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Our Common Home: An Ethic Summons to Tackle Climate Change

Monday, Sept. 28 – Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015

The Environmental Studies Program will co-sponsor a conference exploring the the implications of Pope Francis’s newly released encyclical on the environment and climate change, “Laudato Si' (Praised Be): On Care for our Common Home” over four days at Boston College.  Distinguished speakers, including Cardinal Peter Turkson and Senator Edward Markey (D-MA), will discuss how the moral voice of faith communities can offer distinct contributions to address climate change, as well as the national and international policy implications of the upcoming international climate conference (COP21) to be held in Paris, and theological considerations of the encyclical.

Associate Director, Environmental Studies Program & Assistant Professor of the Practice, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Boston College seeks a teacher, scholar, and administrator to serve as Associate Director of the Environmental Studies Program and Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and with a summer 2016 start date.  The Program offers both a major and minor to undergraduate students in the Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences. The successful candidate will have demonstrated academic, leadership, and program development abilities. This position is a nine-month, full-time non-tenure track academic position with faculty rank and teaching responsibilities.

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Now in its fifth year, the Boston College Energy and Environment Alumni Network (BCEEAN) has quickly emerged as one of the largest alumni affinity groups, its growth rooted in the number of BC graduates working in a range of professions tied to the energy and environment sectors.

The Environmental Studies Program is proud to offer a new interdisciplinary degree in environmental studies. The first cohort of 15 majors, selected from a strong applicant pool of members of the class of 2017, will begin their work in the fall of 2014. More information about the major can be found on the BC Chronicle, BC Gavel, and BC Magazine websites.

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Course Spotlight

GE 310 Agroecology: The Science of Sustainable Agriculture

The agriculture of the future must conserve natural resources and processes, and sustain yields to support the food needs of a growing human population. Food represents one of our most fundamental connections to ecosystems. In this course we will learn how the principles of ecology can be applied to the design, management, and analysis of agroecosystems and agricultural landscapes. Lectures will also cover the social, political, and economic forces that drive production systems—from the crops grown to the distribution and transportation of food around the globe.