Veritas Institute

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2016 Hesburgh Lecture Series

Please join us for the upcoming Hesburgh Lecture Series, “Human Rights and Teaching of the Catholic Church” at 1 p.m., Sunday, April 24 at The Basilica of Saint Mary.

Professor Paolo Carozza, A.B., J.D., Director at Kellogg Institute for International Studies and Professor of Law and Concurrent Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, will deliver the lecture that explores the notion of human rights as expressed in Catholic tradition and Catholic social teaching.

Professor Carozza’s expertise is in the areas of comparative law, human rights, and international law, and his extensive writings in these areas have been published in Europe and Latin America as well as in the United States. From 2006 to 2010 he was a member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and served as its President in 2008-09. At Notre Dame, he is the Director of the Kellogg Institute for international Studies, an interdisciplinary, university-wide institute focusing primarily on the themes of democracy and human development. In the Law School, he was the Director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights from 2011 through 2013 and continues to direct its J.S.D. program in international human rights law. He is also a fellow of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. Carozza earned both his A.B. and J.D. degrees from Harvard, and pursued graduate studies at Cambridge University and at Harvard Law School as a Ford Foundation Fellow in Public International Law. After law school, he served as a judicial clerk for the Supreme Court of the Federated States of Micronesia and worked as an associate at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Arnold & Porter.

While the idea of human rights originated in the life of the Catholic Church, there are also deep tensions between Catholic traditions and human rights, historically and in the present day. This lecture explores that ambiguous relationship from Saint Francis to Pope Francis.

The event is an ongoing partnership with the Notre Dame Club of Minnesota and the Basilica of Saint Mary, with additional support from the Veritas Institute at the University of St. Thomas. For more information, contact Michelle Rovang at  Questions can also be directed to Naomi Sack at


Inspired by the late Father Hesburgh’s example of lifelong learning, the Hesburgh Lecture Series has brought University of Notre Dame faculty to Notre Dame clubs and their local communities since 1986.

The Hesburgh Lecture Series furthers the mission of the Alumni Association to provide meaningful continuing education opportunities to Notre Dame alumni and friends.