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Benedictine University to host 12th Annual Faith and Reason Symposium

March 20, 2019

Benedictine University’s 12th Annual Faith and Reason Symposium will present “The Earth He Has Given to the Sons of Men: Respecting the Gift of Creation” from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2019 in Birck Hall, Room 112.


The symposium will feature two panel discussions: “Impacts of the Climate Crisis” from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and “Ethics of Climate Crisis” from 1:15 to 3:00 p.m.; and a luncheon from 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. featuring a lecture by keynote speaker William French, Ph.D. titled “Religion and Science in an Age of Climate Change: All Hands on Deck.”


An associate professor of Theology at Loyola University and decorated author on subjects such as religion and nature, environmental ethics, natural laws, war and peace issues to name a few, French has taught religious ethics at Loyola since 1985 after receiving his M.Div from Harvard University.


Panelists in the morning include Benedictine faculty members Alicia Battle, Ph.D, associate professor of Public Health, Luigi Manca, Ph.D, professor of Communication Arts, G. Blair Nelson, Ph.D, Philosophy instructor and Jack Thornburg, Ph.D, professor of Anthropology.


In the afternoon, panelists are Alan Gorr, Ph.D, professor of Public Health, Peter Huff, Chief Mission Officer and professor of Theology, and Jean-Marie Kauth, Ph.D, professor of Literature.


The symposium is sponsored by the Department of History, Philosophy and Theology. The event is free and open to the public. Interested attendees can register at or contact Lynn Dransoff at or (630) 829-6250.


For more information, contact Vince Gaddis at or (630) 829-6262.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has a branch campus in Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 5,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the ninth consecutive year in 2019. Benedictine University was also named the second-safest campus in the country and safest campus in Illinois by in 2019. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. For more information about the University, contact (630) 829-6300, or visit

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