Gannon University’s Culture and Climate Change Series Continues
Posted: February 16, 2017
Gannon University's yearlong series of events exploring culture
and climate change will extend the in-depth examination begun last
fall with presentations from experts on topics ranging from the
effect of climate change on water supplies to the political
response to climate change in the U.S.
The Spring Semester events have and will continue to extend the
analysis to the implications of climate change on U.S. military
policy and on wildlife.
On Tuesday, March 14, Sherri Mason, Ph.D., professor of
chemistry and chair of the department of geology and environmental
sciences at the State University of New York at Fredonia, will
present "The Perils of Plastic," a lecture on the perils of
freshwater pollution by plastics. Mason conducted the
first-ever survey for plastic pollution within the open waters of
the Great Lakes. Her research was the subject of coverage from
the New York Times and NPR to Sydney, Australia.
Historical responses to previous climate events are the subject
of "You're Hot Then You're Cold: Climate Change, Crusades and
Witch Burning in Europe," a lecture on Thursday, March 23 presented
by Geoff Grundy, Ph.D. and John Vohlidka, Ph.D. of the Gannon
University history department. They will discuss the
responses to the so-called "Little Ice Age," a period between about
1300 and 1470 during which Europe and North America were subjected
to much colder winters than during the 20th century.
The year's events will conclude on Wednesday, April 5 at the
annual English Awards Night sponsored by the Gannon University
English department and keynoted by a presentation by poet Ross
Additionally, "Catching Climate Change: A Reality
Check," a display created by students in the honors sociology
course taught by Gannon's Richard Moodey, Ph.D., will be available
for viewing until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the third annual
College of Humanities Education and Social Science (CHESS)
Humanities Conference in the Palumbo Academic Center, 824 Peach
The Culture and Climate Change series is a response to "Laudato
Si," Pope Francis' 2015 encyclical letter on climate change, which
was inspired by the canticle written by his namesake, Saint Francis
of Assisi, that "reminds us that our common home is like a sister
with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her
arms to embrace us."