Cardinal Dulles to give keynote address for Center for Ethics and Culture symposium

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Cardinal Avery Dulles, S.J., Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society at Fordham University, will give the keynote address at a symposium celebrating the fifth anniversary of the establishment of the University of Notre Dames Center for Ethics and Culture at 4 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 28) in the auditorium of McKenna Hall.p. The symposium, “Looking Back, Looking Forward: Ethical Reflection in a Changing Cultural Landscape,” will include a panel discussion at 8 p.m. Tuesday, also in the McKenna Hall auditorium. The panel will consist of Cardinal Dulles, Ralph McInerny, Michael P. Grace Professor of Medieval Studies and director of the Jacques Maritain Center at Notre Dame; and Dr. Edmund Pellegrino, professor emeritus of medicine and medical ethics at the Center for Clinical Medical Ethics of the Georgetown University Medical Center and 1998 recipient of Notre Dames highest honor, the Laetare Medal.p. Both events are free and open to the public.p. According to David Solomon, W.P. and H.B. White Director of the center, the symposium is intended not only to celebrate the anniversary but also “to help guide us as we redouble our efforts to build what Pope John Paul II has called ‘a Culture of Life.Our whole mission has been inspired by the popes critique of contemporary culture, especially as he expressed it in his three major encyclicals, Veritatis Splendor, Centesimus Annus, and Evangelium Vitae. These encyclicals eloquently distill the truths at the core of the Catholic ethical tradition and make them speak to the most difficult ethical issues of our times.”p. In addition to its sponsorship of ethical research, conferences and lecture series, the center cooperates with Notre Dames Alumni Association in organizing the Clarke Family Medical Ethics Conference, annually bringing together Notre Dame alumni working in health care with distinguished theologians, philosophers and legal scholars to discuss ethical issues in medicine.p. This year the center is working with the University of Notre Dame Press to launch two publications projects: The monographs of the “Ethics and Culture Series” will be devoted to a broad range of ethical controversies from stem cell research to the death penalty, and the “Notre Dame Medical Ethics Series” will concern debates specific to the practice of medicine. Plans are also being made to develop two summer institutes, one for university level and another for secondary schoolteachers of ethics and philosophy.p. Contact: David Solomon at 574-631-9656 or . p.

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