Lumen Magazine_Winter 2020

Catholic Studies News

In the last installment of Ryan’s “History of Economic Thought and Christian Faith” series, Professor Bobbi Herzberg explored the economic contributions and success of Elinor Ostrom, the first woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize in Economics. On Dec. 3, Ryan hosted an online discussion for students titled, “Colloquium on Catholicism and Economic Liberalism,” which explored questions and challenges concerning interactions between Catholic theology and liberal economic theory.

The Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought moved online in rescheduling a series of spring and summer events, providing an opportunity to reach a much larger audience. The “Future of Work: Human Dignity in an Era of Globalization and Autonomous Technology” event, which built off the canceled conference under the same theme, garnered more than 900 registered attendees from around the world, and featured Cardinal Peter Turkson; José Manuel Barroso, former prime minister of Portugal and current chairman of Goldman Sachs; and Nobel Prize- winning economist Professor James Heckman.

The Department of Catholic Studies and Habiger Institute for Catholic Leadership created new formats for student events and activities to bring safety, health and community together as part of a culture of care. These included a virtual “Port and Poetry” night for graduate students; smaller masked, distanced gatherings following “Common Good” room capacities for Latino Scholars meetings; and the temporary move of evening prayer for leadership interns to the much larger Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas.

An event from Murphy Institute’s summer Zoom series “The Common Good in Uncommon Times.”

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