2022: And It Was Very Good

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'And It Was Very Good': On Creation

Fall Conference  |  November 10–12, 2022  |  University of Notre Dame


In the created world, Pope Francis writes, we are able to perceive "a grammar written by the hand of God" (Lumen Fidei). If creation is a language, what can we discern regarding the creator? The de Nicola Center's 22nd annual Fall Conference will explore the many facets of the created world and the act of creation, including questions of cosmology, teleology, natural ends, natural law, the Imago Dei, creaturely status, ecology, stewardship, cocreation, recreation, redemption, and more.

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. The Fall Conference convenes more than 100 speakers and 800 guests annually 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.

For the 2022 conference, the de Nicola Center is pleased to partner with Stanford University's "Boundaries of Humanity" project, which seeks to advance dialogue on "human place and purpose in the cosmos, particularly with respect to conceptions of human uniqueness and choices around biotechnological enhancement."

Paper Proposals

The paper submission deadline has passed; decisions will be announced by August 15, 2022. Questions or concerns? Email fallconference@nd.edu.

To Register

Conference registration will open in mid-August.


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Past Conferences

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