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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

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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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NDLS Dean G. Marcus Cole: "I am George Floyd. Except, I can breathe. And I can do something."

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

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The following essay was shared with the Notre Dame Law School faculty by G. Marcus Cole, the Joseph A. Matson Dean and Professor of Law. We are proud to publish it with his permission:

I am George Floyd. Except, I can breathe. And I can do something.
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G. Marcus Cole

Over the past several days, I have received numerous messages of care and support from friends, neighbors, and acquaintances, each of whom simply wanted to express their concern for how I might be feeling in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. For many, I am perhaps one of the only African-American men in their social or business circles. Others, especially those who know me well, are cognizant of my own personal experiences with racial violence. Their expressions of love and support are rooted in the fact that the circumstances surrounding the deaths of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery are strikingly similar to my own accounts of an attack on my father over fifty years ago, one I witnessed as a little boy. What my friends may not know, but surely suspect, is that each report of racial violence at the hands of a police officer or group of men brings to the surface the vivid memories of that terrible night.

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dCEC Celebrates Our 103 Graduating Sorin Fellows

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

The de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture salutes the more than 100 student Sorin Fellows who completed their studies at Notre Dame, Saint Mary's College, and Holy Cross College in 2020. In all, 75 undergraduates and 28 graduate and professional school Sorin Fellows joined their classmates in virtual commencement ceremonies earlier this month.…

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Notre Dame Sends 800 to the 2020 March For Life

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

Notre Dame at the 2018 March For Life

On January 24, more than 800 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 47th year. Thanks to generous underwriting by the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture, in partnership with the Notre Dame Right to Life student club, the university consistently sends one of the largest single contingents to participate in the event, year after year.

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In Memoriam: Sir Roger Scruton (1944–2020)

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

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The de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture mourns the death of philosopher Sir Roger Scruton, who died of complications of cancer on January 12, 2020. Sir Roger was one of the foremost contemporary writers on aesthetics and political philosophy, penning works on philosophy, art, music, politics, literature, culture, sexuality, conservativism, and religion; he also wrote novels, two operas, and a television series entitled Why Beauty Matters

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Michael Bradley Awarded Polking Family Fellowship for Law Studies

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

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The de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture is pleased to announce the recipient of the Polking Family Fellowship for the 2019–20 academic year. Michael Bradley, who earned his Bachelor of Arts and a subsequent Master's in Theological Studies at Notre Dame, has returned to campus to begin studies at Notre Dame Law School, joining existing Polking Fellows Hope Steffensen (3L) and Aly Cox (2L).…

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20th Annual Fall Conference to Discuss Friendship

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

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The de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture is pleased to invite abstract submissions for its 20th annual Fall Conference, November 7–9, 2019. This year's conference will explore the theme of friendship, from its ancient understanding as "the crown of life and the school of virtue" (C.S. Lewis) to the present day. What does it mean to make the good of another one's own, and what might be the implications of losing such an understanding of friendship in the modern world?…

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dCEC Co-hosts Conferences in Paris Discussing the Political Dimensions of the Church

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

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The de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame is cohosting a pair of colloquia in Paris to take place May 27–29, 2019, at the Law School of the Université Paris Descartes-Sorbonne Paris Cité and the Centre d’études du Saulchoir. The conferences are part of an ongoing research collaboration on politics and Christianity, under the theme of “The Two Cities,” sponsored by the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture, the Université Paris Descartes-Sorbonne Paris Cité, and the Centre d’études du Saulchoir.…

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dCEC Presents Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal to Women's Care Center

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

Carter Snead and Ann Mannion at Evangelium Vitae Medal Presentation

The University of Notre Dame de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture presented the 2019 Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal to the Women’s Care Center, the largest network of pregnancy resource centers in the United States, at a Mass and dinner attended by more than 600 guests and friends on April 27, 2019. The celebration can be viewed on the Center's YouTube channel here

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dCEC Director Carter Snead to deliver 16th Annual Harvey Lecture

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

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O. Carter Snead, the William P. and Hazel B. White Director of the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture, will present the 16th Annual John Collins Harvey Lecture, hosted by the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University on April 25, 2019. His talk is entitled "Remembering the Body: Towards a More Human Public Bioethics," based on the themes of his book manuscript by the same name (under contract with Harvard University Press).…

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