- Enron author delivers Burleigh Media Ethics Lecture tonight
- President of National Catholic Education Association to speak
- Faculty Commons features Eckman, Olson and Peck
- “Reflection Is the Difference” for Soup With Substance
- Don’t miss Mission Week keynote speaker
- Ethical Dilemmas on Film running through Thursday
- Check out decision-making resources
- A daily reflection
1. Enron author delivers Burleigh Media Ethics Lecture tonight
Bethany McLean, senior writer at Fortune magazine and co-author of The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron, will present the Burleigh Media Ethics Lecture at 7 p.m. today, Feb. 6, in AMU Ballroom E. McLean’s March 2001 article in Fortune, “Is Enron Overpriced?” broke the story of the Enron debacle. The program is sponsored by the Diederich College of Communication.
For the complete Mission Week schedule, go online.
2. President of National Catholic Education Association to speak
Dr. Karen Ristau, president of the National Catholic Education Association, will examine the challenges of contemporary education tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 4:30 p.m., in the Weasler Auditorium. The lecture, “The Grace of Great Things: The Case for Catholic Education, K-16,” is sponsored by the School of Education.
NCEA is the largest private professional education organization in the world, representing 200,000 Catholic educators serving 7.6 million students in Catholic elementary and secondary schools, in religious education programs, in seminaries and in colleges and universities.
3. Faculty Commons features Eckman, Olson and Peck
All faculty and graduate students are invited to stop by the Mission Week Faculty Commons tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Raynor Library Conference Center. Faculty Commons provides a time and place to share teaching, scholarship and research related to the many dimensions of Marquette’s mission.
Tomorrow's participants and topics include:
• Dr. Ellen Eckman, assistant professor of education, “Women High School Principals: Perspectives on Role Conflict, Role Commitment and Job Satisfaction;”
• Dr. Lars Olson, associate professor of biomedical engineering, “Testing the Respiratory Health of Garment Factory Workers in El Salvador;” and
• Dr. Sarah Peck, chair and associate professor of finance, “Corporate Governance: Will Companies Ever Get It Right?”
Lunch is provided. The program is sponsored by the Manresa Project, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, and the Center for Teaching and Learning.
4. “Reflection Is the Difference” for Soup With Substance
John Meuler, a 2004 graduate, currently teaching at Nativity Jesuit Middle School, will speak on “Reflection Is the Difference” for the Soup with Substance Ignatian Spirituality Series, from noon to 1 p.m. in AMU 227. The program is sponsored by University Ministry, tomorrow, Feb. 7, and a simple lunch will be served.
5. Don’t miss Mission Week keynote speaker
Tickets to attend the Mission Week keynote presentation by Enron whistleblower Lynn Brewer are still available in Brooks Lounge on the lower level of the Alumni Memorial Union. The tickets are free, with a limit of two per MU ID. Tickets are available from noon to 11:30 p.m. Brewer will speak on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 4 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre.
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6. Ethical Dilemmas on Film running through Thursday
Marquette’s Channel 95 is broadcasting a series of films that reflect the Mission Week theme of “Challenged to Choose: the Courage to Act,” including “The Constant Gardener,” “Erin Brockovich,” “Good Night and Good Luck,” “North Country,” and “Tears of the Sun.” Broadcasts are at 9 p.m. Feb. 4 to 8. The series is sponsored by the Office of Residence Life.
8. A daily reflection
To pursue the good is certainly a necessary and laudable goal for any human being. Without it we become something less than ourselves, and if Jesuit education is about anything, it is certainly to cultivate a deep sense that the true and the good belong together. Without the good, truth ceases to be truth. So how to choose the good? But is the telos, the purpose of human life just the good? And is moral reasoning, even good and sound moral reasoning, the limit of the human endeavor? Ignatius Loyola in the Spiritual Exercises speaks of three modes of humility with the third mode entailing choices beyond the good, i.e., beyond the avoidance of even the most venial sin. Here a person chooses to be a fool for Christ, embracing poverty and suffering with the poor and humble Christ. In the same vein Pope Benedict XVI in his Encyclical Letter Deus Caritas Est (God is Love) writes of the necessity of love even in “the most just society.” To eliminate love — even if one seeks justice — is to eliminate humanity. What would it be like if our moral horizon within which we seek the good, including the common good of justice, also embraced the humility and love of Christ? What then would our moral choices look like? Dare we ask?
— Dr. Ralph Del Colle
Associate Professor of Theology
Reflections are sponsored by the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality.