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Lessons for Life Symposium

The second annual Lessons for Life Symposium will take place Wednesday, May 14 from 10:00am-12:00pm in the Andrew’s Auditorium in Geddes Hall. The 2013-2014 University Life Fellows will each give 10-minute presentations on pedagogical materials relevant to different topics in the panoply pro-life concerns and suitable for inclusion in the classroom, whether as a discrete unit or a single class period. Lunch will be served at the conclusion of the symposium. RSVPs are requested in order to order the proper amounts of refreshments and lunch: Please contact Jessica Keating (  with any questions.

Human Dignity Lecture

The 2013 Human Dignity Lecture featured Fr. Gustavo Gutiérrez, O.P., the John Cardinal O'Hara Professor of Theology and father of Liberation Theology. Access the lecture, Poverty and Human Dignity, here:

University Life Fellows Database now available

At the end of the 2012-2013 year, the Human Dignity & Life Initiatives office hosted its first "Lessons for Life" symposium. The symposium introduced to the broader Notre Dame community the results of the University Life Fellows seminar. After a year of conversation about effective pedagogical approaches to selected human dignity/life-related issues, an online database has been established. The database features pedagogical materials pertinent to different topics in the panoply of pro-life concerns and suitable for inclusion in the classroom, whether as an entire course, a discrete unit within a course, or even a single class period. The database can be accessed here.

A new set of University Life Fellows will be selected each year for a new “round” of regular meetings, exploring new topics and building upon the pedagogical resources assembled by the members of the inaugural group of Fellows. Learn more about the University Life Fellows program. If you are interested in getting involved, contact the Human Dignity & Life Initiatives Office!









Tue Oct 7, 2014

Rosary for Life

Tue Oct 7, 2014, 6:30PM - 7:00PM

Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Fr. William Lies, C.S.C., Vice President for Mission Engagement and Church Affairs, will lead the Notre Dame community in the Rosary for Life. Join Fr. Lies to contemplate with Mary the mystery of God's love made flesh in Christ and to pray that we may encounter the fragile and vulnerable in our midst with greater tenderness. …

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Wed Oct 8, 2014

Human Dignity Lecture: Prison Reform: A Problematic Necessity

Wed Oct 8, 2014, 7:30PM - 8:30PM

Notre Dame Conference Center at McKenna Hall

Join Martin F. Horn, a Distinguished Lecturer in Corrections at John Jay College and the Excutive Director of the New York State Sentencing Commission, for the fourth annual Human Dignity Lecture. Mr. Horn will examine the flawed character of the prison, and assert that imprisonment runs counter to human nature and because of that the prison has been and will always be a flawed institution. He will assess the historicalof efforts of  prison reform and suggest ways in which prison reform ought to be approached within a democratic. …

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