Theologian and environmental ethicist Christiana Peppard to deliver 2015 Bernie Clark Lecture

Author: JP Shortall

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Theologian and fresh water ethics expert Christiana Peppard will deliver the annual Rev. Bernie Clark, C.S.C., Lecture on Catholic Social Tradition at 7 p.m. Monday (Sept. 28). The lecture will be held in Andrews Auditorium of Geddes Hall and is open to the public.

Peppard is assistant professor of theology, science and ethics in the Department of Theology at Fordham University, where she is also affiliated with the Environmental Policy Program and the Program in American Studies. Much of her work looks at how fresh water is understood and valued in an era of economic globalization. Her book, “Just Water: Theology, Ethics and the Global Water Crisis” (Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2014), explores important aspects of the global fresh water crisis while also providing ethical analysis and principled recommendations about fresh water use and scarcity in the 21st century.

“We are delighted to have Professor Peppard deliver this year’s Bernie Clark Lecture,” said Rev. Paul Kollman, C.S.C., Leo and Arlene Hawk Executive Director of the Center for Social Concerns. “Her work in theology and environmental ethics makes her well-prepared to contribute valuable insights and perspective on the themes of Pope Francis’ recent encyclical, Laudato Si’.”

Peppard’s lecture will touch on theological and ecological themes currently receiving increased national and international attention as a result of Pope Francis’ recent encyclical and first visit to the U.S. The title of Peppard’s lecture comes from an important phrase in the encyclical: “Integral Ecology: Pope Francis, Ethical Pluralism and the Planet.”

The Rev. Bernie Clark, C.S.C., Lecture on Catholic Social Tradition was created in 2009 to serve as an annual reminder of Father Clark’s deep and enduring commitment to social justice in the Catholic social tradition. This year’s lecture marks the beginning of a yearlong series of justice education events at the Center for Social Concerns focused on the theme of Care of All Creation.

Contact: JP Shortall, Center for Social Concerns, 574-631-3209,