Benedict XVI’s Legacy: Unfinished Debates on Faith, Culture, and Politics

Location: University of Notre Dame

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The de Nicola Center is proud to host the second installment of an international project on “Benedict XVI’s Legacy: Unfinished Debates on Faith, Culture, and Politics” at the University of Notre Dame, April 8–9, 2024.

Hosted in partnership with the Ratzinger Foundation and the Benedict XVI Institute, and launched in November 2023 with a conference at the Pontifical Gregorian University, this initiative invites scholars and experts from around the globe to engage select texts from Benedict XVI’s pontificate, consider their enduring and intergenerational import, and to reflect on the legacy they point toward today. (Watch video from the November 2023 session at the Pontifical Gregorian University's YouTube page: introductory remarks, lecture and responses.)

A full schedule of speakers and sessions will be posted to this page in late February 2024.

Undergraduate and graduate students from Notre Dame, Saint Mary's College, and Holy Cross College are invited to submit essays of no more than 5,000 words responding to one of six select speeches and one letter of the former pontiff—interventions that span the foundation of human rights, liberal democratic tradition, the nature of law and justice, the relationship between faith and reason, the sexual abuse crisis, and the contribution of Christianity to culture. Selected essays will be awarded a $500 prize and invited for presentation at the conference. Contest deadline is March 1, 2024. For more details and to submit an essay, visit the essay contest page.

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