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

Julian Agyeman

Julian Agyeman

Julian Agyeman Ph.D. FRSA is a Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University, Medford, MA. He is the originator of the concept of 'just sustainabilities,' the full integration of social justice and sustainability, defined as:

"the need to ensure a better quality of life for all, now and into the future, in a just and equitable manner, whilst living within the limits of supporting ecosystems."

As an ecologist/biogeographer turned environmental social scientist, he has both a science and social science background which helps frame his perspectives, research and scholarship. He thrives at the borders and intersections of a wide range of knowledges, disciplines and methodologies which he utilizes in creative and original ways in his research.

He was co-founder in 1988, and chair until 1994, of the Black Environment Network (BEN), the first environmental justice-based organization of its kind in Britain. He was co-founder in 1996, and is now Editor-in-Chief of Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability and was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA) in the same year. The mission of the RSA is to enrich society through ideas and action.

He is Series Editor of Just Sustainabilities: Policy, Planning and Practice published by Zed Books and Co-Editor of the Series Routledge Equity, Justice and the Sustainable City. He is also Contributing Editor to Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development and a member of the editorial board of the Australian Journal of Environmental Education. In addition, he is an Affiliate at the Civitas Athenaeum Laboratory at KTH – Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, a Studio Associate at The Studio at the Edge of the World, University of Tasmania Creative Exchange Institute and a Senior Scholar at The Center for Humans and Nature, Chicago.

His publications, which number over 160, include books, peer reviewed articles, book chapters, published conference presentations, published reports, book reviews, newspaper articles, Op-Eds and articles in professional magazines and journals. His books include Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World (co-edited with Robert D Bullard and Bob Evans: MIT Press 2003), Sustainable Communities and the Challenge of Environmental Justice (NYU Press 2005), Environmental Inequalities Beyond Borders: Local Perspectives on Global Injustices (co-edited with JoAnn Carmin: MIT Press 2011), Cultivating Food Justice : Race, Class and Sustainability (co-edited with Alison Hope Alkon: MIT Press 2011), Introducing Just Sustainabilities: Policy, Planning and Practice (Zed Books 2013) and Incomplete Streets: Processes, Practices, and Possibilities (co-edited with Stephen Zavestoski: Routledge 2014). December this year will see the publication of his book  Sharing Cities: A Case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities (co-authored with Duncan McLaren: MIT Press). He is currently working on a book on food trucks.

For fuller details of his work, take a look at his research interests, complete list of publications and his Curriculum Vitae. For measures of the (academic) impact of his work, take a look at his Google Scholar citations, h-index and i10-index. To keep up with his latest ideas, visit his Just Sustainabilities Blog and his Incomplete Streets, Invisible Cyclist and Urban Food Stories websites and of course, follow him on one, but preferably all his of Twitter accounts @julianagyeman @IncompleteSts @urbanfoodstory and @invisiblcyclist


B. Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown

B. Kevin Brown is a Ph.D. Candidate in systematic theology at Boston College.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and theological studies in 2008 and a master’s degree in theology in 2011, from Loyola Marymount University. Kevin’s dissertation explores contributions the work of Sandra Schneiders makes to contemporary Catholic ecclesiology and the implications of her work for church’s social mission in the world.  His research includes projects in ecclesiology, ecumenism, methods of dialogue, ministerial religious life, and emerging theologies of ministry and order. Kevin’s work has been published in Visions of Hope: Emerging Theologians and the Future of the Church (Orbis, 2013), Daily Theology, and the National Catholic Reporter’s online edition. From 2012-2015, he was a Lilly Graduate Fellow in Humanities and the Arts. Prior to arriving at Boston College, Kevin worked full-time in university development and stewardship for several years. Additionally, in recent years, he has served as a liturgy coordinator for the annual Los Angeles Religious Education Congress.


Erin Lothes

Erin Lothes Biviano

Erin Lothes is assistant professor of Theology at the College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ, and holds a Ph.D. in systematic Theology (Fordham University), a Master's in Theology (Boston College), and an A.B. in English (Princeton University).  She is the only theologian to serve as an Earth Institute Fellow at Columbia University, an interdisciplinary postdoctorate in sustainability studies directed by Jeff Sachs. Her research with Columbia's Center for the Study of Science and Religion was directed toward a forthcoming book analyzing the motivations driving environmental advocacy in diverse American congregations, Inspired Sustainability: Planting Seeds for Action ( Orbis 2016).  She is also author of the book  The Paradox of Christian Sacrifice: The Loss of Self, the Gift of Self (Herder and Herder, 2007) as well as articles on faith-based environmentalism, energy ethics, and interdisciplinary communication.  As an advocate for a Catholic and interdisciplinary energy ethic, she convened a task force within the Catholic Theological Society of America that examined the ethics of the carbon, transitional, and renewable energy economies. She is lead author of the resulting article, “Catholic Moral Traditions and Energy Ethics for the Twenty-First Century,” Journal of Moral Theology.  Because the aim of this article is to advance conversations about energy decisions as ethical decisions, accessible summaries are available at

