D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership

Lecture Series

The D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership sponsors a series of lectures by internationally, nationally, and locally known speakers on a variety of topics related to ethics and leadership. 

The lectures are intended to be both informative and inspiring, and to address ethical issues in a variety of settings, including business, health care, science, religion, politics, and technology.

Kay Redfield JamisonAn Unquiet Mind: Professional and Personal Insights About Living With Depression and Bipolar Illness
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - Kay Redfield Jamison
7 p.m. - Fine Arts Center Main Theatre        

Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison is a highly respected scholar and mental health advocate who is most well-known for her work on mood disorders.  She is a psychiatry professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the author of several books including, An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness.  Her work not only helps those persons struggling with mental health issues, but it also raises social consciousness about these issues.  Jamison’s work and public appearances offer hope and inspiration, which aim to remove the stigma surrounding mental illness.

This conference is part of the Ethics and Mental Health Conference held at Viterbo University.  Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

Nucleus JohnsonEchoes of a King
Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 - Nucleus Johnson
7 p.m. - Fine Arts Center Main Theatre         

Nucleus Johnson has electrified crowds all over the country with his historical personification of Dr. King’s speeches since he was in the first grade. The rich legacy of MLK speaks for itself. It is a legacy that should be celebrated and honored. Professional orator Nucleus Johnson does just that. Since the age of seven, Johnson has been captivating audiences with his powerful and soul stirring renditions of Dr. King's speeches. In 2003, Johnson received a special invitation from Coretta Scott King to participate in the MLK celebration in Atlanta. He has been blessed with an incredible ability to stand as a leader among his peers. His outspoken, yet humble personality, distinguishes him among his contemporaries. As articulated by Dr. King, Johnson believes that if we do not learn to live together peacefully as brothers, we will all perish together as fools.

Nucleus Johnson is a native of Dallas, Texas. He is married to his high school sweetheart Shayla and they have been blessed with a rambunctious son Noah. 

This lecture is part of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration. Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

Frank OswaldYearning for Trust: Truth, lies and deception in the unsocial media age
Feb. 6, 2017 - Frank Oswald
6:00 p.m. - Reinhart Center Room 127

Frank J. Oswald has led the development of corporate, investor and marketing communications programs for leading companies and brands for more than 30 years. The New York-based consultant and writer has represented diverse clients including the Boston Consulting Group, Bloomberg, Eaton Corporation, HP, SAP and dozens more large and small organizations. A lecturer at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies since 2010, Oswald teaches a graduate-level class in communications ethics in the school’s strategic communication program. The Milwaukee native has an M.S. in Strategic Communications from Columbia University, and a B.A. in journalism from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he was a Harry J. Grant Milwaukee Journal scholar.   

Sponsored by:
Shawn and Mary Jo Werner
D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership
Dahl School of Business

Game Management: Leopold's Legacy and Wisconsin Culture
Thursday, March 2, 2017 - George Meyer, Wisconsin Wildlife Federation
7 p.m. - Nursing Center, Collins Auditorium 

Aldo Leopold is considered, by many, the father of wildlife management and of the United States' wilderness system. He was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast.  Since 2004, the State of Wisconsin has designated the first weekend in March as a time to honor Leopold and his conservation legacy. George Meyer, executive director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, will speak as part of the La Crosse area observance of the annual Wisconsin Aldo Leopold weekend.  Meyer will discuss game management and conservation issues both from his experience and his appreciation for Leopold's writing.  Meyer was a Department of Natural Resources employee for 32 years and served as the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) secretary from 1993 to 2001.  

This event is sponsored by Coulee Partners for SustainabilityMississippi Valley Conservancy, Leopold Day Committee, and the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership.  The event is free and open to the public.

Father Patrick DesboisHolocaust By Bullets

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - Father Patrick Desbois
7 p.m. - Fine Arts Center Main Theatre    

Father Patrick Desbois has devoted his life to researching the Holocaust, fighting anti-Semitism, and furthering relations between Catholics and Jews. Father Desbois is a Catholic priest and President of Yahad – In Unum, a global humanitarian organization he founded in 2004 dedicated to identifying and commemorating the sites of Jewish and Roma mass executions in Eastern Europe during World War II.

Father Desbois is a Professor at Georgetown University, where he is on the faculty for the Center for Jewish Civilization. He also served as director of the Episcopal Committee for Catholic-Judeo Relations from 1999 until 2016, under the auspices of the French Conference of Bishops. He is the grandson of a WWII French prisoner held in the Rawa Ruska camp on the Poland-Ukraine border. In 2004, he began to research the story of the Jews, Roma and other victims murdered in Eastern Europe during WWII by the Nazi mobile killing units, the Einsatzgruppen. His work through Yahad has been recognized through numerous awards and public commentary in France and throughout the world. Father Desbois is also the author of “The Holocaust by Bullets: A Priest’s Journey to Uncover the Truth Behind the Murder of 1.5 Million Jews," winner of the National Jewish Book Award, and the recently released “The Fabric of Terrorists: Into the Secrets of Daesh,” based on his investigation of the Yezidid genocide in Iraq.

