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September 12, 2003


LA CROSSE, Wis.—With topics like ethics in a divided world, environmentalism, and the family business, this year’s D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership Lecture Series, Brown Bag discussions, and conference promise to shed light on some of the key issues in society today.

The 2003-04 Ethics Lecture Series, which began Sept. 9 with a debate on "The Place of Religion in the Public Square," continues with:

  • Monday, Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Center Recital Hall: "Can We Talk? Ethics in a Divided World," with Judith Andre, a 1967 graduate of Viterbo University, current professor in the Center for Ethics in the Humanities and Life Sciences at Michigan State University, and author of the recently published Bioethics as Practice.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m., La Crosse Public Library: "Terrorism: The Effect on Families," with Sally Cahalan. This talk is co-sponsored by the La Crosse Public Library.
  • Thursday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m., Fine Arts Center Recital Hall: "An Evening Conversation with Cheryl Broetje." Broetje, of Broetje Orchards "First Fruits of Washington," is the founder of the Center for Sharing.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Center Main Theatre: "Biotechnology, Ethics, and Theology," with Fr. Kevin Fitzgerald, a Catholic priest and noted ethicist from Georgetown University.

Also throughout the year will be a four-part Brown Bag Series of discussions with owners of local "family-run" businesses. "These speakers will look at the key values passed down through generations in their family-run businesses and explore how those translates into long-term benefits for the community and future generations," said Richard Kyte, director of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership.

All Brown Bag discussions are held from noon-1 p.m. in the new Center for Ethics, Science, and Technology. The Brown Bag Series, co-sponsored by Viterbo’s Dahl School of Business, includes:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 15: John and Donna Hansen and Amy Hansen-Strom with Nesnah Ventures.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 11: Dave and Mark Skogen with Festival Foods.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 27: Jim and Tim Servais with Hamburg Hills Farm.
  • Wednesday, March 3: Steve and Nancy Rose with Rose Jewelers and Todd and Deb Ondell with Grounded Specialty Coffees.

Plus, the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership will hold its 2004 Ethics Across the Disciplines Conference from Thursday-Saturday, April 1-3, in the Fine Arts Center. Focusing on "Stewardship: Caring for the Earth and Its Inhabitants," the conference will bring scholars from throughout the country to the Viterbo campus to converse with students, faculty, and members of the greater La Crosse community to talk about the importance and implication of ethical values in practice in our daily lives. The keynote speakers for the 2004 conference are:

  • Terry Tempest Williams, author of Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place. Williams will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre on Thursday, April 1.
  • Calvin DeWitt, director of Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies. DeWitt will talk at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 2, in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

The Lecture Series and Brown Bag Series events are free and open to the public. No reservation is required. Registration will be required for the conference, but further details will be announced closer to the date.

For more information on these events, contact Kyte at 608-796-3042, email

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