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Fall Conference Call for Papers: "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.


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.

Read the full piece.

violiniThis month, the Center is honored to host Lorenza Violini, professor of law at the State University of Milan. 

She has been appointed as head of the Department of Italian and Supranational Public Law of the State University of Milan and formerly served as director of the Department of Public, Civil Procedure, International, and European Law of the same university (2010–12). She is a member of the Management Board of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, and the Scientific Committee for Family of the Lombardy Region.. In 2013 she served as a member of the Italian Government Committee for Constitutional Reform. 

Learn more about Professor Violini and our other fellows.