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D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership

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HOSPITALITY: Annual Ethics Across the Disciplines Conference

The D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership
Viterbo University
La Crosse, Wisconsin

April 20–21, 2001

Serving strangers in our homes, hospitals, prisons, schools, and churches
An Ethics Across the Disciplines Conference

April 20

8–8:30 a.m. – Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:30–9:30 a.m. – Session l

  • Dorothy Day: A Radical Model of Hospitality – Earl Madary and Tom Thibodeau, Viterbo University

9:45–10:45 a.m. – Session II

  • Hatred, Tolerance, and Hospitality – Storm Bailey, Luther College
  • Strangers in Our Midst: From Tolerance to Hospitality – Gertrude Conway, Mount Saint Mary’s College

11a.m.–noon – Session III

  • Hospitality as ‘Obedience’ in the New Evangelization – Richard Bulzacchelli
  • Hospitality in Academe – Peter Gathje, Christian Brothers University

noon–1:30 p.m. – Lunch

1:30–2:15 p.m. – Session IV

  • I Was a Stranger: Hospitality as a Christian Discipline – Amy Oden, Oklahoma City University

2:30–3:45 p.m. – Session V

  • Hospitality and Christian Higher Education – Elizabeth Newman, St. Mary’s College
  • Cultural and Political Implications of Hospitality – Scott Moore, Baylor University

7:30–9 p.m. – Keynote Lecture, Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

Hospitality to the Dying and Disabled – David Solomon, University of Notre Dame

9–10 p.m. – Reception, Fine Arts Center Hospitality Suite

April 21

8–8:30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast

8:30–9:30 a.m. – Session VI

  • Hospitality at the End of Life – William Reese, Viterbo University
  • The Centrality of Theism in Protecting the Rights of Marginalized Persons – Eric Manchester, Viterbo University

9:45–10:45 a.m. – Session VII

  • Biblical Hospitality and the Spirituality of Conversation – Aurelie Hagstrom, University of St. Francis
  • I Was in Prison: Hospitality in the Prison Writings of Kim Dae Jung – Arthur Sutherland, Loyola College in Maryland

1 p.m.–noon – Session VIII

  • The Virtues of Hospitality – Richard Kyte, Viterbo University
  • Do Good Fences Make Good Neighbors? Private Property and Hospitality –Larry Harwood, Viterbo University

noon–1:30 p.m. – Lunch

1:30–2:30 p.m. – Session IX

  • Roundtable Discussion
  • Audience and speakers will join in a plenary closing discussion on hospitality.

Biographies of the Presenters

Storm Bailey

Storm received an undergraduate degree from Wheaton College and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is assistant professor of philosophy at Luther College. His research interests include moral epistemology and political philosophy, especially the foundations of liberalism. He is currently at work on connections between those areas and issues in church-related higher education.

Richard Bulzachelli

Richard is currently working on a dissertation for the Licentiate at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. He holds master's degrees in philosophy from Marquette University and in religious studies from Providence College. He is the author of For the Love of God: Christian Stewardship and Twelve Questions.

Gertrude Conway

Gertrude (Trudy) is professor and chair of thep hilosophy department at Mount Saint Mary’s College and has just completed a three-year NEH Professorship as Delaplaine Distinguished Professor of the Humanities. She has also been a member of the faculty at Shiraz University (formerly Pahlavi University) in Iran. She specializes in contemporary philosophy, with special interests in Hermeneutics and the topic of cross-cultural understanding. She is the author of Wittgenstein on Foundations (Humanities Press International, 1989) and articles on topics discussing Wittgenstein, Gadamer, Intercultural Dialogue and Understanding. She is also a staff member of the Center for Intercultural Development at Mount Saint Mary’s College. She resides outside Gettysburg, Pa.

Peter Gathje

Pete received a B.A. from St. John’s University in Minnesota, an M.T.S. from the Candler School of Theology at Emory and a Ph.D. from Emory University. He is associate professor of religion, chair of the religion and philosophy department and director of the De LaSalle Center for Teaching and Religion at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn. His publications include Christ Comes in the Stranger’s Guise: A History of the Open Door Community and (ed.) A Work of Hospitality: The Open Door Reader. He has published articles on Gandhi, King, virtue ethics, and the death penalty. His research interests include nonviolent social change, restorative justice, and intentional Christian communities.

