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dCEC Director Honored by St. Thomas More Society Dallas Chapter

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

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The Dallas chapter of the St. Thomas More Society honored O. Carter Snead, professor of law at Notre Dame Law School and director of the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture, at its annual Red Mass on October 9, 2021. The Society’s Red Mass invokes the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the securing of justice, and is celebrated each Fall to mark the beginning of the new legal term for the Texas courts.…

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Marian Schwartz on the Translator’s Vocation and Bringing the Work of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn to an English-Speaking Audience

Author: Kathryn Pitts and Chelsey Boyle

Marian Schwartz

Since June 20, 2016, when Steve Wrinn, director of the University of Notre Dame Press, received an unsolicited email from his friend the agent Jeremy Beer about publishing Nobel prize–winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s English translations, a partnership has grown that stretches from Notre Dame, IN, to Moscow, New York City, Washington, DC, and to Austin, TX, where the award-winning translator Marian Schwartz

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"March On, Notre Dame!" Highlights the University's Pro-Life Commitment

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

January 27, 2021 – The University of Notre Dame's de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture has released a video entitled "March On, Notre Dame!" that highlights the University's commitment to building a culture of life, both on-campus and in the wider public square. Released to coincide with the virtual March for Life on January 29, the video and transcript are available now at ethicscenter.nd.edu/MarchOnND

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de Nicola Center’s Winter Conference to Discuss Our Obligations to One Another

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

dCEC Winter Conference 2021

The de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame will present a virtual conference January 12–14, 2021, “We Belong to Each Other,” featuring livestreamed presentations by Archbishop José H. Gomez, poet Dana Gioia, historian Elizabeth Lev, philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre, author Yuval Levin, public health expert Monique Chireau Wubbenhorst, and many others.…

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dCEC Director Carter Snead Reflects on 2020

Author: O. Carter Snead

dCEC 2020 Year In Review

Dear Friends of the de Nicola Center,

What a difference a year makes. When last I wrote a year-end reflection, back in 2019, no one could have imagined how different our world would look today as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As I reflect on this unprecedented year, however, I am proud to report that the work of the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture has continued stronger than ever, and that our efforts to share the richness of the Catholic moral and intellectual tradition, both at Notre Dame and in the public square, achieved great success—thanks to the generous support of our friends and benefactors.…

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Snead publishes new bioethics book with Harvard University Press

Author: Charles Williams

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Harvard University Press has announced the publication of Professor O. Carter Snead’s new book, What It Means to Be Human: The Case for the Body in Public Bioethics.

Snead is a professor of law at Notre Dame Law School and director of the University of Notre Dame’s de Nicola Center for Ethics & Culture. He is one of the world’s leading experts on public bioethics — the governance of science, medicine, and biotechnology in the name of ethical goods.

Set for release October 13, What It Means to Be Human promises to propose “a vision of human identity and flourishing that supports those who are profoundly vulnerable and dependent — children, the disabled, and the elderly” and to analyze how that vision would affect three of the most complex issues in bioethics: abortion, assisted reproductive technology, and end-of-life decisions.

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dCEC to Present 2021 Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal to Vicki Thorn

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

Plated Medal Obverse And Reverse

The de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame will present the 2021 Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal to Vicki Thorn, founder of the post-abortion healing ministry Project Rachel and executive director of the National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation and Healing, at a celebration on April 24.

“Vicki Thorn’s work is a living witness to the unconditional love and mercy that lies at the heart of the Culture of Life,” said O. Carter Snead, the director of the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture. “We originally wanted to honor Vicki this past April at a gala celebration gathered with hundreds of friends and champions of life, but the pandemic and associated safety protocols necessitated a postponement. We look forward to presenting her with the Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal in 2021.”

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Celebrating Professor John Finnis as he moves to emeritus status

Author: Charles Williams

John Finnis

After a towering 25-year career in law teaching and legal scholarship at Notre Dame Law School, Biolchini Family Professor of Law John M. Finnis has decided to retire.

An internationally recognized scholar and philosopher, Finnis came to Notre Dame in 1995 from Oxford University, where he was a chaired professor of law and legal philosophy and a member of the philosophy subfaculty. At Notre Dame Law School, he is revered as much for his generous spirit as for his wide-ranging and groundbreaking work.…

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dCEC to Host Panel Discussion about Racism and the Culture of Life

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

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Inspired by Pope Francis's observation that Christians "cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life," the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture will host a webinar discussion on racism and the culture of life on July 28 at 8:00 p.m. (EDT). The discussion is co-hosted by the College of Arts and Letters

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dCEC to Present 2020 Vita Institute Pro-Life Intellectual Formation Program via Webinar Series

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

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The de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture will present the 2020 Notre Dame Vita Institute, its annual intellectual formation program for pro-life leaders, as a series of five free webinars the week of June 15–19, 2020.

The Center's annual Vita Institute brings together leaders in the national and international pro-life movement for a week each summer at Notre Dame for an intensive interdisciplinary training program that extends and deepens their breadth and depth of understanding of the subjects most essential to building a culture of life, including biology, philosophy, law, theology, and social sciences. This year’s online webinar series will allow a wider audience to sample the exceptional teaching of the traditional on-campus event.…

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