Beginning in 1999, the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership has brought individuals together in fruitful conversation about ethical ideas and issues, inspiring people to lead ethical lives while at the same time helping to develop leadership abilities to further the common good in communities and organizations.
We provide illustrations of good lives through our Ethics Lecture Series, Leadership at Noon Series, and two different podcasts. We also offer opportunities for groups to come together in conversation about the practice and teaching of ethics in our annual Ethics Conference and Teaching the Holocaust Workshops.
Our Mission and Vision
The mission of the Reinhart Institute is to create opportunities for education, research, and dialogue about significant ethical ideas and issues.
The vision of the Reinhart Institute is to be a catalyst in a flourishing community of servant leaders dedicated to the common good.
Civic Virtue and the Common Good
Ethics Conference Keynote Speaker
The Declaration of Independence Today
Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021
7 p.m.—Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
No ticket required—free and open to the public
Followed by a reception and book signing in the FSPA Lobby
Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University, is a political theorist who has published broadly in democratic theory, political sociology, and the history of political thought. She is the recipient of the 2020 John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity, an award administered by the Library of Congress that recognizes work in disciplines not covered by the Nobel Prizes. Widely known for her work on justice and citizenship in both ancient Athens and modern America, Allen is the author of The World of Prometheus: The Politics of Punishing in Democratic Athens (2000), Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown vs. the Board of Education (2004), Why Plato Wrote (2010), Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality (2014), Education and Equality (2016), and Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A. (2017). She is the co-editor of the award-winning Education, Justice, and Democracy (2013, with Rob Reich) and From Voice to Influence: Understanding Citizenship in the Digital Age (2015, with Jennifer Light).
Rebuilding American Civics
Rebuilding American Civics is a series of community classes that are free and open to the public. Classes are led by Sam Scinta, founder and president of IM Education, associate lecturer in political science at the University of Wisconsin-
La Crosse, and an adjunct instructor in the Servant Leadership program at Viterbo University.
There will be two unique series offered this fall with four classes in each series. Both series are free of charge, but class size is limited, so sign up early. All classes in both the September/October series and the November series will be held over Zoom until further notice.
- Tuesday, Sept. 28, 6:30–8 p.m.—The role of the President in American Government
- Tuesday, Oct. 5, 6:30–8 p.m.—Open civics conversation
- Tuesday, Oct. 12, 6:30–8 p.m.—Why free speech matters
- Tuesday, Oct. 19, 6:30–8 p.m.—Our Declaration book discussion
- Tuesday, Nov. 2, 6:30–8 p.m.—The role of the media in American government
- Tuesday, Nov. 9, 6:30–8 p.m.—Open civics conversation
- Tuesday, Nov. 16, 6:30–8 p.m.—Interest groups and getting involved in American political issues
- Tuesday, Nov. 23, 6:30–8 p.m.—Open civics conversation
Visit Rebuilding American Civics for more information.
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D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership
900 Viterbo Drive
La Crosse, WI 54601