A collection of occasional papers.
Ignatian Humanism & Ecological Identity: Reflections on Sustainability, Theological Integrity, and the Signs of the Times
When: 12:00-1:30 PM, Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Where: Williman Room, Benson Center
With Santa Clara University’s Sustainability Initiative in mind, this lecture considered the humanistic heritage of Jesuit higher education in relation to the concept of “ecological identity,” offering a reflection on the challenges of the cultural moment in light of the University’s Catholic identity and Jesuit mission.
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Connie Lasher, Ph.D.
2010-2011 Bannan Fellow, Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education
Dr. Connie Lasher’s work explores the question of religious humanism and ecological identity. A systematic theologian, she brings to her teaching and scholarship interdisciplinary competencies from the field of Environmental Studies, with particular interest in the environmental arts and humanities. Her forthcoming book, Passion for Wholeness: ‘Ignatian Humanism’ and Ecological Identity (Herder/Crossroad Publishing Company) examines the legacies of two seminal theologians in the Roman Catholic Ignatian tradition, Hans Urs von Balthasar and Karl Rahner, and contends their legacies represent enduring expressions of Christian humanism which have particular, yet largely overlooked, relevance to the tenor of religious responses to contemporary environmental concern. The book offers an interdisciplinary theological reflection on the role of nature in the integral development of the person, religious discourse in relation to American environmental history, and the implications of these for intercultural and interreligious encounter.
As 2010-11 Bannan Fellow at Santa Clara University’s Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, Dr. Lasher was hosted by the Religious Studies Department as a Visiting Professor. She will continue her research on the distinctive role that Jesuit higher education can and should assume on the question of the human relation to the natural environment, and delivered the Bannan Lecture in May on this topic.
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