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Office of Human Dignity & Life Initiatives

The annual Human Dignity Lecture

As the premier initiative of the Office of Human Dignity & Life Initiatives, the Notre Dame Human Dignity Project takes up the challenge of making the idea of human dignity accessible to persons of all faiths or no faith, and to exhort students, faculty, and all others in the Notre Dame community and beyond to recognize their own human dignity and respect that of others. The Project aspires to develop a pedagogy of human dignity as a common vocation of all. 

To this end, Human Dignity & Life hosts an annual "Human Dignity Lecture," inviting a prominent figure to campus to speak on a topic pertinent to the conversation on human dignity. 

Past Lectures

2013: Gustavo Gutierrez, O.P. John Cardinal O'Hara Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame

2011-2012: Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

Text of Cardinal Dolan's address may be found starting on page 63 of "Church Life" (Winter 2012), the quarterly journal publication of the Institute for Church Life