Garaventa Center: Zahm Lecture in American Catholic Education
Permanently endowed by a gift to the University's Defining Moment Campaign by Ray and Milann Siegfried of Oklahoma, the Zahm Lecture in American Catholic education was established in 1999 to honor Father John Zahm, an eminent Holy Cross priest/scientist of the late 19th and early 20th century. Zahm, superior of the Holy Cross in America when the University was founded in 1901, contributed counsel, money, and Holy Cross men to the nascent University, and the Zahm lecture honors both his memory and the legacy of Holy Cross priests and brothers on The Bluff.
The Zahm Lecture has a reputation for addressing the important issues surrounding American Catholic education. Past speakers have included:
Jud Newborn (2013)
Sr. Helen Prejean (2012)
Fr. George Coyne, S.J. (2011)
Journalist John Allen, Jr. (2010)
Portland Magazine editor Brian Doyle (2009)
Author Paul Elie (2008)
Former Newsweek religion editor Ken Woodward (2007) on "Making Saints: How the Catholic Church Determines Who Becomes a Saint, Who Doesn’t, and Why"
Science writer and Stonehill College professor emeritus of physics Chet Raymo (2006)
Notre Dame historian Rev. Marvin O'Connell (2005)
Texas A&M historian H.W. (Bill) Brands (2004)
Australian historian and author Rev. Wilson Miscamble, C.S.C. (2003)
John Haldane of St. Andrews University in Scotland (2002)
Fundamentalism scholar Scott Appleby of Notre Dame (2001)