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3rd Annual Scherer Lecture and Conference, Fr. Joseph Koterski, S.J.: “A Practical Moral Vision for the American Economy”

Fri, March 24, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Fr. Joseph W. Koterski, S.J. is an associate professor of philosophy at Fordham University, where he specializes in the history of medieval philosophy and natural law ethics, and has earned the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching and the Graduate Teacher of the Year Award. He has also produced lecture courses for The Teaching Company on Aristotle’s Ethics, Natural Law and Human Nature, and most recently on Biblical Wisdom Literature.

Fr. Koterski has been a member of the Philosophy Department of Fordham University since 1992 and is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Philosophical Quarterly.  He has served as President of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and is a long-time officer of University Faculty for Life. Koterski is the author of An Introduction to Medieval Philosophy: Some Basic Concepts (2009), and has coauthored a number of books, including Medieval Education (with Ron Begley) and Culture and Creed (with John Conley, S.J.).

Fr. Koterski earned a Doctorate of Philosophy from St. Louis University in 1982, before accepting a teaching position at the Center for Thomistic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. Later, after entering the Jesuit seminary, he earned a Masters of Divinity and License in Sacred Theology from Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Scherer Lecture is an annual lecture at the University of Dallas, named in honor of the late Mary Scherer, daughter of our benefactors Frank and Jean O’Brien of St. Louis. Mary received a teaching degree from Franciscan University at Steubenville. She then taught her entire career at St. Ambrose Parish, on the Hill (Italian neighborhood) of St. Louis, where she was a teacher much beloved by her students.”

Scherer Conference Schedule

Friday, March 24
4:00 “The Challenges of Research on Controversial Subjects”
Mark Regnerus: The University of Dallas, SB Hall Serafy Room
5:45 Break
8:00 Scherer Lecture: “A Practical Moral Vision for the American Economy”
Fr. Joseph Koterski: The University of Dallas, SB Hall Multifunction Room
9:30 Reception: SB Hall Serafy Room

Saturday, March 25
(All Saturday events are in the University of Dallas’ Haggar Auditorium in the Haggar Arts Village.)
9:00  Continental Breakfast
9:30  “Religion and American Attitudes Toward the Welfare State”
Matthew Wilson
“The Amazing American Achievement in Freedom of Education”
Susan Hanssen
11:00  Break
11:30 “Reasonable Disagreement and Civic Friendship”
John Haldane
12:30 Break
2:00 “Unquiet Americans: U.S. Religious Believers and America’s Common Good”
Gerry Bradley
3:00 Conclusion

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Fri, March 24, 2017
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm


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University of Dallas – SB Hall Multifunction Room
1845 E. Northgate Dr.
Irving, TX United States
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