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D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership

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HOPE: A Conference on the Theological Virtues

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

March 29–31, 2012

March 29

7 p.m. – Keynote Lecture, Fine Arts Center Main Theatre

Amy Dickinson – Second Chances, Fresh Starts and New Beginnings: Embracing the Fine Art of the Do-Over

8:30 p.m. – Reception and Book Signing

March 30

7:30 a.m. – Registration/Continental Breakfast, Reinhart Center Lobby

8 a.m. – Welcome, Reinhart Center Board Room

8:15–9:30 a.m. – Session I, Reinhart Center Board Room

  • Peter R. Gathje, Memphis Theological Seminary – Hope and the Practice of Hospitality
  • Sara Cook, Viterbo University
  • Tom Thibodeau, Viterbo University – Leadership and Hope

Session Ib, Reinhart Center room 127

  • Eric Kraemer, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse – Is Hope Also a Moral Virtue?
  • John Tutuska, University of Dallas – Holding Fast in Hope to the Good, Beautiful, and Just in Plato

9:45–11 a.m. – Session IIa, Reinhart Center Board Room

  • Patricia Bruininks, Whitworth University – Defining and Measuring Hope
  • Roland Bluhm, Technische Universität Dortmund – Hope and Wishful Thinking: Distinct, But Intertwined

Session IIb, Reinhart Center room 127

  • Richard Geenen, Westminster College – Harnessing Hope for the Existence of God: A Response to Lawrence Crocker's 'New Proofs'
  • Stephen W. Minnema, Viterbo University – Calvin's Hope: Dynamic but Deficient

11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m. – Session IIIa, Reinhart Center Board Room 

  • S. Joshua Thomas, St. John's University – Does Hope Have Moral Force? Reflections on a Virtue
  • Richard A.S. Hall, Fayetteville State University – Josiah Royce's Great Hope

Session IIIb, Reinhart Center room 127

  • Samantha Merry, Violetta Iguchi, James Kerchove, Megan Frank, Debra Murray, and Gary Robbins, Viterbo University – A Panel Presentation on Identifying and Igniting Hope in Mental Health Counseling

1:45–2:45 p.m. – Session IV, Reinhart Center Board Room

  • Scott Moore, Baylor University – Hope, Consolation, and Fantasy

3–4:15 p.m. – Session Va, Reinhart Center Board Room

  • James G. Hanink, Loyola Marymount University – Putting Hope to the Test
  • Mark Moes, Grand Valley State University – Cultural Perspectives on Hope and Despair: Josef Pieper and Charles Taylor

Session Vb, Reinhart Center room 127

March 31

8:15–9:30 a.m. – Session VIa, Reinhart Center Board Room

  • Michael Lamb, Princeton University – Hope and Its Semblances
  • Adrienne Martin, University of Pennsylvania – Normative Hope

Session VIb, Reinhart Center room 127

  • Jeffrey Gold, East Tennessee State University – Is There a Role for Hope in Zen?
  • Lucy Slinger, FSPA, Viterbo University – HOPE: the Essential for True Sustainability Praxis

9:45–11 a.m. – Session VIIa, Reinhart Center Board Room

Session VIIb, Reinhart Center room 127

  • Michael Lopez-Kaley, Viterbo University - "Hope in Forgiveness: Solidarity as a Model for Genuine Reconciliation"
  • Jessica Gosnell, St. Ambrose University - "The Value of Hope in Conflict Transformation

11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m. – Session VIIIa, Reinhart Center Board Room

  • Pedro Alexis Tabensky, Rhodes University (South Africa) – Agape or Philia? A Critical Evaluation of Gabriel Marcel's Conception of Hope
  • Ormond Smythe, Antioch University, Seattle – Hope and the Pursuit of Happiness: Notes in Praise of Melancholy

Session VIIIb - Reinhart Center room 127

  • Jo Ann Oravec, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater – Narratives of Hope for Victims of Bullying: Online Support Groups, YouTube Videos, and Social Media
  • Debra Gillman, Viterbo University – Meet Me at the Intersection of Inspiration and Action: A Caregiver's Journey through the Promise and the Perils of Hope

1:45–2:45 p.m. – Session IX, Reinhart Center Board Room

  • Rebecca DeYoung, Calvin College – Practicing Hope

3–4:15 p.m. – Session Xa, Reinhart Center Board Room

  • Juliana Vazquez, Marquette University – Aquinas and Lonergan on the Hope of the Children of God: Hope and Divine Filiation in the Shift from a Metaphysical to a Methodical Theology
  • Joseph Tadie, St. Mary's University – Hope and Fear: To Be Beyond or To Be Between?

Session Xb – Reinhart Center room 127

  • Bob Reuschlein, Lakeland College – Keeping Hope Alive
  • Keith Knutson, Viterbo University – Martin Luther King Jr. and the Dream of a Post-Racial Society

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