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  • Fall Conference

    Fall Conference

    Join keynote speakers Etsuro Sotoo, Mary Ann Glendon, Roger Scruton, Elizabeth Lev, and Alasdair MacIntyre at our 17th Annual Fall Conference, "You Are Beauty: Exploring the Catholic Imagination." Registration begins soon, see you Nov. 10 - 12!

  • Game-Day Tailgate

    Game-Day Tailgate

    Join us for food, fellowship, and fun at our next Center for Ethics and Culture Tailgate! Save the date: October 15 vs. Stanford.

    Details on our Events page.

  • Center Cosponsors Rimini Meeting

    Center Cosponsors Rimini Meeting

    The Center cosponsored a session on disability and friendship at the 2016 Rimini Meeting. Director Carter Snead was joined by CEC Public Policy Fellow Mary O'Callaghan.

    Learn more about the CEC and the Rimini Meeting.

  • Vita Institute

    Vita Institute

    We thank our 28 participants and 16 instructors who joined us at the 2016 Vita Institute! The "premier pro-life training boot camp," the Institute forms effective advocates in defense of human dignity.

    Read a recap of this year's Vita Institute.

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Director Snead Pens Featured CNN Op-Ed on VP Nominee Kaine

Carter Snead, director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture and professor in the Notre Dame Law School, has written a featured op-ed published on CNN's homepage about Democratic Vice-Presidential nominee Tim Kaine. In regards to Kaine's claim that he is personally opposed to abortion but believes that the law ought not restrict it (the "Cuomo argument"), Snead writes, "Kaine's position is essentially that the law should permit and publicly fund what he is personally convinced is the unjust killing of a million innocent human beings each year."

Read Professor Snead's op-ed here.

ND Vita Institute Heads West

On July 22 and 23, the Center for Ethics and Culture presented a special Notre Dame Vita Institute for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles at the invitation of Archbishop José H. Gomez. More than 100 participants from across Southern California took part in the weekend at St. John's Seminary in Camarillo, which was co-sponsored by the Archdiocesan Office of Life, Justice, and Peace. Sessions included presentations on the biological development of the unborn child from his or her earliest stages, legal issues surrounding abortion, physician-assisted suicide, federal policies toward embryonic stem cell research, analysis of popular philosophical arguments in support of abortion, and how to communicate the pro-life message across generations. Participants included nurses, doctors, college professors, priests, religious sisters, parish ministers, and pro-life advocates of all ages.

Read all about the ND Vita Institute: Los Angeles here.

Director Snead Responds to Preliminary Injunction Blocking Implementation of Indiana HB1337

Carter Snead, director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture and professor in the Notre Dame Law School, issued a response to Thursday's decision by U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt to issue a preliminary injunction against Indiana House Bill 1337, which prohibits abortion based on a diagnosis of disability, sex, race, or national origin.

Read Professor Snead's statement here.

Upcoming Events

2016 Football Tailgates


Save the date to join us for food, fellowship, and fun at a Center for Ethics and Culture Tailgate! We'll cheer on the Irish before two home games this year: September 17 (vs. Michigan State) and October 15 (vs. Stanford). We'll see you under the tent!