Capital Conversations

Capitalconversationsseries Header 01

University of Notre Dame - Virtual Speakers Series
“Capital Conversations”

Notre Dame’s Office of Federal & Washington Relations, in partnership with the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy and the Washington Program, is sponsoring a virtual speakers series during the upcoming winter period to help connect current students with policy makers and government officials in the Washington, DC area and learn more about Notre Dame’s efforts in our Nation’s Capital. The six-week series consists of two, one-hour virtual sessions via Zoom each week on the topics and dates below, with students having the opportunity to directly engage with respective speakers. The series is designed as an experiential learning opportunity, with no academic credit provided. Student participation in all sessions is strongly encouraged but not required.

Week 5: Department of Defense & Department of State

Week of January 18 

Students will be connected with senior decision-makers and policy officials in both the Department of Defense and Department of State, providing students with exposure to policy-making efforts within the executive branch.

Session 5A: A conversation with Vice Admiral Mat Winter, US Navy (Ret.) '84
Thursday, January 21, 2-3 PM EST
Register Here

Session 5B: A conversation with Peter Quaranto '06, Bureau of Conflict Stabilization and Operations
Thursday, January 21, 7-8 PM EST
Register Here

Week 6: Intro to Capitol Hill, Part 2

Week of January 25 

Students will continue to explore the ins and outs of life on Capitol Hill, connecting with key ND alumni working in the Halls of Congress and beyond. Students will also hear first-hand about the transition to a new Congress and new Presidential Administration.

Interested students should contact Dr. Jill Pentimonti ( to obtain additional information.