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D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership

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Lecture Series 2004–05

Noguera The Great Promise of American Education

Aug. 31, 2004 – Pedro Noguera, Ph.D., New York University
Co-sponsored by the La Crosse School District

Pedro Noguera is a professor in the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University. An urban sociologist, Noguera’s scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions in the urban environment. Noguera has served as an advisor and engaged in collaborative research with several large urban school districts throughout the U.S. He has also done research on issues related to education and economic and social development in the Caribbean, Latin America, and several other countries throughout the world.

From 2000–03 Noguera served as the Judith K. Dimon Professor of Communities and Schools at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. From 1990–2000 he was a Professor in Social and Cultural Studies at the Graduate School of Education and the Director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change at the University of California, Berkeley. 

WinsladePatient Centered Health Care: The Significance of the Humanities in Medical Education and Clinical Practice

Oct. 14, 2004 – Dr. William Winslade

William J. Winslade is James Wade Rockwell Professor of Philosophy of Medicine, Professor of Preventive Medicine and Community Health and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and is a member of the Institute for the Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas. He is also Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Houston Health Law and Policy Institute. His academic and professional background includes a Ph.D. in philosophy from Northwestern University, a J.D. from UCLA Law School, a Ph.D. in Psychoanalysis from the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute, and an Honorary D.H.L. from Monmouth College. He is a Fellow of the Hastings Center.

Co-sponsored by the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation. 

Skloot The Theatre of the Holocaust

Oct. 17, 2004 – Robert Skloot

A look at the ways the Holocaust has been dealt with through the theatre with particular attention to how playwrights have explored the ethical issues and confusions of the victims who were caught up in the catastrophe. The lecture will be of interest to students and faculty in theatre, philosophy, history and other subjects. The talk is illustrated with slides from productions that the speaker has directed.

Robert Skloot (Ph.D., Minnesota) joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison theatre and drama faculty in 1968. He teaches courses in theatre literature and serves as a staff director for the University Theatre. His research interests focus on contemporary drama, especially on the subjects of the Holocaust and genocide. He is the editor of The Theatre of The Holocaust (vol. 1, 1982; vol. 2, 1999) and author of The Darkness We Carry: The Drama of The Holocaust (1988).

Skloot has published numerous essays, has won several teaching awards, is a member of the U.W. Teaching Academy, and has served as Fulbright Professor of Drama in Israel, Austria and Chile. He was chair of the Department of Theatre and Drama from 1990–1993.

Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Skloot has directed seminars for high school teachers on the subject of "The Theatre and the Holocaust." He holds a joint appointment with the Jewish Studies Program and serves as its director. In 1996, Skloot was appointed Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs with particular oversight for undergraduate education issues.

Co-sponsored by the La Crosse Community Theatre 

Andrews Faithful Citizenship: From Farmer to Consumer

Oct. 24, 2004 – Br. David Andrews, Executive Director, National Catholic Rural Life Conference

Brother David G. Andrews, C.S.C., brings over 20 years of experience to his rural life work. He has presented over 100 workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada on a variety of rural life topics, produced videos on rural life, edited books on rural ministry, and taught rural ministry courses in several seminaries across the U.S. Br. David completed a law degree from Loyola University in New Orleans in 1994.

Co-sponsored by Wisconsin Farmers Union, The Churches of the Arcadia Deanery.

Teaching Character Through Sport

Oct. 28, 2004 – Bruce Brown, NAIA

From his book, 1001 Motivational Messages—Themes for Great Teams, a guide for coaches and parents to teach positive character traits during the athletic process using a thematic approach. Themes include: Courage, Integrity, Enthusiasm, Work Habits, Perseverance, Confidence, Poise, Sportsmanship, Winning and Losing, Friendship, Teamwork, Discipline, and Great Competitors.

Co-sponsored with Viterbo athletics department.

