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Program director, Jessica Keating, on Planned Parenthood and the Disease of Decadence.


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

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The Office of Human Dignity & Life Initiatives to welcome Reggie Littlejohn, founder of Women's Rights Without Frontiers, for screeing and lecture.

The United Nations estimates taht nearly 200 million girls are "missing" from the world today because of gender-selective aborition, infanticide, and abandonment. Reggie Littlejohn will screen the documentary film, It's a Girl, Tuesday, April 7 at 2:00pm in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium.

On Wednesday, April 8, Ms. Littlejohn will offer a lecture, How to Use Your Law Degree to Change the World, at 12:30pm in the Law School (Room 3140). Lunch will be provided.

Program Director, Jessica Keating on assisted suicide

On Dying Well, America Magazine

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!