Virtual Conference: “We Belong to Each Other”

Location: virtually

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featuring livestreamed presentations by Archbishop José H. Gomez, poet Dana Gioia, historian Elizabeth Lev, philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre, author Yuval Levin, public health expert Monique Chireau Wubbenhorst and many others.

“What does it mean to say, in the words of Mother Teresa, that ‘we belong to each other’? Our fantastic lineup of speakers will help us to understand better our shared obligations toward the common good.”

Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will present “‘Welcome the Stranger’: What We Owe to the Migrant,” during the 8 p.m. keynote on Tuesday (Jan. 12). Philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre, Permanent Senior Distinguished Research Fellow at the de Nicola Center, will present a talk titled “What We Owe to the Dead, Alas!” in an afternoon keynote session at 2 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 13).

Wednesday's 8 p.m. keynote session will be a conversation about Catholic higher education with Sarah Mustillo, dean of the Notre Dame College of Arts and Letters; Thomas Hibbs, president of the University of Dallas; and G. Marcus Cole, dean of the Notre Dame Law School. The concluding keynote session at 8 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 14) will be a reading and conversation with Dana Gioia, the 2015-17 poet laureate of California and former chair of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Other panelists at this year’s virtual Winter Conference will address topics as varied as poverty, health care, literature, family life, hospitality, education and bioethics. All of the conference’s 15 sessions will be available for livestreaming at, and will be posted for viewing on demand after the conclusion of the conference on the center’s YouTube channel at Follow the conversation on social media with the hashtag #WinCon21. The full schedule is available at

The de Nicola 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 disciplines. For more information, contact communications specialist Ken Hallenius at