Climate Change Documentary to Be Shown in Syracuse on October 16th

Over one billion people worldwide are dependent upon fish as the principle source of protein. Now, imagine a world without fish; the potential economic, social and environmental impact is enormous.  It is a terrifying premise, and it’s happening right now.

On Friday, October 16th at The Palace Theatre (2384 James Street, Syracuse), GreeningUSA and the Syracuse International Film Festival will sponsor a screening of the award winning, critically acclaimed climate change documentary, A Sea Change. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. and the film program will begin at 6:45 p.m. A panel discussion and Q&A session will be held immediately following the film. Panelists include Barbara Ettinger (documentary filmmaker), Sven Huseby (main protagonist in the film), and Bruce Monger, Ph.D. (climate scientist at Cornell University). Chris Bolt (WAER news and public affairs director) will moderate. Advance sale tickets for A Sea Change are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors (age 60+), students, and family members (at least one parent and child under age 18). Tickets prices at the door on the day of the event will be $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and $6 for family members. Free parking will be available in the rear of The Palace Theatre.

A global warming horror story, neatly wrapped up in a tender love story by a grandfather to his grandson, A Sea Change follows the journey of Sven Huseby on his quest to discover what is happening to the worlds oceans and the implications it will have on all of humanity. As Huseby discovers along his journey, and as Pope Francis reminds us, we must begin “…a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all” (Laudato Si’, paragraph 14).

For additional information on the documentary we suggest reading the New York Times article written by Elizabeth Kolbert entitled The Darkening Sea. This article was the inspiration for A Sea Change.

Three Awarded McDevitt Fellowships in Information Systems

The McDevitt Center would like to congratulate Jonathan Martial ’17, Steven Middleton ’16, and Jean-Phillipe Rancy ’16 on their selection as McDevitt Undergraduate Fellows in Information Systems for the 2015-16 academic year.  Each McDevitt Fellow will work closely with Dr. Martha Grabowski, Distinguished McDevitt Professor in Information Systems. Martial and Middleton will develop research projects around arctic search and rescue models and Rancy will continue his research developing Google Glass applications for ship navigation.  In addition, the Fellows and will participate in regular research meetings led by Dr. Grabowski. This fellowship includes a $4,000 stipend.

(Picture by Dr. Martha Grabowski.  From left to right: Jonathan Martial, Jean-Phillipe Rancy, and Steven Middleton)

Coyne to Speak on Science and Religion

20100111cnsbr00088On Wednesday, October 21st from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Moon Library on the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) campus, Fr. George Coyne (McDevitt Chair in Physics) will join Dr. Warren Allmon (director of the Paleontological Research Institution in Ithaca and professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University) to address Heaven and Earth: The Relationship Between Science and Religion.

The talk is part of SUNY ESF’s “Moonlighting” series. “Moonlighting” is a series of informal discussions, debates and interviews hosted by Dr. Quentin Wheeler, president of SUNY ESF. For centuries, the university has been the place where freedom of speech and thought are cherished, but also where ideas and assertions are freely challenged through open, respectful discourse that knows no disciplinary boundaries. Moonlighting is intended to foster such discourse and create an enjoyable, intellectually stimulating evening.

The event is free and open to the public but registration is required should you plan to attend. For more information and to register please visit the event website.

Le Moyne College and Syracuse University Select 2015 Faculty Sustainability Fellows

Steven Affeldt, Director of the McDevitt Center at Le Moyne College, and Sherburne Abbott, Vice President for Sustainability Initiatives at Syracuse University, are pleased to announce the 2015 Faculty Sustainability Fellows. Three to four Fellows from each institution will gather for a series of learning opportunities and discussions this fall, concentrating on the connections between climate change and social justice. It will be an opportunity for faculty from a wide variety of disciplines to share their perspectives and brainstorm collectively about how to bring these issues into classroom lessons and student research.

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From left to right: Adelmo Dunghe, S.J., Gwendolyn Morgan, Doug Frank, Jim Hannan, Kishi Ducre, and Evan Weissman. Ronald Wright is not pictured.  Picture courtesy of Chuck Wrainwright.

