Ethics in Leadership

Annual Ethics Across the Disciplines Conference 2001
Viterbo University
La Crosse, Wisconsin


Serving strangers in our homes, hospitals, prisons, schools, and churches
An Ethics Across the Disciplines Conference

APRIL 20-21, 2001


8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Session I
“Dorothy Day: A Radical Model of Hospitality”
Earl Madary & Tom Thibodeau, Viterbo University
9:45 - 10:45 a.m. Session II
“Hatred, Tolerance, and Hospitality”
Storm Bailey, Luther College

“Strangers in Our Midst: From Tolerance to Hospitality”
Gertrude Conway, Mount Saint Mary’s College

11:00 - 12:00 p.m. Session III
“Hospitality as ‘Obedience’ in the New Evangelization”
Richard Bulzacchelli

“Hospitality in Academe”
Peter Gathje, Christian Brothers University

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 - 2:15 p.m. Session IV
“I Was a Stranger: Hospitality as a Christian Discipline”
Amy Oden, Oklahoma City University
2:30 - 3:45 p.m. Session V
“Hospitality and Christian Higher Education”
Elizabeth Newman, St. Mary’s College

“Cultural and Political Implications of Hospitality”
Scott Moore, Baylor University

7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Keynote Lecture
“Hospitality to the Dying and Disabled”
David Solomon, University of Notre Dame
Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center
9:00 - 10:00 p.m. Reception
Hospitality Suite, Fine Arts Center


8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Session VI
“Hospitality at the End of Life”
William Reese, Viterbo University

“The Centrality of Theism in Protecting the Rights of Marginalized Persons”
Eric Manchester, Viterbo University

9:45 - 10:45 a.m. Session VII
“Biblical Hospitality and the Spirituality of Conversation”
Aurelie Hagstrom, University of St. Francis

“I Was in Prison: Hospitality in the Prison Writings of Kim Dae Jung”
Arthur Sutherland, Loyola College in Maryland

11:00 - 12:00 p.m. Session VIII
“The Virtues of Hospitality”
Richard Kyte, Viterbo University

“Do Good Fences Make Good Neighbors?  Private Property and Hospitality”
Larry Harwood, Viterbo University

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Session IX
Roundtable Discussion
Audience and speakers will join in a plenary closing discussion on hospitality.


Storm Bailey - Storm received his undergraduate degree from Wheaton College and his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Luther College.  His research interests include moral epistemology and political philosophy, especially the foundations of liberalism.  He is currently at work on connections between those areas and issues in church-related higher education.

Richard Bulzachelli - Richard is currently working on a dissertation for the Licentiate at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C.  He holds masters degrees in philosophy from Marquette University and in religious studies from Providence College.  He is the author of For the Love of God: Christian Stewardship and Twelve Questions (forthcoming 2001).

Gertrude Conway - Gertrude (Trudy) is Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Mount Saint Mary’s College and has just completed a three-year NEH Professorship as Delaplaine Distinguished Professor of the Humanities.  She has also been a member of the faculty at Shiraz University (formerly Pahlavi University) in Iran.  She specializes in contemporary philosophy, with special interests in Hermeneutics and the topic of cross-cultural understanding.  She is the author of Wittgenstein on Foundations (Humanities Press International, 1989) and articles on topics discussing Wittgenstein, Gadamer, Intercultural Dialogue and Understanding. She is also a staff member of the Center for Intercultural Development at Mount Saint Mary’s College. She resides outside Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Peter Gathje - Pete received his BA from St. John’s University in Minnesota, his MTS from the Candler School of Theology at Emory and his PhD from Emory University.  He is Associate Professor of Religion, Chair of the Religion and Philosophy Department and Director of the De LaSalle Center for Teaching and Religion at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee.  His publications include Christ Comes in the Stranger’s Guise: A History of the Open Door Community and (ed.) A Work of Hospitality:  The Open Door Reader (forthcoming Fall 2001).  He has published articles on Gandhi, King, virtue ethics, and the death penalty.  His research interests include nonviolent social change, restorative justice, and intentional Christian communities.

Aurelie Hagstrom - Aurelie is Associate Professor of Theology and Chair of the Department of Theology/Philosophy at the University of Saint Francis where she has taught since 1992.  She also teaches in the Permanent Deaconate Formation Program for the Diocese of Joliet and serves as a theological consultant to the NCCB Committee on the Laity.  Her primary area of research is Ecclesiology.  Her graduate work was done at Boston College and the Angelicum in Rome.  Her publications include The Concepts of the Vocation and Mission of the Laity (Catholic Scholars Press, 1994) and A Pilgrims Guide to Rome and the Holy Land for the Third Millennium (Thomas More Press, 1999). 

