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Jan. 17, 2011

Contact Bill Reese at 608-796-3708 or wjreese@viterbo.edu

“MONEY, WEALTH, AND THE COMMON GOOD” HUMANITIES SYMPOSIUM AT VITERBO UNIVERSITY FEB. 7–9

LA CROSSE, Wis. – In these difficult economic times, the responsible use of money and wealth is of great concern to millions of people around the world, and this topic will be examined at Viterbo University’s “Money, Wealth, and the Common Good” Humanities Symposium Feb. 7–9.

“Money, Wealth, and the Common Good” will explore the problem of debt in the world, guidance and wisdom on the proper use of wealth, and the implications for pursuing what is best for society in such trying financial times. It will seek answers to the questions of how can we find the balance of the pursuit between personal happiness and the common good in a capitalistic, money-driven culture and how can we keep money in our pockets without permitting it to inundate our hearts.

“While the topic is quite broad, each of the speakers will make personal and contemporary application to our nation’s financial struggles,” said Bill Reese, Viterbo faculty member and chair of the event. “Each will offer positive and challenging ways to understand where our nation has been and where it can be heading toward personal contentment and engaging respect of others.”

Katherine Porter, a professor of law at the University of Iowa and a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, will serve as keynote speaker of the event. She will open the symposium with her presentation “The Damage of Debt: Consequences of Financial Distress” at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

The schedule includes:

Monday, Feb. 7

“The Damage of Debt: Consequences of Financial Distress” at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre with Katherine Porter, professor of law at the University of Iowa and a visiting professor at Harvard Law School.

Tuesday, Feb. 8

“Franciscan Economics: From Poverty to Smart-use” 9:30 a.m. in Fine Arts Center Main Theatre with Laura Nettles, FSPA, Viterbo University assistant professor of religious studies and philosophy.

“Ethics in the Marketplace: Daniel Defoe, Adam Smith, and the Depleting Moral Legacy” 10:30 a.m. in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre with Andrew Hamilton, Viterbo University assistant professor of history.

“There is Nothing Common about Common Good—The Ethic of the Common Good in Local Communities” 11:30 a.m. in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre with Grace Jones, executive director of Couleecap in Westby.

Free Soup Luncheon at 12:30 p.m. in Reinhart Center Room 107.

Capitalism: A Love Story by Michael Moore” 6 p.m. in Reinhart Center 127. Movie and discussion facilitated by Viterbo honors program students.

Wednesday, Feb. 9

“Making a Life and Not Just a Living” 9 a.m. in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre with Connie Kilmark, financial consultant at Kilmark and Associates in Madison.

“Return on People Pays” 10 a.m. in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre with Todd Ondell, Viterbo University assistant professor of business.

“Sustainable Economic Growth and the Necessity of Equitable Wealth Distribution” 11 a.m. in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre with Keith Knutson, Viterbo University associate professor of history.

 All humanities symposium events are free and open to the public. The symposium is sponsored by the Viterbo School of Letters and Sciences. Contact Bill Reese at 608-796-3708 or wjreese@viterboe.edu with any questions. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.viterbo.edu/money.

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