"Option for the Poor?:Economics and Inequalities"
April 11, 2013, Conaton Board Room, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
How do we come to reconcile a world where profit margins and bottom-lines supersede our concern for the human person and his or her inherent dignity? Is there a way to resolve such difference, considering we know the pervasive nature of market economics? Dr. Bertaux will reflect upon market economics and a particular focus on the option for the poor.
Dr. Nancy Bertaux
Nancy Bertaux is Professor of Economics at Xavier, holds a PhD and MA in Economics from the University of Michigan, and BA in Economics, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Colgate University. As an undergraduate, she participated in Colgate's Washington D.C. semester (the oldest in the nation) and an academic program on economic development in Jamaica. She has worked at the Urban Institute, the Inter-American Foundation, and the Department of Navy in Washington D.C., and at General Electric Co. in Cincinnati. She has consulted on legal and diversity matters, and has published over 30 articles in scholarly journals and book on issues of international economic development, workforce diversity, economic thought, and economic history. She has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Germany, teaching at Eichstaett Universitaet and giving guest lectures in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, and Russia. She has served in a number of leadership roles at Xavier, including Chair of the Board of Graduate Studies, President of the Xavier chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), Chair of Faculty Committee, Chair of the Committee of Private Institutions of the Ohio Conference of AAUP, and most recently, Faculty Chair of the Sustainability Conference.
Professor Bertaux has taught courses in economics at the undergraduate and MBA level, including honors, Philosophy, Politics and the Public, and service learning courses. Her most recent teaching and research focus is in the area of economic sustainability. She regularly teaches Natural Resources, Environmental and Ecological Economics and the History of Economic Thought. She teaches Globalization: The Case of Ireland in Xavier's summer program in Ireland, and has also taught in Xavier's honors summer program in London.
Professor Bertaux and her husband live in Amberley Village. They have three children. Their oldest daughter is pursuing an MFA in classical acting in Washington DC. their second daughter is an honors graduate in biology from Xavier and is currently in a PhD program at the University of Cincinnati. Their son is a freshman at Xavier in the fall of 2012.
Dr. Bob Ahuja
Roshan D. Ahuja, DBA, is a professor of Marketing at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. Professor Ahuja's most recent research investigates the role of con men in sales transactions. His research has appeared in the Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice, Journal of Consumer Marketing.
Mr. Dave Johnson
Dave Johnson assumed his role of Associate Provost for Student Affairs at Xavier University on July 1, 2012, after five years of progressive professional development. While at Xavier, he served as the interim Associate Provost of Student Life and Leadership (2011-2012), the Executive Director for the Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice (2010-2011), and Director for Peace and Justice (2007-2010).
Before coming to Xavier, Dave received his master’s degree in theology with a concentration in social ethics from Boston College where he worked in Campus Ministry and Residence Life, supporting the international immersion trips program and living in a first-year residence hall. Dave also has a Bachelor’s degree in Peace Studies from St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Higher Education from Miami University in Oxford, OH.
Dave has a depth of international experience as well. Before Boston College, he worked five years for the SHARE Foundation, a United States-Salvadoran Nongovernmental Organization that facilitates cross-border grassroots organizing, economic development initiatives and political advocacy. Dave spent the first half of that time in San Salvador, El Salvador as the Coordinator for Grassroots Organizing. The second half of that time, Dave spent in Washington, D.C. as the Political Advocacy Director. Additionally, Dave spent a year teaching in Belize and participated in a 9 month biking tour from the southernmost tip of Argentina all the way to Collegeville, Minnesota.
Dr. Indra DeSilva
Dr. de Silva teaches courses in mass media, audience survey and research, media politics and publics, advertising, and film. His research interests are in media economics in general and film industry in particular. Prior to joining Xavier Dr. de Silva taught at Michigan State University, Boston College and Mount Union College. He was the founding head of the Audience Survey and Research Department at National Television Corporation of Sri Lanka and had collaborated in research and program development with international organizations such as UNESCO and Asia-Pacific Institute of Broadcast Development. He is a lifelong student of politics.