Catholic Intellectual Tradition Series
Since 2007, the college has offered workshops to deepen the campus community's understanding of the Catholic intellectual tradition. These conversations educate faculty and staff and provide a venue to reflect and engage in dialogue on the ways the Catholic intellectual tradition impacts the work we do at St. Norbert College.
"The Science of Climate Change"
In the 2015 Papal Encyclical. Laudata Si', Pope Francis encourage "people of good will" to engage in an "intense dialogue" between science and religion as a way to address environmental issues such as global warming. In that spirit, this presentation will explain the basical physical and chemical processes driving current changes to the earth's climate system. This scientific understanding will form the basis of next semester's CIT workshop centering on the religious and spiritual dimensions of climate change.
This talk is facilitated by David Poister, Ph.D. who is a Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science at SNC where he has taught since 1995. He is an environmental chemist with research interests in biogeochemistry and the chemical ecology of aquatic systems. His current scientific work focuses on chemical interactions between algae growing in the Fox River. In addition to his work as a scientist, David is interested in exploring how the dialogue between science and religion can be used to understand and advance the human condition.
Two sessions will be offered:
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016
12-1:30 p.m. (lunch provided)
Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016
2-3:30 p.m. (hors d'oeuvres provided)