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D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership

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Lecture Series 2002–03

SimonCriminal Justice Symposium – Crime and Punishment on Trial: Community Values and the Criminal Justice System

Sept. 5, 2002 – Keynote Lecture: Paul Simon, Former U.S. Senator, Illinois

For more than 40 years, U.S. Senator Paul Simon has nurtured a celebrated career in public service built on a foundation of integrity, trust, and compassion. Uncompromising in his ethics and with the highest respect for the public institutions he served, Simon is known by his peers on both sides of the political aisle as one of the most prolific and effective legislators of our time. Now, as director of the Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University, he will share his perspectives on the current state of the criminal justice system in America.

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

Brother Earth: E.F. Schumacher and the Ethic of Franciscan Ecology

Oct. 7, 2002 – Richard Woods, O.P., Associate Professor of Theology, Dominican University 

Kirtley Humanities Symposium: "Media"

Feb. 6, 2003 – Jane Kirtley, Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law and Director of the Silha Center

Jane Kirtley has been the Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota since August 1999. She was named Director of the Silha Center in May 2000. Prior to that, she was Executive Director of The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in Arlington, Va., for 14 years. Before joining the Reporters Committee staff, Kirtley was an attorney for five years with the law firm of Hargrave, Devans and Doyle in Rochester, N.Y., and Washington D.C. She is a member of the New York, District of Columbia, and Virginia bars. Kirtley also worked as a reporter for the Evansville (Indiana) Press and The Oak Ridger and Nashville Banner (Tennessee).

Kirtley speaks frequently on First Amendment and freedom of information issues, both in the United States and abroad, including the Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, Mongolia, Hong Kong, and Chile, and writes the "First Amendment Watch" column each month for American Journalism Review.

She has received many awards and honors, including induction into the Medill School of Journalism's Hall of Achievement in 1999; the FOI Hall of Fame in 1996, and the John Peter Zenger Award for Freedom of the Press and the People's Right to Know from the University of Arizona in 1993. Kirtley received her J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1979. She holds bachelor's and master's of journalism degrees from Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism.

Nazi Propoganda, Anti-Semitism, and the Education of Children Under the Third Reich

March 6, 2003 – Gregory Paul Wegner, Administrative Assistant to the Provost and Academic Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Professor in the Department of Educational Studies

Nazi Germany, one of the most powerful racial states from the 20th century,  fully legitimized the teaching of anti-Semitism in schools. This massive propaganda effort to advance anti-Semitic thinking with the full weight of the state was a feature unique to the Third Reich. The author will offer conclusions from his recent book on Nazi schools and relate ideas on the significance of this chapter in the history of education. Propaganda images from Nazi school curriculum are also integrated as part of the discussion. 

Baxter National Ethics Conference: "Service"

April 10–12, 2003 – Keynote Address by Michael Baxter, C.S.C., Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of Notre Dame

Rev. Michael Baxter, C.S.C., (Ph.D. Duke University, 1996) examines the interrelationship of theology, history, and ethics, with particular attention paid to the morality of war and Christian peacemaking. Baxter's long-term research focuses on the emergence and development of the Americanist Tradition in Catholic Social Ethics from World War I to the present. He is currently compiling a collection of essays, tentatively titled American Catholics to the Rescue and Other Essays on Theology, Ethics, and History. He has published articles in the DePaul Law Review, Pro Ecclesia, Communio, The Thomist, and other journals. In fall 1984, he co-founded Andre House, a house of hospitality dedicated to serving the poor and homeless of downtown Phoenix, where he lived and worked until fall 1988. He has been a Fellow of the Kroc Institute since 1999.