Lilly Fellows program awards grant to Benedictine for environment conference 

Lilly Fellows program awards grant to Benedictine for environment conference
September 29, 2010

Phil Brozynski
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Lisle, Illinois ~ Christine Fletcher, Ph.D., assistant professor of Theology at Benedictine University, has been awarded a $12,500 grant by the Lilly Fellows Program in the Humanities and the Arts to organize and direct a conference that will explore Christian perspectives on the environment.

The conference, sponsored in partnership with Trinity Christian College and Lewis University, is for Christian educators and students. Titled "Faith, Science and Stewardship: Christian Pedagogy on the Environment?" it will be held at Benedictine University on April 16, 2011.

The conference will seek to facilitate a dialogue between the various Christian perspectives on environmental issues as well as effective teaching of the Christian understanding of creation and stewardship. Environmental issues, particularly those related to water, are of serious concern to colleges in the Great Lakes region.

Academic panelists include Fletcher; Alfred Martin, Ph.D., professor of Biology; Jean Marie-Kauth, Ph.D., assistant professor of Core Humanities; and Kevin Doyle, Ph.D., professor of Business Administration at Benedictine University.

Panelists also include: Brother Armand Alcazar, F.S.C.; Jerry Kavouras, Ph.D., assistant professor of Biology/Environmental Science; James Rago, Ph.D., assistant professor of Biology; and James Burke, Ph.D., assistant professor of Theology at Lewis University.

Also, Frank R. Hensley, Ph.D., associate professor of Biology; and Thomas R. Roose, Ph.D., associate professor of Physics and Science Education at Trinity Christian College. 

The Lilly Fellows Program in the Humanities and the Arts seeks to strengthen the quality and shape the character of church-related institutions of higher learning in the 21st century. The program is based at Christ College, the interdisciplinary honors college of Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana.

For more information about the conference, contact Fletcher at cfletcher@ben.edu.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.