de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture Hosts 22nd Annual Fall Conference

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

Fall Conference 2022

The de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture is pleased to welcome more than 1,000 scholars, students, and friends to its 22nd annual Fall Conference, hosted at the University of Notre Dame, November 10–12. Entitled “And It Was Very Good: On Creation,” and presented in collaboration with Stanford University’s “Boundaries of Humanity” project, the conference features 147 speakers from a wide range of disciplines who will explore the many facets of the created world and the act of creation.

Plenary keynote talks will be presented by Robert Pogue Harrison (Stanford University), Alasdair MacIntyre (de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture), Simon Conway Morris (University of Cambridge), and Elizabeth Lev (Duquesne University). Their presentations will be live-streamed at Additional featured speakers include Jacqueline Rivers (Harvard University), Kristin Collier (University of Michigan Medical School), Thomas Hibbs (Baylor University), and Charles Camosy (Creighton University).

“One of the most vexed questions facing humankind today is our place in the created order, and there is no better place to explore these questions in friendship and fellowship than at the world’s preeminent Catholic research university,” said O. Carter Snead, professor of law at Notre Dame Law School and director of the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture. “I am grateful to Bill Hurlbut, director of the Boundaries of Humanity project, for his leading scholarship and collaboration on this event, as well as the John Templeton Foundation, whose support helped make this partnership possible.”

The de Nicola Center's annual Fall Conference brings together the world’s leading Catholic thinkers, as well as those from other traditions, in fruitful discourse and exchange on the most pressing questions of ethics, culture, and public policy today. The Fall Conference generates wide-ranging conversations that engage the Catholic moral and intellectual tradition from a variety of disciplinary points of departure, including theology, philosophy, political theory, law, history, economics, and the social sciences, as well as the natural sciences, literature, and the arts.

The Boundaries of Humanity project seeks to deepen dialogue on human place and purpose in the cosmos, particularly with respect to conceptions of human uniqueness, human enhancement, and the potential impact of advancing biotechnology on the human future.

The de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame is committed to sharing the richness of the Catholic moral and intellectual tradition through teaching, research, and engagement, at the highest level and across a range of disciplines. As a traditions-based center committed to the Catholic intellectual heritage, the dCEC welcomes dialogue with all moral traditions to grapple with the most pressing and complex questions of ethics, culture, and public policy today.

Learn more about the dCEC’s mission and work at