Sunday April 3 - Tuesday April 5
McKenna Hall, University of Notre Dame

"The End of Human Dignity?: Recovering the Intellectual Appeal of Human Dignity for the Theological and Philosophical Imagination"

The conference is free and open to the public but we ask that you register here.

This interdisciplinary conference will be held at Notre Dame April 3-5, 2016 and will feature a range of scholars defending the concept of human dignity against recent philosophical attacks.

Cardinal Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja, Nigeria, will open the conference by delivering the 2016 Human Dignity Lecture at McKenna Hall on Sunday April 3 at 7:00p.m.. “The End of Human Dignity?” conference will feature noted philosophers and theologians including Cyril O’Regan, Leon Kass, Gustavo Gutiérrez and David Walsh, to name a few.

In recent years the concept of human dignity has come under intense scrutiny and has even been dismissed as “stupid” and “useless.” The erosion or outright dismissal of the concept of human dignity raises foundational questions, such as who is the human person and what kind of communities do we wish to inhabit? What would society look like if the language of human dignity were partly or entirely eliminated from public discourse? Such questions require that those who would assert the concept’s normativity must offer a philosophical and theological response that takes seriously the critique, renews the discourse, and offers new possibilities for how we may meaningfully engage the concept of human dignity.

The aim of this conference is threefold: 

  • to  clarify the philosophical and theological foundations of human dignity
  • to articulate a multivalent account of human dignity that is persuasive and appealing by considering the places and practices where the recognition of dignity of the human person cannot be so easily dismissed
  • to offer a vision of human dignity anchored in the logic of attending to weakness and vulnerability

For more information, including registration, please visit the website.

Monday, June 20 - Thursday, June 23, 2016
McKenna Hall, University of Notre Dame

2016 Notre Dame Center for Liturgy Symposium: Liturgy and the New Evangelization

The 2016 Symposium seeks to discern how liturgical prayer, sacramental formation, and liturgical catechesis can contribute to the new evangelization. The Center for Liturgy knows that the liturgical and sacramental life of the Church offers rich resources for the new evangelization. Further, we believe that Pope Francis' comprehensive treatment of the new evangelization in Evangelii Gaudium requires us to re-think how we understand the importance of liturgical in our parishes.  

This year's gathering will employ the See, Judge, and Act method of theological reflection.

It will also include time for liturgists, clergy, catechists, high school teachers, and campus ministers to gather together and discuss in working groups led by nationally recognized catechetical and liturgical leaders strategies for their own particular community.

For more information, including speakers, please visit the website