2009 Meeting of the Forum on Music and Christian Scholarship
Fri-Sat, February 27-28, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana
The University of Notre Dame was founded in 1842 by the Congregation of the Holy Cross, with which it is still affiliated. It includes five colleges (Arts and Letters, Science, Engineering, Business, and the School of Architecture) and a professional school (the Law School), and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in many disciplines. The largest college, Arts and Letters, is also the oldest, and awarded its first degrees in 1849. The University has over 8,000 undergraduate and over 3,000 graduate students, and a faculty of over 1200. Its library system numbers among the one hundred largest in the country, and includes a significant collection of rare books.
The Department of Music at the University has sixteen full-time faculty members and offers a B. A. in Music, in which about 85 students are currently enrolled; the Master of Sacred Music Program (housed in the Department of Theology) is in its fourth year, and currently has thirteen students. A number of faculty members in Music are affiliated with the MSM program.
The Notre Dame campus lies just north of the city of South Bend, Indiana, and features a number of well-known historical structures and natural attractions. The central campus features the University’s oldest buildings, among them the Administration Building with its famous “Golden Dome” (1879), and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart (1870-88), an example of neo-Gothic church architecture. Behind the Basilica lies the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes (1896; a replica of the original in France), the Log Chapel, the “Old College” building (1843), and two lakes, St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s, each encircled by its own pedestrian footpath. To the east of central campus lies the Hesburgh Library with its reflecting pool; the south face of the library features the ten-story “Word of Life” mosaic, at the top of which stands the figure of Christ. On the south side of campus lie the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (2004), the Snite Museum of Art, and the 80,000-seat Notre Dame Stadium, home of the famous Fighting Irish football team. The team dates from the late nineteenth century, and is supported by the Band of the Fighting Irish, the oldest marching band in the country.
(The final program will appear here when it has been selected by the Program Committee. Following past meeting patterns, it will begin Friday morning and conclude after lunch Saturday.)
Keynote speaker: Peter Jeffery (Princeton University)
Robin Wallace (Baylor University), Chair
Michael Driscoll (University of Notre Dame)
Kevin Holm-Hudson (University of Kentucky)
Steven Allen (Rider University)
All paper sessions and most meals will be held in McKenna Hall, the Center for Continuing Education (CCE), which lies on Notre Dame Avenue, south of central campus. The conference rooms are on the main floor; the dining room is on the lower level (accessible by stairs or elevator). The CCE includes a room with at least four computers for the use of conference attendees. The Morris Inn is directly across the street from the CCE, and is connected to the CCE by an underground passageway in case of inclement weather. Those staying at the Morris Inn may park in the hotel lot.
Registration packets will be available on the main floor of the CCE beginning Thursday afternoon; walk-in registration will also be possible in the same location.
On Friday evening, a free concert of organ and sacred vocal music and will take place in the Reyes Organ and Choral Hall of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, a five-minute walk from the CCE and Morris Inn. Ground transportation will be arranged upon request.
For dinner on Friday evening, we have reserved space for 40-50 at Legends, a restaurant on campus that is very close to the DPAC; each person will be responsible for his/her own meal. Legends serves soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and similar fare at very reasonable prices.
Conference Registration, Accommodations, and Parking
Registration (includes two continental breakfasts and a buffet luncheon on Friday, and a ticket to the concert of organ and choral music on Friday evening, in addition to conference materials).
Early Registration (through 31 January 2009)
Full: $60 members / $70 non-members
Student: $45 members / $55 non-members
(You may join now and then register at the member’s rate)
Late Registration (Feb. 1 to Feb. 27, 2009)
Full: $90 members/$100 non-members
Student: $60 members / $75 non-members
Friday, February 27:
Saturday, February 28: (half)
Graduate students: five spots have been reserved for graduate students at the Sacred Heart Parish Center on campus (overlooking St. Joseph’s Lake), at $20.00 per night (the nights of February 26-28 are available). If you are interested, please contact Mary Frandsen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not contact the Center directly.
Roman Catholic clergy and religious: housing is available at a reduced rate at Moreau Seminary (CSC), which is on the Notre Dame campus (overlooking St. Joseph’s Lake). If you are interested, please contact Mary Frandsen at email@example.com or 574-631-9391 to make a reservation. Please do not contact the seminary directly.
Those planning to stay off-campus should know that they must park in the Visitors’ Lot when they come to the conference, which is a brisk 20-minute walk from the CCE. Please contact Mary Frandsen (firstname.lastname@example.org) for directions. Visitors may also park in the Eck Center/Hammes Bookstore parking lot on Notre Dame Avenue (just down the street from the CCE), but only for two hours at a time (the lot is closely monitored). We are trying to make arrangements for all-day parking closer to the CCE-–please watch this site.
