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.

Writing in Stone, Terese AgnewWriting in Stone
Monday, September 11, 2017 - Terese Agnew
7 p.m. - Fine Arts Center Main Theatre    

Writing in Stone is a  large-scale, collaborative art work that incorporates the work of dozens of artists, writers, historians, performers, and skilled craftsmen. Writing in Stone is an immersive art experience that honors selfless ideas and efforts from leaders and ordinary citizens in Wisconsin’s past who worked to make life better for future generations. The exhibit is traveling the state and comes to Viterbo with five new monuments.  It includes a new hands-on “Memory Book” that artist Peggy Krzyzewski is creating and South West Wisconsin students are writing! 

Terese Agnew was born in the United States in 1959.  Agnew’s artworks can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York,  the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery in Washington D.C., Merton College, Oxford in the UK,  The Milwaukee Art Museum, the John M Walsh III Collection of Contemporary Art Quilts and numerous other private collections.  She has been featured in the PBS Craft in America Series and in 2012, received the Wisconsin Visual Art Lifetime Achievement Award.

“I have always been fascinated with how the work of art becomes an artwork. My early work included large-scale installations that engaged hundreds of people in the art making process.  Their involvement demonstrated the potential for people’s labor to become a form of creative public communication. Iron Workers and engineers that participated in various art projects for example, contributed to the visual experience in meaningful ways.  In 1991, I started making quilts in addition to sculpture.  My quilts are intricately detailed;  embroidered with up to 14 layers of hand guided machine stitching and then hand quilted.  It is often solitary,  repetitious work.”

Agnew’s best  known artwork:  Portrait of a Textile Worker, is a quilt constructed with over 30,000 clothing labels contributed from people from across the globe.  She says of the work:  “The repetition and effort of thousands of people cutting out their clothing labels is retained in the piece, giving it the impact of a chorus of voices”.

Writing in Stone Exhibit
The exhibit is free and open to the public.


Dates on display: September 11 - 13, 2017
Hours: 8am-8pm
Location: Fine Arts Center, Viterbo University

Writing in Stone takes viewers through a setting of towering monuments, painted as if by the soot of ages.   The monument sculptures serve as an evolving stage set for a multi-media experience that incorporates "living statues", oral history, sound recordings, and opportunities for the audience to contribute to a message of hope and perseverance.

“From a distance, the monuments may evoke a cemetery,” says Agnew, “but the magic of Writing in Stone is that up close everything is surprisingly alive.” As viewers walk among the monuments, pondering engraved texts, history comes to life around them. They discover figures from the past that preserved and championed the places and rights that we enjoy today.  They may encounter living statues and speaking trees.  Each monument is an example of selfless leadership and people who looked beyond their own desires to make the future more just and life affirming for everyone.

“Writing in Stone began with walks through the tiny hilltop cemetery near my home,” Agnew said. “It grew from a deep awareness that in these times of sweeping change and uncertainty it’s more essential than ever not to forget the best and most honorable people and ideas of the past. The axis of the future spins on what we remember, and what we choose to honor as a culture and community.”

With a “small army” of collaborators, including Diane Dahl, Elliot Medow, Peggy Krzyzewski,  Judy Woodburn,  Jim Krenn, Rick Kyte and Gene and Lynette Lombard, (to name a FEW) Agnew has taken more than two years to create 24 monuments. In selecting material for inclusion, they drew heavily on works published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. Invitations were sent to members of book clubs across the state to read from a list of selected titles and to identify the stories and ideas that spoke to them most personally and forcefully. “The project is a really innovative connection of these voices of the past with viewers of the present,” says Kathy Borkowski, WHS Press director. “It’s an important work for our times.”

Pieper PowerWriting is Stone is very grateful to our lead sponsor: Pieper Electric for making the project possible, along with The Kickapoo Cultural Exchange, Viterbo University, The Wisconsin Arts Board, The Greater Milwaukee Foundation and generous contributions from many individuals.


Eva SchlossEva Schloss, Holocaust Survivor, Anne Frank's childhood friend and stepsister
Monday, September 18, 2017 
7 p.m. - Fine Arts Center Main Theatre    

In 1938, Germany invaded Austria, causing many Jewish families to flee. Among the emigrants was eight-year-old Eva Geiringer, who with her mother, father, and brother moved first to Belgium and then to Holland, where one of her neighbors was a German Jewish girl of the same age.

The two girls became friends and playmates. Ultimately, both girls and their families were deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Later they would become stepsisters.

Schloss survived her concentration camp experience and made her way to England, where she married Zvi Schloss and raised three daughters. Her stepsister did not survive Auschwitz, but kept a diary that did. Her name was Anne Frank.

Since 1985, Schloss has devoted herself to Holocaust education and global peace. She has recounted her wartime experiences in more than one thousand speaking engagements. She has written two books and has had a play written about her life. 



Steven RinellaThe Ethics of Hunting
Steven Rinella, 
host of the TV show MeatEater

Thursday, March 1, 2018 
7 p.m. - Fine Arts Center Main Theatre  

Steven Rinella is an outdoorsman, award-winning author, and host of the hit TV show MeatEater as well as the top-rated MeatEater podcast. Steven has spoken to a wide range of audiences about his life as a modern-day hunter-gatherer. With humor and irreverence, he discusses the hunting lifestyle, wild game, the ethics of hunting, and the spiritual need for wilderness. His talks are punctuated with stories of amazing and sometimes absurd adventures, such as getting poisoned by wild mushrooms, charged by a grizzly, bowled over by a moose, and nearly crushed by a wild boar that fell from the sky under very strange circumstances in the central highlands of the Philippines’ Luzon Island.

Rinella’s books include The Scavenger's Guide to Haute Cuisine; American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon; Meat Eater: Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter; and the 2- volume series The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game. His titles have been awarded the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, and American Buffalo was named one of the best fifty non-fiction books of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle. Rinella's writing has also appeared in a wide variety of popular publications, including Glamour, Men’s Journal, Outside, New Yorker, the New York Times, Salon.com, O the Oprah Magazine, Field and Stream, and the annual anthologies Best American Travel Writing (2003, 2010, 2014, and 2016) and Best Food Writing (2005, 2013). He is a frequent guest on radio and TV news programs such as CNN’s American Morning, Fox and Friends, and the NPR programs All Things Considered and Weekend Edition, where he discusses the hunting lifestyle. In 2011, Rinella hosted The Wild Within on Travel Channel. MeatEater premiered the next year on Sportsman Channel and is now in its sixth season.

Rinella was born in Twin Lake, Michigan, and has lived in Montana, Wyoming, Alaska, New York, and Washington. He currently resides in the Pacific Northwest and maintains a moldy hunting and fishing shack in southeast Alaska.

This lecture is part of the annual Aldo Leopold Day Celebration.

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