Carter Snead Elected as Hastings Center Fellow

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

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O. Carter Snead, the William P. and Hazel B. White Director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, has been elected as a Fellow of the Hastings Center, the world's first and most prestigious bioethics research institute. The Hastings Center draws their Fellows from across the disciplines and hails them as "an elected group of individuals of outstanding accomplishment, whose work has informed scholarship and/or public understanding of complex ethical issues in health, health care, life sciences research and the environment." Their Fellows display "uncommon insight and impact in areas of critical concern to the Center – how best to understand and manage the inevitable values questions, moral uncertainties and societal effects that arise as a consequence of advances in the life sciences, the need to improve health and health care for people of all ages, and mitigation of human impact on the natural world."…

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52 Sorin Fellows to Walk in 2018 Commencement

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

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This May, more than 50 participants in the Center for Ethics and Culture's Sorin Fellows student formation program will graduate as part of the Class of 2018 from the University of Notre Dame. Established in 2014 and named in honor of Notre Dame’s founder, Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., as part of the university’s bicentennial celebration of his birth, the Sorin Fellows program provides students with opportunities to build lasting relationships with other fellows and Notre Dame faculty; participate actively in the intellectual life and programming offered by the Center; and gain access to a wide range of unique opportunities including leadership development, professional and career mentorship, and funding for internships and research projects with partner organizations around the world.…

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CNN Publishes Op-Ed by CEC Director Carter Snead on What the Alfie Evans Case Laid Bare

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

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In a piece entitled "The Alfie Evans case is straight out of a dystopia," CEC Director O. Carter Snead wrote,

Little Alfie Evans has recently passed away, but the struggle over his treatment provoked a worldwide conflict over parental rights, how to care properly for the seriously disabled, and the appropriate role of the state in such intimate and vexed matters. What it revealed is that the law of the UK is in desperate need of revision to make room for the profoundly disabled and their loved ones who wish to care for them, despite the judgment of others that such lives of radical dependence and frailty are not worth living.

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CEC Public Policy Fellow to Speak at UN

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

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Center for Ethics and Culture Public Policy Fellow Mary O'Callaghan will be a featured speaker at a panel discussion about Down Syndrome hosted by the Holy See's Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations on March 20. "No Room in Rural Villages, Cities, & Homes for Those with Disabilities? Are Girls & Boys with Down Syndrome Being Left Behind?" will take place at the UN Headquarters in New York City the day before World Down Syndrome Day, 3/21, referring to the Trisomy 21 genetic marker that causes Down Syndrome as discovered by geneticist Dr. Jérôme Lejeune.…

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In Memoriam: Germain Grisez (1929-2018)

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

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The Center for Ethics and Culture mourns the death of philosopher Germain Gabriel Grisez, professor emeritus of Mount Saint Mary's University, who passed away on February 1, 2018 following a battle with cancer. Grisez, one of the twentieth century's most influential Catholic moral philosophers and co-founder of the "New Natural Law Theory," is best known for his masterwork The Way of the Lord Jesus

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Pausing to Reflect on Pro-Life Victories

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

As the United States observes the 45th anniversary of the Supreme Court's tragic and misguided decision to deny unborn children the equal protection of the law, the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, the university's primary locus of pro-life research, teaching, and public engagement, has stepped up its efforts to proclaim the countercultural message that all human life is sacred and entitled to respect and protection.…

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CEC Presents Vita Institute: New York

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

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On January 6, the Center partnered with Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, to present a condensed version of the Notre Dame Vita Institute, its elite pro-life training program. More than 175 guests registered to take part in the one-day workshop to explore the most pressing life issues with the CEC's world-premier scholars in biology, philosophy, theology, and law. In his remarks at the conference, Cardinal Dolan praised the work of the CEC

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A Grateful Thanks: 2017 CEC Year in Review

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

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As 2017 draws to a close, the director and staff of the Center for Ethics and Culture would like to extend a sincere "Thank you!" to the many benefactors and friends who have helped us further our mission to promote the Catholic intellectual and moral tradition both on the Notre Dame campus and in the wider public square.…

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Statement on Fall Conference Presentation by John Waters

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

O. Carter Snead, the William P. and Hazel B. White Director of the Center for Ethics and Culture, issued the following statement addressing questions related to John Waters's presentation at the Center's 18th Annual Fall Conference:

The history of the Mother and Baby Home at Tuam is a source of great pain for many people both in Ireland and throughout the world. We recognize and share that pain.…

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CEC's 18th Annual Fall Conference Explores Good and Evil

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

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More than 750 scholars and guests are gathering at the University of Notre Dame for the Center for Ethics and Culture’s 18th annual interdisciplinary Fall Conference, “Through Every Human Heart,” November 9–11. The conference features 112 presentations that consider the perennial problem of good and evil in our world, including the Thursday keynote lecture “Is the God of the Old Testament Evil?” by Gary Anderson, the Hesburgh Professor of Catholic Theology at Notre Dame, and Saturday's closing keynote presentation by Harvey Mansfield of Harvard University, "Machiavelli on Necessary Evil." Additional keynote speakers include Jacqueline Rivers of Harvard University, the University of Chicago's Jonathan Lear, Bishop Godfrey Onah of Nsukka, Nigeria, James Hankins of Harvard University, and the Center for Ethics and Culture Senior Distinguished Research Fellow Alasdair MacIntyre.…

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CEC Launches "Ethics and Culture Cast" Podcast Series

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

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The Center for Ethics and Culture launched a bi-weekly podcast series, Ethics and Culture Cast, featuring lively conversations with professors, fellows, and friends of the Center. Hosted by the CEC's communications specialist Ken Hallenius, episodes release every other Thursday throughout the academic year.…

