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January 10, 2007

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – The D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership spring 2007 lecture series at Viterbo University will open with “Healthcare Crisis in the Aftermath of War” by Chechen trauma surgeon Khassan Baiev in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5.

The event is being held in conjunction with the 2007 Viterbo University Humanities Symposium, “Immigrants and Refugees: The Global Movement at Our Door.” Dr. Baiev served in his native Chechnya during the war with Russia in the 1990s and is an outspoken advocate for human rights who has been honored by Human Rights Watch, Physicians for Human Rights, and Amnesty International. He is also the author of The Oath: A Surgeon under Fire. His presentation is co-sponsored by the Franciscan Skemp Foundation.

All events on the schedule are free and open to the public and will be held at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre unless otherwise noted.

The series continues:

Monday, March 26 “Henry Greenbaum, Holocaust Survivor”

Henry Greenbaum was a child in 1942 when he and three of his sisters were taken to work at a munitions factory at a forced labor camp. When he and one of his sisters tried to escape, she was killed, and he survived being shot in the head. He would go on to survive another forced labor camp, a death march, and a concentration camp. Greenbaum’s visit is courtesy of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Tuesday, March 27 “Teaching the Holocaust” Workshop

This workshop is designed for middle and high school teachers who want to learn more about teaching the lessons of the Holocaust in their schools. Participants are eligible to receive one graduate credit upon completion of course requirements.    
Registration and a $125 fee are required.

Tuesday, March 27 “Conversations on Hope” in San Damiano Chapel

This is a presentation in celebration of the inauguration of Viterbo President Rick Artman, led by Tom Thibodeau and Rick Kyte.

Friday, April 13 “From Anger to Justice: The Well-Tempered Soul”   

Presenting is Paul Woodruff, Professor of Ethics and American Society at the University of Texas and the recipient of the Viterbo University Endowed Lectureship in Ethics. He has degrees from Princeton and Oxford University and military experience in Vietnam. His meditation on a classical theme in ethics, Reverence: Renewing a Forgotten Virtue, was published by Oxford University Press in 2001, and recognized by the Christian Science Monitor among notable non-fiction books for the year. His latest book is First Democracy: The Challenge of an Ancient Idea, which was published in February 2005.

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