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Friday, January 22, 2016

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Spring 2016 Bread of Life Dinner


Location: The Oak Room, South Dining Hall



Join us for our Spring Bread of Life Dinner on Thursday, February 25, 6-8 p.m. in the Oak Room (South Dining Hall, Notre Dame).
Each semester, the Center hosts the Bread of Life Dinner to give students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to gather outside the classroom for informal conversation about the life issues. Rev. William Dailey, C.S.C., the CEC Thomas More Fellow and a lecturer in the Notre Dame Law School, will give a short talk on "Truth, Freedom, and the Gospel of Life," followed by time for discussion and questions.
All Notre Dame, Holy Cross, and St. Mary's students are invited to attend; RSVP to Brendan Besh by Monday, February 22. Find out more about past Bread of Life Dinners here.

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Friday, March 18, 2016

31st Annual Medical Ethics Conference


Location: McKenna Hall, University of Notre Dame

Join the Center for Ethics and Culture for the 31st Annual Notre Dame Medical Ethics Conference March 18-19, 2016.
The Medical Ethics Conference brings together members of the medical community; scholars in medicine, philosophy, theology, and law; and anyone interested in pressing issues in contemporary medical ethics for two days of conversation, small-group discussions, and presentations by professionals at the forefront of medical ethics. 
The conference is open to both alumni and non-alumni; guests from all religious traditions and viewpoints are welcome. 
For more information about registration and a preliminary schedule, visit the Medical Ethics Conference webpage

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Catholic Culture Series: Walker Percy


Location: Oak Room, South Dining Hall


Join the Center for Ethics and Culture for a lecture, reception, and book giveaway to celebrate the latest installment in our Catholic Culture Series.

In honor of the centenary of Walker Percy's birth, Professor Peter Lawler will discuss his 1983 masterpiece Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Spring 2016 Schmitt Lecture: Taking Responsibility


Location: South Dining Hall Hospitality Room

art - DNA man

Join the Center for Ethics and Culture for the Spring 2016 Schmitt Lecture, "Taking Responsibility: Science and its Revolutions, from Recombinant DNA to Gene Editing," with Benjamin Hurlbut (Arizona State University).

This lecture will explore the historical origins, contemporary contours, and political effect of this vision of scientific responsibility -- of the role of scientific authority in imagining, enacting, and governing technological futures -- attending in particular to the ways this vision shapes how we imagine, deliberate about, and govern that future.

Professor Benjamin Hurlbut teaches in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University, where his research concerns the intersection of science and technology studies, bioethics, and political theory.

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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Evangelium Vitae Award Mass and Banquet


Location: Basilica of the Sacred Heart, South Dining Hall


The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture will award the 2016 Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal to the Little Sisters of the Poor and their Mother Provincial, Sr. Loraine Marie Maguire, on April 9, 2016. Mass, celebrated by Bishop Kevin Rhoades (Fort Wayne–South Bend), will begin at 5 p.m., followed immediately by a reception and award banquet in the South Dining Hall. Read more about the Little Sisters here. For more information about the event, contact Laura Nash.

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Disability and the Face of Mercy

Location: Rome, Italy


“Let us open our eyes and see the misery of the world, the wounds of our brothers and sisters who are denied their dignity, and let us recognize that we are compelled to heed their cry for help! May we reach out to them and support them so they can feel the warmth of our presence, our friendship, and our fraternity! May their cry become our own, and together may we break down the barriers of indifference that too often reign supreme and mask our hypocrisy and egoism!”

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Friday, July 22, 2016

LA Vita Institute (July 22-23)


Location: St. John's Seminary, Camarillo, CA

Vita Institute Intellectual Life

The Center for Ethics and Culture is proud to offer an exclusive installment of our elite pro-life training program for the faithful of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles!

