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Panel to examine moral, legal issues of pornography

Author: Arts and Letters


The University of Notre Dame’s Gender Relations Center will present a panel discussion, “Pornucopia: Living in a Pornified Culture,” at 7p.m. Thursday (Jan. 22) in the auditorium of the Hesburgh Center for International Studies. The event is free and open to the public.

The presentation will include an overview of the history of pornography in America and an examination of the moral and legal responses to obscenity and pornography. The panel also will provide information on the moral tools and resources available for individuals to help build a society that honors the dignity of each member as one of God’s creations.

Panelists, whose expertise in gender relations, sexuality, law, ethics and religion will provide a variety of perspectives regarding the $92 billion pornography industry, are Gail Bederman, associate professor of history, Notre Dame; Rick Garnett, professor of law, Notre Dame; Christina Traina, visiting associate professor of gender studies, Notre Dame; Rev. Nate Wills, C.S.C., associate pastor, St. Joseph Catholic Church, South Bend; and Brian Vassel, master of divinity student, Notre Dame.

The program also is sponsored by Notre Dame’s Gender Studies Program, Center for Ethics and Culture, Department of Physical Education and Wellness Instruction, Department of Philosophy, Office of Campus Ministry, and the Identity Project of Notre Dame.

Contact: Elizabeth Moriarty, assistant director, Gender Relations Center, ; or Patrick Tighe, student assistant, Gender Relations Center, __

Originally published by Mollie Zubek at on January 19, 2009.