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

  • Fall Conference

    Fall Conference

    We are accepting papers for the 17th Fall Conference, "You Are Beauty: Exploring the Catholic Imagination." We'll see you at the conference November 10 - 12, 2016!

  • Student Programs

    Student Programs

    We rejoice with our Sorin Fellows of the Class of 2016: Timothy, Domenic, Emily, Andrew, Katherine, Michael, Keenan, Austin, Janelle, Mary, Clara, Emily, and Laura. Congratulations and GO IRISH!

    Learn more about these young alumni.

  • Our Faculty

    Our Faculty

    Congratulations to law professor Nicole Garnett of the Center's Faculty Advisory Committee, winner of the 2016 Reinhold Niebuhr Award!

    Learn more about Professor Garnett and her work.

  • Vita Institute

    Vita Institute

    Our annual Vita Institute trains pro-life leaders and thinkers from around the world, preparing them to be even more effective advocates in defense of human dignity. The Institute takes place on campus June 17–25, 2016. 

    Learn more about the Vita Institute.

  • 2016 Evangelium Vitae Medal

    2016 Evangelium Vitae Medal

    Congratulations to Sr. Loraine Marie Maguire and the Little Sisters of the Poor, honored with the 2016 Evangelium Vitae Medal for lifetime service in defense of life! 

    Learn more about the Little Sisters.


CEC Cosponsors Seminar on "Economics and Catholic Social Thought"

Fifteen junior faculty and graduate students from international institutions are gathering at the University of Notre Dame May 23-25 for an intensive seminar on "Economics and Catholic Social Thought." The ND Center for Ethics and Culture is cosponsoring the seminar in collaboration with the Lumen Christi Institute and the Catholic Research Economists Discussion Organization.

Learn more about the economics seminar here.

Call for Papers: 17th Annual Fall Conference on the Catholic Imagination

The Center for Ethics and Culture invites scholars and artists to submit proposals for our Fall Conference, entitled "You Are Beauty: Exploring the Catholic Imagination." The 17th Annual Fall Conference will consider “aesthetic contemplation sublimated in faith” (“Letter to Artists,” Pope St. John Paul II), exploring the relationship between the imagination, beauty, truth, and religion in a variety of contexts, particularly the arts, philosophy, theology, political theory, and the sciences. The conference will take place at the University of Notre Dame, November 10 - 12, 2016.

Learn more about the Fall Conference.

Praise for CEC Fellow Richard Doerflinger as He Retires From USCCB

Richard Doerflinger, a Public Policy Fellow of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, retired at the end of April after 36 years as the associate director for pro-life activities and policy for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). In recognition of his role as a lifelong champion in defense of human life, Doerflinger was honored in 2011 with the first ever Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal, and as a Public Policy Felllow he continues to serve as an expert on bioethical issues.

Read more about Doerflinger here.

Upcoming Events

Disability and the Face of Mercy


In collaboration with the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization and in honor of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, this two-day colloquium will discuss questions specifically related to the topic of disability and the ways in which mercy, properly understood, requires friendship, communion, and a shared life with those who have disabilities. Find out more.