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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:


Office of Human Dignity & Life Initiatives announces new program director

The Office of Human Dignity & Life Initiatives is pleased to announce the appointment of Jessica Keating as its new program director.  Keating, who graduated from the Notre Dame Master of Divinity program this past spring, succeeds founding director Mary Daly.  Prior to studying at Notre Dame, Keating taught high school theology for five years in rural South Dakota, where she also served as her department’s chair for two years.  She looks forward to continuing and expanding the intellectual and pastoral work of Human Dignity & Life Initiatives as the office strives to articulate a compelling vision of human dignity amid contemporary challenges. 


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!