Loyola University Chicago

Quinlan School of Business

The Business of Social Justice


Unpack Pope Francis's critique of free market and laissez-faire economics — all from the perspective of business — at our Signature Series event on April 21.

Pope Francis offers a harsh critique of modern capitalism–especially of the free market and laissez-faire economics. Join us on April 21 to explore the pope’s message about economic disparity and the means to address it from the perspective of business.

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Featured Speaker

Gaël Giraud, S.J. profile →
Leading French Economist
Talk: “Pope Francis’ Integral Ecology: The Viewpoint of a Jesuit Economist”


Monsignor Michael M. Boland profile →
President and CEO, Catholic Charities of Chicago

Michael Schuck, PhD profile →
Professor of Theology, Loyola University Chicago


Kevin Stevens, Dean, Quinlan School of Business
Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., Chancellor, Loyola University Chicago

Event Details

Date Thursday, April 21, 2016
Time 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location Quinlan School of Business, 16 E. Pearson, Chicago
Schreiber Center, Wintrust Hall, Floor 9
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Tickets $50 (including a $5 donation to support Quinlan scholarships). Free for Loyola students, faculty, and staff.


Sponsored by the Quinlan School of Business in cooperation with the Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage and the Lumen Christi Institute.

This event is part of the Quinlan School of Business’s Signature Series of events. About the Signature Series →

Order of Program

11:00 a.m. Registration, buffet lunch, and networking
12:00 p.m. Program begins promptly
1:30 p.m. Event concludes

About the Speakers

Gaël Giraud, S.J.

French economist Gael Giraud, S.J. Chief Economist and Executive Director of the Research and Knowledge Directorate
Agence Française de Développement

Gaël Giraud, S.J., is a leading French economist specializing in alternative measures of development, general equilibrium theory, game theory, finance, and energy issues. He served on the task force that prepared "Justice in the Global Economy: Building Sustainable and Inclusive Communities," a report to help Jesuits worldwide and the larger Ignatian family reflect on how economics can better respond to the needs of the poor and the environment.

Giraud also is a senior fellow researcher at the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research) and at the University of Paris 1-Sorbonne Economic Center (CES). Within the Companies and Development (CODEV) in emerging countries research program, he ran several surveys (Nigeria, Indonesia, India) devoted to building an index measuring the quality of the social bond, which is viewed as an indicator of the quality of development.

Giraud was nominated for best young French economist by Le Monde/Le Cercle des économistes in 2009.

Monsignor Michael M. Boland

Father BolandPresident and CEO
Catholic Charities of Chicago

Monsignor Michael M. Boland leads Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, which is one of the largest social service agencies in the Midwest, and one of the largest Catholic Charities organizations in the nation.

A businessman who worked in corporate America before following a call to the priesthood, Boland has grown Catholic Charities to an agency with 157 programs in 162 locations across Cook and Lake Counties, with more than 2,500 staff serving more than one million people each year. He is known for his bold vision to expand services, particularly in the areas of affordable housing, senior services, veterans services, and nutrition.

Michael Schuck, PhD

Professor of Theology
Loyola University Chicago

Michael Schuck's main research interests are Roman Catholic social thought with special attention to its history, variety, and relationship to other forms of social thought, ancient and modern. He has written on these and other more specific moral issues inside Roman Catholic social thought.

In addition to serving as a professor, he is currently co-director of the International Jesuit Ecology Project. He is the former director of the Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage.