MMU kicks off annual Fall Faculty Series on Aug. 29 with sustainability overview

2018 Fall Faculty Series

Mount Mercy University’s 2018 Fall Faculty Series is set to kick off on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. in Mount Mercy’s Flaherty Community Room (204 Basile Hall).

Professor of English Joy Ochs, Ph.D., will discuss a comprehensive definition of sustainability and provide a road map of the social, economic, and environmental concerns that will be addressed in the series. (Find more about the event here.)

“Environmental degradation impacts every person living on this planet,” said Ochs, who is also the series organizer. “The problem is both urgent and complicated, so it is important to understand it from a variety of angles and draw on different areas of expertise as we look toward solutions. We look forward to a rich conversation during the series.”

In 1987 the United Nations defined sustainability as "meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." Since then, an accelerating global demand for natural resources has exceeded the earth's ability to replenish itself.

To address this issue in-depth, the 2018 Fall Faculty Series—titled Sustainability: Human/Nature & the Future of the Earth—focuses on the Sisters of Mercy Critical Concern of care for the earth. The three-month series looks at the human relationship with the planet we call home and explores the environmental, economic, social, and spiritual causes and consequences of a growing planetary crisis.

Mount Mercy’s annual Fall Faculty Series is a community favorite, filling nearly every seat at each past event. Subjects covered in previous series include World War I, the Vietnam War, the U.S. as an immigrant nation, and democracy in a fractured age. All events are free and open to the public.

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