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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.

2016-2017 Series

"Answering the Call of Laudato Si': Science and the Common Good"
In the 2015 Papal Encyclical Laudato Si’, Pope Francis identified the earth’s climate as a common good, belonging to all and meant for all. This view responds to an important impediment to successfully addressing climate change. Because the cost of global warming is often greatest for people contributing the least to the cause of the problem, motivation for reducing greenhouse gas emissions can be limited. For this reason, Pope Francis encouraged dialogue between science and religion to foster a recognition of the unseen bonds that link all people together in a universal family. To cultivate the science-religion dialogue on our campus, this presentation will examine the common good from a scientific perspective and illustrate how scientific knowledge can be integrated with religious perspectives to address global-scale crises and improve the human condition.

 Two sessions will be offered:

Monday, February 6, 2017
3:00 p.m. ~ 4:30 p.m.
Hendrickson Dining Room
Hors D’oeuvres  provided

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
12:00 p.m. ~ 1:30 p.m.
Michels Ballroom
Lunch provided




"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)
Michels Ballroom

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016
2-3:30 p.m. (hors d'oeuvres provided)
Michels Ballroom

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