Our Common Home:  The Impact of Pope Francis' Encyclical and Reflections on Our Common Home


Our Common Home: The Impact of Pope Francis' Encyclical and Reflections on Our Common Home

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Conversations about climate change are often isolated among different disciplines. Scientists use the language of analysis and data; people of faith speak of morals and ethical obligation; journalists speak of social impact. And yet climate change is no respecter of geographic borders or academic disciplines; it is an issue that affects us all. With the publication of his widely-hailed encyclical Laudato Si' (“Praised Be”), Pope Francis has called for a holistic way of approaching climate change, one that cuts across nationality, academic discipline, or religious difference. Join us as we convene a lively panel discussion featuring three WFU faculty--a theologian, a biologist, and a journalist-- whose work in the context of Latin America can help us understand the impact of Laudato Si and rethink how we share this earth, our common home.

Come find out as we join WFU faculty for a panel discussion and Q&A.

Panelists include:

     Elizabeth O'Donnell Gandolfo
     Earley Assistant Professor of Catholic and Latin American Studies
     School of Divinity

     Justin Catanoso
     Director of the Journalism Program
     Associate Professor of the Practice
     Wake Forest College    

     Miles Silman
     Professor of Biology
     Wake Forest College

     Moderator: Fred Bahnson
     Assistant Professor of the Practice of Ecological Well-Being
     School of Divinity


This event is sponsored by School of Divinity's Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative and co-sponsored by

Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES)



Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Porter Byrum Welcome Center, Kulynych Auditorium
1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106

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Religious Observance, Special Events, Conference / Panel, Multicultural / International, Community


School of Divinity, Academic Centers / Institutes, Humanities Institute, Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability

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Alumni, Faculty, General Public, Staff, Students, Prospective Students



Free; RSVP required



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Hilary Floyd, Program Associate for Community and Lifelong Learning

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