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 24: Elizabeth Lev

    February 7th, 2019  |  30 mins 38 secs
    art, michaelangelo, vatican

    Elizabeth Lev is an art historian, author, and tour guide based in Rome. In Fall 2018, she was in residence as the Myser Fellow at the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture, working on turning her 2016 Fall Conference talk "The Gift of the Magi" into an extended biography of the Vatican Museums.

  • Episode 23: Francis J. Beckwith

    January 24th, 2019  |  17 mins 5 secs
    abortion, philosophy

    Francis Beckwith is professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies and Associate Director of the Graduate Program in Philosophy at Baylor University. We chat about philosophical arguments surrounding the issue of abortion.

  • Episode 22: Matthew Mehan

    September 20th, 2018  |  23 mins 56 secs
    formation, philosophy, poetry

    Matthew Mehan is a teacher at The Heights School in Washington, D.C. and the author of "Mr. Meehan's Mildly Amusing Mythical Mammals."

  • Episode 21: Pete Hlabse

    September 13th, 2018  |  23 mins 43 secs
    internships, pilgrimage, research, rome, sorin fellows, student formation

    Pete Hlabse is the Student Program Manager in the Center for Ethics and Culture, overseeing the Sorin Fellows Program for undergraduate and graduate students at Notre Dame, Saint Mary's College and Holy Cross College.

  • Episode 20: James Hankins

    May 17th, 2018  |  33 mins 50 secs
    catholic, ethics, italy, macintyre, renaissance, virtue

    James Hankins is a professor of intellectual history at Harvard University and a Visiting Researcher at the Center in the Spring 2018 semester.

  • Episode 19: Rémi Brague

    May 10th, 2018  |  26 mins 12 secs
    christianity, culture, islam, philosophy, politics

    CEC Acting Director Patrick Deneen interviews philosopher Rémi Brague, professor emeritus of Medieval and Arabic Philosophy at the University of Paris I (the Sorbonne) and Romano Guardini chair emeritus at the Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität of Munich.

  • Episode 18: Fr. William R. Dailey, C.S.C.

    May 3rd, 2018  |  24 mins 51 secs
    catholic, education, ireland, irish, law, newman, reason

    Fr. Bill Dailey, C.S.C. is the Center's Thomas More Fellow and Director of the Notre Dame-Newman Centre for Faith and Reason in Dublin, Ireland.

  • Episode 17: Katherine Smith

    April 16th, 2018  |  12 mins 21 secs
    catholic, pro-life, rome, student, studies

    We chat with Katherine Smith, an undergraduate Sorin Fellow studying in Rome and interning at the Pontifical Academy for Life.

  • Episode 16: Richard Doerflinger

    April 12th, 2018  |  23 mins 3 secs

    Richard M. Doerflinger is a Vita Institue Fellow at the Center and the retired associate director of the USCCB's Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities.

  • Episode 15: D. C. Schindler

    April 5th, 2018  |  29 mins 21 secs
    family, liberty, locke, marriage, metaphysics

    David Schindler is the author of "Freedom From Reality: The Diabolical Character of Modern Liberty" and professor of metaphysics and anthropology at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Catholic University of America.

  • Episode 14: Mary Eberstadt

    March 22nd, 2018  |  26 mins 32 secs
    abortion, catholic, contraception, happiness, humanae vitae, lonleliness, paul vi, pope, sociology

    Mary Eberstadt of the Faith and Reason Institute chats with us about "The Prophetic Power of Humanae Vitae."

  • Episode 13: Mary O'Callaghan

    March 15th, 2018  |  24 mins 45 secs
    advocacy, advocate, development, disability, down syndrome, fellow, psychology

    Mary O'Callaghan is a Vita Institute Fellow at the CEC and an advocate for persons with disabilities.