Ethics and Culture Cast

By Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture

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Lively conversations with professors, fellows, scholars, and friends of the University of Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture. The Center 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. For more information visit
April 16, 2018
n this episode, we sit down with Katherine Smith, an undergraduate Sorin Fellow spending her Spring 2018 semester in Rome, Italy. We chat about her experiences in the Eternal City, her internship at the Pontifical Academy for Life, and what being a Sorin Fellow has meant to her. We recorded this conversation in the church of Santa Maria in Vallicella, also known as Chiesa Nuova, the "new church" that St. Philip Neri and his Oratorians started building in 1575. In respect for the sacred space of the church, we recorded the conversation with our voices barely above a whisper. Special Guest: Katherine Smith.Links:Sorin Fellows Program — The Center for Ethics and Culture’s Sorin Fellows Program provides Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the Catholic moral and intellectual tradition and examine the many ways they can be brought to bear on pressing ethical issues in culture and public policy today.Angelicum (Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas) — The Angelicum offers university education where faith and reason work together. It forms students as virtuous leaders, capable of evangelization and promoting integral human development. Illuminating the present by the wisdom of St. Thomas Aquinas, students, professors, and staff share in Dominican study, prayer, community and preaching.Pontifical Academy for LifeSanta Maria in Vallicella (Chiesa Nuova) — In the heart of historic Rome, the church of Santa Maria in Vallicella, known as the Chiesa Nuova, the legacy of the life and work of St. Philip Neri, welcomes you.Theme Music: "I dunno" by Grapes — I dunno by grapes (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: J Lang, Morusque
April 12, 2018
Richard M. Doerflinger retired in 2016 after 36 years of service to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, finishing as the associate director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities. In that role he was involved in every single life issue, including embryo research, abortion, physician-assisted suicide, and euthanasia, at the very highest level in federal and state governments. In 2011, he became the first recipient of the Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal, and he continues to serve as a Public Policy Fellow of the Center for Ethics and Culture, writes opinion columns in Catholic newspapers across the nation, among other things in a busy retirement.Special Guest: Richard Doerflinger.Links:"A More Human Society" - Doerflinger's columns at Today's Catholic — Richard Doerflinger retired from the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops after 36 years. He is now retired and living in Washington state where he writes this syndicated column.CEC Public Policy Fellows — The Center for Ethics and Culture projects and amplifies Notre Dame’s voice into the public square on the most important public policy debates concerning human dignity and the common good. The Center’s director, Professor of Law Carter Snead, and the Center’s affiliated Public Policy Fellows provide: • Legislative testimony before the U.S. Congress and state legislatures on urgent and vital issues, including abortion, euthanasia, and the HHS contraceptive/abortifacient mandate. • Advice and counsel to elected and appointed local and federal officials through policy briefings, Supreme Court amicus briefs, and white papers. • Media commentary through press interviews, op-eds, and public statements.Theme Music: "I dunno" by Grapes — I dunno by grapes (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: J Lang, Morusque
April 5, 2018
In this episode, we sit down with D. C. Schindler, an associate professor of metaphysics and anthropology at the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, and author of "Freedom From Reality: The Diabolical Character of Modern Liberty", the newest volume in the Center's book series "Catholic Ideas for a Secular World" with the University of Notre Dame Press.Special Guest: D. C. Schindler.Links:Freedom From Reality: The Diabolical Character of Modern Liberty by D. C. Schindler — It is commonly observed that behind many of the political and cultural issues that we face today lies an impoverished conception of freedom, which, according to D. C. Schindler, we have inherited from the classical liberal tradition without a sufficient awareness of its implications. Freedom from Reality presents a critique of the deceptive and ultimately self-subverting character of the modern notion of freedom, retrieving an alternative view through a new interpretation of the ancient tradition. While many have critiqued the inadequacy of identifying freedom with arbitrary choice, this book seeks to penetrate to the metaphysical roots of the modern conception by going back, through an etymological study, to the original sense of freedom.Author's Roundtable Discussion (YouTube) — A discussion about "Freedom From Reality: The Diabolical Character of Modern Liberty" ( with author D. C. Schindler (John Paul II Institute), Peter Simpson (CUNY), Michael Moreland (Villanova Law), and Adam Seagrave (U. Missouri). Introduced by Patrick Deneen, Acting Director of the ND Center for Ethics and Culture. Theme Music: "I dunno" by Grapes — I dunno by grapes (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: J Lang, Morusque
March 22, 2018
Mary Eberstadt is a senior fellow of the Faith & Reason Institute, and the author of several best-selling books, including "Adam and Eve After the Pill" (2013) and "How the West Really Lost God" (2014). Her dark comedy novel "The Loser Letters", chronicling the conversion of a young adult Christian to atheism, was adapted into a stage play in 2016. Eberstadt's writing has appeared in TIME, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, National Review, First Things, The Weekly Standard,, and other publications. She was on campus to speak about "The Prophetic Power of Humanae Vitae," in honor of the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI's landmark encyclical on human life.Special Guest: Mary Eberstadt.Links:The Prophetic Power of Humanae Vitae — Full video of Mary's presentation at Notre Dame on March 20, 2018.Mary Eberstadt at The Catholic Thing — Mary Eberstadt's columns at The Catholic ThingTheme Music: "I dunno" by Grapes — I dunno by grapes (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: J Lang, Morusque
