Registration closes FRI, October 6 for our “Capstone” Conference; Open through MON October 9 noon for Keynotes


Join us for two days of talks, panels, and discussions with the philosophers, religious thinkers, and psychologists who have been working together to investigate whether self-transcendence helps to make ordinary cultivation and exercise of virtue a source of deep happiness and meaning in human life.

The conference is free and open to the public but space is limited, so registration is required. For more information and to register, visit

Register for Jonathan Lear’s Keynote on Friday, OCT 13


Is there room for an ethical inquiry into the meaning of the events of the summer and autumn of 1863 in Gettysburg Pennsylvania, after the famous battle? Did something go primordially wrong in our attempts to bury the dead and find ways to memorialize them? And do the dead haunt Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address? This talk is an inquiry into difficulties we face as we try to remember, memorialize and commemorate.

A reception will follow the talk.

Jonathan Lear is the John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought and the Department of Philosophy. Read more about Jonathan Lear here.

Register for Cardinal Cupich’s Keynote on Saturday, OCT 14

“A Consistent Ethic of Solidarity: Transcending Self, Transforming the World”

Cardinal Cupich will consider virtue in the context of building up the common good. He will comment on some of the fault lines in the present age that present obstacles, but also suggest the opportunities that a renewed sense of solidarity offers in achieving the common good.

The President of the University of Chicago, Robert J. Zimmer, will provide introductory remarks. A reception will follow Cardinal Cupich’s talk.

Blase J. Cupich was named a Cardinal by Pope Francis On October 9, 2016. Read more about Cardinal Cupich here.

Keynotes will be live-streamed, and recorded. For more information, visit