Tuesday, September 25
PAUL SHRIVASTAVA, Chief Sustainability Officer at Pennsylvania State University, Director of the Sustainability Institute and Professor of Organizations at the Smeal School of Business.
Presentation: Tuesday September 25, 7:00pm.
Presentation Title: Global Sustainability in the Anthropocene.
We are entering a new epoch called the Anthropocene. This is a period in which human and social impacts on nature are disrupting fundamental natural cycles including the hydrological, carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus cycles. Not only is this a discontinuity in human-nature relations from millions of years of evolutionary history, it signifies a reversal of cause and effects. Humans and their activities are the primary cause of disrupting natural process. Sustainable Development has been proposed as a solution to the eco social challenges of the Anthropocene. I will examine what global sustainability means in this context, possibilities of achieving it and how educational institutions can play a constructive role in this process.
Dr. Paul Shrivastava, has a unique background that combines academic scholarship and teaching with significant entrepreneurial and senior management experience. He is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Penn State University, Director of the Sustainability Institute and Professor of Organizations at the Smeal School of Business. Prior to this, he served as Executive Director of Future Earth, a global research platform for environmental change and transformation to sustainability. Earlier Paul was David O'Brien Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Enterprise, and the Director of the David O'Brien Centre for Sustainable Enterprise, at the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, Montreal. He also leads the International Research Chair on Art and Sustainable Enterprise, at the ICN Business School, Nancy, France. He has served as an advisor on international programs of International Social Sciences Council, Future Earth, Universities (Bucknell, Concordia, IIM-Shillong, India), and on the Board of Trustees of DeSales University, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Shrivastava created several entrepreneurial ventures. He was part of the management team that launched Hindustan Computer Ltd. (one of India's largest computer companies). He founded the non-profit Industrial Crisis Institute, Inc. in New York, and published the Industrial Crisis Quarterly. He founded Organization and Environment, a journal of Sage Publications. He was founding Chair of the Organizations and Natural Environment (ONE) Division of the Academy of Management. He was founder President and CEO of eSocrates, Inc., a knowledge management company, and Founding Executive Director of Future Earth.
Dr. Shrivastava received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. He was tenured Associate Professor of Management at NYU Stern School of Business, New York University. He served as the Howard I. Scott Chair in Management at Bucknell University. He has published 18 books and over 120 articles in refereed scholarly, and professional journals and books. He has served on the editorial boards of leading management research journals including the Academy of Management Review, Asian Case Research Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Organization, Risk Management, Business Strategy and the Environment, and the International Journal of Sustainable Strategic Management. He won a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award and studied Japanese management at Kyoto University. His work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Christian Science Monitor, the Globe and Mail, and The Gazette (Montreal), on the McNeil-Lehrer News Hour. He was co-organizer of the Steelman Triathlon races and a certified USA Triathlon Coach, and an avid fan of Argentine Tango.
Wednesday, September 26
SARAH FREDERICKS, Assistant Professor of environmental ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School.
Presentation: Wednesday September 26, 9:00am.
Presentation Title: Thinking at the Margins of Sustainability in Religious Ethics: Indicators, Emotions, Rituals.
The sustainability movement has always been influenced by religious ethics, but as Sarah Fredericks will demonstrate, several significant contributions of religious ethics to sustainability are still relatively unexplored. First, ethical principles that resonate with multiple religious traditions can be used to evaluate and improve quantitative methods of assessing sustainability policies. Fredericks will focus upon distributive environmental injustices. In part two, Fredericks argues that injustices also encompass the emotional harms of environmental degradation and explores the ways that the guilt and shame of perpetrators can hinder sustainability efforts. Finally, Fredericks suggests that religious ritual can respond to these emotions and enhance sustainability initiatives.
