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Eighth Annual “Globalization for the Common Good” Conference
Comes to Loyola University Chicago
International Conference Runs May 31-June 4, 2009

CHICAGO, May 14, 2009 – Loyola University Chicago and its Center for Ethics will host “Globalization: The Challenge to America,” the eighth annual conference of Globalization for the Common Good (GCG), from May 31-June 4, 2009. The five-day conference, which will be held in the Mundelein Auditorium on the University’s Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park, is a featured event of Loyola’s “100 years as a university” celebration.

Headlining the international conference are prominent scholars, activists, and interfaith leaders. The conference will kick off on Sunday, May 31, with greetings and presentations by Francis Cardinal George, OMI, archbishop of Chicago; Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., president of Loyola University Chicago; and Howard Cohen, chancellor at Purdue University Calumet. Conference sessions will also feature more than 80 speakers from the United States and other countries discussing global business, global citizenship, preparing next-generation leaders, our planetary future, and social and economic justice, among other themes.

“We are honored to be a part of this wonderful gathering of scholars, citizens, and leaders who will discuss issues of true global importance,” says William French, PhD, director of Loyola’s Center for Ethics. “We have a wonderful line-up of speakers scheduled and attendees are sure to be stimulated by the depth of the conversations and the seriousness of the topics.”

The conference is sponsored by Loyola’s Center for Ethics, the Interreligious Engagement Project (IEP21), the Center for Global Studies at Purdue University Calumet, and Globalization for the Common Good (UK). Noteworthy conference speakers scheduled to attend include Illinois Senator Richard Durbin; Michael Klare, Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College; Rosemary Radford Ruether, feminist theologian and peace activist; Sallie King of James Madison University; John Pawlikowski of the Catholic Theological Union; and Eboo Patel of Interfaith Youth Corps. Drs. Nancy Tuchman and Marcia Hermansen, as well as other Loyola faculty members, will also give presentations.

The International Peace Council, an extraordinary group that has worked since 1995 to bring prominent religious leaders together in the midst of conflicts around the world to be present, listen, and learn, will play a major role in the conference as well. Conference attendees will hear from a number of the leaders of the Peace Council, including Don Samuel Ruiz Garcia, bishop emeritus, Chiapas; Reverend Marcus Braybrooke, president of the World Congress of Faiths, UK; Hizkias Assefa, internationally known peace negotiator, Nairobi, Kenya; and Paul Knitter, Union Theological Seminary; among others.

Conference chairs include Kamran Mofid, founder of GCG; Yahya Kamalipour of Purdue University Calumet; Jim Kenney of the IEP21, Peace Council, and Common Ground; and William French, Center for Ethics, Loyola University Chicago. The conference is open to the public and registration is available online at www.gcgchicago2009.org. Full conference registration is $150. Registration per day is $40. On-site registration is available as well, and will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 31.

About the Loyola University Chicago Center for Ethics
The Center for Ethics at Loyola supports interdisciplinary research related to questions of ethics and social justice and offers the Loyola and surrounding communities diverse programs that concentrate on ethical concerns. The center also supports distinctive service-learning programs and Ethics Bowl programs for undergraduates, and lecture series and workshop experiences for graduate students. The center sustains a significant engagement with the Chicago community by sponsoring a corporate values lecture series, a call-in advice line for journalists, and by hosting major conferences on challenging issues.

About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is more than 15,600 students, which includes more than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s ten schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S. News & World Report, and the University was named a “best value” in their 2009 rankings. In addition, Loyola is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.





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