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

Author: Stephen Freddoso

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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

Author: Stephen Freddoso

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.

"Faculty often quarrel over curricula. That’s as it should be. A curriculum, especially its core courses required of all students, is an educational institution’s constitution. To tell a young person he must take this or that course announces a university’s highest priorities. This makes a curriculum review a battlefield. At the University of Notre Dame we are presently conducting such a review, and a hot point for debate is whether the university should maintain its requirement of two theology and two philosophy courses. This requirement has long been thought essential to the Catholic mission of Notre Dame. But the “two theology, two philosophy” requirement may not survive this round of curriculum revision."

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Undergraduate Sorin Fellow Reflects on Center Medical Ethics Conference in Rome

Author: Stephen Freddoso

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

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Director Reflects on ND's Pro-Life Witness

Author: Stephen Freddoso

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Below is a piece by Center Director Carter Snead. It was originally published on Public Discourse.

One of the most iconic images from Notre Dame’s storied history is a July 1964 photograph of Father President Theodore Hesburgh standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the Rev. Martin Luther King at Chicago’s Soldier Field, singing “We Shall Overcome.” The photograph perfectly captures what Notre Dame aspires to be—not merely a world-class community of learning and research, but also, as its founder Father Sorin wrote, “a great force for good in the world” animated by the truths affirmed by the Catholic Church regarding the inalienable and equal dignity of every member of the human family. The image is so powerful because it shows that on that summer day in 1964 it was not merely Father Hesburgh (formidable though he was and continues to be) but the University of Notre Dame—the most important Catholic university in the world—standing in solidarity with our oppressed and marginalized brothers and sisters in their struggle for civil rights.…

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Nobel Laureate James Heckman, Cardinal Müller Headline Fall Conference on Poverty

Author: Stephen Freddoso

A Nobel laureate and the Vatican’s leader on Church doctrine were just two of the more than 60 distinguished scholars and 600 guests who gathered at Notre Dame for the Center for Ethics and Culture’s 15th Annual Fall Conference (October 30–November 1), an event that opened with a personal greeting from Pope Francis.…

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Center Sponsors Student Internship at the Vatican

Author: Stephen Freddoso

Over the summer, the Center sponsored an internship at the Vatican for Steven Waldorf, a Notre Dame graduate student. He describes his experience below:

"This summer, I worked as an intern in the Patrons of the A

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rts Office in the Vatican Museums.  The Patrons Office raises funds for the restoration and conservation of pieces housed in the collections of the Vatican Museums, including for high-profile restoration projects such as the lateral walls of the Sistine Chapel, the frescoes in the Raphael Rooms, and the frescoes in the Pauline Chapel.  As an intern at the Patrons Office, I researched philanthropic foundations to which the Vatican Museums can apply for grants to assist with covering the cost of restoration work.  I also assisted the director of the Patrons Office, Rev. Mark Haydu, LC, with the editing of his upcoming book on the depiction of angels in Vatican art. The opportunity to serve the Church by working at the Patrons Office is a great blessing, and I am most grateful for the support of the Center for Ethics and Culture in making my participation in the internship program possible."…

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Director Carter Snead on Hobby Lobby Ruling

Author: Stephen Freddoso

Below is a statement from O. Carter Snead, Director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture and Professor of Law at Notre Dame Law School, regarding today's Supreme Court ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.

"Today’s Supreme Court opinion in Hobby Lobby is a strong and welcome affirmation that the faithful do not lose the protections of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act simply because they choose to exercise their religion through a closely held for-profit business. …

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Professor Snead to Deliver Presentation at National Right to Life Convention

Author: Stephen Freddoso

Come hear Center Director Carter Snead's plenary address on the first day of the National Right to Life's Annual Convention this week at the historic Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky! The convention will take place from Thursday, June 26, through Saturday, June 28.

On June 26, at 12:45 p.m., Professor Snead will give a featured presentation entitled "The Lessons of Fetal Pain and the Duty to Protect Unborn Children." Read his related remarks

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Center Leads on Notre Dame Day

Author: Angela Bermudez

Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to vote for the Center for Ethics and Culture on Notre Dame Day. Because of your help, the Center finished at the top of the leaderboard for Centers and Institutes, and ranked in the top ten overall!…

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Unexpected Pregnancy Counseling Training

Author: Angela Bermudez

Facing an unexpected pregnancy can be one of the most difficult challenges that a person can encounter. In facing that challenge, a person, whether a woman or a man, may reach out to someone else with questions on what to do or where to go. The person to whom they reach out could be you.
 
On Saturday, April 5, 2014, Ellen Sommer, MS, will conduct a training session on how to positively support and respond to someone facing an unexpected pregnancy. Whether in the dorm room, over the phone, or in the coffee shop, the skills and techniques that you will learn during this session will equip you to effectively listen to, advise, and direct someone to helpful, life-affirming resources that will help and support that person as she or he faces this challenge.…

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Father Dailey awarded Magister Vitae Award

Author: Angela Bermudez

Congratulations to Rev. Bill Dailey, C.S.C., our Thomas More fellow, for winning the second annual Magister Vitae Award! The award is given by Notre Dame Right to Life to an outstanding faculty member at the University of Notre Dame whose teaching, scholarship, and life exemplify what it means to build a culture of life at Notre Dame and in the world. Father Dailey's humble witness and unwavering commitment to the pro-life cause have been a great source of support and inspiration to the Notre Dame community.

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John Haldane to Deliver Clarke Family Lecture in Medical Ethics

Author: Angela Bermudez

On  Friday, March 21st in the McKenna Auditorium, John Haldane will deliver the Clarke Family Lecture in Medical Ethics as a part of the Center's Medical Ethics Conference.  His lecture is entitled "Profession, Vocation, and Healthcare Ethics." John Haldane is a professor of philosophy at St. Andrews University and the 2013-2014 Mary Ann Remick Senior Visiting Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Culture.…

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