When the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish roll into New York City for their Shamrock Series football game against Syracuse Saturday (Nov. 17) at Yankee Stadium, they’ll be doing a lot more than playing football.
As part of their weekend visit to the Big Apple, Notre Dame and its fans will be celebrating their “subway alumni” in New York with a number of events around the city beginning Thursday (Nov. 15) and concluding with the game Saturday afternoon.
Among the planned events are a prayer service at St. Peter’s Church, a Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, a play that celebrates the history of Notre Dame, a community service project and several panel expert discussions. All of these events are open to the public free of charge, though some require advance registration online. The Empire State Building will also be illuminated in blue and gold in recognition of Notre Dame’s visit to New York City.
Here is a complete list of times and locations for Shamrock Series events:
Thursday, Nov. 15
- 2-3 p.m. — Prayer service at St. Peter’s Church in Manhattan in honor of members of the Notre Dame Family involved in the Sept. 11 attacks.
- 6:42-8 p.m. — “Sorin: A Notre Dame Story” at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th St.; complimentary tickets available online.
Friday, Nov. 16
- 10:30-11:30 a.m. — “In, Around and Under New York,” an expert panel discussion and photographic tour of an annual hands-on educational experience at Sheraton New York Times Square, New York West Ballroom. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences students, faculty and corporate partners will discuss and explore the challenges of managing New York City’s aging infrastructure in light of how it affects both the natural and manmade environments. Speakers include Joannes Westerink, department chair; Edward DePaola from Severud Associates; Elizabeth Greason, Notre Dame senior currently interning at Kiewit; and Chad Quaglia, a bridge engineer at HNTB Corp.
- 1-2 p.m. — “Fact, Fiction and the Newsfeed,” an expert panel discussion at the Sheraton New York Times Square, New York West Ballroom. Co-presented by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, experts will explain how social media services put together individuals’ newsfeeds, how news ranking systems can be manipulated and other topics related to the crowd-sourced curation of news. Speakers include Patrick Flynn, department chair; Tim Weninger, assistant professor of computer science and engineering; Katherine Corcoran, Hewlett Fellow at the Kellogg Institute and Notre Dame associate director of international media relations; Anne Thompson from NBC Universal; and Cong Yu from Google Research.
- 1-3 p.m. — “ND Serves the Bronx,” a Notre Dame service project at the Central Park East Ballroom, Sheraton New York Times Square. The ND Alumni Association presents a service opportunity to pack Thanksgiving meal boxes and wrap gifts to benefit Part of the Solution. Registration for this event is required and available online.
- 3-4 p.m. — “Dorothy Day: The Harmony of Silence and Dialogue,” a Saturdays with the Saints lecture at the New York West Ballroom, Sheraton, featuring John C. Cavadini, professor of theology and director of the McGrath Institute for Church Life.
- 3:15-4:15 p.m. — “The Irish in New York City” at the American Irish Historical Society is a panel discussion presented by the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies. This event will highlight the scholarship, research and creative works of faculty and highlight collaborations with New York City’s leading universities and cultural institutions surrounding the Irish immigrant story in New York. Speakers include Ciaran Madden, Ireland’s consul general to New York; Patrick Griffin, director of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies; Kevin Whelan, director of the Keough Naughton Notre Dame Centre in Dublin; Meredith Linn, Bard Graduate Center; Robert Schmuhl, Walter Annenberg-Edmund P. Joyce Professor Emeritus of American Studies and Journalism; and Miriam Nyhan Grey, from Glucksman Ireland House at New York University. This event is sold out.
- 4-4:45 p.m. — Notre Dame Band concert at Bryant Park featuring special guests Fighting Irish football alumni Corey Robinson and Justin Tuck.
- 10-10:30 p.m. — Notre Dame Band drummer’s circle at the ice rink in Rockefeller Center.
Saturday, Nov. 17
- 9:30 a.m. — Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral with University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., as celebrant.
- 10:30-11:30 a.m. — Marching Band concert at Macombs Dam Park in the Bronx.
Academic lectures and band performances in New York City are free and open to the public unless noted as sold out.