Winter Conference

Winter Conference 2021

"We Belong to Each Other"
January 12–14, 2021


Today, if we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
—St. Teresa of Calcutta

The corporal and spiritual works of mercy in the tradition of the Church proclaim a Christian’s solemn duty toward his or her neighbor: We are called, quite literally, to “suffer with” the poor, the sick, the imprisoned, the stranger. What does it mean to say, in the words of Mother Teresa, that we belong to each other? What do we owe, as individuals and communities, to our ancestors and children, our neighbors and our nation? What is our responsibility to the created world, the political order, and to God?

Join us as we grapple with these questions at the core of what it means to “dwell together in unity” (Ps 133) and pursue the common good.

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The de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture is committed to sharing the richness of the Catholic moral and intellectual tradition through teaching, research, and dialogue, at the highest level and across a range of disciplines. Our Fall Conference is the most important academic forum for fruitful discourse and exchange among the world's leading Catholic thinkers and those from other traditions, and is the largest annual interdisciplinary event at Notre Dame. Recent past speakers include Nobel Laureate James Heckman, Alasdair MacIntyre, John Finnis, Mary Ann Glendon, Rémi Brague, Charles Taylor, Michael Sandel, and Jean Bethke Elshtain.


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Past Conferences

Find information regarding past conferences and lecture videos at the links below.