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Two Key Senior Staff Promotions at de Nicola Center
Two senior staff leaders of the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture, Margaret Cabaniss and Laura Gonsiorek, have received promotions, following the Center’s extraordinary success and increased impact, catalyzed by its five-year strategic plan.
“The de Nicola Center has seen a tremendous increase in impact and success following the generous naming gift by the de Nicola Family, announced in 2019,” said O. Carter Snead, director of the de Nicola Center. “We have been blessed by the support of the College of Arts and Letters during this time, including our incredible dean, Sarah Mustillo, as well as the generous contributions of a growing network of individuals who support the Center’s distinctive mission to share the Catholic moral and intellectual tradition, both here at Notre Dame and in the broader public square.”
dCEC Presents the 2023 ND Evangelium Vitae Medal to Robert P. George
The de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture presented the 2023 Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal—the nation’s most important award for heroes of the pro-life movement—to acclaimed legal philosopher and constitutional and political theorist Robert P. George at a celebration attended by more than 500 guests on April 29, 2023.
George is the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Professor of Politics at Princeton University and the founding director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.
"In his lifetime of work, study, writing, and teaching, Professor George has insisted, valiantly and joyfully—over and again—on the essential dignity of the human person, the role of the law in defending it, and the possibility of our reasoning together in charity to promote it," said O. Carter Snead, director of the de Nicola Center. "Professor George’s patient, persistent demonstration of the right relationship between the civil and moral law has helped to lay the groundwork for a renewed appreciation of the rights of the unborn and an understanding of the proper role of law in defending those rights, following decades of profound injustice.”
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dCEC Hosts Expert Roundtable Discussion on Caring for Women and Children in a post–Roe World
On Thursday, January 19, the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame marked the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade in Washington, DC, with an expert roundtable discussion on how best to care for and protect mothers, babies, and families in the wake of the Dobbs v. Jackson Supreme Court decision.
“Building a Civilization of Love” brought together experts in law, medicine, social science, public health, and social service to discuss the most important opportunities for and challenges to protecting the intrinsic equal dignity of every member of the human family following the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Dobbs. Video of the discussion is available on the dCEC's YouTube channel.
The de Nicola Center’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade (and its recent reversal) also included support for the more than 700 students, faculty, and staff from Notre Dame, St. Mary’s College, and Holy Cross College who traveled to Washington, DC, to participate in the annual March for Life on Friday, January 20—one of the largest single contingents to participate in the event, year after year.
More about the January 19 roundtable discussion and other dCEC-sponsored events in conjunction with the 2023 March for Life here.
dCEC Hosts 22nd Annual Fall Conference, "And It Was Very Good: On Creation"
The de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture welcomed more than 1,000 scholars, students, and friends to its 22nd annual Fall Conference, hosted at the University of Notre Dame, November 10–12. Entitled “And It Was Very Good: On Creation,” and presented in collaboration with Stanford University’s “Boundaries of Humanity” project, the conference featured 147 speakers from a wide range of disciplines who explored the many facets of the created world and the act of creation.
Plenary keynote talks were presented by Robert Pogue Harrison (Stanford University), Alasdair MacIntyre (de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture), Simon Conway Morris (University of Cambridge), and Elizabeth Lev (Duquesne University). Recordings of these are available at https://ethicscenter.nd.edu/programs/fall-conference/streamfc/. Additional featured speakers included Jacqueline Rivers (Harvard University), Kristin Collier (University of Michigan Medical School), Thomas Hibbs (Baylor University), and Charles Camosy (Creighton University).
Video recordings of many of the presentations are posted on the dCEC's YouTube channel. For more infomation about the conference including paper abstracts and speaker bios, visit the 2022 Fall Conference homepage.
dCEC Co-presents Webinar Series on Caring for Women and Children after Dobbs
Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the University of Notre Dame’s de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture and the Notre Dame Office of Life and Human Dignity at the McGrath Institute for Church Life offered a multipart panel discussion series addressing questions facing women, physicians, and policy makers entitled “Caring for Women and Children: Navigating Medicine, Law, and Policy After Dobbs.”
The first session discussed widespread myths faced by patients and physicians, and the second discussed challenges and questions faced by medical practitioners; recordings of both sessions are available on our YouTube channel. The final discussion in the series took place on October 28, exploring "A Blueprint for the Future." The recording of the final session is forthcoming.
This series was part of the dCEC's Women and Children First Initiative.
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