  • Teacher, Northwest College, Kirkland, Wash.
  • 35 years as a Teacher, Coach, Athletic Administrator at the Junior High, High School, Junior College and College levels
  • Coached Football, Basketball, Baseball, and Volleyball
  • National Presenter for the NAIA's "Champions of Character Program"
  • Director of Proactive Coaching
  • 2002 NAIA National Co-Athletic Director of the Year
  • 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award—Citizenship Through Sports Alliance
  • Clinician, Speaking to Athletes, Coaches, Parents, School Districts and Corporations Nation Wide
  • 24-year employee of the National Football League 

Twist A Conversation with Lynne Twist

Nov. 15, 2004 – Lynne Twist, author of The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life

Lynne Twist, global activist, fundraiser, speaker, author, teacher, mentor and counselor, has devoted her life to service in support of global sustainability and security, human rights, economic integrity and spiritual authenticity. Twist has raised millions of dollars, and trained other fundraisers to be more effective in their work, for organizations that serve the best instincts of all of us—to end world hunger, empower women, nurture children and youth, and preserve the natural heritage of our planet.

Twist, an original staff member of The Hunger Project in 1977, served as a leader of that international initiative for 20 years, including responsibility for raising the money necessary to support it and its programs. In that capacity, Twist traveled the world, developing a keen understanding of the relationship of people to money, the psychology of scarcity and the psychology of sufficiency. Twist shares compelling stories and insights from those experiences in The Soul of Money: Transforming your Relationship with Money and Life, to be published by W.W. Norton in September 2003. Those ideas are the foundation of her inspiring symposium, Fundraising from the Heart, a professional development program for those in the field of philanthropy.

Twist has formed the Soul of Money Institute as a center for further exploration of theories, attitudes and best practices that enable people to find peace, freedom and sufficiency in their relationship with money and the money culture. 

McGee CooperServant Leadership: How Southwest Airlines and TDIndustries Stay on Top

March 10, 2005 – Dr. Ann McGee-Cooper

What do a major airline and a mechanical contractor have in common? Both companies have appeared consistently in the top seven of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in America, both consistently deliver outstanding financial results, and both have cultures built on servant leadership. Dr. Ann McGee-Cooper, one of the most respected leaders in the field of servant leadership who has worked many years inside both companies, will share how these two companies inspire their people while producing outstanding financial results.

In this presentation, you will learn:

  • How servant leadership differs from traditional leadership models
  • How servant leadership has contributed to the financial position of each company
  • How Southwest Airlines responded and recovered from the Sept. 11 tragedy
  • How each company promotes servant leadership within its organization.

Co-sponsored with Foundations of Servant Leadership program of the Franciscan Spirituality Center.

Culture and Ethics of the Ho-Chunk Nation

April 5, 2005 – Nettie Kingsley, Ho-Chunk Nation Tribal Historic Preservation Officer

Nettie Kingsley is a gifted storyteller who has been active in preserving historic sites and educating members of the public about the traditions and culture of the Ho-Chunk people. The Ho-Chunk Nation Heritage Preservation department's mission is to research, archive, protect, conserve, and perpetuate the traditional and natural resources of the Ho-Chunk Nation.

The event is co-sponsored by the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra and is part of a series featuring Native American music and culture. 

ChiarkasJustice for All: The Ethics of Criminal Defense

April 12, 2005 – Nick Chiarkas, Director of Wisconsin's State Public Defender Agency

Since his appointment as director in 1988, Nicholas Chiarkas has led the agency to three consecutive awards for excellence from Wisconsin Forward. He also serves on several state commissions and committees.

Chiarkas holds a doctorate in philosophy and a master's degree in sociology from Columbia University and a law degree from Temple University. He is also the founder of Justice Without Borders, is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Wisconsin Law School, winner of the Wisconsin Law Foundation's Outstanding Professional Award, and the first public defender to receive the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal awarded by the Sons of the American Revolution. 

OkelloObang's Odyssey: Walking Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death

April 17, 2005 – Obang Okello

Obang Okello was an 11-year-old when his life dramatically changed. Living in a border village between Ethiopia and Sudan, he was a constant witness to the endless peril of war. One day in school, the building was bombed and in the resulting inferno he escaped and began a treacherous 1,000-mile, 40-day barefoot walk to the refugee camps of Kenya. Eventually, he resettled in the U.S. where he began a new life. He is a graduate of Bethel College in St. Paul where he studied business and theology.

In addition to his job in the banking industry, Obang Okello shares his story, particularly with youth, about how courage, tenacity, and faith can contribute to our ability to survive under the most extreme of circumstances. In his case, he survived the violence of war. For youth, he draws parallels to the pressures associated with resisting drug and alcohol use and the challenges of peer pressure.

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

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