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 Aug. 22, 2007

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 LA CROSSE, Wis. – The D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership Fall 2007 lecture series at Viterbo University will open with renowned poet and National Public Radio commentator Andrei Codrescu Monday, Sept. 10 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

Codrescu, who will present “What’s a Courage Teacher? I’ll Tell You Who Mine Were,” is a MacCurdy distinguished professor of English and Comparative Literature at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He is the author of New Orleans, Mon Amour: Twenty Years of Writing from the City, a collection in response to Hurricane Katrina and the devastation it wrought on his adopted city, and Hole in the Flag: An Exile’s Tale of Return and Revolution, about the fall of the communist regime in his native Romania in 1989. He is currently working on a documentary about life along the Mississippi River.

All events in the lecture series begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public. No reservations are required, but seating is limited. For more information on the presentations, visit

The series continues:

  • Monday, Sept. 17 with Miss America 2006 Jennifer Berry, who will share her perspectives on teaching quality decision making skills, resisting peer pressure, and the measures needed to avoid excessive drinking at all ages during her presentation, “Building Intolerance to Drunk Driving and Underage Drinking.” Berry was the 2006 national spokesperson for Mothers Against Drunk Driving and spent the year traveling across the country speaking to communities, high schools, and organizations promoting intolerance for drunk driving and underage drinking.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 17 with Bruce Brown, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics spokesperson and teacher, coach, and athletic administrator with 35 years experience working with youth, who will present “Teaching Character Through Sport.” Brown currently travels the country doing a special presentation for the NAIA entitled “Champions of Character.”
  • Wednesday, Oct. 24 with Rev. Kevin O’Rourke, Ph.D., Loyola University professor of bioethics, who will present “End of Life Decisions: The Catholic Tradition.” Fr. O’Rourke, who is also an author and professor emeritus at Saint Louis University, has written several textbooks and hundreds of journal articles on health care ethics.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13 with Luis Rivera-Pagán Ph.D., who will present “Paradise Found and Lost: Christopher Columbus’s Rhetorics of Possession.” Rivera-Pagán, a professor at Princeton Theological Seminary and the author of several books, will discuss Christopher Columbus’s initial report of the lands and peoples found during the first and most famous of his expeditions through the New World, a report that had fateful consequences for the history of the Americas.

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