Fall Conference on Poverty

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Location: McKenna Hall

"Your Light Will Rise in the Darkness: Responding to the Cry of the Poor"
October 30–November 1, 2014

Register for the Conference Here!

 

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"Among our tasks as witnesses to the love of Christ is that of giving a voice to the cry of the poor." 
—Pope Francis, Address to the Archbishop of Canterbury, 6/14/13

Inspired by the pontificate of Pope Francis, the University of Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture is pleased to announce that its fifteenth Annual Fall Conference, entitled "Your Light Will Rise in the Darkness: Responding to the Cry of the Poor," will be held on October 30–November 1, 2014. In our customary interdisciplinary fashion, this conference will take up a host of questions related to the human meaning of poverty and how to care rightly for the poor. These questions will be pursued in the contexts of philosophy, theology, political theory, law, history, economics, the social sciences, the biosciences, literature, and the arts.

The conference will take place at the Notre Dame Conference Center. All sessions are free and open to the public, though priority seating will be given to registered participants. Registration is free for all Notre Dame, Holy Cross, and St. Mary's students, faculty, and staff. 

View the full schedule here!

Thursday, October 30                                                   
5:15 p.m.       Mass in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart with Bishop Kevin Rhoades (Diocese of Fort WayneSouth Bend)
8:00 p.m.   

Keynote Presentationby by James Heckman (University of Chicago, Nobel Laureate in Economics): "Predistribution: A Strategy for Promoting Flourishing Lives" 

Response by Joseph Kaboski (Professor of Economics, University of Notre Dame)

Friday, October 31        
9:00–10:15 a.m.       Colloquium Sessions (submissions in response to our Call for Papers)
10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m.      Invited Panels
12:05–1:15 p.m.   Lunch
1:302:45 p.m.   Keynote Presentation by Alasdair MacIntyre: "Heedlessness"
3:154:30 p.m.   Keynote Presentation by John Finnis: "Who Said, 'Blessed are the Poor'?"
Invited Panel 
5:15 p.m.     Mass in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart
7:30 p.m.  

Keynote Presentation: Poor for the Poor: The Mission of the Church
An Interview with Gerhard Cardinal M
üller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Saturday, November 1     
9:00–10:15 a.m.       Colloquium Sessions (submissions in response to our Call for Papers)
10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m.   Invited Panels
12:05–1:15 p.m.   Lunch
1:30–2:45 p.m.   Invited Panels
3:15–4:30 p.m.   Invited Panels
5:00 p.m.     Mass in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart
7:30 p.m.  

The de Nicola Family Colloquy: "Catholic Social Teaching and American Capitalism:
Are They Compatible?"
Panelists: Hadley Arkes, Patrick Deneen, James Mumford, and John Tomasi

Invited Speakers Include:

  • Gary Anderson
  • Hadley Arkes
  • Michael Baxter
  • John Carr
  • Archbishop Fernando Chomali Garib
  • Martijn Cremers
  • Patrick Deneen
  • Peter Edelman
  • William Evans
  • Nicole Garnett
  • John Haldane
  • Shavar Jeffries
  • Mauro Magatti
  • Jim Meehan
  • James Mumford
  • Michele Satta
  • Abe Schoener
  • Andrea Simoncini
  • Duncan Stroik
  • James Sullivan
  • John Tomasi
  • Lorenza Violini
  • John Waters
  • Thomas Williams
  • Robert Wilken

 

Issues to Be Explored Will Include:

  • Who Are "the Poor"?  Defining and Measuring Poverty
  • The Preferential Option for the Poor
  • The Meaning of "Spiritual Poverty"
  • The Metaphysics of Money
  • Capitalism, American Democracy, and Catholicism
  • Portrayals of Poverty in Art and Literature
  • Poverty, Catholic Education, and Social Mobility
  • Poverty and Health Care
  • Human Dignity and Social Justice
  • Poverty and Abortion
  • Poverty, Marriage, and the Family
  • Distributism and Catholic Social Teaching
  • The Catholic Worker Movement
  • Private Property, Poverty, and the Common Good
  • Crime and Poverty
  • The History of Poverty
  • Globalization and Poverty