Fall Conference

Fall Conference

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 and vexed questions of ethics, culture, and public policy today. Since the first conference in 2000, this annual event has become the most important academic forum for 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. Recent past speakers include Nobel Laureate James Heckman, John Finnis, Mary Ann Glendon, Rémi Brague, Charles Taylor, Michael Sandel, and Jean Bethke Elshtain.

The 2021 Fall Conference will be held November 11-13, 2021. To receive email updates when the call for papers is announced in late spring, and registration opens in late summer, sign up for our newsletter here.

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2021 Winter Conference: "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?

Recordings of the 2021 Winter Conference proceedings are available on the de Nicola Center's YouTube channel, featuring keynote presentations by:

  • Archbishop José Gomez (Archdiocese of Los Angeles)
  • Alasdair MacIntyre (Notre Dame de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture)
  • Marcus Cole (Dean, Notre Dame Law School)
  • Sarah Mustillo (Dean, Notre Dame College of Arts & Letters)
  • Thomas Hibbs (President, University of Dallas)
  • Dana Gioia (California State Poet Laureate, USC)

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Past Conferences

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