Otto Bird, Ph.D.

Otto Bird was founder of the University of Notre Dame’s General Program of Liberal Studies, which is based on the “Great Books” of Western Civilization.  Dr. Bird was known for his love of the intellectual life; he studied at the Universities of Michigan, Chicago, and Toronto, finding his way to Catholicism through the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas.  He edited the Encyclopedia Britannica yearbook for many years, contributing an essay annually.  A revered teacher and mentor, he also dedicated time to such writings as Syllogistic, The Idea of Justice, Cultures in Conflict: An Essay in the Philosophy of the Humanities, and Seeking a Center: My Life as a “Great Bookie”.