Dr. Lothes is also author of “A New Paradigm for Catholic Energy Ethics,” “The New Paradigm of Energy Ethics,” and other articles, including, “Come With Me Into the Fields: Inspiring Creation Ministry Among Faith Communities” (New Theology Review March 20014), "Worldviews on Fire: Understanding the Inspiration for Congregational Religious Environmentalism" (CrossCurrents December 2012, and the co-authored “Tools for Enhancing Interdisciplinary Communication,” Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy 7:1 2011.

As a climate communicator, Erin is committed to framing climate communication according to best practices from interdisciplinary research, which she engaged through study of social science environmental decision theory with the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions.   As a faith-based environmental advocate, Erin has participate in the activism and scholarship of the interfaith environmental movement since 2003 through collaborations with interfaith groups (GreenFaith, the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale, the Catholic Climate Covenant).

As a theologian, Erin engage systematic theology, feminist criticism, liberation theology, and Ricoeur’s phenomenology of freedom and ethnographic methods.

She lives in New York City with her husband and their two sons.

Graciela Chichilnisky

Graciela Chichilnisky

Graciela Chichilnisky has worked extensively on the Kyoto Protocol, creating and designing the carbon market that became international law in 2005 and wrote the wording for the carbon market into the Kyoto Protocol at the COP in Kyoto in December 1997.

The Washington Post calls her an “A-List Star” and Time Magazine calls her a “Hero of the Environment”. U.S. Congressman, Jay Inslee wrote that her work is “revolutionary for the international community”. A world-renowned economist, she is the creator of the formal theory of Sustainable Development and acted as Lead US Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which received the Nobel Prize in 2007.  Her pioneering work uses innovative market mechanisms to create Green Capitalism. She acts as a special adviser to several UN organizations and heads of state.

Dr. Chichilnisky is CEO and Co-Founder of Global Thermostat, ( a company that has created a “Carbon Negative Technology”™ that captures CO2 from air and transforms it into profitable assets such as biofuels, food, beverages and enhanced oil recovery.

Earlier, she founded and led two successful companies:  FITEL, a financial telecommunications company that was sold in Japan; and Cross Border Exchange, a global technology communications company sold to JP Morgan.

Additionally, Dr. Chichilnisky is a Professor of Economics and Mathematical Statistics and a University Senator at Columbia University, and Director of the Columbia Consortium for Risk Management (, where she has developed a landmark methodology, with support from the U.S. Air Force, for a new foundation of probability and statistics in an approach to catastrophic risks that allows more realistic treatment of rare but important events.  She is the author of fifteen books and some 320 scientific articles in preeminent academic journals. Her two most recent books are “The Economics of Climate Change” and “Saving Kyoto.”

Dr. Chichilnisky holds two Ph.D. degrees, in Mathematics and Economics from MIT and UC Berkeley. She is a frequent political and economic speaker on CNN, ABC, BBC TV News, and Bloomberg News, as well as a frequent keynote speaker at leading international conferences and universities. She taught previously at Harvard, Essex and Stanford Universities, appeared in Time Magazine on “Heroes of the Environment,” and was elected one of the Ten Most Influential Latinos in the U.S.

Dr. Chichilnisky is currently a Visiting Professor at Stanford University. Silicon Valley magazine Fast Company just selected her company, Global Thermostat, as the “World’s Top Ten Most Innovative Company” in Energy. Dr. Chichilnisky was selected as the 2015 “CEO of the Year” awarded by IAIR at Yale University Club in NYC on April 16.

You can view Graciela Chichilnisky’s Resume here


Tiziana C. Dearing

Tiziana C. Dearing

Tiziana Dearing is an Associate Professor at the Boston College School of Social Work, where she chairs the Social Innovation and Leadership specialization and co-directs the Center for Social Innovation. Her areas of specialty include poverty, social justice, leadership, philanthropy and nonprofit organizations. She is particularly interested in
the intersection of race, place and poverty.

