President's Lecture Series

The President’s Lecture Series at Assumption College is a public forum in which important ethical, spiritual and human issues are illuminated and examined within the Catholic intellectual tradition.

The heart of a classical liberal arts education is an ongoing conversation across disciplines. By ensuring that the sharpest minds, representing diverse viewpoints and areas of study, are a part of this dialogue Assumption reaffirms –and bolsters– its commitment to providing students with an education that goes beyond the mere memorization of facts and acquisition of skills and empowers them to continue the discussion.

All lectures in the series are open to the Assumption College community and the general public at no charge.

Next Speaker:

Mary Hirschfeld, Ph.D.

Mary Hirschfield, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor of Economics and Theology, Villanova University

Toward a Humane Economy: Ordering Economic Life to Genuine Human Happiness
 
Monday, April 11, 2016 at 7pm. Salon, La Maison Française
 
Professor Mary Hirschfeld specializes in the fields of macroeconomics and economic history. She earned her Ph.D. in economics at Harvard University and her Ph.D. in theology at the University of Notre Dame.
 
Professor Hirschfeld is a fellow of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, and serves on the Board for the Program of Catholic Social Thought at the Lumen Christi Institute. She is the author of several articles on economics and has presented widely in her field.
 
Lecture Summary
The modern market economy allows for a level of prosperity that is unprecedented in human history. At the same time, economic logic often seems inhumane. Economic decisions that aim at maximizing profits can have negative consequences for workers, consumers and the environment.
 
The thought of Saint Thomas Aquinas gives us a framework for rethinking economic life in a way that should allow us to better harness the power of markets to the project of serving genuine human flourishing.
 
In her talk, Professor Hirschfeld will set out some of the tools we can use to move toward a more humane economy.
 

Upcoming 2015-2016 Lecture Series Speakers

Monday April 11, 2016
7 p.m.
Salon, La Maison Français

Mary Hirschfeld

Mary Hirschfeld, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Economics and Theology, Villanova University

Toward a Humane Economy: Ordering Economic Life to Genuine Human Happiness

Full President’s Lecture Series Schedule

RSVPs are encouraged due to limited space. Please call 508-767-7322 or email shmahone@assumption.edu.