Platform for Cross-Border Collaboration
Events 2013
Crossing Borders
Examining Political, Economic, and Social Assumptions in the US and Mexico
Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, Berkeley, CA and El Colegio de Sinaloa are jointly sponsoring the first Mazatlán Forum "Crossing Borders: Examining Political, Economic, and Social Assumptions in the US and Mexico". The Forum will take place March 7 – 9, see the schedule for more details.

Note: Apart from the Opening Keynotes session, all other sessions will follow the following format: Each presenter will have a maximum of 12 minutes; the rest of any given sessions' time will be devoted to conversation. Moderators for panels are yet to be designated.

Thursday, March 7:

8:00 am – Coffee and Meet and Greet
8:30 am – Opening ceremonies
8:50 am – Opening Keynotes an

"Disputing Questions: An Invitation to Civil Engagement" – 30 minutes
-Michael Sweeney, OP
President, DSPT

"There has emerged a phenomenon unknown to antiquity that permeates our modern societies so completely that its ubiquity scarcely leaves us any room to see it at all: the prohibition of questioning." So wrote Eric Voegelin in his 1958 address to the University of Munich.
Is this phenomenon at the heart of our incapacity to engage others, especially in the public forum? The politician, the professor and, often, the religious leader propose competing solutions to political, economic, and social problems that refuse the possibility of real questions – that is, questions to which there is not an apparent answer.
But answers where there are no real questions answer nothing, and the consequence has been an increasing polarization whereby society is becoming more and more violent. I will contend that there are, indeed, real questions and that the sole condition for genuine engagement with others in any matter is an agreement with respect to the questions that ought to be examined.

"Las preguntas políticas que no nos hemos hecho" – 30 minutes
-Luis F. Aguilar
Universidad de Guadalajara

Los problemas que experimenta actualmente México suscitan preguntas más avanzadas que las que actualmente nos planteamos y preguntas sobre si las respuestas que hemos dado a nuestros problemas sean válidas. Las preguntas centrales refieren al estado y al gobierno y deben ser abordadas con un nuevo esquema mental.
Particularmente hay que discutir:
a) los alcances y límites del Estado-Nación en las condiciones actuales de globalización económica, diferenciación/ descentramiento del sistema social y autonomía creciente de los ciudadanos;
b) la nueva forma de gobernanza o de conducción de la sociedad, que implica un nuevo tipo de relación entre el gobierno y la sociedad, diferente al del pasado y al que hoy se practica;
c) la crisis de la socialización moral y cívica de los miembros de la sociedad mexicana contemporánea. En cada cuestión se describirán y explicarán los problemas, se cuestionarán las respuestas actuales y se plantearán nuevas cuestiones que podrían contribuir a encontrar respuestas políticas más adecuadas.

Open remarks and thoughts by Forum participants – 30 minutes

10:45 am – Break

11:15 am – The Role and Place of Subsidiary Societies in the Contemporary State

"Have Religious Institutions, Universities, and Arts and Media Been Marginalized?"
- Ron Austin
Hollywood Producer and Screenwriter, Author
Fellow, DSPT

Are current social and political conflicts in the US irresolvable? I submit that these conflicts are the result of an imbalance between the political, economic and cultural spheres, where the relative autonomy of the moral-cultural institutions (i.e. churches, universities, arts and media) has been compromised. Is it possible to restore their relative autonomy?

"What is the role of religion in public life?"
- Roberto Blancarte
Professor at El Colegio de México
Visiting Professor at Stanford University

How can we explain that our society is, according to many indicators, increasingly secularized and at the same time religion seems to be a growing part of our political life? Latin America, with its Catholic tradition and its recent religious pluralism shows the difficulty of dealing with the creation of a more secular (laico) state responding to the increasing demands for democracy, human rights and equal treatment to all believers (and non- believers). It is then through the lens of the so called secularization paradigm and the concept of laicization that we will try to understand the mechanisms of the contemporary role of religion not only in Latin America but also in the rest of the world.

12:30 pm
Youth, Truth, and the Social Media

Can Crowd Wisdom Successfully Replace Other Types of "Authority'?
- Agnieszka Winkler
Chairman, The Winkler Group
Fellow, DSPT

Young people around the world are rejecting pronouncements from government, media, big business, church and other forms of previously honored sources of "authority." Frequently, their new authority becomes iPhone video posted on You Tube and the tweets of the people they follow. This is just one example of how social media has become a microcosm of contemporary society amplifying behaviors ranging from organizing to topple despotic governments and calling out injustices to cyber bullying and stewing in the self-centered trivia of life. Yet social media is also a search for community, which in some cases is successful and in many, is not.
In this cultural reality, what values, intellectual and emotional habits and civil institutions are missing in society to drive large populations to make a digital reality their main reality? Or is "crowd wisdom" the new source of universal truth and the new virtual societal organization? How do we reframe the conversation to better understand what can be done now to bridge the generational cultures? What are the implications for our next generation of policy makers?

"Redes sociales y juventud: riesgos y posibilidades"
- Ronaldo González Valdés
Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa

Un hecho inédito de nuestro tiempo es la utilización de las redes sociales para difundir temas de interés colectivo y generar convocatorias que, más allá de la dimensión virtual, permitan abrir nuevos espacios de discusión pública. Tal y como lo demuestra el reciente movimiento #Yo Soy 132 en México, este asunto tiene varias aristas. La pregunta que se impone es la siguiente: ¿pueden los jóvenes abrir cauce a un debate organizado, atenido a razones y argumentos, desde los conocidos como Social Media? Hasta hoy, lo que la evidencia empírica ha demostrado es que:

  1. Las redes han funcionado bien cuando se ha tratado de socializar una convocatoria relativa a cuestiones del interés específico de los jóvenes de una sociedad.

  2. Estas convocatorias se han traducido, con frecuencia, en movilizaciones y concentraciones masivas que, por su propia naturaleza y sus alcances, han resultado efímeras, aunque de un gran impacto mediático inmediato.

  3. De hecho, los mejores logros de convocatorias de esta índole se han obtenido cuando la convocatoria se ciñe a uno o dos temas que hagan sentido directo al sector o grupo interpelado (empleo, educación pública, autoritarismo, represión).

  4. Dichos logros, sin embargo, tienden a difuminarse con alguna rapidez cuando el movimiento –en cada caso- ha pasado de lo estrictamente reivindicativo y acotado en sus demandas al planteamiento de un programa global de transformación de la realidad social.

