On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, The Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice and Public Understanding at St. Norbert College will welcome Joerg Rieger, Ph.D. to speak as a part of its lecture series in Public Understanding. Rieger is Cal Turner Chancellor’s Chair in Wesleyan Studies and Distinguished Professor of Theology at the Divinity School and the Graduate Program of Religion at Vanderbilt University. Reiger’s lecture “Which Common Good? Rethinking Religion, Self-Interest and Agency” will apply religious traditions to examine the “commonality” in the common good and how perception of self may lead to making a difference in the world around us.
Ellie Socha, a sophomore member of the Honors Program, is a Community Organizer working in The Norman Miller Center, and is part of the team responsible for bringing Dr. Joerg Rieger to St. Norbert next month.
“What I like most about being a Community Organizer at the Norman Miller Center for
Peace, Justice, and Public Understanding is that I get to focus on social justice issues that I
am most passionate about while hopefully helping to incorporate information surrounding
those issues into campus activities and events.”
Ellie is double majoring in Biology and Environmental Science and strives to be involved in conservation efforts post-graduation. In her upcoming years at St. Norbert, Ellie hopes to become involved in some of the many research opportunities on campus, as well as study abroad in the United Kingdom. She is a traveler, a lover of nature, and an ardent crusader for social justice issues that trouble our world. It is clear that Ellie endeavors to pursue what she believes is the common good, making a difference in the world around her as a result.
“Which Common Good? Rethinking Religion, Self-Interest and Agency,” a Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding, will be presented in Fort Howard Theater at 7:00 p.m.