Faith and Reason

Benedictine University's 9th Annual Faith and Reason Symposium presents:

"Perspectives on Aging"

Public Policy and Economic Perspectives on Aging | Perspectives on Health and Wellness in the Elderly
Social and Cultural Perspectives on Aging

Friday, April 15, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Goodwin Hall, Room 321

Sponsored by: The Abbey Endowment, The Center for Mission and Identity and
the History, Philosophy and Religious Studies Department

For more information, contact Vince Gaddis at or (630) 829-6262,
or Lynn Dransoff at or (630) 829-6250.

The symposium brings together Benedictine faculty and other featured academics to discuss the ethical and practical issues of aging among America’s rapidly growing elderly population. As a Catholic university, Benedictine’s faith tradition calls for us to care for those in need. Scholars from the sciences, theology, political science and anthropology will give us an interdisciplinary approach to discuss concerns of aging and examine practical solutions.


Keynote Presentation

Debra Dobbs, Ph.D.
"United States Exceptionalism and End of Life Care"
Debra Dobbs, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the School of Aging Studies at the University of South Florida. Her research interests are in palliative and hospice care quality and utilization in long-term care, advance care planning education among providers of care for frail and chronically ill older adults, and health care policy related to Medicaid and Medicare programs. She has been involved since the early 1990s in both qualitative and quantitative research studies related to these topics, with a particular focus on assisted living settings.




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*There are no longer any spots available for the luncheon as we have reached capacity.  

Schedule of Events
 9:00 - 9:30  Check-in; coffee, tea and pastries
 9:30 - 11:30  Morning presentations 
 11:30 - 1:00  Luncheon keynote with Debra
 1:00 - 3:00  Afternoon presentations

Jane Boumgarden, M.S.W., associate professor of Social Work

Christine Fletcher, Ph.D., associate professor of Theology

Phil Hardy, Ph.D., assistant professor of Political Science

Joan Libner, Ed.D., M.S.N., RN-BC, CNE, associate professor of nursing and department chair

Ginnie Moore, M.S., RDN, LDN, community planner with Northeastern Illinois Agency on Aging

Dianne Moran, Ph.D., associate professor of Psychology and Human Development

Sr. Karen Nykiel, O.S.B., Benedictine Religious Studies and Humanities instructor

Jack Thornburg, Ph.D., professor of Anthropology