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Ramapo College to Host Conference on Sept. 16 on Papal Environmental Encyclical Laudato Sí

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)September 11, 2015

MAHWAH, N.J. — Ramapo College of New Jersey will host a conference, “Laudato Sí – Sustainability and Social Justice,” on Wednesday, September 16 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. in the Trustees Pavilion. The conference is free and open to the public.

The event will focus on Ramapo’s commitment to sustainability and its correlation/reaction to the message of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Sí (“Be praised” or “Praise be to you”), the only papal document devoted entirely to environmentalism. The event is in advance of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States later this month.

The schedule is as follows:

4:30 p.m.  GREETINGS — Aaron Lorenz, Dean, School of Social Science and Human Services

4:35 p.m.  READING (from the opening of the Encyclical) – Professor Rosetta D’Angelo

4:40 p.m. – REMARKS — Ramapo College President Peter P. Mercer

4:45 p.m.  “OUR COMMON CALLING” — Distinguished Professor Anthony Padovano

5:10 p.m.  “AN INTEGRAL ECOLOGY EXPLORED IN DEEP TIME” — Sister Miriam MacGillis, Genesis Farm


5:40 p.m.   “LOOK AT REALITY IN A DIFFERENT WAY” — Professor Emeritus Trent Schroyer

5:55 p.m.   “OUR GLOBAL MOMENT” — Robert Hennelly, journalist

6:10 p.m.   “ALL THINGS SACRED” — Professor Chuck Stead

6:25-7:15 p.m. ROUND-TABLE DISCUSSION   — with Marta Bautis, Jackie Skrzynski, Rosetta D’Angelo, Harriet Shugarman, Sridevi Shivarajan, Sangha Padhy, Michael Edelstein, Ashwani Vasishth, Howard Horowitz, representatives from Campus Ministries

7:15-7:45 p.m. SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS    Topics include:

“Science, Technology, and Religion”  – “Impacts on Climate Change Policy”    – “Connections with Indigenous Peoples”    – “Economic Policy and Social Justice”    – “Insights and Impacts on Education”

7:45-8:00 p.m. FINAL REMARKS and follow-up plans

The event is being sponsored by the Institute of Environmental Studies with support from the School of Social Sciences and Human Services at Ramapo College. For additional information, please email


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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