Many Catholic colleges and universities have spent time this semester reflecting on Pope Francis’ recent encyclical, Laudato Si’ as well as the recent Papal Visit. Santa Clara University (SCU) has dedicated this year to reflecting on these events, and will host a conference entitled “Our Future on a Shared Planet: Silicon Valley in Conversation with the Environmental Teachings of Pope Francis”, from November 3-4, 2015.
The two days will be full of valuable discussion and dialogue about how Laudato Si’ will impact public policy, economics, and Catholic higher education, specifically SCU environmental policies and sustainability initiatives. Conference speakers include academics as well as leaders from a diverse group of organizations working toward environmental sustainability and ecological conversion. Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and a chief advisor to Pope Francis throughout the writing of Laudato Si’, will serve as the keynote speaker.
The first day of the conference, November 3, does not require registration and is free and open to the public. This day will include an opening liturgy celebrated by Cardinal Turkson, the keynote address, and a multi-faith dialogue. Registration for the second day is now available, which includes a full day of plenaries and a panel to close.
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