Aurelie Hagstrom

Aurelie is associate professor of theology and chair of the department of theology and philosophy at the University of Saint Francis where she has taught since 1992. She also teaches in the Permanent Deaconate Formation Program for the Diocese of Joliet and serves as a theological consultant to the NCCB Committee on the Laity. Her primary area of research is Ecclesiology. Her graduate work was done at Boston College and the Angelicum in Rome. Her publications include The Concepts of the Vocation and Mission of the Laity (Catholic Scholars Press, 1994) and A Pilgrims Guide to Rome and the Holy Land for the Third Millennium (Thomas More Press, 1999).

Larry D. Harwood

Larry has been assistant professor of philosophy at Viterbo University since 1998. He received a Ph.D. in philosophy from Marquette University. His areas of interest are 19th century philosophy, philosophy of religion, and religion and art. He is married and has two children.

Richard Kyte

Rick is director of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership and associate professor of philosophy at Viterbo University. He obtained a Ph.D. in philosophy from The Johns Hopkins University in 1994. Since then he has taught at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, Co., Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., and Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn. His recent research has been on topics in the field of moral psychology, including forgiveness and character formation. He and his wife Cindi have two children.

Earl Madary

An assistant professor of religious studies and campus minister at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis., Earl received an undergraduate degree from Viterbo College in music and a master’s degree in theology from St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minne. Earl is currently a doctoral candidate at The Graduate Theological Union in Donaldson, Ind. He is a member of the National Association of Lay Ministers and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. Earl is a founding member of the Place of Grace Catholic Worker House in La Crosse. He and his wife Marci have two children, Rachel and Joseph.

Eric Manchester

Eric is assistant professor of philosophy at Viterbo University. He received a doctorate in philosophy from Marquette University in 1990. He has given conference presentations on numerous topics, including the problem of evil, human freedom and God, Trinitarian theology, Christian evangelism and ecumenism, property rights and religious liberty, and Ex Corde Ecclesia. His current research focuses on East/West relations in the Early Church and Christian conceptions of deification as an emphasis for salvation.

Scott H. Moore

Scott is assistant professor of philosophy and Fellow in the Institute for Faith and Learning at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He received a Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in philosophical theology from Baylor. He is the author of The End of Convenient Stereotypes: Extraordinary Politics in Late Modernity (InterVarsity Press). Scott and his wife Andrea have five children and are members of Seventh and James Baptist Church in Waco, Texas.

Elizabeth Newman

Elizabeth is associate professor in the religious studies department at Saint Mary’s College in Indiana. She has a Ph.D. in Theology and Ethics from Duke University. She is married to a United Methodist pastor and has two children.

Amy Oden

After completing a Ph.D. in religious studies at Southern Methodist University, Amy joined the faculty at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Mo. Since 1992, she has taught at Oklahoma City University in the Ollie Bell Chair of Church History. Her research interests include the early Christian period and women in Christianity. Her publications include In Her Words: Women’s Writings in the History of Christian Thought (Abingdon, 1994) and And You Welcomed Me: Hospitality in Early Christianity (Abingdon, 2001).

William Reese

Rev. Dr. Bill Reese has been on the Viterbo University religious studies and philosophy faculty since 1994. An ordained Lutheran clergyman, Bill served congregations in Wyoming, Nevada, and California before coming to Viterbo. He holds graduate degrees in education and religion with his doctorate in systematic theology. He is involved in post-doctoral research/writing in the area of “faith formation and development in college students.” He has worked in several hospice programs and he is presently an on-call hospice chaplain at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse.

David Solomon

David Solomon has been director for the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture since 1997 and associate professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame since 1977. He received an undergraduate degree from Baylor University in 1964 and a doctoral degree from the University of Texas in 1972. He is co-author of The Synoptic Vision: The Philosophy of Wilfred Sellars and has published numerous articles on theoretical and practical ethics.

Arthur Sutherland

Arthur Sutherland is assistant professor of theology at Loyola College in Maryland. He holds a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary and has studied at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Bonn, Germany. His dissertation was on the sermons of Karl Barth. His research interests are in systematic theology, the role of theology in autobiography and in theological hospitality.

Tom Thibodeau

Tom Thibodeau is chair of Religious Studies and Philosophy at Viterbo University. He received a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., and a master’s degree from St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minn. He is currently a doctoral candidate in ministry at the Consortium of Theological Schools in St. Paul. He has served as the director of youth ministry at Mary, Mother of the Church Parish for almost 20 years and is currently co-director of the Diocesan Pastoral Education program. In addition, Tom has served on a number of community boards and committees and is a founder and active community member at Place of Grace, a local Catholic Worker House. Tom and his wife, Priscilla, have three daughters.

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