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Three years ago at Notre Dame, as an alternative to the VMonologues, a group of students came up with the idea of a conference inspired by the thought and witness of Edith Stein, "promoting the development of the new feminism." This year’s conference was called "Toward Integral Healing for Women and Culture". Over at Mirror of Justice, Michael Scaperlanda begins a report:

Speakers included:

  • MOJ friend and alum, Paolo Carrozza, used examples from his work on the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights in his lecture entitled “Human Rights, Violence against Women and Reflections on Deus Caritas Est.
  • Kathleen Gibney, formerly of the Notre Dame psychology department, spoke on “Awakening the Spirit of Women:  Gifts of Personal Reflection and Social
  • Economist Catherine Ruth Pakaluk spoke “Splitting the Baby:  Creative Solutions for Mothers in a Second-Best Economy.”
  • Ethics professor Janet Smith talked on “Contraception:  A Women’s Friend or Foe.”
  • Theologian Pia de Solenni spoke on “Renewing the Feminine Image.”
  • Philosopher Maria Fedoryka spoke on “Edith Stein and the Vocation to Love”
  • Scaperlanda comments:

    All of these talks were excellent, giving us fruitful information, ideas to chew on, and a basis for grounding human dignity and the new feminism in our nature as creatures created in God’s image. The conference would have been worth it just to feast on the wisdom and knowledge of these thoughtful women (and man). But, the conference was so much more than this. Students addressed real life problems of sexual assault, eating disorders, and sexual addiction. And, other speakers, from magazine publishers to direct service providers spoke about their work in healing a wounded culture.

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