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Scholar Mary Evelyn Tucker to Speak on Religion and the Environment, Apr. 18 & 19

  • Published: March 14, 2013

Highlights

  • Mary Evelyn Tucker will present Envisioning a Sustainable Future: Ecological, Spiritual, and Ethical Perspectives on Thursday, April 18 at 7 p.m. and Religions and Ecology: The Emerging Alliance on Friday, April 19 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Both lectures are free and open to the public.
  • Both lectures will take place in the Otto A. Shults Community Center Forum.

For More Information

Contact: Christine M. Bochen at (585) 389-2728 or at cbochen4@naz.edu. 

Scholar Mary Evelyn Tucker to Speak on Religion and the Environment, Apr. 18 & 19

Accomplished scholar Mary Evelyn Tucker will present Envisioning a Sustainable Future: Ecological, Spiritual, and Ethical Perspectives on Thursday, April 18 at 7 p.m. and Religions and Ecology: The Emerging Alliance on Friday, April 19 at 1:30 p.m. as part of the 2012-2013 Shannon Lecture Series. Both lectures will take place in the Otto A. Shults Community Center Forum at Nazareth College, located at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618. Both lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Christine M. Bochen at (585) 389-2728 or at cbochen4@naz.edu. 

Mary Evelyn Tucker is a senior lecturer and senior research scholar at Yale University where she has appointments in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies as well as the Divinity School. She has participated in conferences around the world, addressing issues of global concern such as climate change, conservation, ecology, and sustainable development. She brings to this work a knowledge of ethical and spiritual perspectives derived from her studies as a historian of religion. Tucker and her husband John Grim co-founded and co-direct the Forum on Religion and Ecology and together have organized conferences on world religion and ecology at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School. 

In 2011, Tucker completed the Journey of the Universe with Brian Swimme – a project that includes a book from Yale University Press, a film for PBC, and an educational series of interviews. In addition to countless articles, Tucker is also the author of Religions Enter Their Ecological Phase (2003) and had edited and co-edited many books, including When Worlds Converge: What Science and Religion Tell Us about the Story of the Universe and Our Place in It (2001); Confucian Spirituality (2003, 2004); and Thomas Berry’s The Sacred Universe: Earth Spirituality, and Religion in the Twenty-first Century (2009) and The Christian Future and the Fate of the Earth (2009). 

This year’s program, “Integrating Faith and Science: Dilemmas, Debates, and Decisions,” celebrates the opening of the Integrated Center for Math and Science in Peckham Hall, where Nazareth students and faculty plumb the secrets of the natural world, and, in a special way, honors the memory of our beloved William H. Shannon who died on April 29, 2012. Fr. Shannon was instrumental in promoting conversation on science and morality at the college and in the community.  Our distinguished speakers—all well versed in both science and religion, particularly the Catholic tradition—will help us continue the conversation. 

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

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