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Loyola University New Orleans Celebrates Earth Week

Loyola press release - April 15, 2018

Loyola University New Orleans celebrates Earth Week 2018 this week and invites the public to join them. Hosted by Loyola University New Orleans’ Environment Program, Earth Week 2018 will teach community members to celebrate the environment, as well as how to protect and sustain it. Free parking is available in the West Road garage for all Earth Week events. Most events are free and open to the public.

Monday, April 16, 2018

The Greenhouse Gathering, 5 to 9 p.m.
Azby Greenhouse, Monroe Rooftop

Tonight, the Azby rooftop greenhouse and physics department observation deck will be the spot to be for an evening of exciting science exploration and campus vistas. Peruse the greenhouse’s permanent collection of plants, which range from Arabica coffee shrubs to Venus fly traps. Join physics students and faculty as they demonstrate the power of electricity and show you what's up ... in the sky! Loyola music students will perform live music; food from La Monita will be served. Join us!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Sodexo Farmers Market - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Peace Quad

Check out all the delicious fresh fruits and vegetables for sale at the Farmers Market. There will be fun games, prizes, and more.

Boulder Lounge Rockwall Climbing - 5 to 9 p.m.
New Orleans Boulder Lounge, 1746 Tchoupitoulas Street

What is Bouldering? Bouldering is climbing at lower heights without a rope or harness. Our walls at NOBL range from 12 feet – 14 feet with 12-14 inches padded foam flooring beneath. Make sure to wear something comfortable that allows full range of motion. Please bring a water bottle so you can use the water machine without creating any waste!

$10 Admission all day for Loyola student’s w/I.D.

Proceeds from this fun event will help to support the Access Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting public parks and climbing ranges.

Shuttle from Loyola begin at 5 pm. RSVP Online! @earthweekloyno.edu

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Multi-Faith Earth Celebrations & Meditations, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Peace Quad & Monroe Lawn

Cosmic Walk – 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (arrive five minutes before start time)
4th Floor Gallery Space, Monroe Library

The Cosmic Walk: a guided walking meditation on our place in the universe, led by Sister Alison McCrary.

“The Cosmic Walk is a ritual of bringing our knowledge of the 14-billion-year Universe process of evolution and creation unfolding from our heads to our hearts. The purpose of the Cosmic Walk Ritual is to awaken a deeper consciousness in the human of the amazing beauty and age of the unfolding life process of the Universe and to evoke a sense of mystery, awe, and reverence in the person who participates in this ritual. The spiral on the ground will take us on the 14 billion year cosmic and evolutionary journey with each instance of emergence in time marked at a proportionate distance along the length of the spiral. We will begin at the very center of the spiral, the Flaring Forth of the Universe itself, and allow the Sacred Story to unfold before us through story, song, reflection, symbols, movement, and candles. If you would like to serve as the "walker" of the spiral or a reader, please arrive at least 10 minutes before the start of the ritual to receive instructions. After the ritual, time will be allocated for facilitated small group, large group, and private reflection and processing of the sacred universe story, how it impacts our lives and shapes our worldview, and what commitments we want to make as a result.”

Sister Alison McCrary, SFCC is a Catholic nun, public speaker, social justice attorney, Executive Director of the National Police Accountability Project, and a Spiritual Advisor on Louisiana’s death row. She works on issues related to criminal justice reform, immigrant rights, international human rights, cultural preservation, voting rights, disaster recovery, housing rights, and provides support to various social justice movements and organizations locally, nationally, and internationally. She formerly served as the program director for the community police mediation at the New Orleans Office of the Independent Police Monitor, creating a national model for improving community-police relationships and helping to develop similar programs in cities around the country. As a 2010 Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship in New Orleans, she challenged and changed policing practices and policies to transform relationships between police officers and the bearers of New Orleans’ indigenous cultural traditions.