Sarah E. Fredericks is an assistant professor of environmental ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Professor Fredericks' research focuses on sustainability, sustainable energy, environmental guilt and shame, and environmental justice; her work draws upon pragmatic and comparative religious ethics. She is the author of Measuring and Evaluating Sustainability: Ethics in Sustainability Indexes (Routledge, 2013), and articles in Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture; International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology; Environmental Justice, and Ethics, Policy, and Environment. She co-edits a book series, Religious Ethics and Environmental Challenges (Lexington Press), with Kevin O'Brien. Fredericks, along with colleagues from three other universities, was recently awarded a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded Humanities Without Walls, a consortium that funds cross-institutional teams researching topics in the humanities. Their project, "Being Human in the Age of Humans: Perspectives from Religion and Ethics," seeks to facilitate research on the Anthropocene within religious studies, theology, and ethics. Previously Professor Fredericks was Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Texas. She holds a PhD in Science, Philosophy, and Religion from Boston University. Professor Fredericks is currently working on a book about the ethical dimensions of experiencing and inducing environmental guilt and shame, particularly about climate change.
MARY EVELYN TUCKER, Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar at Yale University,
Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology.
Presentation: Wednesday September 26, 11:00am.
Presentation Title: Environmental Ethics for China.
The overwhelming environmental problems in China are causing problems on a massive scale regarding clean water, air, and soil. Rapid and unrestrained industrialization has created environmental health issues in many parts of the country. Yet it is clear that Confucianism has something to offer in shaping an environmental ethics for China. The revival of Confucianism and the interest in creating an "ecological civilization" is a counterpoint to the ongoing ecological devastation. This talk will draw on Confucian ideas for an ecologically flourishing future for China and beyond.
Mary Evelyn Tucker is a Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar at Yale University where she has appointments in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies as well as the Divinity School and the Department of Religious Studies. She teaches in the joint MA program in religion and ecology and directs the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale with her husband, John Grim. Her special area of study is Asian religions. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in Japanese Confucianism. Since 1997 she has been a Research Associate at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard. Her Confucian publications include: Moral and Spiritual Cultivation in Japanese Neo-Confucianism (SUNY, 1989) and The Philosophy of Qi (Columbia University Press, 2007). With Tu Weiming she edited two volumes on Confucian Spirituality (Crossroad, 2003, 2004). Her concern for the growing environmental crisis, especially in Asia, led her to organize with John Grim a series of ten conferences on World Religions and Ecology at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard (1995-1998). Together they are series editors for the ten volumes from the conferences distributed by Harvard University Press. In this series she co-edited Buddhism and Ecology (Harvard, 1997), Confucianism and Ecology (Harvard, 1998), and Hinduism and Ecology (Harvard, 2000).
After the conference series she and Grim founded the Forum on Religion and Ecology at a culminating conference at the United Nations in 1998. They now direct the Forum at Yale where they also teach religion and ecology. To help shape this new interdisciplinary field they edited Worldviews and Ecology (Orbis, 1994) and a Daedalus volume titled Religion and Ecology: Can the Climate Change? (2001). She also wrote: Worldly Wonder: Religions Enter Their Ecological Phase (Open Court Press, 2003). Together they completed a new overview of the field titled Ecology and Religion (Island Press, 2014). Tucker, Grim, and Willis Jenkins co-edited the Routledge Handbook on Religion and Ecology (Routledge, 2017).
Tucker and Grim studied world religions with Thomas Berry in graduate school and worked closely with him for 30 years. They are the managing trustees of the Thomas Berry Foundation. She edited several of Berry's books: The Great Work (Random House, 1999), Evening Thoughts (Sierra Club Books and University of California Press, 2006), The Sacred Universe (Columbia University Press, 2009), and with Grim, The Christian Future and the Fate of Earth (Orbis, 2009), and Thomas Berry: Selected Writings on the Earth Community (Orbis, 2014).
To bring Berry's work forward she has also worked closely with evolutionary philosopher, Brian Swimme, for some 25 years. Together they have created a multi-media project called Journey of the Universe which includes an Emmy award winning film, which was broadcast on PBS and is now available to watch on Amazon Prime. The companion book which Swimme and Tucker authored is published by Yale University Press (2011). There is also a DVD series of 20 interviews that Tucker did with leading scientists, educative, and environmentalists, titled Journey Conversations. (For the website see: www.journeyoftheuniverse.org) She is also a co-editor of another volume bringing science and religion together, When Worlds Converge (Open Court, 2002). Tucker and Grim co-edited Living Cosmology: Christian Responses to Journey of the Universe (Orbis Books, 2016).
