Financial Markets and Moral Inquiry

Mar 20, 2019
Ida Noyes Hall, Max Palevsky Cinema
1212 E 59th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Peter Cardinal TurksonDicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development

J. Christopher GiancarloU.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Mary HirschfeldUniversity of Notre Dame

Maureen O'HaraCornell University

John StudzinskiPIMCO

  • Financial Markets and Moral Inquiry
  • Reconsidering the Values of Finance
  • Achieving the Goals of "Oeconomicae et Pecuniariae Quaestiones"

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Free and open to the public. Cosponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and Committee on International Justice and Peace, Catholics at Booth, and the Catholic Students Association. This event is made possible in part by a grant from the Our Sunday Visitor Institute. Persons with disabilities who may need assistance should contact us at 773-955-5887 or by email.

Part of the Lumen Christi Institute's Ninth Conference on Economics & Catholic Social Thought.



Peter Cardinal Turkson is Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and a member of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. He was Archbishop of Cape Coast, Ghana from 1992 to 2009 and President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference from 1997 to 2005.

J. Christopher Giancarlo is Chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. He was nominated to the position of Commissioner by President Obama in 2013 and was unanimously confirmed by the US Senate in 2014. He was nominated by President Trump as Chairman and confirmed unanimously by the Senate in 2017. Before entering public service, Mr. Giancarlo served as the Executive Vice President of GFI Group Inc., a financial services firm. He has testified three times before Congress regarding the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act, and has written and spoken extensively on public policy, legal, and other matters involving technology and the financial markets. 

Mary Hirschfeld is Associate Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Hirschfeld holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard and a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. She works at the boundary between both disciplines, specifically by developing an approach to economics that is grounded in the thought of Saint Thomas Aquinas, with applications to questions of consumption economics, economic justice, the common good, the nature of practical reason, and economic methodology. She is the author of Aquinas and the Market: Toward a Humane Economy (Harvard, 2018) and her writings on economics have been published in the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Eco­nomic Education, and History of Political Economy.

Maureen O'Hara is the Robert W. Purcell Professor of Finance at the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University, and she also holds a professorship at the University of Technology Sydney. Her research focuses on issues in market microstructure, and she is the author of numerous journal articles, as well as the classic book, Market Microstructure Theory (Blackwell: 1995). Dr. O'Hara also publishes widely on a broad range of topics, including banking and financial intermediaries, law and finance, experimental economics, and finance and ethics, including the recently published Something for Nothing: Arbitrage and Ethics on Wall Street (Norton: 2016).

John Studzinski is an American-born British investment banker and philanthropist. He is currently Managing Director and Vice Chairman of PIMCO. He is a non-executive director at the Home Office in the U.K., chair of the Home Office’s Audit and Risk Assurance Committee (ARAC), and co-chair of the Business Against Slavery Forum, a partnership between government and business to accelerate progress in tackling modern slavery in supply chains. He is the co-founder and chair of the Arise Foundation, which partners with local networks to stop human trafficking, and vice-chair emeritus of Human Rights Watch. He is also founder and chairman of the Genesis Foundation, a U.K.-based charity that supports young artists. He has 30 years of investment experience and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College. In 2008, the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List named him Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the arts and charity.