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Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si’


8:15-9:30 a.m. | Coffee and Danish

9:30 a.m. Welcome | Rev. Kail Ellis, OSA
Dean Emeritus, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Associate Professor, Political Science; Symposium Director, Villanova University

Session I: Mendel as Polymath

9:45-10:30 a.m. | Beyond Peas - Gregor Mendel’s “Other” Sciences:  Contributions to Astronomy and Meteorology

  • Edward Guinan, Professor, Department of Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences, Villanova University

10:30-11:15 a.m. | Bees and Peas: How Apiology Shaped Mendel’s Thinking

  • Gene Kritsky, Dean, Behavioral and Natural Sciences; Professor, Department of Biology, Mount St. Joseph’s University

11:15-11:30 a.m. | Mendel at the Smithsonian Museum

  • Ondřej Dostál, Director, Mendel Museum, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic


Session II: Pope Francis' Encyclical: Laudato Si’ 

11:30a.m. -12:15 p.m. | An Explication of the Encyclical as it relates to Climate Change and Sustainability

12:15-12:45 p.m. | Q & A Period

12:45-1:30 p.m. | LUNCH


Session III: Laudato Si’: The Science and Social Sciences

1:30-2:15 p.m. | Climate Change: The Science. What it is; what’s at risk; what to do about it?

  • Richard Alley, Evan Pugh Professor, Department of Geosciences, Penn State University

2:15-3:00 p.m. | Responding to Climate Change: Laudato Si' and the Strange Convergences of Sociology and Religion

3:00-3:45 p.m. | Round Table Discussion with Speakers and Audience

  • Moderator: Amanda Grannas, Associate Vice Provost for Research, Villanova University

Mendel Symposium

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When: March 31, 2017

Where: Driscoll Hall, Driscoll Auditorium at Villanova University