Tucker and Grim have spoken and written extensively about the Papal Encyclical on the environment titled Laudato Si'. See especially their article "Integrating Ecology and Justice: The Papal Encyclical" in The Quarterly Review of Biology in September 2016. She has been involved with the Earth Charter since its inception. She served on the International Earth Charter Drafting Committee from 1997-2000 and was a member of the Earth Charter International Council. She also serves on the Advisory Boards of Orion Magazine, the Garrison Institute, and Green Belt Movement U.S.
MARY JANE ANGELO, Professor of Law, Director of the Environmental and Land Use Law Program, and University Term Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.
Presentation: Wednesday September 26, 1:30pm.
Presentation Title: Food Security, Industrialized Agriculture, and a Changing Global Climate.
Despite the dramatic improvements in food production in developed countries due, at least in part, to a system of industrialized agriculture that grew out of the "Green Revolution" of the mid-20th century, food security has been elusive throughout much of the world. The promise of high production agriculture feeding the world was never realized and industrialized agriculture brought with it serious human health and environmental problems including, widespread water pollution, toxic air pollution, farmworker poisonings and birth defects in children of farmworkers, the global pollinator crisis, loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services, and harm to threatened and endangered species. Global climate change will intensify the enormous challenge of achieving world-wide food security, particularly in the poorest and most vulnerable countries. Although the impacts of climate change on agriculture will vary based on geographic location and other factors, there is widespread agreement that climate change will result in significant reduction in crop yields, increased food prices, and decreased food security for millions of people, particularly in the developing world. Crop yields are predicted to decrease by 10 to 25% globally, and up to a 40% in some regions, during the same timeframe that a growing population will raise the demand for agricultural production by approximately 60%. Decreased agricultural productivity coupled with increased food prices resulting from climate change could cause millions of people to fall into poverty in the next 15 years. Historically, U.S. agricultural policy has incentivized industrialized agriculture while at the same time, U.S. environmental law has failed to adequately address the serious health and environmental risk of these practices. Climate impacts make it imperative to develop agricultural systems that are more adaptive and resilient. Policy choices today could dramatically influence whether future generations have adequate food and food security.
Mary Jane Angelo is a Professor of Law, Director of the Environmental and Land Use Law Program, and University Term Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. She is also Affiliate Faculty in both the University of Florida School of Natural Resources and Water Institute. Professor Angelo has published extensively on a variety of environmental law topics including pesticide law, endangered species law, water and wetlands law, sustainable agriculture, the regulation of genetically modified organisms, and the relationship between law and science. Her articles have been published in the Texas Law Review, the Wake Forest Law Review, The Colorado Law Review, the George Mason Law Review, the Harvard Environmental Law Review, Ecology Law Quarterly, and Environmental Law. She recently publish the book: Research Handbook on Climate Change and Agricultural Law (co-editor with Anel Du Pleissis, Edward Elgar, 2017). In 2013, she published two books: Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Law (with William S. Eubanks and Jason Czarnezki, Environmental Law Institute 2013) and The Law and Ecology of Pesticides and Pest Management (Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2013). Professor Angelo has served on two National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council Committees: The Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress; and the Committee on Ecological Risk Assessment under FIFRA and the ESA. She is a former a member of the Vermont law School Summer faculty and has taught and lectured throughout the United States and other parts of the world, including Brazil, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Belize and Poland. Professor Angelo is also a Member-Scholar with the Center for Progressive Reform in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining academia, she practiced as an environmental lawyer for many years. She served in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of the Administrator and Office of General Counsel in Washington, D.C., and as Senior Assistant General Counsel for the St. Johns River Water Management District in Florida. She received her B.S., with High Honors, in biological sciences from Rutgers University, and both her M.S., in Entomology, and J.D., with Honors, from the University of Florida.
