Interfaith conference on wealth creation to be held at Notre Dame

Author: Arts and Letters


“Muslim, Christian, and Jewish Views on the Creation of Wealth,” an interfaith conference of academic, business, banking and religious leaders will be held April 23 and 24 (Monday and Tuesday) at the University of Notre Dame’s McKenna Hall.

The conference will be based on the Interfaith Declaration of International Business Ethics, a 12-year-old statement adopted by a group of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish leaders to promote common business values in harmony with their respective religious teachings. Taking the declaration as its starting point, conference participants will examine the challenges with which today’s global economy confronts those three religious faiths and attempt to articulate what faithful reponses to those challenges might have in common.

Notre Dame scholars participating in the conference include John Affleck-Graves, executive vice president and Notre Dame Professor of Finance; Asma Afsaruddin, associate professor in Arabic and Islamic studies; Robert Audi, David E. Gallo Professor of Business Ethics; R. Scott Appleby, John M. Regan Jr. Director of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and professor of history; Rev. David B. Burrell, C.S.C., Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Theology; Amitava K. Dutt, professor of economics and policy studies; Georges Enderle, John T. Ryan Professor in International Business Ethics; Patrick E. Murphy, C. R. Smith Co-director of the Institute for Ethical Business Worldwide and professor of marketing; Imam Dr. A. Rashied Omar, program coordinator of the Kroc Institute; Lee A. Tavis, C. R. Smith Professor of Business Administration; Ann E. Tenbrunsel, associate professor of management and O’Neil Co-director of the Institute for Ethical Business Worldwide; Robert P. Vecchio, Schurz Professor of Management; Paul J. Weithman, chair and professor of philosophy; Todd D. Whitmore, associate professor of theology; Rev. Oliver Williams, C.S.C., director of the Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business and associate professor of management; Carolyn Y. Woo, Martin J. Gillen Dean of the Mendoza College of Business and Siegfried Professor of Management; and Meghan Carter, Joshua Cox, and Karen Diatta, all MBA students.

Other participants includeJoanne Ciulla, Coston Family Chair in Leadership and Ethics at the Jepson School of Leadership of the University of Richmond; Masudul Alam Choudhury, professor of economics at Sultan Qaboos University of Oman; Jonathan Cohen, assistant professor of Talmud and Halachic literature and director of Hebrew-Union College-University of Cincinnati’s Ethics Center; Nasser Elahi, director of the Center for Economic Studies at Mofid University in Qom, Iran, and currently a visiting scholar in Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business; Steve Mahle, executive vice president and president of Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management and chair of the Medtronic Foundation in Minneapolis; David W. Miller, executive director of Yale Divinity School’s Yale Center for Faith and Culture; Moses L. Pava, Alvin Einbender Chair in Business Ethics at Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business; Rev. Leo V. Ryan, C.S.V., professor of management emeritus in DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business; Simon Webley, research director of the London Institute of Business Ethics; and Allen White, vice president of Tellus Institute in Boston.

The conference is sponsored by Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business; Departments of Economics and Policy Studies, Theology and Philosophy; and Erasmus, Kroc and Kellogg Institutes.

Contact : Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business at 574-631-6072 or or visit the conference web site at

Originally published by Michael O. Garvey at on April 18, 2007.