The 2015 Faculty Sustainability Fellows are:

  • Kishi Animashaun Ducre, African-American Studies (SU College of Arts & Sciences), who will use the fellowship to enhance her course on Hurricane Katrina and to develop opportunities for students to study climate change and climate justice campaigns on the Gulf Coast;
  • Adelmo Dunghe and Gwendolyn Morgan, Communication, Film  and Religious Studies (LMC Arts and Sciences – shared award), to expand a course on Eco Theology and World Cinema.
  • Doug Frank, Biology (SU College of Arts & Sciences), to incorporate into his course on the biophysical impacts of climate change an understanding of its social and ethical implications;
  • James Hannan, English (LMC Arts and Sciences), for developing an interdisciplinary upper-division Core course on “Climate Culture”;
  • Evan Weissman, Food Studies (SU, Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics), to develop a course on Climate Change and the Food System;
  • Ronald Wright, Business Administration (LMC Madden School of Business), to develop a new case for an upper-level class, focusing on the decision making process of an electric utility in response to environmental legislation.

The Faculty Sustainability Fellowship program is supported by the McDevitt Center at LMC and the Vice President for Sustainability Initiatives at SU. Each fellow will receive a small stipend and the opportunity to apply for some additional funding to advance a teaching project. All Fellows will attend three events this fall: a September 16 roundtable at LMC devoted to Pope Francis’s Encyclical on Climate that was issued over the summer; a lecture on November 2 at LMC by renowned climate scientist Michael Mann, and the November 3 University Lecture at SU by Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism and the Climate (2014).

This is the first time either LMC or SU has offered such Fellowships, and the first collaboration on sustainability education between the two schools. “The current semester offered an exceptional opportunity for such collaboration, bracketed as it is by Pope Francis’s encyclical on climate change, “Laudato Si’,” issued over the summer, his September visit to the United States and Congressional address, as well as the global climate talks slated to begin in Paris at the end of November. “ says Dr. Donald McCrimmon, McDevitt Research Associate at LMC. “We were delighted with the response to the call for applications, which fielded six applications from six different disciplines, and the opportunity for LMC faculty to share ideas and actions with colleagues at SU.”

“It has been gratifying to see the breadth of faculty interest in global environmental change and social justice,” says Dr. Rachel May, Coordinator of Sustainability Education, in the Office of Sustainability Initiatives at SU. “We heard from professors from 13 departments and eight different schools and colleges. All these people have courses and projects that relate to our themes, they have great ideas for pedagogy and student engagement, and they want to meet and work with colleagues across the university and across town at Le Moyne. We couldn’t give them all fellowships, but we certainly plan to bring them together and promote collaborations on the essentially interdisciplinary issue of how climate change affects us all.”

The McDevitt Center at LMC supports initiatives in computer science, management/information systems, philosophy, physics, and religious studies, and is engaged in a major initiative entitled, “Sustaining Earth: Insights from Science and Religion.” The SU Office of Sustainability Initiatives works to strengthen connections across scholarship and practice and forge new institutional arrangements that create integrated approaches to sustainability and advance the university’s commitment to being a leader in sustainability in higher education.

Behuniak to Speak on The “Demented” and the Undead

The very human yearning for immortality helps explain pop culture’s obsession with vampires and zombies. Such fantasies allow us to grapple – from a safe distance – with pressing questions of mortality, meaning, and personhood. But casual references to the undead can also harm.

photo-7-1Join us on Monday, September 21st at 5:30 p.m. in Le Moyne’s Panasci Family Chapel as Dr. Susan Behuniak discusses the implications of applying the zombie trope to people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

This lecture is the first in this semester’s McDevitt Center lecture series on the Future of Being Human and is being offered in conjunction with a class of the same name that examines the question of what it means to be human in the twenty-first century from a multi-disciplinary lens.

Dr. Susan Behuniak is the author of A Caring Jurisprudence: Listening to Patients at the Supreme Court and the co-author of Physician Assisted Suicide: The Anatomy of a Constitutional Law Issue. She is a professor emerita of political science at Le Moyne College, where she served as the Francis J. Fallon Professor. She volunteered for years at Hospice of Central New York as an instructor and as a family caregiver, and is now a member of the Tidewell Hospice Bioethics Committee in Sarasota, Fla.

To learn more about Dr. Behuniak and her work, we suggest reading this brief article,“Semiprivate”(The American Journal of Nursing Volume Number 109 (February 2009):11), this slightly lengthier review of her book A Caring Jurisprudence, or this article entitled The living dead? The construction of people with Alzheimer’s disease as zombies.

