On March 1, 2004, the Center, along with several other institutions on campus, hosted a visit by the president of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, the Rev. Robert J. Spitzer, S.J, Ph.D. Besides being president of Gonzaga, Fr. Spitzer is an accomplished philosopher and much sought-after speaker, as well as co-founder of the University Faculty for Life and the Center for Life Principles in Redmond, Washington. He is one of our nation s most compelling defenders of the pro-life cause.
On the evening of March 1, after speaking to the Holy Cross seminarians at Moreau Seminary the night before and to the pro-life student group in Notre Dame's law school that afternoon, Fr. Spitzer gave a third talk in the Hesburgh Center auditorium, entitled "Restoring the Culture: Life and the Pursuit of Happiness." The aim of the talk was to show how the healing of our cultural maladies can be achieved only by way of a fundamental critique of common misconceptions regarding human happiness. The talk was well received by a crowd of mainly Notre Dame undergraduates and members of the local community. A reception honoring Fr. Spitzer was held in the Hesburgh Center after his talk. The Center would especially like to thank Bill Schmitt of Notre Dame s Kellogg Institute for International Studies for spearheading the effort to bring Fr. Spitzer to Notre Dame.