CST 20502 POVERTY & THE BISHOPS' PASTORAL
Flanner Hall 925
Charles K. Wilber
518 Flanner Hall
Office hours: W or by appointment.
DESCRIPTION: This class is designed to rewrite the poverty section, including the issue of welfare, of Chapter 3 in the Bishops' 1986 letter, "Economic Justice for All." There will be hearings with groups of economists, theologians, community activists, et al. The class will be broken down into groups to write drafts of sub-topics that will then be discussed by the whole class, re-written, and then approved by the class as a whole. The idea is to simulate the process the bishops went through in writing the original document and to update the material in light of changes in the economy over the past 22 years. For example, since 1986 there has been significant welfare reform and globalization of the economy has increased dramatically,
�Economic Justice for All: Pastoral Letter on Catholic
Social Teaching and the
Rembert Weakland, O.S.B.,
"'Economic Justice for All' 10 Years Later,"
Census Bureau Report on Poverty: http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty.html
USCCB site on poverty: http://www.usccb.org/cchd/povertyusa/index.htm
Sept 3: Organizational meeting (Read BPL and "10 Years Later" by October 1)
10: No class: Search web sites and continue readings.
17: Hearings:Global poverty, Globalization and the Causes of Poverty
(Prof. Lee Tavis)
24: Hearings: Poverty and welfare 20 years Later (Prof. Jim Sullivan)
Oct1: Hearings: views from the trenches (Bill Purcell, Center for Social Concerns)
8: Organizational meeting #2 (Divide into sub-groups on low-wage-employment, welfare, feminization of poverty, globalization, et al)
15: No class- sub-groups meet (read Census Bureau Report on poverty, other sources, including material from speakers, and prepare drafts)
22: No class-- Fall break
29: No class- sub-groups meet and prepare drafts. E-mail drafts by November 2.
Nov5: Discussion of sub-group drafts
12: No class- sub-groups re-write drafts. Email drafts by November 16.
19: Discussion and approval of second draft
Dec3: No class- drafting committee meets and prepares final merged version and emails to class by December 7.
10: Final merged draft handed in. Reprise of project