'The Quest for the Common Good' April 10
3/29/2013 2:14:00 PM by Doug

Siena Heights University’s 12th annual Chiodini/Fontana Lecture Series on Ethics will feature guest speaker Dr. Jean Keller. Her lecture is entitled, “The Quest for the Common Good.” The event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. April 10 in St. Dominic Chapel on the SHU main campus. The lecture is free and open to the community.

Dr. Keller is a philosopher who teaches courses in ethics and feminist theory at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, two Catholic, Benedictine institutions in central Minnesota. Her interest in the common good stems from discussions with students in her ethics classes, her research on the German philosopher Jurgen Habermas and her observations on the recent elections. Keller’s professional writing has primarily focused on the ethics of interpersonal relationships. She has published articles on friendship, autonomy, motherhood, adoption, care ethics and the teaching of men’s studies.

The Chiodini/Fontanta series was established to provide students and the community the opportunity to reflect on matters of moral significance that touch many dimensions of today’s society. The series explores theoretical issues in ethics, current issues of moral importance, and the nature and meaning of Catholic identity. The series also speaks directly to Siena Heights’ mission, which is to assist people to become more competent, purposeful, and ethical through a teaching and learning environment which respects the dignity of all.

The endowed Chiodini/Fontana series is funded by Catherine Reuther and Warren Reuther, with additional support from the Edward M. and Henrietta M. Knabusch Trust.

For more information, call 517-264-7141 or email

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