Ethics and Culture Cast

From the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture

About the show

Lively conversations with professors, fellows, scholars, and friends of the University of Notre Dame's de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture. The Center is committed to sharing the richness of the Catholic moral and intellectual tradition through teaching, research, and public engagement, at the highest level and across a range of disciplines. For more information visit

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  • Episode 50: Fr. David Guffey, C.S.C.

    October 8th, 2020  |  24 mins 53 secs
    csc, film, holy cross, movies, peyton, radio, venerable

    Fr. Guffey is National Director of Family Theater Productions and the executive producer of the new film "PRAY: The Life of Patrick Peyton"

  • Episode 49: Dan Philpott and Jess Keating

    September 30th, 2020  |  24 mins 23 secs
    church, teaching, theology

    Daniel Philpott (Political Science) and Jessica Keating (McGrath Institute for Church Life) are co-teachers of the Notre Dame undergraduate theology class "Why the Church? Making the Case for Catholicism to Millennials."

  • Episode 48: Fr. John Paul Kimes

    September 3rd, 2020  |  30 mins 1 sec
    abortion, law, priest, pro-life

    Fr. John Paul Kimes teaches canon law at Notre Dame Law School and is the Raymond of Peñafort Fellow in Canon Law at the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture.

  • Episode 47: Zena Hitz

    August 20th, 2020  |  30 mins 18 secs
    book, faith, intellect, intellectual, teaching, thought

    Zena Hitz is a Tutor in the great books program at St. John's College and author of the book "Lost In Thought: The Hidden Pleasures of an Intellectual Life."

  • Episode 46: George Weigel and "The Next Pope"

    August 6th, 2020  |  29 mins 51 secs
    evangelization, papacy, pope

    George Weigel's newest book is "The Next Pope: The Office of Peter and a Church in Mission." We discuss why he wrote the book, who it's for, and how every Christian, not just the Pope, has the responsibility to introduce people to Jesus Christ. Weigel is a distinguished senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C.

  • Episode 45: Anja Renkes, ND '20

    May 14th, 2020  |  19 mins 53 secs
    art, ireland, irish studies, sorin fellow, theology

    We chat with Anja Renkes, an undergraduate Sorin Fellow of the Notre Dame class of 2020.

  • Episode 44: Fr. Terry Ehrman, C.S.C.

    January 16th, 2020  |  21 mins 39 secs
    csc, priest, science, theology

    Fr. Terry Ehrman is the chaplain to the de Nicola Center and teacher of the popular theology course, "Science, Theology, and Creation." In our conversation, we chat about how he came to Notre Dame, his vocation as a Holy Cross priest, and how he challenges his students to move from created things to the creator himself.

  • Episode 43: Steve Barr

    December 12th, 2019  |  28 mins 18 secs
    faith, reason, science

    In this episode, we chat with Steve Barr, a theoretical particle physicist and the president of the Society of Catholic Scientists. In our conversation, we chat about the relationship between science and faith, and why people of faith should not be threatened by scientific research.

  • Episode 42: Therese Cory

    December 5th, 2019  |  23 mins 58 secs
    aquinas, artificial intelligence, muslim, philosophy, theology, thomas

    Therese Cory is an associate professor of philosophy and a member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas.

  • Episode 41: Dr. Mark Komrad, MD

    November 20th, 2019  |  32 mins 50 secs
    ethics, euthanasia, medical ethics, suicide

    Dr. Mark Komrad, MD is a psychiatrist on the clinical and teaching staff of the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, and the author of "You Need Help: A Step-by-Step Plan to Convince Your Loved One to Get Counseling." He spoke with us about the emerging ethical crisis surrounding physician assisted suicide and euthanasia of patients with non-terminal mental disorders.

  • Episode 40: James Matthew Wilson

    November 15th, 2019  |  29 mins 28 secs
    fall conference, friendship, poetry, whit stillman

    James Matthew Wilson is a poet whose most recent published work is "The River of the Immaculate Conception." He is associate professor in religion and literature in the department of Humanities and Augustinian Traditions at Villanova University.

  • Episode 39: Digital Friends

    November 13th, 2019  |  23 mins 29 secs
    podcasting, social media, theology

    We chat with Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble, FSP of the Daughters of St. Paul, and Fr. Harrison Ayre and Fr. Anthony Sciarappa of the Clerically Speaking podcast about friendship in the digital age and the use of social media in pastoral ministry.