Please join us on Tuesday, March 26 at 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for a lecture “Redeeming the Anthropocene?” presented by Regis College visiting researching scholar Fr. James Hanvey, SJ.
Redeeming The Anthropocene?
Our age has been identified as the age of the Anthropocene. It is a relatively short period in the natural history of the world, but it identifies the ways in which human activity has had a decisive effect on nature and other species. Human industrial, agricultural and technological production and development is now recognized as the major contributing factor in the rapid shifts in earth-systems and decline in bio-diversity. Laudato Si argues for the interconnectedness of all eco-systems and calls for a far-reaching change or conversion in human activity, industrial, social and political systems to avert a degradation of natural resources which places all life on our planet in jeopardy. Is it possible to redeem the Anthropocene and what contribution can theology make?
About Fr. James Hanvey, SJ.
Having completed his term as Master of Campion Hall, University of Oxford, Fr. James Hanvey, SJ is currently Visiting Research Scholar at Regis College, University of Toronto. He is editing a collection of essays for Brill by various scholars, ‘Id Quod Volo’ On Desire in the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius. Together with Prof. Gavin Flood (Oxford) he is also editing and contributing to a collection published by Routledge, Integrating Theologies and Ecologies. In September he takes up his appointment to the Gasson Chair, Boston College.
Fr. James has previously held positions as Head of theology at Heythrop College, University of London, founding director of The Heythrop Institute for Religion, Ethics and Public Life. He has also been a member of the Department for Social Responsibility and theological advisor to the Bishops Conference of England and Wales. He has held the Veale Chair in Ignatian Spirituality at the Milltown Institute, Dublin, and the Lo Schiavo Chair in Catholic Social Thought and Culture at the University of San Francisco. Although his main field of writing and teaching is systematic theology, he has published in the fields of Jesuit Spirituality, Vatican II, and Political Theology with recent contributions to Understanding Human Dignity (ed. Christopher McCrudden) BA/OUP, Dignity, Person and the Imago Trinitatis and The Heythrop Journal, Laudato Si and the Renewal of the Theology of Creation. In addition to his academic writing, he writes extensively for other media such as Thinking Faith (online Journal) and Civilitá Cattolica. « Scadicare La Cultura Dell’ Abuso » Fr. James is Senior Research Fellow in Theology at Campion Hall, Oxford.