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LA CROSSE, Wis.— "Virtue in Business: What is it? Why Do We Need it?" Is the subject of a Monday, Nov. 1 presentation by renowned author and lecturer Marianne Jennings.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is set for 7:30 p.m. in the Viterbo College Fine Arts Center Recital Hall and is sponsored by the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership.

Jennings has written six books on business ethics and a bi-weekly column for the Arizona Republic, for which she received the Arizona Press Club Award in 1994, is syndicated around the country. She is a contributing editor for Real Estate Law and Corporate Finance Review and is a commentator on business issues for National Public Radio’s "All Things Considered." A collection of her essays, Nobody Fixes Real Carrot Sticks Anymore, was published in 1994.

A professor of legal and ethical studies in business at Arizona State University, Jennings earned her undergraduate degree in finance and her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

The presentation will be followed by brief reaction and commentary from two local personalities: Sheila Garrity of the La Crosse Community Foundation and Gene Purcell of WLSU public radio.

Jennings is the first of four speakers who will be on the Viterbo campus this academic year as part of the lecture series. The others are:

  • Sr. Helen Prejean, C.S.J., author of the best-selling book Dead Man Walking, will present "The Death Penalty in America: A Profound Moral Contradiction" on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.
  • Fr. Raymond C. Baumhart, S.J., D.B.A.,  former business dean and president of Loyola University in Chicago, will discuss various aspects of business ethics on Monday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Fr. William J. Byron, S.J., Ph.D., a distinguished professor of management at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and director of the Center for Advanced Study of Ethics, will present "Old Ethical Principles in the New Corporate Culture" on Wednesday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Persons interested in attending the Jennings lecture should call the Viterbo College Office of the President at 796-3001 to reserve a seat.

Ticket information regarding Sr. Prejean’s and the other speaker’s presentations will be released at later dates.

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