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Dean Santiago Schnell delivers Bread of Life talk on Life-Limiting Diseases

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

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The de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture hosted Santiago Schnell, the William K. Warren Foundation Dean of the College of Science, as the featured speaker at its annual Bread of Life Dinner on November 13, 2023. His remarks, entitled “Embracing Life: A Journey Through Life-Limiting Diseases and the Call to Protect Life

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dCEC Launches Series on Pope Benedict XVI’s Intellectual Legacy

Author: de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture

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The de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture, in partnership with the Ratzinger Foundation and the Benedict XVI Institute, has launched an international project on the intellectual legacy of Pope Benedict XVI, in an effort to encourage intergenerational dialogue on the discussions begun during his pontificate.…

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Gonsiorek, Cabaniss Accept New Roles at the University and de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

Margaret Cabaniss and Laura Gonsiorek
Margaret Cabaniss and Laura Gonsiorek

Laura Gonsiorek, senior associate director of the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture, has accepted a position as associate director of administration at the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) at the University of Notre Dame, effective February 15, 2024.…

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Jennifer Newsome Martin to Succeed O. Carter Snead as Director of de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

Jennifer Newsome Martin

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.

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Notre Dame Students, Faculty, and Staff to Participate in 2024 March for Life

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

March For Life 2018

On January 19, more than 400 students, faculty, staff, and graduate students from the University of Notre Dame, Holy Cross College, and St. Mary’s College will participate in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., now in its 51st year. The University consistently sends one of the largest single contingents to the annual event through the support of the the Notre Dame Right to Life student club and the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture.…

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

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

Carter Snead at ND Vita Institute

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 de Nicola Center at the end of June 2024, a position he will have held for twelve years.

“Serving as director of the de Nicola Center for the past twelve years has been one of the greatest privileges and blessings of my life,” Snead said. “While I am certainly sad to see that time come to a close, my heart is filled with gratitude for what our team has been able to accomplish.”

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dCEC co-sponsors conference on legacy of Pope Benedict XVI

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

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The de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture, in partnership with the Ratzinger Foundation and the Benedict XVI Institute, is hosting a series of academic panels discussing “Benedict XVI’s Legacy: Unfinished Debates on Faith, Culture, and Politics,” with the first event to be held November 29, 2023, at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.…

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de Nicola Center presents 23rd Annual Fall Conference, "Dust of the Earth: On Persons"

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

Fall Conference 2023 Cover Image

More than 1,100 scholars, students, and guests from around the world registered to attend the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture’s Fall Conference, “‘Dust of the Earth’: On Persons.” The 23rd annual fall conference begins today, Thursday, November 2, and concludes on November 4, featuring nearly 150 presentations across three days of conversation on questions relating to the concept of persons.…

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de Nicola Center to Award 2024 ND Evangelium Vitae Medal to Dr. Elvira Parravicini

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

Elvira Parravicini, MD

Dr. Elvira Parravicini, founding director of the Neonatal Comfort Care Program and 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. (RSVP for the Evangelium Vitae Mass and Dinner via this form

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2023 Vita Institute Provides Intellectual Formation for Pro-Life Leaders

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

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Carter Snead

The de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture welcomed a cohort of 46 leaders working to build a culture of life both nationally and internationally for its annual Vita Institute, June 11–16, 2023.

The Notre Dame Vita Institute is an intensive intellectual formation program at the University of Notre Dame that provides participants the opportunity to study the fundamentals of the life issues with world-renowned scholars across a wide range of disciplines, including social science, biology, philosophy, theology, law, communications, and counseling. The lectures led participants to explore the ways in which various fields intersect in building and supporting a culture of life. …

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dCEC Director's Statement on the Anniversary of Dobbs

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

Dobbs Decision

On this anniversary of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, we pause first to give thanks for the tens of thousands of lives saved—babies who would not be here but for the Supreme Court’s overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. We also celebrate the Court’s courage in declaring that our nation’s founding document does not, in fact, preclude the legal protection of the unborn from the violence of abortion.…

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Celebrating our Class of 2023 Sorin Fellows

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

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The de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture congratulates the 126 student Sorin Fellows who completed their studies at Notre Dame, Saint Mary's College, and Holy Cross College in 2023. In all, 63 undergraduates and 63 graduate and professional Sorin Fellows participated in commencement ceremonies this year.

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One Year Post-Dobbs: Supporting the Culture of Life at the dCEC

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

March For Life at Supreme Court

On June 24, America will mark the first anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which restored the right of the American people to create laws and policies that protect human life at all stages of development and offer comprehensive support to women, children, and families. In the year following the decision, the de Nicola Center has hosted more than 15 presentations, panel discussions, and conversations examining how best to support women, children, and their families in the new post-Dobbs landscape.

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de Nicola Center Presents Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal to Robert P. George

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

Video profile - Robert P. George
Click for a video profile of 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.…

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Catholicism Panel Discusses the Church in the 21st Century Global South

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

Provost John T. McGreevy
Provost John T. McGreevy

"Most of my life, to my amazement, has been spent studying in, teaching at, writing about, and administering now, Catholic institutions. On an almost daily basis, I get asked, ‘How did we get here?’ And so I became interested in that long sweep of the 19th-century Catholic revival," said John T. McGreevy, the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost and Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, during a March 6 panel discussion entitled “Global Catholicism: The Past, Present, and Future of the Church.”…

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de Nicola Center Hosts Expert Roundtable Discussion on Caring for Women and Children in a post–Roe World

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

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On Thursday, January 19, the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame will mark 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

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