El problema estriba, quizá, en las posibilidades que tienen este tipo de movimientos de adquirir un carácter dialógico que trascienda la primera respuesta, generalmente reactiva (e impetuosa, hay que decirlo), que las motiva en su arranque. ¿Es esto posible? ¿Pueden estos movimientos dar lugar a algo más que la movilización efímera y la puesta en agenda de temas puntuales como trending topics? ¿En qué medida este nuevo fenómeno está modulando ya el quehacer político en el mundo actual? ¿Cómo lo modulará en el futuro a partir de la experiencia digital de las generaciones contemporáneas y de las que les siguen?

1:30 pm – Lunch

3:00 pm
Whose Right? Rights in Question

"Does the Family Have Rights?"
- Anselm Ramelow, OP
Chair, Philosophy Department

Discernment of the best possible public and social policies currently operates with the concept of "rights." However, multiple problems arise from an excessive proliferation of the rights discourse. The picture that emerges is the dialectic of Narcissus and Leviathan: atomic individuals and their rights are guaranteed by an omnipotent state, which increasingly has to fix the social dysfunctionality that is caused by the atomization of society; it thereby ends up threatening the rights of the individuals that it is meant to protect. What is disappearing is the middle structure of society, the "pouvoir intermédiaire" that Montesquieu and Tocqueville defended against tyrannies from left and right and which are the condition for any genuine subsidiarity. The question is: Do not these intermediate powers have rights of their own, since they form a necessary and integral part of human life? Is this not true first and foremost for the human family, which is not an arbitrary social construct, but a reality given with human nature? Are not the rights of the family neither deducible from nor reducible to either the state or the individual? Must not the rights of family be understood as sui generis?

"Acciones colectivas en defensa de los derechos del consumidor y del ambiente"
- Fernando García Saís
Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México

Se abordará el tema referido partiendo de la revisión de la reforma constitucional de 2010 y de las reformas a la legislación secundaria de 2011, juntamente con algunos casos que se han presentado en diversas jurisdicciones de México.

"Rights and Modern Medical Research: How Far Does the Right to Privacy Extend?"
- Richard Gallagher
Clinical Professor
School of Population and Public Health
University of British Columbia
Fellow, DSPT

In modern medical research, scientists ask study participants for sensitive information on health history, as well as blood, tissue and other biological samples. These are then stored (potentially for up to 50 years) in order to answer questions on disease etiology. Although participants give 'informed consent' many of the uses will not have even been thought of at the time of specimen collection.
Major questions of governance arise immediately. Should scientists be free to use the resource as they wish? Should the study participants as a group define parameters of use on an ongoing basis? If so, how? (The stored health history information and biological samples will outlive the study participants.) What say does the immediate family have? More broadly, what is society's role in governance with respect to these questions? (Which questions are legitimate? Who can use the resource: researchers, government, police?)
Focusing discussion on concrete questions that arise in what initially appears to be a simple medical research project may provide approaches to other bigger questions, such as the relationship among persons, the families (and other subsidiary societies), and the state, and the relationship between private goods and common goods.

- Fernando Cano Valle
Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas, UNAM

Erick From vivió 25 años en México de 1949 -1973, residió previamente en New York desde 1934 al dejar Europa en particular la Alemania Nazi. Durante su estancia se estructuró la Escuela Psicoanalítica de México, contribuyó en muchos sentidos a la comprensión del hombre con su sociedad, como humanista considero al hombre como un fin, el perfeccionamiento de sus cualidades humanas y la meta máxima por alcanzar, la excelencia. En ese contexto deseo analizar lo que sucede en la investigación que involucra a Seres Humanos y la "Dispraxis", debo enfatizar en la investigación clínica y los peligros que en la práctica irregular se lleva a cabo por algunos investigadores. La expresión Greco-Latina Dispraxis denota una práctica inadecuada, se asocia con definiciones que van de tanto de falta de habilidad y experiencia, negligencia, conflicto de intereses y corrupción. Desde el punto de vista de la bioética "contemporánea", la autonomía, la justicia, la libertad, la integridad y más principios, son, sin duda, instrumentos que ayudan en la resolución de los dilemas éticos en la práctica; sin embargo, en la legitimación de la biotecnología, avances en medicina y ciencia en general no crean una moralidad común, sino que la armonizan puntos de vista diferentes y no expresan un sustrato de valores morales, pues en realidad expresan una variedad de visiones ante conflictos éticos. Al respecto hay un consenso internacional en la siguiente afirmación: es inaceptable disminuir los estándares éticos adoptados en los países centrales cuando se llevan a cabo investigaciones en países periféricos. Es claro que en la investigación clínica el doble estándar es inadmisible.

5:00 pm – End of program for the day

Friday, March 8:

8:30 am – Coffee and Meet and Greet
9:00 am – Immigration, Rights, and the Common Good

"Is it Necessary to Rethink Sovereignty in Questions Concerning Immigration?"
- Patrick Brennan
John F. Scarpa Chair in Catholic Legal Studies
Villanova University

The boast of the modern nation state is its "sovereignty," which is understood to include absolute -- indeed, arbitrary -- control over its own borders. Such national isolationism is an historical anomaly. It also involves a philosophical mistake, for it precludes consideration of the proper responsibility of the civil authority with respect to the question of immigration. The conversation about immigration as it is presently entertained in the U.S. reflects a false notion of sovereignty, and the time is ripe to ask: How might immigration policy be reframed to allow government to be of service in ways that were common before the modern nation state erected arbitrary limits on government's sphere of authority?

"Transmigración Centroamericana en México: Vulneración de sus derechos humanos en territorio mexicano e implicaciones para Estados Unidos, propuestas de políticas públicas en México y EU"
- Bernardo Méndez Lugo
Mexican Diplomat

Cada año transitan sin documentos más de 400 mil migrantes centroamericanos que tienen como destino los Estados Unidos, en buena parte las regiones metropolitanas de Los Ángeles y san Francisco en California. Radican en estas dos concentraciones californianas la mitad de los salvadoreños, guatemaltecos y hondureños que viven en Estados Unidos. La transmigración es una problemática compleja ya que las condiciones económicas desfavorables y la violencia en sus países de origen expulsan a la mayoría de los migrantes centroamericanos que proceden en su mayor parte de los tres países mencionados. Se concluye que la clave para solucionar el problema de transmigración indocumentada se deben generar opciones de empleo digno y seguridad en sus países de origen y lograr que un porcentaje de estos transmigrantes que tienen cónyuges, padres y familiares en EU, se beneficien de una reforma migratoria estadounidense que permita la reunificación familiar, y que en estos casos, México promueva visas humanitarias a los transmigrantes que tienen amplia posibilidad de regularizar su situación legal en EU.

