Environmental Studies Lecture Series

2019-2020 Lecture Series Upcoming Events

Remaining Spring 2020 Lecture Series Events are Canceled.

Due to concerns related to COVID-19, all remaining Environmental Studies events have been canceled.

The American Exceptionalism of Climate Change Denial - Testing Cultural Psychological Explanations

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Dr. Vinai Norasakkunkit

Friday, February 21, 2020
Hemmingson Center, Room 312
Free and open to the public.

Time: 12 - 1 pm


CANCELED—Water Resources in Washington: Are we Getting Thirstier?

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This talk will review the observed variations in the climate, snowpack and streamflows in Washington state and some of the projected changes in these variables over future decades. The discussion will include the implications for freshwater habitats and agriculture.

Dr. Nick Bond
Washington State Climatologist

Thursday, March 5, 2020
Jepson, Wolff Auditorium
Free and open to the public.

Time: 5 - 6:30 pm


CANCELED—(Re)Thinking Conservation in New-Materialist Ecology

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Dr. Ulil Amri

Friday, March 27, 2020 12 PM
Hemmingson Center, Room 310
Free and open to the public.

Time: 12 pm


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

Daniel Horan

To the mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 5th 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 Program
Religious Studies Department
Catholic Studies Program