Robert Benne to give 'Two Cheers (and a Few Second Thoughts) on Capitalism' Nov. 3

Oct. 23, 2009

Robert Benne, will give the lecture “Two Cheers (and a Few Second Thoughts) on Capitalism,” Tuesday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m. in the Center of Faith for Life recital hall.

The program is sponsored by Center for Ethics and Public Life, the Dahl Chair in Economics, and the Sense of Vocation Program.

In addition to his lecture, Benne will speak in classes, at a dinner and a brown bag session on the Luther campus. 

Benne holds the bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Midland Lutheran College and the master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago.  He has been a Fulbright Scholar to Germany and has done postdoctoral research at Hamburg University in Germany and at Cambridge University in England where he continues as a Visiting Fellow at St. Edmund's College.

Benne is the author of 10 books including “Reasonable Ethics:  A Christian Approach to Social, Economic, and Political Concerns” (2005, Concordia), “Quality With Soul:  How Six Premier Colleges and Universities Keep Faith with their Religious Traditions” (2001, Eerdmans) and “Why Bother? A Whole Vision for a Whole People” (1999, Augsburg Fortress).

In addition to writing a regular column for “The Cresset,” Benne has also written articles and reviews for several journals. His main interests focus on Christian ethics, social interpretation, and the character and mission of church-related institutions.

Benne has been a Woodrow Wilson, Rockefeller, and University of Chicago Fellow, an American Association of Theological Schools Grantee, a Franklin Clark Fry Fellow, a Siebert Foundation Fellow, a Virginia Laureate in Religion, a Louisville Institute Fellow, and a Senior Lilly Fellow. 

He has lectured widely in American and European colleges, seminaries and universities.  He has won both an Outstanding Professor Award and an Exemplary Professional Achievement Award at Roanoke College. 

His alma mater, Midland Lutheran College, honored him with its Alumni Achievement Award, elected him to its Athletic Hall of Fame, named him as its inaugural NEH Lecturer, and bestowed a doctor of humane letters degree upon him in 1996.

Robert Benne