"The Contemporary Conundrum: Is it Possible for the U.S. to Aspire to be Both a 'Nation of Laws' and a 'Nation of Immigrants'?"
- Mr. Dan Lungren
Fellow, DSPT

The last 'comprehensive' immigration law was established in 1986 – the so-called Simpson-Mazzoli Bill. Its major contribution was a balanced approach between a large legalization program and future enhanced enforcement of all immigration laws. Unfortunately, the success of the legalization program was matched only by the failure of the enforcement component.
The implementation of any new immigration law will necessarily contain within it attempts to answer a number of questions. First, to what extent does the sovereign nature of a nation permit or even require forceful control of one's borders, especially in the context of the ever-present reality of international terrorism? Second, what are the implications of such a policy for the most populous neighboring country, Mexico? Third, what positive developments are necessary in the area of commerce between our two countries – building on such recent developments as the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?

"El Nuevo contexto antiinmigrante y el estatus migratorio de las estilistas mexicanas en Arizona"
- Erika Montoya Zavala
Facultad de Estudios Internacionales y Políticas Públicas
Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa

A falta de una respuesta federal para solucionar la irregularidad en que viven millones de inmigrantes en Estados Unidos, los gobiernos estatales han intentado tomar el asunto en sus manos, proponiendo leyes para manejar la inmigración. En la mayoría de los casos estas propuestas se han enfocado a perseguir, expulsar, criminalizar y dificultar la vida familiar, laboral y social de los inmigrantes mexicanos, lo que transforma las estrategias de los/las inmigrantes para laborar en estos contextos. Particularmente en Arizona, las medidas para enfrentar el reto de la inmigración se han tornado en la creación de leyes y políticas anti-inmigrantes que están afectando a más de un millón y medio de mexicanos que viven en el estado. El objetivo de esta investigación es conocer las nuevas estrategias seguidas por las mujeres estilistas indocumentadas para continuar su labor en un marco de políticas migratorias que afectan su vida laboral, y contrastarlas con las experiencias de estilistas dueñas de salones de belleza que cuentan con ciudadanía o residencia en Estados Unidos. El estudio se base en entrevistas realizadas a estilistas dueñas de negocios y estilistas auto-empleadas informales en las dos ciudades más grandes de Arizona, 2009-2012.

11:00 am – Break

11:30 am – Rethinking the Corporation and the Market Economy

"Can the Corporate Organization Offer a Model for Societal Change?"
- André Delbecq
J. Thomas and Kathleen McCarthy University Professor
Santa Clara University
Fellow, DSPT

Until late in the past century there was only one dominant model for structuring complex organizations: hierarchical, with command and control centralized and power constrained through division of labor and specialization. Yet, by 1990 in advanced knowledge work industrial clusters such as Silicon Valley (and even in sophisticated manufacturing and military units) a new organization form emerged. Loosely–coupled, empowered organizational units with increasing spontaneous communication within flatter hierarchical structures became characteristic of high performing organizations.
This paper will discuss the historical, economic, psychological and sociological causes behind this paradigm shift and the resulting organizational subsidiarity. What economic, political, organizational and religious philosophies embedded in Western thought need to be addressed to accommodate this evolution? How is this evolution more congruent with a true human anthropology and what are the implications for leadership development and formation?

"Perspectivas de un desarrollo sustentable mediante el modelo de economía de Mercado para México".
- Miguel Breceda
Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa

Al finalizar el Siglo XIX, el conglomerado de las sociedades de los países de "Occidente", vivía una paz relativa: las devastadoras guerras mundiales del Nuevo siglo estaban aún fuera del horizonte y, gracias a los grandes advances científicos y logros tecnológicos alcanzados casi exclusivamente por el consabido bloque de países "desarrollados" o "industrializados" durante aquel siglo, Occidente confrontaba la transición al Siglo XX, enunciando un paradigma sustentado en el culto al progreso. Resulta innegable que dicho paradigma predominó prácticamente a lo largo de todo el siglo pasado y, para darle continuidad, hacia el siglo XXI, en Occidente se reforzó, por medio de las políticas culturales, sociales y económicas, un Nuevo culto complementario: el culto al mercado. Mi ponencia somete a revisión, con una vision crítica, el modelo sui-géneris de economía de Mercado dominante en México, que se basa en ambos cultos y analizo, someramente, su desempeño con evidencia factual sobre la pobreza, el desmantelamiento de las instituciones del Estado y el desgarro creciente del tejido social.

"Are our Assumptions Concerning Economic Life False?"
- Mary Hirschfeld
Professor of Economics and Theology
Villanova University
Fellow Designate, DSPT

The view of society as an aggregate of contracting individuals rests at least in part on a false view of economic life. On that view, individuals pursue their own interests, and deserve what they earn in the market by virtue of their effort and enterprise. As part of the social contract, they pay taxes to support the government which provides the goods and services the market cannot produce on its own. But as Adam Smith tells us, a crucial source of our productivity lies in specialization and division of labor, which allows us to produce far more together than would be possible were we to produce as truly isolated individuals. In this paper I ask what difference it might make to our thoughts about the nature of society if we began with the fact that all individuals, rich and poor, benefit a great deal from the social aspect of economic production.

"México: drogas ilegales, violencia y política"
- Luis Astorga Almanza
Instituto de InvestigacionesSociales, UNAM

México se caracteriza por ser una sociedad con altos niveles de pobreza, desigualdad, corrupción e impunidad; por transformaciones recientes y de gran envergadura en los campos de la política y el tráfico de drogas, de los vínculos entre ellos y sus modalidades, en el tránsito de un sistema de partido de Estado a uno de competencia de partidos, de alternancia en el poder; y por los problemas que esto genera cuando existe una sociedad civil débil, y la clase política no tiene una visión de Estado, ni contribuye claramente a la consolidación de la democracia. Es terreno fertile para el avance de grupos de poder, legales e ilegales, armados o no, así como para una delincuencia organizada que se nutre principalmente, pero no exclusivamente, del tráfico de drogas ilegales. Los criminales han aprovechado las diferencias políticas de los partidos gobernantes en los niveles federal, estatal y municipal, la fragmentación de la capacidad del Estado derivada de ellas, la corrupción de funcionarios y agentes de seguridad, la debilidad de la sociedad civil y el temor, la complacencia y la complicidad de algunos sectores de la misma. Como resultado de esa combinación de factores surgieron condiciones de posibilidad para el crecimiento del Mercado interno de las drogas ilegales, la violencia entre las organizaciones criminales y de éstas contra policías, militares y sociedad civil. México pasó de la seguridad autoritaria en la época de la hegemonía del PRI, a la inseguridad en la transición democrática, accidentada y sin rumbo claro.