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Nash Promoted to CEC Associate Director for Operations

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

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Laura Nash, Center for Ethics and Culture Event Planning Program Manager, has been promoted to Associate Director for Operations. In the newly created position, she will oversee the Center's day-to-day operations and finances, execute strategic planning, oversee the staff, and ensure Center initiatives operate at the highest-level. Laura will work with Director, Carter Snead, and Center staff to implement the mission and vision of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture to share the richness of the Catholic moral and intellectual tradition through teaching, research, and public engagement across a variety of disciplines.…

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ND Vita Institute Prepares Pro-Life Leaders for Worldwide Mission

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

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Current and future pro-life advocates and leaders from around the world gathered on the campus of the University of Notre Dame for a week-long "pro-life boot camp" at the Center for Ethics and Culture's annual Notre Dame Vita Institute, June 9-17, 2017. Participants studied the fundamentals of life issues with leading scholars across a wide range of disciplines including social science, biology, philosophy, theology, law, neonatology, and reproductive health.…

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Center Participates in Convocation on Catholic Social Thought

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

From May 31–June 2, Carter Snead, director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, participated in an exclusive meeting of the directors of the leading US university centers and institutes whose work focuses on Catholic Social Thought. The convocation was hosted at Georgetown University and featured invited representatives from 30 of the leading Catholic institutions of higher learning in the United States, with the goal of establishing a closer collaboration among the Vatican and premier Catholic educational institutions in order to "deepen the social doctrine of the Church and attempt to make it widely known and applied."…

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In Memoriam: Peter Lawler

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

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The Center for Ethics and Culture mourns the death of Peter Augustine Lawler of Berry College, who passed away on May 23, 2017. Lawler had been a frequent speaker and guest at Notre Dame events over the years, most recently in March 2016 when he presented on Walker Percy's Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book

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Congratulations to our Sorin Fellows of the Class of 2017!

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

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The Center for Ethics and Culture is proud to salute the Sorin Fellows of the Class of 2017! Through their affiliation with the Center, these students have had the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the Catholic moral and intellectual tradition and examine the many ways they can be brought to bear on pressing ethical issues in culture and public policy today. As they graduate and head out to "make prayers of their educations" (Bl. Basil Moreau), we promise our prayers and good wishes!…

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CEC co-hosts Colloquium "On Secularization" at Sorbonne

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

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The Center for Ethics and Culture is co-hosting a colloquium "On Secularization" at the Law School of the Université Paris Descartes-Sorbonne Paris Cité, May 12–13, 2017. This colloquium marks the beginning of a new scholarly research collaboration on Christianity and the West organized in collaboration with the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, the Université Paris Descartes-Sorbonne Paris Cité, the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy), and the Centre d’études du Saulchoir (France).…

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CEC Director Carter Snead Explains the Guiding Vision of the Center for Ethics and Culture

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

In a letter to the editor published by the ND-SMC Observer, director Carter Snead described the vision that informs the work of the Center for Ethics and Culture. Writing in response to a previously published op-ed penned by a Notre Dame alumnus, Professor Snead wrote,

The Center for Ethics and Culture takes seriously the capacious nature of Catholic social teaching across the spectrum of human issues. We understand that all our work and thinking should be animated by a commitment to radical hospitality, human dignity, solidarity and the common good. We know that this calls us to speak out in defense of the unborn child, the refugee, the undocumented immigrant, the poor and the disabled. We believe that our work reflects this commitment.

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Hope Steffensen Awarded Polking Family Fellowship for Law Studies

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

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February 24, 2017 -- The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture is excited to announce the 2017 CEC Polking Family Fellow, which results in a full tuition fellowship for three years of study at Notre Dame Law School. Hope Steffensen will begin studies in Fall 2017, joining the inaugural Polking Fellow, Margo Borders.

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In Memoriam: Michael Novak

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

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The Center for Ethics and Culture lost a great friend upon the death of author, journalist, diplomat, and philosopher Michael Novak on February 17, 2017. "Michael was a kind man and influential Catholic thinker whom our undergraduate and graduate Sorin Fellows loved to be around," said CEC Director Carter Snead. "We are grateful for his support and encouragement over the years. May he rest in peace."…

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CEC Director Snead Profiles the Pro-Life Legacy of US Rep Henry Hyde

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

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In a featured article in the January 2017 issue of Columbia Magazine, CEC Director Carter Snead profiled the late US Representative Henry Hyde, a bipartisan lawmaker and pro-life champion who represented the state of Illinois from 1975-2007. "It is no exaggeration to say that the late U.S. Representative Henry J. Hyde was the greatest American champion in the most important human rights struggle of our time – namely, the fight for equal justice under law for the unborn child," writes Snead. The namesake of the landmark Hyde Amendment, which has severely restricted federal funding of abortion since 1976, Representative Hyde "grasped that a society is to be judged by how well (or poorly) it cares for and protects the least among us, and that Roe v. Wade

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New Graduate Student Fellowship Honors CEC Founding Director David Solomon

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

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As the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture's 17th Annual Fall Conference came to a close, William P. and Hazel B. White Director O. Carter Snead announced the establishment of a $1.25 million endowed graduate student fellowship honoring the Center's founding director, David Solomon. "Professor Solomon is the visionary who had the will, the creativity, the insight, the judgment, and the energy to create the Center for Ethics and Culture so many years ago," said Snead. "We are very pleased that, in perpetuity, there will be a David Solomon Fellow in the College of Arts and Letters who will share David's passion for the Catholic mission of the University of Notre Dame."…

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