Prior to joining Boston College, Prof. Dearing was the start-up CEO of Boston Rising, a fund to end the generational cycle of poverty in Boston. Dearing also served as the first woman President of Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Boston, a $36 million social service agency serving more than 150,000 people a year in the Greater Boston Area. She joined Catholic Charities from Harvard University, where she served as Executive Director of the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations.

Dearing was a management consultant in the 1990s. She ran her own consultancy working with and also consulted at Renaissance Solutions, a management consulting firm specializing in knowledge management, process development and Balanced Scorecard services to Fortune 500 companies.

Dearing holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she was a Kennedy School Fellow, and has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Michigan where she graduated Magna cum Laude.

She serves as an Advisory Council or Board member for Community Resources for Justice, the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston at Harvard University, the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy at Boston College, United Teen Equality Center, the Mobility Project at the University of Massachusetts/Boston, and 90.9 WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station. Dearing is also a trustee of the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation, and served on
the Commonwealth's s Commission for a Cashless EBT System in 2012.

Prof. Dearing has published and provided commentary for media outlets such as The Hill, NECN, WBUR/NPR radio, The Boston Globe, MSNBC, BBC Radio, and The Philanthropy News Digest. She is a past editorial board member of the scholarly journal, The Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, and currently writes regularly for The Huffington Post.

In 2010, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce awarded Dearing its Pinnacle Award in the Emerging Executive category. She is a New England Women’s Leadership (NEWLA) Award recipient and was named to the Boston Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” in 2008.


Grant Gallicho

Grant Gallicho

Grant Gallicho (@gallicho) is an associate editor of Commonweal magazine, a biweekly review of religion, politics, and culture, where he has worked since 2000. He received a B.A. in English and theology from Fordham University, and an M.A. in theology from the University of Chicago. He is a regular contributor to In the Arena, a weekly Catholic current events program. His writing has appeared in the National Catholic Reporter, the Tablet of LondonEl Ciervo of Spain, Religion News Service, the New York Observer, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn.


Brian Gareau

Brian Gareau

Brian J. Gareau is an Associate Professor of Sociology and International Studies at Boston College.  He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Church of the Twentieth Century Center at Boston College, a Senior Editor of the journal Capitalism, Nature, Socialism, an Associate Editor of the journal Critical Sociology, and is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of World-Systems Research.  Gareau’s research is concentrated in three main areas: 1) macro-sociological changes in global environmental governance; 2) social theorizations of society and nature; and 3) political ecology and agrifood studies.  A graduate of Providence College, Gareau received a Masters in Science from Washington State University, and a PhD from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  He served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras, where he worked as an Agroforestry Extensionist and led a multi-village home reconstruction project after the destruction caused by Hurricane Mitch.

Gareau is author of the award-winning book From Precaution to Profit: Contemporary Challenges to Environmental Protection in the Montreal Protocol (Yale University Press), and has published many articles, book chapters, and reference entries on environmental politics, sustainable agriculture, and society/nature relations.  His forthcoming books include Organic Futures: Searching for Sustainability on the Organic Farm (with Connor J. Fitzmaurice, Yale University Press), and Environments, Natures, and Social Theory (with Damian F. White and Alan P. Rudy, Palgrave Macmillan Press). His work has been reviewed in the American Journal of Sociology, Global Environmental Politics, Social Forces, among other journals.


Kristin Heyer

Kristin Heyer

Kristin E. Heyer is professor of theology at Boston College. She received her B.A. from Brown University and her Ph.D. in theological ethics from Boston College in 2003. Her books include Kinship Across Borders: A Christian Ethic of Immigration (2012) and Prophetic and Public: the Social Witness of U.S. Catholicism (2006), which won the College Theology Society’s “Best Book Award,” both published with Georgetown University Press. She has also published the co-edited volumes Conscience and Catholicism: Rights, Responsibilities and Institutional Responses (Orbis Press, 2015) and Catholics and Politics: Dynamic Tensions between Faith and Power (Georgetown University Press, 2008). Her articles have appeared in Theological Studies, The Journal of Catholic Social Thought, The Journal of Peace and Justice Studies, Political Theology, Asian Horizons and America.  She serves on the planning committee for Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church and she is an editor for Georgetown University Press’ Moral Traditions series. She taught at Santa Clara University from 2009-2015.


