D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership


An Interdisciplinary Conference
April 19-21, 2018

Contemplation has long been considered a key part of the virtuous life.  Indeed, Aristotle referred to contemplation as the “highest form of activity.”  Contemporary research in neuroscience seems to confirm this view, and yet it also raised new questions about the nature and benefits of this ancient practice.  What, for example, is the difference between contemplation in the classical sense and the modern practice of mindfulness?  For that matter, how does contemplation differ, if at all, from meditation or prayer?  What are the benefits of contemplation?  How, and in what contexts, should it be taught?  Does contemplation have a place in public schools and universities or in the workplace?  Is it an essentially private or public activity?  The 2018 Annual Ethics Conference at Viterbo University seeks to gather interested scholars from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds for a national conversation on these and related questions.

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Daniel GolemanKeynote Speaker
Daniel Goleman
, Author, Emotional Intelligence | Psychologist
Thursday, April 19, 2018
7 p.m. - Fine Arts Center Main Theatre  

Psychologist and author of Emotional Intelligence and Focus, Daniel Goleman has transformed the way the world educates children, relates to family and friends, and conducts business. The Wall Street Journal ranked him as one of the 10 most influential business thinkers. His article “What Makes a Leader?” remains the most requested reprint in the history of Harvard Business Review. 

His 2014 bestseller, Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence, argues that leadership that gets results demands a triple focus: on our ourselves; on others, for our relationships; and on the outer forces that shape organizations and society. Dr. Goleman's "The Focused Leader" won the 2013 HBR McKinsey Award, given each year for the best article in Harvard Business Review.

In his book, A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama's Vision for Our World, Dr. Goleman — who was personally selected by the Dalai Lama — combines the Dalai Lama’s key teachings, empirical evidence, and true accounts of people putting his lessons into practice, offering readers practical applications for making the world a better place.

Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence was on The New York Times best sellers list for a year-and-a-half. Named one of the 25 "Most Influential Business Management Books" by TIME, it has been translated into 40 languages. HBR called emotional intelligence (EI) “a revolutionary, paradigm-shattering idea.” His follow-up, Working With Emotional Intelligence, outlined the importance of EI in professional settings. 

The groundbreaking Primal Leadership: Unleashing the Power of Emotional Intelligence, which Goleman co-wrote with Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee, unveiled scientific evidence proving that a leader’s emotional competencies have an enormous impact on an organization’s bottom line. His more recent books include Social Intelligence: The New Science of Social RelationshipsEcological Intelligence, and What Makes a Leader, a collection of articles from HBR, LinkedIn, and other business journals. 

Goleman’s 2017 book, Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain and Body, co-written with Richard Davidson, explores how meditation and mindfulness can achieve real, positive, and lasting mental and behavioral change.

His work on the brain and behavioral science was nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize and recognized with the Washburn Award and Lifetime Career Award from the American Psychological Association. A former science journalist for The New York Times, he was named to the 2011 and 2013 Thinkers50 and a top business guru by Accenture Institute for Strategic Change.

Plenary Speakers
Dr. Marek Kopacz, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
Dr. Amit Sood, Mayo Clinic
Tom Thibodeau, Distinguished Professor of Servant Leadership 

Conference Papers
PDF iconDr. Richard Hall - Jonathan Edwards: A Contemplative in Nature's Realm

PDF iconDr. Eric Kraemer - Aristotle and the Virtues of Contemplation

FileStephen Minnema - De-Centering the Self Through Contemplation: A Comparison of Seneca and St. Paul

If you have questions, please contact Nicole Van Ert at 608-796-3616 or email at nmvanert@viterbo.edu.

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