Presidential Lecture Series

Presidential Lecture Series 

Mount Mercy's Presidential Lecture Series was established in 2009 to highlight key developments in society that relate to the mission and values of Mount Mercy University and the Sisters of Mercy.

Each year a figure of public recognition is invited to Mount Mercy to deliver a keynote lecture of benefit to the entire campus and surrounding community. 

201516 Presidential Lecture Series Speaker

photo of Marybeth Lorbiecki

On February 4, 2016, Marybeth Lorbiecki, director of the Interfaith Ocean Ethics Campaign (IOEC), spoke to Mount Mercy University’s community during her presentation “Mercy and Our Common Home.”

Through her talk, Ms. Lorbiecki asked critical questions at the cross roads of environmentalism and faith. She discussed issues of global environmental concern and the relationship between mercy and care for the earth, our common home.

As director of IOEC, Ms. Lorbiecki has spoken at the United Nations and worked with the Holy See, Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace, and the Alliance of Religions and Conservation, as well as advisers to Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and the fourteenth Dalai Lama.

Ms. Lorbiecki graduated from St. Catherine University with a background in theology and earned a master’s in literature and writing at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Awarded an International Rotarian Scholarship, she pursued post-graduate work in philosophy at the University of Essex, England.

Research on conservationist Aldo Leopold led her to examine the Bible for its teachings. She discovered a faith mandate to care for the land, animals, the poor, and all of God’s creation that was woven through the Old and New Testaments.