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wednesday headliners

theme: higher ed and beyond, virtual reality, and Laudato Si'


All times are listed in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). To learn more and RSVP, click on an individual event.


  • 9:15-10:15 AM
    Apr 20
    Walking the Walk Alumni Panel: Careers in Ecological & Social Sustainability

    Four students at graduation wearing their caps and gowns pose for a selfie

    Facilitated by Hannah Trillo ('23) and coordinated by Lindsey Kalkbrenner, Director of SCU's Center for Sustainability

    Join alumni from SCU and other Jesuit Universities who will share the paths they took to bridge their backgrounds in various undergraduate institutions and majors with the meaningful and impactful work they are doing today in climate and justice spheres. Nick McCreary and alumnus Mike Galeski (’20) from Creighton University, Omaha, and Philip Thompson and alumnus JP Wallis (’18) from Seattle University will join SCU alumna Erin Ronald (’19) in this discussion of career paths and great future possibilities. Panelists currently work in energy and climate solutions.

  • 10:30-11:30 AM
    Apr 20
    Harvesting Biomass & Cultivating Compassion: Climate & Scientific Leadership in Jesuit Higher Education

    Sun setting on Lake Superior with rocks on the shore

    with Dr. Nancy Tuchman

    Dr. Nancy Tuchman, Founding Dean of Loyola University Chicago's School of Environmental Sustainability, has led LUC to become one of the greenest universities in the Jesuit Higher Education network, and created model programs in research and environmental action on and off-campus.

    In this headliner developed especially for tUrn, Dr. Tuchman talks Great Lakes and tiny streams, invasive species, greenhouse gases, contaminants and pharmaceuticals, and spells out ways for us to all advocate for waterways and get involved in indispensable water justice work.

  • 12:00-8:00 PM
    Apr 20
    Laudato Si’ Under a Tree: Pope Frances’ Encyclical and 24 Voices

    Alumna wrapped in red blanket reads Laudato Si under a tree

    with SCU faculty, staff, students, alumni, administrators and guests

    The centerpiece of tUrn week and the impetus for it as well. An 8-hour marathon reading of Laudato Si’ on the campus grounds under a tree outside of Walsh Hall, diagonally across from the front of the Mission Church. Visit the hang-out area where you can sit, nap, listen, and dream through this letter to all of humanity. We read for one hour for every hour left of this decade, hence 8 hours. Readers are needed for 20 minute shifts. Script provided and microphone available so even if you have a soft voice we have you covered. Drop by anytime, or multiple times during this day! 

  • 2:00-5:00 PM
    Apr 20
    Virtual Reality Climate Experience: 3-D is Believing

    A student wears a VR headset and holds hand controllers in the Imaginarium

    with Em Dang and the staff of the SCU VR Lab

    If simply hearing about the scientific predictions is not enough to motivate people, can VR serve as a proxy? Can it awaken an eco-conversion and help us understand a new set of priorities to guide our lives?

    Get oriented to the headset and controls and you are off on an experiential journey of sights and sounds that puts you in the center of climate change. The lab is open for people to drop in and check it out anytime from 2-5pm. This headliner happens one building away from the outdoor reading of Laudato Si’. Check out the spoken word under the tree and the digital world of the VR lab in the same hour.


  • 8:00-9:00 PM
    Apr 20
    Climate Action Power Hour

    Photoshopped photo of Eemon Ghasemiyeh and Emily Pachoud holding a banner in front of the state capitol building

    with Emily Pachoud ('23) and Eemon Ghasemiyeh ('22)

    Reflect on the day, hear a summary of all of the great climate action advice, and flex some climate justice advocacy muscle in an atmosphere of supportive and committed people who have the courage to care.

  • 9:15-10:00 PM
    Apr 20
    Late Night Reflection and Student Peer Support

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    with Lauren Kelley and Emma Somers

    After you do the fun hard work of the 8pm Power Hour, or if you are just needing a study break, enjoy hot cocoa at 9:15 pm and a simple and supportive format for sharing your feelings about your experiences with tUrn headliners today with trained facilitators from Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education. Students only. No RSVP necessary. Just use your SCU ID to enter the library and come to the third floor.