This lecture is free and open to the public. For additional information please contact the McDevitt Center at mcdevittcenter@lemoyne.edu or (315)445-6200.

 

Assessing Pope Francis’ Call for an Integral Ecology

Join us on September 16th at 6:00 p.m. in Le Moyne’s Panasci Family Chapel as we host a set of three short talks discussing the recently released papal encyclical, Laudato Si’.

Dr. Christiana Peppard (Fordham) will address the contents of the encyclical itself; Dr. Lawrence Tanner (Le Moyne) will discuss the science of climate change; and Dr. Jame Schaefer (Marquette) will speak to our ethical implication in climate change and the action that Pope Francis is calling Catholics – and others – to take.

IMG_0279Dr. Peppard received her Ph.D. from Yale University, an M.A.R. in Ethics from Yale Divinity School, and a B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University. She is the author of Just Water: Theology, Ethics, and the Global Water Crisis (Orbis Books, 2014) explores the problem of fresh water scarcity in an era of climate change and economic globalization. In addition to authoring numerous peer-reviewed articles, Peppard’s research has also appeared in TED-Ed, CNN.com, the History Channel, Microsoft’s Global Innovators in Education blog, the Huffington Post, and the Washington Post.

To learn more about Dr. Peppard we suggest reading this editorial she wrote entitled “What You Need to Know About Pope Francis’s Environmental Encyclical.”

TannerDr. Lawrence Tanner received his Ph.D. from University of Massachusetts at Amherst, an M.S. from the University of Tulsa, and a B.A. from Williams College. He currently serves as the Director for the Center for the Study of Environmental Change at Le Moyne. Tanner has a passionate concern for the rapidly changing environment of our Earth.  He encourages solidarity between environmental action groups and faith traditions in addressing these issues. Tanner is also widely published, having penned over 90 papers, books, and meeting abstracts.

For additional information on Dr. Tanner we suggest this article entitled “Dr. Lawrence Tanner, Director of The Center For The Study of Environmental Change, On Papal Encyclical.”

SchaeferDr. Jame Schaefer teaches undergraduate and graduate students at Marquette University to engage in theological discourse informed by our contemporary scientific view of the world. Having received her Ph.D. from Marquette University, Schaefer specializes in Systematic Theology and Ethics, Religious Foundations for Ecological Ethics, and Theological Anthropology.

For additional information on Dr. Schaefer please read this short paper, “Anticipating Pope Francis’ Forthcoming Encyclical on the Human-Earth Relationship”.

This event is sponsored by the McDevitt Center at Le Moyne College, the Catholic Diocese of Syracuse, and the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities.  For more information please contact the McDevitt Center at mcdevittcenter@lemone.edu or (315) 445-6200.

Understanding Laudato Si’

In Pope Francis’ recent Encyclical Laudato Si’ (Praise Be or Praise Be to You), he issued an urgent call for all who dwell on our sustaining earth to act to confront the impending environmental crisis.

Join us on September 16th at 6:00 p.m. in Le Moyne’s Panasci Family Chapel as we host a set of three short talks discussing the contents of the encyclical itself, the science of climate change, and our ethical implication in climate change and the action for which Pope Francis is calling.

If you would like to engage in further discussions regarding Laudato Si’, you may wish to register for a free class offered through the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. This short course provides an overview of the main themes and messages of Laudato Si’ and encourages dialogue about one critical aspect of sustainable development: the moral responsibility to live sustainably. The course also provides a forum for participants to discuss, debate, and share their thoughts and ideas.

The Future of Being Human Fall Event Schedule

This fall, Dr. Jennifer Glancy, McDevitt-Core Professor, and the McDevitt Center will continue the lecture series entitled “The Future of Being Human.”  This series is being offered in conjunction with a class of the same name that examines the question of what it means to be human in the twenty-first century from a multi-disciplinary lens.

According to Glancy, “the experience of being human is haunted by specters of other metamorphoses, mutant, alienating, and dehumanizing.” The events this fall will examine a different side of the future of being human by exploring issues relating to immortality, meaning, and spirituality.