Prior to law school, Sr. McCrary worked at the Capital Post-Conviction Project of Louisiana providing litigation support on death penalty cases and at the United Nations in New York monitoring the implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolutions. In 2009, she was an Ella Baker Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights. Nationally, Sr. McCrary coordinates and provides legal support for social justice movements such as the School of the Americas Watch and Black Lives Matter. Internationally, she has worked on racial, educational, and economic justice issues in the favelas (slums) of Brazil and on human rights issues in Nigeria, Vietnam, and Uganda among other countries. She received her J.D. from Loyola University’s College of Law in New Orleans and her B.A. in English at Georgia State University in Atlanta. She also completed coursework at Johannes Gutenburg Universität in Mainz, Germany, University of Surrey in London, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Loyola University Chicago, and Catholic Theological Union.

Earth Meditations Ceremony, 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.
Peace Quad

Followed by food and fellowship.

Labyrinth, 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Monroe Lawn

Self-guided labyrinth meditation.

The labyrinth is an ancient human symbol known to go back as least 3500 years. It is a form of reflection and prayer that has been rediscovered in recent years. A labyrinth is not a maze, but a walking meditation device with a single winding path from the edge to the center. The same path is used to return to the outside.

Combining a number of even older symbols, including the circle, spiral and meander, the labyrinth represents the journey inward to our own true selves and back out into the everyday world.

Nature by Design, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Critique Exhibition Space, Monroe 411

Loyola’s Design Department is proud to be collaborating with the Environment Program for this year’s Earth Week 2018. From April 16-20 environmental-themed exhibition Nature by Design will be displayed on the fourth floor of Monroe Hall, with an opening reception on Wednesday, April 18, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.

The exhibition features work by students from across the university and promises to showcase a broad range of dynamic and contemporary artwork celebrating the Natural World and our place within it.

Mirabeau Water Garden - a talk by Dr. Bob Thomas, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Whitney Room, Thomas Hall

New Orleans is recalibrating its water management strategies. Stimulated by a thoughtful reevaluation by architect David Waggonner of the roles water may play in local resilience, emphasis is shifting from removing water from the city to retaining water and adjusting to its heretofore unseen benefits. Discussion will enumerate new pathways to better living with water as a friend and not an enemy. Robert Thomas is Professor of Mass Communication at Loyola and holds the Distinguished Scholar Chair in Environmental Communications. He was Founding Director of the Louisiana Nature Center. He is recipient of numerous awards for his work in conservation and environmental education.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Arts & Crafts Featuring Bagel Boy, 12 to 2 p.m.
Peace Quad

Come decorate your very own flower pot. There will be plants for sale from our greenhouse to put in your new designer flower pot.

Also, Bagel Boy will be handing out his very own Earth Day bagel. They are delicious, so come early and try one while supplies last.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Earth: How Do We Know What We Know About Our Planet?
7 to 9 p.m., Book signing from 8:30 - 9 p.m.
Nunemaker Auditorium

On Friday April 20 at 7 p.m., please join Jeffrey Jerome Cohen and Lindy Elkins-Tanton in a discussion of their book Earth. The authors—one a humanist, the other a scientist—will discuss matters of ecology, scale, perspective, disaster, space exploration, and the future of our planet.

Lindy Elkins-Tanton is the director of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, co-chair of the Interplanetary Initiative, and she is the Principal Investigator (PI) of the Psyche mission, selected in 2017 as the 14th in NASA’s Discovery program. Her research includes theory, observation, and experiments concerning terrestrial planetary formation, magma oceans, and subsequent planetary evolution including magmatism and interactions between rocky planets and their atmospheres. She also promotes and participates in education initiatives, in particular, inquiry and exploration teaching methodologies, and leadership and team-building for scientists and engineers. She has lead four field expeditions in Siberia, as well as participated in fieldwork in the Sierra Nevada, the Cascades, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands. Among her numerous publications, Elkins-Tanton is the author of a six-book reference guide called The Solar System.

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen's research examines phenomena that are paradoxically alien and intimate. His publications examine multilingual literatures of the British archipelago and how they contest an easy narrative of the triumph of English; how queer theory, critical race studies and post humanism might help us to better understand the texts and cultures of the Middle Ages, and how our contemporary moment might be transformed by that encounter; the complexities of time and history when thought outside of easy progress narratives; and the complicated liveliness of what is supposed to be inanimate. Much of his current work brings to fruition a longtime engagement with the environmental humanities and ecological theory. He is the author or editor of fifteen books, including his recent Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman, and the seminal work Monster Theory: Reading Culture.

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