Mary Ann Hinsdale, IHM

Mary Ann Hinsdale, IHM

Dr. Mary Ann Hinsdale, IHM, is an associate professor of systematic theology in the Theology Faculty at Boston College (USA) and a vowed member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Monroe, Michigan).  She received her Ph.D. from the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto in 1984 where she also held the Mary Rowell Jackman Fellowship in Feminist Theology.   The recipient of an Ecumenical Exchange Scholarship from the World Council of Churches to the Evangelische Fakultät of  the University of Tübingen, she wrote a dissertation under the direction of Professor Gregory Baum on “The Use of Scripture in the Theology of Hans Küng:  Fundamental, Hermeneutical and Socio-critical Perspectives.”  Professor Hinsdale also earned a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from Regis College, the Jesuit Faculty of the Toronto School of Theology, a Masters of Religious Education from the Catholic University of America and a B.A. in Theology and German from Marygrove College in Detroit, MI.

Professor Hinsdale has taught theology at the undergraduate, seminary and doctoral levels for over twenty-five years.  At Boston College, she served as director of the Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry from 2000-2003.  Before coming to Boston College, she taught for thirteen years at another Jesuit institution, the College of the Holy Cross, where she served as Chair of the Religious Studies Department and Director of  Women’s Studies and for five years at St. John’s Provincial Seminary in Michigan.

With teaching specializations in ecclesiology, theology and ecology, Christology and theological anthropology, Dr. Hinsdale’s current research centers on Mary Magdalen as a resource for women’s ecclesial leadership.  She is an active member of the Research Group in Communicative Theology connected with the Theological Faculties of Tübingen and Innsbruck. Her publications include Women Shaping Theology (2006) and ‘It Comes from the People’: Community Development and Local Theology (1995), several edited collections of feminist theology and many articles and chapters in books.

Professor Hinsdale has held distinguished visiting professorships at the University of Tulsa and the University of Dayton.  She has received the "Best Article of 2002 Award" from the College Theology Society and the Ann O'Hara Graff Memorial Award from the Women's Seminar in Constructive Theology of the Catholic Theological Society of America (2002).  She served as the 2010-2011 President of The Catholic Theological Society of America, the largest professional society of Catholic theologians in the world.


John Holdren

John Holdren

Dr. John P. Holdren is Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Co-Chair of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). Prior to joining the Obama administration Dr. Holdren was Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy and Director of the Program on Science, Technology, and Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, as well as professor in Harvard's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Director of the independent, nonprofit Woods Hole Research Center. Previously he was on the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, where he co-founded in 1973 and co-led until 1996 the interdisciplinary graduate-degree program in energy and resources. During the Clinton administration Dr. Holdren served as a member of PCAST through both terms and in that capacity chaired studies requested by President Clinton on preventing theft of nuclear materials, disposition of surplus weapon plutonium, the prospects of fusion energy, U.S. energy R&D strategy, and international cooperation on energy-technology innovation.

Dr. Holdren holds advanced degrees in aerospace engineering and theoretical plasma physics from MIT and Stanford. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as a foreign member of the Royal Society of London and former president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He served as a member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Board of Trustees from 1991 to 2005, as Chair of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on International Security and Arms Control from 1994 to 2005, and as Co-Chair of the independent, bipartisan National Commission on Energy Policy from 2002 to 2009. His awards include a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship, the John Heinz Prize in Public Policy, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, and the Volvo Environment Prize. In December 1995 he gave the acceptance lecture for the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, an international organization of scientists and public figures in which he held leadership positions from 1982 to 1997.


Willis Jenkins

Willis Jenkins

Willis Jenkins, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Religion, Ethics, and Environment and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Virginia. He has written and spoken prolifically about environmental justice and the ethics of climate change.

Dr. Jenkins has written two award-winning books: The Future of Ethics: Sustainability, Social Justice, and Religious Creativity (Georgetown, 2013, American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence); and Ecologies of Grace: Environmental Ethics and Christian Theology (Oxford, 2008, Templeton Award for Theological Promise). He has also written more than a dozen scholarly articles on ecological ethics, and edited or co-edited several books and journal issues on this topic: Routledge Handbook to Religion and Ecology, Religious Studies Review special issue on Religion & Climate Change, and The Spirit of Sustainability: Religion, Ethics, and Philosophy, vol. 1 of The Encyclopedia of Sustainability.

Dr. Jenkins earned his B.A. from Wheaton College in 1997, and his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia in 2006. He was the Margaret Farley Assistant Professor of Social Ethics at Yale Divinity School from 2006-2013. His next major research project is organized around “the moral ecology of food.”


