Rev. John J. Cavanaugh, C.S.C., Professor of the Humanities
For Steve Fallon, studying Milton is paradise found. He has written two major books on the poet—Milton among the Philosophers: Poetry and Materialism in Seventeenth-Century England and Milton’s Peculiar Grace: Self-representation and Authority—not to mention countless articles, book chapters, and reviews. In addition to holding a spot on the editorial board of the Yale Milton Encyclopedia, Fallon has co-edited recent editions of The Complete Poetry and Essential Prose of John Milton and Paradise Lost. He happily presides over all-day readings of Paradise-Lost, tempting the undergraduate and graduate student readers with apples at the fall of Adam and Eve. Two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities are among the many honors he has received.
A professor in the Program of Liberal Studies (PLS) and the Department of English, Fallon won the Charles E. Sheedy Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2001. Together with Clark Power, a fellow PLS professor, Fallon co-founded and co-leads a “World Masterpieces Seminar” at the South Bend Center for the Homeless. For the Spring semester of 2014 Steve will be the Lady Davis Visiting Professor at the Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Professor Fallon has been named the 2011 Honored Scholar by the Milton Society for America. The honor is the association's lifetime achievement award, and past winners include C.S. Lewis, William Empson, and Stanley Fish.
With a bequest from Rev. John A. O’Brien, the University created the Cavanaugh Professorships in honor of Notre Dame’s 14th president. Father O’Brien, a Catholic apologist whose books, articles, and pamphlets reached millions, spent 40 years teaching and writing at Notre Dame. He was an early advocate of Church renewal issuing from the Second Vatican Council.