Niemeyer Lectures in Political Philosophy

The Political Theory Program at Notre Dame: 2024 Niemeyer Lectures in Political Philosophy

You Can't Fool Rules: Opera and International Thought

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Featuring David R. Armitage, Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History, Harvard University

April 10-12, 2024
Professor David Armitage, a leading scholar of political thought and international law, will give a trio of lectures on the topic of his next book—on the surprising connections between opera and international thought—which will be open to all students, faculty, and the public. All lectures and receptions will be held in the Morris Inn's Smith Ballroom.

April 10th, 2024, 3:30pm-5:30pm, reception to follow until 6:30pm. David Armitage (Harvard), "Diplomatic Mozart."  Commentator 1: Jennifer Pitts (Political Science, University of Chicago). Commentator 2: Pierpaolo Polzonetti (Music, UC Davis-Arts).

April 11th, 2024, 3:30pm-5:30pm, reception to follow until 6:30pm. David Armitage (Harvard), "Death at Sea: Wagner to Klinghoffer." Commentator 1: Eric Nelson (Government, Harvard) & Commentator 2: Christopher Chowrimootoo (Program of Liberal Studies/ Sacred Music, Notre Dame) 

April 12th, 2024, Noon-12:30, lunch reception. Final lecture, 12:30-2:30pm, with concluding reception to follow until 3:30pm. David Armitage (Harvard), "Refugee Songs." Commentator 1: Mira Siegelberg (History, Cambridge) & Commentator 2: Martha Nussbaum (Law, Philosophy, Classics, Political Science, University of Chicago). 

Please contact the faculty organizer, Professor Eileen M. Hunt (, or the graduate student assistant, Shasta Kaul (, with any questions.


The Niemeyer Lectures honor the contributions and memory of the late Gerhart Niemeyer (1907-1997), professor of political philosophy at the University of Notre Dame from 1955 to 1997.

This biennial lecture series is made possible by the generosity of Notre Dame alumnus Raymond Biagini.