Today I attended the final event of the year put on by the Center for Catholic Social Thought called “Rethinking Development: Institutional Collaboration for Sustainable Societies.” That is a daunting title, but the event pretty much discussed people’s moral obligation to rethink poverty, and consider how developement affects the poor.
Honestly, I will get extra credit in my theology class for attending and writing a two page paper, but I found the event really interesting!
The keynote speaker was Dr. Daniel Finn, who is a professor of theology and Economics at St. John’s University in Minnesota. He spoke about the Catholic view that people have an obligation to raise the common good in society. He noted that most Americans think common good is the sum total of all good, but that view is highly individualistic. Dr. Finn noted that the Catholic view on the common good takes into account the communal good, and does not overlook of the good of the poor.
After the keynote address, there was a moderated discussion. It was interesting to see professor’s reaction to Dr. Finn’s speech, and their differing ideas on development. The panelists were Dr. James Bailey: Duquesne theology professor (Yay Liberal Arts!), Dr. Antony Davies: Duquesne business professor, Dr. Sarah McMillen: Duquesne sociology professor (Yay Liberal Arts!), and Dr. David Saiia, Duquesne business professor. It was moderated by Dr. Nagaraj Sivasuramaniam, Duquesne business professor.
Afterwards, there was a Q & A session and closing remarks by Dr. James Weber, Duquesne business professor and Chair of the Management Department.
Overall, the session was interesting and thought-provoking. This was the final event by the Center for Catholic Thought for this school year, but keep an eye out for them again in the fall!