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  • Evangelium Vitae Medal Celebration

    Evangelium Vitae Medal Celebration

    The 2024 Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal will be presented to Dr. Elvira Parravicini on April 27, 2024. Registration has ended due to capacity.

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  • Fall Conference 2024

    Fall Conference 2024

    Save the date! Our 2024 Fall Conference will be held October 31–November 2. Topic and Call for Papers will be released in May 2024. Previous conference talks available on our YouTube channel.

  • Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI

    Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI

    The dCEC presented an international conference on the legacy of Pope Benedict XVI at Notre Dame, April 7–9.

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  • New Director for the dCEC

    New Director for the dCEC

    Professor Jennifer Newsome Martin has been appointed as the next director of the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture, succeeding Professor O. Carter Snead on July 1, 2024.

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  • Ethics and Culture Cast

    Ethics and Culture Cast

    The Center's podcast series, Ethics and Culture Cast, features lively conversations with fellows, scholars, and friends of the dCEC.

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Jennifer Newsome Martin to Succeed O. Carter Snead as Director of dCEC

I.A. O'Shaughnessy Dean of Arts and Letters Sarah Mustillo has appointed Notre Dame theologian Jennifer Newsome Martin to be the next director of the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture. She will succeed O. Carter Snead, Charles E. Rice Professor of Law, who will conclude twelve years of service in this role on June 30, 2024.

“Serving as director of the de Nicola Center has been one of the greatest professional privileges and blessings of my life,” Snead said. “I can think of no one better to lead the Center into the future than my friend and dCEC faculty fellow Jenny Martin. She has a heart for the dCEC’s mission in all its dimensions, is a brilliant scholar, a beloved teacher, and a dynamic and inspiring leader. Simply put, Jenny is one of the most exciting Catholic intellectuals in academia today.”

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Snead to conclude transformative directorship of de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture in June 2024

O. Carter Snead, Charles E. Rice Professor of Law and director of the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame, will conclude his directorship of the dCEC at the end of June 2024, a position he will have held for twelve years.

Snead was appointed director of the Center for Ethics and Culture in 2012, taking over from founding director David Solomon, professor emeritus of philosophy at Notre Dame. Renamed the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture following a $10 million endowment from the de Nicola family in 2019, the de Nicola Center has become the world’s foremost center for interdisciplinary research, teaching, and discourse within the Catholic tradition.

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dCEC to Present 2024 Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal to Dr. Elvira Parravicini

Dr. Elvira Parravicini, founding director of the Neonatal Comfort Care Program and associate professor of pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center, will receive the 2024 Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal—the nation’s most important award for heroes of the pro-life movement—at a Mass and dinner on April 27, 2024, at the University of Notre Dame.

Parravicini has dedicated her medical career to caring for pre-born and newborn children. A native of Milan, Italy, she completed her pediatric residency and neonatal fellowship at the University of Milan, as well as a certification in palliative medicine at Harvard University. After moving to the United States in 1994, she established the Neonatal Comfort Care Program (NCCP) at Columbia University Medical Center in 2008 to address the complex medical and non-medical needs of infants affected by life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

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