Past Events

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Catholic Social Tradition Conference: Joy & Hope – Fiftieth Anniversary of Gaudium et Spes

Location: McKenna Hall

The 2015 Notre Dame Forum will begin with a conference on March 22, Joy and Hope: The 50th Anniversary of Gaudium et Spes, sponsored by Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns. The “Joy and Hope” conference will convene a group of leading international scholars to explore the central themes of Gaudium et Spes, which is widely regarded as the most authoritative summary of Catholic social teaching.…

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Church and Islam 50 Years after Nostra Aetate

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Location: Geddes Hall – Andrews Auditorium

Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald will give a public lecture commemorating the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Second Vatican Council document “Nostra Aetate” at 5 p.m. Thursday (April 23) in Geddes Hall’s Andrews Auditorium at the University of Notre Dame.

Archbishop Fitzgerald’s lecture, “The Church and Islam 50 Years after Nostra Aetate

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Ross Douthat - Catholic Freedom and Secular Power: How the Religious Liberty Debate Has Changed Since Vatican II

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Location: DeBartolo Performing Arts Center - Decio Theatre

Ross Douthat, author, blogger and New York Times columnist, will speak on “Catholic Freedom and Secular Power: How the Religious Liberty Debate Has Changed Since Vatican II,”
at 4 p.m. Sept. 16 (Wednesday) in the Decio Theatre of the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
 
Douthat’s lecture is a keynote event in the 2015-16 Notre Dame Forum

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Finding Beauty in the Other - Inaugural World Religions World Church Conference

Location: McKenna Hall

In his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium Pope Francis encourages Christians to foster “a renewed esteem for beauty as a means of touching the human heart.” Convinced that beauty is indeed a means for touching the human heart, and recognizing the rich role of beauty in history of Christian theological thought, the World Religions World Church Area of the Department of Theology at Notre Dame will host a conference entitled “Finding the Beauty in the Other” from September 10-12, 2015. At this conference we will explore how beauty can be found in religions and cultures, and how the beauty of the Christian gospel should be communicated in different religious and cultural settings.…

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Middle East Christians’ Future: In Whose Hands?

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Location: Hesburgh Center Auditorium

Archbishop Fouad Twal, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, will deliver a public talk entitled “Middle East Christians’ Future: In Whose Hands?”
 
The escalation of politically and religiously-based violence across the Middle East brings with it an increasingly dangerous environment for Christians. The rise of ISIS, tensions resulting from a seemingly endless Syrian civil conflict, and continued hardships for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza – among many other factors - all contribute to a precarious existence for Christians living in the region. Addressing these pressing issues, Patriarch Twal makes an urgent appeal for greater commitment to safeguarding the Middle East Christian community from human rights abuses.…

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Nostra Aetate Conference

Location: McKenna Hall

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, which put the relationship between the Church and Jews on a new footing, the Department of Theology of the University of Notre Dame will host a conference on November 8-9 on ‘Church and Synagogue: Conceptions of Community in Theology and History.’  The conference, sponsored in part by the Abrams Chair for Jewish Thought and Culture and the Liss Endowment for Jewish Studies, will feature keynote lectures on conceptions of community in Judaism and Christianity in antiquity, the medieval world, and modernity.…

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Opening Address - Bishop Daniel E. Flores - Religious Liberty and the Free Society: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Dignitatis Humanae - Notre Dame Law Review Symposium

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Location: McCartan Courtroom, Eck Hall of Law, Notre Dame Law School

On Thursday, November 5 and Friday, November 6, Volume 91 of the Notre Dame Law Review will host its annual Symposium. This year’s Symposium is titled Religious Liberty and the Free Society: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Dignitatis Humanae. The event celebrates and examines the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on Religious Freedom and is part of the 2015-16 Notre Dame Forum.…

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Keynote Address - John Garvey - Religious Liberty and the Free Society: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Dignitatis Humanae - Notre Dame Law Review Symposium

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Location: McCartan Courtroom, Eck Hall of Law, Notre Dame Law School

On Thursday, November 5 and Friday, November 6, Volume 91 of the Notre Dame Law Review will host its annual Symposium. This year’s Symposium is titled Religious Liberty and the Free Society: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Dignitatis Humanae. The event celebrates and examines the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on Religious Freedom and is part of the 2015-16 Notre Dame Forum.…

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Panel Discussions - Religious Liberty and the Free Society: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Dignitatis Humanae - Notre Dame Law Review Symposium

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Location: McCartan Courtroom, Eck Hall of Law, Notre Dame Law School

On Thursday, November 5 and Friday, November 6, Volume 91 of the Notre Dame Law Review will host its annual Symposium. This year’s Symposium is titled Religious Liberty and the Free Society: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Dignitatis Humanae. The event celebrates and examines the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on Religious Freedom and is part of the 2015-16 Notre Dame Forum.…

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Freedom in the Catholic Theological Tradition

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Location: McKenna Hall, Room 104

This colloquium session is part of the Center for Ethics and Culture’s 16th Annual Fall Conference, “For Freedom Set Free,” examining the nature, significance, and various dimensions of freedom. 

  • “Angelic Freedom and Demonic Bondage in St. Augustine’s de Genesi ad litteram and de civitate Dei,” J. Columcille Dever (Duke University) 

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Balancing Conscience and Cooperation in a Pluralistic Society

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Location: McKenna Hall, Room 202

This colloquium session is part of the Center for Ethics and Culture’s 16th Annual Fall Conference, “For Freedom Set Free,” examining the nature, significance, and various dimensions of freedom. 

  • “Reason and Freedom of Conscience,” Catherine Deavel (University of St. Thomas)
  • “Catholic Institutions within a Democratic Polity: A Potential Procrustean Bed,” Margaret Hogan (University of Portland)

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Christians in the Middle East: What Future, What Hope? A Witness from the Holy Land

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Location: McKenna Hall Auditorium

Rev. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, O.F.M., Custos of the Holy Land, will present this invited lecture as part of the Center for Ethics and Culture’s 16th Annual Fall Conference, “For Freedom Set Free,” examining the nature, significance, and various dimensions of freedom.

For more information about the Fall Conference, please visit the Center for Ethics and Culture website

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The de Nicola Family Colloquy: “Vatican II’s Declaration on Religious Liberty: Revision, Reform, or Continuity?”

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Location: McKenna Hall Auditorium

Thomas Pink, professor of philosophy at King’s College London, and Rev. Martin Rhonheimer, professor of philosophy at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, will discuss the proper interpretation of Dignitatis Humanae and whether the document represents a change in Church policy, practice, or doctrine.…

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Religious Freedom in American Liberal Democracy

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Location: McKenna Hall, Room 202

This colloquium session is part of the Center for Ethics and Culture’s 16th Annual Fall Conference, “For Freedom Set Free,” examining the nature, significance, and various dimensions of freedom. 

  • “Freedom without Exceptions: A New Jurisprudence of Religious Liberty,” Matthew Franck (Witherspoon Institute)

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Religious Liberty: Theory and Freedom of the Church

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Location: McKenna Hall, Lower Level

This panel discussion is part of the Center for Ethics and Culture’s 16th Annual Fall Conference, “For Freedom Set Free,” examining the nature, significance, and various dimensions of freedom.

  • “The Infrastructure of Religious Freedom,” Richard Garnett (University of Notre Dame)
  • “When Is a Religious Institution a Religious Institution?” Michael Moreland (Villanova University)

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