Off-Campus Accommodations (all are located 15-20 minutes by car from campus):
Quality Inn: 515 Dixie Way North (State Route 933); 574-272-6600
Holiday Inn Express: 120 Dixie Way North (State Route 933); 574-968-8080
Comfort Suites: 52939 State Route 933 North, 574-272-1500
Hampton Inn and Suites: 52709 State Route 933 North, 574-277-9373
A Google search for hotels in South Bend will produce a longer list of options; please be sure to read the comments before making a reservation.
For driving directions from another hotel, please contact Mary Frandsen at email@example.com.
The South Bend Visitors’ Bureau Web site offers plenty of information for travelers to the area.
The South Bend Regional Airport (SBN) is served by the following airlines: Continental, Delta, Northwest/KLM, and United Express. The airport lies just to the west of South Bend, and is about 20 minutes from the Notre Dame campus by taxi.
Those flying into Chicago (either Midway or O’Hare) may travel to campus via United Limo (the trip takes about 3 hours). Buses arrive and depart from the Notre Dame campus as well as the South Bend Regional Airport. The United Limo stop on campus is located on Notre Dame Avenue, about a five-minute walk from the Morris Inn (traveling north).
South Bend is served by Amtrak. Please note: the Amtrak Station in South Bend is located at 2702 W. Washington Ave, about 15 minutes from campus by taxi; the Amtrak Station in Niles, Michigan (600 Dey St.) is a 25- to 30-minute drive from campus.
South Bend is also served by Greyhound Bus Lines; buses arrive and depart from the South Bend Regional Airport; those traveling by Greyhound can take a cab from the airport to campus, which takes about 20 minutes.
From the north: from Niles, Michigan, take Michigan 51 South (in Niles, this road is also 11th St. and Route 12 East/Business for several miles) into Indiana (where the road becomes Indiana State Route 933); proceed south through Roseland (just north of South Bend) to the light at Angela Boulevard (1.9 mi.; you will see St. Joseph’s Catholic School on your right, and a large University of Notre Dame sign on your left), turn left and travel .6 mi. to Notre Dame Avenue, turn left into campus and proceed north to the Morris Inn, which will be on your left. If you are staying off-campus at one of the hotels on State Route 933, the distances to these hotels from the Indiana state line (traveling south on SR 933) are given just below:
Hampton Inn: 52709 State Route 933 North: 2.2 mi. on the right
Comfort Inn and Suites: 52939 State Route 933 North: 2.4 mi. on the right
Quality Inn: 515 Dixie Way North (State Route 933): 2.6 mi. on the right
Holiday Inn Express: 120 Dixie Way North (State Route 933): 2.9 mi. on the left
From the south: take Route 31 North into South Bend, where it becomes Michigan St.; take Michigan St. north through the downtown area, where the name changes briefly to St. Joseph St.; continue north and turn right at the light at Angela Boulevard. Travel .6 mi. on Angela to Notre Dame Avenue, turn left into campus and proceed north to the Morris Inn, which will be on your left. If staying off-campus at one of the hotels on State Route 933, remain on Michigan (becomes State Route 933) and proceed north to your hotel; on your left you will pass the I-80/90 access road and a Perkin’s Restaurant; the distances to the hotels from that juncture are given below.
From the east: take I-80/90 (the Indiana Toll Road) west to Exit 77 (Notre Dame); if staying on campus, turn right at the end of the access road onto State Route 933 (Dixie Way) and proceed to the fourth light, Angela Boulevard, and turn left. Follow Angela .6 mi. to Notre Dame Avenue turn left into campus and proceed north to the Morris Inn, which will be on your left. If staying off-campus at one of the hotels on State Route 933, turn left onto State Route 933 from the I-80/90 access road and proceed north to your hotel (distances given below)
From the west: take I-80/90 (the Indiana Toll Road) east to Exit 77 (Notre Dame); if staying on campus, turn right at the end of the access road onto State Route 933 (Dixie Way) and proceed to the fourth light, Angela Boulevard, and turn left. Follow Angela .6 mi. to Notre Dame Avenue, turn left into campus and proceed north to the Morris Inn, which will be on your left. If staying off-campus at one of the hotels on State Route 933, turn left onto State Route 933 from the I-80/90 access road and proceed north to your hotel:
Holiday Inn Express: 120 Dixie Way North (State Route 933): .4 mi. on the right
Quality Inn: 515 Dixie Way North (State Route 933): .7 mi. on the left
Comfort Inn and Suites: 52939 State Route 933 North: .9 mi. on the left
Hampton Inn: 52709 State Route 933 North: 1.1 mi. on the left
For driving directions from other locations, please contact Mary Frandsen at firstname.lastname@example.org.