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    Medical Ethics Conference In Rome

    March 2015 marks the 30th anniversary of the Notre Dame Medical Ethics Conference, and, in celebration, we’re hosting the conference in Rome!

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Nobel Laureate James Heckman and Gerhard Cardinal Müller Present at Fall Conference on Poverty

fallA 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.

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Center Awards Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal to Carl Anderson and the Knights of Columbus


The University of Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture will award the 2015 Evangelium Vitae Medal to Carl A. Anderson and the Knights of Columbus.

“Since its inception, the Knights of Columbus has protected and supported the most vulnerable among us,” said O. Carter Snead, William P. and Hazel B. White Director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture. “Its members have been at the forefront of the struggle to promote a culture of life through their work at the local, national and international levels. They have tirelessly volunteered, educated, advocated, donated and prayed on behalf of every human life from conception to natural death. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and the Knights of Columbus richly deserve to be recognized as heroic contributors to the pro-life cause; they embody the spirit of the Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal.”

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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.

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