Fall Conference (Nov. 9-11, 2017)

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Save the Date for our 19th Annual Fall Conference:
November 1-3, 2018

Each year on the campus of Notre Dame, the Center for Ethics and Culture hosts its interdisciplinary Fall Conference, the most important venue for fruitful dialogue and exchange among the world's leading Catholic thinkers, as well as those from other traditions, on pressing and vexed questions of ethics, culture, and public policy. The Conference annually attracts more than eight hundred participants and features nearly one hundred paper presentations from across the disciplines. Recent past speakers include: Nobel Laureate James Heckman, Alasdair MacIntyre, John Finnis, Mary Ann Glendon, Rémi Brague, Charles Taylor, Michael Sandel, and Jean Bethke Elshtain.

The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture’s 18th Annual Fall Conference (November 9-11, 2017) explored the perennial problem of good and evil, the significance of this distinction for human flourishing and the common good, and the place of good and evil in the theory and practice of various academic disciplines. In the Center's animating spirit of interdisciplinary inquiry, we hosted 112 presentations on a wide range of moral, religious, and academic perspectives, including theology, philosophy, political theory, law, history, economics, and the social sciences, as well as the natural sciences, literature, and the arts. Several of the presentations were livestreamed and can be watched on this page.

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Featured speakers included: Harvey Mansfield, Jacqueline Rivers, Gary AndersonJames Hankins, Sr. Ann Astell, and our Permanent Senior Distinguished Research Fellows John Finnis and Alasdair MacIntyre. Additional featured speakers: John Waters (independent writer), Gilbert Meilaender (Valparaiso University), Elizabeth Lev (Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas), John Haldane (University of St. Andrews), Randy Boyagoda (University of Toronto), Jonathan Lear (University of Chicago), Bishop Godfrey Onah (Diocese of Nsukka, Nigeria), Abe Schoener (The Scholium Project), Vera Profit (Notre Dame, Emerita), Bill Evans (Notre Dame), and Thomas Williams (Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas). Conference schedule available here.

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Past Conferences

Find information regarding past conferences and lecture videos at the links below.

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