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  • March For Life 2018

    March For Life 2018

    Join students, faculty, staff, and alumni in Washington, D.C. for a joyful and loving public witness to the dignity of all human life. Reception for alumni & friends after the March on January 19.

    Get details & RSVP.

  • Ethics and Culture Cast

    Ethics and Culture Cast

    The Center's podcast series, Ethics and Culture Cast, features lively conversations with fellows, scholars, and friends of the CEC. Episodes released every other Thursday.

    Learn more and listen to the podcast.

  • 2018 Evangelium Vitae Medal

    2018 Evangelium Vitae Medal

    The Center will present the Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal to Mary Ann Glendon, Harvard Law professor and former US Ambassador to the Holy See, at a Mass and banquet on April 28, 2018.

    Read the story here.

  • Thank you to our Benefactors!

    Thank you to our Benefactors!

    We're delighted to highlight some of the student formation opportunities, academic conferences and research, and culture of life workshops and events that the CEC has hosted in 2017 thanks to the continuing generosity of our benefactors and friends.

    Enjoy our 2017 Year in Review here.

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Notre Dame Sends Largest Contingent Ever to March For Life 2018

The Center for Ethics and Culture has partnered with the Notre Dame Right to Life Club to send more than 1,034 students and more than 66 faculty and staff to the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Center director O. Carter Snead said: “Notre Dame’s extraordinary participation in the March for Life is one of the most prominent outward signs that the Blessed Mother's University is committed to building a culture of life, where every unborn child, along with her mother and father, is protected by law and surrounded by love and support throughout all of life’s journey.” More information in the story.

Notre Dame Vita Institute Presented for Archdiocese of New York

The Center for Ethics and Culture partnered with the Archdiocese of New York to offer an exclusive installment of its elite pro-life training program for the faithful of the archdiocese on January 6 at the Sheen Center in Manhattan. 177 guests registered for the one-day workshop to explore the most pressing life issues with the CEC's world-renowned scholars in biology, philosophy, theology, and law. A highlight of the day was the session of impromptu post-lunch comments from Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, in praise of the Center's work to build up the Culture of Life. More information about the day's events may be found at the Vita Institute: NYC event page.

Through Every Human Heart: Thank you for a marvelous conference!

The Center for Ethics and Culture’s 18th Annual Fall Conference, "Through Every Human Heart", explored the perennial problem of good and evil, the significance of this distinction for human flourishing and the common good, and the place of good and evil in the theory and practice of various academic disciplines. In the Center's animating spirit of interdisciplinary inquiry, we welcomed 112 presentations drawing on a wide range of moral, religious, and academic perspectives, including theology, philosophy, political theory, law, history, economics, and the social sciences, as well as the natural sciences, literature, and the arts. The CEC's Fall Conference is the largest annual interdisciplinary academic conference hosted on campus each year, and took place November 9-11, 2017 at the Notre Dame Conference Center.

Keynote presentations by Gary Anderson, Alasdair MacIntyre, James Hankins, and Harvey Mansfield were livestreamed and are available on this page. Additional presentations were filmed and will soon be available on our YouTube page. Highlighted speakers included Jacqueline Rivers, Sr. Ann Astell, John Finnis, Elizabeth Lev, Jonathan Lear, Randy Boyagoda, and John O'Callaghan. More information and links to previous years' proceedings is available on the Fall Conference homepage.

CEC Director Carter Snead Reappointed to Pontifical Academy for Life

O. Carter Snead, William P. and Hazel B. White Director of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture and professor of law, has been re-appointed as a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, the pope’s principal advisory group on life issues and bioethics. Founded in 1994 by Saint Pope John Paul II and reconstituted by Pope Francis in 2016, the academy meets annually, holds conferences, publishes reports and collaborates with partners in the Vatican Curia and worldwide.

“I am honored and humbled to continue to serve the Holy Father and the Church in its efforts to defend and bear witness to the inalienable dignity of every member of the human family, born and unborn,” Snead said.

Snead will address the Pontifical Academy at its annual general assembly on October 5. Read the full story here.

CEC Welcomes Two New Program Mangers to the Staff

The Center for Ethics and Culture welcomed two new staff on October 2. Pete Hlabse will serve as the newly-created Student Programs Manager, while Petra Farrell will take over in the new position of Culture of Life Programs Manager. Both are very familiar with campus: Pete is a Notre Dame alumnus, and Petra graduated from St. Mary's College.

Learn a bit more about Petra and Pete.

Notre Dame to Honor Mary Ann Glendon with the 2018 Evangelium Vitae Medal

The University of Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture will present the 2018 Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal to former U.S. ambassador and Harvard professor of law Mary Ann Glendon at a Mass and banquet on April 28, 2018.

The Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal, named for St. John Paul II's 1995 encyclical on life issues, is the nation’s most important lifetime achievement award for heroes of the pro-life movement, honoring individuals whose efforts have served to proclaim the Gospel of human life by steadfastly affirming and defending its sanctity from its earliest stages.

“Glendon is one of the most extraordinary figures in academia and the global public square,” said O. Carter Snead, the William P. and Hazel B. White Director of the Center for Ethics and Culture. “She personifies the goods at the heart of the Evangelium Vitae Medal. Through her work as a world-class scholar and teacher, a diplomat, a White House bioethics adviser and an official of the Holy See, she has provided a joyful, loving and unwavering witness to the dignity of all persons, born and unborn, as created in the image and likeness of God. She sets the standard for all of us who work to build a culture of life worldwide. There is no one like her.”

Read the full story about the honoree and the EV Medal here.

CEC Director Carter Snead Explains the Guiding Vision of the Center

In a letter to the editor published by the ND-SMC Observer, director Carter Snead described the vision that informs the work of the Center for Ethics and Culture. Writing in response to a previously published op-ed penned by a Notre Dame alumnus, Professor Snead wrote,

The Center for Ethics and Culture takes seriously the capacious nature of Catholic social teaching across the spectrum of human issues. We understand that all our work and thinking should be animated by a commitment to radical hospitality, human dignity, solidarity and the common good. We know that this calls us to speak out in defense of the unborn child, the refugee, the undocumented immigrant, the poor and the disabled. We believe that our work reflects this commitment.

"We welcome everyone of good will who shares our love of civil discourse, Notre Dame, the Church and its much-needed countercultural teachings on human dignity and the common good," Snead concluded.

Read the entire letter to the editor at the NDSMC Observer website.

Upcoming Events

"The End of Religious Freedom? Challenges from the Right, the Left, and Around the Globe"

Thursday, Feb. 1
Room 1050 - Jenkins and Nanovic Halls
More info here

Professor Daniel Mark

Professor Daniel Mark, chairman of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, is a visiting research fellow at the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, a visiting Tocqueville Fellow at the University of Notre Dame, and an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Villanova University. More information at the event page.


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