -- Salons B & C, Morris Inn


In order to have an accurate count for meals, we request that all attendees register for the conference online, in addition to their RSVP. A registration link will be available on this page in March 2017.

Travel and Lodging:

The University of Notre Dame is just 5 miles from the South Bend International Airport, a 2-hour drive from Chicago, and a 2-2.5-hour train ride from Chicago on the South Shore Line.  

A block of rooms is being held at the Morris Inn (located on campus, directly across the street from the Conference Center) for the nights of May 16th and 17th. The single or double rate is $169/night (does not include breakfast).

To make a reservation, please click HERE or contact the hotel directly at 574-631-2000.  When calling, please indicate you are with the "Ancients, Moderns, & Postmoderns Conference."

Things to Do:

If you plan to extend your stay, please visit this website for suggestions of things to do in the South Bend area.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the conference, please feel free to contact the graduate student assistant for the conference, Zack German, or the faculty directors, Susan Collins and Mary Keys.