March 15, 2018
Mary O'Callaghan earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Creighton University, and received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Notre Dame. Her doctoral work was funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health for the study of developmental disabilities and mental retardation. She and her husband John (also a Fellow of the CEC) are the parents of 5 children, including their youngest, Tommy, who has Down syndrome. Since his birth, Mary has been an advocate at the local level for unborn children with Down syndrome and other disabilities. She has served as a member of the Disabilities Advisory Board for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, and in conjunction with the Michiana Down Syndrome Support Group, provides mentoring to local parents who receive a prenatal diagnosis of Down Syndrome. In 2016, Mary and her son Tommy were special guests at the Jubilee for the Sick and Persons with Disabilities celebrated by Pope Francis as part of the Year of Mercy. More information about the jubilee event located on the CEC website. Mary will be a featured speaker at a UN panel discussion observing World Down Syndrome Day, 3/21, hosted by the Holy See's Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations. Information on the panel discussion is at: Guest: Mary O'Callaghan.Links:Panel Discussion at UN: No Room in Rural Villages, Cities, & Homes for Those with Disabilities? Are Girls & Boys with Down Syndrome Being Left Behind? — Mary O'Callaghan will participate in this panel on March 20, 2018 at the United Nations HQ in New York City. Additional panelists at the event include Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations; Ms. Mikalya Holmgren, first woman with Down Syndrome to compete in the Miss Minnesota USA Pageant and winner of the Spirit of Miss USA Award; and Ms. Chloe Kondrich, namesake of Pennsylvania's "Chloe's Law" which guarantees neutral presentation of genetic testing results in an attempt to address the 90%+ abortion rate for babies diagnosed with Trisomy 21 in utero. The event is open to the public, but a UN guest pass is required.Theme Music: "I dunno" by Grapes — I dunno by grapes (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: J Lang, Morusque
March 8, 2018
In this episode, we sit down with Gilbert Meilaender, the Paul Ramsey Fellow at the CEC, and author of Not By Nature But By Grace: Forming Families Through Adoption, the inaugural volume in the Center's "Catholic Ideas for a Secular World" book series with the University of Notre Dame Press. We discuss his intellectual journey, the meaning of adoption for families and for Christians, and how he wants to be a burden to his children.Special Guest: Gilbert Meilaender.Links:Not By Nature, But By Grace: Forming Families Through Adoption — Working from within the contours of Christian faith, this book examines the relation between two ways of forming families—through nature (by procreation) and through history (by adoption). Christians honor the biological tie between parents and children, for it is the work of God in creation. Yet Christians cannot forget that it is adoption, and not simply natural descent, that is at the center of the New Testament’s depiction of God’s grace. Gilbert Meilaender takes up a range of issues raised by the practice of adoption, always seeking to do justice to both nature and history in the formation of families, while keeping at the center of our vision the truth that it is not by nature but by grace that we can become adopted children of the one whom Jesus called his Father.Catholic Ideas for a Secular World - NDCEC Book Series with UND Press — The purpose of this interdisciplinary series is to feature authors from around the world who will expand the influence of Catholic thought on the most important conversations in academia and the public square. The series is “Catholic” in the sense that the books will emphasize and engage the enduring themes of human dignity and flourishing, the common good, truth, beauty, justice, and freedom in ways that reflect and deepen principles affirmed by the Catholic Church for millennia. It is not limited to Catholic authors or even works that explicitly take Catholic principles as a point of departure. Its books are intended to demonstrate the diversity and enhance the relevance of these enduring themes and principles in numerous subjects, ranging from the arts and humanities to the sciences.Friendship: A Study in Theological Ethics — Certain relationships are of profound importance for human life and of great significance for the moral life. In Friendship: A Study in Theological Ethics, Gilbert C. Meilaender explores some of the tension which Christian experience discovers in one such relationship, that of the bond of friendship. These tensions help to explain why friendship was a more important topic in the life and thought of the classical civilizations of Greece and Rome than it has usually been within Christendom.Working: Its Meaning and Its Limits — _Working: Its Meaning and Its Limits _enables any reader interested in understanding the moral and spiritual significance of work in our lives to enter into a conversation not only about what we do but who we are. The wide range of readings proposes different ways of thinking about something most of us do every day—work. As part of the Ethics of Everyday Life series, these readings are an invitation to reflection and conversation. They focus not on rules for the workplace or on dilemmas in business ethics but on one of the most fundamental aspects of human existence in every time and place.Theme Music: "I dunno" by Grapes — I dunno by grapes (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: J Lang, Morusque
Feb. 22, 2018
