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D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership

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Lecture Series 2001–02

Haynes Bonhoeffer: Post-Holocaust Perspective

Oct. 4, 2001 – Stephen Haynes, Ph.D., Albert B. Curry Chair of Religious Studies, Rhodes College

Stephen Haynes is Albert B. Curry Chair of Religious Studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn. He is the author of six books, including Reluctant Witnesses: Jews and the Christian Imagination and Noah’s Curse: Race, Slavery, and the Biblical Imagination in America, and is co-editor of To Each Its Own Meaning: An Introduction to Biblical Criticisms and Their Applications.

Haynes leads the Rhodes Consultation on the Future of the Church-Related College, a study of institutions of higher education affiliated with a variety of denominations. The $1.49 million study is funded by the Lilly Endowment Inc.

Haynes holds a Ph.D. in contemporary theology and hermeneutics from Emory University, an M.Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary, an M.A. from Florida State University, and a B.A. from Vanderbilt University. 

FroehlkeDebate: The Ethical Use of Military Force in Response to Terrorism

Oct. 17, 2001 – Robert F. Froehlke

During this time of crisis and national tragedy, the need has never been greater for dialogue and a review of options. Robert F. Froehlke, Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Nixon Administration, 1969–71; U.S. Secretary of the Army, Nixon Administration, 1971–73; Trustee, Institute for Defense Analysis. George A. Lopez, Director of Policy Studies and Senior Fellow, The Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame; Ombudsman, Amnesty International—U.S. Rania Masri, Founder and Coordinator, Iraq Action Coalition; National Board Member, Peace Action.

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

Durenberger The Health System of the Future

Nov. 5, 2001 – David F. Durenberger, Chairman and CEO, National Institute of Health Policy; U.S. Senator–Minnesota 1978–1995

Senator Durenberger’s health policy experience extends over three decades. Today he is a national health strategy consultant, the Senior Health Policy Fellow at the Graduate School of Business at Saint Thomas University, and Chairman of the University of St. Thomas/University of Minnesota’s National Institute of Health Policy.

Senator Durenberger began his lifelong commitment to health systems and health policy reform as Chief of Staff to Governor Harold LeVander of Minnesota in 1966, when Medicare, Medicaid and the Great Society’s myriad categorical health, welfare, and social programs were being launched in Washington.

In 1978, Durenberger was elected to the U.S. Senate. In 1980, Durenberger became chair of the Health Subcommittee of the Senate Finance Committee and was catapulted into a leadership role in national health reform. He authored and co-authored most Medicare/Medicaid, health insurance and other health reform legislation from 1980 until President Clinton’s Health Security Act in 1993, including the original Health Insurance Reform Act, which eventually became Kassenbaum-Kennedy in 1996 and the Medicare Choice reform included in the Balanced Budget Act of 1997.

Before the end of his term, a unique gift to The University St. Thomas Graduate School of Business created a Senior Health Policy Fellowship from which Durenberger now teaches health policy to health professionals in Minnesota, at a Washington, D.C., seminar and across the country through the Medical Group Management Association. 

PrenticeThe Ethics of Stem Cell Research

Nov. 6, 2001 – David A. Prentice, Ph.D., Professor of Life Sciences, Indiana State University; Adjunct Professor of Medical and Molecular Genetics, Indiana University School of Medicine
Co-sponsored by the Veritas Society and Wisconsin Right to Life

Dr. David A. Prentice is Professor of Life Sciences at Indiana State University and Adjunct Professor of Medical and Molecular Genetics for Indiana University School of Medicine, and a Founding Member of Do No Harm: The Coalition of Americans for Research Ethics.

Prentice received a B.S. in Cellular Biology and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Kansas. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Assistant Professor of OB/GYN and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Texas Medical School-Houston before joining Indiana State University.

He has served as Acting Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences and Assistant Chairperson of Life Sciences. Awards include the University’s Caleb Mills Distinguished Teaching Award, Educational Excellence in Teaching Award, and Presidential Teaching Fellow.

His research, which has been funded by the national Institutes of Health, USDA, and the Eagles, investigates cell growth control; one current focus is adult stem cells and their transformation into other tissue types. Prentice is a nationally-recognized expert on stem cell research, has reviewed for professional publications including The Journal of the American Medical Association, and has testified several times before Congress regarding stem cell research, cloning, and bioethics.

Symposium on Servant-Leadership and Education

Nov. 7, 2001 – Julie Beggs, Chief Learning Officer, Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership

Past, Present, Future—Action!

Feb. 7, 2002

Using a "future search" process with audience members and a local panel that includes Gretchen Benjamin, Mississippi River Planner, Wisconsin DNR; Noel Jordan, President and Owner, Skipperliner; Reggie McLeod, Editor, Big River; Kent Pehler, Vice President of Operations, Brennan Marine; and John Wetzel, Wildlife Manager, Wisconsin DNR (retired); facilitator Susen Fagrelius will lead a structured conversation that looks at ways to use and share Mississippi River Resources wisely.

River Community Dinner
A free, informal soup supper 

DombeckThe Big 10 Conservation Issues for a New Century

Feb. 7, 2002 – Michael Dombeck

Michael Dombeck is the former chief of the United States Forest Service (1997–2001) and a current professor of global environmental management with the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He has an almost 20-year history of working with the government on forestry and land management issues at the state and national levels. This past year, Dombeck received a number of honors for his role: Conservationist of the Year from the National Wildlife Federation, the Conservation Hero of the Year Award from the Wilderness Society, and the Audubon Medal from the National Audubon Society. In 1999, he received conservationist awards from Outdoor Life Magazine, Ducks Unlimited, and was named American Sportfishing Association’s "Man of the Year."

Dombeck holds a Ph.D. in fisheries biology from Iowa State University, an M.S. in zoology from the University of Minnesota, and an M.S.T. in biology and education and a B.S. in biology and general science from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

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

ElshtainYou Can’t Be Different All by Yourself: Citizens and Communities

April 18, 2002 – Jean Bethke Elshtain, Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Ethics, University of Chicago

Jean Bethke Elshtain, a political philosopher whose task has been to show the connections between our political and our ethical convictions, is the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics at the University of Chicago.

Professor Elshtain was born in the irrigated farm country of northern Colorado and grew up in the small village of Timnath, Colo. (population 185). She attended public schools in Colorado. A graduate of Colorado State University (A.B., 1963), Elshtain went on to earn a master’s degree in history as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow before turning to the study of politics. She received a Ph.D. from Brandeis University in politics in 1973. She joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst where she taught from 1973–1988. She joined the faculty of Vanderbilt University in 1988 as the first woman to hold an endowed professorship in the history of that institution. She was appointed to her current position at the University of Chicago in 1995. She has been a visiting professor at Oberlin College, Yale University, and Harvard University. She is the recipient of seven honorary degrees. Elshtain was elected a Fellow of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1996.

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