PIERRE JUBINVILLE, C.S.Sp, Fourth Bishop of the Diocese of San Pedro Apóstol, Paraguay.
Presentation: Wednesday September 26, 3:30pm.
Presentation Title: Journey to the ‘Land-Without-Evil': Sustainability of the Land in Paraguay.
I am not a scholar nor a field researcher. This is the pilgrimage of a missionary and a pastor, my ongoing route, to understand and love a land and its people. It began thirty years ago when I was preparing to go to Paraguay, doing some research on the local mythology and culture. I encountered the theme of the "Land-Without-Evil" as a central figure of the Guaraní culture. It had and, to a certain extent, still has a great outcome in the concepts about Paraguay. It is about a Land where Creation is restored, and social interaction is renewed. At first, its utopian vision seduced me. In a way, it still does. But reality had its check on me through visitations in the country, more studies and reflections, hard facts and figures, and the participation in the local society and Church. The landscape and the social reality have enormously changed in the last forty years. I share my own experience of discovery, bumpy learning and struggle with the myth and the reality.
My name is Pierre Jubinville. I was born in Ottawa, in 1960. I entered the Congregation of the Holy Ghost and made my first vows in 1981. I undertook a missionary experience in what was then named Zaïre (now Democratic Republic of Congo) for two years. I studied at the Université de Montréal, the Institute of Integral Human Formation in Montréal (IFHIM), and the Université Catholique de Paris. I was ordained in 1988. At the end of 1991, I arrived in Paraguay. I spent eight years in the Diocese of San Pedro Apóstol, visiting Indigenous communities and attending pastoral works in two parishes (Choré and Lima). In 2000, I moved to the capital where I worked in formation and in the administration of our small Spiritan group. In 2012, I went to Rome to be part of the General Administration team, but my mandate was abruptly ended in 2013 to go back to Paraguay, and back to the Diocese of San Pedro Apóstol as the fourth bishop since the beginning of the Diocese, 40 years ago.
PAUL BAUMAN, Advisian WorleyParsons, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Presentation: Wednesday September 26, 7:00pm.
Presentation Title: Refugees and Geophysics, Then and Now.
Water, Refugees, and Geophysics - Are Humanitarian Water Problems Our Problem? 85% of the world's refugee population is located in developing countries, with most of these countries suffering water scarcities. Where and when surface water is not available, groundwater is usually the only alternative. This presentation will take us to some of the harshest places on the planet in search of good quality drinking water for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs). We will see how the failure to provide healthful drinking water in a refugee camp in the Turkana desert, for instance, becomes a community health problem in Western countries. Recent interpretations of geophysical data acquired from satellites in space indicate that water and consequent food scarcities observed in remote refugee camps in distant nations will become "our" destiny unless global groundwater management practices are changed...quickly.
Paul Bauman is the Technical Director of the Near Surface Geophysics group at Advisian WorleyParsons, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Paul started the group in 1990 and has since managed or co-managed the group. Paul has a B.Sc.E. in Geological Engineering from Princeton, and an M.Sc. in Earth Sciences from the University of Waterloo. He is a Professional Geophysicist and Professional Engineer with over 30 years of geophysical exploration experience in the environmental, engineering, water resource, mining, oil and gas, and archaeology disciplines. Some of the more unusual sites where he has carried out investigations include approximately 20 archaeology sites in Israel from the period of the beginnings of Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism, and refugee camps in Bangladesh and Africa. He has appeared in a number of documentaries and television series including the National Geographic Television special Finding Atlantis, two NOVA documentaries (Ancient Refuge in the Holy Land and Holocaust Escape Tunnel [Nov., 2017]), the documentary Deadly Deception at Sobibor, the six episode Discovery series Finding Escobar's Millions (Nov. 2017), The Good Nazi, and Finding Water (Jan., 2018), which is about a water exploration program in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. Besides Kakuma, Paul has worked and volunteered his services on numerous other geophysical and groundwater humanitarian relief projects for refugees, migrants, and internally displaced persons (IDPs).