1:30pm – End of formal agenda for the day

Saturday, March 9:

9:30 am – Coffee and Meet and Greet

Opening reflections by Keynote presenters
- Michael Sweeney, OP
- Jaime Labastida

These brief reflections (8 min. maximum) will serve to summarize and contextualize the proceedings of the Mazatlán Forum for both the participants and the audience. They will also pose relevant questions that can be taken up by the participants during the conversation that will follow.

Comments, Questions and Conversation by Forum Participants

Questions from the floor (audience)


12:30 pm – Forum End

Mexican Participants:

Luis F. Aguilar

Dr. Aguilar is currently the Director of the Institute of Public Policy and Government at Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico.
Dr. Aguilar is a former Professor of Public Policy and Management at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and at El Colegio de México, where he was the head of the Public Administration Program.
Dr. Aguilar has a Doctorate in Philosophy (1973) from the University of Tuebingen with a specialty in political philosophy. He was one of the main scholars to introduce the discipline of Public Policy Analysis in Spanish speaking countries in the late 80's. He teaches regularly on subjects of policy analysis and public management in Mexico and abroad.
In 2008 Dr. Aguilar was honored as National Emeritus Researcher, the highest academic distinction in Mexico, in the field of government and public administration studies. He is permanent Professor of the Ph.D. program on Government and Public Management at the Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset, IUOG, (Madrid, 1991-2011).
Dr. Aguilar has published an important number of specialized articles on political and administrative theory and is columnist of "Reforma", a leading newspaper in Mexico. He is the author of the following books: Politica y Racionalidad Administrativa [Politics and Administrative Rationality] (INAP, México, 1982); Max Weber: la idea de ciencia social (UNAM y M. A. Porrúa, México, 1988); El Estudio de las Políticas Públicas (M.A. Porrúa, México, 1992); La hechura de las políticas [The Making of Politics] (M.A. Porrúa, México, 1992); (e) "Problemas públicos y agenda de gobierno" y "La implementación de las políticas"(M. A. Porrúa, México, 1991; several editions); (f) Gobernanza y Gestión Pública [Governance and Public Management] (Fondo de Cultura Económica, México, 2006;2010, 4th edition).

Luis Astorga Almanza

Dr. Astorga is a researcher at the Institute of Social Research at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He is also coordinator of the UNESCO Chair on Economic and Social Transformations Connected with the International Drug Problem.
Dr. Astorga is the author of Seguridad, traficantes y militares [Security, drug traffickers and the military] (Tusquets, 2007), Drogas sin fronteras [Drugs without borders] (Grijalbo, 2003), El siglo de las drogas [The drugs century] (Plaza y Janés, 2005), and Mitología del 'narcotraficante' en México [Drug traffickers' mythology in Mexico] (UNAM/Plaza y Valdés, 1995).
Dr. Astorga has also published numerous chapters in edited volumes as well as various articles about drug trafficking in Mexico in scientific journals from Mexico, the United States, Colombia, France, Italy, India, Great Britain, and Belgium. Throughout his career, Dr. Astorga has regularly participated in workshops, seminars, and conferences throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, and he has been interviewed on the topic of illegal drug trafficking for radio and television programs in countries around the globe.
Dr. Astorga received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne.

Roberto Javier Blancarte Pimentel

Dr. Blancarte is currently full time professor of the Center of Sociological Studies of El Colegio de México and was the Dean from the same Center from January 2006 to March 2012. He is currently a visiting scholar at Stanford University's Center for Latin American Studies. Dr. Blancarte is also Associate Professor of the "Groupe Sociétés, Religions, Laïcités" (GSRL), a research group of the Centre National pour la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in France, related to the École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE) in the Sorbonne (Paris).
Dr. Blancarte is the founder of – and advisor to – the Interdisciplinary Program of Religious Studies at El Colegio Mexiquense. He is also the founder of the Center for the Study of Religions in Mexico (CEREM), and is currently Chairman of the Research Committee on Sociology of Religion of the International Association of Sociology (ISA). He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), as well as the director of the Latin American Network of Lay Freedoms. Dr. Blancarte is a member of the Mexican National System of Researchers in its highest level. He has been a board member of the National Council on Bioethics and the National Council to Prevent Discrimination (CONAPRED).
Dr. Blancarte is author of numerous book chapters and academic articles that have been published in the most prestigious sociological and historical journals, such as Social Compass (Great Britain), Journal of Church and State (USA), Problèmes d'Amérique latine (France), Religioni e società (Italy), International Sociology, Archives de Sciences Sociales des Religions (France), etc. He has been director of publications and journals such as Religiones y Sociedad. He has been a columnist in several national newspapers and magazines. Currently he has a weekly column in Milenio Diario and Noroeste.
Dr. Blancarte has a degree in International Relations from El Colegio de Mexico (1981). He also has an M.A. in History and Civilizations (1983) and a Doctorate in Social Sciences (1988) from the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences(EHESS) in Paris, France.

Miguel Gerardo Breceda Lapeyre

Mr. Breceda holds a degree in Mathematics from the Engineering Division of the University of Maryland. Later, at the College of Mexico, he earned a Masters in Economics. In France, he completed graduate studies in Energy Economics at the University of Grenoble.
Over the course of Mr. Breceda's career, he has worked in the public sector, academia and international consulting. Since 1980, he has specialized in Energy Economics and the Environment, a field in which he has accrued significant experience, having participated in numerous conferences and published a number of articles.
In the Mexican public sector, he was Assistant Manager of Economic Studies at Pemex-Refinación, National Liaison Director for Technical and Scientific Cooperation at the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs (Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores), Strategic Planning Coordinator at the National Energy Savings Commission (Comisión Nacional para el Ahorro de Energía-Conae) under the Secretariat of Energy (Secretaría de Energía), and later a CONAE consultant. As a consultant, he also participated in various projects with Canadian companies and worked closely with the CEC for several years. At the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, he worked on a project studying the life cycles of energy-consuming equipment in the public sector and prepared various studies on the integration of state energy savings programs for CONAE.
He has also worked with the Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México (UACM) as founder and coordinator of the Energy Program and recently has developed projects for the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Secretaría de Medio Ambiente de México-Semarnat), including the Special Climate Change Program, and for the Government of Mexico City, the Climate Action Program, Green Building, and the Energy Inventory for the Mexico City Transportation Sector.
He is currently a visiting professor at the Autonomous University of Sinaloa where he coordinates a seminar-workshop on "Energy and Sustainability."