Maryanne Loughry, AM

Maryanne Loughry AM

Dr. Maryanne Loughry AM is a Sister of Mercy and the Associate Director, Jesuit Refugee Service Australia. Dr. Loughry has been associated with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) since 1986 and through JRS worked in the Indochinese refugee camps in the Philippines (1988) and the Vietnamese Detention Centres in Hong Kong (1990, 1992–93) as a psychologist and trainer. Dr. Loughry is a Research Professor at Boston College, USA at the Centre for Human Rights and International Justice and the School of Social Work. She is a research associate of the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. She was the Pedro Arrupe tutor at the University of Oxford Refugee Studies Centre for over seven years (1997–2004). Maryanne has research the impact of displacement on forced migrants in numerous settings including the Middle East, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Uganda, and Sierra Leone. More recently she has conducted research in the Carteret Islands in the Pacific. In 2010 Dr. Loughry was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) for service to refugees and displaced persons.


Joseph Manning

Joseph Manning joined Ceres in 2015 as an Associate with the Corporate Program. In this role, he supports to the Ceres Corporate Program in advising Ceres company members on sustainability strategy in areas of governance, performance, and disclosure, as well as facilitating stakeholder engagement processes.

Prior to Ceres, Joseph served as Chair of the Sierra Student Coalition, the national youth chapter of the Sierra Club, and represent the Sierra Club at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen, Cancun, Durban, Doha, and Warsaw. Additionally, he has conducted research on climate change and renewable energy policy in Canada, Ecuador and Northern Ireland.

Joseph holds a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Boston College.

Senator Ed Markey

Senator Edward J. Markey

Senator Edward J. Markey, a consumer champion and national leader on energy, environmental protection and telecommunications policy, has a prolific legislative record on major issues across the policy spectrum and a deep commitment to improving the lives of the people of Massachusetts and our country. Whether the issue is climate change, clean energy, safeguarding privacy, nuclear non-proliferation, investor protection or preserving an open Internet that spurs competition and consumer choice, Senator Markey stands up for the priorities and values of Massachusetts.  

While serving for 37 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Senator Markey fought for his constituents throughout his Congressional District. When he was Dean of the Massachusetts delegation in the House, he worked to harness the energy and influence of his colleagues on behalf of the entire Commonwealth. Elected to the Senate in a special election in June 2013, Senator Markey is bringing his experience, energy and expertise to fight for all the people of Massachusetts.  

Senator Markey has amassed an unparalleled record of energy and environmental legislative achievements. He has consistently fought to create new jobs in American clean energy and served as a leading consumer champion against rising gas prices and foreign oil. He is the principal House author of the 2007 fuel economy law, which will increase fuel economy standards to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, the first increase in a generation. He also is the author of the appliance efficiency act of 1987, which stopped the construction of hundreds of coal-fired plants. Senator Markey authored the law that established the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve, ensuring that New England families won’t be left out in the cold when oil prices spike. And he is the author of the revolutionary law that requires electricity regulators to open up the wholesale electric power market for the first time. 

In 2009, Congressman Markey was the co-author of the landmark Waxman-Markey bill, the only comprehensive climate legislation ever to pass a chamber of Congress. It gave hope to the world that the United States was serious about addressing climate change and helped America effectively negotiate with the international community.  

Senator Markey was a leading voice in the investigation into the BP oil spill. He insisted that the company reveal the true size of the spill's flow rate, raised concerns about the use of toxic chemical dispersants into the environment and forced BP to make live video footage of the oil spill available to the public on the “Spillcam” website he created. BP ultimately pled guilty to 14 counts, including one count of Obstruction of Congress for making false and misleading statements and withholding information and documents from then-Rep. Markey about the true size of the spill.

In the House of Representatives, Congressman Markey served as the Ranking Member of the Natural Resources Committee. From 2007 to 2010, he served as Chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, a signature committee established by  then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He also served on the Energy and Commerce Committee, where he was Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment. 

A member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, Senator Markey is a national leader on telecommunications policy, technology and privacy. In the House, he served for 20 years as Chair or Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, where he fostered the growth of new information technologies and was the principal author of many of the laws now governing our nation’s telephone, broadcasting, cable television, wireless, and broadband communications systems. He is the House author of the 1992 Cable Act, which increased choices for millions of consumers and enabled satellite-delivered programming to be more widely offered.  

He also authored the law in 1993 that moved over 200 MHz of spectrum from government to commercial use, creating the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th wireless phone companies.  New companies entered the market with digital technology, forcing the incumbents to innovate and invest and pushing mobile phone prices down.

