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  • March for Life 2017

    March for Life 2017

    Join the Notre Dame family for a joyful and loving public witness to the dignity of all human life.

    Learn more about the March for Life.

  • David Solomon Fellowship

    David Solomon Fellowship

    The CEC received a $1.25 million anonymous endowed gift to establish the David Solomon Graduate Student Fellowship in honor of the Center's beloved founding director.

    Learn more about the David Solomon Fellowship.

  • Evangelium Vitae 2017

    Evangelium Vitae 2017

    The 2017 Evangelium Vitae Medal for heroes of the pro-life movement will go to the Jerome Lejeune Foundation. Mark your calendar to join us for the celebration on April 29, 2017.

    Learn more about the Jerome Lejeune Foundation.

  • Fall Conference

    Fall Conference

    Thank you to the nearly 1,000 participants who joined us for our 17th Annual Fall Conference! Mark your calendars now for next year's conference, November 9-11, 2017. The theme will be announced in January.

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New Fellowship Honors CEC Founding Director David Solomon

As the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture's 17th Annual Fall Conference came to a close, William P. and Hazel B. White Director O. Carter Snead announced the establishment of a $1.25 million endowed graduate student fellowship honoring the Center's founding director, David Solomon. "Professor Solomon is the visionary who had the will, the creativity, the insight, the judgment, and the energy to create the Center for Ethics and Culture so many years ago," said Snead. "We are very pleased that, in perpetuity, there will be a David Solomon Fellow in the College of Arts and Letters who will share David's passion for the Catholic mission of the University of Notre Dame."

Read more about the David Solomon Fellowship.


Director Snead on Pope Francis' Pro-Life Vision

CEC Director Carter Snead was quoted in a widely-published Associated Press article about Pope Francis' Apostolic Letter Misericordia et misera, in which the Holy Father extended permission for all priests to release penitents from canonical penalties resulting from the sin of abortion. In the AP article, Professor Snead is quoted as saying that the core of the pro-life message as expressed by Pope Francis "is one of radical hospitality, mercy and unconditional love for every member of the human family." The November 21, 2016 story was published by more than 100 media outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Houston Chronicle, the Miami Herald, the San Francisco Chronicle, ABC News, Fox News, the Washington Times, the Boston Herald, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Detroit News, and the Seattle Times.

Read the AP article as published in the Washington Times.


Thank You For a Wonderful Fall Conference!

The Center's 17th Annual Fall Conference, "You are Beauty: Exploring the Catholic Imagination" concluded on Saturday, November 12 with a stirring presentation by Mary Ann Glendon, capping two and a half days of thought-provoking conversations across a range of disciplines. This year's Fall Conference brought more than 1,000 participants from around the world to join in fruitful dialogue and exchange with fellow thinkers and artists from the Catholic tradition and beyond. The Conference featured 90 paper presentations in disciplines ranging from philosophy, theology, political theory, and law to history, economics, science, and the arts, all considering one or more aspects of "aesthetic contemplation sublimated in faith” (“Letter to Artists,” Pope St. John Paul II), exploring the relationship between the imagination, beauty, truth, and religion. The auditorium was packed for talks from Sir Roger Scruton, Elizabeth Lev, Alasdair MacIntyre, Monsignor Timothy Verdon, and Etsuro Sotoo, in addition to 25 colloquium sessions. The major presentations will be available via the Center's YouTube channel in the coming weeks.

Read more about the Fall Conference and our featured speakers here.


2017 Evangelium Vitae Medal Awarded to Jerome Lejeune Foundation

"Professor Lejeune was a man of great faith, a brilliant geneticist, and a prophetic voice on behalf of people who suffer from intellectual disabilties," said O. Carter Snead, William P. and Hazel B. White Director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture. "He spent his professional life engaged in cutting-edge scientific research into the genetic causes of disabilities like Down syndrome and trisomy 18. He was motivated by deep compassion and an abiding love for disabled people, born and unborn. Today, the Jerome Lejeune Foundation carries on Professor Lejeune’s work by sponsoring ethically-conducted genetic research, securing healthcare for those with disabilities, and performing advocacy on behalf of the disabled in light of our shared human dignity." Snead concluded, "The Jerome Lejeune Foundation perfectly embodies the spirit of the Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal."

Read more about Professor Lejeune and the Foundation here.

Upcoming Events

Fall 2016 Schmitt Lecture
Thursday, December 8, 5:00 p.m.

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These semi-annual lectures, which are open to the public, bring distinguished speakers from around the world and provide occasions at which the Schmitt Fellows, graduate students in the Colleges of Science and Engineering, join other members of the Notre Dame community to reflect on the ethical, political, and religious dimensions of the studies in which they are engaged. The Fall 2016 lecture is entitled "The New Utopianism and the Revenge of Natural Limits." For more details, visit the events page.