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CAC Presents Laudato Si: Pope Francis and the Environment

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On Wednesday, October 7, theology professor Dan Sheridan and Doug Fox, professor of sustainable agriculture at Unity College in Unity, Maine, will be presenting “Laudato Si: Pope Francis and the Environment” at 6:30 p.m. in the Viola George Auditorium at Harold Alfond Hall. This lecture is part of the fall 2015 Cultural Affairs Committee (CAC) Lecture Series and is the first of two lectures co-sponsored by Saint Joseph’s Theology Department in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Sisters of Mercy in Maine.

The presentation will examine the papal encyclical Laudato Si and its calls for an integral ecology that recognizes human beings as organisms in nature. The discussion will center on the Pope’s transdisciplinary approach to sustainability and the scientific validity of his assertions.

Sheridan’s fields are the history of religions and comparative theology within the context of Catholic systematic theology. Sheridan belongs to numerous organizations including the American Academy of Religion, Catholic Theological Society of American, College Theology Society, and Society of Hindu-Christian Studies.

Fox is a professor of sustainable agriculture who served as founding director of the Center for Sustainability and Global Change at Unity College, where for 25 years he has taught a variety of courses from ecology to green building and sustainable agriculture. As a Catholic, Fox has been invited to provide a sustainability scientist’s views on the papal encyclical in several venues.

For more information on this or any of the CAC Lecture Series events, contact Mike Connolly at 893-7939.