Franciscan Political Economy: Humanism, Spirituality and Cultural Engagement

Presenting: Friar Keith Douglass Warner OFM

About the Program
Franciscan Friars had profound influence on the development of the medieval market economy and early colonial society in the Americas. Drawing from the penitential humanism of their founder, the Friars Minor held all things in common and practiced voluntary poverty. Friars extended their beliefs about money, work, and property out into the public sphere through teaching, preaching and confessional work. To foster the common good, they promoted cooperative economics such as guilds. To avoid usury but ensure access to credit for the poor, they founded microfinance institutions in late medieval society. The Friars brought these beliefs and practices to their New World evangelization projects and shaped the development of colonial societies. The retrieval of the Franciscan intellectual tradition opens up new perspectives on the dialectical relationship between Franciscan spirituality and the evolution of New World cultures.
About Keith Douglass Warner:
Friar Keith Douglass Warner OFM is on the faculty of Santa Clara University. He has an MA in Theology (Franciscan School of Theology/Graduate Theological Union), and a PhD in Environmental Studies (UC Santa Cruz). His research investigates the emergence of environmental and sustainability ethics within scientific and religious institutions, and how these organizations deploy moral discourses to foster a more sustainable society. He is an active participant in the retrieval of the Franciscan intellectual tradition project, especially in economic and environmental ethics.
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About HRC:
The Hispanic Research Center (HRC) is an interdisciplinary unit dedicated to research and creative activities. It performs research on a broad range of topics related to Hispanic populations, and engages in creative and outreach activities. One of the HRC’s major projects is “Saint Francis and the Americas/San Francisco y las Américas,” which is studying the influence of Saint Francis and his persona in shaping the Americas. Results are distributed through a website, publications and conference presentations.
About ACMRS:
The Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) was established in 1981 for the purpose of promoting and coordinating all aspects of Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Arizona State University through the support of research, lectures, symposia, conferences, visiting professorships, and publications. It also cooperates with the Medieval and Renaissance programs at Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona to promote similar scholarly activity at ASU's sister universities. The ACMRS publication program includes prestigious series of translations, studies, reference works, and editions.
Keith Douglass Warner Selected Activities:
Agrorecology in Action: Extending Alternative Agriculture Through Social Networks. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2007.
Care for Creation: A Franciscan Spirituality of the Earth. With Ilia Delio, OSF, and Pam Wood. Cincinnati, OH: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2008.
“Managing Risk in the Public Interest: How Ethics and Values Shape Biological Control Practice and Policy.” National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, 2007.
Justice for Farmworkers: Carrying Forward the Moral Vision of César Chávez
Creation, Humanity and Science in the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition, summer 2012
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Sponsored by the Hispanic Research Center and the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

ASU Tempe Campus, Coor Hall, room 4403