Matthew Crawford, philosopher/mechanic and best-selling author of Shop Class as Soulcraft – who also runs a motorcycle repair business in Richmond, Va. – is the featured speaker at the 2011 Stakeholder Dialogue of the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business. 

Crawford’s lecture, “Ethics Education in Business and Law: A Kind of Soulcraft?” will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, in Thornton Auditorium, Terrence Murphy Hall, on St. Thomas’ Minneapolis campus.

His book, Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work, won the Borders Original Voices Award for Nonfiction and was chosen the New York Times Book Review Notable Book for 2009, among other honors. (More about Crawford.)

The dialogue will be moderated by Dr. Daryl Koehn, professor of ethics in the Opus College of Business.

Commentaries will be offered by:

  • Dr. Michael Naughton, director of the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought and the Alan W. Moss Endowed Chair in Catholic Social Thought
  • Neil Hamilton, J.D., director of the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions and professor in the St. Thomas School of Law

A Q-and-A period will follow the commentaries.

This event is free and open to the public; however, advance registration is recommended to ensure that all attendees can be accommodated. Find more information here.

Stakeholder Dialogues are an annual series of events focusing on various groups that have a stake in the business enterprise. They are designed to increase public understanding of the issues and encourage ethical action by business organizations.

The dialogue is sponsored by the Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics with collaboration from the Center for Ethical Business Cultures and the SAIP Institute at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business.

 The University of St. Thomas is Minnesota’s largest private university and the only private university in the state accredited by the Associated to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. The university’s Opus College of Business, through its range of graduate, undergraduate and continuing education business programs, seeks to transform its students’ lives and careers while transforming the landscape of the business community.

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