Two Views of Social Justice: A Catholic/Georgist Dialogue

Venue: The University of Scranton

Location: Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States

Event Date/Time: Jul 24, 2007 End Date/Time: Jul 27, 2007
Registration Date: Jul 17, 2007
Early Registration Date: Jul 04, 2007
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Distinguished presenters from across the United States and Canada will come compare Catholic views with those of Henry George and Georgists on a variety of social justice topics. Presenters will examine and dialogue on topics such as community development, immigration, the nature of work, and the causes of war.Sponsored by the Council of Georgist Organizations, the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, and The University of Scranton, the conference, entitled “Two Views of Social Justice: A Catholic/Georgist Dialogue,” will be held from July 24 to July 27 at The University of Scranton, with a program held at the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum.
Among the presenters are University of Pennsylvania Professor John DiIulio, Jr., Ph.D., and Joshua Vincent of the Center for the Study of Economics, Philadelphia, who will discuss neighborhood revitalization. Catholic and Georgist perspectives on immigration will be presented by Rev. William O’Neill, S.J., associate professor of social ethics at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, California, and John Beck, Ph.D., professor of economics at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. A comparison of the perspectives on human nature will be presented by the Rev. Joseph Koterski, S.J., associate professor of philosophy at Forham University, N.Y., and James Dawsey, Ph.D., chair of the Religion Department at Emory and Henry College, Virginia. University of Scranton professors presenting at the conference include William Parente, Ph.D., professor of political science, and Brian Benestad, Ph.D., professor of theology. Other presenters will include Alanna Hartzok of the United Nations Land Tools Network, and economist Mason Gaffney, Ph.D., from the University of California, Riverside.
The conference will begin on July 24 with several presentations on local history, including “The Molly Maguires and Catholic Condemnation of Secret Societies” and “Henry George on Coal Mining in Pennsylvania.” The presentations will be held at the Anthracite Heritage Museum and will include a tour of the museum and the Lackawanna Coal Mine. The sessions on July 25 to July 27 will be held in Brennan Hall on the campus of The University of Scranton.


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Additional Information

Registrations fees vary. Participants may register for the July 24 to July 27 conference for $180, which includes three lunches, two dinners and three receptions. Registration is also available for daily or individual sessions and dinners. The deadline for registration is July 17. Accommodations are at the Hilton Conference Center in Scranton at a special rate of $89 per night (taxes not included).