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Loyola faculty to present at Chicago conference

February 10, 2012

Four faculty members from Loyola University New Orleans have been selected to present at the upcoming conference, “Heartland-Delta Faculty Conversations: Jesuit, Catholic and Green,” at Loyola University Chicago, Feb. 24 - 26.

The conference will feature a variety of professors from Jesuit and Catholic universities in sessions that address the ecological and environmental challenges of our day. They will discuss how their universities might think of various initiatives concerning environmental sustainability in light of their mission and identity as Jesuit and Catholic institutions of higher education.

In “Green Chemistry, An Introduction: What is it and how does it relate to sustainability,” chemistry professor Kurt Birdwhistell, Ph.D., will provide several green chemistry definitions for the layperson and then explore the relationship of green chemistry to sustainability. Anthony E. Ladd, Ph.D., sociology professor, will present “Fossil Fuels, Nuclear Power, and Social Injustice: Building a Sustainable U.S. Energy Policy for the 21st Century,” which explores recent environmental disasters from the past 40 years and how the U.S. should heed to these lessons, reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and nuclear power, and begin the transition to a clean and alternative energy policy.

Director of the University Honors Program Naomi Yavneh, Ph.D., will present “Food and Food Justice in New Orleans: An Ignatian Honors First-Year Experience,” a study of how food raises issues of race, class, gender, economics, tradition, spirituality and culture in New Orleans. Kathleen O’Gorman, associate professor of religious studies, will present “Creation Across the Curriculum,” a consideration of what the Catholic Creation tradition offers as a response to the “signs of our times,” the primacy and urgency of the Earth issue in our day.

For more information, contact Jess Brown in the Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5882 or jlbrown@loyno.edu.

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