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our common home \\ september 28 – october 1 \\ boston college

Xavier Cortada, “ΙΧΘΥΣ (Ichthys)” (2015). Digital artwork created to welcome Pope Francis’ climate change message and U.S. visit. © 2015 Xavier Cortada. Courtesy of the artist and Honoring the Future,

Courtesy of the artist and Honoring the Future, Sponsored by the Biology Department.

Space is limited for select events. Registration is requested for morning and lunch events
but not required. This event is free and open to the public.


Monday, September 28

“Pope Francis’s Encyclical: An Ethical Summons to Tackle Climate Change”

12:00 p.m.
Murray Function Room  

Opening Lectures
Leading the way: the economic, technological and moral imperative for U.S. climate action
Senator Ed Markey

Climate Science, the Pope’s Encyclical, and the President’s Climate Action Plan
John Holdren, Assistant to the President of the United States for Science and Technology

Introduced by Tom Keady, Vice President for Governmental Community Affairs, Office of Governmental & Community Affairs, Boston College

Moderator: David Wirth, Professor of Law, Boston College

2:15 p.m.
Heights Room
Hosted by the BC Energy and Environment Alumni Network.
Coffee, tea and cookies will be served.
4:30 p.m.
Robsham Theater

The Canisius Lecture
Sustainable Humanity, Sustainable Planet
Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson

Introduced by David Quigley, Provost and Dean of Faculties, Boston College

Moderator: James Keenan, S.J., Canisius Professor, Theology Department, and Director of the Jesuit Institute, Boston College

Song: Laudato Si, Praise Be!
Text by Robert VerEecke, Music by Paul Melley

Tuesday, September 29

“Looking Toward COP21: A Reason to Hope?”

12:00 p.m.
Murray Function Room  

Policy/COP21 Panel Discussion
Climate Change and Vulnerable Communities

Maryanne Loughry, AM rsm, Associate Director, Jesuit Refugee Service Australia

Edouard Tétreau, French economist and essayist; member of the Vatican' s Cortile dei Gentili scientific committee

Moderator: Joseph Manning, Associate, Corporate Program, Ceres

4:30 p.m.
Robsham Theater

Global Climate Change Policy Lecture
Avoiding Extinction: The Role of COP21

Graciela Chichilnisky, Visiting Professor of Economics, Stanford University, Professor of Economics and of Statistics, and Director Columbia Consortium for Risk Management, Columbia University

Introduced by Juliet B. Schor, Professor of Sociology, Boston College

Moderator: Noah Snyder, Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Director of Environmental Studies, Boston College


Wednesday, September 30

“Theological and Ethical Imperatives for Sustainability”

10:00 a.m.
Murray Function Room  

Climate Change and the Media Panel Discussion
Laudato Si' and the Media

Andrew Revkin, environment reporter for the New York Times, Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies at Pace University

Grant Gallicho, Associate Editor at Commonweal Magazine

Moderator: Tiziana C. Dearing, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Social Work, Boston College

Introduced by Jack Dunn, Director, Office of News and Public Affairs, Boston College

Convener: Daniel DiLeo, Ph.D. Student in Theological Ethics, Boston College

12:00 p.m.
Murray Function Room

Discussion on the Implications of the Encyclical
Laudato Si' and Catholic Social Teaching

Mary Ann Hinsdale, IHM, Associate Professor of Theology, Boston College

Kristin Heyer, Professor of Theology, Boston College

Dan Misleh, Executive Director, Catholic Climate Covenant

Respondent: William Musserian, Boston College '16 and Christie Merino, Boston College '16

Moderator: Kevin Brown, Ph.D. Candidate in Systematic Theology, Boston College

4:30 p.m.
Robsham Theater

Theology/Ethics Panel
The Theology and Ethics of Sustainability

Willis Jenkins, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Virginia

Erin Lothes, Assistant Professor of Theology, College of Saint Elizabeth

Moderator: Grant Gallicho, Associate Editor of Commonweal Magazine

Introduced by Lisa Sowle Cahill, J. Donald Monan Professor, Theology Department, Boston College

Convener: James Keenan, S.J., Canisus Professor, Theology Department, and Director of the Jesuit Institute, Boston College

Thursday, October 1

“Making Change”

10:00 a.m.
Stokes Amphitheater (between Stokes Hall and College Road)

Campus Ministry Reflection

12:00 p.m.
Campus Green
"What Can I Do?" Fair
The “What Can I Do Fair” provides myriad opportunities for engaging heart, mind and body in addressing the causes, consequences and solutions for climate change.  You’ll find organizations focused on Advocacy for positive action to directly combat climate change, Service opportunities that empower individuals, businesses and governments to embrace creation of life sustaining systems, resources for continuing your Education on these issues, and connections with alumni and ideas for Careers focusing on care for Earth. Download the full list of represented organizations.
3:00 p.m.
Campus Green
Anne Goodwin, Singer

3:30 p.m.
Campus Green



Keynote Lecture
Toward Just Sustainabilities

Julian Agyeman, Professor, Tufts University

Introduced by Brian J. Gareau, Associate Professor of Sociology and International Studies, Boston College


Climate Science and Art | Higgins Atrium, 3rd floor

In conjunction with the "Our Common Home" Conference


Climate Change Science and Global Impacts
Mini-posters designed by students of the Complex Problems Core Course, Global Implications of Climate Change (taught by Tara Pisani Gareau and Brian J. Gareau).


Digital artwork created to welcome Pope Francis’ climate change message and U.S. visit.
© 2015 Xavier Cortada

Xavier Cortada, “ΙΧΘΥΣ (Ichthys)” (2015).. Cortada’s artwork celebrates two historic milestones: Pope Francis’ recent letter – or “encyclical” – to the church, the first to focus primarily on climate change and human responsibility for the environment, and the Pope’s visit to the U.S. to address a joint session of Congress. 

The image, entitled “Ichthys” from the Greek word for fish, refers to a stylized symbol of two arcs intersecting to form a profile of a fish. Early church members used this symbol, says Cortada, “to communicate with one another, build fellowship, and spread their ideas” during a time of persecution. Cortada intends to evoke their sense of urgency and unity as models for climate action. Sponsored by the Biology Department

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