Fernando Cano Valle

Doctor Cano Valle studied medicine at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)  where he specialized as a Pneumologist and obtained a Master in Medical Science. At present he is a researcher at the Instituto de Investigaciones Jurìdicas at UNAM and serves as Executive Secretary of the National Bioethics Committee.  He has been a member  of the National Academy of Medicine since 1983. He is currently coordinator of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Clinical Medicine.

Fernando García Sais

Mr. Gracía graduated in law from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM) and is a doctoral student in Property Law at the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. He has extensive work experience in the area of the Servicio de la Administración Tributaria (SAT) [e.g. Internal Revenue Service], the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit, the Federal Attorney's Office for the Consumer (PROFECO), and in consulting activities in several private law firms in Mexico City.
Mr. García has taught and conducted research at the Center for Public Law Studies, the Master's Program in Administrative Law and Regulation, and the Bachelor's Program of Business Administration at ITAM. His recent publications include: Jurisprudencia del Consumidor [Consumer Jurisprudence](2012), Mexico: Ed. Tirant Lo Blanch-ITAM; Derecho de los Consumidores a la Información [The Right of Cosumers to Information] (2007), Mexico: Ed. Porrúa-ITAM, and Derecho Concursal Mexicano [Mexican Bankruptcy Law] (2005), Mexico: Ed Porrúa.

Ronaldo González Valdés

Mr. González holds a Master in Sociology from the Universidad de Guadalajara. He is currently a professor and researcher in Humanities at Universidad Autònoma de Sinaloa and Technical Secretary at Universidad de Occidente. He has served as head of the Secretary of Culture in Sinaloa and as Undersecretary of Educational Planning. He is the author of Sinaloa: una sociedad demediada. He has also published several articles in Nexos, Politeia,, Clìo, among others.

Jaime Labastida Ochoa

Dr. Labastida holds a PhD in Philosophy from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and serves as CEO of Siglo XXI Editores. He is a founding member of El Colegio de Sinaloa and a permanent member of the Mexican Academy of Language, the latter of which he currently serves as Chairman.
In October 2012 he was appointed a member of the Board of the Instituto Cervantes by the council of ministers of the Spanish government. He recently published his book of poetry En el centro del año for which he was awarded the 2013 Mazatán Prize for Literature.

Bernardo Méndez Lugo

Mr. Méndez has been a member of the Mexican Foreign Service since September 1, 1990. As of August 22, 2012 he works for the Mexican Foreign Service based in The Secretariat of Foreign Relations (SRE), Mexico City.
From August 24, 2009 to August 20, 2012 Mr. Méndez worked as the Counselor for Economic Affairs and Press Relations at the Mexican Embassy in El Salvador, San Salvador, C.A.
Between October 2006 and July 2009, he worked as the Deputy Consul of Mexico in the Mexican Consulate in Tucson, AZ, USA. In this role he supported the Head Consul in supervising several areas of the Consulate, including among them: Trade Promotion, Academic Relations, and the Department of Documentation for issuing Passports for Mexicans and Business Visas for foreigners.
Prior to his service in Tucson, he was located at the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco where he served as a Spokesperson (August 2001-June 2004) and in the Trade and Business Promotion Consul (July 2004-October 2006). In addition to yet other posts, Mr. Méndez has served in the Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta as Press Attaché and Academic Liaison (June 1996-July 2001).

Erika Cecilia Montoya Zaval

Dr. Montoya is a professor and researcher at the School of International and Public Policy of the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS). She was a visiting professor while doing her post-doctoral work at the University of Arizona from 2010-2012. She received her doctorate in Social Sciences from the University of Guadalajara, and is a member of the National Research System Level I (CONACYT). Dr. Zavala is the Coordinator of the doctorate program of Regional Studies with an emphasis on North America, from the School of International and Public Policy at UAS.
Recent books include: Nuevos senderos, mismo destino. Proceso migratorio e inserción económica de mexicanos en Phoenix, Arizona [New paths, same destination. Migration process and economic integration of Mexicans in Phoenix, Arizona], (2012), coordinated with Blas Valenzuela Camacho. Migraciones Globales: Población en Movimiento, Familia y Comunidades Migrantes, [Global Migration: Population in Movement, Family and Migrant Communities], (2010), coordinated in conjunction with Ismael Garcia and Ofelia Woo.
Dr. Montoya's latest articles include: Erika Montoya (2011), "Migración y participación laboral de las sinaloenses en Phoenix, Arizona. Desigualdad laboral y salarial por género y estatus migratorio" [Migration and labor participation of Sinaloans in Phoenix, Arizona. Employment and income inequality by gender and immigration status], Región y Sociedad. Revista del Colegio de Sonora, núm. 45., and Erika Montoya (2008) "En búsqueda de mejores salarios y de la unión familiar: Jaiberas sinaloenses con visas H2B en Carolina del Norte ¿Una solución encontrada o una solución desesperada?" [In search of better wages and family togetherness: Sinaloan 'Jaiberas' with H2B visas in North Carolina. A solution found or a desperate solution?], Relaciones. Estudios de Historia y Sociedad, núm. 116, vol. XXIX, Colegio de Michoacán, p. 189-230.

José Ángel Pescador Osuna

Mr. Pescador pursued formation as a teacher at the Escuela Normal de Mazatlán [Normal School of Mazatlán], obtaining the title of Professor in Elementary Education in 1964. He subsequently pursued a degree in economics at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México [Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology] (ITAM), where he earned a B.A. with honors in 1970. He received the degrees of Master of Education and Master in Economics at Stanford University, California, where he is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics of Education. He is the author of a number of articles published in books and magazines.
Mr. Pescador worked professionally in Mexico as Director General of the National Institute for Educational Research, Director General for Adult Education, Rector of the National Pedagogical University, Vice-Academic Rector at the Universidad Iberoamericana, President of the National Council of Technical Education, and Secretary of Public Education, among others. He served as Undersecretary for Population and Migration Services for the Mexican Secretariat of Government (1999-2000).
For seven years he served as Consul General of Mexico in Los Angeles, as well as President of the Mexican Cultural Institute in that city.
José Ángel Pescador became a member of El Colegio de Sinaloa in March of 2002, and he is its current President.

Rodolfo Alfredo Tuirán Gutiérrez

Dr. Tuirán is the current Undersecretary of Upper Secondary Education for the Secretariat of Public Education.
Dr. Tuirán is a distinguished economist, demographer, professor and public servant. He holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. He served as a professor and researcher at El Colegio de Mexico (1983-1996), as Secretary General of the Consejo Nacional de Población [National Population Council] (1997-2002), as Undersecretary of Urban Development and Land Management at the Secretariat of Social Development (SEDESOL) (2002-2006), and as Undersecretary of Higher Education at the Secretariat of Public Education (2006-2012), serving briefly as the interim Secretary of the Secretariat of Public Education in 2012.
In 2004, Dr. Tuirán received the National Prize in Demography. He has been a national researcher for the Mexican National System of Researchers since 1991. He is the coordinating author of 24 books and over 160 articles on socio-demographic topics.

American Participants:

Ron Austin

Ron Austin, a writer and producer in Hollywood for over forty years, is the author of In a New Light: Spirituality and the Media Arts (2006), and Peregrino: A Pilgrim Journey into Catholic Mexico (2010), an introduction to Mexican Catholic culture. His essays on the relationship of faith and the media arts are in the anthologies Behind the Screen and Things of Heaven and Earth, and his autobiographical account of Christian-Jewish relationships in Hollywood, Star-Crossed, will be published by Eerdmans in early 2013.
Mr. Austin has written for several journals and periodicals such as Catholic World Today, the French edition of Communio, Nuova Citta (Rome), and Image, a Journal of Arts and Religion, on whose editorial board he has served since its inception. A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, and the Directors Guild, he is also a former member of the board of directors of the Writers Guild of America and the recipient of a Writers Guild lifetime achievement award.
Mr. Austin's work in Hollywood as a writer and producer includes feature films and over a hundred primetime TV credits, including popular shows such as Mission Impossible, Charlie's Angels and Matlock as well as the British mini-series, Q.E.D. He has also produced several documentaries including The Hidden Gift, an account of the human rights crisis in Sudan which premiered at the United States Holocaust Museum. He was an associate producer of the rediscovered film, The Exiles, now considered an American classic. He was also the creative supervisor of the experimental feature film, Blue in Green, which has been exhibited at numerous festivals.
Mr. Austin has taught screenwriting at the University of Southern California (USC) graduate film school, as well as the Writers Guild Open Door Program, the Cine Citta school in Rome, and at the Act One Program in Hollywood.
Ron Austin was inducted as a Fellow of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology's (DSPT) College of Fellows in 2010, receiving the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa). He now periodically lectures and conducts a workshop on the media arts at DSPT.

Gil Bailie

Gil Bailie is a lawyer by training – receiving his degree from the University of Tennessee in 1968 – but he has never been a lawyer by practice. Instead, by the mid-1970's he had founded The Florilegia Institute, the mission of which was the exploration of a variety of classic literary texts put in dialogue with each other for the sake of better understanding culture. Ten years later, he discovered the groundbreaking work of René Girard, recognizing in its tremendous anthropological insights, especially with respect to religion and violence, its usefulness for the work of redeeming culture. Mr. Bailie became René Girard's student and close collaborator.
Mr. Bailie was a founding member of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion, which existed for the sake of the scholarly exploration of Girard's mimetic hypothesis. He has since come to be acknowledged as one of the most significant exponents of Girard's work, which he has made accessible outside the academy, particularly in his book, Violence Unveiled: Humanity at the Crossroads, published in 1996.
Gil Bailie is the founder and president of The Cornerstone Forum (having transformed and renamed The Florilegia Institute), which is an apostolate dedicated to calling attention to the unique cultural, spiritual, and anthropological significance of the Judeo-Christian tradition and encouraging a deeper appreciation for the history-altering impact of Christ and his Cross.
Gil Bailie was inducted as a Fellow of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology's (DSPT) College of Fellows in May 2009, receiving the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa).

Patrick Brennan

Patrick McKinley Brennan joined the Villanova faculty in 2004 as the inaugural holder of the John F. Scarpa Chair in Catholic Legal Studies and later also served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of the Joint J.D./M.B.A. Program. Professor Brennan works in the tradition of reflection on natural law and natural rights to examine a wide range of contemporary questions in jurisprudence and public law, including sovereignty, equality, authority, the rule of law, constitutionalism, the family, and punishment and forgiveness, as well as topics in administrative law, constitutional law, federal jurisdiction, religious liberty and the liberty of the church, and criminal law. He has regularly taught constitutional law, administrative law, federal courts, criminal law, and a wide range of courses in jurisprudence and in law and religion. Professor Brennan clerked for Judge John T. Noonan Jr. (a DSPT Fellow) on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Professor Brennan has published three books and more than sixty articles, book chapters, and essays, and he is currently completing three books. His monograph The Sovereignty of the Good: An Essay on Law, Church, and Authority will be published by Oxford University Press. His casebook (with William Brewbaker III), Christian Legal Thought: Cases and Materials, is under contract with Foundation Press. He is co-editing (with H. Jefferson Powell) Legal Affinities: Studies in the Legal Form of Thought, which will be published by Carolina Academic Press. His earlier books are By Nature Equal: The Anatomy of a Western Insight (Princeton University Press 1999) (with J. Coons), Civilizing Authority: Society, State, and Church (Lexington 2007), and The Vocation of the Child (Eerdmans 2008).
Professor Brennan's articles and essays have appeared in the principal law reviews of the University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, Boston College, Emory University, University of Notre Dame, Villanova University, Fordham University, Pepperdine University, and the University of San Diego, among many others. They have also appeared in such peer-reviewed journals as the American Journal of Jurisprudence, Review of Metaphysics, Law and Philosophy, Punishment and Society, Journal of Law and Religion, American Catholic Studies, Journal of Catholic Legal Studies, and Journal of Catholic Social Thought, among many others.

William J. Cox

Bill Cox is president and CEO of the Alliance of Catholic Health Care. Based in Sacramento, CA, the Alliance is a statewide forum in which Catholic health care leaders collaborate to strengthen and promote the Catholic mission in health care by engaging in leadership formation, church relations, ethics and advocacy. The Alliance's membership is comprised of four health systems and three independent hospitals. Together, they operate 54 Catholic and community-based hospitals in California. Prior to joining the Alliance, Bill served as executive vice president of the Catholic Health Association, Washington, D.C.
Bill has over thirty years of national and state-level experience as an innovative leader in health care. He is a corporate member of Providence Health & Services, a Catholic health care system that operates 32 hospitals, 350 physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing and other health and educational services across five states – Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon and Washington. He is on the boards of directors of the Ministry Leadership Center (Sacramento, CA), Providence Hospital (Washington, DC), where he serves as board chair, and the Alliance for Advancing Not-for-Profit Health Care (Washington, D.C.). He is a member of the California Catholic Conference's Committee on Religious Liberty and is a member of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops' Subcommittee on Health Care. Bill graduated from the University of Notre Dame with honors.
Bill Cox was inducted as a Fellow of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology's (DSPT) College of Fellows in May 2011, receiving the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa).