Congressman Markey authored the landmark Telecommunications Act of 1996, ushering competition into the telecommunications marketplace and unleashing private sector investment.  

Competition remains Senator Markey’s economic mantra–in his words, “ruthless Darwinian competition that would bring a smile to Adam Smith.” He has been instrumental in breaking up anti-consumer, anti-innovative monopolies in electricity, long-distance and local telephone service, cable television, and international satellite services. He was one of the only members of the House Commerce Committee to fight AT&T’s monopoly in the early 1980’s and is a principal author of the requirement that the Bell Operating companies accept local telephone service in the 1990’s. His pro-competition policies have directly benefited job creation in Massachusetts and throughout the country. 

While in the House, Congressman Markey introduced the Internet Freedom Preservation Act, the first net neutrality bill introduced in Congress, to ensure that as the Internet continues to evolve, it remains a level playing field guided by the principles of openness, competition and innovation. He also has been a key leader on providing privacy protections for personal information such as medical records, financial records, and on-line purchases. He has championed strengthening privacy protections for children and is the House author of the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA), the primary law that safeguards children’s privacy online.

From 2003 to 2009 in the House of Representatives, Senator Markey also served as a senior member of the Homeland Security Committee. In that capacity, he focused on closing gaps in our homeland defenses, particularly in the areas of nuclear, aviation, maritime, liquefied natural gas and chemical security. In the wake of the 9-11 attacks, he authored the first-ever mandate in the law that 100% of cargo on passenger planes is screened, and 100% of all maritime cargo is scanned before entering America’s ports. 

Senator Markey also was the leader of the national Nuclear Freeze movement and has been a Congressional champion on nuclear nonproliferation. His amendment to ban all underground nuclear testing passed in 1986, and in the 1990s, he fought to tighten controls on global trafficking in nuclear technology. Since then, Senator Markey has continued his work on nuclear nonproliferation, successfully enacting new restrictions on exports of nuclear and dual-use technologies to Iran, North Korea, and other countries designated as state sponsors of terrorism and pressing for stronger nuclear nonproliferation conditions on all future nuclear trade cooperation agreements As founder of the Nonproliferation Caucus, Senator Markey continues to spearhead efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons to safeguard the future for generations to come.

He is the author of some of the most important Wall Street reform laws since the Great Depression, including statutes that strengthened penalties against insider trading, improved federal oversight over the stock and futures markets, and reformed regulation of the government securities market.  

Senator Markey was born in Malden, Massachusetts, on July 11, 1946. He attended Boston College (B.A., 1968) and Boston College Law School (J.D., 1972). He served in the U.S. Army Reserve and was elected to the Massachusetts State House where he served two terms representing Malden and Melrose. He is married to Dr. Susan Blumenthal.


Daniel Misleh

Daniel J. Misleh

Daniel J. Misleh, M.A., is the founding Executive Director of the Catholic Climate Covenant. The Covenant, which began in 2006, supports and complements the climate change work of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops through education, organizing and advocacy. The Covenant works closely with the fourteen national Catholic organizations that constitute its Steering Committee. This includes: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development & Migration and Refugee Services, Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Health Association of the United States, Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, Conference of Major Superiors of Men, Carmelite NGO, Catholic Rural Life, Franciscan Action Network, National Council of Catholic Women, Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry and Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.

Prior to founding the Covenant, Misleh worked for eleven years at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as a policy advisor and as the Director of Diocesan Relations for the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development. Before that he worked for three years in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati's social action office. He also served two years with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Alaska, graduated with a degree in business management from Xavier University and holds a Master of Theology from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, California.

In January 2015, Misleh received the Harry A. Fagan Award from the Roundtable Association of Diocesan Social Action Directors. The award honors an individual or individuals who have made unique contributions to the achievement of the Catholic vision of social justice in the national and/or international community. In June, he won the National Museum of Catholic Art and Library's "Environmental Peace & Justice Award."


Andrew Revkin

Andrew Revkin

Andrew C. Revkin writes the Dot Earth environmental blog for The New York Times’ Opinion Pages and is Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies at Pace University. Prior to that, he was a reporter for the Times from 1995-2009, served as senior editor at Discover Magazine, and wrote for the Los Angeles Times and Science Digest. He has also taught at the Graduate School of Journalism and the Bard Center for Environmental Policy at Columbia University.

