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Villanova University Presents Panel on Pope’s Environmental Encyclical Sept. 16

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Villanova, Pa.  – As Philadelphia prepares for the visit of Pope Francis to the city September 26-27,  faculty members in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will share their first impressions on the Pope’s recently released environmental  encyclical, “Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home.” Released in June 2015, the encyclical outlines how sustainable actions can drive the economic growth to lift people out of poverty.

Villanova’s panel, “First Impressions: Pope Francis’ Encyclical” is open to the public and will be held on September 16, 2015 at 6 p.m. in Driscoll Auditorium on the Villanova campus.

The panelists for “First Impressions” are Villanova faculty representing a diversity of disciplines.  They include: Chaone Mallory, PhD, Department of Philosophy; Mark Graham, PhD, Department of Theology and Religious Studies; Christopher Kilby, PhD, Department of Economics; Daniel Mark, PhD, Department of Political Science; and Keith Henderson, PhD, Department of Geography and the Environment. The panel will be moderated by Mark Doorley, PhD, director of the Ethics Program.

Villanova University has a longstanding commitment to sustainability. In April 2014, Villanova President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD signed the St. Francis Pledge, committing the University to protect the earth and advocate on behalf of people in poverty who face the hardest impacts of global climate change. Additionally, Villanova has been recognized for its sustainability efforts by the Sierra Club and was named one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada by The Princeton Review.

Villanova University offers Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Environmental Science. Housed within the University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the master's program will welcome its first students in the fall of 2016. The University also offers a master's degree in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering.

Villanova is also home to two important environmentally-related Centers for Excellence:   the Villanova Center for the Advancement of Sustainability in Engineering and the Villanova Center for Energy and Environmental Education.

“First Impressions: Pope Francis’ Encyclical” is co-sponsored by the Ethics Program, the Center for Peace and Justice Education, the Department of Philosophy, the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, the Department of Geography and the Environment, the Center for Energy and Environmental Education, and the Villanova Office of Sustainability.

 About Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences:  Since its founding in 1842, Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has cultivated knowledge, understanding and intellectual courage for a purposeful life in a challenged and changing world.  With 39 majors across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, it is the oldest and largest of Villanova’s colleges, serving more than 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The College is committed to a teacher-scholar model, offering outstanding undergraduate and graduate research opportunities and a rigorous core curriculum that prepares students to become critical thinkers, strong communicators and ethical leaders with a truly global perspective.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.