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"Praised Be! Pope Francis and the Environment: Care for Our Common Home"

Thursday, October 8, 2015

4pm- Warren Auditorium SOLES

Dan Misleh will speak on Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, “Laudato Si': On the Care of Our Common Home” and suggest some practical applications.

Dan Misleh is a graduate of the Franciscan School of Theology, and the founding Director of the Catholic Climate Covenant. Dan worked for eleven years for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as a policy advisor and as the Director of Diocesan Relations for the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development. He has helped engage the Catholic community at the national, state and diocesan levels in a serious and sustained conversation about a Catholic approach to climate change focusing on the promotion of the common good, the protection of poor people and the exercising of prudence. He spearheaded the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor, which has more than 10,000 individual supporters and more than 75 institutional supporters. 

Co-sponsored by the Changemaker Hub and the Center for Educational Excellence


"The Devotio Moderna: Then and Now"-Prof. Dr. Frits van Oostrom (University of Utrecht)

Tuesday, October 6 at 5 pm- Hahn University Center, Forum C- Reception to follow

The Devotio Moderna, which is today best known for its influence on Thomas à Kempis’ Imitation of Christ, originated in the Low Countries in the 14th century as a movement for Catholic religious reform. Fundamentally, the Devotio Moderna was a highly innovative movement that advocated for a Christian life based upon the virtues of humility and simplicity. In this presentation, Frits van Oostrom will focus on three particular aspects of the Devotio Moderna -- its textual culture, its focus on organisation, and its attitude towards the priesthood—and the ways that these features emerge today in contemporary Catholic thought. Each of these features displays a poignant modernity for those who, like Frits van Oostrom, believe that history provokes us to reflect upon the present as well as the past.

 One of Europe's most celebrated scholars today, Frits van Oostrom is Distinguished University Professor of the Humanities at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. He has spoken and published widely on medieval literature, history, and culture for both academic and popular audiences. Prof. van Oostrom has been the recipient of the Spinoza Prize, has held the prestigious Erasmus Chair at Harvard University, and has been a fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study; he also served as President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Prof. van Oostrom's most recent book, Wereld in WoordenWorld into Words—is a bestseller in his home country and is currently being translated into English. He has also recently created Vogala, a Digital Humanities project that makes accessible new resources for the study and enjoyment of medieval Dutch literature via a website and apps for iPhone and Android He will offer a demonstration of Vogala at USD, as well:

Co-sponsored by the English Department, the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program, and the Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture