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 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.

  • Episode 38: J. J. Wright

    October 31st, 2019  |  23 mins 48 secs
    jazz, music, prayer

    J. J. Wright is the director of the Notre Dame Folk Choir and the composer of "Vespers for the Immaculate Conception," the follow-up to his bestselling album "O Emmanuel," which topped the Billboard Classical chart for 8 weeks upon its debut in 2016.

  • Episode 37: Dale Ahlquist

    October 17th, 2019  |  29 mins 36 secs
    chesterton, english, writing

    Dale Ahlquist is president of the Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton and the author of "The Complete Thinker" and "Common Sense 101."

  • Episode 36: Arthur Brooks

    October 3rd, 2019  |  32 mins 50 secs
    dignity, love, pro-life

    We chat with Arthur Brooks, the former president of the American Enterprise Institute and the author of "Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt."

  • Episode 35: Ernest Morrell

    September 12th, 2019  |  35 mins 59 secs

    Ernest Morrell is the Coyle Professor in Literacy Education and Director of the Center for Literacy Education at the University of Notre Dame, and a member of the dCEC's Faculty Advisory Committee.

  • Episode 34: Jennifer Newsome Martin

    August 30th, 2019  |  30 mins 11 secs

    Jenny Martin is a theologian in the Program of Liberal Studies, and the author of Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Critical Appropriation of Russian Religious Thought (University of Notre Dame Press, 2015).

  • Episode 33: Margaret Cabaniss

    June 27th, 2019  |  22 mins 53 secs
    books, conference, fellows, publishing, research, scholarship

    Margaret Cabaniss is the scholarly research and publications program manager for the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture. Previously, she was the managing editor at Crisis Magazine and She graduated summa cum laude from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, with a B.A. in English literature.

  • Episode 32: Timothy Cardinal Dolan

    May 3rd, 2019  |  13 mins 26 secs
    cardinal, catholic, mission

    A special episode featuring the homily of His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, preached on the occasion of the dedication of the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Episode 31: Gabriel Reynolds

    April 25th, 2019  |  25 mins 52 secs
    bible, islam, muslim, quran, theology

    We chat with professor Gabriel Reynolds, a professor in Notre Dame's World Religions and World Church program in the department of theology. He is an expert in Quranic studies and Muslim-Christian relations, and a member of the Center's Faculty Advisory Committee.