The Center periodically hosts occasional lectures, conferences, and co-sponsors events with other departments in the University. We have also celebrated two landmark anniversaries: our Five Year Anniversary and our Ten Year Anniversary. Here you will find further information about our wide variety of occasional events.
Edith Stein ProjectEthics and the Challenge of Secularism: Russian and Western Perspectives
The Edith Stein Project promotes discussion of the dignity of women and men in light of Catholic anthropology. It occurs every February at Notre Dame. Now sponsored and organized by the Identity Project of Notre Dame (IDND), a student organization, the Center co-sponsors the annual event.
May 25-26, 2012
This Society of Christian Philosophers conference brings together Russian and western scholars to explore such questions as: Is there an adequate secular basis for morality? What can the sciences contribute to ethics? Is society destined to become more secular, and what are the resources and challenges facing religion in the 21st century?
Oral Interpretation of the Book of Job
April 28, 2012
Geddes Hall Auditorium
Prof. Craig Mattson of Trinity Christian College leads a workshop and gives an oral performance of the Book of Job.
Virtue and Emotion in Thomas Aquinas
March 6, 2012
Rev. Nicholas Lombardo, OP, a Templeton award winner, presents his research on Thomistic understandings of virtue and emotion.
The Most Controversial Decision: Harry Truman and the Bomb: A Panel Discussion
February 16, 2012
Hesburgh Center Auditorium
David Solomon, Michael Baxter, and Rev. Bill Miscamble, CSC, take up the question of whether Harry Truman should have ordered atomic bombs to be dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end World War II, in a panel discussion that celebrates the publication of Fr. Miscamble's most recent book of the same title.
Telling Stories That Matter: A Conference in Honor of Rev. Marvin R. O'Connell
May 5, 2011
Rev. Marvin O'Connell has been a member of Notre Dame's faculty since 1972. He is a distinguished historian, authoring numerous books, including the authoritative biography of Edward Sorin, CSC, histories of the Reformation, the Counter-Reformation, Catholic Modernism, and the Oxford Movement, and a novel. This conference honors the breadth and depth of his scholarly work, and his long service to Notre Dame.
Ronald Knox and Sherlock Holmes
March 1, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Hesburgh Center Auditorium
Professor Emeritus Michael Crowe of the Program of Liberal Studies lectures on the genesis of the popular movement that treats
Sherlock Holmes as a figure worthy of historical and not just literary
study, which Ronald Knox launched. Prof. Crowe has recently edited and
published a book of essays on the subject. A reception follows the
GKC@ND: Chesterton 80 Years Later
October 4, 2010
October 11, 2010
The Center co-sponsors with the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy a miniseries of lectures to celebrate the 80th anniversary of G.K. Chesterton's visit to Notre Dame.
Film Screening: Nine Days that Changed the World
September 20, 2010
The Center welcomed Newt and Callista Gingrich to campus to present their documentary "Nine Days that Changed the World." The film chronicles Pope John Paul II's historic visit to his native Poland in 1979 to support the Solidarity workers' movement. Nearly 400 people filled Washington Hall for the screening of this beautiful film.
10th Anniversary Celebration
April 22, 2010
The Center celebrates its tenth birthday with a symposium on Senior Research Fellow Alasdair MacInyre's most recent book, God, Philosophy, Universities: A Selective History of the Catholic Philosophical Tradition. The symposium was followed by a banquet honoring Professor MacIntyre's 80th birthday. University President Rev. John Jenkins, CSC, Dean of the College of Arts and Letters John McGreevey, and Chair of the Theology Department, John Cavadini, participated in the event on April 22, 2010.
Harry Potter and the King's Cross
September 12, 2007
Inspired by the release of the final installment of the wildly popular Harry Potter series, the Center held a panel discussion featuring John O’Callaghan, professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, Rebecca DeYoung, professor of philosophy at Calvin College, and Emerson Spartz, a Notre Dame undergraduate and the founder of www.mugglenet.com, the most popular Harry Potter fan site.
National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference
March 10-11, 2006
Notre Dame hosted the National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference in 2006. Bioethics fora at universities submit competing tenders each year to host the conference at their home institution. In April 2005, a group of Notre Dame students traveled to Philadelphia to successfully propose that Notre Dame once again host the annual conference with the goal of placing a decisive emphasis on the demand that bioethical decisions be oriented within a conception of the human person; a conception that is not adequately supplied by secular ethics.
What Can Philosophers Learn from the Tradition?
April 30, 2005
The Center co-sponsored a one-day conference at the University of Chicago with the Lumen Christi Institute, featuring Alasdair MacIntyre, Charles Taylor, and Jean-Luc Marion.
Teaching, Faith, and Service Conference
June 2-4, 2005
The Center co-sponsored a conference on the foundations of human freedom with the University of Portland's Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture. The conference was held at the University of Portland.
September 28, 2004
The Center celebrated its fifth anniversary with a lecture by Avery Cardinal Dulles, SJ and a panel discussion featuring Cardinal Dulles, Ralph McInterny of the University of Notre Dame, and Edmund Pellegrino of Georgetown University.
Making the Tough Decisions: Ethical Dilemmas in Guardianship
November 10, 2003
The Center and LOGAN Community Resources, a South Bend organization for the developmentally disabled, collaborated to sponsor a daylong conference addressing ethical issues involved with caring for developmentally disabled adults.
Other Sponsored Lectures
Since its founding, the Center has hosted a number of distinguished speakers.