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Undergraduate Sorin Fellow Reflects on Experience at the Center's Medical Ethics Conference in Rome

The following article was written by Center Sorin Fellow Lauren Saunee, who participated in the Center's Medical Ethics Conference in Rome over Spring Break. Lauren is a freshman majoring in science preprofessional studies with a minor in Catholic Social Teaching. She plans to attend medical school after her graduation. This piece originally appeared in the ND campus newspaper, the Irish Rover.

This spring break was extraordinary to say the least.

As a Sorin Fellow, I was afforded the opportunity to spend my spring break in Rome, Italy, with some of the world’s leading professionals in bioethics for the 30th annual Medical Ethics Conference hosted by the Center for Ethics and Culture.  Physicians, lawyers, scholars, and students gathered to discuss the most pressing issues in medical ethics today.  I feel as though I was a part of two different, equally incredible journeys in Rome: the inspiring conference and the experience of the Eternal City.

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After March for Life, Director Discusses 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.

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violiniThis month, the Center is honored to host Lorenza Violini, professor of law at the State University of Milan. 

She has been appointed as head of the Department of Italian and Supranational Public Law of the State University of Milan and formerly served as director of the Department of Public, Civil Procedure, International, and European Law of the same university (2010–12). She is a member of the Management Board of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, and the Scientific Committee for Family of the Lombardy Region.. In 2013 she served as a member of the Italian Government Committee for Constitutional Reform. 

Learn more about Professor Violini and our other fellows.