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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. A reception for alumni and friends at the National Press Club will follow the March.

    Learn more and register for the reception.

  • Vita Institute 2017

    Vita Institute 2017

    Our ND Vita Institute alumni form the leadership of the most influential pro-life organizations around the world. Apply now for this summer's session: June 9-17, 2017.

    Learn more and begin your application.

  • 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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CEC Director Praises Pro-Life Legacy of US Rep. Henry Hyde

In a featured article in the January 2017 issue of Columbia Magazine, CEC Director Carter Snead profiled the late US Representative Henry Hyde, a bipartisan lawmaker and pro-life champion who represented the state of Illinois from 1975-2007. "It is no exaggeration to say that the late U.S. Representative Henry J. Hyde was the greatest American champion in the most important human rights struggle of our time – namely, the fight for equal justice under law for the unborn child," writes Snead.

Read Professor Snead's profile of Rep. Hyde.


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.


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

March For Life & Reception
Friday, January 27
Washington, D. C.

March for Life

The Center for Ethics and Culture is proud to once again sponsor students, faculty, and staff to attend the March for Life. A reception for Notre Dame students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends will follow the March on Friday evening at the National Press Club. For more details, visit the event page.