Revkin is the author of several books, including The North Pole Was Here (2006), Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast (1992) and The Burning Season (1990). He has also won multiple awards, including the National Academies of Sciences’ inaugural Communication Award (2003), the American Association for the Advancement of Science Journalism Award (2002), and the John Chancellor Award from Columbia University.

In 2003, Revkin became the first Times reporter to files stories about glacial melt and climate change on location at the North Pole. In 2005, Revkin coordinated the Times’ documentary “The Big Melt” on the Arctic. Between 2005-2006, Revkin broke stories about the Bush Administration’s interference in climate change science at NASA. Revkin received his bachelor of science in biology from Brown University and his master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.


Juliet Schor

Juliet Schor

Juliet Schor is Professor of Sociology at Boston. She is also a member of the MacArthur Foundation Connected Learning Research Network. Schor’s research focuses on issues of time use, consumption and environmental sustainability. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Schor received her Ph.D. in economics at the University of Massachusetts. Before joining Boston College, she taught at Harvard University for 17 years, in the Department of Economics and the Committee on Degrees in Women's Studies. In 2014 Schor received the American Sociological Association’s award for Public Understanding of Sociology in 2014-15 she was the Matina S. Horner Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University.

Schor’s most recent books are Sustainable Lifestyles and the Quest for Plenitude: Case Studies of the New Economy (Yale University Press, 2014) which she co-edited with Craig Thompson, and True Wealth: How and Why Millions of Americans are Creating a Time-Rich, Ecologically Light, Small-Scale, High-Satisfaction Economy (2011 by The Penguin Press, previously published as Plenitude. As part of her work with the MacArthur Foundation, Schor is currently researching the “connected economy,” via a series of case studies of sharing platforms and their participants. She is also studying the relation between working hours, carbon emissions and economic growth.

Schor’s previous books include the national best-seller The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure  (Basic Books, 1992) and The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don’t Need (Basic Books, 1998). The Overworked American appeared on the best-seller lists of The New York Times, Publisher's Weekly, The Chicago Tribune, The Village Voice The Boston Globe as well as the annual best books list for The New York Times, Business Week and other publications. The book is widely credited for influencing the national debate on work and family. The Overspent American was also made into a video of the same name, by the Media Education Foundation (September 2003).

Schor also wrote Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture (Scribner 2004). She is the author of Do Americans Shop Too Much? (Beacon Press 2000), co-editor of Consumer Society: A Reader (The New Press 2000) and co-editor of Sustainable Planet: Solutions for the Twenty-first Century (Beacon Press 2002). She has also co-edited a number of academic collections. Schor’s scholarly articles have appeared in the Economic Journal, The Review of Economics and Statistics, World Development, Industrial Relations, The Journal of Economic Psychology, Ecological Economics, The Journal of Industrial Ecology, The Journal of Consumer Research, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, and The Journal of Consumer Culture, among others.

Schor is a former Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of the 2011 Herman Daly Award from the US Society for Ecological Economics. In 2006 she received the Leontief Prize from the Global Development and Economics Institute at Tufts University for expanding the frontiers of economic thought. She has also received the George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contributions to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language from the National Council of Teachers of English. She has served as a consultant to the United Nations, at the World Institute for Development Economics Research, and to the United Nations Development Program. In 2012 Schor organized the first Summer Institute in New Economics, a week-long program for PhD students in the social sciences, and repeated the program in 2013.

Schor is a co-founder of the Center for a New American Dream (, a national sustainability organization where she served on the board for more than 15 years. She is also on the board of the Better Future Project, one of the country’s most successful climate activism organizations. She is a co-founder of the South End Press and the Center for Popular Economics. She is a former Trustee of Wesleyan University, an occasional faculty member at Schumacher College, and a former fellow of the Brookings Institution. Schor has lectured widely throughout the United States, Europe and Japan to a variety of civic, business, labor and academic groups. She appears frequently on national and international media, and profiles on her and her work have appeared in scores of magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and People magazine. She has appeared on 60 Minutes, the Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show on CBS, numerous stories on network news, as well as many other television and radio news programs.


Edouard Tétreau

Edouard Tétreau

Edouard, 45, is a French essayist, columnist, and political and economic consultant advising European governments and business leaders ( He specializes in the anticipation and management of financial crises, which he has taught at the leading French business school HEC Paris.  

As a sell-side financial analyst in the previous decade, he was credited for having predicted the Internet stock market crash in Europe (March 16, 2000 Credit Lyonnais Securities note, “take your e-profits before a potential e-crash”), and Jean-Marie Messier’s Vivendi Universal disaster (March 2002).

