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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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Carter Snead to be on panel about Notre Dame's Catholic Identity

Author: Angela Bermudez

On March 3rd at 7:30pm, Director Carter Snead will be on a panel entitled “The Pope Francis Challenge: Notre Dame and Catholic Identity.” Along with Patrick Deneen, professor of Constitutional Studies, and Martjin Cremers, professor of Finance, they will discuss Pope’s Francis comments on the Catholic identity of Notre Dame and its challenges for us. Find out more here

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Daniel Philpott to Direct ND Center for Civil and Human Rights

Author: Angela Bermudez

Daniel Philpott, a professor of political science and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed the director of the Notre Dame Center for Civil and Human Rights, effective January 1. Professor Philpott, whose research focuses on religion and reconciliation in politics, is great friend of the Center and a member of our Advisory Board. Congratulations to Professor Philpott!

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ND Law Prof. Discusses Hobby Law Case

Author: Stephen Freddoso

In today's L.A. Times, ND Law Prof. Richard Garnett discusses the merits of Hobby Lobby's lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services. The company is suing HHS over a rule in the Affordable Care which will require it to provide insurance coverage for contraception and some drugs that many believe can cause abortions.

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Former Edith Stein Fellow Angela Miceli on Authentic Feminine Excellence

Author: Stephen Freddoso

 

Angela Miceli, the Center's former Edith Stein Fellow, has penned a piece focusing on authentic Feminine Excellence over at Public Discourse. In the piece, Miceli, who is now an instructor at the University of Navarre, responds to recent articles by Princeton University's Anne-Marie Slaughter and Elizabeth Corey about whether women can "have it all."

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Center to Host On-Campus Screening of Mandela Film

Author: Stephen Freddoso

 
On Thursday, December 12th at 6:30 pm, the Center will sponsor a film screening in the Browning Cinema of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. The film, entitled Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, portrays the life of Nelson Mandela, the South African anti-apartheid leader who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1998. 

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Carter Snead to Be Honored by St. Thomas More Society at Red Mass

Author: Stephen Freddoso

Center Director Carter Snead will be honored with the St. Thomas More Award from the St. Thomas More Society. The Award is given to one person each year who has made a special contribution to the cause of religious liberty.  
 
The Red Mass is celebrated annually throughout the United States in conjunction with the opening session of the U.S. Supreme Court. This special Mass gives all attending members of the legal community, including judges, attorneys, government officials and law enforcement, the opportunity to reflect on the God-given responsibilities of their profession.…

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Center Director Carter Snead to Deliver Weiss Lecture in Bioethics

Author: Stephen Freddoso

Center Director Carter Snead will be delivering several lectures in Oklahoma this week as a part of the A. Kurt Weiss Lectureship. The main event will take place on Friday Sept 13, 2013 at noon in the East Lecture Hall at Oklahoma University. Professor Snead will give a presentation to OU medical students. The presentation is entitled "The Limits of Science for Public Bioethics." Learn more about the Weiss Lectureship.

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