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Presidential Conference
on the Integrity of Creation

Protecting Our Common Home: Scientific Contributions & Religious Perspectives

View the Conference Presentation Recordings Here

Wednesday, Sept. 28 - Friday, Sept. 30, 2016

The second annual conference in this scholarly series on the Integrity of Creation will focus on Protecting our Common Home, reflecting Pope Francis' appeal to all people to meet "the urgent challenge to protect our common home" (Laudato Si', number 13). Various scientific contributions & religious perspectives will consider a wide range of topics, such as the planetary common good, ecological interdependence, the future of the earth and navigating the Anthropocene (referring to human activity as making a significant impact on Earth's geology and ecosystems).

This interdisciplinary, academic conference occurs each year to provide a scholarly forum for exploring a topic related to the general theme of the Integrity of Creation.

The conference, commissioned by former President Dr. Charles J. Dougherty, is an endowed academic event that celebrates the Spiritan mission of Duquesne University. The conference is interdisciplinary in the sense that presenters and participants from different disciplines are invited to engage each other in civil discourse on the conference topic.

The conference has three goals:

  1. To provide a scholarly opportunity to engage established and emerging research on the conference topic
  2. To foster interdisciplinary discourse on each topic, such as among science, health, philosophy, religion and policy
  3. To enlighten public awareness and discussion of the conference topic