André Delbecq

André L. Delbecq is the McCarthy University Professor at Santa Clara University, where he served as Dean of the Leavey School of Business from 1979 to 1989. Professor Delbecq's research and scholarship have focused on executive decision-making processes, organization design, managing innovation in rapid-change environments, and leadership spirituality. He is an international speaker and noted author of the Nominal Group Technique and the Program Planning Model, both of which have been widely adopted in structuring decision-making in innovation efforts. During the last decade he has conducted research on the role spiritual maturity plays in the life of organizational leaders. He directs Santa Clara's Institute for Spirituality of Organizational Leadership conducting dialog between theologians, executives and management scholars.
Professor Delbecq served as the Eighth Dean of Fellows of the Academy of Management, prior President of the Western Academy of Management and former Executive Director of the Organization Behavior Teaching Society. He is recognized internationally for executive programs delivered to high technology industries and healthcare organizations. He has served as member of three corporate Boards of Directors, and twice as Board Chair.
Professor Delbecq received the Doctorate degree in 1963, a Master's degree in Business Administration in 1961 from Indiana University, and a Degree in Business Administration (cum laude) in 1958 from the University of Toledo. He studied at the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley in preparation for teaching spirituality for business leadership.
In 1997, the American Council of Learned Societies awarded him a Contemplative Practice Fellowship. He has received Santa Clara Presidential Scholar Award in 2002. In 2006 the Organization Behavior Teaching Society honored Dr. Delbecq with "The Distinguished Educator Award" that acknowledges a person who has consistently demonstrated over a lifetime achievements and contributions that foster teaching and learning excellence. In 2006 he also received the Faculty Senate University Professor Award at Santa Clara University, the highest recognition faculty colleagues bestow. In 2009 he received the "Legacy Award" from the Organization Behavior Teaching Society in recognition for enduring contributions to teaching and was named a Fellow. Also in 2009 the Western Academy of Management awarded him the "State of Mind Award" given to an individual who has exemplified the values of WAM through creative scholarship, generative mentoring of younger scholars, inspirational papers and symposia, and generous service. The Colleagues in Business Education named him the First recipient of the Robert Spitzer, S.J., Award for Distinguished Contributions to Jesuit Business Education July 16, 2009. In 2011 the University of Santa Clara granted him the University's highest award for scholarly achievement, the "Sustained Excellence in Scholarship" award. In August 2012 the Management, Spirituality and Religion Interest Group awarded him a "Distinguished Service Award" for many years of dedicated scholarship and contributions to the advancement of the discipline. Also in 2012 he received The International Faith and Spirit at Work Leadership Award at the conference "Wisdom at Work" sponsored by the Tyson Center for Faith and Spirituality, University of Arkansas, for bridging spirituality with the world of scholarship and business leadership.
Andre Delbecq was inducted as a Fellow of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology's College of Fellows in May 2006, receiving the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa), and he serves as its Dean.

Richard Gallagher

Richard (Rick) Gallagher is Clinical Professor in Department of Health Care and Epidemiology at the University of British Columbia. He is also an associate member of the Departments of Dermatology and Skin Sciences, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, and Urologic sciences. Professor Gallagher is past Head of the Cancer Control Research Program and Scientist Emeritus at the BC Cancer Agency.
Professor Gallagher's current research interest is in environmental epidemiology and gene-environment interaction in cancer. He oversees a number of large scale collaborative studies of gene-environment interaction with emphasis on UV radiation and skin cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
He is a founding member of both the InterLymph Consortium for the study of non-Hodgkins lymphoma and the Genes, Environment and Melanoma (GEM) Consortium for the study of cutaneous melanoma, and under the auspices of the US National Cancer Institute. His current service commitments include the Scientific Council of the International Agency for Research in Cancer in Lyon.
Professor Gallagher was inducted as a Fellow of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology's (DSPT) College of Fellows in May 2008, receiving the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa).

Mary Hirschfeld

Mary Hirschfeld is a professor in the Department of Humanities at Villanova University, where she teaches economics and theology. Professor 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 where 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 the Catholic faith, 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. Its current title is "Virtuous Consumption in a Dynamic Economy: A Thomistic Engagement with Neoclassical Economics"
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.
Mary Hirschfeld will be inducted as a Fellow of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology's (DSPT) College of Fellows in May 2012, when she will receive the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa).

Diane Jonte-Pace

Diane Jonte-Pace is Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University. In her administrative role she supports the work of the Provost by supervising the teams that are responsible for three broad areas: 1) faculty and the curriculum (Faculty Affairs, Undergraduate Studies, and the Core Curriculum); 2) high impact practices that enhance student learning (Global Education programs, the University's Art Museum, and the Writing Center); and 3) high quality in the education Santa Clara offers (Program Review, Assessment, Institutional Research, and Accreditation). A recent new initiative is the "Faculty Collaborative for Innovation in Teaching" which focuses on collaborative, high tech, teaching spaces, and mobile technologies that enhance student learning.
Prior to her current appointment, Dr. Jonte-Pace served as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies and Chair of the Core Curriculum Implementation Team (2007–2010); Associate Provost for Faculty Development (2001–2007); and Interim Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences (2000–2001). Between 1988 and 2000 she taught in the Department of Religious Studies. Dr. Jonte-Pace has been honored by the University with the Sisterhood Is Powerful Award (2003) and the Joseph Bayma Award for Excellence in Scholarship (2003).
Dr. Jonte-Pace earned a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Religion and Psychological Studies from the University of Chicago. She is a well-known scholar of the Psychology of Religion. Her publications include one book, three edited volumes, and numerous articles. Book-length publications include "Mourning Religion," 2008; Teaching Freud in Religious Studies, 2003; "Speaking the Unspeakable: Religion, Misogyny, and the Uncanny Mother in Freud's Cultural Texts," 2001; and Religion and Psychology: Mapping the Terrain, 2001. A recent article on Santa Clara's core curriculum and Jesuit Education, "Walking Different Pathways: Coming to Know Our Own Journey Better - the Core Visiton of GC 35" can be found at:

