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  • Fall Conference

    Fall Conference

    Register now to join featured speakers Etsuro Sotoo, Mary Ann Glendon, Roger Scruton, Monsignor Timothy Verdon, Elizabeth Lev, and Alasdair MacIntyre at our 17th Annual Fall Conference. See you Nov. 10 - 12!

  • Evangelium Vitae 2017

    Evangelium Vitae 2017

    The 2017 Evangelium Vitae Medal for heroes of the pro-life movement will go to the Jerome Lejeune Foundation.

    Learn more about the Jerome Lejeune Foundation.

  • 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.

  • Jubilee of Mercy

    Jubilee of Mercy

    The Center co-sponsored a conference at the Vatican entitled, "Disability and the Face of Mercy" as part of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.

    Learn more about the conference.

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Register Today for the Fall Conference!

Registration is now available for the Center's 17th Annual Fall Conference, "You are Beauty: Exploring the Catholic Imagination." The Fall Conference is the most important venue for truly fruitful dialogue and exchange among the world's leading Catholic thinkers, as well as those from other traditions, on pressing and vexed questions of ethics, culture, and public policy. The Conference annually attracts more than six hundred participants and features more than one hundred paper presentations in disciplines ranging from philosophy, theology, political theory, and law to history, economics, science, and the arts. This year we 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, music, architecture, literature, philosophy, theology, political theory, and the sciences.

Read more about the Fall Conference and our featured speakers here.

2017 Evangelium Vitae Medal Awarded to Jerome Lejeune Foundation

"Professor Lejeune was a man of great faith, a brilliant geneticist, and a prophetic voice on behalf of people who suffer from intellectual disabilties," said O. Carter Snead, William P. and Hazel B. White Director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture. "He spent his professional life engaged in cutting-edge scientific research into the genetic causes of disabilities like Down syndrome and trisomy 18. He was motivated by deep compassion and an abiding love for disabled people, born and unborn. Today, the Jerome Lejeune Foundation carries on Professor Lejeune’s work by sponsoring ethically-conducted genetic research, securing healthcare for those with disabilities, and performing advocacy on behalf of the disabled in light of our shared human dignity." Snead concluded, "The Jerome Lejeune Foundation perfectly embodies the spirit of the Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal."

Read more about Professor Lejeune and the Foundation here.

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!