Join us for one and a half days of instruction in the fundamentals of life issues with our world-renowned scholars in biology, philosophy, theology, and law. No prior knowledge of these disciplines is assumed or required; sessions are aimed at enthusiastic pro-life advocates seeking to hone their skill and enhance their knowledge to better advance the Culture of Life. In addition to intellectual formation, participation in the LA Vita Institute will connect you with a community of like-minded champions for the most vulnerable members of our society.…

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

"I'm Very Happy to Live with You": Disability as a Resource


Location: Rimini, Italy


The Center for Ethics and Culture is proud to be a co-sponsor of the annual Rimini Meeting for the Friendship Amongst Peoples. Since 1980, the Rimini Meeting has been an encounter among persons of different faiths and cultures. A place for friendship where peace, socialization, and a friendship among peoples may be established. These are encounters born from people that share a tension towards what is true, good, and beautiful. Every year great political personalities, managers, representatives of different religions and cultures, intellectuals and artists, athletes and protagonists of the world scene visit the Rimini Meeting. It offers stories of men and women through conferences, exhibitions, shows, and sporting events. At the Rimini Meeting, culture expresses itself as an experience, originated by the desire to discover the beauty of reality. All of this happens in the seven days during which the world’s most attended cultural festival takes place.…

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Friday, September 2, 2016

Sorin Fellows Welcome Back Mass & Social


Location: Geddes Hall Chapel & Lawn

2016 Sorin Fellows

Join the Center staff to welcome back the Sorin Fellows with Mass and social! Mass begins at 4:30pm in the Geddes Hall Chapel, followed by dinner catered by Barnaby's Pizza and the Bonnie Doon ice cream truck, on the Geddes Hall lawn next to the Hesburgh Library. Sorin Fellows are encouraged to bring friends who might be interested in the Sorin Fellowship program

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Tailgate: Michigan State


Location: Tent in front of Geddes Hall


Save the date to join us for food, fellowship, and fun at a Center for Ethics and Culture Tailgate! We'll cheer on the Irish before two home games this year: September 17 (vs. Michigan State) and October 15 (vs. Stanford). We'll see you under the tent!…

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Tailgate: Stanford


Location: Tent in front of Geddes Hall

Tailgate Group Shot

Save the date to join us for food, fellowship, and fun at a Center for Ethics and Culture Tailgate! We'll cheer on the Irish before two home games this year: September 17 (vs. Michigan State) and October 15 (vs. Stanford). We'll see you under the tent!…

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Fall Conference: You Are Beauty (November 10-12)

Location: Notre Dame Conference Center

You Are Beauty Postcard

Our 17th annual Fall Conference, "You are Beauty: Exploring the Catholic Imagination," will consider “aesthetic contemplation sublimated in faith” (“Letter to Artists,” Pope St. John Paul II), exploring the relationship between the imagination, beauty, truth, and religion in a variety of contexts, particularly the arts, philosophy, theology, political theory, and the sciences.…

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Bread of Life Dinner: Dolly Duffy


Location: South Dining Hall Oak Room

Bread Of Life 2015

Each semester, the Center for Ethics and Culture hosts a Bread of Life dinner, where members of the Notre Dame community are invited to share fellowship while reflecting on and discussing their attitudes toward life issues. This semester's dinner will begin with a brief reflection on a beginning-of-life topic given by Dolly Duffy '84, Executive Director of the Notre Dame Alumni Association. Following Dolly's reflection, students, professors, and university staff will reflect together on their own attitudes toward life issues over dinner.…

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Schmitt Lecture: "The New Utopianism and the Revenge of Natural Limits"


Location: McKenna Hall Auditorium

Schmitt Fall 2016 Cropped

This public lecture series and dinner is offered in honor of the generosity of the Arthur J. Schmitt Foundation to the University of Notre Dame. These semi-annual lectures, which are open to the public, bring distinguished speakers from around the world and provide occasions at which the Schmitt Fellows, graduate students in the Colleges of Science and Engineering, join other members of the Notre Dame community to reflect on the ethical, political, and religious dimensions of the studies in which they are engaged.…

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