Environmental Studies Lecture Series

2020-2021 Lecture Series Upcoming Events


The Unlikely Thru-Hiker

Author Derick Lugo looking over a view of the horizon while hiking.

Gonzaga University Environmental Studies Department is happy to host Derick Lugo, author of "The Unlikely Thru-Hiker".

The Unlikely Thru-Hiker is the story of a young black man setting off from the city with an extremely overweight pack and a willfully can-do attitude. What follows are lessons on preparation, humility, race relations, and nature’s wild unpredictability. Through it all, Derick (Mr. Fabulous) refuses to let any challenge squash his inner Pollyanna, persevering with humor, tenacity, and an unshakeable commitment to grooming that sees him from Georgia to Maine.

Co-sponsored by: Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, The Lands Council, & Washington Trails Association

Monday, November 16, 6 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public and will be hosted via Zoom.

For more information please email EnvironmentalStudies@gonzaga.edu.

 

Notes From An IPCC Reviewer

Creative image of the earth

Gonzaga Biology Professor Hugh Lefcort shares his experience as a reviewer for the IPCC's latest scientific report on climate change.

Wednesday, November 18, 12 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public and will be hosted via Zoom.

For more information please email EnvironmentalStudies@gonzaga.edu.

 

Who Speaks for the Trees? The Movement for the Rights of Nature

Decorative image with text that reads Who Speaks for the Trees? The Movement for the Rights of Nature.

Is our system working to protect the natural environment? Isn’t it time to find one that does?

Host Thomas Linzey, an environmental lawyer with the Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights, for a presentation and discussion around a new movement for environmental protection: one that recognizes enforceable legal rights for nature and ecosystems.

Friday, January 29, 2021
Time: 12 p.m.
Zoom Meeting
Free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by
Environmental Studies Department
Gonzaga Center for Law, Ethics & Commerce

For more information please email EnvironmentalStudies@gonzaga.edu.

 

Beyond Laudato Si': Embracing the Challenge of Franciscan Eco-Spirituality in the Age of Pope Francis

Daniel Horan

To the mark the 51th anniversary of Earth Day and the 6th anniversary of Pope Francis' landmark encyclical on climate change and environmental ethics, Laudato Si', Gonzaga welcomes Daniel P. Horan, OFM, Ph.D., to campus to offer a lecture entitled, Beyond Laudato Si': Embracing the Challenge of Franciscan Eco-Spirituality in the Age of Pope Francis.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Jepson, Wolff Auditorium
Free and open to the public.

Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

About the Lecture

From the beginning of his papal ministry, Pope Francis has sought to bring together two rich heritages: the Ignatian tradition of his Jesuit formation and identity with the Franciscan legacy of his papal namesake and inspiration. As we celebrate the fifth anniversary of his landmark encyclical letter Laudato Si', which inaugurated renewed commitment among Jesuit entities to “collaborate in care for our common home,” this lecture considers some of the ways that a Catholic Jesuit University might embrace the challenge of Franciscan eco-spirituality initially signaled in Laudato Si', but that have remained generally underdeveloped. In this way, we might not only appreciate the beauty, wisdom, and pastoral urgency in the papal document itself, but also build on it in the spirit of both the Ignatian and Franciscan traditions.

Daniel P. Horan, OFM, PhD is a Franciscan friar of Holy Name Province (NY), assistant professor of systematic theology and spirituality at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, a columnist for the National Catholic Reporter, and the author of several books including All God’s Creatures: A Theology of Creation (2018), Catholicity and Emerging Personhood: A Contemporary Theological Anthropology (2019), and Reading, Praying, Living Pope Francis’s Rejoice and Be Glad (2019). He is currently working on a book about the Incarnation and is also co-host of The Francis Effect Podcast.

Co-sponsored by
Office of Mission & Ministry
Environmental Studies Department
Religious Studies Department
Catholic Studies Program