CREDO Summer Seminar


This seminar is designed as an introduction and immersion into Catholic social thought for graduate students and faculty in economics, finance, or related fields. Participants will cover foundational principles in Catholic social thought starting with the human person, dignity, freedom, subsidiarity, solidarity, and the common good, and moving toward applications of these principles to conceptual understandings and ethical considerations involving economic topics such as utility theory, firm and business ethics, wages, markets, globalization, poverty, and development. Participants will delve into social encyclicals, secondary sources, and relevant economics texts.

Presented by Catholic Research Economists Discussion Organization (CREDO) and the Lumen Christi Institute, with cosponsorship from the University of Notre Dame by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA), and the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture.

Sunday, June 5 - ARRIVAL
(Optional) Pizza dinner at Martijn Cremers’ house, 914 N. Notre Dame Ave.
7:30pm (Optional) Drinks at Martijn Cremers’ house

Monday, June 6 – Foundations, Concepts, Orientation
9:00 – 9:45 am
Session 1. Introduction to CST and Economics: Msgr. Martin Schlag
9:45 – 11:20 am Session 2. Theology of CST and Economics: Mary Hirschfeld
11:30 – 12:10pm (Optional) Mass in the Basilica
12:10 – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30 – 2:45 pm Session 3. Economics and the Technocratic Paradigm: Mary Hirschfeld
2:45 – 3:15pm Break
3:15 – 4:30 pm Session 4. Creation and Order in Economies: Kirk Doran
6:00 pm Group dinner at restaurant

Tuesday, June 7 – Relating CST and Economics, I
9:00 – 10:15 am
Session 5. Discussion of integral human development and economic development: Joe Kaboski
10:15 – 10:30 am Break
10:30 – 11:45 am Session 6. Discussion of Centesimus Annus: Mary Hirschfeld
12:00 pm (Optional) Mass
12:30 pm Lunch
2:00 – 3:15 pm Session 7. Labor: Joe Kaboski
3:30 – 4:45 pm Session 8. Property, Profit, and Gratuitousness in CST: Msgr. Martin Schlag
6:00 pm Group dinner at restaurant (Carmella’s)

Wednesday, June 8– Relating CST and Economics, II and Further Advances
9:00 – 10:15 am
Session 9. Markets and Ethics: Joe Kaboski
10:30 – 11:45 am Session 10. Discussion of potential role of CST in participants’ work in economics: Kirk Doran, Mary Hirschfeld, Joe Kaboski, Msgr. Martin Schlag (joined by alumni)
12:00 pm (Optional) Mass celebrated by Msgr. Martin Schlag
12:30pm (Optional) Lunch