Patrick J. Deneen holds a B.A. in English literature and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University. He worked at the US Information Agency as a speechwriter and special advisor, was an Assistant Professor of Government at Princeton and an Associate Professor at Georgetown, and joined the Political Science faculty of Notre Dame in 2012. He is the author and editor of several books including The Odyssey of Political Theory (2000, winner of the APSA's Best First Book Award), Redeeming Democracy in America (2011), and his most recent book, Why Liberalism Failed, a new release from Yale University Press. His teaching and writing interests focus on the history of political thought, American political thought, religion and politics, and literature and politics. In the Spring 2018 semester, Patrick is serving as the Interim Director of the Center for Ethics and Culture while Carter Snead is on his own writing sabbatical.Special Guest: Patrick Deneen.Links:Why Liberalism Failed — Of the three dominant ideologies of the twentieth century—fascism, communism, and liberalism—only the last remains. This has created a peculiar situation in which liberalism’s proponents tend to forget that it is an ideology and not the natural end-state of human political evolution. As Patrick Deneen argues in this provocative book, liberalism is built on a foundation of contradictions: it trumpets equal rights while fostering incomparable material inequality; its legitimacy rests on consent, yet it discourages civic commitments in favor of privatism; and in its pursuit of individual autonomy, it has given rise to the most far-reaching, comprehensive state system in human history. Here, Deneen offers an astringent warning that the centripetal forces now at work on our political culture are not superficial flaws but inherent features of a system whose success is generating its own failure.Patrick J. Deneen at Notre Dame — Patrick's faculty webpage at ND's Political Science department page.Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture — The homepage of the CEC.Theme Music: "I dunno" by Grapes — I dunno by grapes (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: J Lang, Morusque
Feb. 8, 2018
In this episode, we sit down with George Weigel, the distinguished senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and one of our permanent research fellows at the ND Center for Ethics and Culture. We talk about several of his books including his most recent, "Lessons In Hope: My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II," 2004's "Letters to a Young Catholic," and his wonderful Lenten vademecum from 2013, "Roman Pilgrimage: The Station Churches."Special Guest: George Weigel.Links:Weigel's Full Bio at EPPC — George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is a Catholic theologian and one of America’s leading public intellectuals. He holds EPPC’s William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies. From 1989 through June 1996, Mr. Weigel was president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he led a wide-ranging, ecumenical and inter-religious program of research and publication on foreign and domestic policy issues. From June 1996, as a Senior Fellow, Mr. Weigel prepared a major study of the life, thought, and action of Pope John Paul II. Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II was published to international acclaim in the fall of 1999, and has since been translated into twelve languages, with a Chinese edition currently in progress.George Weigel Author's Page at AmazonTheme Music: "I dunno" by Grapes — I dunno by grapes (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: J Lang, Morusque
Jan. 25, 2018
Randall B. Smith is a professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, and was the CEC's Myser Visiting Research Fellow when he began writing Reading the Sermons of Thomas Aquinas: A Beginner's Guide. We chat about the preaching style of the 13th Century, and what it can teach us today.Special Guest: Randall Smith.Links:Reading the Sermons of Thomas Aquinas: A Beginner's Guide — Preaching was immensely important in the medieval Church, and Thomas Aquinas expended much time and effort preaching. Today, however, Aquinas's sermons remain relatively unstudied and underappreciated. This is largely because their sermo modernus style, typical of the thirteenth century, can appear odd and inaccessible to the modern reader. In Reading the Sermons of Thomas Aquinas, Randall Smith guides the reader through Aquinas's sermons, explaining their form and content. In the process, one comes to appreciate the sermons in their rhetorical brilliance, beauty, and profound spiritual depth while simultaneously being initiated into a fascinating world of thought concerning Scripture, language, and the human mind. The book also includes analytical outlines for all of Aquinas's extant sermons.Theme Music: "I dunno" by Grapes — I dunno by grapes (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: J Lang, Morusque
Jan. 18, 2018
n this episode, we sit down with Nicole Stelle Garnett, a member of the Center's Faculty Advisory Committee and professor at Notre Dame Law School. We discuss the role of Catholic schools in forming strong communities, the vocation of teaching, and how the interdisciplinary collegiality that the Center for Ethics and Culture helps foster on campus works to strengthen Notre Dame's authentic Catholic mission and identity.Special Guest: Nicole Stelle Garnett.Links:Nicole Stelle Garnett at ND Law School — Nicole Stelle Garnett’s teaching and research focus on property, land use, urban development, local government law, and education policy. She is the author of numerous articles on these subjects and of Ordering the City: Land Use, Policing and the Restoration of Urban America (Yale University Press, 2009). Her most recent book, Lost Classroom, Lost Community: Catholic Schools' Importance in Urban America (University of Chicago Press, 2014) represents the culmination of a major empirical research project with Professor Peg Brinig examining the effects of Catholic school closures on urban neighborhoods.CEC Faculty Advisory Committee — The Faculty Advisory Committee is composed of scholars from departments across the university that gives input regarding the Center’s scholarly programming and publications.Theme Music: "I dunno" by Grapes — (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: J Lang, Morusque

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