Past Seminars

Faculty Travel Seminar 2010

Sustainability, Eco-Theology and Eco-Justice

The 2010 faculty travel immersion seminar took place in the Dominican Republic with a focus on Sustainability, Eco-Theology and Eco-Justice. Eleven faculty members from the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Business participated. The seminar began in Santo Domingo on Sat. morning Jan. 2, 2010 and concluded in Santo Domingo on Friday afternoon Jan. 8, 2010.

The seminar was led by Jame Schaefer, Ph.D., Marquette University. Before pursuing a doctorate in Theology with a focus on ecological theology and environmental ethics, Prof. Schaefer was a consultant to governments on local, state, national and international levels on involving the public in environmental issues. Her career in theology grew from her interest in whether there were resources in Catholic Christianity that could be brought to bear on the many intractable problems she faced in her environmental work.

Led by Prof. Schaefer, faculty participants considered these resources, examined the principles of Catholic social teaching and their relevance to the natural environment and applied reconstructed concepts to environmental problems and solutions underway in the Dominican Republic. After the seminar began in Santo Domingo, participants traveled to El Cercado, in the province of San Juan de la Maguana, for two nights lodging and three days of combined seminar and site visits to environmental projects in which the local Catholic church is taking the lead. The seminar wrapped up in Santo Domingo.      

Post-Seminar Public Forum: Forum 2010: Sustainability, Eco-Theology, and Justice

The faculty members who participated in the January 2010 immersion seminar in the Dominican Republic presented papers generated by the seminar experience. The forum took place in Warren Auditorium in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall on the afternoons of March 22 and March 30, 2010

March 22 Presentations:

  • “What is it Good For? The Need for Value in Environmental Ethics”
    Ron Kaufmann, Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences
  • Church as Community: Solidarity and Sustainability in El Cercado”
    Mary Doak, Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences
  • “Micro vs. Macro Catholicism”
    Andrew Narwold, Ph.D., School of Business
  • Natural History, the Fall, and the Apocalyptic Imagination: Liberation Ecologies/Theologies for the 21st Century”
    Tom Reifer, Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences
  • “The Taste of Justice: Faith-based Efforts to Support Farmers Using Sustainable Practices”
    Sue Lowery, Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences

March 30 Presentations:

  • “Haitian/Dominican Vodou and Eco-Theology: Some Thoughts from a Tourist”
    Colin Fisher, Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences
  • “Anthropocentrism and the Status of Animals in Christianity and Hinduism: Some Reflections”
    Lance E. Nelson, Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences
  • “A Personal Exploration of Catholic Social Teaching and its Links to Sustainability”
    Tara L. Ceranic, Ph.D., School of Business
    Kristine Ehrich, Ph.D., School of Business
  • “Stewardship: The Earth as Farm, Park, or Machine”
    David De Haan, Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences

Inaugural Faculty Travel Seminar 2009

Rome: Catholic Health Care and Health Care Ethics

The inaugural faculty seminar took place in Rome, January 2 - 8, 2009. Brian Johnstone, internationally renowned scholar and author in the field of Christian ethics, conducted the seminar on Catholic Health Care and Health Care Ethics. Catholic perspectives on a variety of topics, e.g., human genome project, justice and health care resources, were explored, with stimulating conversation spilling over into meal times. Nine faculty, 3 from College of Arts & Sciences and 6 from the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, participated in this inaugural seminar.

Post-Seminar Public Forum: Forum 2009: Catholic Health Care and Health Care Ethics

On the afternoons of March 25 and 26, 2009, participants in the Health Care Ethics Seminar presented papers generated by the seminar experience. The forum took place in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, room 102. See titles below:

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 Presentations:

  • “Want Fries With That?: The Catholic Church and Moral Dilemma in Individual Health Care”
    Prof. Sandra Sgoutas-Emch, College of Arts and Sciences
  • “The Conundrum of Reproductive Technology”
    Prof. Kathy James and Prof. Cynthia Connelly, Hahn School of Nursing
  • “Facets of the Nurse’s Role and Catholic Social Teaching”
    Prof. Sally Brosz Hardin, Hahn School of Nursing

Thursday, March 26th, 2009 Presentations:

  • “Social Justice in Health Care: The Church’s View”
    Prof. Diane Fatica, Hahn School of Nursing
  • “Preparing USD Pre-Med Students”
    Prof. Debbie Tahmasebbi, College of Arts and Sciences
  • “Genetic Intervention: Ethical and Scientific Challenges”
    Prof. Tammy Dwyer, College of Arts and Sciences
  • “Religious Influences on the Reproductive Health Decisions of HIV+ Latinas Living on the Border”
    Prof. Susan Instone and Prof. Mary-Rose Mueller, Hahn School of Nursing
  • Click here for Prof. Susan Instone and Prof. Mary-Rose Meuller's published paper.