Notre Dame ethics professor to speak at St. Thomas March 20

Father Oliver Williams, C.S.C., an author and expert on business ethics from the University of Notre Dame, will speak at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 20, in 3M Auditorium of Owens Science Hall on the south campus of the University of St. Thomas.

He will discuss how understanding the ethics of virtue can inform the ethical conduct of managers.

His talk, part of the annual Hesburgh Lecture Series, is sponsored by the Notre Dame Alumni Club of Minnesota. It is co-sponsored by the Center for Catholic Studies at St. Thomas, and is free and open to the public.

Williams is an associate professor of management in Notre Dame’s Mendoza School of Business and is director there of the Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business. He recently completed a joint appointment as a visiting professor at the graduate business schools at the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University.

Williams is the editor or author of 13 books as well as numerous articles on business ethics in journals such as Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, the Journal of Business Ethics, Business Horizons and Theology Today.

His most recent books are Economic Imperatives and Ethical Values in Global Business (co-written with S. Prakash Sethi) and Business, Religion and Spirituality: A New Synthesis (contributor and editor).

Williams has taught at Notre Dame since 1973, where he earned a bachelor’s in chemical engineering in 1961 and a master’s in theology in 1969. He was ordained a Holy Cross priest in 1970 and received his doctorate four years later from Vanderbilt University.