Larry D. Harwood - Larry has been Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Viterbo University since 1998.  He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Marquette University.  His areas of interest are 19th Century Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion and Religion and Art.  He is married and has two children.

Richard Kyte - Rick is Director of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership and Associate Professor of Philosophy at Viterbo University.  He obtained a Ph.D. in philosophy from The Johns Hopkins University in 1994.  Since then he has taught at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee.  His recent research has been on topics in the field of moral psychology, including forgiveness and character formation.  He and his wife Cindi have two children.

Earl Madary - An Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Campus Minister at Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI, Earl received his undergraduate degree from Viterbo College in Music and a Master’s degree in theology from St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota. Earl is currently a doctoral candidate at The Graduate Theological Union in Donaldson, Indiana. He is a member of the National Association of Lay Ministers and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.  Earl is a founding member of the Place of Grace Catholic Worker House in La Crosse.  He and his wife Marci have two children, Rachel and Joseph. 

Eric Manchester - Eric is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Viterbo University.  He received his doctorate in philosophy from Marquette University in 1990.  He has given conference presentations on numerous topics, including the problem of evil, human freedom and God, Trinitarian theology, Christian evangelism and ecumenism, property rights and religious liberty, and Ex Corde Ecclesia.  His current research focuses on East/West relations in the Early Church and Christian conceptions of deification as an emphasis for salvation.

Scott H. Moore - Scott is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Fellow in the Institute for Faith and Learning at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.  He received the Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Ph.D. in philosophical theology from Baylor.  He is the author of The End of Convenient Stereotypes: Extraordinary Politics in Late Modernity (forthcoming this year from InterVarsity Press).  Scott and his wife Andrea have five children and are members of Seventh and James Baptist Church in Waco, Texas.

Elizabeth Newman - Elizabeth is Associate Professor in the Religious Studies Department at Saint Mary’s College in Indiana.  She has a PhD in Theology and Ethics from Duke University.  She is married to a United Methodist Pastor and has two children.

Amy Oden - After completing her Ph.D. in religious studies at Southern Methodist University, Dr. Oden joined the faculty at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri. Since 1992 she has taught at Oklahoma City University in the Ollie Bell Chair of Church History. Her research interests include the early Christian period and women in Christianity. Her publications include In Her Words: Women’s Writings in the History of Christian Thought (Abingdon, 1994) and the forthcoming And You Welcomed Me: Hospitality in Early Christianity (Abingdon, 2001).

William Reese - Rev. Dr. Bill Reese has been on the Viterbo University Religious Studies/Philosophy faculty since 1994.  An ordained Lutheran clergyman, Bill served congregations in Wyoming, Nevada, and California before coming to Viterbo. He holds graduate degrees in education and religion with his doctorate in systematic theology. He is involved in post-doctoral research/writing in the area of “faith formation and development in college students.” He has worked in several Hospice programs and he is presently an on-call Hospice Chaplain at Gundersen-Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse.

David Solomon - David Solomon has been director for the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture since 1997 and associate professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame since 1977.  He received his undergraduate degree from Baylor University in 1964 and his doctoral degree from the University of Texas in 1972.  He is co-author of The Synoptic Vision: The Philosophy of Wilfred Sellars and has published numerous articles on theoretical and practical ethics.

Arthur Sutherland - Arthur Sutherland is Assistant Professor of Theology at Loyola College in Maryland.  He holds a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary and has studied at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Bonn, Germany. His dissertation was on the sermons of Karl Barth. His research interests are in systematic theology, the role of theology in autobiography and in theological hospitality.

Tom Thibodeau - Tom Thibodeau is Chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Viterbo University.  He received his bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota and his master’s degree from St. Mary’s University in Winona.  He is currently a doctoral candidate in ministry at the Consortium of Theological Schools in St. Paul.  He has served as the Director of Youth Ministry at Mary, Mother of the Church Parish for almost twenty years and is currently co-director of the Diocesan Pastoral Education Program.  In addition, Tom has served on a number of community boards and committees and is a founder and active community member at Place of Grace, a local Catholic Worker House.  Tom and his wife, Priscilla, have three daughters