Dan Lungren

Dan Lungren is the outgoing U.S. Representative for California's 3rd Congressional District, a district he has represented since 2005. His term ended on January 3, 2013. In the House of Representatives he served as a member of the House Judiciary Committee, the House Administration Committee, and the Homeland Security Committee.
Mr. Lungren previously served in the Congress for a decade (1979 – 1989), having been elected to office at the age of 32 when he defeated a two-term incumbent in California's historic "Prop 13" election year. During his first stint in Congress, Representative Lungren was viewed as a Republican leader in criminal justice and immigration issues. In 1985, he was cited by the US News and World Report as one of a handful of members of Congress "likely to be a future national leader." He left Congress in 1989 and returned to California when then-Governor George Deukmejian appointed him to serve out the State Treasurer's term of the late Jesse Unruh.
Californians elected Dan Lungren Attorney General of California in 1990, a position he held for eight years. During his two-term service as California's Attorney General (1991-1999), he helped author and later defended in court California's landmark "Three-Strikes-and-You're-Out" law.
His sponsorship of legislation against sexual predators culminated in the state's "Megan's Law," giving Californians the right to know if their children are at risk of predators in their own neighborhoods. He provided national leadership in the reform of the federal habeas corpus law. As Attorney General, he successfully argued a case before the United States Supreme Court.
After an unsuccessful bid to become California's governor in 1998, Mr. Lungren returned to the private practice of law. 9-11 prompted his eventual 2005 return to public service. Believing that each of us had to respond in the most effective way to the terrorist threat, Mr. Lungren sought election to the Congress so that the lessons learned from his past governmental experience might be added to the national debate.
Mr. Lungren graduated with honors in English from the University of Notre Dame. Following his undergraduate studies, he began law school at the University of Southern California and later transferred to Georgetown University Law Center from which he earned his JD.
Dan Lungren was inducted as a Fellow of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology's (DSPT) College of Fellows in May 2010, receiving the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa).

Fr. Anselm Ramelow, OP

Fr. Anselm is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (DSPT) in Berkeley, CA. Professor Ramelow holds MA's in History, Art History, and Philosophy from the University of Freiburg in Germany, an M.Div. and MA (Theology) from DSPT, as well as a PhD in Philosophy, University of Munich, Germany.
Professor Ramelow's academic interests are wide ranging – from the history of philosophy to topics such as free will, philosophy of language and aesthetics (including religion and the arts and art history). He is knowledgeable in Continental, Medieval and Scholastic philosophers as well as the Ancients, such as Plato and Aristotle and likes to investigate philosophical problems in their larger historical context.
He is the author of Thomas Aquinas: De veritate Q. 21-24; Translation, Bibliography and Commentary, Hamburg: Meiner, 2011, Beyond Modernism? - George Lindbeck and the Linguistic Turn in Theology, Neuried: Ars Una, 2005, Gott, Freiheit, Weltenwahl. Die Metaphysik der Willensfreiheit zwischen Antonio Perez, S. J. (1599-1649) und G.W. Leibniz (1646-1716), vol. 72 of Brill's Studies in Intellectual History, New York: E. J. Brill, 1997, and he has contributed articles in Angelicum, Nova et Vetera, Archiv für Begriffsgeschichte, Historisches Wörterbuch der Philosophie, and Sacred Music: Journal of the Church Music Association of America.
Professor Ramelow brings modern thought into dialogue with the tradition of Aristotle and Aquinas. He is seeking this dialogue in areas such as the question of free will and metaphysics, the concept of personhood, philosophical aesthetics and philosophy of language. Regarding the latter he has also published on Wittgenstein's and the modern philosophy of language's influence on contemporary fundamental theology.

Fr. Michael Sweeney, OP

Fr. Michael Sweeney, OP, was appointed in June 2004 as the President of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (DSPT) at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. Ordained in 1979, Fr. Michael has served as both a university chaplain and as a pastor in a parish setting.
Fr. Michael's chief interest is the mission of the Church to the world. This requires, he notes, an understanding of the relationships within the Church between the clergy, the laity and parish community in light of that mission, and the formation of the laity.
In 1997 he co-founded with Sherry Weddell, a lay woman, the Catherine of Siena Institute , whose purpose is to assist parishes to provide a formation for lay men and women for the sake of the mission of the Church ad extra. Since its foundation, the Institute has addressed over 50,000 Catholics throughout North America and Asia.
He has developed and offered workshops in priestly formation, the theology of the laity, the theology of vocation, the theology of pastoral governance and Catholic social teaching. In addition to his duties as President of the DSPT, he has offered classes at the School on the role of the laity in the Church, particularly in light of the documents of Vatican II and John Paul II. Father Michael founded the College of Fellows of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in 2006.
Fr. Michael receives numerous invitations to give lectures and workshops related to the secular mission of the Church.

Agnieszka Winkler

Agnieszka Winkler is the founder and Chairperson of The Winkler Group, a San Francisco based management consultancy specializing in branding and marketing efficiency and effectiveness.

Ms. Winkler was also the founder, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of Winkler Advertising, an award winning San Francisco based advertising and branding agency founded in 1984, and TeamToolz, Inc., a venture capital funded software development company making workflow and collaboration software for marketing, founded in 1999, both of which were acquired.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Ascension Healthcare Network, a private equity funded hospital based healthcare system, and Ascension Health Alliance (one of the top 3 healthcare systems in the United States), the Board of Trustees of Santa Clara University, and the Board of Trustees of Holy Names University.
She has also served on numerous other public and private company boards such as RenoAir, Supercuts, The Cheesecake Factory, Intertel and IpLocks, TeamToolz and Winkler Adverting, and many non-profit and professional organizations such as The American Association of Advertising Agencies, The Committee of 200, Western Folklife Center, and more, where she has served on the following committees: Audit, Compensation (Chair), Governance (Chair), Nominating (Chair), Special Committee (Chair), Risk (Chair), Executive Committee, Strategic Planning, Trustees Marketing Committee (Chair) and Academic Affairs.
Ms. Winkler is the author of Warp Speed Branding, published by Wiley in the United States, China, and Turkey and a frequent speaker on the subject of branding and marketing globally, and more recently on spirituality in business and also corporate governance issues.
She has been the recipient of numerous awards including "100 Best and Brightest Women in Marketing and Advertising;" Best Woman in Advertising, McCall's Magazine in conjunction with Adweek; "25 Women to Watch," Advertising Age; Outstanding Alumni Award, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University; "50 Most Influential Women San Francisco Bay Area," San Francisco Times; 10 Most Innovative Products of the Year, Seybold 2002 (for TeamToolz); President's Medal, Holy Names University.
She has traveled to more than 50 countries, speaks fluent English and Polish and has a working knowledge of French, Spanish and Russian. She holds a BA in History from Holy Names University, an MA in History from San Jose State University, an MBA from Santa Clara University.
Ms. Winkler was inducted as a Fellow of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology's (DSPT) College of Fellows in May 2011, receiving the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa).