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Center Founder David Solomon to Receive Ramsey Award

Author: Angela Bermudez

The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture is pleased to announce that David Solomon, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame and founder of the Center for Ethics and Culture, has been selected to receive the prestigious Paul Ramsey Award for excellence in bioethics. David's work is remarkable for the clarity and conviction about human dignity that it brings to current ethical debates, a clarity that enriches our understanding of the deeper human significance of bioethics. The Center for Bioethics and Culture honors Professor Solomon for his outstanding achievements as a scholar and teacher, and for his invaluable efforts to establish the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture.   …

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Dr. Ryan Madison Joins Center as Associate Director

Author: Angela Bermudez

Ryan Madison

The Center for Ethics and Culture is happy to announce that Dr. Ryan Madison will be our new Associate Director. Formerly the Center’s 2012-2013 Myser Fellow, Ryan is an extraordinary scholar and administrator. His work focuses on ancient philosophy, metaphysics, and the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. Ryan comes to the Center from the College of St. Thomas More in Fort Worth, where he served as Dean. Prior to that, he taught Philosophy for three years at the Cardinal Glennon College at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, where he was hired by the Archbishop of St. Louis (following a national search) to implement a new four-year Philosophy curriculum. He earned his B.A. from St. John’s College (Annapolis) and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Loyola University (Chicago). He is currently completing a book on Aristotle and the relationship between metaphysics and theology. Most importantly, he is passionate about the Center for Ethics and Culture and its mission to share the richness of the Catholic moral and intellectual tradition through research, teaching, and dialogue at the highest level, across a wide range of disciplines. In addition to his other responsibilities, Ryan will lead the Center’s Integritasprogram starting in the fall. This is a fantastic development for the CEC and for Notre Dame!…

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Medical Ethics Conference this Weekend!

Author: Angela Bermudez

The Center's Annual Medical Ethics Conference kicks off this Friday March 8th! On Friday at 4PM in the McKenna Hall Auditorium, Elvira Parravicini of Columbia Medical School will give a presentation entitled "Life and the Need for Happiness." The presentation will will focus on methods of caring for seriously ill newborn children and their families. This lecture and the reception following are free and open to the public.…

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Edith Stein Project Starts Today in McKenna Hall

Author: Angela Bermudez

Join us in McKenna Hall where the Notre Dame undergraduate group IDND will hold its annual Edith Stein Project on Notre Dame's campus today and tomorrow. The Edith Stein Project (ESP) is an annual conference that addresses various issues of gender, sexuality, and human dignity by exploring what it means to be authentic women and men. The conference is coordinated entirely by Notre Dame undergraduates, and the Center is proud to sponsor such a worthy endeavor.…

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Associate Director's Reflection on the Anniversary of Roe

Author: Angela Bermudez

The following is a reflection by the Center's Associate Director, Angela Engelsen. To see today's Gospel reading and for more reflections, visit faith.nd.edu.
 
Today is the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court case legalizing abortion for the full term of pregnancy. In the United States alone, since 1973, 55 million of the most innocent and defenseless among us, our unborn brothers and sisters, have lost their lives to abortion. With such a staggering loss of innocent human life, the U.S. bishops today call us to prayer and penance for the legal protection of unborn children. 

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Lorenza Violini Joins Center as Visiting Fellow

Author: Angela Bermudez

The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture is happy to host Lorenza Violini, Professor of Law at the University of Milan, as a Visiting Scholar for the next few weeks. As a part of her time here, Professor Violini will present a paper at our 13th Annual Fall Conference, beginning today. Her paper is entitled "Scientific Evidence and Moral Values: Case Law from European Courts."…

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Bishop to Celebrate Red Mass in Basilica Sept. 26 at 5:15 PM

Author: Angela Bermudez

Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend will lead a traditional Red Mass on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 5:15 pm in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

The purpose of the Red Mass is to invoke God’s blessings on those responsible for the administration of justice as well as on all public officials. This annual mass is open to all faiths and encouraged for those working in law and politics.…

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Center Remick Fellow Margaret Brinig's Work on Chicago Catholic Schools Featured on HuffPo

Author: Angela Bermudez

This year's Mary Ann Remick Senior Visiting Fellow, Margaret Brinig, is well-known for her groundbreaking research with fellow ND Law professor Nicole Garnett on the negative impact of Catholic K-12 school closures on poor neighborhoods. This week, the Huffington Post ran an article featuring this groundbreaking research.

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First Tolkien Lecture Tonight in Debartolo 155 at 8 PM

Author: Angela Bermudez

The first lecture in this year's Catholic Literature series will occur TONIGHT in DeBartolo 155 at 8PM. Professor David Fagerberg of the Notre Dame Theology Department will give a lecture entitled, "Tolkien's Home: The Inklings, Story-Telling, and Romantic Theology."

This lecture is the first of four presentations on J.R.R. Tolkien. They will occur on every Tuesday in September at 8PM in DeBartolo 155. Here's a look at what's coming up:…

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Meet the Fellows

Author: Angela Bermudez

The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture is proud to introduce its 2012-2013 fellows:

This year's Mary Ann Remick Senior Visiting Fellow is Margaret Brinig. Margaret “Peg” Brinig is the quintessential interdisciplinarian, melding her expertise with law and social science in empirical studies of families, social capital, and social welfare legislation. Prof. Brinig is best known for her expertise in family law. She sits on the executive council of the International Society of Family Law, and recently published Family, Law, and Community: Supporting the Covenant (University of Chicago Press, 2010), which offers a distinctive study of legal reform from the perspective of family dynamics and social policy. The book examines a range of subjects of current legal interest including cohabitation, custody, grandparent visitation, and domestic violence. She concludes that conventional legal systems and the social programs they engender ignore social capital: the trust and support given to families by a community. The Mary Ann Remick Senior Visiting Fellowship is made possible through the generosity of Mary Ann Remick, one of the Center’s most loyal friends and benefactors.

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Carter Snead Takes over as Director of the Center

Author: Angela Bermudez

As of July 1st, 2012, Notre Dame Law professor O. Carter Snead has taken over as W.P. and H.B. White Director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture. Professor Snead joined the faculty in 2005. His principal area of research is Public Bioethics – the governance of science, medicine, and biotechnology in the name of ethical goods. His scholarly works have explored issues relating to neuroethics, enhancement, stem cell research, abortion, and end-of-life decision-making. His articles appear in such publications as the New York University Law Review, the Harvard Law Review Forum, the Vanderbilt Law Review, Constitutional Commentary, Quaderni Costituzionali, the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law and Ethics, the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, and Political Science Quarterly. Professor Snead teaches Law & Bioethics, Torts, and Constitutional Criminal Procedure. Professor Snead looks forward to building on the foundation laid by Professor David Solomon, who will continue to be a vital presence at Notre Dame as a professor in the Philosophy Department.

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