About the Forum

At a time when political stalemates have become the norm, and mudslinging replaces problem solving, the 2012–13 Notre Dame Forum, “A More Perfect Union: The Future of America’s Democracy” challenges us to reflect on ways to bring positive change to our nation’s democratic system, leading to solutions for our nation’s most pressing problems.

Established by University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., in 2005, the Notre Dame Forum has brought leading authorities to campus to discuss substantive issues of the day. Past forum topics have included immigration, sustainability, global health, K-12 education and the role of religious faith in a plural world.

The 2012–13 Forum topic was selected by Father Jenkins. Michael Desch, professor of political science and David Campbell, professor of political science and director of the Rooney Center for American Democracy, have played key roles in the Forum’s development and planning.

Past Forums: