[Post-sustainability-committee] Upcoming Oct 26 Event: Climate Panel

Scott Carlin Scott.Carlin at liu.edu
Fri Oct 9 16:58:49 EDT 2015

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On Monday October 26th, the Environmental Sustainability program<http://www.liu.edu/CWPost/Academics/~/~/link.aspx?_id=300B8E010672433AB563D32AA013F9D2&_z=z> at LIU Post<http://www.liu.edu/post> is pleased to host an event - “Climate, Pope Francis and Long Island: An Interfaith Assessment of Science and Policy” at the Tilles Center’s<https://www.google.com/maps/place/Tilles+Center%E2%80%99s+Concert+Hall/@40.8174911,-73.5990315,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x89c2840ec7fd58e1:0x580f0a9975ba8558> Patrons Lounge from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., with refreshments and free registration beginning at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome! Please see the attached flier for speakers and additional details.

Climate Change, Pope Francis and Long Island:
An Interfaith Assessment of Science and Policy

Monday, October 26, 2015, 7 – 9 PM
Patrons Lounge, Tilles Center
LIU Post, Brookville, NY 11548
Refreshments provided
Sponsored by LIU Post’s Department of Earth and Environmental Science and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

In June of this year, Pope Francis released his encyclical — “Laudato Si’,” or “Praise Be to You” — a 192-page paper to highlight the crisis posed by climate change. The encyclical calls for swift and sweeping political, economic, and personal lifestyle changes to confront environmental degradation.

To discuss the pope’s encyclical, LIU Post’s Dr. Scott Carlin will moderate a session of three inter-faith leaders and scholars to comment on its regional and global significance and the following questions:

·      What is the significance of the pope’s encyclical for our diverse communities?

·      What are some strengths and weaknesses in the arguments advanced in this encyclical?

·      What types of regional institutional responses might emerge in coming months?

·      Will the pope’s criticisms of capitalism strengthen or weaken the power of this encyclical?

·      In what ways can climate-related initiatives become linked with social justice initiatives?

Dr. Vic DiVenere has been a musician, a farmer, a geologist and professor.  His travels have taken him from coast to coast in the U.S. and Canada, from New Zealand and Japan to Europe, and from Antarctica to the Caribbean.  He has a deep appreciation of nature and a strong desire to keep the Earth healthy and to see society forge a sustainable place within the global ecosphere.  His interests and teaching have evolved from the study of large-scale geologic dynamics and plate tectonics, increasingly into the study of global climate, environmental geology, and sustainability.  He has numerous published articles in the professional geological journals and is the author of a weblog entitled Chronicle Earth (ChronicleEarth.net). Dr. DiVenere has a PhD. from Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and is a faculty member in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at LIU Post.

Gerry Gacioch is a cardiologist with a love of the environment. He is the Chief of Cardiology at the Sands Constellation Heart Institute in Rochester, New York. In addition to his MD from Johns Hopkins University, he has a Masters in Medical Management from Carnegie Mellon University. He is also a Climate Change Ambassador for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, a reflection of his faith and his passion for the environment. He spends as much of his free time as possible keeping his own heart healthy and discovering nature through traveling, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, biking and running.

Rabbi Lawrence Troster is one of this country’s leading Jewish eco-theologians and religious environmental leaders. He is the founder and coordinator of Shomrei Breishit: Rabbis and Cantors For the Earth and the Rabbinic Scholar-in-Residence of GreenFaith, the interfaith environmental coalition in New Jersey. Rabbi Troster was also the Rabbinic Fellow for the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL). Rabbi Troster contributes to the Huffington Post, and he has published numerous articles and has lectured widely on eco-theology, bio-ethics, and Judaism and modern science. He received his B.A. from the University of Toronto and his M.A. and rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He was given an honorary Doctor of Divinity by JTS for his more than 25 years of rabbinic service. Rabbi Troster was honored by the Temple of Understanding, one of the oldest worldwide interfaith organizations, as an Interfaith Visionary.
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