Notre Dame College Seminar Series Explores Moral Dilemmas Faced by Leaders Past,

Notre Dame College Seminar Series Explores Moral Dilemmas Faced by Leaders Past, Present

Notre Dame College is proud to present its seventh annual “Books That Changed the World” seminar series this fall, offering leaders and aspiring leaders—and anyone with a passion for lifelong learning—the opportunity to meet and discuss a common theme for the year. This year’s seminar will study “Leadership: the Moral Dilemma.”

Seminars anchored in the “great books tradition” that draw readers into thought-provoking analyses of contemporary issues through classic literature are among the most eagerly sought-after personal enrichment and professional development experiences. The ideas, concepts and situations these works present are as fresh and relevant to today’s challenges and opportunities as when they were first created.

This year Notre Dame will explore Leadership: the Moral Dilemma, seeking insight into the moral, social and cultural challenges faced by leaders of the past and present. Themes explored during the seminar include leadership styles, role models and culture and gender impact on leadership decisions. Selected books include stories of historical figures, fictional characters and first-person accounts of moral leadership dilemmas and decisions.

The seminar this year also is part of the College’s “Second Act: A Revitalization of Arts and Culture in the Community” grant program with Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. The initiative recognizes the importance of strengthening community partnerships through engagement in the arts, culture and lifelong learning.

The series will meet eight times at Notre Dame College, once each month from September through April.

The College invites organizational or community leaders, or people who are passionate about great books and lifelong learning, to participate in “Books That Changed the World” and join peers in stimulating discussions about fine literature.

The Program: Participants will meet monthly to discuss a great literary work during a 90-minute session. During each session, participants will explore and discuss a different great work. Participants will receive a detailed schedule in advance.

Note: The only January session will be An Evening of Film Discussion: A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt. Participants will receive a DVD of the film to view at their leisure prior to the evening’s discussion.

The Presenters: Nicholas Santilli, Ph.D., vice president of academic and student affairs and professor of psychology; Ken Palko, M.A., associate professor of philosophy; and Sr. Eileen Quinlan, Ph.D., professor of English and communication. All have years of experience in leadership theory, philosophy, theology and literature studies.

The Reading List: Heroic Leadership by Chris Lowney (September); Emma by Jane Austen (October); Henry IV by William Shakespeare (November); Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston (December); A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt – 1966 film (January); What Makes Sammy Run? by Budd Schulberg (February); Selected Stories by Andre Dubus (March); Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin (April).

Enrollment is $395 per person and includes all eight sessions, books and materials and light refreshments. For additional information, go to NotreDameCollege.edu/books or contact April Kennedy at 216.373.5238 or akennedy@ndc.edu.



For nearly a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master’s degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers 22 NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Highlights of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff and small class sizes.