His first three books, the latest of which was published in China, described the excesses and sheer “madness” (folie financière) of the financial sphere with a particular angle on Wall Street, where he worked for a major financial institution (US$600 billion of assets under management) during the latest 2008 crisis. In the United States, Edouard serves as a trustee of the Washington, D.C.-based think tank, Committee for Economic Development (CED) and a member of the Advisory Board of La Maison Française at Columbia University. He is a member of the Vatican’s Cortilei dei Gentili (Pontifical Council for Culture) scientific committee.

His new book, “Au-delà du mur de l’argent” (Beyond the wall of money) was published by Stock on 9th September 2015, in the run up to Pope Francis visit to the United States.

In this essay, Edouard warns of the risks of a major and imminent “accident” in the global economy and financial markets. He demonstrates that the aforementioned crisis-in-the-making has two origins: (i) the re-creation of financial bubbles in a world of easy money (negative interest rates) and growing socioeconomic inequalities; (ii) governments’ inability to control both these imbalances and the electronic financial flows that are now mostly run and decided by algorithms, rather than human beings.

This crisis, which is likely to dwarf the 2008 subprime crisis in size, as well as in consequences to the global economy, will expose the vulnerabilities of our human societies to the increasingly non-human forces shaping the 21st century economy: artificial intelligence, transhumanism, “Second Age Machines”, and eugenics promoted worldwide, from Silicon Valley to Asia.

The book offers concrete answers for the reconstruction of our economies, “the day after” this major crisis occurs. These concrete propositions include a new “Bretton Woods” that would involve civil and religious societies and some of the world’s leading investment firms. Such a conference would redraft best practices and norms for a truly ethical, humane, “People First”, capitalism. These policies would notably be based upon ‘Pope Francis economics’ and various teachings from other religions, which, like many secular philosophies, give priority to the poorest and most fragile elements of our societies. More on Edouard’s website and

Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson

Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson

Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Archbishop emeritus of Cape Coast (Ghana), was born on 11 October 1948 in Nsuta-Wassaw, Ghana.

He attended St. Teresa’s Seminary from 1962-1969 in Amisano and St. Peter’s Regional Seminary in Pedu from 1969-1971.

On 20 July 1975 he was ordained for the Archdiocese of Cape Coast. He then continued his studies in Rome at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, earning a license in Sacred Scripture (1976-1980), and then began work on his doctoral thesis (1987-1992). He also holds master degrees in Theology and Divinity from St. Anthony-on-Hudson, Conv. Franciscan Seminary, New York.

From 1975-76 and 1980-1981 he served as staff member at St Theresa’s Seminary, and from 1981-1987 as staff member at St Peter’s Seminary. He was Acting Chaplain and Lecturer at the University of Cape Coast (1984-1986) and Visiting Lecturer at the Catholic Major Seminary, Anyama, Ivory Coast (1983-1986). He has been a Chancellor of the Catholic University College of Ghana since 2003.

On 6 October 1992 he was appointed Archbishop of Cape Coast and received episcopal ordination on 27 March 1993. He served as president of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (1997-2004). He was a member of Governing Council of the University of Ghana, Legon (2001-2006) and of the Board of Directors of Central Region Development Commission (CEDECOM) (2002-2006). He served as treasurer of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) (2007-2009) and presently serves as Vice President of the Association of Episcopal Conferences of Anglophone West Africa (AECAWA). He served as President of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) (2007-2010).

He was also Chairman of the Ghana Chapter of the Conference of Religions for Peace (2003-2007) and Ghana National Peace Council (2006-2010).

On 24 October 2009 he was nominated President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

On September 24, 2013, he was confirmed by Pope Francis as President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

He has been awarded numerous honorary degrees and speaks 6 languages (Fante, English, French, Italian, German, Hebrew).

Created and proclaimed Cardinal by the Bl. John Paul II in the Consistory of 21 October 2003, of the Title of S. Liborio (St. Liborius).

General Relator of the 2nd Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops, "The Church in Africa, at the Service of Reconciliation, Justice and Peace. 'You are the salt of the earth, ... you are the light of the world'" (4-25 October 2009).

Member of:

  • Congregation: for the Doctrine of the Faith; for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments; for the Evangelization of Peoples; for Catholic Education;
  • Pontifical Councils: for Promoting Christian Unity; Cor Unum;
  • Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses;
  • XIII Ordinary Council of the Secretariat General of the Synod of Bishops;
  • II Special Council for Africa of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops.