Two conferences here this week are unified by the theme ‘Women and the Recovery of Culture’
Two conferences, unified under a common theme, ‘Women and the Recovery of Culture,’ will be held at the University of St. Thomas this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Oct. 22, 23 and 24.
The combined three days of forums and lectures that are listed below are free and open to the public. In addition, an invitation-only academic conference will take place on Thursday, Oct. 23. For a schedule and background information about the speakers and topics, and registration information, visit the Murphy Institute Web site or contact Dr. Deborah Savage at (651) 962-5061.
The programs will examine the influence that women have on establishing a culture of life, especially their role in the home and in the world through parenting, education, scholarship and ethical leadership.
Some parts of the series deal with the concept of "feminine genius" and the apostolic letter that Pope John Paul II wrote 20 years ago "On the Dignity and Vocation of Women," or Mulieris Dignitatem. In it, he emphasizes the complimentarity of women and men and discusses the feminine genius, that unique capacity that women bring to all areas of life.
The programs on Wednesday and Thursday will be held on the university’s St. Paul campus and are hosted by the Siena Symposium, an interdisciplinary faculty group pursuing the development of a new feminism called for by Pope John Paul II in his Evangelium Vitae.
The Wednesday and Thursday conference, titled "Mulieris Dignitatem and the Church’s Social Vision: The Feminine Genius in the Pursuit of the Common Good," is sponsored by the Archdiocesan Office for Marriage, Family and Life; the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity; Murphy Institute for Law and Public Policy; Center for Catholic Studies; John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought; College of Arts and Sciences; and departments of Philosophy and Theology.
The Friday conference, titled "Visions of Women’s Leadership," will be held at the Opus College of Business in Minneapolis and is sponsored by the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions, School of Law, Opus College of Business, Center for Ethical Business Cultures and Medtronic.
The programs, speakers, times and locations are:
More information about the Friday program is available at the School of Law Web site.