March 7, 2016

The Catholic Church on Business and Human Flourishing

CUA's School of Business and Economics and the Napa Institute to Host Human Ecology Conference

Provost Abela
Catholic University Provost Andrew Abela speaks at the Human Ecology Conference.

The Napa Institute and The Catholic University of America School of Business and Economics are hosting a conference titled "Human Ecology: Integrating Business and 125 Years of Catholic Social Doctrine" March 16 through 18, at CUA in Washington, D.C.

The conference is designed to recognize the Church's wisdom and its potential to build up a just and flourishing society. The event will bring together some of the foremost leaders in the Church as well as the business world to discuss how Catholic social teaching applies to the alleviation of material and spiritual poverty around the world.

Special focus will be placed on three encyclicals whose anniversaries are recognized this year: Rerum Novarum (Pope Leo XIII, 1891), Centesimus Annus (Saint Pope John Paul II, 1991), and the latest, Laudato Si (Pope Francis, 2015).

"Through this conference, both The Catholic University of America School of Business and Economics and the Napa Institute aim to provoke reflection, discussion and action that positively affect human ecology," says Andreas Widmer, clinical assistant professor of business and academic co-chair of the conference.

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Highlights include George Weigel, author of Saint John Paul II's biography "Witness to Hope" and distinguished senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, as the keynote speaker addressing "The Genesis of Catholic Social Doctrine." Former Ambassador to the UN Commission on Human Rights Michael Novak will speak about social justice. Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, will discuss serving the poor.

A full list of speakers, schedule, and registration information can be found on the business school’s webpage . Registration is also open for a live stream (choose "Live stream" from the drop down box next to "Registration Cost").

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