September 10, 2015
The Climate Encyclical: Global Ethics in the Age of Humans
Dr. Lisa Sideris of Indiana University will present a talk on Pope Francis’ new encyclical on the environment for the center's Religion and the Environment lecture series.
Professor Sideris' research broadly focuses on the intersection of religion, science, and environmental ethics. She addresses how religious environmental thought incorporates, or fails to incorporate, knowledge gained from the natural sciences, particularly evolutionary theory and ecology. She is the author of Environmental Ethics, Ecological Theology, and Natural Selection (Columbia, 2003), and co-editor of Rachel Carson: Legacy and Challenge (SUNY, 2008). Her recent research is on the role of wonder and enchantment in (and with) science, nature, and religion, and the variety of ways in which scientific narratives, particularly those involving evolution, are being “re-enchanted” and recast as mythopoeic stories with moral content.
The lecture will be given on Thursday, September 10 at 6:00 p.m. in Harper Center 3028. The lecture is free and open to the public.
February 18-19, 2016
Symposium on Religion and Politics
This symposium will bring together scholars from Creighton and around the country to address the many ways in which religion and politics intersect. The papers will address theoretical and historical issues, as well as a wide range of contemporary issues such as the environment and climate change; the role of religion in political reform; the religious "nones" and secularization; Gay marriage; income inequality, poverty, and the "safety-net"; changing religious demographics; political Islamism; religious freedom and persecution; and other issues.
The symposium will be held February 19-20 in Harper Center 3029, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
April 7-8, 2016
Augustine in Christian Thought, Life, and Practice
Scholars from around the world will gather to present their scholarship on Augustine in memory of Fr. William Harmless, S.J. The papers of the symposium will be published in the Journal of Religion & Society’s supplement series as a memorial to honor the life and work of Fr. Harmless.
The symposium will take place from 8:30 – 5:00 on Thursday and Friday, April 7-8, in the Harper Center 3029. The symposium is open to the public.