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After March for Life, Director Reflects on Notre Dame's Pro-Life Witness
One of the most iconic images from Notre Dame’s storied history is a July 1964 photograph of Father President Theodore Hesburgh standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the Rev. Martin Luther King at Chicago’s Soldier Field, singing “We Shall Overcome.” The photograph perfectly captures what Notre Dame aspires to be—not merely a world-class community of learning and research, but also, as its founder Father Sorin wrote, “a great force for good in the world” animated by the truths affirmed by the Catholic Church regarding the inalienable and equal dignity of every member of the human family. The image is so powerful because it shows that on that summer day in 1964 it was not merely Father Hesburgh (formidable though he was and continues to be) but the University of Notre Dame—the most important Catholic university in the world—standing in solidarity with our oppressed and marginalized brothers and sisters in their struggle for civil rights.
Nobel Laureate James Heckman and Gerhard Cardinal Müller Present at Fall Conference on Poverty
A Nobel laureate and the Vatican’s leader on Church doctrine were just two of the more than 60 distinguished scholars and 600 guests who gathered at Notre Dame for the Center for Ethics and Culture’s 15th Annual Fall Conference (October 30–November 1), an event that opened with a personal greeting from Pope Francis.
James Heckman, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago and the 2000 Nobel laureate in economics, and Gerhard Cardinal Müller, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, offered their reflections on the theme of poverty and how to care rightly for the poor, headlining a three-day event that included presentations by national and international leaders in law, political theory, philosophy, history, theology, economics, and the arts.
Melissa Moschella graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a B.A. in social studies in 2002, received a licentiate (summa cum laude) in philosophy from Università della Santa Croce in Rome, and completed her Ph.D. in politics at Princeton in 2012. She is currently an assistant professor in the School of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America, where she teaches Biomedical Ethics, the Classical Mind, and the Modern Mind.