The leading center for scholarly reflection within the Catholic moral and intellectual tradition

  • Notre Dame Day Victory

    Notre Dame Day Victory

    Results are in: The Center finished 1st in its Notre Dame Day category and 12th overall out of 780! We're overwhelmed and grateful for your support. See the results here.

  • 2015 Fall Conference

    2015 Fall Conference

    Read the 2015 Fall Conference Call for Papers! This year's conference is entitled, "For Freedom Set Free." Learn more.

  • Our Mission

    Our Mission

    The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture is committed to sharing the richness of the Catholic moral and intellectual tradition.

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  • Research


    Our director, fellows, and affiliated faculty engage in first-rate scholarship, bringing a distinctive voice to the most important conversations in academia.

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Center Announces Topic for 2015 Fall Conference: "For Freedom Set Free"


The University of Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture is pleased to announce its sixteenth annual Fall Conference, "For Freedom Set Free," to be held November 19–21, 2015. Read more.


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


The Center for Ethics and Culture was pleased to bestow the 2015 Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal on Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and the Knights of Columbus at the fifth annual Evangelium Vitae Medal banquet Sunday evening, April 26. Read more.



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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Upcoming Events

Alumni Reception


As part of Reunion Weekend, the Center will host a reception on Friday, June 5, from 1:30-4:30 in the Geddes Hall Coffee House. Learn more and register for Reunion 2015.


Aquinas and the Philosophy of Nature 5th Annual Philosophy Workshop

Once again this year, the Center is cosponsoring the Thomistic Institute's Philosophy Workshop at Mount Saint Mary's College. This year, the workshop will explore the key principles in Aquinas’ philosophy of nature. Learn more.

Notre Dame Vita Institute


From June 20-27, the Center will host the Notre Dame Vita Institute, an intensive interdisciplinary training program for leaders dedicated to building a Culture of Life. Learn more.


Bare Life and Moral Life Symposium

madrid_conferenceHeld in Madrid from June 29-July 1, the Bare Life and Moral Life Symposium hopes to enrich the conversation around our understandings of the relationships between life, biology, and the moral order. Learn more and register.


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