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Higher Powers
2018 Fall Conference | November 1–3, 2018

What is the proper relationship between God, the human person, and the state? In a 1993 address, Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn observed that, “having refused to recognize the unchanging Higher Power above us, we have filled that space with personal imperatives, and suddenly life has become a harrowing prospect indeed.” Twenty-five years after Solzhenitsyn’s address, and one hundred years after his birth, the Center for Ethics and Culture’s 19th Annual Fall Conference will consider how every human pursuit can be oriented toward higher powers and reflect on the true measures of social progress, the role of morality in law and politics, and the dynamics of liberty, dignity, self-sacrifice, and the good in public life.


In its characteristic interdisciplinary spirit, the Center for Ethics and Culture encourages submissions from a wide array of fields of inquiry, including theology, philosophy, political theory, law, history, economics, and the social sciences, as well as the natural sciences, literature, and the arts. In honor of his centenary, we also invite reflections specifically on Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s life and work.


The deadline for abstract submissions is July 15, 2018. Notification of acceptance will be made by August 15, 2018. One-page abstracts (no panel proposals, please) and CVs must be submitted via the form below. Questions? Email fallconference@nd.edu.



About the Fall Conference


The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture is committed to sharing the richness of the Catholic moral and intellectual tradition through teaching, research, and dialogue, at the highest level and across a range of disciplines. Our Fall Conference is the most important academic forum for fruitful discourse and exchange among the world’s leading Catholic thinkers and those from other traditions. 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.



To Register


Conference registration, as well as the conference hotel room block at the Morris Inn on campus, will open early Fall 2018. 


Past Conferences

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

Fall Conference Collage