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“Working for the Common Good: Do I Have to Leave My Job to Do It?”

Feb. 28, 2013
7 p.m. Lecture
Fort Howard Theater, Bemis International Center

Dr. Michael J. Naughton
Alan W. Moss Professor of Catholic Social Thought
University of St. Thomas

Michael J. Naughton is ideally suited to address the theme for the 2012-13 Killeen Chair lecture series: “The Common Good.”

Dr. Michael J. Naughton is Director of the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought and Alan W. Moss Endowed Chair in Catholic Social Thought. Currently a full professor with a joint appointment in the Departments of Ethics and Business Law and Catholic Studies at St. Thomas University, Dr. Naughton received his Ph.D. in Theology and Society from Marquette University in 1991 and his M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas in 1995. He has published articles at the intersection of Catholic social thought and business in various academic venues, including America, Health Progress, Ave Maria Law Journal and the Journal of Religion and Business Ethics. He has authored and edited a number of books, including Managing as if Faith Mattered: Christian Social Principles in the Modern Organization (with Helen Alford), published in 2001. In 2009, Dr. Naughton was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, Cali., and was inducted into the school’s College of Fellows.

“So guide us in the work we do that we may do it not for the self alone, but for the common good” (Episcopal Book of Common Prayer). Too often we can see our work as simply a job or career where work is understood as simply an exercise to attain our own particular interests with no connection to the common good. What does it take to see our work as a good that is shared in common with others for the good of others and ourselves?  Dr. Naughton will present a compelling case that the deepest satisfaction with our work can come only through its contribution to the common good grounded in a deep transcendent vision of work as a vocation. Drawing upon the Catholic social tradition as well as personal stories, American culture and organizational cases, Dr. Naughton will explore the concrete implications and challenges of the common good in the workplace today.

You may search the Mulva Library catalog for a selection of books available by Michael J. Naughton. Books are also available to purchase after the lecture and at the St. Norbert College bookstore.