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

  • 2015 Fall Conference

    2015 Fall Conference

    Read the Call for Papers for the 16th Annual Fall Conference: "For Freedom Set Free." Learn more.

  • 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 750! See the results here.

  • 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 Director Carter Snead: 'It's time to defund Planned Parenthood'

In an op-ed for Fox News, Center Director Carter Snead responded to the recent videos released by the Center for Medical Progress, in which Planned Parenthood executives are filmed discussing compensation for fetal organs harvested after an abortion.

"The American people should be thankful for Dr. Nucatola’s and Gatter’s words, and even for the coarse and graphic manner in which they were delivered," he said. "In doing so, they offered a rare glimpse of the horrible truth about the nature and human cost of Planned Parenthood’s work." Read more.

Director Carter Snead Joins Top European Policymakers in Croatia to Discuss Bioethics and the Future of Europe


Late last month, Carter Snead, William P. and Hazel B. White Director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture and professor of law at Notre Dame Law School, traveled to Croatia to deliver a lecture at "Kulfest: A Festival of Progressive Culture," cosponsored by NGOs Vigilare and the Centarza Obnovu Kulture.

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Center Faculty Advisory Committee Member Francesca Murphy on Notre Dame's Curriculum Review


Over at First Things, Center Faculty Advisory Committee member Francesca Murphy has published a piece regarding Notre Dame's current curriculum review and the perils of goal-based education.

Public Policy Fellow Helen Alvaré on Women and the Catholic Church


Helen Alvaré, Center Public Policy Fellow and Professor of Law at George Mason University, recently published a piece about women and the Catholic Church in response to this piece by New York Times columnist Frank Bruni. Read it here.


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.


Upcoming Events

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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