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dCEC Presents Evangelium Vitae Medal to Dr. Elvira Parravicini

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

O. Carter Snead, Fr. Bob Dowd CSC, Dr. Elvira Parravicini, and Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades

The de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture presented the 2024 Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal—the nation’s most important award for heroes of the pro-life movement—to Dr. Elvira Parravicini, founding director of the Neonatal Comfort Care Program and professor of pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center, at a Mass and dinner attended by more than 500 guests on April 27, 2024, at the University of Notre Dame.

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Directors' Statement on the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture, Catholic Identity, and Academic Excellence

Author: de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture

Screenshot of the Irish Rover newspaper

Note: The following piece by dCEC director O. Carter Snead and director-elect Jennifer Newsome Martin was published in the Irish Rover on April 25, 2024.

Given the recent discussion of the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture in various public fora in tandem with the recently announced transition in its leadership, we are grateful for the opportunity to clear up some persistent misimpressions concerning its work and to offer some thoughts about the relationship between Catholic identity and serious, rigorous, and excellent academic research and teaching.

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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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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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Celebrating our Class of 2023 Sorin Fellows

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

2023 Sorin Fellows By The Numbers 540x

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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