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Alvernia University’s 2008-09 Lecture Series in Ethics, Leadership, and Community is sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Leadership and the Holleran Center for Community Engagement. For more information, please contact the Holleran Center at 610-790-1925.

Join us for an afternoon or evening of conversation and discussion on topics of national importance: the challenges of health care leadership, the American Presidency, ethics in journalism, and the value of interfaith dialogue.


“Sharing His Blessings: The Christian-Jewish Dialogue, a Vision of Shalom”

Rabbi Howard Hirsch and Bishop Richard Hanifen

Tuesday, April 21, 2009, 4:00pm
Bernardine Franciscan Conference Center

Dr. Hirsch and Bishop Emeritus Hanifan believe Christians and Jews hold much in common and are deeply committed to interfaith dialogue. Through their work with the Center for Christian-Jewish Dialogue they seek to engage those of different faiths in conversation, promote understanding, and encourage mutual respect for other faiths, cultures, and histories. They encourage a return to the biblical vision of shalom—God’s gift of peace, harmony and wholeness, and the abandonment of fear and irrational hatred. Dr. Howard Hirsch is the founding president of the Center for Christian-Jewish Dialogue and has brought controversial faith leaders together with those of opposing viewpoints to break bread. Bishop Richard Hanifen, Bishop Emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs, is a member of the Center’s Board of Directors and a strong voice on peace and social justice issues and forging relationships with leaders from other faiths. This is a companion event to the April opening of the exhibit, “A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II & the Jewish People at Alvernia University.”


“Faces Seen, Hearts Unknown: The Human Landscape of Mexican Migration”

The Annual Hesburgh Lecture, cosponsored with Notre Dame Club of Reading

Dr. Gilberto Cárdenas, Director of the Institute of Latino Studies, Notre Dame

Thursday, March 26, 2009, 7:30pm
Bernardine Franciscan Conference Center

Dr. Cárdenas addressed one of the most hotly debated issues in our political landscape today: immigration. Twice named one of the 100 most influential Latinos in the country, he is a specialist in international migration, U.S.-Mexican border studies, and Latino populations in the U.S. Cárdenas is co-author of “Los Mojados: The Wetback Story,” a seminal text in immigration scholarship. A professor of sociology, he holds the Julian Samora Chair in Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame.


“Six Weeks in Washington: The New Administration”

The Alvernia University Faculty Series

Dr. Tim Blessing and Dr. Takele Mojire

Tuesday, March 10, 2009, 4:00pm
Bernardine Franciscan Conference Center

Alvernia University professors Tim Blessing, history; and Takele Mojire, economics, evaluated the first six weeks in office of the new presidential administration. Dr. Blessing is a renowned scholar on the United States Presidency. Dr. Mojire specializes in the fields of International Economic Development and Government and Resource Allocations, and International Trade.

“Truth-Seeking, Fair Reporting: Ethics in Journalism”

A Panel Discussion of Journalists

The Annual Batdorf Lecture in Ethics

Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 4:00pm
Bernardine Franciscan Conference Center

George B. Irish, president of Hearst Newspapers, Inc., and Jeff Cohen, Editor of the Houston Chronicle, headlined a panel discussion about public enlightenment as a foundation of democracy with fairness and integrity as the foundation of the journalistic code of ethics. A senior vice president of Hearst Corporation, Irish became the senior executive of one of America’s leading newspaper groups in January 1998. Cohen was named to the position of executive vice president and editor of the Houston Chronicle and formally assumed its responsibilities in May 2002. The Chronicle is the nation’s seventh-largest daily newspaper and 10th-largest Sunday newspaper. The event was moderated by Chuck Gallagher, former editor of the Reading Eagle.