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D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership

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Lecture Series 2000–01

KostroskiGiving is Good Business…Achieving Super Bowl Results with Your Business, Your Community, and Yourself

Sept. 19, 2000 – Wayne Kostroski

Active in a variety of hunger relief efforts, Wayne Kostroski provides information on how one person, one company, and one organization can change lives.

A successful business restaurateur, Kostroski is best known as the founder and national chair of the “Taste of the NFL” fundraiser, which has raised more than $2.6 million for hunger relief since it started in 1992. “Taste of the NFL” is an annual event, held in the Super Bowl host city, featuring fine wine, food prepared by chefs from the 31 NFL cities, and celebrity guests including a number of NFL players. Attendees pay a fee to enjoy the evening, designed to raise money for local food shelves and hunger relief groups.

Kostroski, co-owner of several Minnesota restaurants including Goodfellow’s, Franklin Street Bakery, Tejas, Tejas Express, and Cuisine Concepts has also created and run other events that have raised millions for hunger relief organizations.


Who Cares? Teaching With an Ethic of Care in the Classroom

Oct. 10, 2000 – Grant Smith, Ph.D.

Bullying. Split families. Cultural issues. Drugs. Teen pregnancy. Attention Deficit Disorder. School violence.

Being a student has never been more challenging. Neither has being a teacher. With increasingly difficult social, cultural, and generational issues we’re faced with some serious questions. What is happening in our schools? And are we producing competent, caring children with strong moral and ethical fiber? Join Viterbo English Professor Grant Smith as he looks more closely at the challenges of teaching in today’s world. He’ll explore why a teacher’s first priority is not teaching math, science, English, or any other subject in which they specialize. Instead, it is in shaping the character development of students and helping produce ethical, moral, competent, and loving young people.

Smith weaves real-life examples from his 13 years of experience teaching at the middle and high school levels into his message and clearly shows why using an ethic of care in the classroom makes a world of difference and creates lasting blessings for teachers and students.

LynnGetting Good Care at the End of Life: Personal and Political Agendas

Dec. 5, 2000 – Joanne Lynn, M.D.

Until recently, few people survived serious illnesses for any substantial period of time. Now, thanks to improved medical care and technology, people with chronic illnesses are surviving for longer periods of time. But how can we, both personally and politically, improve the quality of care at the end of life? As president of Americans for Better Care of the Dying, Dr. Lynn has helped ensure that the dying have a basic array of services available that will leave them free to concentrate on their own human development and spiritual growth at this important time. She has also helped organize citizens and professionals to advocate for public policy that addresses the needs of individuals and families coping with a fatal illness.


The Role of Spirituality in Health and Illness

Jan. 29, 2001 – Christina Puchalski, M.D.

Spirituality is very important for people dealing with chronic illness and other health-related issues. A wide range of studies has shown that spirituality plays a significant role in improving patient outcomes during recovery from surgery and such illnesses as heart disease, cancer, depression, and substance abuse. In fact, it helps patients find meaning in their suffering and also helps them cope with the pains and frustrations associated with chronic illness. In this talk, Dr. Puchalski will explore the benefits of spirituality and the important role health care providers must play in addressing patients’ spiritual concerns.


The North American Hunting Ethic

Feb. 7, 2001 – Jim Posewitz

Today’s hunters are being challenged. Challenged by the behavior of a few hunters who violate the ethical code. Challenged by the misperceptions that exist from non-hunters and animal rights groups. Challenged by their loss of identity as wildlife conservationists.

That is why, in 1993, Jim Posewitz founded Orion, The Hunters Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of hunting for future generations by focusing on hunter ethics and the important role hunters play in conservation.

A Wisconsin native, Posewitz was born in Sheboygan in 1935. After introducing himself to the joys of hunting, fishing, and trapping, he moved to Montana pursuing fish and wildlife management studies and receiving his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. After graduation, he spent 32 years with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, leading the agency’s ecological program for 15 years.

His acclaimed book Beyond Fair Chase: The Ethic and Tradition of Hunting, published in 1994, is widely used in the hunter education community. In 1999, he released his second book, Inherit the Hunt: A Journey Into the Heart of American Hunting.

Click here for a story on Posewitz published in the La Crosse Tribune.

SolomonHospitality to the Dying and Disabled

April 20, 2001 – David Solomon

How can we be better neighbors to those who are dying and disabled? Can we find comfort and grace in the care of those who are disabled or terminally ill? Join David Solomon as he discusses “Hospitality to the Dying and Disabled.”

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.

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