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The Office of Human Dignity & Life Initiatives to welcome leading civil rights activist, Chen Guangcheng

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Program Director, Jessica Keating on assisted suicide

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Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

New Pregnant and Parenting Resource Brochure now available.


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 Apr 7, 2015

It's a Girl film screening

Tue Apr 7, 2015, 2:00PM - 4:00PM

Hesburgh Center Auditorium

The Office of Human Dignity & Life Initiatives welcomes Reggie Littlejohn who will screen the documentary, It's a Girl on Tuesday, April 7 at 2:00pm in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium. Ms. Littlejohn is the founder of Women's Rights Without Frontiers, an international coalition dedicated to opposing forced abortion, gender-selective abortion, and sexual slavery in China. She was also instrumental to

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Human Dignity Lecture, Spring 2015: "Interpreting Reform: Human Dignity and Human Rights in Contemporary China"

Tue Apr 7, 2015, 7:30PM - 9:00PM

McKenna Hall Auditorium

The Office of Human Dignity & Life Initiatives presents the Human Dignity Lecture, Spring 2015. The speaker is a Chinese civil rights activist Chen Guangcheng who will talk on “Interpreting Reform: Human Dignity & Human Rights in Contemporary China.”  This lecture will take place on April 7 at 7:30pm in the McKenna Hall Auditorium.…

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Mon Apr 13, 2015

Mothers of Bedford

Mon Apr 13, 2015, 7:00PM - 8:30PM

Andrews Auditorium, Geddes Hall

Is it possible to become a better mothers while serving time in a maximum security prison? The Office of Human Dignity & Life Initiatives welcomes filmmaker Jenifer McShane to Notre Dame screen her film, "Mothers of Bedford" and offer commentary on its central themes. The documentary follows five women serving prison sentences in 

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