Thursday, December 11, 2014

December 11, 2014 - Catholic Herald Covers "The Hobbit Party" Book Launch

Dr. Jay W. Richards, Clinical Research Professor for the School of Business and Economics, launched his new book on Thursday, December 4 at the CUA Barnes and Noble Bookstore. Dr. Richards discussed the book in-person and copies were available for purchase and signing. The book launch celebrated the release of The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom that Tolkien Got, and the West Forgot, which presents J.R.R. Tolkien's political principles and how they influenced his works.

The Catholic Herald covered the book launch event in a column yesterday, December 10, 2014. The article highlights quotes from Dr. Richards during the event, as well as viewpoints of the public that attended the event. Please read the full article here.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

December 9, 2014 - School of Business and Economics Alumni Highlights

Since its founding, one major priority for the School of Business and Economics has been reconnecting with alumni of all generations. Our young alumni have been very eager to stay connected as they graduate from CUA and begin their careers on Wall Street and beyond. However, it has been particularly encouraging to see greater involvement from alumni that graduated 10, 20 and even 30 years ago.

One prime example of reconnecting with alumni happened not long ago, at the most recent homecoming weekend. The School of Business and Economics hosted an alumni reception in the May Gallery of the Mullen Library and gathered an impressive crowd. The May Gallery was packed with graduates of varying class years. Many faculty members also attended to welcome their former students back to campus.

School of Business and Economics Alumni reception, 2014.
Those that attended enjoyed a live cello performance by current business major (and music minor), Martin Nyberg. They also took part in cocktails and plenty of hors d'oeuvres as they networked with former classmates and faculty.  

Dean Abela spoke to the alumni about the school's recent accomplishments and goals. He expressed how happy he was to see so many alumni present, many that he had taught and many that had come before him. Dean Abela reminded alumni that they play a key role in the future success of the school and that their ideas for how to continue to improve are so valuable to the school as it grows. Our alumni are extremely talented and had plenty of wonderful updates. We hope to see them (and many more) again soon.

Friday, December 5, 2014

December 5, 2014 - School Hosts Visit and Lecture with Dr. Paul Dembinski

The School of Business and Economics held a lecture with Dr. Paul Dembinski from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. The event was held in the Edward J. Pryzbyla Center and was titled, After the Financial Tsunami, which discussed the causes of the financial crisis and its aftermath, seen from an ethical perspective.

Dr. Dembinski during his lecture to SBE students.
Dr. Dembinski traveled from Switzerland to deliver his lecture, but also to visit with students and faculty of the School of Business and Economics. His visit included a guided tour of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, a student-led tour of CUA's campus, several discussions with faculty members and graduate students, and a private tour of the US Capitol. The visit concluded with Dr. Dembinski's lecture.

Dr. Dembinski has an interdisciplinary formation: on the one hand he has obtained a doctorate in economics at the University of Geneva (1982) followed by post graduate studies at Oxoford; on the other hand he is a holder of a licentiate in political sciences (1978) at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. His academic interests have evovled around the explanation of socio economic systems and the relationship with their institutions. Since 1990 he has been an associate Professor at the University of Fribourg where he teaches firms' aspects related to international competition and strategies. In addition he is interested in all those interactions enterprises have with respect to their immediate economic and social environment as well as their cultural and ethical issues.


Prof. Paul H. Dembinski is the initiator and Director of the Foundation of the Observatoire de la Finance. The mission of the Observatoire de la Finance is to promote awareness of ethical concerns in financial activities and the financial sector.

He is also the founder and editor of the quarterly bilingual journal entitled Finance & the Common Good. In parallel, he is partner and co-founder (with Alain Schoenenberger) of Eco'Diagnostic, an independent economic research institute working for both government and private clients in Switzerland and elsewhere.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

December 3, 2014 - Pope Francis Comments on Education

Early last week Pope Francis visited Strasbourg, France to address the European Parliament and the Council of Europe. The Holy Father's visit was intended to offer a message of encouragement through hope and human dignity, to a union that has a vivid and heavy past.

Pope Francis spoke at length on the magnitude of true human dignity and what it - in its truest sense - can offer the EU. Diving into more specifics, however, the Holy Father commented on education as well. It was then that Pope Francis stated:
 "Education cannot be limited to providing technical expertise alone. Rather, it should encourage the more complex process of assisting the human person to grow in his or her totality. Young people today are asking for a suitable and complete education which can enable them to look to the future with hope instead of disenchantment."
Here in the School of Business and Economics at The Catholic University of America, we could not agree more with the Holy Father's words. Yes, we offer our students technical expertise, but our true mission is to educate each student as a whole person. Our students are not just future bankers or managers but human beings, created by God to serve God and neighbor in many capacities. We want our graduates to be good bankers and managers, of course, but more than anything we want them to be good people.

Please view the full mission of the School of Business and Economics here. We also invite you to read the Holy Father's full remarks to the European Parliament here.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

December 2, 2014 - Acton Conference Discussed in The Daily Caller

The Acton Institute and the School of Business and Economics at The Catholic University of America held a conference on The Relationship between Religious and Economic Liberty in an Age of Expanding Government. The speakers examined how the Christian conception of religious liberty limits the state’s exercise of power, the manner in which the expansion of economic freedom creates new opportunities and challenges for believers, and how social welfare policies can inhibit or facilitate religious freedom.

Shortly following the conference, Samuel Gregg, Research Director for the Acton Institute, wrote an op-ed for The Daily Caller about the ideas and issues discussed during the conference. Please read the full article here.

Monday, December 1, 2014

December 1, 2014 - Jay W. Richards Launches New Book This Week at CUA

Dr. Jay W. Richards, Clinical Research Professor for the School of Business and Economics, is launching his new book on Thursday, December 4 at the CUA Barnes and Noble Bookstore, beginning at 5:30pm. Dr. Richards will discuss the book in-person and copies will be available for purchase and signing. The book launch will celebrate the release of The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom that Tolkien Got, and the West Forgot, which presents J.R.R. Tolkien's political principles and how they influenced his works.

The Hobbit Party has received outstanding reviews, including endorsements from Tom Shippey, author of The Road to Middle Earth, and Art Lindsley of the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics. Lindsley commented, "Beautifully written! A tour of the important issues of our world through Tolkien's eyes, including limiting government, man's temptation to power, freedom, just war, socialism, distributism, localism, love and death."

Dr. Richards is also the author of two New York Times' bestsellers, Inflitrated, and Indivisible: Restoring Faith, Family and Freedom Before It's Too Late, as well as numerous additional books and articles.

All are welcome to attend the book launch. The CUA bookstore is located within the Monroe Street Market in NE Washington, D.C. (625 Monroe Street).