The Center for Ethics and Culture’s Sorin Fellowships

ND Students Visiting The Grotto

Established in 1999, the Center for Ethics and Culture is committed to sharing the richness of the Catholic moral and intellectual tradition through teaching, research, and dialogue at the highest level and across a range of academic disciplines. It supports scholarly research and teaching in ethics through lectures, conferences, film and literature series, awards, student formation programs, and other initiatives. Through research, teaching, service, and social engagement on such issues as bioethics, human dignity, professional ethics, ethics in public policy, literature, and the arts, the center strengthens Notre Dame’s Catholic character on campus and brings the University’s voice into the public discussion of the most vital issues of the day.

The center’s Sorin Fellowship Program provides undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the Catholic moral and intellectual tradition and to examine the many ways they can be brought to bear on pressing ethical issues in culture and public policy. The students are given the support necessary to deepen their understanding of complex ethical issues and also to amplify Notre Dame’s witness to authentic human dignity and the common good in the public square.

“Named in honor of Notre Dame’s founder, Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., the Sorin Fellowship Program takes as its inspiration Father Sorin’s express vision that Notre Dame might be ‘a powerful means for good’ in the world,” said O. Carter Snead, professor of law and William P. and Hazel B. White Director of the Center.

This signature student formation program provides students the opportunity to build lasting relationships with other fellows and Notre Dame faculty, participate actively in the intellectual life of the Center and its programming, and gain access to a wide range of unique opportunities.

Sorin Fellows, of whom there are now 75, have interned at the Vatican Museum, the U.S. Senate, the Pontifical Academy for Life, the Pro Life Secretariat of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, and for top Hollywood film producers.

Some of the 20 student interns the Sorin Program is sponsoring this summer include Keenan White, a freshman, who will intern for the Pontifical Academy for Life in Rome; Brendan Besh, a sophomore program of liberal studies major, who will intern at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C.; Michael Moss, a junior political science major, who will attend the summer program at the Catholic University of Eichstatt, Germany, and then conduct a tour of local Benedictine monasteries as part of a research project on Alasdair MacIntyre’s concept of community; Lauren Saunee, a sophomore preprofessional studies major, who will be a research assistant with Dr. Kevin Donovan, director of the Georgetown Center for Clinical Bioethics, in Washington, D.C.; and Clara Minieri, a law school student, who will work with Josephine Quintavalle, the founder of the Comment on Reproductive Ethics, a British public interest group “focusing on ethical dilemmas surrounding human reproduction, particularly the new technologies of assisted conception.”

The Center for Ethics and Culture is committed to sharing the richness of the Catholic moral and intellectual tradition through teaching, research, and dialogue, at the highest level and across a range of academic disciplines.