Academic Convocation

Emmanuel celebrates the start of each academic year with an Academic Convocation ceremony, which represents many new beginnings—new academic pursuits, new friendships and new opportunities for students grow as leaders and ethical decision makers. The ceremony also recognizes first-year students as the newest members of the Emmanuel community as well as the status of seniors as they don their caps and gowns for the first time.

Academic Convocation :: September 10, 2015

Emmanuel College is pleased to open the 2015-2016 academic year with an address from Erin Lothes-Biviano, Ph.D. Erin Lothes is Assistant Professor of Theology at the College of Saint Elizabeth and holds a Ph.D. in systematic Theology from Fordham University, a Master's in Theology from Boston College, and an A.B. in English from Princeton University. She was the only theologian to serve as an Earth Institute Fellow at Columbia University, an interdisciplinary postdoctorate in sustainability studies, directed by United Nations advisor Jeffrey Sachs. Her research as an Earth Institute Fellow at Columbia University is directed toward a forthcoming book analyzing the motivations driving environmental advocacy in diverse American congregations, Inspired Sustainability (Orbis Books, 2016). She is also author of the book, The Paradox of Christian Sacrifice: The Loss of Self, the Gift of Self (Herder and Herder, 2007) as well as articles on faith-based environmentalism, energy ethics, and interdisciplinary communication.

As an advocate for a Catholic and interdisciplinary energy ethic, she recently convened a task force studying energy ethics within the Catholic Theological Society of America and is lead author of "Catholic Moral Traditions and Energy Ethics for the Twenty-First Century," Journal of Moral Theology.  Because the aim of this article is to advance conversations about energy decisions as ethical decisions, accessible summaries are available here.

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