Friday, May 18, 2012

Lumen Christi Conference in Chicago May 31

The Lumen Christi Institute,
The Katholische Sozialwissenschaftliche Zentralstelle,
and The John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought 


Toward a Moral Economy
Policies and Values for the 21st Century

Keynote Address: Reinhard Cardinal Marx, Archbishop of Munich
Presentations: Roger Myerson, University of Chicago
Kevin M. Murphy, University of Chicago
and Russell Hittinger, University of Tulsa 

Thursday, May 31, 4:00pm
Max Palevsky Cinema
Ida Noyes Hall
1212 East 59th Street
University of Chicago

Registration Required. Event Free and Open to the Public.

This event opens the Fourth Lumen Christi Institute Conference on Economics and Catholic Social Thought 
and inaugurates the Institute’s Collaboration with the German-American Colloquium of the Katholische Sozialwissenschaftliche Zentralstelle.

As the United States and the global economy continue to reel from the effects of the 2008 financial crisis, we face several questions: 
  • What went wrong?
  • How to prevent another such crisis?
  • Can there be moral responsibility in a globalized economy?
  • What would a moral economy look like? 
On May 31, Reinhard Cardinal Marx, the Archbishop of Munich and a leading figure in contemporary Catholic social thought, will explore these questions in a major address, “Toward a Moral Economy.” Two leading University of Chicago economists—Roger Myerson, winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize, and Kevin Murphy, winner of the John Bates Clark Medal and the MacArthur Fellowship—will offer their perspectives. They will be joined by Russell Hittinger, member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and co-chair of the Lumen Christi Institute’s Program in Catholic Social Thought.

Persons with disabilities requiring assistance, please call 773-955-5887.

The Lumen Christi Institute for Catholic Thought was founded in 1997 by Catholic scholars at the University of Chicago. Its intellectual programs complement the work of the Catholic campus ministry and engage the culture of the University of Chicago with resources drawn from the Christian intellectual tradition. The Institute’s programs include lectures, symposia, master classes, and non-credit courses. The Institute also sponsors summer seminars for graduate students, a national Program for Catholic Social Thought, and Cultural Forum events for the educated lay public.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Integritas Seminar IX and Program Mass and Dinner

The Integritas program has concluded for this academic year. We had a final seminar on Vocation, led by Fr. Bill Miscamble, C.S.C., in which the students discussed the difference between finding the way you are called to live and setting out on a career path. We talked about finding meaning and joy in the work of every day, and the challenges of trying to keep the notion of vocation in mind when so much of college seems focused on career preparation.

To wrap up the year, Fr. Miscamble also celebrated Mass for the group and we had one final dinner together. The students look forward to summers of jobs and internships, and many of them are going abroad to study next year. We hope they will take these ideas forward with them into their new adventures.