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February 20 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST
Chesterton House – 111 The Knoll
Chesterton Perspectives brings you:
Markets, Morality, and the Medieval Christian Mind
A Conversation with Mary Hirschfeld Professor of Economics and Theology at Villanova University
Mary Hirschfeld will be Zooming in to a live gathered audience at The Knoll. At the conclusion of the event, in person attendees will partake in post conversation lead by Executive Director Dr. Vivek Mathew
Prof. Mary Hirschfeld, trained with her doctorate from Harvard in economics, had become an accomplished professor in a tenured post at Occidental College. But then as a faculty member she had an adult conversion to the Christian faith, which then prompted her to reflect on the foundations of the modern economic discipline as a moral enterprise.
Her questions on how to approach economics from a Christian perspective led her to leave a prized tenured post and begin a second doctorate in theology from Notre Dame. Now a professor of theology at Villanova, she is one of the few very few scholars in the world who have a bi-cultural literacy through two very different lenses on the world. Join us as we gain perspective and insight on navigating what it means to live a virtuously economic life.
Mary Hirschfeld, Professor of Economics and Theology at Villanova University
Mary Hirschfeld earned her Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1989, specializing in the fields of macroeconomics and economic history. She was a professor of economics at Occidental College from 1988 to 2003 and she also served as Chair of the Department of Economics and as a member of several committees, including the institution’s Educational Policy Committee. Following a conversion to Catholicism, she left her position to study moral theology at Notre Dame, earning her Master of Theological Science degree in 2005. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the field of moral theology at Notre Dame. Her dissertation focuses on a Thomistic framework for thinking about economics, with an emphasis on consumption.
In the field of economics, Professor Hirschfeld has explored research interests in feminist economics and heterodox approaches to economic theory. She has taught a variety of courses on topics that include the development of capitalism, macroeconomics, financial markets, economics and philosophy, European history, and persecution in America. She is the author of several articles on economics in the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Economic Education, and History of Political Economy, as well as a recent article on moral theology in the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics. In 2010, Professor Hirschfeld was awarded a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.