2016 Conference

Protecting our Common Home Conference Summary

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September 28th - September 30th 2016

The second annual conference in this scholarly series on the Integrity of Creation focused 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 considered 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.