Upcoming events

Introducing Dr Adrian Pabst

We’re thrilled to announce that the Institute for Ethics & Society will host Dr Adrian Pabst as a visiting scholar to the University in April 2018.
Dr Adrian Pabst is a Reader in Politics at the University of Kent and an exciting emerging voice on the place of religion and ethics in global politics. His most recent book is The Politics of Virtue (co-authored with John Milbank).

During his time at the IES, Dr Pabst will take part in several events within the Institute’s Religion & Global Society research program, some of which we will see us partnering with the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney. He will also be working closely with a small group of researchers currently investigating the connections between religion and contemporary politics.

Dr Pabst was an IES research collaborator in 2017, and we are delighted to be working with him again.
Stay tuned for more details!

Ongoing events

Moral Philosophy and Ethics Education Research Seminar

Moral Philosophy and Moral Cultivation: The Moral Philosophy and Ethics Education Research Seminar exists to foster rigorous, creative and collaborative research on foundational topics in moral philosophy and ethics education, broadly conceived. The seminar meets 3 – 4 times throughout semester to host visiting speakers and Notre Dame researchers working within this research focus area. For more information, contact the co-convenors of the MPEE research focus area: Dr Annette Pierdziwol or Tim Smartt. All welcome!

For more information contact Annette Pierdziwol ( or Timothy Smartt (

Annual Staff Ethics Education Forum

Launched in April 2015 with great success, the IES plans to make its Staff Ethics Education forum an annual event in the Notre Dame calendar. Details of this year’s event program can be found below in the past events section.


QndA draws pollies, priests and professors – of different faiths and traditions – to Notre Dame to thrash out (what should be) the hot issues of the day. It’s about faith and reason in action. QndA lets the audience ask the questions. On anything, from anyone. Going beyond the sound-bite and the narrowly political, QndA brings together people of depth to discuss issues of depth. It’s open, passionate, and respectful. Join the live event in person with our Chair, Nic Zumaran, and follow the Twitter conversation on the night at #QndA.