Ethics in Leadership

Lecture Series 2006-07

Welcome to the Great Conversation: Increasing Community Support for Wisconsin's Public Schools

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 30, 2006 - Jamie Vollmer
Co-sponsored by the La Crosse School District

Jamie substantiates the steady improvement in Wisconsin's schools, but exposes a growing gap between what schools provide and what children need. He praises educators for their heroic work, but identifies a faulty selecting and sorting premise that retards progress. He spotlights the increasing burdens heaped upon our schools, while connecting the quality of schools with Americas ability to compete in the global economy. He argues that public trust is both public education's most precious resource and the foundation for continuous improvement.

Click here for a story of the event published in the La Crosse Tribune.


An Evening with Elie Wiesel

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 27, 2006 - Elie Wiesel, Holocaust Survivor

Wiesel PhotoWiesel is the author of Night, his famous memoir of his terrifying and tragic experiences during the Holocaust. He was 15 years old when he and his family were deported to Auschwitz, the notorious Nazi death camp and symbol of genocide and terror. His mother and younger sister died there, while his two older sisters survived. Wiesel and his father were later transported to Buchenwald, where his father died shortly before the camp was liberated in April 1945.

The internationally acclaimed Night has been published in more than 30 languages. Wiesel has received more than 100 honorary degrees from institutions of higher learning. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. He has also been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal and the Medal of Liberty Award. President Jimmy Carter appointed him as chairman of the President’s Commission on the Holocaust. He also became the founding chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.

Shortly after receiving the Nobel Prize, he and his wife, Marion, established The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, an organization dedicated to combating indifference, intolerance, and injustice though international dialogues and youth-focused programs that promote acceptance, understanding, and equality.

Click here for a story of the event published in the La Crosse Tribune.


Solidarity and Communion in a Globalized World

MONDAY, OCT. 16, 2006 - Lina Boff, Pontifical Catholic Univeristy, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Boff PhotoDrawing on her experience as a theologian, educator, author, missionary, and resource person in Brazil, Dr. Lina Boff, OSM, professor of Systemic Theology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will share what solidarity means to her. She will address why solidarity is needed and how people of faith can live it, as one body, in a globalized world that has urgent social, environmental, and economic issues to address such as poverty, the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, and global warming. Dr. Boff's presentation will allow time for questions and answers.

Co-sponsored by the Department of World Languages




War and the Virtue of Justice

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 1, 2006 - Gilbert Meilaender, Richard and Phyllis Duesenberg Professor of Christian Ethics at Valpraraiso University, Fellow at the Hastings Center, Member of The President's Council on Bioethics

Meilaender Photo"Deliver me from my necessities," St. Augustine famously wrote. Among the sad necessities of life is that we must sometimes use force and, even, wage war for the sake of justice. This necessity raises for us many hard questions, but among the most difficult of them is whether and how we can live within this realm of necessity without losing our humanity.

Co-sponsored by the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation



The Role of Philanthropy in the Community

FRIDAY, NOV. 3, 2006 - Steve Gunderson, President and CEO, The Council on Foundations

Gunderson PhotoPlease joint us as former U.S. Congressman and current Council on Foundations President and CEO Steve Gunderson speaks about the importance of professional associations and the potential for endowment building when wealth is transferred between generations. 

After serving three terms in the Wisconsin legislature, Gunderson served 16 years in the U.S. Congress, representing La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau, and Vernon counties in the 3rd Congressional District.  He has lectured at universities across the country, including Harvard and the Brookings Institute. 

The Washington, D.C.-based Council on Foundations is a non-profit member association of more than 2,000 grant making foundations and corporations.  Topics will include:

  • The importance of professional associations
  • The potential of community endowment building through the intergenerational transfer of wealth
  • Charitable provisions of the Pension Protection Act

Co-sponsored by the La Crosse Community Foundation


Healthcare Crisis in the Aftermath of War

MONDAY, FEB. 5, 2007 - Dr. Khassan Baiev, Chechen Trauma Surgeon & Author

Baiev Photo Dr. Khassan Baiev, who served as a trauma surgeon in his native Chechnya during the war with Russia in the 1990s, is an outspoken advocate for human rights who has been honored by Human Rights Watch, Physicians for Human Rights, and Amnesty International. He is the author of The Oath: A Surgeon under Fire.  

Co-sponsored by the Franciscan Skemp Foundation.


 Click here for a story of the event published in the La Crosse Tribune.


Henry Greenbaum: Holocaust Survivor

MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2007


Henry Greenbaum was a child in 1942 when he and three of his sisters were taken to work at a munitions factory at a forced labor camp. When he and his sister tried to escape, she was killed, and he survived being shot in the head. He would go on to survive another forced labor camp, a death march, and a concentration camp.

Mr. Greenbaum’s visit is courtesy of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.





"Teaching the Holocaust"  A Workshop for Middle and High School Teachers*

*Registration Required

TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2007 

This workshop designed for middle and high school teachers who want to learn more about teaching the lessons of the Holocaust in their schools. Participants are eligible to receive one graduate credit upon completion of course requirements.    
Fee: $125 Registration is required.

To learn more, click here.


Conversations on Hope

TUESDAY, MARCH 27 - Tom Thibodeau and Rick Kyte

A presentation in celebration of the inauguration of President Rick Artman.


From Anger to Justice: the Well-Tempered Soul

FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2007 - Paul Woodruff, Professor of Ethics and American Society at the University of Texas

Woodruff PhotoProfessor Woodruff is the recipient of the Viterbo University Endowed Lectureship in Ethics. He has degrees from Princeton and Oxford University and military experience in Vietnam. His meditation on a classical theme in ethics, Reverence: Renewing a Forgotten Virtue, was published by Oxford University Press in 2001, and recognized by the Christian Science Monitor among notable non-fiction books for the year. His latest book is First Democracy: The Challenge of an Ancient Idea, which was published in February 2005.

This lecture is the keynote address of the 2007 Conference on the Cardinal Virtues