D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership


Beginning in 2001, the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership has hosted 16 interdisciplinary Ethics Conferences.  Each year the scope and influence of the annual ethics conference grows, having not only a greater impact on Viterbo’s own faculty and students , but having a more significant effect on the wider stage of scholarly research on virtue ethics.  

The Reinhart Institute began an annual Teaching the Holocaust Workshop in 2007 with the intention of impacting young people by sharing lessons of tolerance and respect for all people. 


An Interdisciplinary Conference
April 4-6, 2019

The good of the individual by himself is certainly desirable enough, but that of a nation and of cities is nobler and more divine.”  Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics 

The D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership is proud to announce the 17th annual ethics conference.  The 2019 Conference on The Ethical City seeks to gather scholars for a national conversation on the roles of individuals, institutions, businesses, and government agencies in providing for the possibility of an ethical life together in contemporary urban settings.  We invite papers examining the conditions of just and vibrant communities allowing for a flourishing human life.  

Presentations may include the following topics:

The role of public institutions
Civic engagement and social capital
Public virtues
Building Community
Philanthropy and volunteering
Hospitality and diversity
Opportunities for social mobility

How to Submit
Presentation proposals should be no more than two pages in length and include name, affiliation, address, and e-mail address.  Presentations will be limited to twenty minutes with ample time provided for discussion.  Proposals for panel discussions and “works in progress” are encouraged.  

The deadline for submission of proposals is Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. Proposals (presentation, poster, or panel discussion) should be completed via Word doc or PDF and uploaded via the online submission form.  For questions contact Nicole Van Ert at 608-796-3616 or email at nmvanert@viterbo.edu.


Keynote Speaker
Charles Montgomery, Author of The Happy City 

Thursday, April 4, 2019
7 p.m. - Fine Arts Center Main Theatre  

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Teaching the Holocaust

March 21-22, 2019 

The D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership is proud to announce the 13th annual Teaching the Holocaust Workshop.  This workshop is designed for middle and high school teachers who want to learn more about teaching the lessons of the Holocaust in their schools, featuring national and local Holocaust scholars.

Workshop Schedule
PDF icon2019 Teaching the Holocaust Workshop

Magda HerzbergerMagda Herzberger, Author, Poet and Holocaust Survivor
Thursday, March 21, 2019
7 p.m. - Fine Arts Center Main Theatre

Magda Mozes Herzberger was born on February 20, 1926, in Cluj, Romania. The Mozes family, along with thousands of other Jews, was forced into the Cluj Ghetto which was liquidated only a month later. Magda and her family were sent to Auschwitz, where most of them perished.

In 1957, after nine years in Israel, the Herzbergers immigrated to the U.S. They and their two children settled in Monroe, Wisconsin, where Magda's husband practiced medicine for 20 years. The Herzbergers moved to Dubuque, Iowa, in 1976 and to Arizona in 1994.

Magda has spoken extensively about her experiences. She has published two memoirs--Eyewitness to Holocaust and Survival--and several volumes of poetry and fiction.

Workshop Archives 2007-2017 >>

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