November 2015: Justice Samuel Alito, U.S. Supreme Court


Justice Alito visited Notre Dame to speak on a panel with Professor Paolo Carozza on the Italian constitution. The Tocqueville Program sponsored his visit, and Tocqueville Fellows were invited to an intimate breakfast with the Justice.


September 2015: Ross Douthat, New York Times


Ross Douthat, author, blogger and New York Times columnist, presented “Catholic Freedom and Secular Power: How the Religious Liberty Debate Has Changed Since Vatican II,”as a keynote event in the 2015-16 Notre Dame Forum on “Faith, Freedom and the Modern World: 50 Years After Vatican II,” which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the publication of pivotal documents of the Second Vatican Council that have particular significance today.  Tocqueville Fellows had the opportunity to continue that conversation with Mr. Douthat.

September 2014: Senator Rick Santorum, U.S. Senate


In September, Senator Rick Santorum spoke to an overflowing auditorium at Notre Dame in a public lecture titled “Blue Collar Conservatives,” based on his book “Blue Collar Conservatism.” Fellows had the opportunity to dine with the Senator, getting to know him both personally and more politically.

“As a student, the program has offered me the chance to bridge the gap between student and writer; to not just simply read a book, but to discuss and debate the topics in that book or work with the author.” - Chris DeSapio ‘16

February 2014: Justice Clarence Thomas, U.S. Supreme Court


Fellows had the opportunity to meet with Clarence Thomas after reading his memoir, “My Grandfather’s Son.” Justice Thomas answered both personal and professional questions, in addition to learning about student and academic life at Notre Dame.

“Without a doubt, having breakfast with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was one of the most memorable and rewarding experiences of my entire Notre Dame career.” - Robert Uhl ‘15