This conference is part of the Teaching the Holocaust Workshop held at Viterbo University.  Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

"Holocaust By Bullets" Exhibit 
As part of the Teaching the Holocaust Workshop, Viterbo University is honored to display the historic work of Father Patrick Desbois and Yahad-In Unum.   

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Dates on display: February 27 – March 30, 2017
Hours: 8am-8pm
Location: Fine Arts Center, Viterbo University

What is Holocaust By Bullets?
Places can be deceiving. Where grass and trees now grow, once were scenes of unspeakable horror — killing fields where more than 2 million people were murdered before the creation of concentration camps. Holocaust by Bullets documents this lesser-known side of the Holocaust with eye-witness testimonies, photographs and archival materials. This powerful exhibit showcases Father Patrick Desbois and Yahad-In Unum’s historic undertaking to ensure that these victims won’t be forgotten.  Learn more about Holocaust By Bullets.

Fall 2016 Lecture Series Archives

Ron Hall

Same Kind of Different As Me
Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016 - Ron Hall, co-author of Same Kind of Different As Me​
7 p.m. - Fine Arts Center Main Theatre         

Denver Moore was a dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery—in the 1960s. Ron Hall was a successful art gallery owner who had a healthy bank account but emotionally was running on empty. Although worlds apart, their destiny collided when Hall’s wife Debbie insisted that he join her in serving food at a local homeless shelter. Their story, immortalized in the New York Times best-selling book, Same Kind of Different As Me, inspires people to take off their racial, social, and economic blinders in order to find common ground. 

In 2014, Paramount Pictures announced a film adaptation of the book with the same name. The cast consists of Renée Zellweger (Deborah Hall), Djimon Hounsou (Denver Moore), Olivia Holt (Hall’s daughter), Jon Voight (Hall’s father) and Greg Kinnear (Ron Hall). The film is slated for an early fall 2016 release. 

Winona LaDukeRights of Nature
Friday, Oct. 14, 2016 - Winona LaDuke
7:30 p.m. - Fine Arts Center Main Theatre         

Winona LaDuke is an internationally renowned activist working on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy, and food systems. She lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, and is a two-time vice presidential candidate. As program director of Honor the Earth, she works nationally and internationally on the issues of climate change, renewable energy, and environmental justice with indigenous communities. And in her own community, she is the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, one of the largest reservation-based nonprofit organizations in the country, and a leader in the issues of culturally-based sustainable development strategies, renewable energy, and food systems. 

In 2007, LaDuke was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame, recognizing her leadership and community commitment. In 1994, LaDuke was nominated by Time magazine as one of America’s 50 most promising leaders under 40 years of age. She has been awarded the Thomas Merton Award in 1996, Ms. Woman of the Year, and the Reebok Human Rights Award.

A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, she has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues. She is a former board member of Greenpeace USA and is presently an advisory board member for the Trust for Public Lands Native Lands Program as well as a board member of the Christensen Fund. LaDuke is the author of five books, including Recovering the Sacred, All our Relations and a novel, Last Standing Woman, she is widely recognized for her work on environmental and human rights issues.  

This lecture is part of the Rights of Nature and Traditional Ecological Knowledge Conference co-sponsored by the Ho-Chunk Nation, the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership, and Viterbo University’s Biology Department.

Nelson DenisWar Against All Puerto Ricans
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016 - Nelson Denis
7 p.m. - Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

Nelson Antonio Denis represented East Harlem in the New York State Assembly. He is also an award-winning screenwriter and film director. He was raised by his grandmother and mother, Sarah Denis. Sarah arrived from Puerto Rico at age 16, and immediately went to work in the garment center of New York for 20 cents an hour, eight dollars a week. After 23 years of working and saving, she was able to send her son to Harvard. Denis graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School, and was an attorney with the New York firm of Donovan, Leisure, Newton & Irvine. 

Over the past 30 years, Denis completed three novels, eight feature-length screenplays, and several plays and one-acts. He continues to write newspaper editorials, both in English and Spanish. His award-winning films premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and screened throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

His editorials for the New York Daily News and El Diario (over 300 of them) won awards from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Jim BaileyThe End of Healing and the Search for Health Care that Heals
Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 - Jim Bailey
7 p.m. - Fine Arts Center Main Theatre  

Jim Bailey, M.D., serves as professor of Medicine and Preventive Medicine and director for the Center for Health Systems Improvement at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He is principal investigator (PI) for a Patient-centered Outcomes Research Institute-funded trial of health coaching and motivational text messaging to improve self-care for people with uncontrolled diabetes. He also served as PI for a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Health Care Innovations Award-funded project to develop and evaluate the SafeMed care transitions model, a program designed to simultaneously improve care and reduce costs for patients with complex chronic conditions experiencing frequent hospitalizations. Dr. Bailey has served as PI for over 10 major grants and health systems improvement research initiatives and has over 70 journal articles, book chapters, and publications. He served as the founding chair of the Common Table Health Alliance, the regional health improvement collaborative for the MidSouth, and has led numerous health systems research and health care quality reporting initiatives. His research focuses on the impact of health system organization and patterns of care on quality of care and health outcomes for people in medically underserved areas with multiple chronic conditions.

He is the author of the novelThe End of Healing. The book recently received a 2016 Benjamin Franklin Award for Popular Fiction. 

This lecture is part of the Seven Rivers Undergraduate Research Symposium.

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