75th Anniversary Roundtable: The Common Good in Medieval Thought & Pandemic Debate


Location: McKenna Hall, Room B02 (View on map.nd.edu)

Common Good Collage
Clockwise from top right: Rabbi Michael Friedland, Prof. Ebrahim Moosa, and Fr. Dan Horan

Join the Medieval Institute this fall as we celebrate 75 years with a special series of public events for the wider university & Michiana community.

We are delighted to partner with the Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion on our November roundtable. Panelists Rabbi Michael Friedland of Sinai Synagogue in South Bend, Rev. Daniel Horan, OFM, Director of the Center for Spirituality and professor of religious studies and theology and philosophy at Saint Mary’s College, and Professor Ebrahim Moosa, Mirza Family Professor of Islamic Thought and Muslim Societies in Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs and Department of History, will discuss notions of the common good in medieval thought and its implications for current debates about public safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

About the roundtable:

The COVID-19 pandemic, now in its second year, has prompted the global community to examine how we understand the COMMON GOOD. Debates about public health and safety protocols have raised the question: Does acting for the common interest necessarily entail a denial of personal freedom? This panel will take a long view of ideas about the common good as it developed in medieval thought. Panelists will discuss: How do historical perspectives help us rethink what a choice for the common good means in our world today?


Originally published at medieval.nd.edu.