Santa Clara Lecture
The Pope, the Poor, and the Planet: Overcoming Insularity in an Integral Ecology
Fr. Jose Ramon "Jett"
April 6th, 2016 | 4:00 - 5:15 p.m.
St. Clare Room, Library and Learning Commons
Given the ecological risks that face us and the uneven distribution of responsibilities, how can we overcome a sense of fragmentation and insularity? Reflecting on how Pope Francis’ call for an integral ecology resonates with those of us who live in more vulnerable parts of the world, we can discern pathways of hope, inspiring us all to care for our common home.
Jose Ramon “Jett” Villarin S.J. is the President of Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. He received his doctorate in Atmospheric Sciences from Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Georgia) and his master’s degree in Physics from Marquette University (Milwaukee, Wisconsin). He is currently the chairperson of the Manila Observatory, a scientific research institute, and a member of the National Panel of Technical Experts of the Philippine government’s Climate Change Commission. His other responsibilities include being chair of Synergeia, an NGO engaged in public education reform and the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation, which recognizes “greatness of spirit” in exemplary persons and institutions involved in social transformation in Asia. He was a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which received a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. In 2000, he was declared National Outstanding Young Scientist and in 2002, his book Disturbing Climate was given an Outstanding Book Award by the National Academy of Science and Technology of the Philippines. He also writes a column (“God’s Word Today”) with other Jesuits for a major newspaper and has written a book of homilies entitled Startle.