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Episode 7: Ross Douthat

In this episode, we sit down with New York Times columnist Ross Douthat, who joined us on campus this past October for a roundtable discussion about Disarming Beauty (, the second volume in our book series Catholic Ideas for a Secular World ( In our conversation, we talked about his work at the New York Times, the influence of G. K. Chesterton on his own conversion, and the vocation of the Catholic journalist. Special...

Duration: 00:25:52

Episode 6: John O'Callaghan

In this episode, we chat with John O'Callaghan, associate professor of philosophy, Director of the Jacques Maritain Center, and the 2017-18 Mary Ann Remick Senior Visiting Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Culture. We talk about teaching St. Thomas Aquinas to undergraduates, the work he's undertaking as the CEC's Remick Fellow, and the continuing relevance of St. Thomas Aquinas. Special Guest: John O'Callaghan.

Duration: 00:27:51

Episode 5: CEC Fellow Aly Cox

Our guest is Alyson Cox, the CEC's Law & Public Policy Fellow for 2017-18. We chat about her experience in the CEC's Sorin Fellows program, the internships that she undertook while at the Center, and her work as the president of Notre Dame Right to Life, the largest student club on campus. Special Guest: Aly Cox.

Duration: 00:14:55

Episode 4: Founding Director David Solomon

David Solomon, the founding director of the Center for Ethics and Culture, began his legendary career at Notre Dame in 1968 and retired in May 2016. During his tenure, he served as the director of undergraduate studies in the philosophy department, founded and directed the Arts & Letters/Science Honors Program, and directed the Notre Dame London Program. In addition to his service in academic administration, he taught ethics and medical ethics to thousands of undergraduate and graduate...

Duration: 00:22:47

Episode 3: Professor Brad Gregory

Brad S. Gregory is Professor of History and Dorothy G. Griffin Collegiate Chair at the University of Notre Dame, where he has taught since 2003. From 1996-2003 he taught at Stanford University, where he received early tenure in 2001. He specializes in the history of Christianity in Europe during the Reformation era and on the long-term influence of the Reformation era on the modern world. His latest book, "Rebel in the Ranks", discusses Martin Luther and the foundations of the Reformation....

Duration: 00:28:48

Episode 2: Professor Sean Kelsey

Professor Sean Kelsey ( is an associate professor of philosophy and the chair of the Center's Faculty Advisory Committee ( He is on sabbatical in 2017-18, writing a book on Aristotle's De Anima with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. We discuss the writing process, the Center's student formation work, and the role of the Center in supporting the Notre Dame's...

Duration: 00:23:22