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The Value of Values

October 1, 1997

Inside Tulane staff

Can profits be interpreted as evidence of human virtue? Does capitalist culture preclude Judeo-Christian values? These are among the questions that will be tackled at the 1997 Burkenroad Symposium on Business and Society, an annual presentation of the Freeman School's Burkenroad Institute for the Study of Ethics and Leadership in Management.

For the 1997 symposium, entitled "Business and Religion: Conflict or Complement," the institute offers two fundamentally differing perspectives on the role of spiritual values in business. Michael Novak, the George Frederick Jewett Chair in Religious and Public Policy at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., asserts that individuals can reach their highest personal and spiritual aspirations through work when they act according to religious principles.

Michael Lerner, author and editor of Tikkun magazine, argues that market thinking carries over into one's personal and spiritual life and often negatively shapes the way we view the world. Institute director Arthur P. Brief, Lawrence Martin Chair of Chair of Business, will moderate the discussion.

The Burkenroad Symposium will be held in Goldring/ Woldenberg Hall on Oct. 31 and is free and open to the public. For more information, call (504) 865-5666.

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