The Niemeyer Lectures in Political Philosophy—"You Can't Fool Rules: Opera and International Thought."

(part of a series)

Location: Smith Ballroom, The Morris Inn

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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). Opening performance by the local bass-baritone vocal artist, Ian Williams.
  • 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). Opening performance by the soprano vocal artist and Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor of Voice in the Department of Music at Notre Dame, Anne Slovin.
  • 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 C. Nussbaum (Law, Philosophy, Classics, Political Science, University of Chicago). Opening performance by the soprano vocal artist and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music at Notre Dame, Deborah Mayer.
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.

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