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  • Evangelium Vitae Medal

    Evangelium Vitae Medal

    The dCEC will present the 2023 Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal to Professor Robert P. George of Princeton University at a Mass and dinner on April 29.

    Read more about Professor George and the Evangelium Vitae Medal.

  • Caring for Women and Children

    Caring for Women and Children

    Watch the 2nd session of our 3-part webinar series on caring for women and children after Dobbs, discussing practitioners and care for women and babies (born and unborn).

    Part 3 will take place on October 28. More info here.

  • Fall Conference 2022

    Fall Conference 2022

    Registration is now available for our 22nd annual Fall Conference, 'And It Was Very Good': On Creation, November 10–12, 2022 at Notre Dame.

    Learn more.

  • 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.

    Learn more and listen to the podcast.

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dCEC to Present the 2023 ND Evangelium Vitae Medal to Robert P. George

Acclaimed legal philosopher and constitutional and political theorist Robert P. George will receive the University of Notre Dame’s 2023 Evangelium Vitae Medal—the nation’s most important award for heroes of the pro-life movement—at a celebration to be hosted by the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture 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.

"Robby George is a brilliant legal philosopher and one of the most eminent public intellectuals in America today," said O. Carter Snead, director of the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture. "Over more than 40 years of service as a professor, author, and mentor (including to me), George has been the most important and influential exponent of the philosophical argument for the intrinsic equal dignity of the unborn child, with a combination of intellectual excellence, civility, and aplomb that is simply not paralleled in his generation.”

Read the full story here.

dCEC Co-presenting Fall 2022 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 are offering 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 will take place on October 28, and will explore "A Blueprint for the Future." More info on the event page.

This series is part of the dCEC's Women and Children First Initiative.

dCEC Director Carter Snead's Statement on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization

"Those who have worked tirelessly to support unborn children and their mothers have reason to rejoice today, as they now redouble the efforts they have long pursued for the intrinsic equal dignity and value of every human life and to create a society where every child (born and unborn), mother, and family is welcomed into a network of support and protection, and loved unconditionally, from conception throughout the human lifespan."

"The University of Notre Dame is institutionally committed to 'to the defense of human life in all its stages,' recognizing and upholding the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death (cf., For our part, the de Nicola Center is proud to advance that commitment through our own efforts and programming, particularly our recently launched 'Women and Children First' initiative. This initiative is our signal contribution to the ongoing effort to care for women, children (born and unborn), and families in need through research, teaching, service, public engagement, and witness across a variety of disciplines and contexts, including such complex issues as health care, housing, education, employment, poverty, racial justice, criminal justice reform, adoption and foster care, religious liberty, and international human rights."

Read the complete statement here.

dCEC Director's book recognized in New York Times as one of “Ten Books to Understand Abortion Debate in US”

A new article in the New York Times has recommended O. Carter Snead’s book What It Means to Be Human: The Case for the Body in Public Bioethics (Harvard University Press, 2020) as one of “Ten Books to Understand the Abortion Debate in the United States.” Snead is a professor of law in Notre Dame Law School, concurrent professor of political science, and director of the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame.

“With insight and provocation, Snead, a bioethicist, examines the questions that abortion raises about the meaning of human life,” Joshua Prager wrote in the May 5, 2022, article.

“I am honored and grateful that the New York Times found my book to be an essential resource for understanding this extraordinary moment,” Snead said. “The Supreme Court of the United States may well be poised to reverse its confused and confusing jurisprudence of abortion and return the matter to the political branches for resolution, where the issue is addressed nearly everywhere else in the world.” Snead continued, “As a Notre Dame faculty member, I’m also delighted that my scholarship is able to advance the University’s institutional commitment to building a culture of life where every member of the human family—born and unborn—is cared for and protected by law.”

More about the book and Professor Snead's scholarship here.

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