Schedule of events for Fall 2015:

photo-7-1A Monstrous Connection: The “Demented” and the Undead
Presenter: Susan Behuniak, Ph.D.
5:30 p.m., Monday, September 21

The very human yearning for immortality helps explain pop culture’s obsession with vampires and zombies. Such fantasies allow us to grapple – from a safe distance – with pressing questions of mortality, meaning, and personhood. But casual references to the undead can also harm. This talk focuses on one such instance: the implications of applying the zombie trope to people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

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A Reading and Book Signing by George Saunders
Presenter: George Saunders
5:30 p.m., Monday, October 19

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The Deviant and the Undead: Incarnations of Crime
Presenter: Cathy Gutierrez, Ph.D.
5:30 p.m., November 9

Nineteenth-century Spiritualists assured the grieving that their loved ones were thriving in the afterlife. Spiritualists threw open the pearly gates to all humanity, admitting even criminals into heaven. At the same moment, the science of criminology was born, fathered by committed Spiritualist Cesare Lombroso. Investigations into deviance both here and in the hereafter required new techniques for detecting the deviant hiding in plain sight, inaugurating new thinking about human futures.
All events will be held in the Panasci Family Chapel located on the Le Moyne College campus. All events are also free and open to the public.

For additional information please contact the McDevitt Center at 315-445-6200 or mcdevittcenter@lemoyne.edu.

McDevitt Center Announces Launch of New Lecture Series

This fall, the McDevitt Center will launch a new series of public events entitled Sustaining Earth: Insights from Science and Religion. Sustaining Earth is motivated by our sense of the urgency of the growing threats to our environment and by our conviction that our ability fully to understand and effectively engage with these threats must draw upon both scientific and broadly religious insights and perspective.  With this initiative we aim to provide all members of our campus community, area parishioners, and members of our regional community with accurate and up-to-date information about the threats, their causes, and measures that may help meet these threats.  But we also seek to ground and frame these issues within the context of broadly religious perspectives on our human relation to the environment and our ethical obligations to care for the environment—all with the intention of helping to foster informed and concerted action to sustain our earth.

The inaugural event in this new initiative, “Assessing Pope Francis’ Call for an Integral Ecology,” organized in concert with the Catholic Diocese of Syracuse and the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday September 16, 2015 in the Panasci Family Chapel located on the Le Moyne College campus.

This event will bring together three speakers to consider Laudato Si’ (Pope Francis’ newly released Papal Encyclical on climate change).  Dr. Christiana Peppard (Fordham) will address the contents of the encyclical itself and their place within the broader context of Catholic thought and Francis’ papacy.  Dr. Larry Tanner (Le Moyne) will discuss the science of climate change.  And Dr. Jame Schaefer (Marquette) will speak to our ethical implication in climate change and the action that Pope Francis is calling Catholics—and others—to take.

This event is free and open to the public.

For additional information please contact the McDevitt Center at 315-445-6200 or mcdevittcenter@lemoyne.edu.

Ten Receive Prestigious McDevitt Fellowship in Natural Science Award

The McDevitt Center would like to congratulate the following ten students selected as McDevitt Undergraduate Fellows in Natural Science for the 2015-16 academic year.  Each McDevitt Fellow will work closely with a Le Moyne College faculty mentor while conducting hands on research in one of Le Moyne’s labs or in the field.  In addition, the Fellows and their mentors will participate in a monthly research seminar led by Father George Coyne, McDevitt Chair in Physics, at which they will present their research and discuss its progress. This prestigious fellowship includes a $4,000 stipend.

Daniel Bolster ‘16 (mentor: Dr. Donald McCrimmon)
Anna Curtin ‘17 (mentor: Dr. Hilary McManus)
Ronald Lowe ’16 (mentor: Dr. Devon Keeney)
Nicholas Macoretta ’16 (mentor: Dr. Hilary McManus)
Tiffany Meador ‘16 (mentor: Dr. Hilary McManus)
Xavier Schafer ’16 (mentor: Dr. Michael Masingale)
Joseph Shupperd ‘16 (mentor: Dr. Christopher Bass)
Andrew Tynon ‘16 (mentor: Dr. Patrick Yurco)
Anna Valentine ’16 (mentor: Dr. Donald McCrimmon)
Brian Wilson ’17 (mentor: Dr. Anna O’Brien)

This year’s award recipients will be researching a myriad of topics ranging from fish hybridization, green algae, electronic thin films, environmental pollution, and bird migration patterns as it correlates to climate change.